The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-338 – Sandra the Organic
MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks
Hello and welcome to episode 4-338 of the RunRunLive
Podcast. In today’s episode we are going to have a chat with
Sandra the Organic Runner Mom. I met her up at the ES20 and
decided to have her on the talk about some of the goings on in the
organic farming space she habituates. It’s a good
In section one talk about how to roll your fitness into a B race
when you’re a race goes sideways. In section two I have another
piece I wrote for one of my work related blogs when they asked me
what my advice to my 22 year old self would be.
Ironically I saw her at the Boston marathon. She tapped me
on the shoulder and said ‘hi’ as she was cruising past me late in
the race. That wasn’t hard to do at the pace I was going at
I’m tired. This time of year is super busy for me – as I’m
sure it is for you as well. I have just rolled out of a 7
–day stretch that include getting my ass kicked at the Boston
Marathon, a quick trip to Atlanta on business then pulling off the
25th annual Groton Road Race over the weekend.
I had to drop my little one off at the airport at the crack of
dawn Monday morning and get back to my home office for a 3 hours of
conference calls starting at 7:00 AM with Europe. My wife
pulled a bit of a fast one on me by announcing Sunday night, after
I was already well into my celebratory cups at the race wrap-up
cookout, that I’d be taking my daughter to the airport in the
I’ve got this week to catch up on some things and then I’m into
6 weeks of travel and it won’t let up until the middle of June, if
ever. It’s good to be needed.
Yes, as you have guessed, we had a tough day at Boston. It
was a little warm for me, there was a bit of a head wind, but I
went for it anyhow and ended up sprinting right into the wall with
a classic, textbook, Boston-bonk. I couldn’t recover and
ended up doing the death shuffle in for a 20 minute positive
But, as painful as it was I was not terribly disappointed.
I trained very well. I respected the race. It just won this
time, as it has done many times before. It’s a tough,
unforgiving race. I’ll try to write up a full race report
We had awesome weather for Groton. We had a good year
which no major crises. Great for me to ‘go out on top’.
It really is something when you see how organized we are and how
well we pull off an event of that size with a dozen or so volunteer
We got some new members this week for our RunRunLive members
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For the Groton Road Race we set up on Saturday. We have
the party rental stuff delivered and we set up the field with
fencing and such. We pick up the water and the ice. We
do a lot of miscellaneous running around.
We set up the gym and sort through the shirts for
Sunday morning is race day. I host a 6:00AM run of the
course. This I can keep my streak going. A trick I
learned from Dave McGillivray. I actual register and
pay. Sometimes I’ll wear my number. Usually it’s a half
dozen or so of the race directors who show up. We walk over
to the starting line say a few words and go run the
This weekend it was beautiful. With the sun just coming up
over the hills and meadows of spring time Groton it was
stunning. My friend Brian and I led the pack and just had an
easy run of the course. It’s so peaceful and serene in the
crisp morning air.
Then we get changed up and go to work to pull of the race.
I keep my time so I can be entered into the official results.
I stopped my watch at 49:36 for the 10K run.
One of our RunRunLive members Duane came up from PA to run the
race and say ‘hi’. I was checking the results online this
morning and his time is posted as… you guessed it… 49:36! How
I am blessed and lucky.
On with the Show!
Section one - Running Tips
Rolling your Fitness Forward to your B race -
Voices of reason – the conversation
Sandra LaFlamme – http://organicrunnermom.com/
Meet Organic Runner Mom
Hi! I’m Organic Runner Mom!
I found running back in high school when I used to run before
crew practice. It was common for us to have to run from boathouse
row in Philadelphia to “The Three Angels” and back as a warm-up
before getting into our shells for the real workout. Someone once
called me “gazelle” during one of these runs perhaps because of my
ridiculously awkward, skinny long legs but perhaps more so because
they could see how freeing running could be for me. I rowed all
through high school and college at Colby College in Maine and then
met my husband, a rower too at Bates College! I used to be a rower
but when my husband and I moved back to New Hampshire so he could
join the family business, Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs in 2000
running became my new passion!
Being a runner has taken me on a journey of self-discovery and
made me a stronger individual both inside and out. As a runner I am
inspired and motivated by all of the amazing endurance athletes
that I meet. Since I discovered my love for running I have met many
new friends and have continued to set new goals for myself. I
always have big dreams and love a new challenge. I am now a half
marathon runner, marathon runner (2 time Boston Marathon Finisher,
soon to be 3 time finisher!), trail runner, and mountain runner.
Several injuries (tendonitis and a back injury) have led me to
discover triathlons. Most recently I completed my first Half
Ironman and the Timberman Ironman 70.3.
I love sharing my athletic pursuits with you as well as training
tips, nutrition tips, recipes, and lots of motivation. I hope you
will join me often on my blog here and that you will share your
stories and inspirations too.
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of
strength that will endure as long as life lasts. –Rachel Carson
Advice to my 22-year-old self - http://runrunlive.com/address-to-my-22-year-old-self
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Next week we’ll chat with John Mangan the Irish ultra runner who
ran around the world and he’s now walking around the world.
I had issued a public service announcement about the RunRunLive
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I know – the second one is an older feed that goes through
Feedburner that I’ve been telling people to switch off of for a
year now. I could tell you again, but if you’re hearing my
voice you figured it out. I went in and deleted that feed and
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With the marathon over and the road race done - what now?
What am I going to focus on? I’m thinking about running the
Vermont City Marathon on Memorial Day – May 30th. I hate to
let my fitness go to waste. I felt really strong going into
Boston and I think I have a decent performance in me, I just need
the right venue.
I’ve been at this for a long time. I think I’ve found some
balance but the tradeoff is that I’m not as manically focused on my
running goals anymore. I just want to feel that joy that we
get on those crisp mornings with the sun peaking over the hills and
birds chirping. You know, the peaceful epiphany stuff that I
love, out on the trails thinking about stuff and thangs.
That’s 10 years, or maybe 11 that I was the race director of the
Groton road races. That’s close to 20,000 runners of all ages
I helped give an opportunity to get over our courses and across our
finish line. To put that in perspective, that’s about how many men
Hannibal crossed the Alps with to conquer Rome. But he also
had 40 war elephants. We don’t have any elephants.
But, still, that’s a generation of runners I had some small
impact on. That’s pretty cool. I’m a grateful
We had all 25 T-shirts strung up across registration. That
is impressive. Now you’re talking 2-3 generations of local
runners we’ve touched. We are all very fortunate.
Many times we look at these things and we fret over what we
could have done. We wring our hands over the opportunities
lost. We beat ourselves up because we didn’t make some goal
or achieve some thing to make our mark higher. We are a
chronically unsatisfied bunch.
It’s really all in the value of the action taken, whatever that
action was, the movement that starts a person. Because each
movement has the opportunity to take hold and create compound
movement both physical and metaphysical. That snowball effect
is how our small actions can win the world in the
It’s the butterfly’s wingbeat each time we move.
So keep moving my friends, and I’ll see you out there.
MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks