So, did you make a New Year’s resolution, intention or goal? I do have a running and cycling goal for mileage and have to pick out a marathon to run for the fall. I started Jan. 1 with a Nordic ski, a one-mile walk/run and night skiing (alpine) at King Pine with the family. I always heard that you need to make the first day of year count as it sets the tone for the year.

Also, I plan to take self-care more seriously for myself, my family, friends and clients. Self-care includes exercise, nutrition and massages for me. If you did set a goal for 2019, I would love to hear about it. If not now, at least when you reach that goal, please let me know.

Coming up on your running calendar is this Sunday, Jan. 6 (I typed that correctly this time!), is the first Breakfast Run of the new year! It starts at 9 a.m., starting at the home of Steve and Cathy Dowling on Wallis Way in Kearsarge. Bring a smile, warm clothes and some food to share!

Some people are going to run or ski in Whitaker Woods to avoid the icy roads, but you are always invited to just have breakfast. Look to whitemountainmilers.com for directions to the event.

Next up are the Dartmouth Relays, Jan. 11-13. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/yd5vgbun. There are a few Milers headed down and I’m sure this will be all the talk on Sunday at the Breakfast Run. Most of the “master” events will be taking place on Sunday, Jan. 13.

Unfortunately, the Jan. 1 Frozen Flamingo 5K in Gorham was canceled because of the weather on New Year’s Eve and Day. This race and their annual Thanksgiving race both had weather problems, which is especially sad as they only ask for canned foods at Thanksgiving and classroom tissue and wipes at New Year’s as entry fees. Hopefully, the next race will be a happening event. Watch for more on Facebook.

Check out the Winter Wild Race Series coming to the Mount Washington Valley. According to its website, “Winter Wild is an uphill series with a twist, the finish is at the bottom so you get to come back down too. Grab your skis, grab your snowshoes or just grab your favorite winter running shoes and join us for some winter fun. Do you first tracks? Most events take place at a public ski area and you get to hit slopes before they open to the public. What’s not to like about that!”

They’re calling this “uphilling,” and it’s human powered. You must race down in whatever you went up the mountain with, well, except snowboards must be carried up. Races are 2.5 to 5 miles. The next race is at Cranmore on Saturday, Jan. 26, followed by Black Mountain on Sunday, Jan. 27. Cranmore is the second in the series of nine races. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/ydhxnpe5.

Registration for the ninth annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble is open! Conditions in Whitaker Woods right now are fantastic!

This Snowshoe Scramble race will be held in Whitaker Woods, the in-town trail network maintained by the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation located in North Conway Village. This 4-mile race course consists of groomed trails and twisty single-track train. The date is Saturday, Jan. 19, with a start time of 10 a.m. sharp. Check-in time and race day registration will take place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Whitaker Woods Meeting House, 2829 White Mountain Highway, North Conway. For more information, go to crosscountryskinh.com.

The White Mountain Milers have new Gear including new winter hats, baseball hats, baby onesies, ¼ zip long sleeve shirts, and more. For more information, go to wmmgear.com and order now or email me for local pickup or pick up at the Sunday Breakfast Run.

It’s hard to imagine running up the Mount Washington Auto Road looking at it now, but registration for the lottery opens on Monday, Feb. 11, at 8 a.m. and closed on Monday, Feb. 25 at 11:59 p.m.

According to the race committee, “We do not accept entries after the public registration period closes, no exceptions.”

For the chosen few, invitational entry opens on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 8 a.m. Racers who qualify for invitational entry will be notified via email.

Invitational entry closes on Friday, Feb. 8, at 11:59 p.m.

Racer selection winners will be announced by email on Feb. 28, at 12:30 p.m.

Don’t forget to save the date for the annual White Mountain Milers Meeting at Tuckerman Brewing Company, on Tuesday, March 5. Come at 6 p.m. to socialize, join the club, compare training schedules and upcoming races. And, if you didn’t receive your selection winner email but received the runner rejection letter from the Mount Washington Road Race, you may register for the much-coveted entries to the Mount Washington Road Race. Go to whitemountainmilers.com for more information.

It’s time to renew your membership to the White Mountain Milers. You may do so online at whitemountainmilers.com, or print out an entry form from the website or attend the annual meeting and sign up there!

“The five S’s of sports training are stamina, speed, strength, skill and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.” — Ken Doherty, an American decathlon champion, college track and field coach, author and longtime director of the Penn Relays.

Races and weekly runs

All of these events listed for runners and walkers. Sign up early for extra savings on many races.

• Every Wednesday, Breakfast Run: 6:45 a.m. walk, 7 a.m. run, with 4-mile and 3-mile loops. Meet behind the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. Always followed by breakfast.

• Sunday, Jan. 6: Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com.

• Friday, to Sunday, Jan. 11-13: Dartmouth Relays, go to lancertiming.com.

• Saturday, Jan. 19: ninth annual Snowshoe Scramble, Whitaker Woods, crosscountryskinh.com.

• Saturday, Jan. 26: Winter Wild Series, Cranmore, teamampactive.org.

• Saturday, Jan. 27: Winter Wild Series, Black Mountain, teamampactive.org/index.

• Sunday, Feb. 3: Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com.

• Sunday, March 3: Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com.

• Tuesday, March 5: White Mountain Milers Annual Meeting at Tuckerman’s Brewing Company.

• Sunday, April 7: Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com.

• Sunday, May 5: Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com.

 

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner, and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddle boarder, skier, with an office at 50 Seavey St. in North Conway. For more running information, ideas, contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run.

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