BY: LIZ COSTELLO
It’s Thanksgiving week and there is a lot to be thankful for on Team NB Boston since our last post! First off, although we are sad to no longer have Anna Silvander with us in Boston, we are very thankful for the time we got to spend with her last season, and that she has found a new training home across the pond with our sister-team, Team NB Manchester, in the United Kingdom.
There have also been some additional roster changes over the summer and fall in that we welcomed to the team two new and speedy women, Emily Durgin and Lianne Farber! Emily is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut where her primary focus was the 10,000m. Lianne, a 1500m specialist, joins us from Sacramento, where she had been running with the NorCal Distance Project. Each of these roster changes have affirmed the friendly and supportive nature of the running community.
We are also grateful to share that our support team in Boston has been growing along with our roster. Over the fall, we started working with Dr. Andrea Ansenberger of Khalsa Chiropractic in Cambridge and Carl Gustafson, experienced athletic trainer and physical therapist. We greatly appreciate having this additional care and expertise available to aid and guide us in our recovery and injury prevention efforts. With these new practitioners, and the continued care of the rest of our support team, we are both regularly and literally in good hands!
As for races, we have some immediate and relatively local action on tap this week. Before beginning holiday festivities on Thursday, Katrina, Emily, Lianne, and Kemoy will be earning their turkey and gravy by racing in the annual Manchester Road Race in Connecticut that morning. Both the men’s and women’s professional fields are traditionally competitive and this year is no different. After putting in weeks of good training, this race should be a fun way to evaluate fitness before transitioning quickly to the start of the indoor track season in December.
Personally, I have much to be thankful for as I look back over 2017 as well. Both the build-up to and transition from my debut marathon in Boston this past spring made for a challenging, but valuable year. From the experience, my coach and I have been able to analyze our previous approach and devise a new training plan for a spring 2018 marathon that we are excited to employ. I am thankful for what we learned from training for Boston, and also from the transition back to the track. After Boston, I squeezed in a short track season that culminated with a 7th place finish in the 10,000m at the Outdoor Track & Field Championships in June. While marathons will be a part of the future, I do not plan on moving on from the track entirely, so this past year will help prepare me for future transitions between the two race types.
On a related note, I also must mention how thankful I am for the inspiration Shalane Flanagan has provided with her NYC Marathon win and overall career. Due to her accomplishments, perceived barriers in my mind with regards to age limits, the ability to bounce back and forth between marathons and the track, and the ability to compete with the best in the world in long distance races have all been pushed back or eliminated. Thank you, Shalane, for helping pave the way for all of us to dream bigger!
Between a growing roster, new forms of support, and the lessons and inspiration gained over 2017, there is a lot to be thankful for on our team. We would especially like to thank New Balance for providing the means to make it all possible. Happy Thanksgiving from Team NBB!