The Little Things . . . a Going the Distance newsletter April 2014 || issue #19 Share on Facebook Spring Session Starts April 22 That's right!!


The Little Things . . .

a Going the Distance newsletter

April 2014 || issue #19
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Shamrock 8K 2014

Jennifer Rapaport finished her winter by racing an 8k on March 15 and a marathon on March 16. What's your goal?

Spring Session Starts April 22

That's right!!
First session of GTD's Spring Season is Tuesday evening,
April 22.
Be there to train on the track for the spring and summer.
Are you running a marathon on Monday, April 21?
Come to the track on April 22nd to tell us how it went, and talk to Coach Braz about your recovery.
The 15-week Spring Session continues to the end of July.
Sign-up is available now.

Program Options

Sign-up Steps, including directions to the workout site

Sign-up Form

Program Payments

Check the FAQ or send an email.

Shamrock Marathon 2014

Jen Rapaport -- 1st Whale at Shamrock 8k/marathon

"I went to Shamrock with a group of Somerville Road Runners, 10 total, and we had a blast. I had no intentions to run the marathon that fast but it was so windy I got into the 3:15 pace group of about 30 men and they acted as a wind block, peloton style. I kept with then until mile 22 when I saw a ponytail up ahead and told the group I was going to chase some ponytails. I passed 4-5 women in the last 4 miles. I dropped pace down to 7:00 or 6:55 for the last 4 miles and felt great. Was a really great race. HUGE beer tent after on the beach. Every runner got stew and 4 free Yuengling beers. Celtic bands played all day. A great day. Only better if it was warmer."

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1st Whale? Anyone who ran the 8k on Saturday, March 15, and the marathon the next day was officially in the Whale Challenge. Competing against 189 other Whales over 2 days, Jen was 1st Whale in each race, and crowned (or sprayed) the Winning Whale. She was 21st female and 3rd master in 31:44 (6:22 pace) in the 8k, and 14th woman and 5th master in 3:13:24 (7:23 pace) in the marathon. This was Jen's last race as a 49-year old -- her new senior competitors won't be looking over their shoulders for her as much as staring at her back.
[Was this Jennifer's fastest marathon? No. On October 13, 2002, she ran 2:47:37 in Chicago to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Trials.]

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Cross-Country Registration Open

Join the most focused cross-country summer program in New England: 8 weeks (56 training days) June 23 — August 17. If you are running xc in the fall, this program is for you.

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GTD’s 8-week comprehensive program is for middle school, high school, and collegiate student-athletes who are training for the fall cross-country season.

The program includes training guidelines for 56 days. The first 14 days are off-site, and the next 42 days of daily training include 18 onsite sessions.

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Onsite session disciplines include core, circuits, base building, plyometrics, resistance training, threshold work, technique and form, concentration, focus, and racing strategies.

To register, go the GTD Cross-Country site.
Please note: Register by June 13 to receive the 2-week off-site prep guideline. The goal of the prep guideline is to build muscle and aerobic-cardio conditioning.
Questions? Contact us.

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North Shore & Merrimack All-Sports Speed & Conditioning Programs: Registration Open

The GTD All-Sports Conditioning
Program prepares athletes for the fall competitive season.

For younger athletes, it provides a guided and safe physical workout that serves as an introduction to the athletic experience.

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The North Shore Program meets for 5 weeks on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings beginning July 14.
More information and to register -- North Shore Program

The Merrimack Program meets for 10 Monday evenings beginning June 9.
More information and to register --
Merrimack Program


Going the Distance is a coaching service for runners at all levels.
If you know someone who might benefit from the Going the Distance program,
tell them about us, and forward The Little Things to them.
Visit our website -- Going the Distance
Head Coach -- Fernando Braz
Assistant Coach -- Annie Starrett
Webmaster and Director -- Dave Smith
For more information, contact Dave at