The Little Things . . .

a Going the Distance newsletter

Mid July 2021 || issue #105
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Heather with Coach Braz

Heather MacLean at Braz Camp

On June 21 in Eugene, Oregon, Heather MacLean ran 4:02.09 in the 1500 to qualify for the USA Olympic Team. The women’s 1500 will be run on August 2 in Tokyo.

On Wednesday, July 14, Heather visited Braz Camp and spoke with the cross-country athletes at 8am and the all-sports athletes at 9am. She described her Olympic-qualifying 1500 three weeks earlier as a race where she let her mind and body take over and simply executed.

Heather answered questions from campers about her training and life as a professional runner. She remains amazed that her job is not to go into an office to "work" but to go for a run -- twice a day. She congratulated the xc and all-sports athletes for dedicating a part of their summer to building their speed and endurance for success in the fall.

Before heading to UMass, where she achieved All-American status, Heather ran at Peabody High School, where she set records in the 400, 600, and 800, and won Division 1 State Titles in the 600 and 800. Her 800 PR is 1:59, her mile PR is 4:25. She runs professionally for Team New Balance Boston.

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Braz Campers Beat Rain and Heat

The 2nd week of this summer’s Braz Camp featured a pounding rainstorm on Monday and oppressive heat and humidity on Friday.

And 100s of runners at 8am and field players at 9am came to run, do ladder drills, cut around cone markers, bound over hurdles, and continue their summer conditioning program.

Congratulations to all. Your mental strength and physical endurance inspire your coaches. And make you the athlete you want to be at the end of the summer.

For more information about the cross-country program, go to this link.
For more information about the all-sports program , go to this link.

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