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President’s Corner: Spotlight on Paige Sato and Tom Eaton

President’s Corner :  Spotlight on Paige Sato and Tom Eaton, by Paul Maloney

Before we get to our “Spotlights” for this month, I just want to remind members about our “$2620 Fund” and “Points System” at our group runs.  We also want to remind everyone about our Sunday evening “Youth Track Series”.  We’ll have this information in other articles and postings on our website and newsletter.  Let us know how we are doing!  Do you have any questions or suggestions on club activities for our Board?  Please contact me at EssexNewsMaloney@aol.com for any ideas or comments.

Paige Sato and Tom Eaton are two very active runners and members.  Paige has been with our club a short time is already very active on our Board and in maintaining our website.  Paige answers some questions below:

What is your favorite Essex Running Club experience?

I joined ERC last spring, and my first hosted run with at Tom & Marta’s house in August.  I was a bit nervous showing up as I didn’t know that many members (yet), but John Harvey graciously ran with me, and then back at the house I was quickly pressed into service with Mick’s volunteers putting together packets for the Verona 5K, and I just kept thinking to myself: “Holy Cow, this is really the friendliest group of people!”.

What is your favorite running experience?

The Providence Rock N Roll Half Marathon last August has been my best race.  I was healthy, the weather was fabulous, the crowd support amazing, the course was scenic and varied (and not too hilly, given Providence), and I set a PR.  I just remember being at mile 11, thinking, “Man, I don’t want this to be over yet.”

What training methods have worked for you?  What advice would you give to a new runner?

I did two of Fleet Feet’s half marathon courses, which really worked for me because of the accountability factor.  Most recently I’ve been working with a coach (online) who is really trying hard to get me to some decent mileage while reducing the risk for injuries.  He has me running at paces that are slower than what I’m used to, but I’m covering more distance.  To new runners, I would suggest finding a training program that works for you, but to not unilaterally eliminate others because your goals/available time/health requirements may change.  It’s good to keep your mind open.

What are your current running goals?

If I can remain healthy and build up some more strength and speed, I’m hoping to get some revenge on the Old Port Half Marathon (which was my ugliest finish last year) in Portland, Maine.  I am also a new member of USATF, and hope to help out ERC with its team racing.

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In addition to Tom Eaton’s other running accomplishments, he was awarded the First Annual Club “Vince Carnevale Spirit Award” for his initiation, organization and dedication to our new “Youth Track Series”.  Tom mentions the track program and his own ideas on running and racing when answering our “four questions”.

What is your favorite Essex Running Club experience?

Well I have to say I am a bit biased about this, but my favorite Essex Running Club experience has been organizing and witnessing the Junior Track Series.  Last year was our first year and it was an incredible experience.  We had over 100 kids at each of the 3 meets and watching them was amazing.  The kids ranged from 4 year olds who had no idea what it meant to stay between the lines on a track, to older kids that put everything they had into their races.  Kids and parents were both amazed by what they accomplished.  The Essex Running Club was incredibly instrumental in getting these events off the ground, from supplying the seed money necessary for insurance, to the volunteers from the club that put in hours on Sunday nights to help these kids have a great experience.

What is your favorite running experience?

Over the years I have found that my favorite running experiences involve being surrounded by a group of friends that are all striving for the same goal, and having fun at the same time.  Races such as the River to Sea relays with the Grumpy Grovers, the Reach the Beach relays with the ERC Beach or Bust teams and even just Sunday runs at Grove Street, and early morning workouts with the few people crazy enough to get together at 6:00 am so we can punish ourselves are what I look forward to and remember with fondness.

What training methods have worked for you?  What advice would you give to a new runner?

Many of my friends would say that I am the last person to ask about training methods, as I have a tendency to overdo it.  What has worked for me over the years though is a steady diet of interval work, tempo runs and long runs.  For a new runner, I would say that you need to take your time and be patient.  Don’t compare yourself to other runners.  You need to pay attention to what works for you and be happy with gradual gains.  Also, find a group that you fit in with, both in terms of pace and humor!  The ERC and Grovers gave me that and I couldn’t be happier.

What are your current running goals?

My main goals are to continue to have fun, stay healthy and to try and not let age slow me down.  Specifically though, I have signed up for the Mohawk Hudson River marathon this fall.  There will be a large contingent of ERC runners making the trip and I am looking forward to a summer’s worth of training with my friends.

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