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Claire Gadrow was spotlighted via our dossier feature in the magazine. Here it is, unabridged:
Name: Claire Marcille Gadrow
Nickname: SpeedyG or Claire Bear
Residence: South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Day Job: Assistant Vice President for College Advancement, Connecticut College
High School: Centre Wellington District High School, Fergus, Ontario, Canada 1987
College: University of Rhode Island 1991 (accounting degree), 1998 (MBA degree)
Club: Narragansett Running Association
Sponsor and Race Team: Block Island Sport Shop – Thanks Jim and Marion Ortel
Coach: Glenn Guillemette
Average Miles per Week: 70
New Bedford Half Marathon 2010, 1:24:05
Boston 2011 2:56.46
Boston 2010 2:56.52
Hartford 2010 2:57.58
California International Marathon 2009 2:57.59
Hartford Marathon, especially 2010 when Helen Dinan, Maureen Terwilliger and I ran side by side
Blessing of the Fleet 10 miler
1. Any long run with marathon pace at end
2. 6-8×1 mile repeats with 2:00 rest. If any mile repeat is slower than previous one for two consecutive repeats, then you have to stop the workout (pace properly or fail).
3. Any mid distance run of 12-15 miles with 3 mile tempo blocks at 10 mile race pace
Places to Run:
Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI
Corn Neck Road, Block Island, RI
White Pond and Duval Trails, South Kingstown, RI
Running Shoe: Asics Gel Racer
Workout Songs: Thunderstruck
Book: Jack Daniels Running Formula
Hobbies: Competitive Equestrian, 2013 Rhode Island Modified Adult Equitation Champion. My beloved horse is Connor, a Dutch Warmblood.
Training Philosophy: You have to earn everything you get. There are no shortcuts. Work hard and be patient.
Prerace Ritual: Go in a cave. Travel to races alone or with husband. Stay quiet and focused.
Highlights: 1. Breaking 3:00 for first time at Philadelphia 2008 (2:58:35) and having my sister and husband in the race – and having my husband set his PR that day too. 2. Breaking 3:00 six times, four times since turning 40 years old. 3. Winning the Boston Prep in Derry, NH in 2010.
Lowlights: Boston 2012. I never should have started the race in the heat. But once I start something, I won’t quit. I was given bib F116 and it was the 116th Boston Marathon. I went into several medical tents along the route and then at 30K Diona Fulton said to me, “Sometimes you need to quit and sometimes you just can’t. This is a just can’t moment. Anyone can run 8 miles. Go do it.” I honored the race, but it was one of my slowest marathons in my career.
Break 2:55 in the Fall of 2013
Set a PR at Boston 2014
Proudest Moment: Being invited to the all women’s start for the first time at Boston 2010 and cracking the top 10 masters and running 2:56 and then sharing that moment with my husband who PR’d with 3:09.
Best Distance Runner of All Time: Paula Radcliffe
Local Running Role Model: Glenn Guillemette. Honorable mention to the local guys I have been running with for more than 15 years: Glenn, Peter, Mike, Dave, Jim, Ryan, Vinny, Paul, and of course my husband John Gadrow.
Oddest Thing That’s Ever Happened to You on a Run: Spotting the albino deer on our morning run after doubting its existence despite numerous reported sightings by Dave.
Footnote: As a female masters runner in New England, I am inspired by the talent. We are wise, tough, and determined competitors.
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