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April 2020

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Running in the Shadow of COVID-19

by HMRRC Members
Runners share their thoughts on how COVID-19 changed their world and how they are coping with it. For full article, click here

The Healthy Runner: How to Cope with Trying Times

by Benita Zahn
In her second installment of The Healthy Runner, Benita Zahn co-anchor of NewsChannel 13 and host of Health Beat on wnyt.com, gives tips to runners on how to stay healthy during the Coronavirus pandemic. Benita herself is a runner and triathlete. For full article, click here

Dealing with COVID-19

Two crucial things to adhere to during the COVID-19 pandemic to stop the spread of the virus are social distancing and washing hands. Other actions are listed to help you cope. But remember, the best way to avoid the virus is to not be exposed to it. For full article, click here

Racing on Unknown Paths

by Greg Rickes
“It’s 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 2020, and I should be standing on the starting line for the Wildlight 5k in Yulee, Florida. Instead I’m sitting here at the keyboard contemplating how the world has changed…” For full article, click here

Living in a Corona Colored World

by Ben Heller
“Just typing the phrase 'Boston is canceled' sends a chill up my spine, especially since I have dedicated the last four months mercilessly training for what was supposed to be a redemption marathon on a beautiful crisp spring afternoon.” For full article, click here

So, the World is Ending: What does that mean about my races and running?

by Thomas O’Grady
“The disruption caused by the Coronavirus in 2020 is already unprecedented.” For runners, races were canceled or rescheduled, decisions had to be made about what to do. In the beginning social distancing was not working … For full article, click here

Getting Ready for Spring Races then COVID-19 Strikes

by Andy Reed
Andy began training using the philosophy of Tom “Tinman” Schwartz hoping to get a 1:20 time in the April Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon. For full article, click here

From Tears Spring Hope

by Christine Myers
"I, like many other runners from all across the globe, had their spring season stolen. I had received the news only a week before race day. At first, I was furious..." For full article, click here

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

by Bill Dodds
I’m new to the area and started making friends through running…I now do not run in any groups.” For full article, click here

The Calm Before the Storm

by Theresa DeLorenzo, RD
“I was one of the lucky ones that got my marathon done right before the COVID-19 madness began. I went down to Atlanta to watch the Olympic trials, and then ran the Publix Atlanta Marathon the next day.” For full article, click here

Races are Canceled, But Keep the Faith

by Kristen Garzone
“With all Spring races getting canceled or postponed, we runners understand why (obviously) but I have to say this – it’s still OK to be sad and frustrated getting that dreaded email after pouring your heart into a training cycle.” For full article, click here

Race Cancelations: Their Consequences

by Kristen Hislop
“… while I love seeing people out getting exercise and using the parks in March, it also pains me to see races having to postpone and cancel.” Kristen details the problems that occur when races are canceled other than the obvious ones. She details the hidden costs that can possibly bankrupt race directors. For full article, click here

Yoga and Stress

by Karli Taylor
As we live through this period of quarantine and social distancing, we have a great deal of stress and yoga helps relieve it. Inside is a link to a free 30-minute yoga class led by Karli Taylor that will help you cope better with these times. For full article, click here

Distinguished Service Nominee: Mark Warner

For over three decades, the contributions of Mark Warner to our club, and by extension, to the running community in the Greater Albany area, are legion. Mark has been nominated for one of the HMRRC's highest awards for his unstinting, inspired and thoughtful contributions. His passion for running and volunteerism has helped us all. For full article, click here

Karen Bertasso: The Path to the 2020 Olympic Trials

by Christine Bishop and Karen Bertasso
Her dream began in 2014 and in 2020 she achieved it. Karen describes the route she took to reach this pinnacle of running success. As Jeremy McNamara said, "The worst runners there would still be among the fastest people in the world. That's pretty crazy." For full article, click here

2020 Olympic Trials Experience

by Josh Merlis
"On Thursday, February 27, I flew to Atlanta, GA with Michelle (my wife) and Dick Vincent. Dick was the officiant at our wedding and Michelle and I have shared great experiences with him over the years, but in many ways, nothing could compare with the raw excitement of us being at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials." For full article, click here

The USA Men's & Women's Olympic Marathon Trials

by Dick Vincent
"Josh Merlis and I have traveled a number of times together for running related events. Eight years ago, we went to Houston for the USA Olympic Marathon Trials so I knew this would be a blast. Josh's wife Michelle would be with us and she is equally fanatical about the national running scene. I couldn't have been happier to join them." For full article, click here

Seven Hundred Stories

by Michelle Merlis
On the last weekend in February, Michelle and Josh Merlis went to Atlanta with friends to see the Olympic Trials and their friend Karen Bertasso race in them. The city turned into the running mecca of the world as it exploded with athletes 700 of whom were to run in the event. No one could have predicted what would happen next or in the following days that would change our world. For full article, click here

Virtual Runnin' of the Green with Grand Prix Ranking

by Brian Northan, Runnin’ of the Green Race Director
Group races are not allowed since they would spread the deadly COVID-19 virus, but online virtual races are now the ticket. You can compete in the Runnin' of the Green this month while earning points in the Grand Prix rankings but you must run it by yourself. For full article, click here

Virtual 5 & 10K Races For You to Run in April

by Bill Bean
"With a pandemic, an uncertain economy, and ongoing political surrealism, the loss of a runner’s spring race season is a tough blow for many of us to take." So we have created 2 virtual races for you to compete in. Get out your running shoes! For full article, click here

Meet Our Runners

Meet Our Runners: Chuck Terry, Danielle Maslowsky, Vasil Koleci, Liz Chauhan, and Jeremy McNamara share their running heroes, favorite races, worst races, what they were training for before COVID-19 infected our lives and what runs are on their bucket list. For full article, click here

Track & Field Writers Association 2020 Books of the Year

by Christine Bishop
Race called off, feeling down, wondering what to do? You might want to read books by the ten nominees for the Track & Field Writers Association Book of the Year award. Proudly, one of them is by our own columnist, Dr. Russ Ebbets. For full article, click here

Movies for Runners Who Like Running Movies

by Bill Bean
Bill Bean has kindly compiled a list of movies that runners can watch while complying with the Stay at Home mandate for COVID-19. Some are time honored entries like Chariots of Fire and some less known like the Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young. Bill's list is a part of our initiative to help combat cabin fever. For full article, click here

Off The Road: 100-Point Scale

by Russ Ebbets, DC
Good nutrition is essential for an athlete's performance, but what is good nutrition and how should you measure it? The 100-Point Scale is a perfect way to do it. For full article, click here

Shen Girls Run for Each Other

by Kristen Hislop
"FEO (For Each Other) is a big part of the Shen Girls running number one in New York in the 4x800 relay at the indoor State meet, in a time that day which was also #1 in the US." Sadly because of COVID-19, they did not get to play in the Nationals. For full article, click here

Food for Thought: The Importance of Protein for Endurance Athletes

by Jim Gazzale
"In general, protein intake for athletes should be higher than for the average non-athlete. That means, in general, athletes should be consuming 1.2 to 2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. That’s a great place to start. and progress from there." For full article, click here

Sports Nutrition: Fads, Facts and Fallacies

by Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD
The Internet has lots of information and lots of it is not accurate particularly about nutrition. Here famed dietitian Nancy Clark sifts through the articles and claims you are bombarded with and separates fact from fiction. For full article, click here

An Evaluation of the Decision by World Athletics on Whether or Not to Ban the Nike Vapor Fly Racing Shoe in 2020

by Thomas O'Grady and Daniel Gracey
This article was recently published in the Entertainment and Sports Law Journal by our own runners and writers, Tom O'Grady and Daniel Gracey, past co-editor of The Pace Setter. It is an evaluation of the decision by World Athletics on whether or not to ban the Nike VaporFly Racing Shoe in 2020. For full article, click here

Cooking During the Time of COVID-19: Chickpea Scramble

by Anouk Booneman
To avoid going to grocery stores more than you have to, Anouk recommends finding goodies in your pantry and using them creatively. Anouk loves beans of all types, canned or dry, and uses them as a staple in her cooking. Here she employs chickpeas in a magical way. For full article, click here

Books to Read After Running

by Sally Drake and Mark Mindel
In the time of quarantines and stay at home mandates to fight COVID-19, it is the perfect occasion to read more books and help fight the spread of this virus. Sally Drake and Mark Mindel, runners and readers, recommend good choices for you. The local libraries are closed but you can order e-books online at . For full article, click here

Running Commentary

This monthly column features a little bit of everything and a lot that's important to runners. Find out who our new members are and a fact about membership you may not have realized. Unbelievably, there is a section on upcoming races four strong but they are all virtual. Delight in the Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon photo contest results, and more!! For full article, click here

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