Currently, we are unable to hold events at the normal Winter Series locations. While we have applied for a race permit to hold Winter Series #3, 4, and 5 (5K and 15K) events at an alternate location on January 10th, 24th and February 7th respectively, it is not clear that the permit will be issued. HMRRC is continuing to look at additional venues and options for Winter Series races beyond the current application and will develop virtual options if in-person events are not possible. Thank you for your understanding and ideas as we continue to work on hosting events for 2021.

by Stephanie Mumford Brown
Want to think more clearly, avoid depression and fend off "senior brain?" Run! The mental benefits of running equal the physical ones, according to a raft of recently published research. Stephanie Mumford Brown explores the evidence of running's impact on brainpower – there's a lot more to it than "runner's high," and you'll never guess what really causes that! For full article, click here

by Josh Merlis
Other than giving us background on the glorious Upstate Classic Event that electrified the Albany area running community, Josh details how the pandemic ravaged his enterprise, bringing it near bankruptcy, but with his usual sangfroid attitude, he has managed to rise above it. For full article, click here

by Christine Bishop and Mat Nark
Mat Nark and six other experts in the field of running will present programs each day for a month, and in addition, races and events will be scheduled. The presenters are: Josh Merlis (Events); Michelle Merlis (Trail Running); Mat Nark (Strength/Running); Karli Taylor (Yoga); Todd Shatynski (Injury Prevention); Kelsey Beckmann (Nutrition); and Brad Hudson (Running). For full article, click here

by Bill Hoffman, Tim Ela and Naomi Hoffman
Bill Hoffman decided that in addition to running races he would produce them with the help of his friend Tim Ela and his wife Naomi. They created a company called Mountain Dog Running with a logo of his dog Tausch. The winners were Shaun Donegan and Michelle Merlis. For full article, click here

by Benita Zahn
Running is a great sport for friendship. You can literally talk while training and truly get to know each other. Benita has run many miles with her Live at 6 co-anchor, Jim Kambrich, who will soon be pursuing a different path when he retires. For full article, click here

by Jim Moore
"In August last year I ran my 1,000th road race. I had started running in September 1979, one month before turning 40. Last year is also notable for me because it was my 40th year of running and the year in which my years as a runner first exceeded that as a non-runner." For full article, click here

by Dick Vincent
In John L. Parker's iconic book, Once a Runner, its hero laments not being able to train in solitude. He obviously did not live during a pandemic. Coach Dick Vincent gives you concrete steps on how to gain motivation and take advantage of your time. For full article, click here

by Laura Clark
Laura has not let age get in the way of pursuing difficult and maybe dangerous ultra trail running that might daunt younger racers. She enthusiastically trained for the Moreau Half Marathon knowing one trail there is famous for its aptly named "Staircase of Death." For full article, click here

by Ben Heller
Running in 2020 has not been easy. Ben recounts how he looked forward to running the Virtual NYC Marathon and how its ironic ending made him ultimately realize that motivation can come from surprising sources and that "resiliency is the key." For full article, click here

by Russ Ebbets
"Everyone knows the adage that you cannot tell a book by its cover, but it is something most of us do most of the time." Ebbets give us seven ways to ensure that we look and feel better all the time from core stability to diet and nutrition. For full article, click here

by Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD
At the recent Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, the topic of nutrition for injuries was highlighted. How the use of nutrition and the use of hydrolyzed collagen can help in combating and preventing soft tissue injuries. For full article, click here

by Mark Mindel and Sally Drake
Once again Mark and Sally bring us books that they recommend highly for you to read after a long run as you relax by a fire and sip some mulled cider. Next month, January, their column will be their pick of the Top Ten Best Books of 2020! For full article, click here

by Anouk Booneman
Anouk's recipes are plant based, delicious and exotic. For example, you will find out how to use lime caviar, cooking with celeriac, when persimmons are ripe, pan de zucchero uses and more. Expect to get a raft of compliments when you serve these dishes during the holidays. For full article, click here

by Mary Claire Walker
In October, Mary ran the Yeti 100 Miler and in November she paced her mother at the midway point of Midstate Massive Ultra 100 Miler. In December, she understandably is resting and revitalizing herself by taking long runs in the Pine Bush. She also singles out her coach Michelle Merlis for helping to make her accomplishments possible. For full article, click here

by John Falotico
In a first for the online Pace Setter, we have an article written by the boyfriend of a runner who has been inspired to come back to a sport he had not pursued since varsity cross country in high school. Mary Claire Walker, an accomplished ultra runner, nudged him into running, but as you may guess, 5Ks are not his goal. For full article, click here

by Runners
If you are wondering what to get the runners on your list for the holidays, this column will answer that for you and give you ideas for presents guaranteed to please the runners in your life throughout the year. Happy Holidays!! For full article, click here

by Michelle Merlis
Michelle Merlis has added a very thorough article on perfect gifts for athletes and it complements nicely with the gift suggestions made by our runners in response to a Pace Setter survey question. This holiday season should present no problems for you with presents! For full article, click here

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