August 2016 Newsletter

Welcome New Members! – by Betsy Gonnerman
RaceSitters – by Jared Rhoads
Look Like a Runner, Feel Like a Runner, Run Like a Runner – by James Burnett
Featured UVRC Runner – by Lorna Young

Welcome to New Members

By Betsy Gonnerman

Keriann Ketcham Matt Ozahowski Lain Ridgway
Georgiana Romero Amanda Rusin Peter Terry
Sylvie Terry  Kevin Williams

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RaceSitters

By Jared Rhoads

Moms and Dads, have you ever wished that there was someone who could
supervise your child on-site while you BOTH run a road race?

RaceSitters will be at the Foliage Five race in Thetford, VT, on Sunday,
October 2nd!

Details to come. To reserve a spot for your child, or to express interest
in receiving more information as it becomes available, write to:
team@racesitters.com. RaceSitters is a new service started in 2016 by UVRC
members Becky and Jared Rhoads.

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Look Like a Runner, Feel Like a Runner, Run Like a Runner

By Jim Burnett

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The path to meaningful accomplishment is long and steep, like the auto road up Mt. Washington, but the directions are easy to follow, just like the Yellow Brick Road, and you will get there if you really and truly want to.

“Was it worth it?” Grace, the counselor in the Weight Watchers group I once attended would ask after each dieter in turn either “confessed” to eating something off-menu (say, a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream) or, on the other hand, spoke proudly of bravely resisting the temptation to indulge one last time before going to bed. In the end, reaching your goal has to be worth the effort to get there and, if so, the value of your accomplishment will sustain you on and on…

To run like a runner you should first look like a runner. Observe the runners that look and run the way you want to look and run. Visualize yourself running like they do. You cannot go wrong if you simply extend your spine straight up, lead your whole body forward with your chest and will yourself to feel light on your feet, at least for a short time. Practice to extend the duration of your “flight.” Of course, the surefire way to feel light on your feet is to actually become light on your feet. Much has been said and much more will be postulated about what is the ideal weight for a runner. My advice is to give your body what it needs to improve itself and sustain health and fitness. That’s it! The key is that it’s about what your body – head, heart, legs – needs to be fit and healthy. Everybody has a runner’s body inside. Avoiding foods and beverages that we know are bad for us peels back the layers, like the skins on an onion, to reveal the runner within.

On your journey to discover the runner within, you will undoubtedly have good days and bad days. At every step along the way remember what Grace asked, “Is it worth it?” It’s okay to mess things up every now and then. Even Usain Bolt makes mistakes! But, if you stick to your guns and answer emphatically, “Yes, it is worth it,” then you will make strides and you will improve and progress. “But, when will I feel like a runner?” You will feel like a runner when you realize you are on the right path and know with certainty that you are heading in the right direction. Engage yourself in the journey and you will feel like a runner, because this is what runners do, they strive unceasingly to run like a runner.

When you look like a runner and feel like a runner you will run like a runner. When you run like a runner you will never be completely satisfied, and that’s okay. Be patient and there will be times – during a training run or race or even a slow recovery run with your faithful running partner (for me, that would be Mookie, our year-old Labradoodle), when you know beyond any doubt that you are a runner.

You will soak in the beauty of nature,

You will run into it,

You will feel the cool breeze off the water,

You will hear your feet clicking along the path.

You will know you are a runner,

You will be light on your feet,

You will be happy,

And you will never stop running…

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Featured Runner

By Lorna Young

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Name: Kevin Hartstein 

Town: Hanover, NH

Where are you from originally and what brought you to this area?

I grew up in the Boston area and went to college at Northwestern University in Chicago. I returned to the Northeast to pursue a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at Dartmouth. 

What do you do professionally?

I work with Peter Tse in the Psychological and Brain Sciences department studying vision and visual imagery. I’m in my third year of the five year program.

How long have you been running?

Other than a stint on the middle school track team I didn’t start running until 2014.

How long have you been running competitively?

I’ve felt competitive since the very beginning. My first race was the Big Ten Network 10K in Chicago. I had read somewhere that “real” runners could run the 10K in under 40 minutes, so I set that as a goal. I ran my heart and lungs out, but it was a hot day and I finished in 40:06. Being new to the sport, I also failed to realize that the trash bins at the finish line held ice, water bottles, and cold towels – I assumed they were actually trash bins and lost my breakfast into the first one that I saw after crossing the finish line. Oops!

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Why do you run?

I used to hate running when I had to do it as conditioning for other sports. I even skipped practices in college when the captains of my ultimate frisbee team scheduled running workouts instead of scrimmages. Now I find it calming – a nice long run is a great opportunity to think or just clear my head. 

Recent memorable moment while running?

At mile eighty-something of the VT 100 I was shuffling down a trail in the woods and the route crossed an old stone wall that was a bit over knee-high. I could barely pick up my feet and remember crying out in despair at how sadistic it was to include that on the course. It’s funny how you would barely notice something like that on a typical run, but after all the wear and tear it seemed like an enormous obstacle.

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Best athletic accomplishment and why?

I was a nationally ranked fencer in high school. The highest I climbed in the rankings was 61st in the country for Men’s Epee, 19 and under. Fencing is a great sport that requires a lot of strategy and creativity as well as physical fitness. My best accomplishment was probably winning the Junior Olympic qualifier for New England in 2007. 

If you like to race, favorite race distance? Why?

My favorite distance is the marathon. I think it’s a perfect distance for really pushing your limits while running the entire time. I’ve run a handful of ultramarathons, which are also quite challenging, but they all involve walking or stopping at aid stations.

If you like to race, notable race moment? OR most memorable race?

One notable moment was the finish of the Maine Coast Marathon in May of 2015. It was a hot, humid day and I was attempting to finish under 3 hours. I was on pace until mile 22 or so, but wasn’t drinking enough fluids and hit a wall. I tried to push through it, but slowed down considerably. With 1/5 of a mile to go I turned a corner and saw the finish line, but my right hamstring and lower back cramped up and my vision went fuzzy. I though I had fallen down, but my friend later told me I just bent over for a while. I was able to shuffle across the finish line after a few minutes of stretching, but then spent 30 minutes in the medical tent covered in ice. I’ve made sure to stay hydrated since then!

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Training partners?

Dan Chomko was my neighbor and first running partner after moving to the upper valley. After I joined the club I started running with Jeremy Huckins, Dan Shea, Alex Hall, Phoebe Novello, Andrew Flynn, and Tim Smith. I’ve also had a lot of fun running relays and races with Lydia Gill and Cara Baskin.

Cross training activities?

I like playing ultimate frisbee and rock-climbing in the summer and downhill skiing in the winter. Looking to try out cross-country skiing this year.

Favorite local running route?

The Ballard Trail and Hazen Trail in Norwich are 2 favorites. Since moving back to Hanover I’ve also been exploring the Mink Brook area a lot.

Favorite post run treat?

Beer is nice.

Strangest place ever run?

I ran my first marathon with my twin brother in Reykjavik, Iceland. It was a beautiful course and we stayed there for a week afterward to camp and see the island.

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Any notable streaks or other unusual running events?

Last summer my brother and I drove to Wyoming to run in Grand Teton National Park for a week. We camped out and spent most of each day running around in the mountains, then cooked dinner over a fire. If you ever find yourself out there, run the Paintbrush Canyon to Cascade Canyon loop – 22 miles with over 4,000 ft. of elevation gain and it’s absolutely beautiful from start to finish.

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What made you start running?

My identical twin brother, Taylor, started running when he moved to New York City for law school. He had been cycling since high school, but wasn’t really able to ride in the city so he took up running in central park. He got fast quickly and ran his first marathon in 3:18. He described how much he enjoyed it and I figured I have the same genes and could probably also do well so I gave it a try. We’ve been in fierce but friendly competition ever since (…my first marathon was 3:07:19, but his PR is still better than mine).

Who is your running “idol”?

Probably Scott Jurek. One of the first running books I read was “Eat and Run” and it was cool to run with him through Norwich and Hanover when he set the Fastest Known Time on the Appalachian Trail. “Eat and Run” also has recipes for delicious vegan meals and snacks.

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Are your reasons for running now the same or different than the reason you first started?

Yes, more or less. I started because I thought I could run pretty fast in distance races. I’m still improving, so I’d like to see how fast I can get. Running has also become a great stress-reliever, so I think I will keep at it for a long time.

Why did you join UVRC?

I used to do speed work on my own. I would run mile repeats on the treadmill throughout my first winter and moved to the track once the snow melted. I happened to be there on a Tuesday and 50 people showed up! Kim introduced herself and told me about the club, so I did the workout and have been hooked ever since.

Ever run in a costume?

Not yet.

The only running shoe for me is?

I’ve tried out a lot of different shoes, but recently Altras have been my favorite.

Ever been injured? How did it happen?

While skiing my freshman year of college I managed to get a compression fracture in my spine. I was doing 360s on a jump some friends and I had built and landed on my lower back. I had to spend 4 months in a back brace, but made a full recovery.

Hot or cold weather runner?

Either. Or rain. I like to run when it’s horrible out. After the initial unpleasantness you sort of settle into a rhythm. Feels good to conquer the elements.

Morning or evening runner?

I’ve been trying to run in the morning, but it’s so hard to get up that early! Definitely an evening runner.

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What is your favorite race?

I have actually never run the same race twice! Running the Chicago Marathon last fall was really fun though. It was cool to cover the whole city on foot after living there for 2 years. I’m excited to run Boston this year (first time!) for similar reasons, since I grew up in the area.

Favorite running book/film?

My favorite is “Run for Your Life,” which is a movie about the early days of marathon running and the organization of the New York Road Runners and New York City Marathon under Fred Lebow.

What does your daily workout consist of?

I try to mix things up.

How about favorite work out?

Whatever workout we’re doing at TNT! It’s really fun to do speed work with other people and it has definitely made me a lot faster.

What is your diet like?

I’m a vegetarian. I eat a lot of avocados and eggs. 

If you could run with anyone, who would be the person?  Where would you run?

It would be really cool to run with Steve Prefontaine at Hayward Field in Eugene. Obviously impossible, but hey it’s my choice.

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