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With more than 330 disabled athletes  – in 150 wheelchairs, the TCS NYC Marathon has the largest fields of athletes with disabilities of any race in the world.  As part of our partnership with Runners World for this year’s marathon Amy Freeze caught up a New Yorker who has done more than 30 marathons on two wheels.

With arms that barely function and legs of diminished strength, Bill Reilly must use steady kicks in small motions to move his chair. What seems like a method against the odds – is actually the inspiration of an endurance athlete.

He’s become so familiar racing through the boroughs, the crowd gave him a nick name explains his guide Harold Chayefsky. “He’s famous on the course. They approve and they scream and they know him on the course after 25 years or so.”

“Backwards Bill,” is the nickname of Bill Reilly who has Cerbal Palsey yet claims nothing – not even training for 26.2 miles – to be difficult. He takes a trip in 1.5 hours to get weekly workout in every Saturday  with his team.

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He meets up with his Achilles Team Guides – and they simulate the steering and breaking they will do on race day – where downhills can take them to a 7 minute pace amongst their 10 minute pace.  On the course when runners are shoulder to shoulder on the course,  “First ave is tricky and in harlem some of the hills are tricky and 59th street brigdge…” Harold explains.

His never give up and never give in attitude comes from his family –

“Started with his mom – his mom they wanted to put him away – his mother said no he’s my son and I’m going to make him grow and productive.”  It’s the same  message Bill hopes others get from seeing him on race day.

Bill says, “Disabled people you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it!”

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IMG_6800_2See the story with video CLICK here   While most people her age are playing bridge, an octogenarian is training for this year’s TCS NYC Marathon. I joined a marathoning Grandmother from New Paltz for a training run in Central Park. We started by her stretching ME out.  “Work work it girl one more stretch.” At 80 years old Geri Owens can show you a thing or two.  Make no mistake about it.  This marathoning grandmother has taught fitness in New Paltz for a couple decades – she says runners are the best kind of people.

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 Geri explains marathoners just watch out for each other, “if ‘ faster than me you slow down and I speed up and if I speed up and you slow down.”  She began running in the early 80s when her kids were all finally in school, explaining “the fourth  of my four children went to kindergarten…. So now is my chance.” And she was good at it.  Winning her age division at track meets and even qualifying for the Boston Marathon!

Geri says, “I think better I sleep better more energy more tolerance… clean cabinets after running 13 miles? I don’t think so…”  Geri has finished races from subfreezing 9 degrees to sizzling 90 degrees!  Her challenge in this year’s 26.2 mile race – finish under 7 hours as she pays tribute to those she has lost. 

Especially her siblings, “it’s the memory of my family… lost brother to Alzheimer’s and my sister died at 30,  my other sister at 57. I just want to do it and cross the finish line for them and I will get there because of them.”

Her strategy on race day is – high fiving kids on the course!  See you at the finish Geri and Goodluck from TEAM ABC7!  See her story on http://www.7online.com

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NBA Basketball Pro Amare Stoudemire is not the only athlete in his family –  his wife and mother of their 4 children is taking on the TCS NYC Marathon this year.  Amy Freeze joined his her for a run in Central Park to hear about her training.

Athletics is nothing new for their family but – now the spotlight is on Alexis Stoudemire  – who is literally turning in to a  a marathoning mom! I have four children ages 9 8 6 and 16 months… I take the kids to school and then I’m running literally running after wards,” says Alexis.

Her training includes weekend training runs including all the ins and outs of marathoning from chaffing to goos. It’s a brand new sport mixed in with her duties as a supportive wife and doting mother – she’s pounding the pavement to help others!

 “My gf amber sabith whos husband plays for the ny Yankees signed me up!” Alexis said.  To run for charity!  What started as a way to raise money for the Sabitha’s inner city youth charity became a Bucket list item! http://www.pitcch.org/

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Alexis was an athlete growing up – but that was before babies and being and adult life took over! Now, she admits training is tough! “Its one of the hardest things ive ever done the discipline waking up and setting a schedule – figuring out when I can run.”

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After years on the sidelines encouraging Amare – she says her husband has become her biggest cheerleader – Watching over the kids while she does long runs on Sundays – and of course he gives her recovery tips!  “He knows how to recover rest and taught me to ice espon massage eat correctly have to recover –enough rest!”  And it’s all paying off!

Alexis said “I feel good about myself and I feel lean and healthy!!  It’s something that i’ve noever done before so that is the joy I’m getting out of it!

Goodluck – see you at the startline Alexis AMY FREEZE & TEAM ABC7

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Posted: October 29, 2014 in PERSONAL, Running
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Amy Freeze with Marathoner Fred Volpacchio

Amy Freeze with Marathoner Fred Volpacchio

Natvie New Yorker Fred Volpacchio was concerned he would never be the same. the 55 year old had run 28 marathons when a high speed bike crash in Central Park took him off course.  Fred says, “I swerved to avoid a biker and I crashed.”  His wife got him trauma care at the Hospital for Special Surgery with Dr. David Helfet. “He fell off his bicycle – broke his pelvis and ball of the hip joint went into the pelvis… well, after this your lucky if you could walk without a limp,” Helfet says. 

Remarkably, Helfet performed a surgery that would put all the pieces back together using metal plates and screws. The process would allow the hip to heal instead of a total hip replacement.

Fred had not missed at new York marathon since 1995 and he still hasn’t!! Ironically his surgery was the year of Superstorm Sandy’s cancellation – now rebuilt, he’s become somewhat of a bionic man! “I’m actually in better shape now than I was before the injury.”

Dr. Helfet says “We are focused on an accident not being the end – get you back in the game back to what you were doing before…

Doc Helfet explains trauma care can make people whole again but he credits Fred’s pre injury active lifestyle and his marathon mindset to securing his full recovery. “For a guy like fred many marathons he had made up his mind mentally to get back to marathoning, back to doing that.” Fred ran new York last year and he’s looking for a 3:40 PR this race visualizing the last turn from Central Park South! Fred says, “tasting the finish and seeing it in front of you that little extra bit to spring and cross that TCS NYC Marathon finish line  is thrilling!”

See you at the finish FRED!

-Amy Freeze

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GO DAD! Fred’s Wife and Daughter will be cheering him on on race day!

Along with forecasting the weather over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to host shows and work on special projects! (My first job in TV was as an entertainment reporter for a live, local show in Portland, OR!) One of the biggest thrills on those special assignments was a TV interview with Dick Clark.

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In Philadelphia April 2004 for the show "10!" on WCAU NBC 10

This photo is from when I met and interviewed Dick Clark in April 2004 while hosting “10!” on WCAU NBC 10. I’ll never forget him sharing his “Philadelphia” stories – including of his neighbor “Ed McMahan” who talked him into going to the American Bandstand host auditions… Clark said he had at first brushed Ed off telling him he already had a great gig on radio. But at Ed’s persistence he went and the rest is history! Clark was so charming and his delightful wife Kari was lovely visiting with the entire crew during their visit.
The timing of the interview happened just as his Diabetes diagnosis was happening — he had joined forces with the American Diabetes Association. During the interview we discussed the increased awareness for connection diabetes to the possibility of stroke… just a few months later Mr. Clark suffered a stroke himself. He made so many people smile! RIP #DickClark

Dick Clark’s final New Years Eve in Times Square was my first time to see the ball drop in person… it was a thrill #2012 http://www.amyfreeze.com
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Meteorlogist Amy Freeze

Thinking about my cold weather workouts… the doormen think I’m crazy to venture out in the cold, my neighbors are packing the gym… and my Mom still says “you’re gonna get sick!!!”   Does getting soaking wet with sweat during a winter workout seem to increase your risk of catching a cold?   Why does exercising in the cold increase your risk of having a heart attack compared with exerting yourself under temperate conditions?   Does cold weather exercise tend to cut excess fat from your body which might not fall during the summer?   I’m not about to tell you that your Mom or your Grandmother was wrong about exercise and getting sick in cold weather.  And I won’t promise you that you’ll drop a ton of weight running in sub freezing conditions but I do know that you will workout better if you understand your body and the physiological responses for exercising in cold air!  I know that I do!NYC11AF2

Ways to Cope with COLD

* During extremely cold weather, I try to find sheltered spots which are at least partly out of the wind. This will allow you to exercise more efficiently and reduce your risk of getting excessively cold. For example, I run in Central Park in the Winter and on the Hudson River in the Summer. The park is sheltered from winds, while the Riverfront offers a refreshing breeze in hot weather.

* Wear season-appropriate, adaptable clothes during runs. With today’s clothing technology there is no excuse to not be relatively comfortable during outdoor workouts ANY time of the year.  Get lightweight wind breakers, water resistant, and wicking clothes and you’ll feel good in winter weather!

* Two pairs of running shoes are necessary in winter weather. Winter’s slushy conditions often take their toll on shoes… running-shoe midsoles can become saturated with moisture. When midsoles get wet thy absorb shock less than dry soles, so leave water-logged shoes to dry out for 48 hours and use your second pair for the next day’s run.  I also tend to put my wet shoes near the heater to dry (but not close enough to melt the soles!)

* Drink!   Don’t reduce your fluid consumption.   I know I sweat in any weather!  But science shows perspiration rates are lower in the cold than in the heat, but cold weather exercise can still be dehydrating. For one thing, water is lost from the respiratory system at an increased rate on chilly days. Exposure to cold air can also increase the need to eliminate since urine prodution is increased.  You may not feel thirtsy in cool conditions but if you don’t drink you can become dehydrated which affects performance and makes it harder to stay warm. Taking at least 8 ounces of fluid immediately before a wintry workout. Doctors recommend to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water each day.

* Don’t overeat. As much as I would love to say I’m fattening up for my winter workouts… it’s any sort of adventage!  Accumulating “winter” fat under your skin offers no athletic help. It’s true that a fat person will feel more comfortable than a skinny individual when both are standing still in cold air, but the situation is reversed during exercise. Lean people can usually exercise more intensely than heftier folk and can therefore generate more internal heat. If your goal is to stay warm while exercising, being fit is definitely better than being fat! The exception to this rule is swimming, where a bit of fat under the skin prevents heat from being lost too rapidly to the water.

*Breathe in Your Nose more than Your Mouth which warms the air before it gets to your lungs.  Taking yoga classes really helped me learn this!

*RUN SMART!  Winter workouts depend on wind speed, too.   Look at the science!  A tolerable 32 degree F temperature will suddenly feel much colder when a swift wind develops, and the “feels like” coldness will plummet to about  23 degress F with a 19 mph wind.  It’s important to remember that running itself can amplify or minimize this ‘wind-chill’ effect. For example, running at 10 mph into a 9 mph wind provides the same chill as standing still in a 19 mph gale. For that reason, on windy winter days it is important to complete the first half of all your runs INTO the wind. The second half of the run – when fatigue is slowing you down, your body is generating less heat and your clothes are wet with sweat – should be completed with the wind at your back. Running at 8 mph with an 8 mph wind behind you totally eliminates any wind-chill effect, whereas running at the same speed into an 8mph wind produces the chilling effects of a 16-mph force.

THE BEST WINTER WORKOUT EVER

According to the Gatorade Science Institue the BEST WINTER WORKOUT IS basically, 60-minute rounds of exercise in chilly air, where you attempt to push up the intensity a little rather than just poking lethargically along.  These workouts will allow the body to break down fat.  One useful strategy that I have just begun to try is  to exercise for about an hour in the evening after dinner then refrain from eating afterwards.  Get up early and complete another 60-minute bout of strenuous exercise on the following morning before breakfast. Your muscles will be quite glycogen-depleted during the sunrise session, causing fat to be metabolize at a higher rate than usual. This strategy also works during warmer parts of the year too according to many athletes, but the unique nature of cold weather running may tend to magnify fat utilization.

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WILL I GET SICK AND WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF COLD WORKOUTS

I like the cold.  I think mindset is one of the first hurdles.  If you don’t want to do it.  Don’t.  If you do, just recognized the different environmental factors!  It’s true our bodies perform differently under extreme weather conditions.  For example, researchers at Japan’s National Defense Medical College have shown that exposure to cold air enhances the activity of large white blood cells (which actually depress immune system functioning.) The mechanism underlying this negative change may involve hydrocortisone/cortisol, the hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to cold stress which tends to ‘turn down’ immune system activity. This somewhat perverse reaction may explain, at least in part, why getting chills during a workout seems to increase your risk of getting ill.  Fortunately, the Japanese research says those who train regularly in cooler air are less likely to experience downturns in their immune systems after workouts than those who are exposed to the cold only sporadically.  BEWARE!  Researchers aren’t exactly sure why cold air is worse but cold-air exposure is known to raise both the heart rate and arterial blood pressure, so increasing the stress on the heart. Human blood also clots more easily in cold weather, which might increase the risk of a coronary artery blockage. These changes are modified by frequent exposure to the cold, so it is probably sudden and unexpected or sporadic interactions with cold which carry the most risk, in other words, “heart attack” shoveling after big snow storms.

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DANGER:  One of the dangers of cold weather workouts is that you can sometimes get too cold. The danger is not from freezing air but the combination of cold temperatures with sweat, or rain, or wind. Cold air doesn’t shut down the sweating process – so you need clothes that wick away the moisture.  If you get wet, you start to lose heat at an accelerated rate because water is not an insulator.  If you get wet from sweat or rain, expect to feel miserable.  Sometimes people wonder if inhaling large amounts of cold air could freeze the throat or respiratory tract.  The trick is breathing in your nose more than your mouth.  The risk appears to be quite low if you are able to pull most of the incoming air through your nose rather than your mouth. Bear in mind that even when the outside air is about 13deg F, inward-moving air is warmed to about 59deg F by the time it has moved just two inches into your nasal passages. By the time it reaches your larynx, it is close to 70, and the news is even better at the entry to your lungs, where the temperature of the in-rushing air is up to 86F.82760-17519-002f

 

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Race Day Weather

Posted: November 2, 2011 in Uncategorized
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 History of NYC Marathon Weather:

Average maximum: 62ºF/17ºC                 

Average low: 47ºF/8ºC

I’m so happy the NYC Marathon was not last weekend in the snow storm!  🙂 Mostly because, I’ve done that before…  it was 1999 Denver, Colorado and I ran my first marathon in the snow (for the record, we finished the run in temperatures near 50 and full sun = Denver Weather at it’s Best.)  Anyway, the weather for the marathon in NYC this weekend Nov. 6th, 2011 looks to be a tad cool, but next to ideal for a marathon this time of year.  Below is the forecast…keep in mind there’s nothing wrong wishing for pleasant weather but the conditions also gives you a chance to battle the elements… if this were to turn out to be the coldest marathon in NYC marathon history — just think of the bragging rights!  Jut ask someone who’s run the race, they may not remember every mile but they remember the weather!!  My co-workers who have run the race have great recollections of the extrmes they’ve endured (Diane Williams – last year’s Chilly Race and Bill Evan making it through torrential downpours in 1995… the weather becomes part of your race memory!)

FORECAST:

Start Temperature: 41    Max Temperature: 56  

Winds:  NW 10-15 mph      Sky Conditions:   Sunny

The coldest morning low in New York City’s Central Park on the morning of the marathon over the past 20 years was 34 degrees on Nov. 5, 1995.  The warmest afternoon high in New York City’s Central Park on the day of the New York City Marathon over the past 20 years was 73 degrees F on Nov. 4, 1990.

With waves of runners beginning between 8:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m., temperatures will hover around 40 degrees. However, it will feel even colder as a breezy, northwest wind during the race.

Heat has actually been more of a concern than the cold.  Hot temperatures were the reason the race date was changed.  It’s now run in early November instead of its initial date in October. That move was prompted by the 1984 race, in which the temperature reached 79 degrees and the race had its first fatality, a French runner who died of a heart attack.

Here’s some of the most dramatic weather moments in New York City Marathon history according to articles documented in the NYTimes:

1984  Also called “the disaster of 1984” by race founder Fred Lebow because of the death of 51 year old Jacques Bussereau who collapsed 14 miles into the race and died. Dozens more were treated at area hospitals for heat-related conditions. The humidity ranged from 96 percent at the start to 65 percent in the afternoon.  Of the 16,315 people who started that race, 14,590 of them crossed the finish line.  Orlando Pizzolato of Italy won the men’s race in 2 hours 14 minutes 53 seconds, which was six minutes slower than the winning time in 1983. Grete Waitz of Norway won her sixth women’s title, two minutes slower than the previous year. http://wabc.typepad.com/freezefront/

1994 It was not nearly as hot as 1984, but the 68-degree temperature coupled with high humidity was so bad that 2 runners died of heart attacks becoming the second and third deaths in the race’s history.

1995 A year after one of the hottest races, New York followed with a brutally cold, wet and windy day for one of the coldest ever NYC Marathons.  The temperature reached only 40 degrees, although it was colder at the start when the wind chill factor was 18 degrees, with a mix of rain and snow and winds blowing at 20-30 miles per hour with some gusts to 58 mph. Oddly enough, the same runners who won the hot 1994 race repeated as champions in 1995.

Here are some cool links to wild marathon weather preparations!

What to Wear in Marathon Weather

Doc Advice to Running in Cold

Event Alert Systems for some races  

Diane’s Blog to NYCM2010 

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