Weekly Wag – December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Welcome to this week’s edition of our weekly news and events roundup of all things Whippet-related. 
– Rose, Matt and Simon

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Get to Know a Whippet: Andrew Palaschenko 
1. Does anyone else in your family run?
My son steals my daughters toys and runs them into their bedroom to throw and hide them under their bunk beds. While he runs out of necessity, my wife also runs, but for leisure and to stay in shape. She runs a lot more often than I do and I believe she even contributes to the WAG.

2. Do you lift weights or have any good strength exercises you want to share?
I lift more often than I run, though the size of my biceps would suggest otherwise. Bruce Lee proved that you can be small and powerful, so I build myself in his image.

Good exercises for runners concentrate on lower body strength such as deadlifts, box jumps and squat variations, like the squat and press or the overhead squat, which is probably the most difficult squat. Most people lift less than half the weight on an overhead squat than they could on a normal squat. And while I’m not one to follow trends, the kettle bell is a very useful tool, but can be dangerous if not used properly. It’s effective because it provides cardio and strength training in one.

3. How did your last race go?
Poorly because I had a mole removed in an area that compromised my mobility. I basically did no training and was even slower than my last race when I had the flu. Being fully healthy for a race is something my body tries to prevent from happening.

4. What is your favorite race?
That’s a loaded question and implies that I’m a racist, but since you asked, I guess it’s a tie between Whites and Asians, because my kids are half of each.

5. Your favorite race that you ran in.
OK, I ran in the Empire State Run Up in February 2014. I liked that because it wasn’t just a flat race, but a run up 86 flights of stairs. While the scenery was pretty boring, it was short and there were some employees cheering on various floors. I finished in 17:03 and from what I understand, most people were under 20 minutes, with some of the elites doing it in less than 11. Also, it’s a feather in my cap because less than 600 people do it ever year and now they are capping the participant pool at less than 300 per year.

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Matt

More about Matt

Matt co-founder of the Dashing Whippets with Rich since May 2009. Matt has been running since joining his high school cross country team his sophomore year. Since being with the team, Matt has completed 3 marathons with a 2:57:24 PR at the 2013 Boston Marathon and many other races, including a 4:48 mile at the 2015 Fifth Avenue Mile and a 1:18:53 half marathon in the 2014 NYC Half Marathon. Matt lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters. Read more at Board of Directors

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