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THE TOTAL BODY WORKOUT YOU CAN DO IN YOUR OFFICE

THE TOTAL BODY WORKOUT YOU CAN DO IN YOUR OFFICE

You want to work out. However, you don’t have immediate access to a gym, and who has the time to go, am I right? Well, I’m about to simultaneously blow both of your excuses OUT OF THE WATER with these totally killer exercises you can perform at your desk, or wherever you choose. You have 15 mins in-between meetings? Cool, you now have time to work out. The only piece of equipment you’ll need to perform all 10 of these exercises is an Addaday resistance band, which you can find here.

My espresso shots are kicking in, so I hope you’re ready to hop right into the exercises. Ready? OKGREATLETSGOOOOOO……

WIDE STANCE SQUAT
 

WIDE STANCE SQUAT
Ok, this one should feel natural, but if you spend a lot of time seated at a desk, you’ll probably have some work to do. Feet about shoulder-width apart. Simultaneously think about pushing your tailbone back behind you as you drive your knees out wide in opposite directions. Keep your heels down and keep your chest puffed out nice and proud. Push your hips back and down until your thighs are parallel with the ground, then stand back up, and repeat.
Muscles worked: Glutes, Hamstrings, Quads




 

 

PUSH UP
 

PUSH UP
Hands in line with the middle of your chest, not shoulders. Tuck your elbows in, so that your upper arm is about 45-degrees from your torso. Keep your abs tight as you slowly lower BOTH your chest AND hips to the ground, then return to starting position. Performed either kneeling, or on your toes is fine.
Muscles worked: Chest, Abs, Triceps, Shoulders




 

 

PLANK
 

PLANK
Similar to push-up position, except we’re just holding this one. If you start to feel it too much in your lower back, think about pulling your navel up towards your spine and squeeze your butt.
Muscles worked: Abs




 

 

HIP BRIDGE + ADDADAY
 

HIP BRIDGE + ADDADAY
Heels in close to your bottom, shoulders and head on the ground. Band across the front of your hips. Think about pressing through the floor with your heels as you drive your hips up, hard into the band, as high as you can toward the ceiling. Give that butt a squeeze for 2 seconds at the top!
Muscles worked: Glutes




 

 

HAMSTRING CURL + ADDADAY
 

HAMSTRING CURL + ADDADAY
Step into the band with both feet, and position around ankles (double up the band for added resistance as shown in video). Lay flat, stomach down. Keep one foot down as you drive the heel of the opposite leg into your butt. Squeeze the back of the leg that’s moving, as you bring it up and back down at a controlled tempo.
Muscles worked: Hamstrings




 

 

LAT PULL + ADDADAY
 

LAT PULL + ADDADAY
Grab opposite ends of the band with each hand, palms facing each other. Rech straight up over your head and begin pulling your hands apart to make the band taught. Keeping this tension, let your elbows bend, slowly driving them towards your hips. Maintaining this form, pull the band to the TOP of your chest, then bring back up, keeping the band tight throughout the entire movement.
Muscles worked: Lats




 

 

REVERSE FLY + ADDADAY
 

REVERSE FLY + ADDADAY
Grab the outside ends of the band with palms facing down. Reach hands straight out in front of you and push you rib cage up towards the ceiling. Maintaining this posture, slowly drive your pinky fingers in opposite directions, behind you, until the band is stretched across the middle of your chest. Squeeze the backs of your shoulders together as you do this.
Muscles worked: Shoulders, Upper Back




 

 

DEADLIFT + ADDADAY
 

DEADLIFT + ADDADAY
Step on the middle of the band and grab an end with each hand. Feet hip-width apart or closer. Keep your shoulders down and back, and your chest forward. Bow, as you push your tailbone directly back behind you, focusing on keeping your spine as flat as possible. Push your butt forward to rise back up quickly… don’t pull up on the band, let your hips do all the work… your hands are just going along for the ride.
Muscles worked: Glutes, Hamstrings, Back




 

 

PARTNER ROW
 

PARTNER ROW
Grab a co-worker for an ol’ fashioned tug-of-war, except everyone wins! Each person grabs an opposite end of the band, with one hand, facing each other. Stand far enough apart that there is tension in the band with both person’s arms extended. Find a rhythm as each of you drive your elbow straight back behind you as far as you can. Bring forward again and repeat, then switch arms.
Muscles worked: Upper Back, Biceps




 

 

PARTNER TWIST
 

PARTNER TWIST
Same buddy, different movement. Facing each other, now grab an end of the band with both hands. With arms fully extended in front of you, rotate from the waist (not the shoulders) to pull the band to one side, then back to the other side. Challenge yourself by mixing it up: Have one person stand still, both of you rotate in opposite directions, or both of you rotate in the same direction. Squeeze your midsection tight throughout the entire movement.
Muscles worked: Abs




 

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THE ALL NEW SOLSTICE FROM ALTRA

THE ALL NEW SOLSTICE FROM ALTRA

JACKRABBIT EXCLUSIVE FOR JANUARY: Get it here and nowhere else!

STOP, DROP, AND GO!

Just a casual walk to see how these feel…

Wow, my toes feel really comfortable, maybe just a brisk walk here….

Ok, these are feather-light, lemme try out a jog….

Screw it! Time to sprint FULL SPEED. This feels so natural, am I even wearing shoes!?

And it’s really like that. Or, at least, it was for me the first time I took a hit of, er, I mean, put on the new Altra Solstice.

If you are already a fan of Altra, this undeniable desire-to-run is probably a familiar feeling. If you’re a newbie to the running shoe brand, the unconventional shape and stance Altra is known for, purposely recalls a human’s natural postures and gait.

I’m a huge fan of zero drop (The distance from your heel to the ground is the same as your toe to the ground). It just makes sense to me. Growing up as a multi-sport athlete, I was always taught to be up on the balls of my feet, known as “athletic position”. Being caught sitting back on my heels equated to slowness, therefore, wearing ramped shoes (more cushoining in the heel than the toe), seemed counter-intuitive. Knowing this, why would I want to run in high-heels? I still remember the first time I wore a running shoe with an 13mm drop, it threw my posture all out of whack and absolutely destroyed my low back.

On the flip side, runners who try switching to Altra from a high-heeled running shoe often complain of sore calves and achilles…. Well, yeah, because the back of your legs have gotten used to being over-shortened and now you’re actually using them correctly, so… congratulations? Yes, if you are making the transition from running in high-heels (8mm+ drop) to zero drop, there’s a bit of a learning curve, but trust me, it’s worth it.

Clearly you can see my bias, so let me check myself before I wreck myself, and offer this disclaimer: Altra is not for everybody. As I mentioned earlier, I am an athlete and don’t have any postural issues. If you have “flat feet” or extreme pronation issues (knees caving in), I wouldn’t suggest Altra for you. I would suggest, however, that you hit the weight room and strengthen your glutes and hamstrings, but that’s an entirely different issue and blog post.

ALL-DAY AND ALL-NIGHT

Ok, off my pedestal, and on to the specifics of the all-new Solstice. These shoes look good burning up the road, or paired with a pair of casual jeans. All-day and all-night the Solstice delivers. That’s why they’re named Solstice… the summer solstice has the longest day, the winter solstice has the longest night. You get to have both. Get it now?? All Altra shoes perform, but the extreme “foot-shape” of some models can look somewhat clownish. These ones, however, rank very low on the Nerd-scale™ that I just developed to rate running shoes that clearly favor function and sacrifice style. With the Solstice, I feel fast when I’m on the move, and look sleek when I’m just kickin’ around. Best of both worlds. Your cake and the ability to eat it, or something like that. All day and all night, ya dig?

If you have yet to try a zero-drop running shoe, I encourage you to let the Solstice be your gateway drug. Lace em up and sprint it out, or dress em up and relax in comfortable style. Just don’t be surprised if you quickly become addicted, and develop a taste for more Altra. There’s currently no rehab program in place for this drug, but don’t worry, they don’t test for this PED. When others ask where you got your all-day, all-night high, tell them JackRabbit is your dealer.

 

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RUNNING THE ALTRA DREAM WITH BRIAN AND KARA

RUNNING THE ALTRA DREAM WITH BRIAN AND KARA

MEET BRIAN AND KARA – RUNNING LONG AND STRONG WEARING ALTRAS


Meet Colorado runners Brian and Kara Husmann – ultra runners, marathon runners, Ironman triathletes and parents to twin girls who rock. I first met this duo in the pool, ironically without shoes, but their passions is running – a long way.

They dedicate much of their time and racing to raising awareness for Type 1 Diabetes, a condition one of their daughters has developed.

Brian qualified for Boston in 2018 and both have run the Leadville 100 Trail Run – an run of epic proportions, terrain and mental challenge.

As signed, sealed and delivered fans of running in Altra shoes, Brian shares their story of how their feet found Altras and their no-blister running story of the year.


MY ALTRA RUNNING SHOE STORY – BRIAN – Olympus, Torin, and Escalante


A little over two years ago my wife Kara said she was signing up for the Leadville 100 Trail Run. We had been running Ironmans and Marathons together for some time now, however, 100 miles of trail running was a totally different ballgame and sounded beyond crazy to me. Since Kara and I do virtually everything together and keep each other motivated and competitive, I had to sign up for this race too. It was eight months until the Leadville 100 Trail Run in August 2016.

The first thing I knew I needed was a great pair of super cushy and burly trail shoes. I was always intrigued by the big thick soled running shoes I’d seen people wearing at the gym. Now I had my chance to wear them too. After some quick research, I found there to be two major brands to try. The Altra Olympus 2.0 looked like a good bet for long distance hauls through the mountains. It appeared to be a tough, well-made and substantial shoe with a super grippy Vibram sole for chewing up the trails. The shoe fit awesome right out of the store, and best of all, it had a wide toe-box. No cramped, bloody, and blistered toes for me. I told my wife about these shoes and she bought a pair too.

OLYMPUS

Our first long training run with our new Olympus’s was a 25-miler at White Ranch Open Space on a drizzly spring morning in 2016. The first thing I noticed on the loose and wet gravel areas was how stable and grippy the shoes were. While running downhill, there was no slipping or sliding and the soles were very grippy on the larger embedded rocks. The cushioning was perfect and well balanced – plenty to absorb the rocks while not being spongey or Styrofoamey feeling.

Running in the Mountains

Throughout our spring and summer training before Leadville, we ran solely in our Olympus’s. Our trail runs included 100 mile+ weeks consisting of many high-altiutude runs over rocky terrain including 13er’s and 14ers. For two weeks in mid- summer, we ran the gnarly, muddy, humid trails in northern Wisconsin. 35 mile runs with river crossings posed no problem and caused no feet ailments. We ran a good amount of pavement in them as well. We’d switch out to a new pair of Olympus’s after about 300 miles or so to keep everything fresh. Man, the shoes were awesome. Stable, plenty of cushioning for the downhill runs, and again, so grippy on the pea gravel and the boulder hopping on the 13er’s 14er’s. “Can you believe how grippy these shoes are?” we’d always find ourselves saying to each other during our runs together. Did I talk about grippiness yet? Anyhow, no blisters all season long and no leg pain except sore muscles due to the high mileage. And, our toes always felt relaxed in the wide-toe box.

The shoes brilliantly carried me through the Leadville 100 Trail Race. I had two pairs for the race. One for the first 60 miles and another pair for after the river crossing at Twin Lakes. The only issue was a hot-spot under my right foot that started at about mile 87. Since buying our first pair of Altras two years ago, it’s the only shoes we’ve trail run in. Kara recently ran another 100 miler – Run Rabbit Run 100 – in these shoes. Again, no issues. I must mention, however, that the Olympus 2.0 is still our favorite – even over the recently released 2.5’s.

TORIN

Which leads me to the Altra Torin – Altra’s high cushioning road shoe. Soon after I bought the Olympus 2.0, I bought the Torins for road running and triathlon racing. While not as high cushioning as the Altra Paradigm (which my wife loves), it is a well cushioned shoe, with the signature wide toe-box, and is awesome for longer road runs. Again, since buying the Torin two years ago, I’ve run in nothing else for my road runs (well, except for the Altra Escalante). No blisters, no knee pain, and no hip pain. As for the zero-drop, I think it may have improved my overall running by helping me run more on my fore-foot. In fact, I recently PR-ed both my Marathon and my Ironman Marathon in this shoe. Kara runs solely in the Paradigm for her road running and she also recently achieved a Marathon PR in this shoe.

ESCALANTE

The Altra Escalante is my favorite shoe for shorter runs and treadmill runs. Super comfortable like a slipper with more of a softer cushioned feel. I like to wear this as an everyday shoe as well.

Needless to say, we love our Altra shoes. I need to try the newer Altra Timp…it could very well be my next favorite trail running shoe.

 

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NEW YEAR, NEW RUNNING GEAR

NEW GEAR FOR THE NEW YEAR

NEW YEAR, RUNNING SHOES GALORE

When it comes to bringing in the New Year, there is something about it that just screams ‘New’ – or is that just me? Fortunately, in our JackRabbit world, most agree with us, especially those lovely folks who make the running shoes.

These running-shoe people seem to understand that in order to drag yourself out of bed, in the dark mornings of January, we *need* a reason to do so.

I don’t know about you, but a new pair of running shoes, is enough for me to turn off the alarm, actually get out of bed and out into the cold mornings of winter running. Okay, it might not just be the shoes, but probably also the receipt of an ‘encouraging’ text from a running partner calling me to ‘GET OUT HERE NOW!!!!’

The first month of the year could almost be described as ‘Christmas in January’ for any running enthusiast. There’s a cornucopia of new running shoes being released, and we have them at JackRabbit, ready to rock your running world.

Regardless of the weather or time of year, we like to quote the Paolo Nutini lyrics: ‘put some new shoes on, suddenly everything is right.

THE LATEST RUNNING SHOES IN THE JACKRABBIT FOOTWEAR CLOSET

Check out the latest arrivals at JackRabbit. New styles, brand new shoes, and new colors to tempt any runner onto the road.

And, let’s not forget our little JackBunnies! We have two new kids running shoes styles to get ‘em running young!

THE LATEST RUNNING SHOES ARRIVING AT JACKRABBIT IN JANUARY 2018

 

Altra Escalante Womens



Saucony Hurricane ISO 4
This shoe is supportive enough for the overpronating runner, but has the flexibility and springy feeling because of their EVERRUN technology and flex grooves.
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Altra LonePeak Womens

Saucony Peregrine 8

Tackle a variety of terrains in these shoes! It is more flexible and accommodating to your foot with aggressive lugs that increases traction but still feels springy.
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Altra Torin Womens

Adidas Adizero Prime LTD
A lightweight shoe with a cushioned midsole. The shoe’s material creates a snug fit, like it was built for your foot to make you feel secure and comfortable.
NOW AVAILABLE!

Altra LonePeak Womens

Nike Metcon 4
Same great Metcon-shape but now more durable on top with 3D-printed upper. Flywire cables now integrate with laces for a secure fit to handle any lifting and the daily training grind.
NOW AVAILABLE!

 

Altra Torin Womens

Altra Solstice
Special mesh that is both breathable and durable on top. Made for short distance runs, training, casual out and about adventures.
EXCLUSIVE AT JACKRABBIT: NOW AVAILABLE!

Altra LonePeak Womens

Altra HIIT XT
Altra’s new cross-trainer with the same great foot-shape and zero drop. It’s wrap around rubber outsole and durable mesh upper is made for CrossFit, HIIT, and any other lifting.
ARRIVING SOON!

 

Hoka Challenger

Hoka Challenger ATR 4
Can be called the Clifton for the trail for good reason: it’s lighter than the Clifton and built on the same last with a firmer outsole to handle a variety of surfaces.
NOW AVAILABLE!

Hoka Arahi 2

Hoka Arahi 2
A light-weight shoe to help those people who naturally roll their feet in. Unlike other sturdy shoes, it is also flexible and breathable.
NOW AVAILABLE!

 

Mizuno Wave Rider

Mizuno Wave Sky
This shoe is all about comfort with a sleek, snug fit with a thin forefoot. Mizuno’s thick sock liner and plush cushion in the midsole provides amazing comfort and a soft fit feel. Slip your foot into a this shoe and run on in comfort.
NOW AVAILABLE!

Mizuno Wave Inpsire

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14
This light stability shoe has a softer underfoot and immediate step-in feel from its new mesh material, softer collar and sockliner. Mizuno’s upgraded technology still gives you the springy feel and stability for moderate overpronators.
NOW AVAILABLE!

 

Mizuno Wave Horizon

Mizuno Wave Horizon 2
The softest and most stable shoe to come out of Mizuno! New stability technology is made to be softer and still lively, while overall a nice transition for your foot while you run.
NOW AVAILABLE!

Asics GEL DS

Asics GEL-DS Trainer 23
Gives mild stability and a quite bouncy feeling. The midsole is the same, but the upper is now more breathable and comfortable with a different material less overlays.
ARRIVING SOON!

 

New Balance Agility

New Balance Agility v2
A design from data stemmed from HIIT, gives you more protection and support with key placed tighter woven areas, while strategic open-woven areas give you proper ventilation and freedom to move in multiple directions for many workouts. Plus, Midsole gives you rapid rebound for that extra boost in training.
NOW AVAILABLE!

New Balance Vaadu

New Balance Vaadu Trainer
A low drop shoe with a bootie construction for an ideal foot for most workouts. The comfort around the ankle is unparalelled with a sleek look for rocking the gym and intensity workouts. Fresh foam keeps it stable and comfortable.
NOW AVAILABLE!

 

New Balance 1500

New Balance 1500 v4
Designed for SPEED. This sleek shoe has no-sew overlays and a full bootie construction. Plus, New Balance’s Boa Closure System creates a custom fit, perfect for quick transitions in a triathlon!
NOW AVAILABLE!

New Balance CRS v1

New Balance CRS v1
Designed for high intensity workouts for females. It has plush cushioning with a foam-molded upper to keep your foot secure for more lateral movements, plus gives great breathability.
NOW AVAILABLE!

NEW YEAR, NEW COLORS FOR THE LATEST RUNNING SHOES

 

Hoka Speedgoat

Hoka Speedgoat – New Colors

NOW AVAILABLE!

Altra LonePeak Womens

Brooks Levitate – New Colors

NOW AVAILABLE!

KID’S RUNNING SHOES – NEW FOR 2018

 

Children's Nike Pegasus

Kids: Nike Pegasus 34

NOW AVAILABLE!

New Balance Zante Kids



Kids: New Blaance Zante v4

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MEET THE JACKRABBIT EVOLVERS IN 2018

MEET THE JACKRABBITS READY TO TAKE ON 2018

Happy New Year JackRabbits! Following our theme of ditching new year resolutions this year and instead focusing on the power of habit and evolving ourselves throughout the year, we reached out to our own JackRabbit tribe.

Rather than setting resolutions with no means of achieving them, we asked a few of our own guinea pigs, err teammates, to share with us their aspirations for the year ahead and how they plan on shaking up their current routines, leverage what they already know, and kick a** in 2018.

Want to learn more about why resolutions don’t work? Check out our insight on just that!

MEET THE JACKRABBITS READY TO ROCK 2018


Evolving into 2018, our fellow JackRabbits share with us (and the rest of the Internet) what last year looked like and what beckons for the year ahead.

We’re all committed to evolving in 2018 at JackRabbit. Share your goals with the hashtag #EvolutionNotResolution and #JackRabbitRuns on Instagram and you’ll have our whole tribe of supporters helping you

Adam - Austin

 

ADAM WALDRUM: AUSTIN, TEXAS

LOCATION: Austin, Texas
GO-TO RUNNING SHOE: Nike Pegasus
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017: Runner-up in 3 half marathons! More importantly, got engaged!

HOW WILL YOU EVOLVE IN 2018: Sub 2:24:00 Full Marathon and getting married!

Chase Hawes - Denver

 

CHASE HAWES: DENVER, COLORADO

LOCATION: Denver, Colorado
GO-TO RUNNING SHOE: Hoka One One Arahi
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017: Ran my first 5k and then ran many more, drastically improving my time

HOW WILL YOU EVOLVE IN 2018: I will evolve in 2018 by continuing to fine-tune my exercise regiment and stay healthy, train for the Mount Marathon 5k in Seward Alaska, and keep running so that I can run a half-marathon by the end of 2018! I also hope to organize my life in general, having fitness be a seamless part of my routine and not a “chore” or something added on – so much to do, so little time!

Etan Levavi - New York

 

ETAN LEVAVI: BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

LOCATION: Brooklyn, New York
GO-TO RUNNING SHOE: On Cloudracer
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017: Finishing 4th at NYC 60k in my first ultra-distance race.

HOW WILL YOU EVOLVE IN 2018: I’m looking forward to running my first Boston Marathon in April, and completing my first 50 miler after that. Also continuing to stay healthy, and incorporate strength training and fun cross training opportunities.

Mark Bottenhorn - Michigan

 

MARK BOTTENHORN: WEST BLOOMFIELD, MICHIGAN

LOCATION: West Bloomfield, Michigan
GO-TO RUNNING SHOE: New Balance 1080
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017: Biggest accomplishment: Winning the overall title at 7 of 9 races in 2017 including a course record at Seamus O’possum 10 Mile trail race

HOW WILL YOU EVOLVE IN 2018: Run under 4 hours at the Hellcat 50k in January, qualifying for the professional race at the Northface Endurance championships 50 Mile.

Also working towards qualifying for Olympic Marathon Trials. 2017 was consistent for me, but I intend to make 2018 even more consistent. I’ll (slowly) add volume to my weekly mileage. I’ve also incorporated more strength training and will continue to do so in 2018. The running community keeps me going and motivated, so I intend on continuing to give back and positively contribute to the local running community as much as possible.

Mark Bottenhorn - Michigan

 

JOEY BENSON: NEW YORK, NEW YORK

LOCATION: The Big Apple, New York City
GO-TO RUNNING SHOE: Nike Pegasus. It’s light, versatile, and responsive but still cushioned

ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017: Qualifying for the Boston Marathon during my first Marathon ever in Philadelphia. I never experienced anything like the Marathon. I had a goal to run under 2:40 and I went for it from the gun. I ran the first half in 1:19:44. Over the last 8 miles I had to fight through the worst pain I had ever run with, not to mention 20mph headwinds to navigate, and I struggled to maintain pace. The urge to walk crept in my mind. It would have been easy to just pull over and give up. But I told myself “no, I will not walk no matter how much it hurts to keep going.” So I trucked on, breaking up what was left of the race one mile, one step at a time. I ran 2:52:07. I didn’t hit my goal, but I never stopped.

The mental fortitude and resolve I learned that I had I will never forget and it’s something I will use not just in my training, but in my life going forward. If you’ve never done a Marathon I highly recommend it. I’ve always believed that you learn a little more about yourself every time you do a long run. That couldn’t be any more said about the Marathon.


HOW WILL YOU EVOLVE IN 2018: I am already looking to do my next Marathon. Now that I know what to expect, I know things I can change to improve and get that goal. The resolve it takes to run a marathon can be applied not just to one’s fitness life, but any aspect of life. When things get tough I know that I can get through it.


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TIPS ON FINDING THE RIGHT GYM MEMBERSHIP FOR YOU

TIPS ON FINDING THE RIGHT GYM MEMBERSHIP FOR YOU

NEW YEAR: NEW GYM MEMBERSHIP

From a financial perspective, signing up for a new gym membership at the beginning of the year makes complete sense when the sign-up deals are everywhere. On the other hand, signing up for a gym membership in January with the rest of the country is, frankly, one of the most insane thing you could think of!

Think past January when contemplating how you are going to spend the remaining 11 months of the year when the New Year frenzy has passed.

Here are our top five JackRabbit tips on how to choose the right gym membership for you.

HANG ON, WHO IS DEALING OUT THIS GYM MEMERSHIP ADVICE?

Melanie, JackRabbiter, mother of two, Ironman triathlete, short-order cook, and a member of the Cherry Creek Athletic Club for over ten years. As the expat product of Scottish parents, believe me when I say I make sure I get every penny’s worth from each month I am a member!

MONEY, IT’S ALL (NOT QUITE) ABOUT THE MONEY

Yes, there is no denying you have to pay out of pocket for a gym membership, but let’s get that into perspective.

When you take into consideration the long-term benefits of being part of an active community, the pay-off is immeasurable. As a mother of two always delightful, angelic children (!) with a work/life balance like a house of cards, I quickly realized that monthly gym dues are way, way cheaper than therapy.

Determine what a gym membership is worth for you. What are your reasons for joining in the first place? Is is purely fitness (probably not), is it to be challenged, is it to meet a new circle of friends, is it to be alongside your favorite workout pals?

TIME, TIME, TIME

When it comes to time, a gym membership can be a great way to get bang for your buck. Training for an Ironman when you have a family/work and the need to prep food five times a day, means the actual time you have for training becomes a matter of debate – which sort of defeats the whole purpose. Likewise, you have a full-time job, and your motivation wains throughout the day – choose your workout time wisely.

Bam – get to to gym, get it done, showers are there and you can be in and out and ready for the rest of your day. So, timing of classes (and how busy they are!) could be a major decision to how you approach choosing what is right for you.

Consider if you’re a morning or and post-work kind of training person. And the million dollar question: do you think your motivation to train will change as the year moves on.

WINTER/SUMMER: GYM WITH THE SEASONS

Apart from the obvious: winter drives us indoors, summer gets us to the outdoor pool, do your research on what a gym offers during the varying seasons.

Training in the winter in Colorado, I fell in love with the hot yoga classes, access to a sauna to warm my bones before venturing outside for a run when cabin fever hits, and the fact the gym does specific ski conditioning classes – even if they do border on Navy Seal intensity.

Summer – the options of a pool outdoors is a huge selling point, but also summers are spot on at a gym if you continue to take advantage of personal trainers, who usually offer specials in the hotter months.

And, the reality of life is sometimes your schedule means you’re left to train in the heat of the day, an air-conditioned environment can be just as useful as a heated one in the winter.

GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Ever heard the definition of insanity is ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results’. Same goes for fitness and training. Even if you do everything right one year, repeat that the next and you won’t make progress. Consider what you need as an athlete and an active peep to see what will challenge you.

When you sign on the dotted line of a gym membership contract – set yourself a goal of trying something new every month or season; not only will it keep it interesting (nothing sucks more than training boredom – apart from maybe injury!) but will spread the load and your body and mind will thank you for it

LIFE, CIRCLES, AND A VILLAGE

While I love my family – both the ones I gave birth to and my adopted JackRabbit family – being part of another community of people who understand my need to move, who don’t care that I usually look like c**p, will push me when I need it and leave me alone when I’m working through life’s stresses, is another part of the great village that makes up life and a community.

What I’ve learned from a decade of being part of this community I call my gym family is to look beyond the classes and consider a gym for what its community will mean to you.


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ALTRA FIT4HER WOMEN’S RUNNING: RESPECT THE FEET

ALTRA FIT4HER – RESPECT THE FEET

ALTRA TALKS TO WOMEN, WITH A NEW STYLE FOR 2018

When we talk about the differences between women and men, we could open a whole Pandora’s Box! But for this moment in time, let’s talk feet!

Women’s feet are different from men’s not only in size and shape, they take forces from different angles from a woman’s hip geometry and running gait. Altra running took this on board and committed to a build their women’s shoes based purely on women’s physiology from the ground up.

Altra’s Fit4Her focus is not only about the shoes. Fit4Her is about celebrating strong, fierce women dominating race courses of all distances and inspiring all generations; it’s about celebrating the differences between women and men – their feet and their spirit.

From day one, Altra has been committed to offering women a shoe that was not a smaller version of the men’s, but designed from the ground up with a woman’s anatomy in mind.

Altra was founded on their observations that most running shoes were hurting runners more than they were helping them. They created the company with one purpose and one purpose only; to help people run better. And that includes both halves of the gender equation.

ALTRA RUNNING – FIT4HER

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THE ALTRA SOLSTICE

2018 welcomes another addition to the Altra shoe collection for women; the Altra Solstice

The Altra Solstice is a go-to shoe for any woman on the go. From the gym, to running, to mastering life on the go, the Solstice offers a solution to any woman who runs (literally and figuratively) through whatever a day/week/month/life throws at her.

It has an understated, yet modern style pairs well with a favorite pair of jeans. Then, when you’re ready to hit the training, throw on your running gear and the ultra-light Solstice will soon have you effortlessly turning up your speed.

JackRabbit has partnered with Altra to be the exclusive provider of the Altra Solstice for January 2018. Keep checking back for when the Solstice arrives.

HOW ALTRA MEETS THE NEEDS OF THE FEMALE RUNNER

Let’s get down to the tech. Feet are arguably one of the most complex bone structures in our bodies, so we’re getting technical. When it came to perfecting a shoe for the female foot, there were a bevy of considerations Altra combined in the design of their women’s running shoes to create the perfect female-specific design.

Designing shoes for the female foot, Altra style

  • – Higher instep
  • – Longer arch
  • – Narrower midfoot and heel
  • – Female FootShape
  • – Different metatarsal spacing
  • – Softer cushioning

MEET MEGHAN LAW, FIT4HER AND ALTRA AMBASSADOR

Meet Meghan Law, mother, ultrarunner, member of the Altra Women’s Running Team and a dominant force in women’s ultra running at the age of 55.

Watch the video to learn how Meghan went from her first 5k to stay fit after the birth of her child, to gradually working her way to ultra running (despite being afraid of running in the dark). Passion is what makes is all tick, and Meghan talks honestly about her continued passion for running. Meghan qualified for the Olympic Trials four times, but it was watching one of the videos of the Western States 100 Mile Run that really sparked her running passion.

On the Western States 100 Mile Run, “Running it is a freeing thing, just to be out there running and celebrating all that there is about that race.” – Meghan Law

ALTRA RUNNING SHOES FOR WOMEN

Shop some of the key styles for women from Altra. Step up your game in 2018 into a new pair of shoes made just for you.

 

Altra Escalante Womens
Altra LonePeak Womens

 

Altra Torin Womens
Altra LonePeak Womens


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Interview with OCR World Champion Amelia Boone

 

 

 

 

FROM THE ATHLETE: AMELIA BOONE

 

AMELIA BOONE: WORLD CHAMPION MENTAL TOUGHNESS



Amelia Boone is an impressive new-style Reebok sponsored athlete. Enter the world of obstacle racing and you’ll find Amelia’s name amongst as the top women in her class.

She’s a 4 x World Champion Obstacle Racer, ultra-runner and attorney who admits to having no toenails. Now that is a runner we can identify with at JackRabbit!

We sit down with Amelia to talk about endurance training, injury recovery and her move to ultra-running.
 


 

JackRabbit: Hello Amelia and welcome to the JackRabbit blog! Firstly, before we delve into your inner world and motivation, tell us how you discovered endurance racing and what you enjoy about pushing yourself to the limit?

Amelia Boone: I started out like so many others first start – running with a group of co-workers. I was a first-year associate at a large law firm and had never run a race before in my life, but I figured why not. I crossed the finish line and immediately wanted to know when I could sign up for the next one, but I quickly graduated to the big leagues – my second race ever was a 24 hour event. I was completely in over my head, and had no idea what I was doing, but that’s where I really found my passion for it.

JR: What do you think are your strengths as an athlete?

AB: I’ve always been kind of a “jack of all trades” athlete – I’ve never excelled at ONE thing, but I’ve always been pretty good at everything, and I think that translates very well to obstacle racing and endurance events. During races, I’m a slow starter – it takes me several miles to get warmed up, but once I get going, I can generally go for days. I can’t remember the last time I felt “tired” (in races or life), so that works out pretty well for long events.

JR: Although you are a world champion, in many ways you’re just like the rest of us! At least on the level you still work a full-time job and compete; the struggle of balance work/life is real. How many hours do you put into training and how is your work/life balance these days?

AB: I’m always transparent in saying that the fit isn’t perfect, and sometimes you have to sacrifice training (or, say, a social life). I’m up at 4am and get in my training then in the hours where I know no one at work is going to be looking for me. I generally am out on the trails running 5x week in those pre-dawn hours – I focus more on “time on feet” instead of mileage because I do a fair amount of vert, but I currently am around 45-60mpw. I strength train 2-3x a week (mostly in the evenings), and I take one full rest day a week. So it’s not as much volume as a professional athlete, but given that I’m juggling two full time jobs, I’ve learned that trying to train like a full-time professional athlete can lead to injury really quickly.

JR: You’ve been quoted as saying, “I'm not the strongest. I'm not the fastest. But I'm really good at suffering”. We love this; perseverance is huge in endurance racing. Can you share with us how you keep your mental game in check while you’re racing? How do you train yourself for the mental aspects of race day while you’re training?

AB: People always ask if mental toughness can be learned. I think, to a certain extent, it can. And part of that is embracing training in less than ideal conditions. I love running in the dark, and I love running in the rain. Cold, mud, etc – bring it on. You don’t race on a treadmill with Netflix in front of you, so you shouldn’t be doing your training like that. During races, I tend to compartmentalize and break the race up into little chunks. If you look at a 24 hour race, it can be completely overwhelming, so instead I just focus on getting through the next hour, or to the next aid station, etc.

JR: You encountered some serious injuries this year; a broken hand (most recently), a femur and a stress fracture in the sacrum. How was/is recovery, rehab and has being injured change you as an athlete? Talk us through the challenges and how you navigated the mental impact of the injury and subsequent healing practice.

AB: When I was first diagnosed with the femoral fracture, someone told me that there are two types of athletes: those that have been injured and those that will be. While I’ve had minor issues here and there, the femur and sacrum set me out a year. It’s a tough process – I felt like I completely lost my identity as an athlete, and I realized how much of myself was wrapped up in race results and feeling validation from others for winning races. So when I didn’t have that anymore, I was forced to step back and realize that I had self-worth apart from those accolades. It was extremely useful for me to blog about that process, to share with others the humbling and trying process.

What I didn’t expect is that the rebuilding process was going to be even more trying than being completely sidelined. I’ve been back running for 10 months, and still don’t feel like I’m completely back up to speed. While I’ve been racing, it’s been a lesson in checking the ego, racing when you know you aren’t quite back in the shape you want to be in, and realizing that these races are stepping stones to future endeavours.

So for those athletes out there that are dealing with injury – be kind to yourself. My biggest words of wisdom are to be patient, especially ifyou have an extended period of time off (6 months or so). I thought I could pick up right back where I left off, and I realize that was foolish. But I’ve learned to enjoy the process in the meantime (celebrating those little rebuilding milestones)

JR: What advice would you give to JackRabbits interested in trying an endurance race for the first time?

AB: It’s easier said than done, but go in with no expectations. Expect to fail things. Expect to make mistakes. Racing is a beautiful metaphor for life. And it always helps to sign up with a friend or two!

JR: Winter is almost upon us. Help us understand how you train in the off-season? How do you approach the shorter days, colder temps and the urge to curl up and hibernate?

AB: I’m lucky in that I live in California, so it never gets TOO cold here, but I did spend a frigid 6 years in Chicago. With the right gear, you can train in almost anything. Good running gloves and a hat are a must (here in California, you’ll find me on cold morning in a sports bra and shorts, but with a hat and running gloves – ha!). If you lack motivation first thing in the morning, I find it’s extremely useful to sleep in your running clothes. And adapt! If you live in a snowy climate, winter is the time to try other adventures – snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are two phenomenal cross-training activities for endurance athletes.

JR:Let’s talk shoes! Endurance racing and ultra-running demand a variety of footwear. What might work for an ultra-race won’t translate over to the Spartan Race. What shoes do you choose for each, and what have you learned from the shoes that get you from training to the start and finally to the finish line?

AB: For Spartan Races and obstacles races, the Reebok All-Terrains are my go-to. I prefer more minimalist shoes, and they have the grip, drainage, and everything you need for the mud and water. I will actually run shorter (50k or less) ultras in them as well because I’m such a fan. For anything over 50k, you’ll end up needing more cushioning. For non-technical trails, the Reebok Grasse Road have worked well for me.

JR: You came to running ultras after competing in endurance racing and in a Runner’s World interview you mentioned that before you took on endurance racing you ran to keep in shape, but didn’t necessarily love it. Share with us how you moved to running ultras and having a different mindset towards running.

AB: At that time, I was living in Chicago, with my only running outlet being one 18 mile paved path. It wasn’t until I was introduced to trails, and especially the trails in California that I really started to love running. I joke with people that I run mainly to see pretty things, but it’s true. If I had my ideal world, I’d be out on the trails for hours and hours a day. Running in nature is my moving meditation – it’s where I do my best thinking, it’s where I plan my days, it’s where I draft legal contracts in my head!

JR: When it comes to music, we love to ask all our blog guests, what are the top three songs you turn to for motivation? What gets you moving before a hard training session.

HJ: Oh man…I’m not sure you want to know the answer to this one! My tastes are…different. When I run, I tend to listen to a song on repeat for miles at a time, so here are three of my current “songs on repeat”:

  • – “Wait For it” from the soundtrack to Hamilton: The Musical
  • – “Hard Love” by NEEDTOBREATHE
  • – “Run Boy Run” by Woodkid

JR: Thanks Amelia!

 

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