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CELEBRATING MOMS WHO DO IT ALL: MOTHER’S DAY 2018

CELEBRATING MOMS WHO DO IT ALL: MOTHER’S DAY 2018

We all know mothers rock. And mothers everywhere probably deserve Mother’s Day to be 365 days of the year, not just one. But one is all we have to celebrate, so we’re making the most of it at JackRabbit for Mother’s
Day 2018!

What better way to celebrate mother superpowers than to call out a few of our favorite mother athletes; those who are casting aside stereotypes of old and rocking it on the athletic field, pool
and beach every. single. day. 

MOTHER ATHLETES, MOTHER SUPERPOWERS

From the pioneering Fanny Blankers-Koen, track star of the 1939 and 1948 Olympics to mother of five and winner of the Boston Marathon 2017, Edna Kiplagat, we are surrounded by impressive performances from women who have added motherhood into their training load.

TRACK RUNNER MOTHER
Fanny Blankers-Koen : Netherlands

The mother runner who pioneered the way for all who followed. Fanny Blankers Koen, aka “The Flying Housewife”, first competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. She had a World War to contend with and missed out on
the next two cancelled Olympics. She returned to competition at the 1948 Olympics in London having since married and had children. She won four gold medals on the track but was criticized for competing and not
‘focusing on her children’. Ouch! We’d like to think she got redemption when the International Association of Athletics Federations named her top female athlete of the 20th Century in 1999.

MARATHON MOTHER
Edna Kiplagat: Kenya

Dominant on the marathon circuit for years, Kiplagat won the Boston Marathon in 2017 with a time of 2:21:52. At the age of 37, she also has five children! Five children and a massive heart. Two are her own birth
children, two are adopted from her sister, who sadly died from breast cancer, and one is adopted from a neighbor who died in childbirth. Add to that – according to Wikipedia – Edna also works as a police officer
in her native Kenya. If at any time you may think you have too much on your plate, channel your inner Edna and get back out there. Respect. 

SWIMMER MOTHER
Dara Torres: United States

The accolades are huge for Dara! A 12 time Olympic medalist and the only swimmer to represent the United States in five Olympic Games (oh, and she earned medals in all five of them!) with a swimming career spanning
24 years. In the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, she was also mother to her daughter born in 2006, as well as the oldest woman on the US team. She, quite rightly, has written a book titled ‘Age is Just a Number’.
Too right, Dara.

TRACK STAR MOTHER
Alysia Montano: United States

A stand-out track runner and Olympian, Alysia is a middle-distance runner and a seven-time US Champion in the 800m, competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. While most of us ladies tend to dial it back while
pregnant, Alysia famously competed in races while she was carrying both of her children. Once in 2104 when eight months pregnant and 2017 when five months. According to Montano, her life philosophy is to be
“bold and courageous.” We agree. Be bold Alysia!

TRIATHLETE MOTHER
Rachel Joyce: Great Britain

A lawyer turned pro-triathlete, Rachel Joyce moved up the Ironman ranks and won several of the ‘Big Races’: Ironman Lanzarote and Challenge Roth in Germany. She followed that up with a solid win at Ironman Texas
and scored second place on the podium at the Ironman World Championships in 2013. She gave birth to her son Archie and stormed back to Ironman life with a glorious win in her adopted hometown race at Ironman
Boulder in 2017.

VOLLEYBALL MOTHER
Kerri Walsh Jennings: United States

As one of the famous beach volleyball duos of all time, Kerri Walsh Jennings has competed (and won medals) in four Olympics, four world championships and dominated the FIVB Volleyball World Tour. Oh, and she has
three children. She competed five weeks pregnant at the 2012 Olympics in London. Anyone who has been five weeks pregnant might well drop their jaw at being able to compete at the highest level of competition
when all you want to do is sleep, sleep, sleep. 

MOTHER’S DAY SPECIALS AT JACKRABBIT

We’ve gathered some of our selected gear and shoes at JackRabbit that we believe are not only good for mothers, but for all the women in your lives (including yourself, why not?!) And, to celebrate Mother’s Day
2018, we’ve even added in there some special deals to sweeten what will be a special day for you and your favorite mom. 

Classic running shoes, this season’s latest athletic apparel, Goodr sungalsses
and one of our personal favorites, the ‘RUN WITHOUT LIMITS’ tank.
Check them out for your favorite mother.

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BOSTON ATHLETES: THE EPIC BOSTON MARATHON THAT WAS 2018

 

 

BOSTON ATHLETES: THE EPIC BOSTON MARATHON THAT WAS 2018

PART 3: RACE DAY!



When we invited you to share the journey of our two JackRabbit pals, Jorge Almeida and Kelli Christensen, as they prepared to race the Boston Marathon for the first time, little did we know that the Boston Marathon 2018 would turn into one of the most epic days in the history of the race.

For those who were hiding under a rock that Monday in April, the Boston Marathon 2018 was insane! Torrential rain and near freezing temperatures coupled with high winds made for almost comical race conditions as everyone lined up to run the 26.2 miles to Boylston St.

Before we hear from our two runners Jorge and Kelli, let’s celebrate the fact that American Des Linden won the women’s race under amazing conditions and the first US woman to win the race in 33 years. Her win was even more impressive as it also included waiting for fellow US marathoner Shalane Flanagan (winner of the NYC Marathon 2017 in case you forgot) as she took a 31 second trip to a porta potty during the race.

How Was The Boston Marathon?

This week – after we gave our two feisty athletes the chance to get their body temperatures back to normal – we check in with Jorge and Kelli to hear their stories of this epic day in April.

Read Part 1 of our interview here.

Read Part 2 of our interview here.


Pre-Race Morning

JackRabbit: Once you saw the weather forecast, what were your expectations of the day?

Jorge Almeida: I was definitely expecting a tough race, but I felt prepared prior to the start because I had run a marathon in the rain once before, and this time I felt I had sufficient layers and a handy rain poncho.

Kelli Christensen: The early predictions were rainy and 50’s, so I ordered a rain jacket and figured it wouldn’t impact my performance all that much. In fact, while I was not excited about the rain, I did like the idea of cooler temps. Once we got there, the weather kept changing, but I knew it was my year to run Boston and decided I was going to make the best of it no matter what.

  Did at any point you consider not running on Marathon Monday?

  This never came across my mind. I had already worked so hard to get there so I was for sure going to go through with it.

  The only time I considered not running was standing in the start corral waiting for my wave to start. The wind was whipping, the rain was driving down and I was starting to think I’d never make it a mile, let alone all the way to the finish line. But, once we started running, I stopped thinking about that and just concentrated on completing one mile at a time.

  Talk us through the pre-race morning compared to other marathons.

  I was more conscious about the need to hydrate because I’ve learned in prior races that just because it’s not hot or you’re not sweating (due to the rain) people tend to forget to hydrate – yet it’s still important! I was also more appreciative of the volunteers and people supporting us at the start because they were out in the bad weather with us!

  We took the subway down to Boston Common where they were loading the pre-race shuttles and it had already been raining for quite a while. The first thing I noticed was how many school buses were waiting to take us all to Hopkinton. There were buses as far as the eye could see. We dropped bags at gear check, trying to avoid puddles and mud. The volunteers were amazing and super excited, which helped me keep a positive outlook. The bus drivers were great – they had the heat on high in the buses and it was a welcome reprieve from the dreary morning. The bus ride felt much further than 26 miles. Everyone on our bus was pretty quiet. When we got to the Athlete’s Village, the rain was coming down harder and I noticed small piles of snow everywhere. They had two tents set up, but the ground was soaked and there was wet, slippery mud everywhere. Lines for the bathrooms were long and once you finally got in, it was raining in there too! We worked our way to the middle of the tent and set up a waiting area with garbage bags. It was so unbelievably wet and windy, it seemed impossible that they were actually going to start the race, but then they started calling the waves. There were a lot of serious faces in the tent we were in and I don’t recall much talking. I think everyone was focused and trying to stay strong. I imagine the Village would have been a lot more fun had the weather been nice and dry.

  You were running essentially in a shower! What did you wear and really, did any of it keep you warm/dry or protected? Did you care?

  I had two layers of long sleeves, a hat to protect my face from the rain, double gloves and the rain poncho. I didn’t feel that cold at the beginning and I was definitely trying to keep as dry as possible (which was a tip I was given) and I even avoided stepping in big puddles of water on the road, but by the time I reached mile 5/6 and the rain got worse, I gave up and didn’t care anymore. I was already drenched and while the rain poncho helped, my sleeves were wet and so were my gloves. At that point, I clenched my gloves and water just dripped and poured out.

  I planned to run in capris, a tank top and rain jacket. I also had gloves, sleeves, a visor and sunglasses with clear lenses. I brought toss clothes and wore throw- away shoes anticipating the wet conditions. When we were in the tent, I changed my shoes and socks, and added a garbage bag over my clothes, hoping it would make the walk to the start more comfortable and put a knit hat over my visor to keep my head warm. I anticipated tossing the garbage bag and hat, but ended up keeping them on the entire race. It didn’t take long for everything to become water logged. There were rivers of water running down the streets and even if I managed not to step in a puddle, someone next to me would and my shoes would fill with water. I shed my sleeves and sunglasses at mile 17 and my gloves at mile 20 because they were completely soaked and not helping anyway. I think the garbage bag and the hat helped me keep heat in because while I was definitely cold and wet, it did not really impact my ability to run. I know many runners had to seek medical help for hypothermia, so my outfit may have looked goofy, but it worked for me and made it possible to keep going.

The thing I found the most challenging was getting to my nutrition. It was under water soaked layers and my hands were so cold, I had to completely stop and really work to fish it out of my pocket. I stuck to my plan even though it was challenging and time consuming because I knew if I didn’t, I would jeopardize my ability to finish. The other funny thing that happened was that my number belt became so waterlogged it stretched out completely and was falling down around my knees. Again, because my hands were cold and numb, I had to stop and ask a spectator to help me wring it out and tighten it back up!

The Race

  What was your energy like and that of your fellow athletes?

  Energy was still high at the beginning of the race but as the rain kept pouring I did notice morale went down. It only picked back up at times when we had more support from the crowd.

  While the spectators were incredibly loud, I found that everyone running around me was relatively quiet. I think we were all mentally focused on the task at hand. The weather was such that just when you though the worst was over, something would change – the wind would pick up, the rain would come down in sheets or it the rain drops would start freezing. It required all the mental toughness I had just to keep moving forward.

  Did you change your nutrition strategy based on the weather conditions on the day?

  Not really other than the bigger focus on hydrating in the rain.

  No, I followed my plan exactly. The challenge was how much time it took because my hands were so cold.

  What were the most memorable aspects of the course?

  A pleasant memorable moment was when we hit Wellesley College as the crowd was so loud you could start hearing them a mile before we arrived. Not so memorable was when we hit “Heartbreak Hill” as I now understand why they call it that. My pace dramatically slowed down and I almost got a cramp on that hill.

  The spectators were the most memorable thing about the course. I was stunned that so many people were out to spectate in that weather. Every single mile we ran had so many people cheering and shouting words of encouragement. It was incredible. One of the best signs I saw was “Welcome to Boston. Even Mother Nature hates us!” All the landmarks I had read about were amazing to experience in person – the scream tunnel, the Newton Fire Station, the Citgo sign, the left turn on Boyston – so cool. The pleasant surprise to me was the hills weren’t as bad as I was expecting – thanks Coach!!

  Did you have to change your overall race strategy at all? How did you adapt?

  I came out stronger out of the gates at a faster pace then I initially wanted mostly because I wanted to get done faster and get out of the rain. This ending up having an adverse effect as I ran out of gas towards the end of the race.

  Not really. My main goal was to go and enjoy the entire experience. I was well-prepared and I knew if I followed my plan, I was going to be able to finish. I just had to stay mentally strong and not let the weather get to me.

  What were your thoughts as you ‘turned right on Hereford and left on Boylston’ and saw the finish line?

  “JUST FINISH”. I was excited to be on the iconic street and last stretch but at the same time I was ready to cross the finish line and change into warmer clothes!

  It was incredible. Many runners decided that was the time to shed their layers on Hereford, so that street was littered with all kinds of obstacles, but once we turned left on Boylston, it was surreal. There were hundreds of people on both sides of the street and it was so loud!! It was an amazing experience. I crossed the finish line and I will never forgot the first volunteer who congratulated me. It took me a moment to process that it was over and I had really done it.

Post-Race Thoughts

  What did you do post race? We’re assuming it did revolve around getting warm!

  Luckily, I had warm clothes waiting for me at the end, so I quickly changed and tried to stretch but was definitely sore. I also tried to drink a lot of liquids.

  Post race was rough. I got very cold very quickly and lost all ambition to walk across the park to meet friends. The volunteers put us in silver heat sheets – the fanciest ones I’ve ever seen – they had arm cut outs, hoods and velcro to keep them closed. They put the hoods up so we went from looking like a ragged group of water logged runners to little silver aliens in matching hoods. I collected my dry clothes, eventually reconnected with my boyfriend at the subway station and we made our way back to the hotel. At that point, I had been in the non-stop rain and wind for at least 8 hours and I was so relieved to be inside. I spent a long time in a hot shower, drank a protein shake and napped for a while in the cozy hotel robe. After waking up, I donned my new marathon jacket and we went downstairs at the hotel for burgers and cocktails. Believe it or not, it was still raining!!

  Once your immediate needs were met, what were your thoughts about running your first Boston in 2018. Did the race meet all your dreams and expectations?

  Overall, I thought the experience was tough (because of the weather) yet still special. My only wish now is that I could’ve experienced the race on a better weather day, therefore, I plan to run it again soon.

  Yes, it was an amazing experience from start to finish. I still catch myself smiling that I ran Boston and perservered in such crazy conditions. I’m sure this will be a race that will be talked about for years to come.

  You’ve run Boston!!! Now what?

  My next marathon is another big one – and another first for me – New York City marathon in November.

  This was my big race for the year. I’ve got some shorter events on the calendar, but nothing that will compare to the epic nature of the Boston Marathon.

  Any final thoughts on your Boston Marathon experience?

  These were the most brutal conditions I’ve ever had to run in but it was totally worth it. I was so humbled by the crowds cheering us on most of the race – they didn’t want to leave us suffering the harsh conditions alone. That meant a lot!

  From a girl who could barely run a block without stopping, to crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon, it’s been quite a journey and I’m so grateful to everyone who supported and believed in me along the way.


 

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HOW TO RUN 100 MILE ULTRAS

 

 

HOW TO RUN 100 MILE ULTRAS


Avery Collins is one of the world’s best 100-mile ultra runners. The 25-year-old from Colorado, USA, kicked off his 2018 season by winning the notoriously tough HURT 100-Mile Endurance Run in Hawaii.

This followed a 2017 in which he also won the Grindstone 100 and placed 6th in the USA’s biggest ultra race, the Western States 100. He may still be young in terms of ultra running but Avery has already shown he knows exactly how to prepare, plan and execute a 100-mile race. Here are his top tips for running 100 miles:


 

1. FIND THE FLOW


Finding the flow is the most important, and yet most difficult, thing in getting you across the finish line of a 100-mile race. But what does ‘finding the flow’ mean? It means you learning how to fully immerse yourself in the activity while still enjoying it. This takes time and practice to get right.

To fully immerse yourself you need not to think about the many miles ahead or how far it is to the next aid station. Instead think only about what is happening in the present, be that your next stride or the scenery around you at that moment in time. When I’m having a really hard time during a 100-mile race I try to find peace with myself. I look around at all the natural beauty and try to forget about everything else. As such, I fully immerse myself in the present moment. It sounds easy but it takes lots of practice to do it well.

One of the most relatable quotes I’ve heard, and one that I’ve applied to every 100-miler, is by basketball superstar Kobe Bryant. When asked how he scored 81 points (the second highest in NBA history) in one game, he explained how he never thought back to his last shot, assist, steal or turnover, or indeed ahead to his next shot, assist, steal or turnover. Instead he thought only about his next step, his next breath and perfecting every finer move in his game.

To be fully immersed like this obviously requires a lot of focus. And while losing focus during the course of a 100-mile race is inevitable, don’t stress if this happens, just try to regain that ‘present moment’ quickly. The more ultras you do the less scatterbrain moments you will have.


 

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Avery on a 24-hour adventure in the English Lake District in 2017. Photo: James Carnegie.  

 

 

2. IT’S GOING TO HURT. ACCEPT IT.


Running 100 miles is going to hurt. It is absolutely going to hurt! The sooner you accept that, the better. There is no magic pill or special diet that will eliminate the pain a 100-mile race brings with it, so my advice is to embrace the suffering. Indeed, the overcoming of this pain is one of the things that makes completing a 100-mile race so rewarding.

I have always said that throughout a 100-mile race you will go to hell and back (a few times). However, that being said, you must think to yourself ‘nothing lasts forever’ and ‘pain is temporary’.


 

 

3. EAT, EAT AND EAT AGAIN – AT LEAST 300 CALORIES PER HOUR.


If you want to survive a 100-mile race you must eat. Simple. Whether you’re fast, slow or somewhere in between, refusing to eat will end your race quickly.

We have all heard of epic blow-up stories associated with races like Western States 100, Leadville 100 and Hardrock 100… and most of the times these blow-ups have come directly from the runner failing to look after their nutrition. If it’s that simple, than why does it happen? Well… in a race like Western States 100 your stomach is probably going to hurt whether there is calories in it or not, so don’t let this fool you. Where some runners go wrong, I think, is when their stomach goes south, so does their state of mind. As a result they stop pushing nutrition down the gullet.

A good rule of thumb is 300 calories per hour. If you’re not getting 300 calories of into your system every hour then you’re going to be operating at a massive calorie deficit. Can you make it 100 miles on say just 100 calories an hour? Yes you can but be warned, it’s not going to feel good and your crew team, along with your pacers, are going to be playing the waiting game throughout the entirety of the race.

So what happens when your stomach simply can’t take any more calories and ‘nothing’ is staying down? Try to work through it following these steps: Perhaps sugars are not working anymore so move to starchy/carb loaded foods. Those aren’t working? Give high fatty foods a try. Still not working? Liquid calories are worth a shot. Still experiencing stomach pains? Get down some ginger chews, ginger ale or some kind of stomach-easing product. That should do it.


 

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It’s all about building the perfect blocks for success – and checking the colour of your favourite ale! Avery photographed on the English Lake District 24-hour adventure. Photo by James Carnegie.  

 

 

4. DON’T LET YOUR URINE RESEMBLE YOUR FAVOURITE PALE ALE!


‘Drink enough but don’t drink too much’ and ‘You should be drinking 18-24 ounces of water an hour’. I’ve heard both of these statements a hundred times and neither is wrong.

Everyone is different, so it takes time – and lots of practice – to figure out when your own body is over hydrated or under hydrated. Dehydration symptoms most associated with running 100 miles include dizziness, dry mouth and decreased urine output. It’s important that you’re urinating as much as you would in a normal day but also consuming more water than you would in a normal day. If your urine is ever the same color of your favorite pale ale then you’re likely in trouble, but if it’s the same color as your favorite budget beer then you’re in the clear. Even if you’re in the clear, you should continue to consume the same amount of water, if not 15-25% more.
 

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Inspired by that incredible feeling of hitting your stride as the sun peaks over or dips below the horizon. The adidas SolarBoost pairs the best in running technology to create a shoe that mirrors those on-the-run moments where anything feels possible.
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THE ASICS GEL CUMULUS IS BACK IN THE SADDLE

THE ASICS GEL CUMULUS IS BACK IN THE SADDLE

THE ASICS GEL CUMULUS 20

Now in stock at JackRabbit

In 2018, the popular ASICS GEL-Cumulus® celebrates 20 years of running heritage with a new and improved fit on this Asics favorite.

We challenged the runners of JackRabbit if they were ready to float, glide, or fly through their next run in the smoothest, softest sole yet from Asics?

WHAT EXCITES US ABOUT THE ASICS CUMULUS 20

Before we get to our reviewers’ thoughts on the 20th edition of the Cumulus, let’s not skirt around the challenges of the fit in previous GEL-Cumulus editions. Facing the critiques head on (and we love Asics for this!), Asics has worked hard and diligently to launch the Cumulus 20 with a new and improved fit.

There is featured wider toe box; a huge upgrade for the shoe. Add to that the stretchy mesh upper for comfort and great ventilation, and you have a shoe that is ready to celebrate its birthday.

HOW DOES THE GEL-CUMULUS 20 FIT?

We had the chance to try on the GEL-Cumulus 20 on literally HUNDREDS of JackRabbit feet and the general consensus is, ‘yeah, they fit!’. However, for those bordering on a wider foot, we still recommend either sizing up half a size or opting for the wider option version of the shoe. The Cumulus 20 does take a few runs to ‘break in’ and that’s perfectly acceptable; we found after three or so runs, they were rocking.

All in all, we are thrilled at the updates to the Cumulus; and in our test group, we even garnered a few new fans from those not used to running in Asics.

THE LEGACY OF THE ASICS GEL CUMULUS

Have you run for twenty years? While some of us might have, the Cumulus has been running every year for twenty years. That’s a lot of mileage on the legs, or soles!

The 20th anniversary edition of the GEL-Cumulus has a newly reconstructed design and a rejuvenated look! In tech speak that means:

  • A FlyteFoam® midsole
  • Rearfoot and forefoot GEL® cushioning
  • Lightweight
  • Full contact sole
  • A new jacquard mesh upper for a custom fit

OUR JACKRABBIT TEAM REVIEWS THE ASICS GEL CUMULUS 20

Our team offers our honest opinions on the 20th version of the Asics Cumulus. From full on Asics fans to those who don’t usually run in Asics – we covered all types of runners of all ages and genders.

Asics Cumulus 20

JACKRABBIT WENDY MYERS

I’m 50; 21x marathoner and probably 75+ half marathoner. I am a pronator who can wear an orthotic or an insert. I’m usually in more of a shoe but can definitely see adding this shoe to my shorter runs (10k). I really enjoyed running in it and it accommodated my Currex insert well. I have never honestly been a big Asics fan so wearing this shoe has shot some enthusiasm into me. Well done on the new edition.

Asics Cumulus 20

JACKRABBIT EMILY WALSH

I usually do a few short runs each week (5-10 miles) with some yoga classes and strength training. The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is a great all-around shoe that works well on the road and in the gym. Full ground contact in the midsole makes the shoe feel a bit stiff when you first put it on, but they break-in well after wearing a few times. I love the stability feel that goes from running to strength training without feeling like your footwear is lacking; responsive on my run and stable enough for weights too!

Asics GEL Cumulus 20

JACKRABBIT EMILY KATE HOPSON-BOYD

I love Asics running shoes in general. I use to run competitively and I was given the Asics Cumulus 17’s, and at the time I needed my custom insert. I am use to wearing the 2000’s as my running shoes but now I wear these Cumulus, I really like them a lot.

Asics Cumulus 20

JACKRABBIT MELANIE MITCHELL

I’m a swimmer. And why should that matter to a Cumulus 20 wearer? Think flippers. I am blessed with a foot shape that while excellent for swimming, is somewhat cumbersome for running. I would recommend for those with ‘swimmer feet’ to opt for the WIDE version of the Cumulus 20. The size 9 is perfect in length, but I did find the regular width a little constraining on my flippers. Take note swimmers.

Asics Cumulus 20

JACKRABBIT TAYLOR KANTER

I like the toe box and the cushion. The cushion is responsive and has a smooth ride. I do not like how stiff it is around the ankle. After a while it didn’t press in as much, but it’s hard to convince a customer of that when it’s so stiff right from the beginning. Other than that, great feel with the upper and the cushion.

Asics GEL-Cumulus 20

JACKRABBIT LANCE OLIAN

My first running shoe ever was the Gel-Cumulus 11 and I fell in love with it’s ultra-comfortable feeling. After a multi-year hiatus from the Cumulus, I am thrilled that the cloud-like runner is back with an improved fit. The step-in feel is cushioned from ankle to toe. With what feels like running on a mattress, my joints stay happy on long runs.

WATCH THE NEW AND IMPROVED ASICS CUMULUS 20

What better way to learn about the new and improved Asics Cumulus 20 than from the shoe masters at Asics themselves.

Watch Mikko Simmos, the Global Footwear Director at Asics, talk about the updates to the design, technology and fit of the Cumulus 20 and how it’s the best choice for runners looking for an extremely comfortable, lightweight and well cushioned running shoe. Mikko talks about:

  • The fit of the new GEL-Cumulus
  • Comfort level
  • Lightest GEL-Cumulus yet
  • New contact midsole
  • Superlight FlyteFoam material
  • Two-layered midsole

ASICS GEL CUMULUS 20: THE TECH SPECS


Asics Cumulus 20 Mens

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EXPERIENCE THE NEW SAUCONY RIDE ISO


EXPERIENCE THE NEW SAUCONY RIDE ISO

Mark Your Calendars: Coming May 3rd, 2018!

 

The new Ride ISO by Saucony is not for everyone. It is, however, for every runner.

The Saucony Ride is famous for being the perfect balance of cushioning and responsiveness, and now, with Saucony’s ISOFIT system, it’s also the perfect fit.

Successor to the Ride 10, the Saucony Ride ISO is comprised of a lot of really cool, industry-leading technology under the hood. Let’s spend some time here today, breaking down what all the fancy tech-terms mean from the top-down, and how it will give you a better running experience.


 

  • ISOFIT Lacing System
  • EVERUN Topsole
  • PWRFOAM Midsole
  • TRI-FLEX Outsole
  • Engineered mesh upper
  • Woven heel structure


 

Saucony Ride ISO technology breakdown
Mmm… EVERUN sandwich
 

 

 

1. ISOFIT LACING SYSTEM


ISOFIT starts by using an ultra-soft inner fit-sleeve crafted out of stretchable air mesh, which morphs to the foot for a sock-like feel (Read: Soft, stretchy stuff that feels good). Next, a floating support cage cradles the foot, adapting to a variety of foot sizes, shapes, and movements. See ISOFIT in action below…


 

Saucony ISOFIT lacing sytem
Adaptable “fingers” give you the luxury of a shoe customized for your foot
 

 

2. FULL-LENGTH EVERUN TOPSOLE


EVERUN topsole construction provides enhanced energy return – 83% to be exact – and continuous cushioning throughout the run. Watch the video below to see EVERUN in action…


 

 

3. TRI-FLEX OUTSOLE


The TRI-FLEX outsole allows for better ground contact, optimal pressure distribution, and impoved propulsion at toe-off.


 

Saucony TRI-FLEX Outsole
 

 

 

WAIT THERE’S MORE!


In addition to all the bells and whistles above, the Saucony Ride ISO’s chassis is a PWRFOAM midsole. Up top, the body is composed of an engineered mesh upper for a dynamic, lightweight fit. Finally, a woven heel piece provides structure and support for a lockdown fit.


 

 

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FIRST LOOK: SAUCONY RIDE ISO



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EARTH DAY EVENTS AT JACKRABBIT


JACKRABBIT EARTH DAY EVENTS 2018

4/22: PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT WHILE RUNNING WITH FRIENDS AT JACKRABBIT

What better way to take care of yourself, than to do it while also taking care of your planet? This Earth Day 2018, JackRabbit celebrates with a variety of fun social events, all free to join!

All over the country, JackRabbit stores will be leading events that clean up local communities while burning calories. Come join in on the action! Everybody is welcome.

*click your store below to learn more*

MICHGAN

 

Running Fit – Ann Arbor: Free fun run and trail cleanup volunteering. We’ll be meeting up at 12pm to do a group run/ explore the 22 acres of the Miller Nature Area near downtown Ann Arbor.

Running Fit – Traverse City (Downtown): On Sunday 4/22 we will do our 2nd annual Beach Clean Up right across the street from our store here in downtown TC. The City of TC will help us with promoting our clean up project. Our event will be promoted via social media and postings here in town. We have also reached out to local track and field teams and our local running clubs to come help us clean up the beach where most of them train. We have gloves and trash bags left over from our event last year so this clean up should not cost a dime. Last year we collected over 30 full bags of trash so we hope to collect even more this year!

 

NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY

 

JackRabbit – Rye: Join JackRabbit Rye for our Earth Day, town of Rye “Parking Lot Cleanup.” This event is scheduled for Earth Day 2018, 9 am to 10 am, on April 22nd. Instructions are as follows: meet at JackRabbit Rye 9:00 am sharp. Receive your garbage bag and gloves. Groups will head to downtown Rye parking lots and bag as much debris and garbage as possible within 1 hour. All Participants will receive a 20% Off coupon for use at JackRabbit Rye.

JackRabbit – Morristown: Join us in celebrating Earth Day on April 22 at 10am by coming out and participating in a 3 mile run around Morristown. The theme around this run will be to leave your plastic water bottles at home and make sure you bring your reusable bottles! We will be offering a special discount of 15% off all Hyrdoflasks and Nathan water bottles to all who participate. We will be running at a nice and easy pace and all runners are welcomed!!

 

TEXAS

 

Run On! – Frisco: We will be celebrating Earth Day starting on Sunday and ending on Wednesday with our social run Wednesday night at 6:30. Clean out those closets and bring in your old/unused shoes. When you make a shoe donation your name will go into a raffle for a new shoe. We will end our Earth Day celebration at our weekly social run on Wednesday night at 6:30 where we will have drinks and snacks after our 2-4 mile run/walk. We will pull the lucky winner at social run, so you don’t want to miss the fun!!!

 

VIRGINIA

 

Richmond Road Runner: Have you heard of Plogging? Come discover the Swedish eco-friendly trend on Earth Day 4/22/18, as we will be hosting a Plogging event from 9:00am – 2:00pm! We will supply the equipment and most likely some food and drinks! Come on out, help the environment, get a run in!

VA Runner – Fredricksburg: What have you done to help the planet this year?! Come join us on Earth Day as we partner with Charity Miles and take that extra step to appreciate the world we have to run in. We’ll be trash collectors, story tellers, and thankful runners. All hands on deck here people, all paces welcome!! We want to show our love for the world we live in, join us for this awesome running/clean up event. Our world is too pretty to let it get dirty, what can we do to help out???

VA Runner – Woodbridge: We’ll be meeting at the store and then carpooling to Rippon Landing Park for an easy paved trail run. We’ll be holding a contest for who can collect the most trash during the run: winner will receive a prize and all participants will receive a special discount!

 

COLORADO

 

Boulder Running Company – Littleton: AFTER PARTY AT THE STORE. Join us for a great morning of trail runnin’ and taking care of our Earth. We are partnering with Altra! We will be announcing more partners soon…Stay tuned! Whoever picks up the most litter on their run will win a pair of ALTRA running shoes! What a sweet prize!!!

Boulder Running Company – Colorado Springs: Join us Saturday, 4/21 to help clean up Palmer Park. We will meet at 8am at the Maizeland parking lot for sign up. Also at our store we are offering some great deals in honor of Earth Day! Just download the Charity Miles app and the miles you run and log into the Charity Miles app on April 21st and April 22nd will become your one-time discount to use on either April 21st or 22nd.

Boulder Running Company – Cherry Creek: Partnering with Cherry Creek Sneak for Charity Miles! Race is on Earth Day, great exposure.

 

OHIO

 

The Running Spot – Glendale: Higher Gravity and JackRabbit are hosting a bar and brewery run as a fun and social prep event for the Flying Pig Marathon.

 

 

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ROGUE TRAINING COMING TO A JACKRABBIT NEAR YOU

ROGUE TRAINING IS COMING TO A JACKRABBIT NEAR YOU

Back in 2004, Steve Sisson had a dream. His vision was to take the advanced training methods of the best professional athletes and apply the same principles to the everyday runner. Steve created Rogue Training based in Austin, Texas, with precisely that goal in mind. Today, his dream has grown to training over 3,000 runners every year at the Rogue Running base in Austin, TX.

Fast forward to today and JackRabbit and Rogue Training have joined forces! First up, JackRabbit is the new storefront at the Rogue Running HQ in Austin, and now we are joining to bring Rogue Training to more runners everywhere!

ROGUE TRAINING PROGRAMS

Over 2018 we’ll be bringing Rogue Training to YOU, right to your local JackRabbit running store.

From new runners to Boston marathon qualifiers to Olympians, Rogue Running is your one-stop-shop for all things run coaching. The goal is to offer a non-intimidating and inspiring environment with programs from 5k to marathon to trail running.

Rogue Training programs are varied and start at a cadence that is relevant for each distance; from every two months for the shorter distances to training for specific marathons and local races.

All a runner needs is a desire to run, and and a goal to improve and Rogue Training will get you there!

Check out all the Rogue Training Programs available!

Starting in Dallas/Forth Worth the Rogue Training Programs will launch in the Run On stores and will ‘race’ to more states as we run through 2018.

ROGUE TRAINING POWERED BY JACKRABBIT

  • Austin, Texas: Rogue Training is already up and running at Rogue HQ in Austin, TX.
  • Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas: Starts May 19th 2018

If you’d like to be notified when a Rogue Training program is starting at a JackRabbit store near you, sign up to our Training Newsletter.







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