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BROOKS GLYCERIN 16 REVIEW

 

 

BROOKS GLYCERIN 16 – SHOE REVIEW

byBRIAN METZLER| May 30th, 2018

The Brooks Glycerin is one of the classics in Brooks Running's lineage. It's one of their most cushioned shoes and is built to withstand long miles while remaining comfortable.  2018 sees the Glycerin 16 available to a JackrRabbit store near you, and our guest reviewer Brian Metzler is pleased to report, this essential running shoe is as good as ever!

THE BUZZ

The Glycerin is a neutral-oriented road running shoe built with a premium interior feel and superior cushioning. The 16th edition of this plush training shoe receives a few significant improvements, making it the best model of its lineage.

WHAT'S NEW WITH THE BROOKS GLYCERIN 16

This Brooks running shoe is the first shoes with the new DNA Loft Cushioning that Brooks debuted this year. It’s luxuriously soft—softer than the foam in the previous version of the Glycerin, but not at all mushy—very responsive and much more durable that most midsole foams.

The new smartly engineered Double Jacquard Mesh upper is infinitely breathable and stretches to adapt to the movements of your feet. This makes for a nice upgrade on this new version of the Brooks Glycerin, perfect for summer running with comfort fit that works for all types of runners.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The reconfigured Brooks Glycerin is reliably snug in the heel and midfoot area (although it can accommodate wider feet) with a generously spacious forefoot that gives toes room to wiggle and splay. As with previous versions, this edition of the Glycerin has an opulent step-in feel with a padded tongue and heel collar, plus an extra cushy sock liner.

The internal stretch bootie construction (including the fully gusseted tongue), the no-sew Double Jacquard Mesh upper and 3D Fit Print technology round out a truly sublime fit and connective, plush interior feel. Always the epitome of a soft, smooth-riding shoe, Glycerin 16 takes all of that to the next level.

The ride is infinitely smooth and the new midsole material makes it feel less wobbly and slightly more stable than the foam in previous models. The outsole has been designed to evenly disperse impact, while numerous flex grooves enhance the pliability and smoothness of the ride.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR

No matter what your skill or experience level as a runner, you’re bound to enjoy this shoe and put it to good use.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 is as ideal as it's always been for long runs, easy runs, recovery runs and, for some, the perfect tool for running a half marathon or marathon.

PROS AND CONS OF THE BROOKS GLYCERIN 16

The new Brooks Glycerin received high marks from our wear-testers for long-haul comfort, both based on how it feels and how it rides.

Our testers reported that this shoe feels as good in the latter miles of a long run as it does in the first mile. You cannot do much wrong with a shoe that treats your feet that well.

It’s not a super lightweight shoe as far as neutral trainers go, coming in at 10.6 oz for men's and 9.4 oz for women's.

However, don't let that sway you.  When it comes to high-mileage shoes with premium cushioning, it’s right on par and the weight doesn’t impact the ride on slow to moderate runs.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Running Colorado's Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”

 

 
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Announcing the JackRabbit Annual Awards 2018

 

 

JACKRABBIT AWARDS 2018

 

 

ANNOUNCING THE JACKRABBIT ANNUAL AWARDS

It’s time for the first annual JackRabbit Awards! While we may not have the primetime TV placement of the Oscars (or the red carpet fashion), we’ve got iconic gear from A-List brands and some innovative new products from rising starlets running brands we think you’ll love – all being recognized for their performance, style, innovation, and personality.

With so many shoes, accessories, and outfits out there, it’s hard to pick out the best of the best and find the perfect fit for you – so we’re here to help by highlighting the cream of the crop in running gear, and awarding them a prestigious Golden Rabbit!

These products will be adorned on-site with a Golden Rabbit icon, so be on the lookout for these award-winners while shopping on JackRabbit.com.

JACKRABBIT AWARD CATEGORIES

From the practical and technical to the tongue-in-cheek, there’s awards for most everything you could think of- the Best Shoe to Turn You into a Runner, the Best On-The-Go Breakfast, the Sexiest Insoles – and the list goes on.

Running is more than just a sport – it’s a lifestyle, and an experience that differs widely from person to person – therefore, we felt it important to give out awards that demonstrated that breadth of experiences.

Looking for a shoe with cool technology? We’ve got an award for that. Need some great running sunglasses? We’ve got an award for that too. Maybe you need a good shoe for hitting up your local pub after a run? Well…you know where this is going. Which award is your favorite?

We invite you to hop on over to the JackRabbit Awards COMING SOON, where we’ll list all the award categories and their winners, as well as post videos of our big contenders being awarded a Golden Rabbit in-person!

BE PART OF THE JACKRABBIT AWARDS

We’ll be posting these videos and many of our awards across our social media accounts, and we encourage you to be a part of the conversation!

Let us know your favorite awards, your ideas for next year’s categories, and your opinions on who won (we all know you’ve got them – half the fun of award shows is disagreeing with them!)

Thanks for being a part of the JackRabbit Nation, and we look forward to seeing you at the first annual JackRabbit Awards!

 

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GLOBAL RUNNING DAY 2018

GLOBAL RUNNING DAY 2018

GLOBAL RUNNING DAY:  LACE 'EM UP AND RUN

Runners!  Mark your calendars for June 6th.  Global Running Day 2018 is a Wednesday, and what better way to celebrate the usual mid-week hump day than lacing up your running shoes, grabbing someone you work with who might not usually
run, and inviting them on a walk/jog/run/sprint around a block or two with you.

This is a great day to invite someone to run with you and to turn running into a group activity over an individual lone sport.  So, dear
runners, we challenge you to inspire someone you know to take a run with you. This day is a little bit of extra motivation for us all.

No matter your skillset as a runner, anyone can participate in Global Running Day,
so lace ‘em up!

HOW TO TAKE PART IN GLOBAL RUNNING DAY 2018

Head to the Global Running Day Website and sign up to pledge to run.

It’s free (can’t beat that), you can pledge with your running group, your besties, your mom, your kids, or someone else’s kids (hey, we all know parents have
little negotiating power with their own progeny), or your dog!

There are handy toolkits at Global Running Day’s website, so you can spread your running goal on social media and easily invite others to join you. Really, the
team at Global Running Day have thought of everything, so you have no excuse but to gather your peeps and run.

Share photos of your runs with #globalrunningday and #jackrabbitruns for a shout-out from the JackRabbit team!

CELEBRATING GLOBAL RUNNING DAY AT JACKRABBIT WITH BROOKS

At JackRabbit, Global Running Day is big.  It’s the day we get to share our love of running with whoever wants to join us.  We've partnered with Brooks Running to provide you with FREE Global Running Day bibs so you can share how you
are taking part in the day.

Drop into any JackRabbit store to collect a free Global Running Day Bib.  There are three to choose from: Environment, Community, Love.  Snap
a photo with your bib and share on social media with the hashtag #RunItForward to pledge your run to Global Running Day.

At JackRabbit we have pledged to host events at our stores in honor of Global Running Day to support
our community, inspire movement, and have a fun doing what we love most.

Keep checking back for all the Global Running Day events at our stores near you.

JOIN THE VIRTUAL RUN PARTY

Don’t live near a JackRabbit store? No sweat, sign up here to pledge your mileage and support global running day with your own running tribe.

You can sign up to run theNYRR Virtual Global Running Day 1Msponsored
by Strava so you can run with people all over the world no matter where you live.

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The Brooks Story

 

THE BROOKS STORY

 

 

BROOKS: RUN HAPPY

At Brooks, running is all they do.  They run happy, run with tech, run with innovation, and run to get every runner a better shoe.

They believe (and so do we!) that a run can flat out change a day, a life, the world! Because the run is a giver. It’s like the greatest relationship ever. And all it ever asks for in return is a little sweat equity.

It imparts clarity. Me-time. Euphoria. Smoking glutes. A longer life span. Everything. Problems THIS BIG, turn this big. So even though Brooks is a running company, the most important thing they make isn’t a shoe. The most important thing they make is your run.

Our advice is simple: Live the way you run. Run happy.

EXPLORE BROOKS

Lead by their scientific research, Brooks designs shoes based the way the body naturally runs. Then they help each runner decide how they want to experience their run. It’s a simple yet powerful combo that makes for enjoyable runs every time you lace up. They created four Run Signature categories based on the run experience you want to have – whether you like it soft, springy, flexible, or fast, we have your shoe.

CUSHION Soft and Protective to Cushion your Every Step.
ENERGIZE Responsive and Springy to add Extra Lift to your Stride.
CONNECT Lightweight and Flexible to Naturally Feel your Run.
SPEED Fast and Streamlined to Propel you through your Run.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A SPORTS BRA MAKES

Brooks are one of the nation’s masters – or should that be mistresses – of the sports bra arena. They know there’s more to a sports bra than high, medium, and low impact – straps makes a difference, adjustability makes a difference, lower bands make a difference. Add on to that design also makes a mental difference to how a woman performs when she’s got the support she needs.

As women runners, we all experience support and comfort differently. With that truth in mind, Brooks are leading the support journey by creating a wide collection of sports bras that offer the best possible range of fit and performance.

Dependent on your primary activity and with a wide range of features of styles, it’s now possible for every woman to find the right support for them, rather than buying and hoping it’ll work, or the dreaded doubling up on bras just to make them work.

No matter your size or activity, there’s a Brooks sports bra for you.

SHOP BRAS

KEY BROOKS RUNNING SHOES

THE CLASSIC: BROOKS GHOST 10

A classic in the Brooks’ running shoe collection the Ghost 10 is a neutral running shoe that can take a beating as you beat the paths and roads to the finish line.  It delivers comfort with a great grip; a solid reason people keep returning time and time again to choose the Ghost. A go-to shoe for so many runners, isn’t it time you tried this phantom menace?

I've been wearing the Ghost since the original.  Always like to slip on other brands every few years to try but I tend to stick with what I know and like.

Gregory M

Shoe has a great fit for me when taking into account my orthotics.  No leg soreness following a run of any length.  Wider toe box and relatively high heel – toe drop helps me also.

Lawrence K

THE NEW: BROOKS LEVITATE

A new neutral running shoe in the Brooks line-up, the Levitate is a daily trainer featuring a new midsole from Brooks (DNA AMP midsole, for those who need to know). The goal of the Levitate is endless energy; and Brooks have delivered.  The ‘springiness; of the show is impactful; read our gear testers review to get the complete scoop on this sharp looking shoe.

Levitate is the ultimate in comfort and performance! When you step into the shoe for the first time you do not want to take it off. The footbed offers soft support and cushion while still giving you energy return. You are comfortable but still feel like you are propelling forward with spring in your step. This is like no there product I have tried. A new ride from a great brand. Also a great option to wear off the run for traveling and walking days. Feels fantastic on your foot.

Kirsten B

The fit-knit upper has a natural feeling stretch that is more forgiving, lighter, and breathable. Very 'runnable!

Carson C

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NIKE PEGASUS 35 REVIEW

NIKE PEGASIS – SHOE REVIEW

byBRIAN METZLER| May 18th, 2018

The Nike Pegasus is one of the iconic running shoes of all time.  Thirty five years and counting. The release of the 'Peg 35' is here and guest blogger Brian Metzler shares the scoop.

THE BUZZ

Nike continues to show its commitment to the Pegasus, the shoe with the longest lineage in the history of running shoes and the best-selling shoe model of all-time.

While significant refinements improved the last three editions,
the Pegasus 35 was entirely overhauled to become lighter, faster, snappier and more comfortable than ever before.

WHAT'S NEW WITH NIKE PEGASUS

Almost everything is new on this model, including the redesigned midsole with a full-length Zoom Air sandwiched in the middle, a thinner, more flexible rubber outsole, a updated engineered mesh upper and a uniquely beveled heel (one
of several design cues taken from the Zoom VaporFly 4% elite marathon shoe).

Although this edition of the Pegasus has an entirely new build-up, it retains the everyday reliability and long-haul interior comfort that
have been the hallmark of Pegasus models from the start.

Nike Pegasus 35 - We Fly!

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Nike Pegasus 35 has a sock-like snugness to it, thanks to a partial internal bootie construction, fully gusseted tongue and a stretchy engineered mesh upper reinforced by Flywire Cables. That creates a performance-oriented fit
really enhances the foot-to-ground feeling and adds to the shoe’s agility. At any pace, produces a decidedly soft and very springy sensation in every stride. The energetic vibe comes from the two-part Cushlon foam and Zoom Air
unit midsole construction.

Previous versions had independent Zoom Air units only in the heel and forefoot, creating a bit of a dead spot in the middle of the shoe. That’s not the case with the 35, which serves up an
impeccably smooth ride from foot strike to toe-off.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR

This version of the Pegasus is the complete package, a real do-everything shoe. With the versatility it serves up, it’s hard to think of runners who wouldn’t enjoy or appreciate running in this shoe.

Several Nike elites
consider it their go-to trainer of choice, but we also know it’s a great shoe for new runners, occasional fitness runners and committed half-marathoners, too. It can handle the entire range of running with aplomb: long, short,
fast, slow and everything in between. However, it’s lacks inherent stability so it’s only recommended for runners with definitively neutral gait.

PROS AND CONS OF THE NIKE PEGASUS

Nike Pegasus 35 Pros

This men’s and women’s versions of this year’s Pegasus are more than a half an ounce lighter than last year’s models. That’s a huge difference, and it allows the Pegasus 35 to compare favorably with just about any neutral-oriented
everyday training shoe.

Nike Pegasus 35 Cons

Like many Nike shoes, this shoe has a narrow profile and fits very snug, especially through the forefoot. That might be a challenge for runners with wider feet.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Running Colorado's Front Range” and the
co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”

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MAY RUNNING SHOE LAUNCHES

MAY RUNNING SHOE LAUNCHES

NEW RUNNING SHOES FOR MAY 2018

Exciting times in May 2018 for running shoe fans.  This month hails the arrival of a brand new shoe from Adidas; theSolarBoost, a revolutionary new shoe inspired
by aerospace engineering.

Also add to the May list the iconicNike Air Zoom Pegasus, which arrives with its 35th reiteration. Thirty five years
and the Pegasus is still running strong.  Saucony gives us a newRide ISOwith some big upgrades (read our review here) and some exclusive early launch colors.

Add to this list some new styles fromAltra,BrooksandNew Balanceand
some little Pegs for the kids in your running family.

adidas SolarBoost

The brand-new Adidas shoe inspired by NASA’s precision. In the SolarBoost, every detail has a purpose: the Tailored Fibre Placement (TFP), which uses precise thread placement while also containing recycled plastic Parley yarn.

The legendary BOOST midsole gives cushion and energy return while the 4-way heel stretch allows the Achilles to work.

SHOP MEN'S SOLARBOOSTSHOP WOMEN'S SOLARBOOST

Nike Pegasus 35

The legendary shoe reaches 35 and now looks as fast as it feels, with a full-length Zoom Air unit working with engineered mesh for a responsive and breathable feel.

The outsole’s flexibility has been increased, while the
newly improved heel collar and Flywire cables lock down your foot comfortably as you fly past competitors, pacers, and even rabbits.

SHOP MEN'S PEGASUS 35SHOP WOMEN'S PEGASUS 35

Nike Pegasus 35 – Kids

The iconic Pegasus line gets a kid-friendly version for the 35 that is made for speed, as the Zoom Air unit in the beveled heel propels you forward while the engineered mesh and internal heel counter provide the most breathable and
secure fit that will make you fly.

Let the next generation of athletes experience the same shoes as those who come before them!

BOY'S COMING SOON
GIRL'S COMING SOON

Saucony Ride ISO

A shoe for every runner, the Ride ISO is made for adaptability of every hard-working foot thanks to its new features, ISOFIT and FORMFIT. The ISOFIT lacing system is made to adapt to different foot shapes while the FORMFIT system contours
to the arch and lets you sit in the shoe. Engineered mesh and EVERUN topsole round out the great breathability and comfort. Exclusive launch colors!

SHOP MEN'S RIDE ISOSHOP WOMEN'S RIDE ISO

Altra Provision 3.5

The new version of the Altra Provision arrives with a new durable and more breathable mesh upper aligned with the same great stability features like GuideRail, this sleeker Provision helps you crush every run even faster than before.

MEN'S COMING SOONWOMEN'S COMING SOON

Altra Olympus 3.0

Completely revamped for more support around your foot and more flexibility and traction under, the Olympus 3.0 also has a new breathable and durable mesh upper so you can be your best mountain goat on all the trails.

SHOP MEN'S OLYMPUS 3.0SHOP WOMEN'S OLYMPUS 3.0

Altra Torin 3.5

New mesh upper, same great cushioning. The new mesh upper and integrated tongue deliver the breathability while the new material (nubuck) heel gives the durability, all on top of the same great cushioning you love.

SHOP MEN'S TORIN 3.5SHOP WOMEN'S TORIN 3.5

Altra Torin 3.5 Knit

The best-selling Altra road shoe gets a transformation with a knit upper that is not only comfortable, but stylish and sleek, while the A-Strap support system keeps your foot secure from start to finish in this extra comfy update.

SHOP MEN'S TORIN KNIT 3.5SHOP WOMEN'S TORIN KNIT 3.5

Brooks Dyad 10

No matter the feet or the need, flat or wide or those with orthotics, the Dyad 10 is back and now lighter and roomier than ever. Still sporting the Dual Arch Pods to provide stability without interfering with a neutral stride, this
shoe provides a soft feel for a great cushioned run.

SHOP MEN'S DYAD 10
SHOP WOMEN'S DYAD 10

Brooks Beast 18

Men's Specific Shoe:Protection meets comfort with an improved fit, thanks to the engineered air mesh upper and new last that gives nice a spacious forefoot. Once again you can trust the Super DNA midsole for softness
and the Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar for that extra stability feel to guide your body back to its natural motion.

COMING SOON

Brooks Ariel 18

Women's Specific Shoe:Feel great with extra softness and stability to go even farther, while the new engineered air mesh upper and last let your toes and forefoot feel free. With an external heel counter and the
same great stability, you’ll be supported for miles and miles.

WOMEN'S COMING SOON

New Balance Cypher Run Knit

A lifestyle take on the Cypher Run, this version doubles down on the style with leather detailing and a knit upper in a lightweight, nicely cushioned shoe to keep you comfortable and looking good.

MEN'S COMING SOONWOMEN'S COMING SOON

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Saucony Ride ISO Review

SAUCONY RIDE ISO – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | May 10th, 2018

The Saucony Ride ISO 10 has arrived and offers a selection of new features and some big upgrades in 2018.  Read on to learn what our pro-gear tester and guest writer Brian Metzler has to say.

THE BUZZ

Running in the new Ride ISO is inspiring! This iconic neutral shoe has received some significant upgrades and our wear-testers love the outcome. Like its recent predecessor, the Ride 10, the newest version of the Ride is a well-cushioned
shoe with a buttery smooth ride that feels as comfortable late in a long run as it does when you first try it on. What makes the new version special is that it serves up a much better fit, a connective feel, and a more energetic
ride. Lace ‘em up, head out the door and you’ll feel like there’s a spring in your step. 


WHAT’S NEW IN THE RIDE ISO

The biggest change from the Ride 10 is the addition of Saucony’s IsoFit upper system—a series of individual “fingers” that wrap around the top of a foot and allow the lacing system to create a near-custom fit. Another big enhancement
is the contoured shape of the dual-foam midsole chassis that cradles the foot deeper into the shoe and provides a stable, articulated fit.

Our wear-testers report that offers up locked-down security in the heel (thanks to a moderately firm heel counter), a snug fit in the midfoot/arch area and a slightly roomier toe box than previous editions of the Ride that allows toes
to wiggle and splay. A two-layer midsole consisting of a thin slice of lively Everun foam on top of a robust layer of shock-absorbing PWRFOAM provide an optimal balance of energy return and cushioning. It feels consistently soft
on impact with the ground, but not at all mushy. 

As the foot transition through the gait cycle, there is a semi-firm feeling that offers both a bit of stability and responsiveness that seem to propel the foot through
the toe-off phase of each stride. The Ride ISO is not as light as some other models in the neutral-cushioning category, but it doesn’t feel heavy or bulky, either. The individualized fit of the upper and the articulated fit under
foot really enhance the ride and provide an exceptional proprioceptive connection between the foot, the shoe and the ground.

WHO’S IT BEST FOR

The biggest change from the Ride 10 is the addition of Saucony’s IsoFit upper system—a series of individual “fingers” that wrap around the top of a foot and allow the lacing system to create a near-custom fit. Another big enhancement
is the contoured shape of the dual-foam midsole chassis that cradles the foot deeper into the shoe and provides a stable, articulated fit.

PROS AND CONS OF THE SAUCONY RIDE ISO

The fit enhancements, the dynamic dual-purpose midsole and the comfortable interior make this a consummate everyday running shoe for both new runners and experienced runners.

While this shoe could be a good choice for a half-marathon or a marathon, it’s not quite light enough, peppy enough or low enough to the ground to make it the ideal tool for fast workouts or fast running in 5K/10K races.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the
quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado. 

He’s
the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He’s the author of “Running Colorado’s Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The
Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian’s Approach for Every Runner.”

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TRAIN LIKE A PRO: IRONMAN TRAINING WITH LINSEY CORBIN

TRAIN LIKE A PRO: IRONMAN TRAINING WITH LINSEY CORBIN

What does a pro-triathlete’s training load look like? Ironman athletes are known for putting in the work to be able to race the kind of times you need to stand on top of an Ironman race podium.

Linsey Corbin is no exception. As a six-time Ironman champion and holding top American honors in both Ironman and Ironman 70.3 distances, Linsey walks us through a sample week of her training plan for her 2018 Ironman
race season..

Take a look at Linsey’s training week and do you think you could you #TrainLikeAPro?

LINSEY CORBIN’S TRAINING WEEK

Linsey Corbin's Ironman Training

WHAT DO OUR AGE-GROUPERS THINK?

We asked our JackRabbit triathletes who are testing out Linsey’s training plan for a week, what they thought of the schedule and training load.

Melanie Mitchell:  Apart from the obvious – the vast quantity of training hours in the week – the number of three-sport training days was unexpected. I have to give a shout out to pro-athletes;
they work really hard to build and maintain their race performance. As age-groupers, we’re heading into this for one week only; they do this week after week! The sheer exhaustion of this training load will be
an interesting experience. I fully expect to need to be in bed by 8:00pm every evening in a coma-like state. Can’t wait!

Maureen Kennedy: My first impression of the Train Like a Pro Week was somewhat intimidating. Granted that this is coming from someone who swims with the grace of a house cat in water. I saw
a lot more swimming than expected. Given that swimming is my weakest leg, this has to be a good thing. If it’s not, please don’t tell me otherwise.

Next observation was the number of brick workouts. Not just the number of them, but the hours that go into a single brick workout. None of this run 30 minutes after a long ride. I am actually looking forward to
this part. I am so going to sleep hard every night. I am just going to have to come up with a really loud and annoying alarm system for the mornings.

No wonder these people are pros and get their own not-so-crowded bike racks at races; they’ve so earned being poros with the workouts alone.

Lori Pacheco:  Whoa, Nelly! That’s a whole lot of swimming so I will have no excuse if my swim time doesn’t improve. I’ve never done a lot of brick work. In fact, I normally schedule my long
runs specifically to avoid running on tired legs so this should be interesting!

HOW TO FUEL THE TRAINING

There’s no doubt you can’t mess around when it comes to fueling Ironman training. So much so, we’re going to dedicate an entire blog post to what Linsey eats to fuel her day! 

Linsey’s advice, “To work hard, you have to play hard and rest hard. I think it is important to have balance in your life. This means indulging in a treat if you want one (ice cream!), I also think you have to treat your body with respect, because what you are asking it to do is A LOT. I prioritize sleep and a healthy diet and I really focus on proper fueling.

Here’s a sneak peak at how recovery meals happen ‘Chez Linsey’.

  • Post Training: Immediately after a session, I have a recovery shake: banana, CLIF Bar recovery drink, almond milk, frozen berries, spinach, greek yogurt.
  • Go-to Recovery Dinner: grilled steak, roasted sweet potatoes in coconut oil, huge salad, roasted veggies + dark chocolate for desert.

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TRAIN LIKE A PRO: RUN TRAINING WITH BEN TRUE

TRAIN LIKE A PRO: RUN TRAINING WITH BEN TRUE

Sleep, run, eat, nap, eat, run, eat, sleep.

We all have the same 24 hours, and we wondered what does a pro-runner really do with the 24 hours they have to fill in a day?  So, we asked professional distance runner Ben True to share a typical training
week.

Ben is a pro Saucony athlete with talent on track, roads and cross country. Ben started the 2018 race season running strong by becoming the first American to win the NYC Half Marathon in March.

Take a look at Ben’s training week and do you think you could you #TrainLikeAPro?

BEN TRUE’S TRAINING WEEK

WHAT DO OUR AGE-GROUPERS THINK?

We asked our JackRabbit runners who will test out Ben’s training plan for a week, what they thought of the schedule and training load.

Dan Pinter: I was a little surprised at the volume, but I know Ben is a strength runner, so all in all I expected somewhere from 85 to 100 miles for the week. It’s been quite some time since doubling
up and with those workouts it’s going to be a beast of a week. You can certainly see why he is pretty strong at the end of races. This is really going to be a challenging week!

Pat Jacobs:  It is a little more volume than I expeted given that he is a 5 -10 k runner. It’s different than training I’ve done, in that I’ve never really done double training days.  The
track workout looks like it’s going to be a real challenge! 

HOW TO FUEL THE TRAINING

There’s no doubt you have to fuel right in order to train right. Here’s a typical day in Ben True’s kitchen.

Ben’s advice, “I eat a lot. Food is fuel and you have to make sure you properly fuel your body to get the most out of yourself. I eat real food that I prepare myself, but other than that, I don’t adhere to any specific
diet. I eat a lot of peanut butter and fresh bread.”

Example of meals would be:

  • Breakfast: Coffee and Oatmeal. I put raisins, banana and ~4tbs of peanut butter in my morning oats.
  • Post AM Workout: Momentous. Momentous is a sponsor of mine and they make high quality protein powders that are independently tested to ensure quality and transparency.
  • Lunch 1: Scrambled eggs and bagel with avocado.
  • Lunch 2: Apple, bagel with peanut butter, and probably handful of chips and afternoon coffee.
  • Dinner: Large salad, grain dish (normally rice, faro or pasta) with roasted vegetables and meat (sausage, steak, or chicken— all from a local farm)
  • Pre-bed snack: Bagel with peanut butter. Or just a spoonful of peanut butter depending on mood.

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TRAIN LIKE A PRO: MEET THE AGE GROUPER ATHLETES

TRAIN LIKE A PRO: MEET THE AGE-GROUPERS

Why on earth would five age-group athletes want to take on the training load of pro-athletes for a week?  ‘Why not!?,’ they all shouted when we asked them.

Our JackRabbit ‘volunteers’ might have a few reservations going into the week, but each of them is ready to pull the trigger on a week of training, training, training ahead of them.

Come meet the team!  They are not pro-athletes; they are just like the rest of us, getting it done, one training session at a time. 

Meet our three women age-group athletes ready to take on training like their mentor pro- Ironman triathlete Linsey Corbin.

Melanie, Maureen and Lori have 13 Ironman races, three careers and six children between them. They’ve all come to Ironman racing from different athletic paths, but all know the value of consistency, showing up and
long-term goals as the key to Ironman success. Time is their ultimate enemy.

They race for Team Poppy Sports, a group whose mission is supporting women athletes juggling careers and life with endurance
training and racing.

LORI PACHECO

Age Group: 50-54

Bio: An old timer who has been around the block. Lori played volleyball collegiately at Villanova University, and then professionally in France. Recognizing that her income potential was better by using her degree, she moved on to a career as a lab rat and switched sports to ultimate frisbee. After several years of competing nationally on both women’s and mixed gender teams in ultimate, she gave in to her biological clock decided to pop out a couple of progeny. Knowing that she would never be truly fit again without a goal, she signed up for her first triathlon, Ironman Florida while nine months pregnant. 11 Ironman races later, she is motivated to not be the worst athlete in her family behind her Ironman Kona qualifying husband and rock-climbing children, and by dreams of Ali’i Drive.

LORI PACHECO

Age Group: 50-54

Bio: An old timer who has been around the block. Lori played volleyball collegiately at Villanova University, and then professionally in France. Recognizing that her income potential was better by using her degree, she moved on to a career as a lab rat and switched sports to ultimate frisbee. After several years of competing nationally on both women’s and mixed gender teams in ultimate, she gave in to her biological clock decided to pop out a couple of progeny. Knowing that she would never be truly fit again without a goal, she signed up for her first triathlon, Ironman Florida while nine months pregnant and never having completed a marathon, triathlon or open water swim. 11 Ironman races later, she is motivated to not be the worst athlete in her family behind her Ironman Kona qualifying husband and rock-climbing children, and by dreams of Ali’i Drive.

Strength: Mental toughness

Weakness: Time management, the ability to say no, and the fact that I dread getting in the water every. single. swim.

Most excited about: Getting a sense of what it takes to compete at the highest level in this sport

Most nervous about: Fatigue and the possibility of injury due to a GIANT increase in volume

Strength: Mental toughness

Weakness: Time management, the ability to say no, and the fact that I dread getting in the water every. single. swim.

Most excited about: Getting a sense of what it takes to compete at the highest level in this sport

Most nervous about: Fatigue and the possibility of injury due to a GIANT increase in volume

MAUREEN KENNEDY

Age Group: 50-54

Bio: Never bored, because she is willing to try new adventures outside of her comfort zone. Might be due to attending 12 different schools before she got to college as a military brat, not a delinquent. She played many different sports growing up and did her first solo triathlon on a dare. It was an Xterra. Thankfully, no one told her open water swims were not the same as swimming in a pool.

MAUREEN KENNEDY

Age Group: 50-54

Bio: Never bored, because she is willing to try new adventures outside of her comfort zone. Might be due to attending 12 different schools before she got to college as a military brat, not a delinquent. She played many different sports growing up and did her first solo triathlon on a dare. It was an Xterra. Thankfully, no one told her open water swims were not the same as swimming in a pool.

Strength: Natural athletic abilities

Weakness: Natural slacker abilities

Most excited about: Improving cycling strength/pace

Most nervous about: Drowning

Strength: Natural athletic abilities

Weakness: Natural slacker abilities

Most excited about: Improving cycling strength/pace

Most nervous about: Drowning

MELANIE MITCHELL

Age Group: 45-49

Bio: A former collegiate swimmer for the University of Salford ‘Sharkin’ Army’ team (arguably, the worst-ranking collegiate team in the UK), Melanie, by default discovered triathlon spending four years bike-commuting to swim practice; her college didn’t even have their own pool.  Fast forward to a move to the US, two kids later and a lot more mileage on her legs, Melanie finally crossed the finish line at Ironman Boulder in 2017, 20 years after her first triathlon.

MELANIE MITCHELL

Age Group: 45-49

Bio: A former collegiate swimmer for the University of Salford ‘Sharkin’ Army’ team (arguably, the worst-ranking collegiate team in the UK), Melanie, by default discovered triathlon spending four years bike-commuting to swim practice; her college didn’t even have their own pool. Fast forward to a move to the US, two kids later and a lot more mileage on her legs, Melanie finally crossed the finish line at Ironman Boulder in 2017, 20 years after her first triathlon.

Strength: Swimming

Weakness:  Mental attitude to running and rarely doing brick workouts (due to time, not that she hates them. Oh no, not that at all.)

Most excited about:  Putting training front and center for a whole week at a completely different level.

Most nervous about: Even with all the support, fitting work/training/life into a 24 hour day

Strength: Swimming

Weakness:  Mental attitude to running and rarely doing brick workouts (due to time, not that she hates them. Oh no, not that at all)

Most excited about:  Putting training front and center for a whole week at a completely different level.

Most nervous about: Even with all the support, fitting work/training/life into a 24 hour day

Meet our three gentlemen runners at JackRabbit, ready to take on the training load of elite runner Ben True for a week of high-mileage adventures.

Pat and Dan are the fast men of JackRabbit, both coming from collegiate running backgrounds. Now well into their working careers at JackRabbit, they’re embracing the challenge of how to maintain and improve performance
as they move up the age-group rankings. With big goals ahead of them for 2018 races their training week will fall in line with the kind of mileage they used to follow in their college careers.

PAT JACOBS

Age Group: 30-35

Bio: A soccer-player turned to track/cross country runner in high school.  He specialized in the mile and 2 miles on the track, and moved up to the 1500/5k in college, competing for Lynchburg College in Virginia. 

Post college days, Pat took a break from running to compete in the fast world of road cycling.  As a Category 2 cyclist he raced in the northeast. After sustaining a couple hard crashes, Pat decided to switch back to his running shoes and took on the NYC Marathon in 2016. Pat runs about 1-2 times per week, and has high hopes to use ‘Train Like a Pro’ week to jumpstart his training and get in shape for a rocking PR at the NYC Marathon 2018.

PAT JACOBS

Age Group: 30-35

Bio: A soccer-player turned to track/cross country runner in high school.  He specialized in the mile and 2 miles on the track, and moved up to the 1500/5k in college, competing for Lynchburg College in Virginia. 

Post college days, Pat took a break from running to compete in the fast world of road cycling. As a Category 2 cyclist he raced in the northeast. After sustaining a couple hard crashes, Pat decided to switch back to his running shoes and took on the NYC Marathon in 2016. Pat runs about 1-2 times per week, and has high hopes to use ‘Train Like a Pro’ week to jumpstart his training and get in shape for a rocking PR at the NYC Marathon 2018.

Strength: Speed

Weakness:  Base miles

Most excited about: To see what a professional runner goes through on a weekly basis.

Most nervous about: Seeing how my body holds up doing this high mileage with very little (almost none!) base miles in my legs.

Strength: Speed

Weakness:  Base miles

Most excited about: To see what a professional runner goes through on a weekly basis.

Most nervous about: Seeing how my body holds up doing this high mileage with very little (almost none!) base miles in my legs.

DAN PINTER

Age Group: 30-35

BioOnce a soccer player turned runner at the age of 12 and hasn’t stopped running since. Dan ran collegiately at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, division II NCAA program and competed in Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track running the 1500 to 5k.

Since college Dan has gradually moved to the longer distances, realizing his strength being his endurance. He’s knocked out 10 half marathons and 5 full marathons and is not stopping. Highlights include winning NYC Tune Up in Central Park, scoring some TV time on ESPN during the NYC Half! Oh, and running his fastest marathon in front of his friends and family in Chicago.    

DAN PINTER

Age Group: 30-35

BioOnce a soccer player turned runner at the age of 12 and hasn’t stopped running since. Dan ran collegiately at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, division II NCAA program and competed in Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track running the 1500 to 5k.

However, his passion was always cross country; he just dreamed of being a miler.

Since college Dan has gradually moved to longer distances, realizing his strength is endurance. He’s knocked out 10 half marathons and 5 full marathons and is not stopping. Highlights include winning NYC Tune Up in Central Park, scoring some TV time on ESPN during the NYC Half. Oh, and running his fastest marathon in front of his friends and family in Chicago.  

Strength: Mental toughness

Weakness: Sleeping enough and indulging in the odd adult beverage.

Most excited about: Excited to run this level of mileage.

Most nervous about:The same, running this level of mileage!

Strength: Mental strength

Weakness:  Sleeping enough and indulging in the odd adult beverage.

Most excited about: Excited to run this level of mileage.

Most nervous about: The same, running this level of mileage!