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ALTRA – AWARD-WINNING RUNNING SHOES

 

ALTRA AWARD-WINNING STYLES

 

 

ALTRA RUNNING: AWARD-WINNING RUNNING SHOES

Altra Running is leading the way in helping runners to avoid injury by educating on efficient, low-impact running techniques to employ while wearing any running shoe.  They are also kicking some proverbial when it comes to running shoe design, both trail and road, and a impressive range of training shoes, where you need a flatter base upon which to build your stance for gym training and lifting. 

But don't take our word for it!  Take a look at the awards and accolades that have been bestowed on the Altra Running styles you will find in our JackRabbit and partner stores and always at JackRabbit.com.

Add to the awards Altra's committment to both male and female runners with their Fit4Her approach to the women-specific models they have introduced.  Read more about Fit4Her and why it matters
 

THE ALTRA AWARD-WINNING STYLES

Altra Running Lone Peak

LONE PEAK

Best Update: UltraRunning Magazine
Best Trail Shoes: Gear Patrol

With an incredible following among trail shoes for every activity such as trekking, hiking, and ultrarunning, the Lone Peak 4.0 received a near complete overhaul to rave reviews.

Underfoot, the TrailClaw outsole is more aggressively carved while the StoneGuard plate has improved flexbility. In the upper, the fit is more snug plus enhanced drainage zones. Plus it’s now lighter, but still keeps the same stack height!

LONE PEAK

Altra Running - Escalante

ALTRA ESCALANTE

Best Running Shoe: SELF Magazine
Best Running Shoes for Speed: Runner's World 

One of Altra’s most popular, this light and springy road running shoe doesn’t skip on the comfort either. The Altra Escalante 1.5 looks light and thin, but don’t be fooled by the slight of shoe, the cushion underneath and room in the toe box make these exceptionally comfortable for speed work.

With a low stack height and a sock-like upper, it’s no wonder these are consistently a go-to for runs in a wonderfully breathable, light shoe.

ESCALANTE

Altra Running - Superior

ALTRA SUPERIOR

Best Lightweight Trail Shoe Debut: Runner's World Magazine

The Superior 4.0 is the lightest, most adaptable Superior yet! The Superior models have always been prone to fast running on a variety of trails; the 4.0 is no different, just more advanced. The new Quantic™ midsole is nicely soft and adapts to uneven trails while remaining responsive bound your foot along. The new, stickier MaxTrac™ rubber outsole improves grip, traction and durability while the new rounded heel provides more stability for a smoother side-to-side ride, thus ensuring any foot stays focused on uneven terrain anywhere on the trails.

SUPERIOR

Altra Running - Kayenta

ALTRA KAYENTA

Best Debut Running Shoes: Women's Health Magazine

Brand new from Altra is the Kayenta, a fast and light training shoe and distance runner. Weighing it at an airy 4.9 ounces for women (and 5.9 ounces for men), the Kayenta has a unique two-layer sock style construction on top that makes it adaptable to a variety of feet.

Altra’s new Max-LT™ midsole gives lightweight, responsive feel that will last for many miles. With this shoe, Altra has introduced a great training shoe that can go the distance!
 

COMING SOON

Hoka One One Fly by Night Collection

ALTRA SOLSTICE

Best Sprinting Shoe: Runner's World

The Solstice is a highly flexible road running shoe that doesn’t skip on the cushion either. Since the EVA midsole extends to the outsole, this saves weight and also provides the springy cushion needed to fly forward quickly. An engineered mesh secures your foot and is very comfortable, rounding out a shoe that is sleek, refined, and made for going fast.

SOLSTICE

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ALTRA – ALL THE SHOES

All the shoes, all you need!

Shop the entire range of Altra Running shoes available at JackRabbit.com.  To make it easy to find the shoe you need, you can sort by the road, trail, or training.
Or browse the entire range and you might be inspired to branch out of your current running and training zone.  Run on, run Altra. 
 

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JACKRABBITS SHARE THEIR FAVORITE ALTRA RUNNING STYLES

 

ALTRA RUNNING – JACKRABBIT FANS!

by MELANIE MITCHELL  | January 2019

 

 

JACKRABBITS SHARE THEIR FAVORITE ALTRA RUNNING STYLES

Altra Running burst onto the running scene and started to rack up fans, accolades, reviews and thumbs up on their completely innovative approach to what a running shoe would be.  As runners at JackRabbit, our team is always game to try a new running innovation. Now we're a few years into showcasing the Altra zero-drop running philosophy in our stores, we have a whole bevy of Altra fans, bffs and aficionados.

We asked our JackRabbit stores for their die-hard Altra fans and they shouted loud!  Trail runners, road runners and even boxers added in their 10 cents of praise. 

The words speak for themselves – Altra Running fans are effusive.  Common fan raves are the signature wider toe-box with a heel that still locks you in and the consistent zero drop making transitioning between Altra styles easy and painless.  Add to that the accolades for the 'claw-like' soles of the trail shoes, and we're talking uber-fans out there! 

Read on to learn who is running in which Altra shoe and why and where and how!

PS: Want to learn more about zero-drop?  Read more about the concept and how to embrace zero-drop running shoes here. 

 

MEET THE JACKRABBITS WHO LOVE RUNNING IN ALTRA SHOES

NAME: Tristan Chandler

LOCATION: Boulder Running Company, Colorado Springs, Colorado (@brccosprings on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: I’m a road runner/ track runner.

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: My go-to favorite Altra style would be the Escalante.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: I've run in Altra on and off for the past year or so.

WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO RUN?: I run in Altra anywhere I go. But primarily, I mostly run on roads or the track.  

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE? The zero drop is the best feeling ever, the naturalistic feel when running or weight lifting is better for strength building and power in the range of motion.

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: In 2019 I’m looking forward to all the different group runs, races, events, products…everything! 

NAME: Kurt Steege

LOCATION: Princeton Running Company by JackRabbit – Lawrenceville, New Jersey (@princetonrunco on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Both!  I love them all! I run in Altra for trail runs. 

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: My go-to favorite Altra style would be the Altra Lone Peak 4, but I am also a fan runner of the Timp as well!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: I've run in Altra for a year. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: I like the roominess, comfort as well as confidence on muddy terrain.

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: Bald Pate Hill – Race: Ireland!

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE? The new Lone Peaks are just amazing!  Give them a try!

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: Hopefully completing a 50 mile race (third-time is a charm right?)
 

NAME: Lauren Salge

LOCATION: Princeton Running Company by JackRabbit – Robbinsville, New Jersey. (@princetonrunco on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Yes! Both, prefer trails, but I run more road.

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: I run in the Altra Escalante Racers for fast road races and Altra Superiors for trails…But definitely rely on the Altra Lone Peaks for the later miles of Ultras.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: I've run in Altra for over two years. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: They make my body happy. I got crippling Achilles tendinitis after breaking my ankle in a 50k. I’m not saying the Altras cured my tendinitis, but they definitely helped!! Altras also make my body happy while running, and and I feel more stable on the trials in Altras.

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: Tahoe Rim Trail, California Side (Northstar to Tahoe City). East coast wise the streets of Princeton in the Escalates.

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: Going to watch the Boston Marathon, and running both the Chicago and NYC Marathons in 2019.

NAME: Brandon Carreno

LOCATION: Princeton Running Company by JackRabbit – Princeton, New Jersey. (@princetonrunco on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Yes! Both.  Love them both.

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: I run in the Altra Escalante and the Altra Lone Peaks

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: Two lovely years. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: I especially like the super-roomy toe box, the zero drop. Both of these add up to help encourage good form habits, and keep blisters away! 

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: My happy place is running in Southern Utah.

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE? My first exposure to Altra was getting to run with Golden Harper when he visited our shop for a group run/info/form training session back in 2016. He leaped over a near-chest height gate from a light jog. I was super impressed. 10/10 from the East German judge.

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: Logging tons of base mileage, and staying healthy!
 

NAME: Erika Meling

LOCATION: Princeton Running Company by JackRabbit – Princeton, New Jersey. (@princetonrunco on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Road mostly, trail occasionally!

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: I run in the Altra Torin and Altra Lone Peak

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: Two years! 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: Wearing this brand has helped my running form improve for the better. I used to be a heel striker, which gave me a lot of hip and IT band issues. I started rotating the Altra Torins with another shoe during my training. I started to run more on my midfoot, which translated to how I ran in other brands and I noticed my form and times improved significantly over time.

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: Delaware Raritan Canal Path or Belmar beach boardwalk.

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE? I wear the Escalantes while working because of the wide toe box and it's the only shoe that doesn't hurt my arch standing for 8-9 hours. 

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: The Boston Marathon and the New Jersey half marathon both in April, and USATF Cross Country Club Nationals at Lehigh in December.
 

NAME: Alex Bralower

LOCATION: New York Running Company by JackRabbit, New York, New York. (@nyrunningco on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Trail runner!

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: The Altra Lone Peak 4

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?:  Early convert, 4.5 years, no approaching five!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: The overall philosophy of the company and their shoes.  I love how well the shoes accommodate the feet. They have helped significantly in my running journey, improving my form and keeping me injury free.

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: The Appalachian Trail in New York.

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE? 2019 is a year to keep your eyes out for some killer releases.  

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: Big races , exciting adventures and amazing new footwear.

NAME: Brandi Canann

LOCATION: JackRabbit – Loveland, Ohio (@jackrabbit_loveland on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Both! The trails have my heart though. 

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: For trail running I love the Altra Lone Peak 4. For hitting the road, I choose the Altra Escalante 1.5

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: Since I've discovered Altras, I've been running in them for almost a year. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: The zero heel drop of the shoes and wide toe box fit my feet beautifully!

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: Any and all trails! Took a weekend trip recently to Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee to try out the LonePeak 4s in the mountains. It was an epic experience!

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?  The Altra Paradigm is a fantastic shoe to transition into to Altras. Hoka was the love of my life until I met Altra. I went from the Hoka Bondi to the Altra Paradigm, then also added the the Altra Escalante and Altra Solstice to my collection. The Escalante is a surprisingly cushy road ride and the solstice I love working in and wearing as an everyday shoe. The Lone Peak is my favorite trail shoe followed by the Altra Olympus trail shoe for runs that exceed 15 miles.

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: I have an upcoming six race trail series starting this winter and running through February I'm pretty amped about. I'm also going to be a pacer for fellow co-worker and friend at a 50 miler trail race in June, but my heart is most looking forward to running the Barkley Fall Classic 50k at Frozen Head State Park in TN this upcoming September!!
 

NAME: Lisa Knoppe-Reed

LOCATION: JackRabbit – Providence, Rhode Island (@jackrabbit_providence on Instagram) 

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Both. But I love the trails!

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: I love the Altra King Mountain.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: I've been logging miles in Altras for a year. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: Wide toe box, great cushion, next best thing to running barefoot!

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: In my own back yard at Webb State Park, Weymouth, MA. 

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE? I ran trails on Mt Baker, Washington, in July with my soccer team.  My team mates were in awe of my King Mountains!

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: Running more trail races in 2019.  That's my goal!
 

NAME: Chaundi Walker

LOCATION: Striders Running – Ogden, Utah (@striders_running on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: I like to change it up!  So, a mixture of both. 

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: For the road I absolutely LOVE the Altra Torins! For the Trails I prefer the Altra Timp.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: About two years and going strong!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: Altra shoes not only have the best toe box around, their zero drop seems to work the best for my back. I landed wrong on a tube that was being pulled by our family boat about two years ago. My back has been giving me problems ever since. It's hard to feel motivated sometimes when you have back issues, but I love that I have found a shoe that I know won’t aggravate it during a run.

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN IN YOUR ALTRAS?: We have this awesome path way that runs along the Ogden river that I like to take my Torins. We also have such gorgeous mountains here, so I'm usually up there in the warmer months.

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE? Funny story…I won a trip with Altra to the Bethlehem Half Marathon and was able to bring along my now 17 year old sister. My sister the whole trip swore up and down that she wouldn't ever like the Altras based on the way they look. Altra actually seeded her a pair of Torins after she finished the race. A year later and she now will not wear anything else to run in! She even tried a ton of other shoes on, and still came back to the Torins. We now have my whole family convinced that these are definitely a shoe they need to try for themselves.

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: New Altra Torins obviously! I'm also excited to see all the new apparel that Altra is coming out with!

NAME: Staci Rogge

LOCATION: Road Runner Running Store Powered by JackRabbit – Richmond, Virginia. (@roadrunnerrva on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Both!  Trail and road. I run ultramarathons, hike, bike and live a full on active lifestyle!

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: I run in the Altra Lone Peaks for trails and the Altra Torin for roads.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: I've been running in Altra for three years!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: Wide toe box, zero drop across the brand makes it easy to switch between styles
FAVORITE PLACE TO 'RUN' IN YOUR ALTRAS?:I love to run the James River Park trails in Richmond

WHAT IS AN ALTRA GEM YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?  I probably have way too many pairs of Altras 🙂 

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: I am looking forward having a good mix of road and trail events. Each one makes me appreciate the other.

NAME: Brandon Croft   

LOCATION: Road Runner Running Store Powered by JackRabbit – Richmond, Virginia. (@roadrunnerrva on Instagram)

TRAIL OR ROAD RUNNER?: Both! Trail and road. Plus, I also train for boxing and HIIT for which I use Altra shoes. 

FAVORITE ALTRA STYLE?: I train in the Altra Solstice

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING IN ALTRAS?: I've been training in Altra for a year. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT ALTRA SHOES?: I only have positive thing to say about Altra!  I like the wide toe box, it allows me to open up my toes and use them for balance.  I also like the flat bottom surface, it allows for more ground contact and easy pivoting when performing HIIT / Boxing.  The weight is nice too, very light weight for quick agility movements.

FAVORITE PLACE TO 'RUN' IN YOUR ALTRAS?:I love to train at the Title Boxing Gym

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN 2019?: I am looking for to new updates to the shoes! And of course, new races and events to be introduced to.

 
 

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INSPIRATIONAL RUNNING QUOTES WE CAN ALL LIVE BY

INSPIRATIONAL RUNNING QUOTES

INSPIRATIONAL RUNNING QUOTES WE CAN ALL LIVE BY

It’s not always love at first step when it comes to running.  Most of us will have a crisis of motivation at some point or another,  a time when lacing up the shoes might take a little bit more courage than usual.   

Some
of us might need a running buddy, for others it’s cranking out a treasured playlist (Eye of the Tiger, anyone?).  Whatever your jam to get motivated, don’t underestimate the power of words, the mindset they create, and
the influence they can have on getting you to your end goal.

The next time you’re struggling before your run, consider reading a few of these to reboot your motivation, remind yourself of the journey and get back at
it.

Write down a few of your favorite quotes and post them somewhere you’ll see them every day – next to your computer, on the fridge door (runners have to eat, right!), or literally on the front door so you see them
every time you leave the house. 

RUNNING MOTIVATION

RUNNING MOTIVATION

Everyone needs a little motivation sometimes.  These running motivation quotes will serve to inspire, make you laugh, and remind you of why you’re lacing up your running shoes and stepping out the front door. 

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

Running is a mental sport, and we’re all insane.

If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.

Running never takes more than it gives back. 

Running away from your problems is a race you'll never win.

Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going.

A run begins the moment you forget you’re running. 

A good laugh and a long run are the two best cures for anything.

You are a runner the moment you decide to be one.

Either you run the day, or the day runs you. 

Running is cheaper than therapy.

When nothing goes right, go run. 

MARATHON MOTIVATION

A 26.2 marathon is a not just a race, it’s an experience. Whether you’re a first timer or a multiple-time marathoner, the distance deserves respect.  Because, as the saying goes… anyone can run 20 miles!

If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

Shut up legs, we got this. 

FITSPIRATION – #FITSPO

Fitspiration – or some words and advice to give you motivation for your chosen fitness journey. We’re all human after all, and can use support to refer to when the going gets tough.

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

But did you die though?

You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face.

The voice inside your head that says you can’t do this is a liar.

Strive for progress, not perfection.

Strong is the new skinny.

WISE WORDS TO LIVE BY

Let’s get to the big players when it comes to motivation. These people are icons for their contributions to history, sport, philosophy and their words will live on because they too were motivated by their own journeys and those of others.

“Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.”
— T.S. Elliot

“Nothing will work unless you do.”
— Maya Angelou

“There is magic in misery. Just ask any runner.”
— Dean Karnazes

“Don't dream of winning, train for it!”
— Mo Farah

“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.”
 — Juma Ikangaa

“The purpose of running isn’t to win the race, it’s to test the limits of the human heart.”
— Bill Bowerman

“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
 — Martin Luther King Jr.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Success is not an action but a habit.”  
— Aristotle

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THE BEST RUNNING ACCESSORIES AND GADGETS

 

THE BEST RUNNING ACCESSORIES & GADGETS

 

 

MORE THAN JUST SHOES… RUNNING ACCESSORIES

When most people walk into a running store, the first thing that typically catches their eye is the massive wall of shoes. It makes sense, though, because most runners are in need of new shoes a couple of times a year and are interested in having a shoe-fit expert help them find the best new model for their feet.

But running stores are also chock full of amazing accessories that can help improve your running, your recovery and your daily life.
 

Tom Holowka - Manager JackRabit

TOM HOLOWKA RECOMMENDS…

We checked in with Tom Holowka, manager of the JackRabbit store in Ridgewood, N.J., to see what accessories he’d recommend. His suggestions are great for all levels of runners (and they’re also great gift ideas for the runners on your list whatever the time of year.) 
 

Orb Exteme Mini Massage Ball

ORB EXTREME MINI MASSAGE BALL, $14.95

“I really like the Orb Mini Massage Ball because it’s pretty versatile. You can use it on your feet or hard-to-reach areas of your body. It’s firm enough where you into the areas pretty deeply that a typical foam roller cannot.

I sometimes get a knot in my calf or in my hip, and it works really well by getting into those precise areas and massaging it out and making it feel better. It’s compact and easy to pack on the way to a run or on a trip, too.”

CEP Compression Socks for running

CEP—COMPRESSION RUNNING SOCKS 2.0, $60

CEP Compession Running Socks:  “I really notice a difference when I wear compression socks. I wear them occasionally when I run, but I really like to put them on after I run and when I sleep. After I wear them, I always feel refreshed, especially if my calves were sore from a workout.

I do like to wear them on trail runs because I’m always scared of getting tick bites and also because trail runs are typically longer and the compression helps offset the fatigue from the longer duration on my feet.”
 

Oofos Ooah Sport Slide Sandals

OOFOS—OOAHH SPORT SLIDE SANDALS, $59.95

Oofos – Ooahh Sport Slide Sandals:  “I really like to wear these as my house shoes. I come home and take off my everyday shoes and slide these on. The OOfoam feels so good underneath your feet, and because it has an arch support in there, it revitalizes your feet, especially after a long day.

Or even if you have plantar fasciitis when you wake up in the morning, it’s good to put those on to be able to stand and walk around without having the heel and arch pain on a hardwood floor or hard surface. And if your feet are bothering you after a race, it’s great to slide them on and wear them after you take off your running shoes.”

 

Roll Recovery RS Roller

ROLL RECOVERY – THE R8 ROLLER, $130

Roll Recovery R8 Roller: “This is a unique and very effective recovery tool. Especially after long trail runs or long bike rides, it helps the legs feel refreshed so you can move on with the rest of your day without feeling any lingering fatigue or soreness.

The R8 Roller from Roll Recovery is a completely unique recovery tool because it supplies the tension for you so it’s not as much of a strain to work out your kinks, and with the latest version you can adjust the tension, too.

If you’re a runner and also a busy person, your run is only a small part of your day. For me, after I do my two-hour long run or three-hour bike ride, I have to do a lot of other stuff and I’m still on my feet for a long time so I have to make sure I am recovered.”

Garmin Forrunner 935

GARMIN – FORERUNNER 935, $499

Garmin Forerunner 935: “This has been my go-to GPS watch for the past two years. I train and race triathlons and it has all of the features I need to track all of my workouts.

It integrates with my power meter, tracks all of my heart rate data in my run workouts and my bike workouts, tracks my open-water swimming, and it all auto-uploads to Garmin Connect and Strava.

I have been more into yoga recently, and I have used it to track the calories burned and the time of the session. Essentially the Forerunner 935 has allowed Garmin Connect to become my workout log.”

Other Running Accessories

MORE ESSENTIALS FOR RUNNERS

Need more suggestions?

Nuun Electrolytes ($7 per tube of 10 tablets) are a hydration-enhancing electrolyte formula that can be added to any water bottle or hydration pack; KT Tape ($12.99) is useful for helping align various body parts to reduce the minor irritation or discomfort of overuse injuries. And the Hyperice Hypervolt ($349) is an impressive battery-powered vibrating massage tool that can help workout kinks and muscular soreness.

“Most running stores carry a lot of items that can be useful to just about any runner,” Holowka says. “A lot of times people know kind of what they want or need for a specific purpose but might not know the product name, but often times a customer will come in and not even be aware that those kinds of items exist or are sold in the store.” 

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FIRST LOOK: HOKA ONE ONE SPEEDGOAT 3

FIRST LOOK – HOKA SPEEDGOAT 3

by LAURA CORTEZ | DEC 26TH, 2018

FIRST LOOK: HOKA SPEEDGOAT 3

RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 2019

The Hoka One One Speedgoat was inspired by world-renown ultra runner, Karl Meltzer, who holds the record for most 100-mile
races won. After a successful 2nd edition release last year, the Speedgoat 3 is here for trail runners all over to take on the trails in 2019.
Hoka has kept true to the mantra of “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” with the
3rd edition of the Speedgoat, and has made only minor tweaks to keep their best-selling trail running shoe a fan favorite. 

The Hoka Speedgoat is known for being a top shoe for everything from neighborhood trails to more technical terrain. The outsole uses Vibram® lugs for a secure feel on the sketchiest of footing. On top, you have mesh cushioning for optimal breathability
but keeping most of what you don’t want, out.

Inspired by ultra runners, the Hoka One One Speedgoat trail shoe can really go any distance. With
other notable top distance trail runners like Jim Walmsley, who also sports the Speedgoat for both training and racing, this shoe makes an ideal daily trainer on trail or wet and snow
covered roads, to ultra races.

From a personal standpoint, I’ve worn these shoes for runs up to 50k and have racked up about 200 miles on them and they have yet to fail me in any way.

Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 - What's New

FEATURES: THE HOKA SPEEDGOAT 3

What's new? 
With the new Speedgoat 3 you can expect very little to be different. The most significant change is the midfoot mapping. The overlays were remapped, which is supposed to reduce shifting when going
up and down steep hills. The tongue is also now integrated for minimal movement. The toe bumper saw a bit of an increase, adding to its aggressive appeal. There is a slight weight increase going from 9.8oz to 10.4oz (recorded from
a men’s size 9).

What remains the same?
Ultimately, the Speedgoat will keep everyone’s favorite features: Vibram® MegaGrip technology, the 5-mm lugs on the sole, the cushioned EVA midsole and keeping
it to be an all-terrain, all-distance worthy trail running shoe. 

TECH SPECS: HOKA SPEEDGOAT 3

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BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 19 REVIEW

BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 19 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | DECEMBER, 2018

The Adrenaline GTS is the flagship stability shoe from Brooks. The GTS stands for ‘Go To Shoe’; an everyday shoe that does a little bit of everything.  

Brooks has created a classic shoe that has stood the test of time and
has earned – rightly so – a huge following of runners.  What's new with the forthcoming Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19?  Guest JackRabbit reviewer, Brian Metzler reviews the new edition and gives us his take on this strong legacy
running shoe.

THE BUZZ

The Brooks Adreanline is a classic, high-mileage everyday stability trainer with maximal support. The 19th version of the Adrenaline GTS has been radically updated with the innovative GuideRails support system and a softer, springier
ride.

With a few significant changes, Brooks managed to keep the character of its best-selling shoe and make it much better.

WHAT'S NEW WITH THE BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 19

The Adrenaline GTS 19 is the first shoe to feature Brooks’ new GuideRails holistic bilateral support system that keeps the heel in place and reduces heel eversion that leads to knee issues.

The GuideRails are a result of
Run Signature, Brooks’ biomechanics paradigm that begins with the understanding that there is no singular right way to run but instead that every individual has a unique way of running and that the body will perform at its best
when footwear works with an individual’s unique motion path. Essentially, the GuideRails allow the updated version of the Adrenaline GTS to adapt to individual gait styles.

Brooks is so confident in the GuideRails system
that it has been promoting it as a shoe that will help save your knees by reducing the excessive motion that starts in the ankle and goes up the kinetic chain. It published a white paper on the development of its GuideRails system
and came to the conclusion was that all runners can ultimately benefit from some level of support to keep them running in their Natural Habitual Joint Motion path.

The rear portion of the midsole has been updated with
a new DNA Loft foam—a compound made with a blend of air and rubber—for a lighter, softer and bouncier sensation in the heel.

Lastly, a new engineered mesh upper on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 provides better breathability
and a more dialed-in fit. 

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FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The fit of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 is snug and secure in the heel and midfoot, but slightly roomy in the forefoot. The stretchy upper mesh has allow for a more dynamic in the forefoot and created an airy sensation of increased
breathability.

An amply padded heel collar and tongue, combined with a premium sockliner under foot, make for a comfortable interior feel when you lace them up but also in the latter miles of a long run. Our wear-testers
say the midsole blends the right amount of softness with the right amount of resiliency for smooth, efficient stride turnover.

The key to this shoe is the guiderail system that cradles each side of the heel and works
like bumpers on a bowling alley to promote forward motion to make sure a runner’s stride remains as efficient as possible.

The guidance is subtle—there isn’t an abrupt controlling sensation—but very effective.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 is the shoe for runners who excessively overpronate and need significant foot guidance will benefit from this shoe as an everyday trainer.

PROS AND CONS OF THE BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 19

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Our wear-testers liked the Brooks Adrenaline a lot for long runs and recovery runs. They all gave it high marks for cushioning, comfort and energy return and how delicate the gait-enhancing control felt for such a significantly supportive
shoe.

The outsole has been updated with wavy flex grooves in the for more optimal forefoot flexibility as the foot transitions to the toe-off phase.

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The only real detraction to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 is that it lacks agility and the ability for fast-cadence running.

It’s not a bulky or overly heavy shoe, it’s just that the sweet spot is found in consistent cruising
at moderate paces.

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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.”