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ASICS NIMBUS 21 WITH JACKRABBIT

ASICS GEL NIMBUS 21: THE SCOOP

JACKRABBIT RUNS IN THE ASICS GEL NIMBUS 21

With the arrival of the latest ASICS Nimbus 21, we asked two of our JackRabbit ASICS fan-runners to lace up and give the new edition some miles.  We wanted to
share with you see whether it lived up to it’s ‘distance running made comfortable’ mantra.

The Nimbus is one of ASICS’ most popular long distance running and suits all levels of runners from beginners to advanced –
looking for cushion and lightweight comfort.  Amongst our intrepid run-testers, the news back from the street, or in one case, the treadmill, was good.

Both of our testers have been Nimbus fans of old, and had previously
been a smidgen critical of a couple of the previous editions, but both our boy/girl duo fell in love with the shoe they’ve tested in many reiterations.

Read on to see what they thought of a little Flytefoam, maximum
shock absorption and the cushioning that makes ASICS such a popular choice for so many. 

ERIC HUBBARD – JACKRABBIT RUNNER

JackRabbit Shoe Guru, Eric is a half-marathoner, 10k-er, tennis player and skier and ultimate frisbee player, expert lazy day on the coucher, and eating extraordinaire(er)

Eric:  I was very excited to
test out the new Asics GEL-Nimbus 21; it’s been a long-time favorite of mine ever since I ran in the old models back in high school. Yes, high school!  Recent iterations have not lived up to my nostalgic-fueled memories, but make no mistake:
the 21 is now the shoe to beat.

I took on the terrifying dreadmill for my test run and immediately noticed the vastly improved fit while lacing up the shoes and cranking up the speed.

Now sporting a premium mesh
upper, the spacious toe box is more breathable and comfortable than in previous years. I have a slightly wider foot, not enough for a wide 2E in most shoes, but enough to notice when toes and my forefoot are scrunched.  When putting on
the Nimbus 21, “this is the Nimbus I remember” I thought, “only better!”I really enjoyed the semi ‘V-shape’ that the shoe offers, with a tremendous heel cup for security then spreading out towards the toes, which expertly conform to the
foot shape.

As I upped the tempo on the run, I was further surprised at the combination of the sturdy, springy shoe working so well with the light and soft landing. Packing lots of Asics’ renowned GEL per usual, it felt like
a classic Asics shoe in the highest of quality.

With more FLYTEFOAM here (Propel and Lyte), the GEL-Nimbus 21 really adds to the wonderful cushioning and the springy toe-off; Asics spared no expense in this model.

I am really looking forward to cranking out more runs on this shoe for many more miles; it feels so durable all the way through. I’m interested to see how it lasts as the GEL and FLYTEFOAM technologies legendarily last for many runs,
and this shoe seems like an ideal pairing of the two.

Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the new Nimbus 21 and how it is able to retain the classic Asics feel underfoot (with some great, lightweight spring added),
but also the much-needed fit changes to the upper and the feel for space.

I can’t wait for the next run!

KENZI KAPLAN: JACKRABBIT RUNNER

Kenzi Kaplan is the JackRabbit Marketing Guru, cross-trainer, 10ker and hardcore coach to a high school dance team and walker of Cooper, the dog.

I have always been a Nimbus running shoe fan. The Nimbus 17 was my go-to
favorite shoe for OrangeTheory and 5K/10K distances. Due to the fit problems in the 18 and 19, I am sad to say I had strayed away from my favorite shoe, which was a bummer.

I was excited and nervous to unbox the Niumbus 21,
wanting so much to rekindle my love for the shoe! I am happy to report the Nimbus has won me back!  This time around, the fit is impressive. The new 21 is breathable and comfortable; always a welcome bonus. I am back to wearing them at
OTF frequently and use them for my three to five mile runs on Saturday’s.

Talking toes, the toe-box of the Nimbus 21 fits a little wider, but that is something I’ve really enjoyed about this model. Version 21 feels even more
cushioned than previous Nimbus shoes, without feeling bulky or heavy.

One of the best updates in this latest version of the Nimbus is the additional heel support which was a dialed and locked-in experience that felt really
secure.

It is safe to say that the Nimbus 21 has earned my loyalty back!

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SAUCONY GUIDE ISO 2 REVIEW

 

SAUCONY GUIDE ISO 2- SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | JANUARY 28, 2018

Get on the sole train with the new Saucony Guide ISO 2 – a fine stability shoe par excellence! Step in and run (supported all the way) with new updates and a forward-Jaquard upper. The new edition of the Saucony Guide is sure to please the fans, and garner some new ones along the way. 

JackRabbit guest reviewer Brian Metzler and his running pals, take the new Guide for some test runs and he gives us his take on the new edition.

THE BUZZ

A longtime favorite in the Saucony line, the Guide has taken some huge strides in the past two years to become one of the most dynamic moderate stability models on the market.

Like a smooth-riding, luxury SUV with a V8 under the hood, the Saucony Guide ISO 2 offers an optimal balance of plush cushioning, subtle guidance and continual energy return for an exceptional running experience. 

With equal parts soft cushioning and pronation-reducing structural guidance, Saucony’s Guide ISO 2 is the consummate modern stability shoe. With an adaptive fit and smooth, energetic ride, it’s an ideal everyday training shoe for runners who have a mildly to severely over-pronating gait.

WHAT'S NEW: SAUCONY GUIDE ISO 2

Slight but significant changes to this Guide ISO 2 include a wider forefoot, a narrower heel and an outsole with deeper flex grooves and higher lugs.

The new single-knit Jacquard mesh upper provides superior mechanical stretch and breathability as well as enough hold to contribute to the precise fit and secure ride.

The ISOFIT upper creates a dynamic fit system by morphing to the shape of the runner's foot for a near-custom fit. It’s almost like a pair of hands cradling each foot from below with the fingers of each flange continually adapting while in motion.  An added bonus is the clean upper is devoid of traditional overlays but instead is reinforced with FlexFilm, a strong, lightweight material that creates a seamless, flexible feel.

The subtle changes have resulted in a smoother, zestier fit, feel and ride without losing the main focus of offering gentle stability.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

With a narrower heel cavity, a wider forefoot and Saucony’s dynamic IsoFit system, this edition of the Guide caters to all foot shapes and volumes with a near custom fit. The modestly padded interior is enhanced by a cushy, gusseted tongue and a performance-contoured footbed, all of which contribute to the soft, secure and foot-conforming feel this shoe exudes.

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 is decidedly stable—thanks to the medial post under the arch—but not in an overbearing way. The 3mm topsole layer of innovative Everun foam sandwiched between the footbed and the full-length PWRFoam midsole serves up a springy underfoot sensation, creating a ride with a dreamy mix of shock absorption, resiliency and subtle guidance from heel-strike to toe-off.
 

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 is a great daily training shoe for any runner who appreciates a little extra support. That could be a runner who is a severe overpronator—someone who suffers from over-rotation at the ankle—or even a neutral runner whose form starts to break down from lower-leg fatigue in the later miles of a long run. 

It's a versatile shoe that is worth a demo run for many looking to expand their shoe inventory and try something new.

Our wear-testers found it ideal for long runs, recovery runs and tempo runs. Although most agreed it wasn’t quite agile enough for fartleks or intervals, a few runners on our team suggested they would consider it as a race-day shoe for a half marathon or marathon.

PROS AND CONS OF THE SAUCONY GUIDE ISO 2

Saucony Guide ISO - Pros

The updated outsole lug system and flex grooves in the new Saucony Guide ISO increase force dispersion over a greater surface area while also delivering greater flexibility and traction.

The new engineered seamless mesh upper is exceptionally breathable and durable and subtly but securely supported by lightweight, TPU “FlexFilm” overlays. 

Saucony’s lively and responsive Everun foam material helps create smoother landings and more energetic takeoffs in every stride.

Saucony Guide ISO 2 - Cons

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 shouldn’t be the first choice for a lightweight runner looking for a more nimble ride. While it is as cushioned as most neutral runners, lighter runners who don’t flex a shoe as aggressively might find it a bit restricting or too firm. 

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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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ASICS NIMBUS 21 REVIEW

 

ASICS GEL NIMBUS 21 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | JAN 28, 2018

The GEL Nimbus from ASICS is built for the ultimate cushioned, stable run experience.  21 editions into it's lifespan, the ASICS Nimbus is a neutral running shoe that has the plushness you need and the support your feet want. 

A rarity in modern shoe design, the ASICS Nimbus 21 edition actually comes in at $10 less than it predecesor at $149.95

Read on to learn the ins and outs of the latest edition from our guest review Brian Metzler.

THE BUZZ

One of the all-time best-sellers in the ASICS line, the neutral-oriented Nimbus has been updated with minor improvements have resulted in an improved fit and smoother ride.

The GEL Nimbus is an everyday trainer that offers maximum shock absorption, resilient cushioning and a plush sensation under foot.

WHAT'S NEW: ASICS GEL NIMBUS 21

A newly redesigned engineered mesh upper serves up greater breathability, more adaptable comfort and structural security, plus slightly more wiggle room in the forefoot.

A system of lightweight 3D printed overlays provides seamlessirritant-free structure to the upper, adding support without sacrificing flexibility or natural flow of the foot.

The other change to this year’s model of the ASICS GEL Nimbus is that the Trusstic stability system is now found only in the medial side of the shoe, a change that makes for a more flowy, neutral ride.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

With the improved spacing and hold in the forefoot and a rearfoot-clutching exoskeletal heel counter, we give this shoe high marks for fit for a wide range of foot shapes and sizes. It has a plush interior that cradles and supports the foot, offering long-wearing comfort.

It features ASICS’ iconic GEL cushioning in the heel and its springy Flytefoam Propel in the forefoot, creating a ride that’s both softly cushioned but energetic and bouncy. 
 

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Asics Nimbus 21 will suit any runner who appreciates a comfortable fit, a smooth ride and long-lasting durability.  Those runners will love this reliable workhorse, no matter what kind of weekly mileage volume is logged each week.

The latest Asics Nimbus could be an ideal shoe for a new runner, someone training to run their first half marathon or a veteran marathoner who’s trying for another Boston qualifier.

PROS AND CONS OF THE ASICS GEL NIMBUS 21

Asics Nimbus 21 - Pros

PROS: ASICS GEL NIMBUS 21

The list price of this shoe actually went down $10 compared to the previous edition, increasing the quality to price ratio of this legacy model.

The shoe has been designed toenhance the foot's natural gait from heel strike to toe-off. Vertical flex grooves help decouple the shoe’s structural tooling along the line of progression for enhanced gait efficiency. 

The Nimbus 21 features a premium Ortholite X-40 sockliner with higher rebound properties while providing excellent moisture management and a high-level of breathability.

There are numerous reflective elements designed to enhance visibility during low light hours.

Asics Nimbus 21 - Cons

CONS: ASICS GEL NIMBUS 21

The Asics Nimbus isn’t the lightest shoe in the neutral-cushioned category, but it doesn’t feel clunky or heavy either.

Although it’s not a speed merchant, the springy midsole offers enough pop for tempo runs and race-paced long 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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INTERVIEW WITH ULTRARUNNER DAVE MACKEY

 

DAVE MACKEY INTERVIEW

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH ULTRA RUNNER DAVE MACKEY

An endurance journey is more than just running

Altra athlete, Dave Mackey is a household name in the ultra-running world.

Over the course of his career he’s has the opportunity to run all over the world and set records in ultra racing. His success has won him accolades such as Ultrarunning Magazine North American Ultrarunner of the Year and USA Track and Field Ultrarunner of the Year.  

Beyond the awards, it’s his humble and low-key demeanor that has won him the respect of the running community and beyond.

In early summer 2015, Dave was out on a run on a regular route near his home town of Boulder, Colorado, when he stepped on a boulder and fell of a ridge, resulting in a life-changing injury to his leg.  

Over the couple of years that followed Dave underwent surgeries to try to rebuild his lower leg and faced recurring infections and rehabilitation. In constant pain he took the decision to have his damaged leg amputated below the knee for the chance to resume life on his terms with a prosthetic limb.

 

DAVE MACKEY RETURNS TO THE LEADVILLE RACE SERIES

Taking on a new perspective to his running (and cycling) Dave returned in 2018 to complete the infamous Leadville Race Series – where he had come second only four years previously.

To put the The Leadville Race Series into perspective, the epic adventure consists of five races over the course of the season. It all kicks off with a trail marathon, followed by the 50 mile Silver Rush Race (you get to choose whether you mountain bike or run that one!). Third up is the infamous Leadville 100 mountain bike race, followed the next morning by a 10k trail run.  

Finally, the last race and the piece de la résistance is the Leadville 100 trail run. 

In order to progress in the series, each racer must complete each event in the allotted cut-off time in order to move on to the next. Oh, and did we mention Leadville, Colo. is 10,000 ft above sea level. 

Less than half the athletes who enter The Leadville Race Series manage to finish. In crossing the finish line Mackey has become the only athlete with a prosthetic to complete the series.

Billy Yang, an ultra-running film maker, covered Dave’s return to Leadville in 2018. The resulting documentary titled ‘Leadman’ will be released and celebrated in Dave's hometown of Boulder, Colorado on February 1st 2019. Reserve your tickets for what is sure to be a sell-out local event.

We had the opportunity to talk with Dave Mackey about his journey to ultra-running, his advice for aspiring ultrarunners and what the future holds for his own running adventures.

If you’re local to Colorado, come meet Dave on January 17th at the Boulder Running Company.  

JACKRABBIT CHAT WITH DAVE MACKEY

JackRabbit: You’ve had an athletic lifestyle from a young age but found your wheelhouse in ultra-running.  What first drew you to the sport and why did it become your main athletic focus?

Dave Mackey: I was first drawn to trail running in college New Hampshire to stay in shape for soccer and as breaks from classes. Then I moved to Colorado and discovered the trails above and around Breckenridge. My first trail race was actually in Leadville at the Mosquito marathon, which is now coincidentally the Leadville 1/2 marathon, so I guess I got my first start in trail racing in Leadville and was third place there. 

Breckenridge Mount Marathon occurred in 1995, and I finished in fifth place and vomited! From there I raced the Kokopelli 50 K 1996, my first ultra, and won, and was hooked on trying to compete well at ultras. It still took me seven years from there to shoot to compete in a 100 miler at the Western States 100, and in the meantime picked up sponsorship and since then have stayed motivated to run long, even since my accident. 

JR: In the course of your running career, you’ve had the enviable opportunity to have run all over the world in some spectacular locations. Where are your top three spots to trail run from all the places you have raced?

DM: Some very unique places include Hong Kong which has some fantastic trails. The trails around Mont Blanc in Europe. In adventure racing in the 2000s, those are probably the most beautiful and exploratory races, with a couple in Asia, Europe, South America, and Morocco and Mexico. 

But most of all I truly love my local trails in the Boulder peaks. I feel very intimate with my local trails and peaks, and every run is very special right out my door. My favorite run is going Bear Peak, over to South Boulder Peak and Shadow Canyon. 

JR: What advice would you give someone looking to take on and train for their first 50k?

DM: For me personally it took a couple of years to run a 50 K since my first trail race, and overall I’ve taken it easy as far as building up. I think this has led to better longevity in the sport. I also think this has led to fewer injuries and increased long-term motivation.

For someone to run 50 K I would race several distances shorter than marathon, then maybe two months after the marathon try a 50 K. I would also run on dirt or grass as much as possible, as this is better on the body.

JR: You can be the best trained athlete in the world, but in the world of endurance sports, race day nutrition is as important as the physical training.  What works for you to fuel an endurance race of 100 miles? Do you crave anything in particular, and what do you do if your stomach decides not to ‘cooperate’? 

When I ran the Leadville 100 this year, I literally was eating potato chips, pizza, and the energy drink that the race series was using. This worked fine for me, as my pace was not at high race pace. At higher intensity one has to have to focus on nutrition more specifically.

To be quite honest I am not very specific even when I was racing at the elite level. There are a lot of different ways to do it, and over all each runner has to trial and error and see what works for them.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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TALKING LEADMAN AND ALTRA RUNNING

JR: The Leadman. A race series of epic proportions.  You first raced (and came in second) as an able-bodied athlete.  Post-accident and amputation you returned to race the series in 2018. What did completing The Leadman mean to you that year, and how was it different/better/more challenging than your previous experience?

DM: The Leadman series in 2018 was very different than in 2014, and more challenging with potential for disaster. I had to manage my leg and prosthetic issues race by race and had several hiccups but I was able to mitigate these issues one at a time.

But over all it really came down to just being stubborn as heck and not quitting. Everyone goes through this though.  Emotionally it was an emotional high to finish  the series this year, much more so than in 2014. 

JR: Tell us about your relationship with Altra Running and what are your preferred styles to train in and race with? 

DM: I’ve been sponsored by Altra for about a year now, and I’m thrilled with how things are going. The company is very easy to work with, the people are fantastic, and I love the elite team that I’m a part of. 

I love the TIMP 1.5. This is my go to shoe in training and I’ll be racing it at most of my events in 2019. The traction is tight, the fit is fantastic, and I’m loving the durability.  The Altra Lone Peak is also one of my top shoes right now too.

JR: Tell us about working with Billy Lang and Matt Trappe on the documentary 'Leadman'. 

Those guys are the best in the ultra documentary realm. And they are working together which makes it that much better. They’re extremely creative, professional, and know the sport in and out over many years. 

They’re also both ultra-runners and truly get the subtleties and passion of the sport. I’ve pretty much just let them run with it. They are also my good buds and we had fun making the film. 

JR: If you could take to the trails with anyone in particular, who would it be and why? 

DM: Hands down it would be my family. We go on hikes mostly but as they’ve grown though they seem more interested in trail hogs. I do wish I could get out with my wife a bit more though!

JR: A new year is upon us. What do you have planned for the year ahead? We believe the return of the Eco-Challenge might be in your future!? 

DM: Right now I plan on running the Lake Sonoma 50, Western States 100, Leadman Race Series, and the Eco Challenge in the fall with my friends. Oh man, just saying that makes me realize I might be in over my head!

JR: A question we like to ask all our interviewees, what are three songs you turn to for inspiration and motivation?

DM: I am pretty varied in my musical taste on and mostly listen to books on tape! I get a lot of reading done that way. Pick any from Metallica, Bruce Cockburn, or older REM songs and that works for me! 
 

 

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ALTRA KAYENTA REVIEW

 

ALTRA KAYENTA – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | JANUARY, 2018

2019 welcomes the launch of a fast and lightweight performance road shoe from Altra, the Kayenta.  This new road star is going to be a great addition to your shoe line up for longer races and marathons, tempo runs and triathlons.  

For any Altra brand aficionado, the Kayenta is surely going to be welcomed with opened arms (or would that be feet?!)

Guest JackRabbit reviewer, Brian Metzler reviews the new style and gives us his take on the Kayenta. 

THE BUZZ: Arriving 02.01.19

The Altra Kayenta is a featherweight, low-to-the-ground performance trainer with a unique upper design and responsive feel.  

The Kayenta is made for up-tempo workouts and racing from 5K to the marathon. Like all Altra shoes, the Kayenta has the brand’s signature zero-drop (level) platform and wide, foot-shaped toe box. 

ALTRA KAYENTA: LIGHT, FAST PERFORMANCE

The Kayenta is an entirely new shoe in the Altra line this sleek and slender racer is built with an innovative two-layer upper construction—a soft, foot-wrapping inner bootie and a supportive, engineered mesh outer shell—that accommodates for a wide range of foot shapes and volumes.

It fits into the Altra line between the Vanish-R super-light minimalist racer and the lightweight, highly cushioned performance-oriented Duo.

Altra Kayenta - Ligthly does it

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

We found the fit to be exquisite—snug and locked down but extremely comfortable because of the lightly cushioned inner liner’s glove-like fit.

When you slip it on, it feels as if it’s an extension of your foot, offering intuitive feel-for-the-road proprioception. The ride is semi-firm, smooth and consistent, not quite springy but noticeably responsive with an easy forefoot flex and a very natural heel-to-toe transition.

Overall, it gives off and agile and energetic sensation, both at slower speeds and faster paces.

 

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Altra Kayenta is perfect for a strong, nimble runner who is looking for a go-fast shoe.  Runners with a light foot strike with a mid-foot, forefoot gait style will like it the most.

We loved this shoe for shorter runs, drills and quick-turnover running—tempo runs, fartleks and workouts like 5×1-mile. Wearing it for longer runs—10 to 15 miles or longer—requires efficient form and finely tuned lower leg strength.

PROS AND CONS OF THE ALTRA KAYENTA

Altra Kayenta - Pros

The Kayenta is one of the first shoes to feature Altra’s new Max-LT lightweight performance foam with an energetic, well-cushioned vibe despite the relatively low stack height.

The engineered mesh upper is exceptionally breathable and durable, made from a thin but strong nylon mesh with perforations and vents for optimal comfort and security.

We enjoyed wearing this shoe with or with socks. The inner bootie is comfortable and wicks moisture, while the sofly cushioned sockliner is perforated to enhance breathability.

Altra Kayenta - Cons

The only real detraction to the Kayenta is a heavy heel-striker might not like this shoe very much. The heel of the Kayenta is slightly tapered and doesn’t offer a lot of protection or added design features to encourage roll-through propulsion.

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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THERAGUN G3PRO, LIV, G3: Percussion therapy and running performance

 

THERAGUN G3PRO, LIV, G3: Percussion therapy and running performance

 

 

THERAGUN G3PRO 

A POWERFUL RECOVERY TOOL FOR ATHLETES

Another recovery tool? Oh yes, just what the athletes ordered!

In order to be and stay at your best, we know that recovery plays an essential role. Rolling out, icing and massaging are just a few best practices to make sure you’re always ready to go after a tough workout.

Ready to add to that list?  A game-changing tool arrived on the consumer market that was previously only reserved for PT practices and rehabilitation. Designed by a chiropractor with a mission to keep us all moving, enter the Theragun G3PRO – a ‘high-frequency, high-amplitude neuromuscular percussive therapy device

Say, what?  

Between you, me and your sore muscles, the Theragun is a deep tissue massage tool that helps muscles and physical health in several ways.  

1) Activate muscles prior to activity.
2) Provide muscular activation post-activity to aid recovery.
3) Offer pain relief and stiffness.

Anyone who’s experienced the towel-biting joy of a deep-tissue massage will be excited to know the Theragun can achieve the same results but with less pain and pressure due to the speed (frequency) of the G3PRO.  

Similar to deep-tissue massage, the vibrating treatment of the Theragun is beneficial to athletes on so many levels increasing blood and lymphatic flow, breaking up scar tissue, prevents the build up of post exercise toxins while activating and resetting the nervous system.  

Where it differs from the hands of your favorite masseur, is the vibrating speed helps bypass the body's nervous system, so the muscles relax.

THERAGUN G3PRO

 

THERAGUN: MORE THAN A MASSAGE

“This isn’t really massage—it’s actually tricking your nervous system,” says chiropractor and TheraGun founder Dr. Jason S. Wersland. Healthy nerve impulses will react to pain in milliseconds, but if you put something on the area that moves faster, the brain can’t keep up.”

The Theragun is like having your sports massage therapist at your beck and call, but ever so slightly better; the added convenience of a portable device you can take anywhere.

The Theragun is an investment, and when you consider the cost of massage and/or physical therapy, it’s a no-brainer.

Watch the video to see and believe.
 


 

Theragun has released the next generation Theragun G3PRO as a new effective way to self-massage your muscles after tough workouts. Refining and improving the first generation Theragun, the next generation is quieter (pardon?), quiet to charge and lightning fast.

Acting in a similar way to that of the Hypervolt, the Theragun massage tool is a percussion massager that releases 60-pounds of pressure to release even your deepest knots.

 

THERAGUN G3PRO

What’s new with with the next generation Theragun G3PRO?  The new generation is a whopping 50% quieter than its predecessor, so now you can Netflix and ‘deep tissue massage’ at the same time. 

– Noise is decreased by 50% when in use
– Now has 60% more battery life (comes with 2 batteries)
– Full charge takes only 75 minutes
– Continues to have the standard 2400 RPMs and now has a lighter speed of 1750 RPMs
– 6 unique attachments, designed by physicians 

PRO ATHLETES: PICKING UP GOOD VIBRATIONS

You have to recover like the best. The Theragun massage tool has been tried, reviewed and tested by some of the best athletes in the world and top media sources for its good vibrations.
 

“My theragun is literally always with me,” Antonio Brown, NFL Wide Receiver

“The TheraGun is an absolute game changer. Before, I would stretch and roll out for three hours. Now my recovery time is 20-30 minutes,” Mat Fraser- CrossFit Games Champion

“[The Theragun] could be a career extender,” – ESPN
 

THERAGUN BEST PRACTICES

Rather than crank up and go, here are some Theragun best practices for pre-workouts, during workouts, and post-recovery.  

We are all short on time, and many of us will admit to cutting short the post-workout rolling with the need to rush off to the next thing our our daily list. The Theragun allows you to reach total body recovery in as little as 15 minutes and reduce the rate of injury with any of the provided attachments.

Accelerated Warm up: Use the new Theragun G3 PRO to target each muscle group for about 15 seconds each as an intergral part of your warm up process to start training.

During workouts: Employ the Theragun G3 PRO to treat cramps and knots as needed to help flush out the lactic acid as you go.

Post-training recovery: Use the different attachments on the Theragun G3PRO as needed to target overused and sore areas to speed up the recovery process.

The Theragun aims to make 3 things easier to manage: pain, fitness and wellness.  The kit comes with six physician-designed attachments provide targeted muscle treatment for most common pain points like plantar fasciitis, shin splints and tight calves.

The Theragun's myofascial release techniques relieve sore and stiff muscles faster than simply rolling out and hand massaging. This machine is literally bang for your buck when it comes to home-based therapy and running recovery. 

And bonus, not only is the Theragun a great percussion massager, it has the added benefits of promoting better sleep, range of motion and body awareness. 

We challenge you to have the best training year yet with the help of the Theragun G3Pro deep tissue massage tool to target those pain points, accelerate recovery and get back to doing what you love better and faster.
 

 
 

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FIRST LOOK: HOKA ONE ONE STINSON ATR 5

FIRST LOOK – HOKA STINSON ATR 5

by LAURA CORTEZ | JAN 8TH, 2018

FIRST LOOK: HOKA ONE ONE STINSON ATR 5

RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 2019

Everyone knows that Hoka One One is known as the king of cushion in their full line of both trail and road running shoes. The Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5 continues that trend by providing maximal support where you want it most – the midsole – when you're running on the trails. 

Runners who prefer the wider fit of the Stinson ATR rave that this makes the it a top choice
for day-long trail runs, minimal hot spot issues and blisters. In celebration of another year with the ATR on the ground, the Stonson ATR 5 will be released this January ready for you to celebrate the new year of running. 

The Hoka One One Stinson has been known to be on the heavier side with the extra cushioning, but on the other hand, has a really high mileage lifetime of well over 500 miles. The tough lugs make it great for hard training runs
through roots and hopping over rocks, while it simultaneously provides a soft ride for recovery runs.  This is your workhorse shoe – the trail training shoe to build your base miles that will pay dividends later.

The
wider fit of the Stinson ATR 5 also means your toes get to spread and react naturally to whatever the terrain may be. 

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5 - What's New

FEATURES: THE HOKA STINSON ATR 5

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5: What's new? 
The Stinson ATR 5 has been completely redesigned from tongue to toebox, keeping in line with its favorable reputation of being one of the most versatile shoes on the market.

The sole has been redesigned with 4mm studs and split sole in different areas for a more controlled feel in the forefoot while jaunting over dicey terrain and more closely toward the heel for an easy road to trail transition.

The new layout of the Stinson 5 has the added bonus of saving a bit of overall weight. For the upper part of the shoes you can expect an improved mesh fit for increased durability and protection.

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5: What remains the same?
Cushion always comes first, always when it comes to the Hoka brand. The Stinson ATR 5 will continue to have the oversized CMEVA midsole for a comfortable run anytime.

The Stinson ATR 5 will continue to give a nice balance
of cushion and lightweight running for all your terrain adventures.

TECH SPECS: HOKA STINSON ATR 5

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FIRST LOOK: HOKA ONE ONE CHALLENGER ATR 5

 

FIRST LOOK – HOKA CHALLENGER ATR 5

by LAURA CORTEZ | JAN 8TH, 2018

 

 

FIRST LOOK: HOKA CHALLENGER ATR 5

Hoka One One Challegner ATR 5: Road to Trail

Hoka One One continues their long-standing tradition of maximum, lightweight cushioning as they celebrate the 5th birthday of the Challenger series by releasing the Challenger ATR 5 this month. With an entirely new design for the whole shoe, it becomes more versatile than ever for runners looking for a smooth road to trail transition.

The Challenger ATR 5 is a versatile shoe suitable for both trail and road running. The CMEVA technology in the midsole makes it great for less ground impact when you have rough terrain or need a nice, soft recovery day.

 
Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5 - What's New

FEATURES: THE HOKA CHALLENGER ATR 5

Hoka Challenger ATR 5: What's new? 

Sticking with what Hoka knows best, the Challenger ATR 5 will continue to have optimal support where runners need it most.

The lugs in the heel area are noticeably closer together for a more consistent and smoother ride when you transition from trail to road and vice versa. The opposite spacing is applied to the forefoot to provide a wider grip with the terrain gets dicey.

The upper mesh layer on the Challegner ATR 5 provides an even amount of support, durability and breathability. The new midfoot design has improved lockdown. A very supportive heel help to stabilize the foot during initial ground contact.

The toebox remains wide for natural landing and the outside toe reinforcement is made from textured TPU to increase the overall trail durability. What has stayed the same.

Hoka Challenger ATR 5: What remains the same?

All your favorites stay the same in the Challenger ATR 5.  The maximum cushioning, a wide toe box and the same, but improved, versatility to go from road to mountain without the need to change shoes for comfort. 

TECH SPECS: HOKA CHALLENGER ATR 5

 
 

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HOP ON IT: THE JACKRABBIT NEW YEAR RESOLUTION LIST 2019

 

HOP ON IT 2019

 

 

HOP ON IT: THE JACKRABBIT NEW YEAR RESOLUTION LIST

JackRabbit Team Members Share Their Goals

We're all sorts of 'runners' at JackRabbit; one big happy family each with our chosen running type, distance and all the other sorts of training that complements our active lifestyles.  

At the onset of every year, we like to ask our JackRabbit nation to reflect on what were their proudest moments of the last year and what are their brightest goals for the twelves months ahead.  A running and training goal can be as small or as large as you want to make it.  You might reach it, or you might not, but whatever the outcome, the most important step is to set a goal in the first place and start the path with a concerted effort to commit to something bigger than you think possible.  You might surprise yourself. 

This year we challenge each and everyone to join us at JackRabbit and Hop On It – whatever your goal might be.  Write it down, share it and set out a plan; make it happen. 

MEET THE JACKRABBIT TEAM 'HOPPING ON IT' IN 2019

 

COLORADO: LAURA CORTEZ – TRAIL RUNNING

NAME: Laura Cortez

LOCATION: Colorado

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN RUNNING SHOE/GEAR?
Hoka Speedgoat for longer days, Nike Trail Horse for casual trail runs

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN SPORT AND DISTANCE/FOCUS?:
Trail running! Chosen distance? I don’t know yet! I’ve done trail races from 25k-50k, I loved the shorter ones because of how fast you can go but also really liked the 50k because I got to stop for snacks at the aid stations and eat potato chips and skittles

WHAT WERE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN 2018?
That I stepped out of my comfort zone to take on trail and learned about how hard I could push myself through the lowest points of a race. But mostly just that I continuously gave myself a chance in every race to be competitive even when things weren’t going my way. I think that just goes back to pushing through the low points, trail has equally put hair on my chest as it has humbled me

WHAT ARE YOUR SPORT/RACE/LIFE GOALS FOR 2019?
1. I want to keep seeing how far I can push my body mentally and physically, how far can I go and how fast can I get there type of thing.  
2. Compete in at least 3 USATF events.
3. Run a 50-miler.

WHAT TRAINING TIPS WOULD YOU PASS ONTO YOUR FELLOW ATHLETES?
Practicing gratitude is the best way to overcome any low point in a race! Whether it be thanking every volunteer, telling other runners good job or even just applauding yourself for being healthy enough to participate in the sport. It sounds cheesy but the little smile it gives you can go a long way – or at least another mile.

Always listen to your body – sometimes that 8 mile run can be replaced with an hour run. As David Roche says, the body doesn’t know miles, it knows stressTake the day off when you need to – it’s better to take 1-3 days off than 1-3 weeks.

As cynical as it sounds, you should envision the worst case scenario for a race. Think about how you’re going to respond when something doesn’t go your way, you’re bonking or anything. Obviously it would be great for every race to be perfect, but that’s not the case. Knowing how you’re going to respond is great practice and alleviates the stress of having to think about it when/if it happens

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE JACKRABBIT PRODUCTS AND WHY?
Nathan handheld:  This was the first trail-specific product I ever purchased for my first trail race in the summer of 2017. But also race wise, it’s great for up to about a 50k distance (if you’re smart about it), training wise, it’s lightweight enough to carry if you just want a bit of water during the run. It’s very non-invasive and it’s easy to forget you’re even holding it. The pocket can hold about 2-3 gels depending on size and your commitment to stuffing them in there.   

Roll Recovery Stretch Mat: The extra cushion and width this provides in comparison to a yoga mat is great because after a hard run you can just bring it out, sleep and be able to roll over. For camping this also acts well in place of a tent footprint and can even double as a sleeping pad.

Petzl headlamp: Also great for camping. Ideal for early morning or late runs when you’re trying to catch the sun coming or going. In the city it’s also great for the winter when it’s always dark. If I’m starting a particularly early morning or late run, I’ll wear it for just general safety. The fact that it uses rechargeable batteries is also a super plus. I always have one set in and an extra set charged just in case.

Hoka Speedgoat: Definitely my go-to shoe for technical runs and any time I’ll be on trails for over 2 hours. It’s super durable – I have about 150 miles on mine right now and they still feel new. The grip is great – at the Dead Horse Ultra in Utah, it’s all on rock, some slick and even some sand, and these babies gripped well the whole time and didn’t let in a single sand granule.

Nike Elevate 3” Shorts: They’re really cute, have great colors and the back pocket is a great size for both a gel and keys.

UA Mid Bra: It’s nothing special but it’s very comfy, simple and does the job

Ultimate Direction Fastpack 15L: A true gift from the run-commute, multi-sport day gods. Run commute? Computer, clothes, snacks + extra pockets for every other miscellaneous items. Fastpacking weekend through trails or mountains? Stuff tent, clothes, small stove, food essentials. This is my favorite summertime gear pack. For fastpacking weekends I can stuff my tent, clothes, food essentials and rock climbing shoes into it with ease.

COLORADO: JESS GILLMAN – HIIT TRAINING

NAME: Jess Gillman

LOCATION: Colorado

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN RUNNING/TRAINING SHOE?
Wow that’s a tough one because I love so many of the shoes I get to runa and train in.  I like to switch it up by my go-to shoes currently are the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield, Reebok Run Fast Floatride and the Brooks Levitate 2.

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN SPORT AND DISTANCE/FOCUS?:
I am a huge believer in cross-training so I do a lot of Orange Theory Fitness, weightlifting via crossfit and I love a good 5k-10k

WHAT WERE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN 2018?
I ran the NYC marathon which was pretty incredible for me since I don’t think of myself as a “runner”

WHAT ARE YOUR SPORT/RACE/LIFE GOALS FOR 2019?
I am training with a friend for the Festivus games which are a crossfit event and I am also looking to get into London Marathon!

WHAT TRAINING TIPS WOULD YOU PASS ONTO YOUR FELLOW HIIT ATHLETES?
Listen to your body! There are days sometimes where I just can’t make it to a class because I am not feeling well or I can’t lift that weight because my shoulders are sore and that is okay. Your body is incredible and won’t steer you in the wrong direction but you need to listen.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE JACKRABBIT PRODUCTS AND WHY?
The On clouds are just too easy to slip on and slip off, I also enjoy that I can rock these in jeans or in the gym.

The Brooks Levitates have been a huge player in my training shoes line up. I especially love the knit upper and how springy I feel in these shoes.

My go-to workout tights have been and will always be the Nike Epic Lux tights, they are beyond comfortable and never fall down during an intense workout!

Reebok has sports bras figured out, I love that they have different levels of coverage based on my workout needs. Right now I am enjoying their brand new Pure Move Sports Bra; it’s been incredible during my Orange Theory Fitness workouts and at CrossFit.

Goodr sunglasses leaves me stylish and more importantly allow me to run, jump, plyo lunge without worry of them falling off.

Recovery is key to helping me achieve my fitness goals and the hyperice vibrating foam roller keeps me feeling my best. Hurts so good!  You have to try this to believe it.

Who said socks needed to be boring? Stance definitely didn’t and I love all their fun designs to add a little fun to my feet.

Vuori joggers are the softest joggers I’ve ever owned, perfect for pre- and post-gym session.

When the training is over, I live in Oofos recovery sandals all day.  They are truly perfect for anyone and everyone that needs to show their body a little love after a tough run or workout session.

Nuun tabs in my water keeps me hydrated, energized and ready to take on my workouts, I love the ginger lemonade flavor! It’s spicy.  
 

COLORADO: VINCENT GERBINO – YOGA TRAINING

NAME: Vincent Gerbino

LOCATION: Colorado

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN RUNNING/TRAINING SHOE?
The Saucony Kilkenny is my chosen shoe of choice.

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN SPORT AND DISTANCE/FOCUS?:
Yoga, Running, Roller Hockey & Cycling, in that order!

WHAT WERE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN 2018?
2018 was a recovery year. I’d been battling serious health problems for the past two years, so working with my doctors and evolving past the failure of the “indestructible” thought pattern of the past was a huge challenge that I met with success through perseverance and a lot of new ways of thinking.

WHAT ARE YOUR SPORT/RACE/LIFE GOALS FOR 2019?
I still need to re-build muscle mass and perfect new ways to care for my body. My short-term goal is to get to where ten miles feels easy and run a half marathon by the end of the year while continuing teaching Yoga and helping runners with their practice.

WHAT TRAINING TIPS WOULD YOU PASS ONTO YOUR FELLOW ATHLETES?
Do Yoga ! The Yoga community is still barely connected to the running community even though both activities are already very popular and still seeing ever-increasing popularity. I can always identify a runner when they come to my Yoga classes because their muscles are so tight. There’s so much more that Yoga can do for runners, physically and also mentally.

Yoga is one of, if not the best way for an athlete to create better focus and concentration, and that’s why so many pro athletes and recreational athletes alike are benefiting from it. We’re just getting started on something very real.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE JACKRABBIT PRODUCTS AND WHY?
The Manduka Prolite Mat -thick and durable, it provides a good amount of cushioning without being too soft for balancing poses.

The Manduka Eko Superliite Mat – it travels easy, and is better made than a lot of travel mats that cost more, and it has no toxic plastics.

Trigger Point Grid Foam Rollers – nothing compliments a good stretch regimen like a good routine with the roller to help muscles bounce back from a workout.

 

COLORADO: CLAIRE QUALLS & EVA PACECHO
XC & TRACK

NAME: Claire Qualls and Eva Pacecho – Team Mates and BFFs

LOCATION: Colorado

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN RUNNING/TRAINING SHOE?
Claire:  New Balance 880
Eva: Saucony Ride 9

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN SPORT AND DISTANCE/FOCUS?:
Claire & Eva: Cross Country high school racing – around 5k distance #GoWildcats

WHAT WERE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN 2018?
Claire: In 2018, I had many successes in running. One of the most notable was our high school XC team making the State Championships.  We were all very proud of ourselves; the last time the team made it this far was three years ago! Some other things I’m proud of were: receiving a varsity letter in cross country for my freshman year, running my first 10k in under an hour, and training more, both in endurance and strength. Overall in 2018, I’ve made much progress in my performance in running and I’m excited to improve more next year.

Eva:  I am very proud of my varsity team this year for making it to the state championships. I am also proud of myself for knocking about four minutes off of my 5k pace. Overall, it has been a great year full of improvement.

WHAT ARE YOUR SPORT/RACE/LIFE GOALS FOR 2019?
Claire:  In 2019, I would love to beat my current 10k time by about 5-10 minutes, improve on my technique and speed. I am also very excited to attend a one day training camp with one of my running heros, Kara Goucher in January; I’m really looking forward to that!

Eva: I would like to run a 5k in under twenty-one minutes, that would take off about a minute from my current best. I would also like to participate in more 5 and 10ks, and I also really excited to get help from Kara Goucher at a training camp to achieve these goals!

WHAT TRAINING TIPS WOULD YOU PASS ONTO YOUR FELLOW ATHLETES?
Claire: Some tips and tricks I have for my fellow runners are: Always stretch before and after running for at least ten minutes. This has really helped to avoid any cramps or pain while running. One more tip I have is to stay hydrated, especially before a race. This will help improve your race performance.

Eva: Take your time to learn and grow, take care of injuries as soon as possible and have fun!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE JACKRABBIT PRODUCTS AND WHY?
Claire:
Stance Socks – These are my favorite socks.  They're super comfortable and form fitting – I love the Lauren Fleshman style! 
Goodr Sunglasses – These trendy sunglasses don’t bounce around while running and are so clear to see through (for example much better to see things in front of you, like snakes).
Garmin Forerunner 35 – This watch is great for tracking runs and is not too big or bulky.

Eva:
Trigger Point Grid Foam Roller– Nice quality and very attractive, gets those hard to reach spots.
Women’s Oofos Ooahh Luxe Recovery Sandal– Super comfy and really great for walking around the house.
Any Running Leggings and Tights – great for a cold day run and they come in awesome patterns.  
 

 
 

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