Running and any sport can shape who we are, how we define ourselves.  Women warriors are all around us, before us, and yet to be us.

From Katherine Switzer taking a bold step at the Boston Marathon to take a stance on women not being allowed to compete, to trail blazers like Jasmin Paris breaking the ultra-distance record in the Spine Race while breastfeeding along the way, women are continuing to take their own stance in their chosen sport. 

To celebrate International Women’s Day and all women athletes who are working hard every day, some of the inspiring women athletes at HOKA One One tell us about the defining moments of their careers in sport and life and what is it that makes them fly.  

I FLY because I CAN and I won't stop.” – Kellyn Taylor



Kellyn Taylor is a runner for HOKA ONE ONE® Northern Arizona Elite group and soon-to-be firefighter.  Add to that mix she is also a mother and you have a trifecta of superwoman skills in one strong package.  Kellyn has run distances between 10k and marathon with a 26.2 PR of 2:24:28.  

She attributes her motivation to run is ‘to show my daughter, and myself, that with hard work you can do anything. My daughter is my biggest motivator. With every success and failure, I try to teach her to stay humble and never give up. I want to instill in her a good work ethic and a relentless belief that anything is possible.’  

You can follow Kellyn’s training logs at the NAZElite group’s training page

JackRabbit: Hi Kellyn. As a member of the Northern Arizona Elite group, tell us what it’s like to be part of such a supportive environment when running can be sometimes be seen as such a solitary sport.

Kellyn Taylor: The best part of being on a team is having others to push you and you them. There is a sense of accountability when being a part of such a talented group. We all want to succeed and when you see your teammates succeeding it helps to elevate you to accomplish more.

Running is an individual sport. It is about seeing how good you can be but its also about seeing how good you and all of those around you can be. It is fun to have a group that is constantly raising the bar and pushing one another.

JR: You’re quoted as saying, ‘figure out what you want, and pursue it relentlessly.’ How have you determined what your athletic and life goals are and what’s your focus for the present and the future?

KT: I go hard at the things that I want. I think that if something is important to you then you will do whatever it takes to get it. My running goals are to see how good I can be. I know I still have more in the tank so I'm still fighting to find out what my capacity is. I hope that that journey of discovery shows me faster times, world teams and ultimately, the olympics.

In life, I aspire to become a full time firefighter. I am fully certified and just impatiently waiting. I struggle having to put one goal on hold for the other. In my dream world I would be running and working full time as a firefighter. I feel so fortunate to have found not one but two things that I am fiercely passionate about. I could be standing at a starting line or pulling a dummy out of a burning building, the feeling is the same…excitement, nervousness and determination.

In my eyes that is the perfect combination and I want my life to revolve around those three things. I'm not sure what my timeline is at the moment but you can be certain that there will be running and firefighting.

JR: Many of us, yourself included, use running as a form of therapy – a place to recharge and refocus. As a pro runner, how do you manage to ‘get into the zone’ when your training is focused on such high level performance? 

KT: Just like any job we have good days and bad ones. This is my job, so regardless of how I feel I'm going to get out there and get my work done. I'm too stubborn to let a workout beat me.

Sometimes the workouts just flow. Those are the easy days. The hard days are the ones that build you. Those are the days that you draw on in the last 6 miles of a marathon or when you think you have nothing left but find that extra gear somewhere deep inside. I love the 'flow' days but I live for those hard days. I don't know if I would call it being “in the zone' but every time I go to get a workout done I have one goal and that is to do my job well. 

JR: What are your go-to HOKA running shoes?

KT: I have been a HOKA Clifton faithful since 2015. I do almost all of my runs in them. 

JR: As female athlete, mother and future firefighter, what or who is it that makes you FLY?

KT: The opportunity that I have makes me FLY. I am so lucky to be able to do all of the amazing things I have done. Without the opportunity none of that would be possible. I FLY because I CAN and I won't stop.

CALIFORNIA: Magda Boulet

Magda Boulet is marathon Olympian turned ultra-runner, competing in the 2008 Olympics and taking first place at the unparalleled Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in 2015.  

As a mother she has continued to compete at a world class level, proving to herself and us all, that hard work, carving out time to train, and commitment to the process leads to results. 

Follow all of Magda's running adventures on Instagram.

JackRabbit: Hi Magda.Tell us about your path from marathon to ultra-running?  Was it a natural progression and how did you make the switch from road to trail? 

Magda Boulet:  After almost two decades on the roads, I knew it was time to change things up a bit.  I’d spent over 10 years maximizing my Marathon ability, and I just naturally started to dream of adventuring and challenging myself elsewhere. I’ve always been interested in running long races.  One of the main reasons I raced the Marathon was because it was the longest event in the Olympics.

I turned my attention to ultra trail races because it really seemed like fun to me and a new challenge. I love running on trails. It’s where I spend most of my time running independent of what surface I races. There are some amazing races where I live, and one race that got my attention to give trail racing a try was the Western States Endurance Run.  I paced a friend back in 2014 and I was hooked. Just everything about ultra and trail running appealed to me. And 4 years into it, I’m really enjoying it.

JR: Running when you’ve entered motherhood is a whole different ball game on so many levels. You stated that becoming a parent highlighted what we are all acutely aware of, ‘time does not come to you!’  Endurance training takes time and every hour has to count; there’s only 24 in the day.  Share with us how you structure your training seasons and any tips you can share with women wanting to take on the longer trail distances?

MB:  The reality is that ultrarunning doesn’t exactly have seasons.  There’s pretty much always an awesome race going on that I want to do, and it’s a constant act of balancing recovery from one big race in time to train sufficiently for another one.

Having a full time corporate job, training to be the best I can be for ultra running, and spending time with my family all take a certain amount of time, and you’re right, there are only so many hours in the day. I have friends and people I coach who are in the same situation, and we all have to do the same things.  I wish there was a trick or a strategy I could tell people about that gives me all the time in the world to do everything, but the fact of the matter is that you have to get up very early in the morning, work through lunch, and spend very little time doing nothing at all. That part is tough, because we all need to just shut off and spend time doing nothing. You can’t be in “on” mode all the time or you’ll explode…

Two things that are incredibly important to me in regards to my family is eating dinner together, and spending time on the trails with my son Owen on the weekend.  I feel much better when I can make those two things happen.

For training, I usually do a pretty long run on Saturday or Sunday, and then I follow the run with some hilly hiking just to spend more time on my feet. While Owen can’t run with me just yet, we’ll meet up after my run and hike together, and it’s a great way to spend time together and time outdoors all at once.

JR: When you’re out on the trail, where does your mind tend to wander? 

MB: Sometimes, it’s something pressing that I need to deal with at work or find some solution for.  Running is great for those types of things. Almost all problems have clearer solutions after a run than they did before. But the rest of the time, I simply look forward to connecting with nature, clear my mind and dream about the races I’m looking forward to doing and all the places around the world I want to take my family to.

JR: What are your race goals for 2019?

MBHong Kong 9 Dragons 50miler/50k back to back (Feb 2 &3). This race was a big challenge with over 8000meter worth of vert in 2 days. Very scenic and beautiful and filled with stairs, steps and steep stones. It was epic.

Modesto Marathon (March 31). I’m going to try to run the Olympic Trials Marathon B standard at the end of March.  The trials are a special event, and I’d really like to be part of it again this time.

Lake Sonoma 50M (April 13). I love this race, not only because it’s local, but because it’s one of the most competitive 50 milers in the USA.

Ultra Trail Lavarado 120k (June 28). This will be my big UTWT event this year.  I hear the trails in the Dolomites are spectacular and I’m really looking forward to this one.

Leadville 100M (August 17). Doing the Transrockies run a few times got me really thinking about running Leadville.  I think this course suits me really well, and it’s historically been very competitive.

JR: What are you go-to HOKA faves? 

MB: HOKA Clifton: I do most of my running in the Clifton.  They fit my foot really well, are light, and have an incredible amount of cushioning. Even though they are road shoes, they actually perform relatively well on most of the groomed trails I run on in the East Bay and on Mt. Tam.

HOKA Speedgoat: When I’m running more technical trails, especially in the Sierra’s, Rocky’s or in Europe, I really like the Speedgoat. It’s really secure and the Vibram outsole gives me all the grip I need.

HOKA Cavu: My go to shoe for speed and tempo session.  I’ve been using the Cavu in my marathon training build up, and it’s a great transition from the Clifton for faster road running. You can really feel the road, but it still has that cushiony HOKA feel that I love so much.

JR: As a female athlete, who or what makes you FLY? 

MB:  I love running.  I love training. I love competing and flying all over the world to tackle different types of courses and different types challenges.  But the “who” that really makes me fly is my son, Owen. I think the biggest thing for me is that I can use my running as an example to him. 

He sees me train everyday, he sees the sacrifices I make, and he sees how sometimes it all pays off when I accomplish whatever running goal I've set for myself. He sees my enjoy the process. He sees that if you work hard toward a goal, you can achieve it.

I also use running as an example to him of how to push through the low points when things aren't going well, because there will always be points in life where things aren't going to go well.  Especially now that he's helping crew for me, he sees how difficult it can get out there, and he'll also see how I can keep on going and turn things around for myself when it's just me and the trail. As importantly he sees me fail and he watches me get up and try over and over again.

COLORADO: Megan Roche

Megan Roche is a medical student and trail runner, having won some challenging 50k including the 2016 Tampala Headlands 50k and mountain trail races.  She comments, ‘Running mixes what I love about the mundane routine of daily training with the life-affirming moments of trail racing and I hope to do it forever.’ We can’t argue with that. 

We checked in with Megan to see what motivates her and ask her take on the growing number of women ultra-runners who are breaking trail records.

Her husband, David Roche, is also a HOKA teammate, athlete and coach.  You can follow Megan on Instagram to get a glimpse into her life trail running in Colorado and beyond.

JackRabbit: Hi Megan, Tell us what drew you to the sport of trail running and what has been your path to success in the sport?

Megan Roche: I grew up with a love for the outdoors and adventure. I went to college to play field hockey, then took a fifth year to run track, and finally realized that I could combine my love of the outdoors, running, and field hockey agility through trail running. Although I love all trail races, I appreciate races that focus on speed and fast running and try to incorporate strength and speed in my training.

JR: Women trail runners are rocking it right now. How are you seeing the the growth of women in the sport and how can we all encourage more women to take on the trails?

MR: It's so amazing to see the the growth of women's trail running and the encouraging communities that form in different areas. Many group runs are “no drop” meaning that they are likely a safe space for female runners to try trail running without having to worry about staying on a specific pace.

There's also a variety of trail race options with the chance to try shorter, less technical races as an introduction to the sport.

JR: You experienced mono back in 2015 and had to take three months off training. Sometimes good can come from facing adversity. What did you learn about yourself and your passion for running during that time.  And how are you feeling now?!

MR: I learned that running is something that should never be taken for granted. It was powerful to return to health and to be able to appreciate all the little aspects of being able to run, including the things that feel mundane. It's easier to return from adversity with a pure love of the sport–a love that is not dependent on race results or performance.

JR: What would be your dream race?

MR: Lake Sonoma 50 mile is one race that I've dreamed about running. It's a fast and beautiful course with lots of strong female competition. 

JR: What are your go-to HOKA training and race shoes?

MR: I train in a combination of the HOKA Tracer (for speedwork) and the Hoka Clifton 5 (for recovery days and long runs). For trails I will either wear the Clifton 5s or the Challenger ATR 5s depending on the terrain. It's been fun to be a part of Hoka for a few years and see the evolution of the shoes and colorways.

JR: As a female endurance athlete forging a career in medicine, what or who makes you FLY?

MR: I FLY for a love of the process. For the daily joy that comes from giving my all, facing adversity, and developing community. Medicine and running both involve a lot of adversity so I have the chance to experience plenty of daily joy in that process.


Stephanie Bruce is a pro runner and self confessed nerd, mom and lover of movies and popcorn.  She races marathons and like Kellyn is also a member of the Northern Arizona Elite group. Fast.  In 2:29:35 to be precise.

Stephanie lives by the mantra that only you can define what showing up means to you and how hard you want to work.  She believes in setting goals high enough to resist complacency.

You can follow Stephanie’s trianing logs at the NAZElite group’s training page

JackRabbit: Hi Stephanie. As marathon runner and coach, you’ve commented that running is ‘a gift’ and a place where you can allow your mind to wander. Share with us your thoughts on the role running has played in your life on a personal and professional level. 

Stephanie Bruce: My father passed away while I was on a run, when I was 18.

Before that moment running was a chore, a task. I had to get up early to make it to cross country practice. I disliked the feeling of pain in a race or a workout. Then my mind shifted after my dad died. Running became this gift and opportunity in my life to see how far I could push myself and excel at something that required discipline and self belief. It has transformed how I view hard things in life and how I hope to raise my boys to chase their dreams and aspire for a life that they wake up everyday loving what they do.

JR: Now as a coach, what have you brought from your athletic journey over to your career a a mentor, coach, and empowerer of the next generation of athletes? 

SB: As a coach I now understand that no matter the level someone is at, they love and care about their running just as much as I do with it being my job. I think understanding that perspective helps me tailor training programs better based on my athletes' life demands and time and resource restraints. I've also had a very long career that hopefully can show someone that if you keep perspective and stay in it long enough eventually you'll reach your destination. 

JR: You write about women’s nutrition and an athlete’s long-term physical health and using food as fuel and something to be enjoyed, not feared.  Share with us your thoughts on how nutrition and performance go hand in hand for the female athlete.

SB: Food is meant to be a source of fuel for your body training or not. Food should also be fun and relaxed and I've adapted an approach to my diet that anything can be eaten in moderation. I don't believe in giving up dessert because you're body craves it and it's healthy to feed your cravings.

Often when we restrict ourselves from certain foods we tend to label those as “bad” or off limits and I think that can spiral a negative attitude towards nutrition. I eat french fries, chocolate, and drink wine. Not everyday but if I'm craving it I have it. I believe this approach has led to my longevity in the sport.

JR: What are your favorite, tried and tested go-to HOKA shoes?

SB: HOKA EVO Carbon Rocket is my favorite for workouts and racing. I ran the NYC Marathon and CIM in 2018 in the Carbon Rockets. I love to train in the HOKA Cliftons for all my easy runs and long runs. 

JR: In 2018 you gave it all you had at the NYC Marathon – your excellent race report is a great read. What’s are you planning to add to your race card for 2019?

SB: I'm racing World Cross Country Champs March 30th, the US Half Champs May 5th, and then a summer of track. I am planning a fall marathon TBA.

JR: As a female athlete and now coach, what is it that makes you FLY? 

SB: All the support of the people around me, including my husband Ben, my sons Riley and Hudson, and my coach, teammates, and agent. Having these people in my corner makes me get up everyday with purpose and motivation. 



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When a brand-new running shoe arrives on the market, it’s always peaks our interest at JackRabbit. Being at the cutting edge of how running shoe companies are continuing to push the limits and use technology to constantly innovate is one of the best parts of being in the running industry.

ASICS has come to 2019 with a stellar new shoe – the METARIDE.  It’s one of their most innovative shoe to date, and guest reviewer Brian Metzler was blown away by how the new running shoe looks, feels and performs.

Read on!


Whoa, what a crazy, cool and entirely unique new shoe!

A brand new model with an innovative design and feel, the ASICS METARIDE is built on a new configuration of ASICS’ renowned cushioning GEL and a dramatically rocker midsole/outsole chassis that increases forward propulsion, creates inherent stability and promotes efficient running.

It feels like it has a self-perpetuating energy about it, almost as if it’s doing some of the work for you.


Everything about the ASICS METARIDE shoe is new—how it looks, how it’s built, how it feels, how it rides. Perhaps most striking features is how stiff the shoe feels when trying to flex it with two hands and yet how smooth and relatively soft it feels on the run.

ASICS says the uber-stiff heel-to-toe Guidesole Technology plate sandwiched into the midsole directly under the foot drives efficiency by shifting the center of mass to the rear foot, locking the ankle to save energy and reduce shock in every stride.

As such, no muscle energy is wasted while flexing the shoe after impact with the ground—basically because the shoe doesn’t flex— and therefore almost all of that energy goes directly into forward propulsion created by the rocker design.
Asics Metaride - Step it up!


The fit of the METARIDE is incredible snug and secure from heel to go, although it does have extra volume in the toe box—both horizontally and vertically—to give toes plenty of room to wiggle and splay.

The exo-skeleton heel counter extends almost to the saddle, creating a rock-solid snugness for both narrow and wide feet. The interior feels plush and cozy from the moment you step in and lace ‘em up, but that’s also when you feel the unique rocker sensation under the forefoot.

As you walk slowly in these shoes, it feels as if there is a dramatic tipping point the moment your foot rolls over the metatarsal heads, almost as if you’re falling forward. That takes some getting used to while walking, but when you’re running the motion feels entirely seamless, efficient and stable.

The unique design seems to encourage shorter strides and quicker-cadence running while also prohibiting overstriding. And that’s the whole point of the METARIDE, to create an uber-efficient and super stable ride for any runner at any speed.

Head to Head:  The METARIDE has a similar (but very different) construction as the Nike Vaporfly 4%, but the ride is entirely unique. While we’d give the much lighter Nike shoe the nod for being faster, we’d give the Metaride the edge for a smoother, more efficient ride.


The Asics METARIDE is for any runner who is interested in running with greater efficiency—and willing to shell out 250 bucks!—should give this shoe a try.

The METARIDE is truly something unique compared to every other running shoe on the market.


Asics Metaride - Specs

Asics Metaride - Pros


Despite the unique concave curvature of the outsole, the METARIDE has a flat platform—meaning it’s a zero-drop shoe and the foot sits level between the heel and forefoot.

The midsole of the METARIDE is comprised of a firmer layer of foam that houses the Guidesole Technology directly under the foot and a softer layer of lightweight FlyteFoam just above the outsole that helps smooth the ride as the foot rolls from heel-strike to toe-off.

A large, thin GEL cushioning packet is sandwiched between the two layers of foam in the heel, maximizing shock absorption without interrupting the natural flow of the foot from heel to toe.

The outsole is made from a semi-firm polyurethane web that is as soft and pliable as it is adhesive, but it also allows the softer midsole foam to squeeze through for greater traction when needed.

The vertical sidewalls of the Guidesole Technology system directly under the foot act as a set of stability-enhancing guiderails.A unique vertical cutout that stretches from the heel to the forefoot in the bottom of the shoes helps balance a stride, no matter if a runner typically pronates or supinates.

The engineered knit upper is soft, pliable, breathable and roomy, and yet also very secure where it needs to be between the vamp and the saddle.

Asics Metaride - Cons


After our initial five test runs, it’s really hard to say anything bad about the shoe.

Sure, it’s not super light, but the unique rocker sensation makes it run as if it was.

We didn’t find it to be a super-fast shoe and wouldn’t recommend it for shorter, faster bursts of running, but we did find it to be a super-efficient shoe at half-marathon and marathon race pace.


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.”







The Glycerin 17 is a world-class comfort-oriented cruiser of a running shoe. It’s not sleek and fast like a sports car, but more like a high-end SUV with leather seats, tinted windows and all of the upgrades—right down to the new metallic foam band around the perimeter of the shoe. 

Guest JackRabbit reviewer, Brian Metzler took the new Brooks Glycerin 17 out for some test runs and gives us his two cents on this strong legacy running shoe.


The cushiest running shoe in Brooks’ line, the neutral-inclined Glycerin has become even more cushy and comfortable in its 17th edition.

Like the previous edition, the Glycerin 17 is built on the marshmallowy DNA Loft midsole foam, an completely innovative and successful material engineered for a smooth, luxurious ride.

The Brooks Glycerin is truly a best-in-class shoe that looks great, fits great, feels great and runs great.


Brooks notched up the comfort even more this year on the Glycerin 17 by adding an OrthoLite sockliner made from an open-cell polyurethane foam for optimal step-in cushion and long-lasting softness. With regards to the upper of the Glycerin, the pliable 3D Fit Print engineered mesh version has been tweaked slightly to improve the fit and overall feel of the new model.  

Let's talk midsole. The DNA Loft midsole foam is a compound that blends air, rubber and foam to optimize shock absorption. It’s not a super-light springy foam, but instead a more substantial and durable material that delivers a reliably soft, comfortable and stable ride.  Perfect for long runs, comfortable runs for those athletes looking for a reliable shoe that won't let them down. 

Brooks Glycerin 17 - Run on


The cushy new sock-liner and refinements to the upper on the Brooks Glycerin 17 have really dialed in the fit of the shoe. Combined with the stretchy foot-cradling bootie and soft, seamless interior, the Glycerin 17 wraps the foot like a piece of form-fitting apparel.

This secure fit system adapts by expanding and contracting while in motion, allowing for comfortable, uninhibited transitions from foot-strike to toe-off. Although it has some palpable responsiveness, the ride of the Brooks Glycerin 17 is perhaps better characterized as producing a consistently smooth, stable sensation in every stride.

Our wear-testers reported that it felt exceptionally comfortable in the final miles of long runs.


Runners who really appreciate thickly cushioned training shoes will love the Glycerin 17.

The DNA Loft cushioning and stable ride of this running shoe make it ideal for long runs and recovery runs. It’s also ideal for bigger runners as well as working really well for those who are heavy heel strikers.


Brooks Glycerin 17 - Pros

Pros:Brooks Glycerin 17

The fit of the Brooks Glycerin is slightly snug throughout, with just a twinge of extra volume in the forefoot. There’s just enough space for the toes to wiggle, although the pliability of the mesh upper makes it feel comfortable and not constricting.

The footprint of the new Glycerin is slightly narrower than in years past, giving it a slightly more agile feeling that previous editions.

Our wear-testers admitted they liked the look of this shoe. The Glycerin comes in eight different mute colorways—four each for men and women—and has a lifestyle appeal that doesn’t prohibit it from being worn in casual settings.

Brooks Glycerin 17 - Cons

Cons: Brooks Glycerin 17

The Glycerin isn’t a light or fast shoe. The trade-off for the maximal cushioning and comfort is that it’s a bit heavier than some of its contemporaries.

But for many runners, the smooth, stable ride and plush feeling is well worth it.


Brooks Glycerin 17 - Specs


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.”






by KJ HIRAMOTO | FEB 15TH, 2019




Put some supported pep in your step with a pair of new Brooks Ravenna 10, a popular running shoe with mild stability from the Brooks' running collection. Second in command to the Brooks Adrenaline the Ravenna offers more gentle support in a running shoe thanks to the new GuideRails holistic support system.

The Brooks Ravenna 10 is set to give runners a lightweight and responsive cushioning, making it the ultimate long-distance running shoe, but with enough cushioning and midsole pep for high turnover tempo runs. 
When it comes to picking a pair of running shoes, Brooks is one of the strongest brands offering styles, fits and support for most types of runners.

Operating under the motto “Run Happy,” Brooks’ mission has always been to offer the best running experience no matter what your gait, size or foot width. 


In the previous versions of the Brooks Ravenna, the running community raved over the running shoe’s responsive cushioning, quick transition and lightweight fit. 

When Brooks launched the Ravenna 9 last year, the shoe was applauded for its light weight and responsiveness gave runners a springy feel underfoot.

The newest model in the Ravenna series is slightly lighter still; the Ravenna 10 weighs about 8.3 ounces for women’s (9.3 ounces for men’s). The 10th edition features an updated midsole with additional foam under the forefoot.

Runner’s World has been bold to state the Brooks Ravenna has been an overlooked shoe, and ‘that needs to change now.’ Their run tester (a pronator turned neutral runner) comments the Brooks Ravenna is a ‘bridge between overpronation and neutral footwear.’

Brooks Ravenna 10 - What's New


The biggest upgrade Brooks made with the Ravenna series is the addition of the GuideRails holistic support system. Brooks shifted their focus from the feet to the area where most runners get hurt at: their knees. 

The GuideRails technology keeps excess movement in check, so runners can maintain their comfort level during their workouts. In addition to the GuideRails, the Ravenna 10 features extra foam under the forefoot to give runners a longer lasting, energizing ride. The Ravenna 10’s Midfoot Transition Zone delivers quicker transition from heel to toe.

The newly designed upper of the Brooks Ravenna has been lauded as being breathable, yet warm and stands out for being an effective barrier against the elements, since run testers were testing out the shoe in winter months. 


Brooks Ravenna 10 - Running with stability


In terms of shoe category, the Ravenna 10 is considered a stability shoe, meaning it is designed for runners who have flexible arches that overpronate, or collapse inwardly. 

Stability shoes like the Ravenna 10 feature firmer foam underneath as a support underneath the arch to prevent the foot from overpronating. If you have a history of experiencing shin splints, knee pains and plantar fasciitis, a pair of stability shoes like Ravenna 10 could be a solid option.

As for when to wear these shoes, the Ravenna 10 is the ultimate long-distance running shoe. Given the springy cushioning system, the Midfoot Transition Zone technology shaped to go from heel to toe quickly and the GuideRails technology, you’ll be able to conquer the long Sunday runs. 

With the GuideRails technology designed to keep your knees stable and your legs away from excess movement, you will be able to spend less time worrying about hurting your knees and be able to spend more time running along the roads or tracks.




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Hoka One One has always been known for its cushioned, super lightweight running shoes for trail and road running. Growing upon their bestselling original styles, last year saw the launch of a brand new collection, the FLY, to broaden the appeal and offer more options to runners of all kinds.  Read about the original concept of the FLY collection on our earlier JackRabbit blog.

The Hoka FLY collection matures with the second release in 2019 of the Cavu and the Mach. Both styles have been refined and ready to uplift your run.  

The first reiteratino of the Hoka Mach was originally a nod back to the Hoka Clayton. The Cavu is an all purpose training and post-training shoe and is one of the lightest shoes in the FLY collection.

Read on to experience our first look at the new editions.

Hoka One One Mach 2 & Cavu 2 - What's New


Hoka One One Mach 2:Lightweight performance

‘The only thing that is constant is change.’ And the Mach 2 from Hoka bought into that constant and in 2019 it sports a completely new rendition.  And this change is good.

The first reiteration of the Mach was a nod back to the original Hoka Clayton. The Mach 2 has been completely retooled, now sitting on a new rubberized foam PROFLY duel density midsole that allows the shoe to be lighter and more responsive.

The Hoka Mach 2 is one of the most versatile shoes out of the Hoka FLY collection that can be used as a lightweight trainer and race-day shoe, or in the gym lateral side to side movement or weight lifting shoe thanks to the 5mm drop.

If you were a fan of the Mach and/or original Clayton, we recommend taking the Mach 2 for a test run for a more forgiving and smoother running shoe with the dynamic bounce you expect from the Hoka line.

Hoka One One Cavu 2:Versatility for training and post-race 

Similar to the Mach 2, the second year of the Cavu also brings in the PROFLY midsole.

The Cavu is one of the most approachable shoes in the FLY line from Hoka One One and is the lightest shoe in the collection at a breathtaking 7.2 ounces.

The new 2019 Cavu 2 features careful rubberized foam in high wear areas adding to the versatility of wear.If you’re new to Hoka One One brand, the Cavu is a great place to start to appreciate the lightness of foot Hoka is so well known for.

The upper of the Cavu 2 is designed to be more breathable which not only makes for a more comfortable wear experience, it has the added bonus of helping the shoe to weigh in a whole ounce lighter than its predecessor, making the Cavu 2 a better shoe for training and tempo runs.

Hoka One One Mach 2 & Cavu 2 - What's New



The Mach 2 is my new fave running shoe! It’s extremely lightweight, comfortable, and breathable. The colors are on point too – definitely the best looking HOKAS I’ve seen yet. Low profile which I like, yet they don’t ever seem like they’re going to slip off. I wear these primarily for the gym, but they’re great running shoes as well; all around very versatile shoe. The only downside is that they are too big. I had to size down a half size to get the right fit.

After running and walking in the HOKA Mach 2, I have to say I was impressed! I am a runner when I’m not injured. I loved how they supported my arch when my foot hit the ground. The weight of the shoe is very light and I think it may have helped my running time?  Being at home and walking around in the Mach 2, I would forget I had shoes on.  I would recommend the Mach 2 to anybody but especially to those who want a light and supportive shoe to stand in or to those who have foot/arch issues.   I would, however, recommend getting a shoe size smaller than you normally wear and expect to have the width of the shoe wider than an average running shoe.

I run up and down the stairs at the parking garage across the street. My car is on the 4th floor so it’s plenty to get my heart rate up. I was already a big fan of Hoka’s, the Hoka Fly are my third pair and I can honestly say that these did not disappoint. These are very comfortable and supportive, much like my other Hokas. I also love the look, my Hokas are my go-to when I want to add some color to my day.

My running style could be described as tortoise in mud (so very slow and primarily walking). I tried the Hoka One One Mach 2 in Medieval Blue/Very Berry and I’ve already gotten a lot of compliments on how they look. I noticed the Mach 2’s ran a full size too long for me. I am pretty consistently a women’s size 10 with wide feet, and I sized down to a 9 and still had a little room to spare.  

The sole of the shoe is larger than the normal footprint, so I felt more stability. I was able to do standing quad stretches and balancing yoga poses like tree pose and felt stable. There is not a lot of cushion to this shoe, it is lightweight but firmer with a bit of arch support, which added to the stability and responsiveness of the shoe. The shoe is great for the dry road, but it was a little sketchy in the snow, so I would be wary of it in the winter with unpredictable weather.


Workouts: I did an 8 mile run on the treadmill when it was too cold to consider going outside and then over the weekend took the Hoka Cavu 2 to the track for some 400-meter reps. The 8 miles in the Cavu felt really good! A bit more minimalist than I was initially expecting, but after the first 10 minutes I became more comfortable with the fit and it provided just enough support to feel a fast and quick turnover. The knit is really nice and kept my feet feeling fresh during both runs. 

Pros: Aesthetically I really liked the color and the relatively minimalist look. The fit around the midsole and heel were really comfortable and felt secure during my runs. I also walked around quite a lot in them and felt comfortable the whole time. The biggest thing I liked was that the “break in” period was essentially non-existent! Also really liked how snug or loose I could make the midsole area

Cons: The toebox was really big and that was annoying. Probably wouldn’t use it as a daily trainer.

Details of my test runs: I stuck to my standard running routes to compare them to the XC Flats I normally run in. Routes includes pavement and some smooth dirt surfaces, three to five miles in length, three different runs.

Pros: The shoe provided padding without being too thick. I could still feel contact with the ground and felt in control of my steps. It’s a phenomenal improvement verses traditional shoes less than a decade ago. It’s also very light, and doesn’t have “geriatric” appearance, which was a complaint I’ve heard from other runners about similar HOKA models.

Cons: The shoes’ cushioning created bounce with each step; my preference is a hard connection with the ground. A bouncing step does mean extra work for a runner. I’m not sure if the bounce diminishes when the shoe is broken in.

The runner I am: I’m flat-footed so I’m a minimalist runner. I trained extensively with barefoot runner gurus Michael Sandler, Jessica Lee-Sandler and professional sprinter Steven Sahsen. I literally ran barefoot for over five years as traditional running shoes (circa 2009) hurt my feet and caused me to have hip & knee pain. I later ran in sandals (Xero Shoes brand) and continue to favor XC flats(Saucony Kilkenny).





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by BRIAN METZLER | FEB 12, 2018

The Mizuno Wave Inspire has been a perennial bestseller at JackRabbit stores and online for the cushioning it offers runners' feet balance with a mild stability component.

The 2019 release has arrived and the run testers all gave the updates their thumbs up, especially the new upper and color-palette. Read on to learn the ins and outs of the latest edition from our guest review Brian Metzler.


Now in its 15th edition, the new Mizuno Wave Inspire continues to serve mild- to severe over-pronators who want a good blend of cushioning and stability coupled with a firm, fast, responsive ride while undergoing mid- to high-mileage training weeks.

The latest edition has some minor updates, but we think it rides better and it looks sharper than the previous model.


The underfoot cushioning chassis remains the same in this new edition of the Mizuno Wave Inspire, but a new engineered mesh upper—offering stretchy comfort, breathability and fit-enhancing saddle support—has helped improve the fit.

The multi-color design of the upper also offers some stunning aesthetic appeal, calling out the name of the shoe and serving up some instant inspiration. 


With the new dynamic fit of the upper and a firm internal heel counter, the Wave Inspire 15 has a dialed-in fit that’s snug at the heel and saddle but slightly roomy in the forefoot. The seamless interior is scrumptiously soft with extra cushiness on the tongue, sock liner and heel collar.

Combined with the dual-density cushioning system in the midsole—one foam layer for shock absorption, one later for energetic responsiveness—the Wave Inspire 15 rides like a middleweight neutral cruiser—agile, smooth and fast.

But the thermal plastic Double Fan Wave insert that separates the foam layers serves up a reliably stable ride without getting in the way of the natural movements of a runner’s foot.


Runners who tend to overpronate and/or have relatively flat feet will love the comfy fit, smooth feel and stable ride of the Wave Inspire 15. It can be a workhorse shoe for half-marathon and marathon training, but it could also be a great for a beginner or intermediate runner who’s looking for a stable, protective do-everything training model.

We had overpronators and runners with neutral-oriented gaits test this shoe out and both liked it a lot. The overpronating runners raved about the smooth, easy ride, while the neutral runners appreciated the extra stability it provided without feeling bulky or clumsy.


Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 - Pros


Plus: The beauty of Mizuno’s Cloud Wave plate system is that it separates the two foams in the midsole, allowing each to do its job while acting both independently and in concern with the other. The U4icX (pronounced “euphoric X”), which sits under the plate and above outsole rubber, acts primarily as a shock-absorbing layer, while the U4ic (pronounced “euphoric”) foam layer sits between the foot and the thermos plastic plate system and acts as an energy-returning boost.

Plus: The shoe is built for runners with a mild to heavy heel-striking gait. Although the heel has a bit of a hefty appearance and even feels a tad overbuilt while walking, any semblances of bulkiness disappears and gives way to a buttery smooth touchdown and transition to the midstance portion of a stride.

Mizuno Wave Inspire - Cons


There isn’t much we didn’t like this shoe.

Could it be a little bit lighter?  Yeah, OK, but it hardly feels heavy or cumbersome.





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.”









Running reinvented. That’s the motto adidas is going for with the new UltraBoost 19. 

Made with a combination of flexible and high-support materials, adidas promises to give athletes the “smoothest ride yet” with the new, completely redesigned edition of the UltraBoost. Adidas is hyping the new edition as the latest and greatest in the UltraBoost line up. 

Adidas is arguably one of the top running brands worldswide when it comes to crossing performance with street style with the UltraBoost model leading the charge in the practical and the aesthetic. 

Runners and Sneaker Heads alike have gravitated to the sleek styling and boost midsole to fuel both their run and their style. The fanfare behind the #19 UltraBoost is the fact this is its first makeover since its launch and UB fans are ready to test out the completely rebuilt new edition.

When adidas launched UltraBoost, the shoe became not only popular among runners but also was a hot-sell among the likes of sneakerheads and streetwear connoisseurs. At the time, it boasted the most responsive cushioning with the adidas boost technology, as it promised runners, “the more energy you give, the more you get.”  It’s hard to argue against that in a running shoe.

The UltraBoost was also hot in the streets and available in dozens of color sets.

Adidas says the 2019 version of the UltraBoost will deliver unrivaled comfort and energy return to runners. 
New York-based magazine Gear Patrol declared that the UltraBoosts are “every bit as amazing as we’d hoped.”

As expected, the UltraBoost 19 also made a buzz in the pop culture world. Follow the hashtag #UltraBoost and see the who, when, why, and how of the uberfans – they’re out there and they’re passionate people! 

JACKRABBIT NYC –  02.11.19 

If you're itching to get your feet on an early pair of the new adidas UltraBoost 19s, come down to the New York Running Company by JackRabbit at the Time Warner Center on 02.11.19 for an exclusive launch of the UltraBoost 19 in the Refract colorway.

More details to come on the timing of the event – watch the JackRabbit NYC Instagram for party details.

Following the launch party at our NYC store, the UltraBoost 19 wil launching online at JackRabbit February 21 and supplies will be limited.  Are you ready to get your pair and experience the newborn?

Here’s the first look at the Adidas UltraBoost 19 and what you can expect from the new fit and traction.  

Adidas UltraBoost 19 - What's New


Given the cult-like following of the adidas UltraBoost, expectations are sky high for the upcoming launch of the UltraBoost 19. What’s the scoop for the running crowd?  Although the core remains the same, the Ultraboost has been completely rebuilt.

What's new?  So much! That's what new.

In the new design of the adidas UltraBoost, the first thing you’ll notice is the heel frame on the back. Adidas introduced the 3D Heel Frame to give the athlete a natural fit and allows “optimal movement of the Achilles.” 

Adidas also boasts the UltraBoost 19 gives the most responsive cushioning to date saying they have managed to engineer 20% more Boost into the midsole while the shoe is 10% lighter than before. At 10.9 ounces, the UltraBoost is super lightweight and features a seamless knit upper to provide a second-skin feel on your foot.

The UltraBoost 19 is the first shoe from adidas to sport a 360 degree knit prime upper adhered to the midsole without glue. This designs also adds to the lightweight lift of the shoe and it's the first upper of its kind. 

To round out the design for diehard runners, the new UltraBoost features a full-length torsion system, over the mid-foot feature of the previous edition.  This means there is more 'pop' off the ground and a support when your foot lands. Add to that there is 20% better traction on the new sole, you might even be tempted to take the shoe on some off-road adventures.

The adidas UltraBoost 19 will be perfect for runners looking for a pair of lightweight shoes to race and train. The design and weight mean it’s a perfect running shoe for nimble runners who are quick and light on their feet.

The new adidas UltraBoost will serve those who like to routinely run on concrete or track with the responsive cushioning ensuring a smooth and energized running experience.

Adidas UltraBoost 19-\


What we love about the Adidas UltraBoost 19: The heel frame is a marked improvement.  The less rigid cup will be sure to be a winner amongst road runners who love the ‘boost’ factor but found some discomfort around the heel.  

The UltraBoost 19 is the perfect pair of athleisure shoes, meaning you can wear it during your run and when you are out with your friends.

With its futuristic design and features, you can look good, feel good and “run good,” with a pair of the UltraBoost. 

Want more colors?  You'll have to wait!: For the athleisure crowd, the UltraBoost 19 launches in limited hues with the Refract the featured, exclusive hue at the NYC launch party followed by Clear Brown & Collegiate White, Collegiate Black & Grey and Footwear White & Grey later in the month. 

Those looking for additional colors will have to wait!  But we all know, the waiting is all part of the fun.

Adidas UltraBoost 19


Our resident adidas fangirl runner at JackRabbit, Emily Walsh, took the new UltraBoost 19 out for some test runs. Emily is a huge advocate for adidas' mission to be planet-friendly and has written about their Parley initiatives for the JackRabbit blog.  Here's her take on running in the new UltraBoost.

Emily Walsh: While there might be some mixed reviews out there in the sneaker head world, I have to say I really like this new UltraBoost running shoe! With 20% more boost and 10% less weight than previous UltraBoost models, you can really feel the difference.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend logging serious miles in the older UltraBoost versions due to lack of support and overall structure.  For this runner, the main benefit of the new UltraBoost 19 is a dramatic improvement for actually running in the shoe and feels positively more supportive with the full-length torsion system. I could boldly say, it almost feels like the SolarBoost, but slightly more snug with the Primeknit 360 upper. 

Another key improvement is the heel cup on the UltraBoost also got a significant upgrade with the UB19 and really locks your foot in place where that wasn’t the case in previous versions. 

Overall, I think the new adidas UltraBoost19 has some solid improvements for actually running in the shoe versus the more fashion-oriented, sometimes less functional running Boosts of the past.  As a huge adidas fan, the UltraBoost has definitely made it into my shoe rotation as an athlete who runs for health and lifestyle.




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Whoa Nelly!  While everyone is setting their running goals and executing upon them (you are, aren't you?!) in the early part of 2019, guess what we're up to at JackRabbit?

We're unboxing the delights of the new season with all the running shoe releases that arrive at the beginning of the year.  Seriously running fans, this is akin to Christmas/Hanukkah/Holiday/Kwanza in January. There are so many new editions and brand new styles released in the first three months; it's crazy shoe time! 

This season we have new editions from powerhouse brands like Asics, Brooks, Hoka One One, New Balance and Nike.  Add to these more releases from On Running plus an exciting new style the On Cloudswift. Also in March, welcome we a brand new shoe launching from Asics, the anticipated Metaride – a new performance style that is already brewing some hype.

Read on to find out which of your new-favorite shoes are arriving when. 

New Running Shoes  - January 2019
Adidas Adizero ADios 4

Adidas Adizero Adios 4

Made for the top marathon runners in the world. The AdiZero Adios 4 features a locked-down fit for racing and fast training.
The responsive cushioning will make it feel like you’re running on pillows.


Asics Nimbus 21

Asics Nimbus 21

The Asics GEL Nimbus is built for cushioned, stable running. With maximum shock absorption, resilient cushioning and a plush sensation, the GEL Nimbus is perfect for new runners or someone training to run their first half marathon. 


Brooks Ravenna 10

Brooks Ravenna 10

Run happy with the new Brooks Ravenna 10 as it features the GuideRails support system that protects your knees.
The Ravenna 10’s Midfoot Transition Zone delivers quicker transition from heel to toe, with a great new look for 2019.


Adidas Solarhu Exclusive

Hoka Challenger ATR 5

A brand new design for the Challenger's 5th birthday celebration.  The shoe is more versatile and built for runners looking for a smooth road to trail transition.  The CMEVA technology in the midsole makes it great for less ground impact when you have rough terrain or need a soft recovery day. 


Hoka Speedgoat 3

Hoka Speedgoat 3

Built for toughness and durability, the Speedgoat 3 is designed for those who are willing to race in any condition. This trail shoe features the Vibram MegaGrip lugs, which hold up all types of rugged trail terrain. 


Hoka Stinson ATR 5

Hoka Stinson ATR 5

For trail runners who prefer a wider fit, the Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5 is the perfect trail shoe for you. The Stinson ATR 5 gives maximum support in the midsole, making it a top choice for day-long trail runs.


New Balance Zante Pursuit

New Balance Zante Pursuit

Thanks to New Balance’s Fresh Foam technology, you’ll feel like you’re running on foam with the Zante Pursuit. This shoe also features the HypoKnit upper which offers a soft, yet strategic support from your heel to forefoot.


On Cloudace

On Cloudace

Cushioning without compromises. That was On’s goal in developing the Cloudace. Run with extreme heel comfort and protection with the Zero-Gravity Clouds technology and still get a fast push-off thanks to the rubber landing zone in the forefoot.


Saucony PeregrineISO

Saucony Peregrine ISO

The first time the ISO fit lacing system has been deatured on the bestselling trail shoe – the Peregrine. For any fans of this style, the new ISO version is a must to try out this season. 


Saucony Hurricane ISO 5

Saucony Hurricane ISO 5

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 5 is the perfect balance of stability and cushioning. This running shoe features maximum EVERUN underfoot to keep you comfortable during your workouts.


New Balance 860

Saucony Guide ISO 2 TR

Ride the sole train with the new Saucony Guide ISO 2. The ISOFIT upper creates a dynamic fit system for a near-custom fit. The Guide ISO 2 is a training shoe for runners who enjoy a little extra support.


Nike Odyssey React 2

Nike Odyssey React Flyknit 2

Lightweight, flexible and responsive. That’s the name of the game with the Odyssey React Flyknit 2. The Nike React cushioning gives a soft, springy ride during your run.


Nike Epic React Flyknit 2

Nike Epic React Flyknit 2

A stylish shoe that comes with a lot of substance, the Epic React Flyknit 2 takes your run to the next level. The Nike React technology gives a soft and responsive feel, allowing you to save energy and keep going on the tracks and in the gym.


New Running Shoes  - February 2019
Adidas Adizero ADios 4

Adidas Solar Ride

Designed for long distances, the Solar Ride features a mesh upper with stitched-in reinforcement for targeted support. Flexible cushioning is key to adding a spring in your step from start to finish and mesh upper has a dialed in fit.


Asics Nimbus 21

Adidas UltraBoost 19

 A complete redesign on the new Adidas Ultraboost for 2019.  With a new heel design, 20% more boost midsole and 10% lighter than before, runners are going to love this new reiteration of the ground-breaking Adidas UltraBoost.


Brooks Ravenna 10

Altra Kayenta

Feel quick and agile with the brand new Altra Kayenta. With a zero-drop platform and a wide design, this featherweight trainer is perfect up-tempo workouts, 5K races and marathons. 


Hoka One One Mach 2

Hoka Mach 2

The second edition of the Mach from Hoka gets a revamp and new midsole.  You'll get maximum comfort and cushion with the Mach 2 for cushioned landing and a bouncy toe-off.


Hoka One One Cavu 2

Hoka Cavu 2

Breeze through your morning runs with the Cavu 2. Weighing at 7.2 ounces, this lightweight neutral running shoe is designed to give you a smooth and responsive ride. 


Saucony Kinvara 10

Saucony Kinvara 10

The much-loved Kinvara turns 10! Always light, breathable and durable, the Kinvara works for long-range and short-range runs. The 10th anniversary edition nods back to the original with its colors!


New Running Shoes  - March 2019
Brooks Bedlam - September

Nike Wildhorse 5

Made for trail running, the Wildhorse 5 is perfect for those looking to conquer the rough terrain in style and in comfort. Nike updated the shoes’ upper, as the asymmetrical mid foot lacing of the previous models are now more conventional with internal straps.


Brooks Glcyerin 17

Brooks Glycerin 17

It doesn’t get any softer than the Brooks Glycerin 17. This plush-fitting running shoe features the DNA LOFT cushioning to make any stride feel like you’re running on pillows.  The Glycerin has been a perennial bestseller and it's seventeenth edition will be no exception.  Glycerin fans… line up!


Hoka Hupana EM

Hoka Hupana EM

Conquer each morning runs with the Hupana EM. Lightweight and breathable, the Hupana EM features the EVA sock liner to offer comfortable fit on each shoe.


Hoka One One Ora Recovery Slide 2

Hoka Ora Recovery Slide 2

The perfect pair of slides to wear after a long run or a grueling race. The Ora Recovery Slide 2 has a soft top-layer EVA to give runners much-needed comfort the moment they slide their feet on a pair.


Hoka One One Ora Recovery Flip

Hoka Ora Recovery Flip 

Recover with the best. The Hoka Ora Recovery Flip hugs your feet and gives sleek comfort and support. Take your recovery as seriously as your training with these must-haves for those looking to maximize their time after a long training day or race.


Mizuno Wave Horizon 3

Mizuno Wave Horizon 3

The Wave Horizon 3 is Mizuno’s most technically advanced support shoe with the Mizuno Wave technology and the highly cushioned midsole. The new mesh upper wraps around your foot making for a highly adaptive and comfortable fit.


Brooks Ricochet

On Cloudswift

A brand new running shoe from the pros at On Running. The newly released Cloudswift features a perfect balance of cushion and durability. The gamechanger is the Helion foam midsole offering ultralight cushioning; perfect for runners looking to take on their long-distance PRs.


Nike Terra Kiger 5

Nike Terra Kiger 5

Rain or shine, the Nike Terra Kiger 5 will help you conquer any trail runs. The perforated upper helps keep moisture out so you won’t miss a beat when the rocky trails get wet.
The Flymesh technology and the Nike React foam midsole ensures a smooth ride.



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