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UNDERSTANDING NEUTRAL VS. STABILITY RUNNING SHOES

NEUTRAL VS. STABILITY RUNNING SHOES

by BRIAN METZLER | JULY 2019

NEUTRAL VS. STABILITY RUNNING SHOES

What Type of Running Shoe You Need?

There’s been a tidal change in the running shoe world in recent years, with a major shift from stability running shoes designed to control your feet to shoes that let your feet move more naturally and uninhibitedly.

Statistically speaking, we’ve gone from 70 to 75 percent of runners wearing some kind of stability running shoe for training and racing less than 10 years ago to about 70 to 75 percent wearing neutral shoes in 2019.

Why such a drastic change? What is best for you? And how do you know how to find the right shoes for you?

HOW DO NEUTRAL AND STABILITY RUNNING SHOES FUNCTION?

First things first: Whereas neutral shoes have no stabilizing features, but instead allow the foot to flex and move without any guidance, stability shoes and motion-control shoes are designed to help offset excessive pronation, or the inward rolling of a runner’s feet after impact with the ground.

Every runner naturally pronates to some degree and that’s OK, but excessive pronation can lead to common overuse injuries like Achilles tendinitis, shin splints, iliotibial band syndrome and patellofemoral pain (runner’s knee).

While the minimalist revolution of the early 2000s led to many shoes with little or no cushioning or protection, it also cued shoe brands and their designers to build both neutral shoes and mild stability shoes with slightly less guidance features that are lighter, more nimble and more flexible—ultimately shoes that allow feet to move more freely and naturally through the gait cycle.

The advent of mild stability shoes helped melt away the old-school belief about the need for rigid control in running shoes, and as a result, the motion control category — maximum support/stability shoes that greatly limit how a foot moves while running — has become almost non-existent and stability shoes have become less domineering to a runner’s stride. And generally speaking, those changes have been a good thing.

“For years, the running shoe industry was focused on building shoes that control how a foot moves and limit how a foot moves,” says physical therapist Jay Dicharry, MPT, director of the REP Lab in Bend, Oregon, and a leading biomechanist, running gait expert and shoe company consultant. “Fortunately, we’ve gotten away from that. The more we can stop using words like stopping and limiting and controlling when it comes to running shoes, the better off we’ll be. Wearing shoes that allow the feet to move and flex naturally is the best starting point for most runners.”

But, Dicharry says, some recreational runners do need more support in their shoes than others, either by way of mild stability shoes or neutral shoes with after-market insoles that offer enhanced stability. And, he says, most runners can benefit from a bit of stability in the later miles of a long run or a marathon when the muscles in the feet and lower legs fatigue and can’t continue to maintain good running form.

BEST STABILITY SHOES FOR RUNNERS

Some of the best mild stability shoes for runners include:

DO YOU NEED A NEUTRAL OR STABILITY RUNNING SHOE?

So how do you know what’s best for you? And how can you find the right shoe for you?

Start by visiting your friendly neighborhood JackRabbit running store and work with an expert shoe-fitter to understand your gait. (Your running gait is the distinctive way your body moves as you run—especially between your feet and your hips. It’s entirely unique to you based on your anatomy, almost like a fingerprint of your running stride.) If that’s not an option, you might get help from a running-oriented physical therapist who can help decipher how your body moves.

“Everyone has their own individual running form,” says David Gettis, the store manager for JackRabbit’s Hoboken, N.J., store. “The best way to prescribe shoes for someone is to understand what their running gait is all about. Often we’ll perform a gait analysis to see what’s happening with a runner’s foot strike and what the degree of pronation of their foot is as it rolls through the gait cycle. If a runner is an overpronator, we generally try to put them into mild stability shoes to help offset that.”

You can also have a friend use a smartphone to video your stride while running, either on a flat surface or a treadmill, and play it back in slow motion. When you’re watching the playback, look to see if your feet and knees are tracking straight ahead or excessively rotating inward (or rubbing) when you run. If there is noticeable inward rotation, you’re probably overpronating to some degree when you run and could benefit from stability shoes.

Other telltale signs of needing stability shoes include an excessive wear pattern on the inside (or medial) edge of the bottom your current running shoes. If that side is considerably more worn than the outside (or lateral) edge, it’s probably a sign that you’re overpronating and need stability shoes.

Lastly, the age-old “wet test” can also be helpful, although not as decisive as it was once thought. Lay a clean piece of cardboard or kraft paper (from a grocery bag) flat on the ground and then wet your feet and step onto the paper and bend your knees and sink into a partially squat before stepping off.

This low-tech test will determine if you have a high, medium or low arch and generally, but not always, people with lower arches need stability shoes.

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HOKA RINCON: ENDURANCE REVIEW

HOKA RINCON REVIEW – CHASE YOUR TRIATHLON

by RAFAEL PACHECO  | JULY 2019

HOKA RINCON: A TRIATHLETE/RUNNER ROAD TEST

As a brand new shoe hot off the running shoe press, the HOKA Rincon has caused some excited chatter amongst runners and triathletes. The shoe has come out of
the gates running (pun intended) and straight onto the feet of eager long-miler runners looking to see if the Rincon will live up to their expectations. 

We invited athlete and HOKA uber-fan Rafael Pacheco to take the
newly-launched Rincon out for a run or two… So he knocked out forty miles in them over the course of a few days – ‘a light week’.

Rafa is a 13-time qualifier for the Boston Marathon, and 19-time Ironman athlete, including
a couple of Ironman World Championship performances over the course of his athletic career.  That tells us, he's an athlete who spends a lot of miles running, giving him the time to really contemplate each and every inch of
a shoe as he logs the miles.

Read on to learn more about why Rafa thinks the Rincon is perfect for both high-mileage runners and triathletes.

THE HOKA RINCON: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

RAFA PACHECO: IRONMAN ATHLETE & MARATHON RUNNER

I’ve run a lot of mileage over the years – both short and fast, and long and endurance.  I’ve gone through countless shoe styles and brands and admittedly, the
HOKA Rincon is one of the best shoes I've had the chance to run in over the last few years. 

Thanks to the designers at HOKA, they have taken the best parts from Hoka’s stable of styles and put them into one sweet running
shoe.  For this runner, it’s as if they read my mind, and took all my favorite features and re-created them in the Rincon. They should have called it the ‘Rafa’!

Seriously though, Rincon has the makings of the best aspects
you can ask for in a running shoe. 

HOKA RINCON: WHAT TO EXPECT

A couple of things to note about the Rincon. Firstly, you can really feel the cushion on the heel, especially useful if you have a tendency to heel strike, but don't let that put you off if you're more of a forefoot runner – there's
something there for you too. Keep reading for more on the forefoot.

Hoka is known for it's lightweight shoes, and the Rincon is even light by Hoka
standards weighing in at 7.7oz (men's) and 6.3oz (women's).  Add to that, the wide sole on the back makes it a very stable ride. 

The game-changer about the Rincon is it’s more responsive than what we’re used to from
HOKA, which checks the box for the Rincon as a go-to racing shoe with the cushion you need to save your legs to race hard another day.

Other key Rincon points every runner needs to know – the toe box is medium size and the shoe
runs true to size – taking the guess-work out of buying decisions.  With a medium 5 mm drop it does feel like most shoes. The exterior of the Rincon has a nice soft upper mesh and tongue and there no seams on the inside to be bothersome. 

HOKA RINCON: TWO SHOES IN ONE

Where I think the Rincon wins is it almost acts like two different shoes. If you sit back, heel strike, you’ll get cushion. If you’re running on the forefoot, you get the feel of the road better than other Hoka shoes. With this in mind, the
Rincon is going to work for different types of runners at different tempos of; it’s bold for any running occasion.

The heel is a little higher on this shoe and the pull tab sits a little lower, although much easier to grab,
it’s not as functional as it is intended. I think it just takes up space.

One stand-out on the Rincon is the lesser arch support. Why is this an improvement over other shoes like Claytons, for example?  These had rubber from
the outside and ran high on the arch. For some runners, this created a hot spot and blisters on your arch.  With the Rincon, if you need arch support, you can simply add an insole like Currex, and for those who don’t, the Rincon reduces
the chance of hotspots. 

HOKA RINCON: COMPARABLE STYLES

The closest HOKA style I can recall to the Rincon is the Napali. The Rincon takes the concept of that style and upgrades it to be more responsive and lighter.  For those who can remember that far back, the Rincon is a superior version of the
HOKA Clifton 1's; a ground-breaking style when they launched. 

If you’re looking for a running shoe in racing flat weight and capabilities that also has cushion for everyday mileage the Rincon is your shoe.

Definitely
count me in for a few pairs.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: RAFA PACHECO

Rafa Pacheco is a 13-time Boston Marathon qualifier and 19-time Ironman athlete. He was proudly the lone athlete flying the Puerto Rico flag at the 2017 Ironman World Championships. 

As an early adopter of the HOKA brand,
Rafa has worked his way through a wide selection of styles and, by his own choice (not by paid endorsement – although he’s open to offers!), he elected to wear HOKA shoes in his previous six Ironman races including two World Championships
in Kona. 

He’ll be adding the Rincon into his shoe rotation as he trains for the marathon Wanda Age Group World Championships in London 2020 and goes for his third Ironman World Championship spot in Kona. 

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BROOKS GHOST SUMMER MELTS COLLECTION 2019

 

BROOKS SUMMER MELTS COLLECTION

by ERIC HUBBARD  | JULY 2019

 

 

SUMMER RUNNING

BROOKS SUMMER MELTS COLLECTION

Summer running is all about heat, heat, heat and one of the exquisite joys of summer running is cooling down afterwards. Brooks has embraced the fun of summer with their 2019 Summer Melts collection – all served up in their signature Brooks Ghost 12 model. The 'Melts' collection is a sweet choice of styles inspired by favorite ice-creams and popsicles.

We asked JackRabbit runner Eric Hubbard to head down memory lane and relive his ice cream dreams with the summers he spent growing up in Michigan.

ERIC'S SUMMER ICE-CREAM DREAMS

Summer is the time for outdoors and cold treats and ever since I was a kid, I’ve enjoyed both non-stop. 

Each of these special Ghost 12 Summer Melts Pack colors hit home in a way only sugary nostalgia can, culminating in an ice-cold refreshing memory of warm days, patios, green grass, sun-burn and cool lakes.

 

BROOKS SUMMER MELTS: COOKIES ‘N’ CREAM

Growing up in Michigan, the humid days out in the street and park running and playing with friends would require a constant bike ride to the nearby Dairy Queen or local Washtenaw Dairy to cool off and inhale the best sugar a kid could ask for. My flavor: Cookies ‘N’ Cream or anything with chocolate, the more the better I say. 

After a long day of playing soccer, basketball, football, tennis, biking or just running around using our imagination more than we cared, the best remedy would be the quick bike ride for ice cream (unless our begging could get a mom to relent and drive us).

Whether it be Blizzard form with the upside-down magic trick or stacked high on a barely-seeable cone, Cookies ‘N’ Cream was my choice to freeze my brain and fill my belly.

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BROOKS SUMMER MELTS: ROCKET POP

Other days, as the ice cream truck’s never ending/aging jingle could be heard as it made its way down our cul-de-sac, the Rocket Pop was a popular, refreshing, cooling, sweet sweet choice on a hot day. Cold and light, if you wanted a classic this was the best one yet, as the multitude of flavors kept us running along for at least another hour or 6. Speaking of which, sherbet was my choice for a smoothie or drink whenever I wanted to change it up during the summers. Cool enough to quench a thirst, yet fruity enough to feel healthy (right mom?) 

I was always pleased when finding the gelatinous, harmonious sherbet flavor. This is a flavor that reminds me of summer sunsets on Lake Michigan, pairing well with the sun’s growing orange glow and a day full of sweet treats and sweet activities.

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BROOKS SUMMER MELTS: VANILLA SPRINKLES

This final flavor that Brooks has layered on the Ghost 12, Vanilla Sprinkles, reminds me even more of Washtenaw Dairy, the local ice cream joint in Ann Arbor, Michigan, drenched in lactose and sugar and employed by local high schoolers happy to pile on scoops of ice cream.

Is vanilla with sprinkles boring? I say who cares, as the right amount (no amount is enough) of thick heavy vanilla ice cream dotted with sugary crunch is enough to make the bike ride there and back worth every pedal.  

No matter the flavor or mileage, Brooks has brought tasty sweet childhood summer memories to the Ghost 12 with their Summer Melts Pack colors. Shop today and pair it with your favorite treat all summer long.

 
 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eric Hubbard is an athlete, JackRabbit shoe guru, food inhaler, desert sage, cartoon savant, and mom’s favorite (sorry Sam and Zach.)

 

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NIKE ZOOM X VAPORFLY NEXT% REVIEW

NIKE VAPORFLY NEXT% – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | JULY, 2019

THE BUZZ

Nike turned the running world upside down with the development and release of the Vaporfly Elite in 2017, a shoe that Eluid Kipchoge wore to run 2:00:25 for an experimental marathon in 2017, and the Vaporfly 4% Flyknit, which he wore
to a new world record of 2:01:39 in 2018, as well as Shalane Flanagan’s 2017 New York City Marathon win, among others.

Like both of those super-light shoes, the new featherweight Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% has a carbon-fiber propulsion plate embedded in the midsole and copious amounts of energetic cushioning.

WHAT'S NEW: NIKE VAPORFLY NEXT%

Let's not beat around the bush and get straight to the details on the Nike Zoom X Vaporfly NEXT%. That's what we want to know.  What are the improvements have been made from the Nike Vaporfly 4% and how will it make a runner
faster?

Firstly, Nike scrapped the Flyknit upper replaced it with a new, even lighter VaporWeave woven mesh upper, added 15 percent more ultra-light ZoomX midsole foam, lowered the heel-toe offset from 11mm to 8mm and
added more traction to the outsole rubber.

The result is a lighter, faster and smoother-riding shoe that’s already proved its worth with Kipchoge’s 2:02:37 win at the 2019 London Marathon. Runners are right to get excited
about this running shoe. 

Nike NEXT% - Run on... fast

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

Like most Nike shoes, the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% sports a snug, athletic fit throughout—meaning it’s locked down in the heel, narrow and snug through the midfoot/arch and has just a little wiggle room in the forefoot.

It’s
not nearly as cramped in the forefoot as the Vaporfly 4% Flyknit, which was designed with a very low-volume toe box. When you put it on, the Next% feels moderately soft, sparsely appointed and very high off the ground. But it’s
when you lace it up and start moving that you can feel the fast, featherweight airiness sensation it exudes.

No question about it, this shoe inspires speed.

The NEXT% encourages a midfoot gait but it doesn’t
penalize you if you land slightly back on your heels, either. As your foot hits the ground and starts to roll forward, you engage the curved carbon plate embedded in the midsole foam and as you roll forward you seem to get a boost
of energy that propels your foot forward. Once you get into a rhythm at a fast pace, it feels buttery smooth.

Unlike the previous Vaporfly models, the Next% features a moderate heel counter which, combined with the
VaporWeave upper and a more stable heel, offers some much-needed rear-foot support and stability for some runners.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Nike Vaporfly NEXT% is a dialed in running shoe for fast runners training for half marathons and marathons. They'll love this shoe for faster long runs, races and some longer tempo efforts.

There’s enough foam in
this shoe for strong, nimble runners to use it as an everyday trainer, but most runners will want to save it only for their fast days and races.

PROS AND CONS: NIKE VAPORFLY NEXT%

Nike NEXT% - Pros

Pros:Nike Vaporfly NEXT%

The updated lacing system is much better than the previous versions. Offset laces, combined with the new VaporWeave woven nylon mesh upper, alleviate pressure and
lock the foot in place. The VaporWeave upper also retains less water and sweat than the Flyknit upper that was replaced.

Nike’s ZoomX foam delivers enormous energy return, providing a combination responsiveness and cushioning
for long-distance running. Lab tests have found that it compresses more consistently than most foams and returns considerably more energy (up to 87 percent) than EVA midsole foams (which max out at about 70 percent).

Nike says the Zoom X foam has been redistributed to decrease the offset from 11mm to 8mm to provide a more stable feeling and help maximize energy return at the critical toe-off.

The outsole has been improved
with more high-abrasion rubber in the heel for durability, a foam rubber compound in the forefoot for more traction and energy return. Contoured treads with deep grooves on the outsole facilitate smoother movement during turns.
A nice touch is the outsole pattern is a combination of custom designs submitted by Nike elite athletes Mo Farah, Eliud Kipchoge and Geoffrey Kirui.

Nike NEXT% - Cons

Cons: Nike Vaporfly NEXT%

Well, there is no denying the Nike Vaporfly NEXT% comes with an expensive price tag — the cost of two regularly price pair of training shoes — and you’re probably not going to wear
it every day.  But for that magic run, sometimes it's worth it. 

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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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ALTRA ESCALANTE 2 REVIEW

 

ALTRA ESCALANTE 2 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | JULY, 2019

The Altra Escalante has been a ground-breaking shoe in the JackRabbit stores and online and garnering a solid fan base since it first appeared. As a pioneering running shoe, Altra's Escalante low-profile shoe sets the bar high in the zero-drop category, but also looks great in a casual setting post run. 

JackRabbit guest reviewer Brian Metzler evaluates the latest edition of the Altra Escalante, a leader in the zero-drop running category – a running shoe available uniquely in both men- and women-specific fits.

THE BUZZ

ALTRA ESCALANTE 2: COMING 07.17.19

One of Altra’s most popular shoes, the low-slung Escalante 2 just got considerably better with a few key updates.

This lightweight, energetic trainer looks and feels great, both on the run and in casual settings. Like all Altra models, the Escalante 2 is a zero-drop shoe built on a level platform with a foot-shaped profile to accommodate for natural foot movements.

 

WHAT'S NEW: ALTRA ESCALANTE 2

The Escalante has been updated with a softer, more structured knit upper for improved fit and greater breathability and a more resilient, a more durable polyurethane insole for a better fit, feel and ride and increased decoupling in the outsole for increase flexibility and performance. 

Grid-like grooves have been added to the midsole and outsole for increased flexibility, reduced weight and a smoother overall ride.  

From a tecnical perspective, a new Dri-Lex® Dri-Freeze heel liner was added to the Altra Escalante 2 for heat control and a better on-foot feel.  On the interior of the Escalante, the polyurethane footbed adds long-lasting plushness for a soft step-in feel.

Atlra Escalante 2 - Run on

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Altra Escalante has always been a unique-fitting running shoe.  With a narrow heel cup and a secure lacing system, the Escalante fits snug through the arch. But the foot-shaped, high-volume design in the forefoot crates a roomier fit in the toe box, allowing toes to wiggle and splay for optimal fit and performance. Your toes will be happy toes in the Escalante for sure.

The Alta Escalante 2 maintains a comfortable sock-like feel, thanks to the plush, new sockliner and new upper/tongue material, which is softer and more pliable than the previous edition. The special sauce of this shoe is still the Altra EGO midsole foam, which serves up an impressive amount of cushioning and responsiveness in a relatively thin layer of cushioning.

All of this new goodness in the Altra Escalante 2 results in a seamless, entirely uninhibited ride that allows the foot to land, flex and move naturally from touch-down to toe-off.

Although there is plenty of cush and protection from the ground, the Altra Escalante 2 gives off a near-barefoot sensation that allows you to feel the ground and run with strong, upright running posture.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who think “less is more” when it comes to their shoes will love the Escalante 2. It has a moderate amount of cushioning, but it can still serve as an everyday trainer and a speed trainer for runners light on their feet who appreciate an unencumbered ride.

For runners who like minimal cushioning and featherweight shoes, the Escalanate 2 offers the versatility of being an everyday trainer that’s capable of long runs, recovery runs and speed workouts. But it’s also light and fast enough to be the ultimate race-day tool, especially for 5Ks to half marathons.

PROS AND CONS: ALTRA ESCALANTE 2

Altra Escalante 2 - Pros

Pros:Altra Escalante 2

Altra’s Zero Drop platforms (0mm heel-to-toe drop) allow the heel and forefoot to sit at the same distance from the ground for natural alignment and gait and low-impact landings and toe-offs.

The women’s models have slight shape differences to match the specific characteristics of women’s feet to enhance fit and comfort. Look out for the 'Fit 4 Her' options on Altra shoes. 

Some runners will find the new Escalante 2 to be a great addition to their quiver of weekly shoes as model for doing post-run speed and strength drills. 

Altra Escalante 2  - Cons

Cons: Altra Escalante 2

For some runners, the only drawback to the Escalante might be the transition to a zero-drop shoe right away.

If you’ve been running in shoes with higher drops in the 8m to 10mm range, you might feel soreness in your Achilles and calf muscles after your first few runs.

However if you follow a transition program your body is a wonder, and will adapt.  If you want to learn about transitioning to a zero-drop shoe? Read our recommendations on zero-drop running.

ALTRA ESCALANTE 2: SPECS

Altra Escalante 2 - Specs

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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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CHASE YOUR AMAZING – HOKA RINCON

 

HOKA ONE ONE: CHASE YOUR AMAZING

 

 

HOKA ONE ONE RINCON

ATHLETES 'CHASING THEIR AMAZING'

HOKA ONE ONE is inspiring runners to 'Chase Your Amazing'.

With this mantra, HOKA challenges us to aspire ourselves and inspire others to reach for something that represents a goal, a 'mountain' to climb, an athletic or spiritual journey.

Each style in the HOKA range is different, just as our challenges and aspirations can be different. The HOKA Rincon, as an ultra-light, ultra-cushioned speedster, is perfect for inspiring a bold athletic challenge.  Meet two athletes drawn to the swift, light Ricon, Brock and Joceyln. They describe why and what they are 'chasing' and how the process is teaching them how to enjoy the journey and grow from it.

To learn more about the HOKA Rincon and what journey it can take you on, read our full review on the JackRabbit Blog

 

CHASE YOUR AMAZING: 4 MINUTE MILE & COACHING

Meet Brock Moreaux, who is chasing his amazing wearing his HOKA Rincons.  His goal of a four minute mile is not only a life-long ambition of his own, it’s an inspiration to the team he coaches.  He says running has never come easy, and he has to train hard, push himself. And what better motivation could you offer your team other than leading by example?
 


 

 

Athlete: Brock Moreaux: 4 MINUTE MILE

My name is Brock Moreaux, I coach the men's and women's running teams at the University of New Orleans.
I'm chasing the goal of going sub 4 minutes in the mile.

Going sub 4 is every runner's dream. I got pretty close to it in college. Now, five years since graduation, I'm still chasing it down. I want to use what little bit speed I have left in these legs while I can.

Running didn't come easy, and it still doesn't. I have to work at it every day. But that's ok because, I get a great deal of satisfaction from pushing myself.

I always feel I can give more. I just want to see how far I can go.

I used to do it for myself. But now that I'm a coach, I realize I'm actually doing it for my athletes. When they see me gutting it out, putting in the work, making it hurt as much as possible… They're like “ok I guess we can trust the coach”. It becomes my new motivator to train even harder.

My personal training teaches me the most…to teach my athletes. I need to see how far I can go, so I can bring that information back to help push my athletes further.
I'm going to keep chasing that sub 4 minute mile. Especially now that I realize I'm chasing that goal for more than just myself.

CHASE YOUR AMAZING: OLYMPIC TRIALS 

Meet Jocelyn Todd, chasing her amazing of qualifying for the Olympic Trial in the 10k distance in her HOKA Rincons. 

She’s also running away the voices in her head that stayed when she was told ‘you’re not that kind of runner’ by a coach.  She’s ‘chasing her amazing’ by believing in herself and what she is capable of.  
 


 

 

ATHLETE: JOCELYN TODD – OLYMPIC TRIALS 10K

My name is Jocelyn Todd, and I live and train in Salt Lake City Utah. I'm chasing the 10k qualifier for the Olympic Trials.

I was inspired after qualifying for the US Trials in the marathon last year. So I decided, why not the 10k too?

I used to run the 1500 and the 3k in college. But to be honest, I wasn't very good. I even had a coach who told me “nah…this isn't for you, you don't have the right body for this and that. You're not that kind of runner.”

This got into my head about who I was.

Then I moved up to the 5 and 10k. Then I tried the marathon. Then I started having some success at these new distances I was trying. All it took was to start believing in myself.

I realized that I can be so much more, and only I can decide who I am, and what I can do. This has allowed me to earn my marathon trials qualifier. And now I'm chasing the 10k Olympic Trials qualifier too.

Because, why not? I know I can do it.

 
 

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CHASE YOUR AMAZING – HOKA CLIFTON

 

HOKA ONE ONE: CHASE YOUR AMAZING

 

 

HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON

ATHLETES 'CHASING THEIR AMAZING'

HOKA ONE ONE is out to inspire us to 'Chase Your Amazing'.

With this mantra, HOKA challenges us to aspire ourselves and inspire others to reach for something, anything that represents a goal, a mountain, a rewarding challenge or an athletic, spiritual journey. 

Each style in the HOKA range is different, just as our challenges and aspirations can be different. The HOKA Clifton is a workhorse – a light, springy one.  It's perfect for going the distance with you on whatever journey you are taking on. Meet four athletes lacing up the HOKA Clifton, C.J., Mireille, Veronica and Stevon all with a goal of reaching leaving the same space to get to a better place; they're making it happen.

To learn more about the HOKA Clifton and what journey it can take you on, read our full review on the JackRabbit Blog

 

CHASE YOUR AMAZING: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

Meet athlete CJ O’Neal as he runs for mental health awareness wearing his Hoka One One Cliftons.  He uses running as a form of therapy. Running is where he chases his amazing. 
 


 

 

ATHLETE: CJ O’NEAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

My name is CJ O’Neal and I’m from Salt Lake City Utah. I run three miles a day, twice a day, because I’m training to run a race every single month in 2019 to spread awareness for mental health issues.

See in college I used to run for my team. I’d gut it out for them. But now that in the workforce and I’m in the next chapter of my life, I need to find a reason to get out and run.

So now I run for anyone and everyone suffering from anxiety, depression or any other sort of mental health issue that goes unnoticed.

I used to struggle with anxiety and depression and through running I was able to beat it. Running helped me because of the way it makes me feel. There’s something about just going out and moving your body that clears my mind and when I’m done running I just feel great.

I want people that are suffering from mental health issues to know that it’s okay and they’re not alone. I want to open the conversation to let them know they can get help and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

I have a goal to run a race every single month for a year. But what I’m really chasing is my purpose.

CHASE YOUR AMAZING: MARATHON

Meet Mireille Siné, training for a marathon PR in her HOKA Cliftons. Completing her goal will be more than a time on a watch, it will be a step towards being the best version of herself in and out of her running shoes. 

The marathon is how MireIlle is ‘chasing her amazing’. 
 


 

 

ATHLETE: MIREILEE SINE – MARATHON

My name is Mireille Siné, I’m from Cameroon West Africa and I live in LA. Currently I’m chasing my marathon PR. I have a goal of breaking 4:30. So right now, I’m really trying to close the gap between where I am and where I want to be.

I need to keep stepping back to gain perspective of how far I’ve come. Back in 2013 I was diagnosed with Lupus. Here was this thing testing how strong I was, it just made me realize that I was actually stronger than I thought.

Since then I’ve been trying to simply become the best and highest version of myself that I can be. Finishing my first marathon made me literally feel like I could do anything. I can go back to school. I can get a better job. It’s just one feeling that makes you feel like you’re invincible.

Right now, I’m picking away at my goals. By gaining a little bit more time here and there with each race, it’s motivated me to keep going after it. I feel like I’m really putting the work in.

I’m chasing my marathon PR. But what I’m really chasing, Is the highest and best version of myself.

CHASE YOUR AMAZING: IRONMAN 70.3

Meet Veronica Cangas, training for her goal to qualify for the IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon World Championships in her HOKA Cliftons.

Training for her triathlon goal has taught her to enjoy the journey, because when you value the journey, you value where it takes you and what it teaches you. 
 


 

 

ATHLETE: VERONICA CANGAS – IRONMAN 70.3

My name is Veronica Cangas, I’m from Venezuela and I currently live in Miami.

My dream this year is to qualify for the Half Ironman World Championship and complete my first full Ironman.
With triathlon I just get pulled in.

When you’re racing or training for hours you have all these voices in your head. These crazy voices. There’s a voice that’s optimistic, you can do this, you’re a beast, you’re amazing. Then there’s other voices, like you’re not good enough. And you go through this for a long time, this struggle.

I spend so much time focused on one goal and then you cross that finish line and it’s like what’s next? What do I do now? I’m learning to focus more on the journey, rather than the goal. A lot of this process has been about finding myself. Like really knowing who I am, behind all those voices in my head.

I found there's a light inside of me, a strength, that’s who I really am.

You could say I’m chasing my Ironman dreams. And along the way I’m really getting to know who I really am. My real self. I think I’m chasing her down pretty well too.

CHASE YOUR AMAZING: MARATHON 

Meet Stevon Gilbert chasing his goal of his first marathon in his HOKA Cliftons. Running for Stevon is about rebuilding himself one run at a time. 

From leaving the marine corp, to depression, to lacing up his shoes, Stevon's running streak is taking him to the start line one step at a time. 
 


 

 

ATHLETE: STEVON GILBERT CANGAS – MARATHON

My name is Stevon Gilbert and I live in Tallahassee Florida. My goal, what I’m chasing, is to run and finish my first full marathon.

I stopped running when I left the Marine Corp, then I was just sitting at home one day, gaining weight, not having any fun or doing anything I should. Then I was diagnosed with depression. I’m just trying to get my way of life back to where I know I can be a better person, better father and better friend to the people I love and care about.

So I said to myself, I need to get back to running. I’m rebuilding myself, one run at a time, everyday.  I have to do it my way. When it gets hard, I say just stop, walk, take your time. And when you’re ready to go back at it, just start running.

I’ve been running a bit of a streak now. I’m going on day 429 in a row. Just hoping to do more in the future.  
I’m chasing a couple things, but my main goal is the marathon. Then eventually work on getting faster and better. 

But I have to get that first one out of the way.

 
 

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FIRST LOOK: ON CLOUDSTRATUS

 

FIRST LOOK – ON CLOUDSTRATUS

by MELANIE MITCHELL | JUNE, 2019

 

 

FIRST LOOK: ON CLOUDSTRATUS

On Cloudstratus – $170:More cushioning from On Running

For those who like to run long, the Cloudstratus has arrived from On Running. A brand new style Swiss-engineered beauty that promises to deliver the ultimate responsive ride. 

What we like about the new Cloudstratus is the maximum cushioning and superior support making this new addition to the On family your go-to shoe for medium-long runs.

 

ON CLOUDSTRATUS: FEATURES

What's the scoop on the On Cloudstratus?

It's exciting to see On Running, a company known for innovation and swiss design, to add a max cushioned shoe to its collection of styles.  As with all On innovations, the company takes it time to get it right; creating a dialed in product ready to perform.  The On Cloudstratus is no exception.  

The Cloudstratus debuts a unique dual Cloudtec system. What does that mean? It means the running shoe features two layers of Helion enriched foam (Helion midsole was debuted in the Cloudswift earlier this year) which absorb your foot strike and convert it into forward momentum.

Adding to the maximum cushioning, the On Cloudstratus weighs in at 10.7(m) and 9.5 (w) with a heel drop of 8mm. It's a perfect combo for a road shoe with a neutral base.
 

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