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STRENGTH TRAINING FOR RUNNERS: PART 2

Strength Training for Runners with Kevin Purvis
This is the second of a six-part series about strength training for runners with Kevin Purvis, a renowned strength coach based in Boulder, Colorado.

Continued: Understanding your base level of strength and mobility

By Brian Metzler

JR: How do recreational age-group athletes different from elite athletes from a strength training point of view?

KP: “For recreational or age-group runners who are typically working 40 hours a week, their strength training is less about the performance side and more about building a strong, structured base. That means unwinding everything else that goes on in their daily life in order to put them in position to handle the load of running.

If we’re talking about a professional runner, we want to make sure they have the basic health components in place, but we know they don’t have hours upon hours of sitting at a desk, for example. For them, it’s about finding what we can do to find that next 1 percent that might put them on the podium.”

JR: How can recreational or age-group athletes get the most out of strength training?

KP: “As I develop a program for an athlete, we start from a point of view that it has to fit into the schedule of their daily lives. I could write out what I think makes the most sense, but if two weeks into it that athlete says, ‘I just can’t get all of this done,’ it just won’t make sense or be practical.

So I start by asking how much time that person can dedicate to this process. I don’t want the perfect world scenario, I ask them for what will practically fit into their schedule. If that means on a Tuesday they only have 10 minutes of time, I will create a plan that includes 10 minutes of strength and mobility work for that day that I feel is important based on that movement screen. Also, I make sure to align with the athlete’s running coach to make sure where we put things in their schedule coincides with their run training and as they’re going into and out of races.

It should be part of a runner’s overall training, not considered ‘extra stuff’ that’s only done with a ‘if I can get to it’ mentality. But it has to fit within the overall philosophy of the running program. All programs and coaches are different, which is why I reach out to a runner’s coach so I can maximize whatever needs to be accomplished.”

JR: How often should a runner be doing some kind of strength and mobility work?

KP: That depends on a lot of things. If someone is a three-time-a-week runner and maybe just starting out, they might not need seven days a week of strength and mobility work. But if the runners is running six to seven days a week or training for a specific marathon in the fall with a time goal, we’ll want to ‘touch on the body’ almost every single day.

In other words, some kind of strength or mobility work every day, even if it’s brief. And the reason for that is that you need a strong platform to carry you through the rigors of a marathon training build-up.

There’s a common scenario that happens four to six weeks out from a marathon in which a lot of runners start talking about they’re hobbled from a sore hamstring issue that just started bothering them.

In most cases, it didn’t start then, it started at the beginning of their marathon build-up because of how they were moving and where their body started to break down as the training load increased. Those things can be understood from that initial assessment period and addressed before they become an issue late in your marathon training program.

JR: How long of a window should a runner or triathlete expect to do strength and mobility training before seeing results?

KP: “I generally look at the first two-week window as a jump-start to attack anything we found in the movement screen. Some people won’t touch any weights for traditional lifting exercises because we need to clean up and create a better base before we start to put more strength on top of that base.

From there, the body typically adapts in three-week windows, which is why very traditional approaches to linear periodization has three weeks of building followed by a fourth week of backing off slightly. So we might start building that way, depending on where that athlete is in their season or how close they are to their race.

But the more time we have, the better. Ideally, building a base level of strength during an offseason when there isn’t a buildup to a specific race can be very beneficial because that strength can later be then converted into useable strength for that individual’s specific goals for a race and even the specific aspects of the race course, for example, if it’s either hilly or flat.

We can’t just keep doing the same thing or build strength just to build strength. We can’t have a runner with a super strong dead lift and assume that dead life will benefit that marathoner in the last 5K to 10K of a marathon. So what we’ll do is change the techniques to get closer to mimicking the kind of stress they’ll have in a race.

So for a marathoner, we’ll develop some maximum strength early in the process with a range of 4 to 6 reps with a lot of weight and resistance, but once we start to get closer to a race, we’ll have them start to do some circuits that might have a 40 percent load much longer in duration. It’s less of a load but they’ll be doing the exercise for a lot longer.”

JR: What are some of the indicators of improved strength for a runner or triathlete?

KP: “Ultimately clean movement is what I’m looking for, or what I call ‘being more connected,’ in which there is good reciprocating energy and where the athlete isn’t leaking energy out all over the place.

That’s what I notice, but what the runner will sense is that they’re running faster even though they aren’t working any harder. And that’s the efficiency component that we’re looking for.

You might realize you’re not breaking down after your 10th 400 on the track or you might notice that you felt more solid throughout the entire duration of a tempo run. That’s a sign that you’ve got a stronger and more stable base or chassis so you can maximize your engine.”

JR: Why is strength and mobility work necessary to improve running form? Can’t a runner just focus on doing more drills?

KP: “Run form deviations don’t come out of nowhere. There’s always a reason for why something is happening. In a lot of cases, a runner will go through a run evaluation from a coach and will be prescribed a series of drills. But if the runner is experiencing a weakness or tightness or some bad motor skills that snuck into their running gait, it’s really hard to overcome that by simply doing drills.

For example, if you can’t get optimal hip extension on one side because you have a tight hip flexor and you’re overstriding on that side, it doesn’t matter how much you tell them to bring their foot strike back under their body, that leg is coming forward sooner because it’s getting caught sooner and doing drills might only accentuate what’s going wrong especially if the drill is only a repetitive process of improper movement.

And some of the bigger things that can cause an issue in a runner’s gait — for example a hip dropping out or a knee dropping in — are not getting corrected by doing a set of drills. I will still include run drills, but I think sometimes I think people get a little too carried away with trying to be perfect on run form before addressing things that can clean things up from a strength, mobility and stability side of the equation in the gym.”

Stay tuned for parts 3-6 of this Strength Training for Runners series with Kevin Purvis.

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THE SAUCONY ENDORPHIN COLLECTION

Saucony Endorphin Collection

When Saucony unveiled its Endorphin Collection of shoes in 2020, runners of all ability levels were delighted with the cushy, energetic feeling that the Endorphin Shift, Endorphin Speed and Endorphin Pro provided for everyday training, up-tempo workouts and all-out racing.

It has updated each of those models for 2021 and added the lively and durable Endorphin Trail to the mix this year. Each of the four shoes in the collection is uniquely designed to provide the right amount of comfort, support, energy and speed for all of the running you do.

Saucony Endorphin Collection

Saucony Endorphin Shift 2

$139.95 | Soft, Stable Everyday Training Shoe

Offering an ideal combination of speed, comfort and structure, the Endorphin Shift 2 is maximally cushioned everyday training shoe that helps reduce the stress of running while giving you a spark of energy in every stride. If you’re the type of runner that appreciates soft, comfortable and effortless running with subtle support, lace up pair of Endorphin Shift 2 as your go-to training shoe.

The Endorphin Shift is a lightweight, smooth-riding, neutral-oriented shoe that gives off a soft, enjoyable vibe. It’s built on a lofty bed of PWRRUN cushioning, with built-in ride-stabilizing features and Saucony’s convex Speedroll geometry that guide and propel your stride with continuous momentum. With its supportive and breathable mesh upper, you can look forward to more comfortable, feel-good runs every day of the week.

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Saucony Endorphin Speed 2

$159.95 | Versatile, Fast-Pace Workout Shoe

Soft, lively and bouncy, the Endorphin Speed 2 offer limitless energy and versatility for every type of running you do. You can wear it for slow and easy long runs and recovery runs, fast-paced workouts and tempo runs and even on race day.

The secret sauce of Endorphin Speed 2 is the combination of the highly responsive PWRRUN PB midsole foam and how the semi-firm curvy nylon plate and rockered Speedroll geometry helps create seemingly effortless forward propulsion. The Endorphin Speed 2 has been slightly updated a new mono-mesh upper made from recycled materials, a snugger fit in the heel, anti-slip laces and some soft, suede detailing.

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Saucony Endorphin Pro 2

$199.95 | Race-Day PR-Shattering Shoe

If you want to aim for a new PR in the 10K, half marathon or marathon, pull the Endorphin Pro from your arsenal and hang on for dear life. It’s an extremely energetic and wickedly fast shoe that is almost guaranteed to help you lower your times.

The Endorphin Pro 2 is a neutral-oriented, top-tier long-distance racing shoe built on a light and lively PWRUN PB midsole that’s embedded with a curvy carbon-fiber plate that enhances forward propulsion as you engage the rockered Speedroll geometry. It’s a featherweight and hyper-fast PR machine and an ideal choice for your next race. It was updated ever-so-slightly with more heel support, anti-slip laces for a more reliable fit and a new perforated mesh upper material for enhanced breathability.

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Saucony Endorphin Trail

$159.95 | Versatile and Electric Trail Shoe

With all of the best qualities of a road shoe captured in a trail runner, the Endorphin Trail will let you blaze paths to new adventures in animated comfort. With a soft and energetic midsole and reliable traction and protection, it’s a versatile shoe intended for both long adventure races and racing on a wide range of terrain.

A brand new shoe for 2021, the Endorphin Trail brings the same electric feeling to the trials as the Endorphin Speed 2 and Endorphin Pro 2 models bring to the roads. It’s built on a responsive but stable PWRRUN PB midsole chassis enhanced with Saucony’s Speedroll geometry that put a spring in your step going uphill and a soft cushy feeling as you cruise downhills.

There’s not interior rock plate, but it does have a quick-fit trail sleeve that provides a sock-like fit and also keeps trail debris at bay. The sticky rubber outsole features an array of medium-depth directional lugs that can handle mud, loose gravel, soft dirt and rugged rocks.

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ADIDAS ADIZERO BOSTON 10 REVIEW

Adidas Adizero Boston 10 Review

THE BUZZ

The Adidas Adizero Boston 10 is a maximally cushioned and very energetic neutral-oriented shoe that’s versatile enough be a high-mileage workhorse, long-interval performance-enhancing speedster or a reliable long-distance racing shoe.

A longtime favorite among marathoners, the Boston been completely overhauled and modernized since its previous edition with new materials and a much higher stack height, resulting in a livelier vibe and more cushioned ride.

Adidas Adizero Boston 10 Review

WHAT’S NEW

The Boston 10 now has a thick, two-part midsole comprised of a layer of responsive Lightstrike Pro foam on top of a layer of soft, durable, stable Lightstrike foam. (The previous version had a layer of Lightstrike foam on top of Boost foam.)

Sandwiched between those two layers of foam are a series of curved carbon-infused rods that Adidas debuted in its Adizero Adios Pro models. (It does not have the energetic carbon-fiber plate that the Adizero Adios Pro models have, so it doesn’t quite have the elite-level performance capabilities.)

A thin lightweight, two-layer upper system and revised outsole round out the complete reconfiguration of this popular model.

The new Adizero Boston 10 also features carbon-infused energy rods designed to deliver an anatomically driven transition that limits energy loss. Combined with the lighter, more energetic midsole foams, the rods provide a lively ride that make it ideal for up-tempo training, long training runs or long-distance racing.

A new, lightweight and minimally designed two-layer upper provides a snug, compliant fit that stretches slightly when the foot moves through the gait cycle. The inner engineered mesh combines a gusseted tongue and bootie construction that hugs the foot, while the outer micromesh layer adds subtle support and structure. There is a mild internal heel counter that adds a bit of structure, while suede overlays help reinforce the toe box.

Adidas Adizero Boston 10 Review

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Adizero Boston 10 fits true to size with a medium-narrow volume that translates to a semi-snug athletic fit for runners with medium or wide feet.

The step-in feel is cushy and comfortable, thanks to the interior bootie, padded heel, soft, gusseted tongue and premium footbed.

The first two things you’ll notice when you lace ‘em up are the extremely high midsole stack height and the very soft sensation in the heel.

The ride feels similar to a modern marathon racing shoe with the two compliant foams providing shock-absorbing cushioning and energetic bounce and a real sense of forward propulsion.

It’s not nearly as lively as the Adizero Adios Pro (or forthcoming Adizero Adios Pro 2), but it’s much, much more energetic (and a tad lighter) than the Adizero Boston 9.

 WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate a lightweight, maximally cushioned shoe with a little jolt of bouncy energy will love the new Adizero Boston 10. It’s soft and cushy enough to run long, but light and peppy enough to run faster workouts like tempo runs and long intervals.

Runners who liked the low-to-the-ground feeling of the Adizero Boston 9 (or, for that matter, any previous version) might be a bit thrown off with the mega-cushioned vibe of this edition. But this version of the Boston represents a much-needed overhaul and appropriately puts it in the category of modern long-distance trainer/racer models.

Adidas Adizero Boston 10 Pros

PROS: ADIZERO BOSTON 10

It’s clear that Adidas is moving away from its iconic Boost midsole foam in its performance-oriented shoes. Although Boost foam has been staple of the Boston midsole for the past several years, it’s a very good change — one that runners will appreciate because the combination of Lightstrike and Lightstrike Pro foam provides a lighter, smoother and more resilient ride.

Some of the agile and electric vibe of the new Boston comes from the narrow overall footprint of the shoe. The outsole has small segments of rubber for durability, grip and stability, with a large, sculpted channel under the midfoot to keep the shoe as light and flexible as possible.

Although the Boston has been entirely revamped, it represents what modern racer/trainer models have come to be. The new Adizero Boston 10 has a similar composition and soft-but-supple feel to that of the Saucony Endorphin Speed and now-defunct Nike Pegasus Turbo 2. It’s lightweight and lively and can inspire quick-cadence stride turnover. The modern configuration returns the Boston to its place as a shoe that can go fast and long in training or on race day.

Adidas Adizero Boston 10 Cons

CONS: ADIZERO BOSTON 10

The vast changes, new materials and upscaled redesign of the new Adizero Boston have changed the price structure of this shoe forever. It used to be a moderately priced shoe ($120), but it’s now appropriately in that top-tier shoes that double as trainers and racers, which is why it’s competitively priced at $180.

TECH SPECS

Adidas Adizero Boston 10 Tech Specs

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SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO 2 REVIEW

Saucony Endorphin Pro 2 Review

THE BUZZ

The Saucony Endorphin Pro 2 is a neutral-oriented top-tier long-distance racing shoe built on an energetic foam midsole embedded with a curvy carbon-fiber plate that enhances forward propulsion.

It’s a featherweight and hyper-energetic PR machine and an ideal choice for your next 10K, half marathon or marathon.

Saucony Endorphin Pro 2 Review

WHAT’S NEW

The Endorphin Pro 2 was updated ever-so-slightly with more heel support, anti-slip laces for a more reliable fit and a new perforated mesh upper material for enhanced breathability. Those modifications helped improved the fit and feel without changing the essence of the super-responsive ride.

The new single-layer upper  is made from recycled polyester. This has improved the fit and helps make the shoe more breathable and airy. The wrap-like fit is enhanced by Saucony’s FormFit technology, which allows the mono-mesh upper material to move and stretch slightly while still keeping feet locked down to the chassis.

Saucony Endorphin Pro 2 Review

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Endorphin Pro 2 fits true to size with a medium to low interior volume from heel to toe. It has a snug, locked-down feeling from heel to toe. There is  a slightly higher volume in the arch area and modest wiggle room in the toe box.

There’s soft and comfortable step-in feeling in this shoe. That is thanks the premium footbed, gusseted tongue and thick midsole chassis. Combined with the curvy carbon-fiber plate embedded in the midsole, it results in a lively but very rigid rolling sensation the moment you start running.

The Endorphin Pro 2 is a race-day tool that is really good at up-tempo running but definitely not as good at slow to moderate paces. The similar Endorphin Speed 2 ($160) nylon-plated, training shoe handles those slower paces much better.

 WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners interested in investing in a pair of carbon-plated racing shoes with the hope of setting a new PR in the 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon will love this shoe.

While it could be used for faster workouts such as tempo runs and longer intervals, the sharp, firm feeling makes it much more conducive to racing than it is for training. (Imagine driving a high-end race car around town to do errands and you’ll understand the singular focus of the Endorphin Pro 2.)

Saucony Endorphin Pro 2 Review

PROS: SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO 2

The secret sauce of the Endorphin Pro 2 is the combination of Saucony’s PWRRUN PB midsole foam, the curvy carbon-fiber plate and SpeedRoll rocker geometry. PWRRUN PB is an ultralight, PEBA-based foam that provides an energetic and propulsive feeling in every stride.

The foam midsole chassis and firm plate are unchanged from the first edition. You can expect the same electric, responsive ride as the original edition of the Endorphin Pro.

Like other racing shoes with carbon-fiber midsole plates, the Endorphin Pro 2 feels best when you get into a groove at a fast and repetitive pace. When you settle into a conisisten rhythm, the sharp feeling of the chassis melts away into effortless running. But running at slower paces or mixing up paces will muddle that smooth, flowy feeling. Despite the responsiveness of the foam, the ride is unflinchingly sharp and rigid.

The outsole configuration of the Endorphin Pro 2 is identical to the original version. It features large sections of exposed foam complemented by high-abrasion carbon rubber in the forefoot and around the perimeter of the heel to keep the weight down, ensure optimal traction and maintain consistent durability.

Saucony Endorphin Pro 2 Review

CONS: SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO 2

The only detractor of the Endorphin Pro 2 is that it’s not very versatile. It’s a high-end racing shoe that can help you lower your PRs, but our wear-testers thought it felt too sharp and rigid to use for faster workouts or long runs.

TECH SPECS

Saucony Endorphin Pro 2 Tech Specs

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Mens Saucony Endorphin Pro 2 Review

MEN’S ENDORPHIN PRO 2
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WOMEN’S ENDORPHIN PRO 2

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FAVORITE TRAINING SHOES OF TOP U.S. TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES

The U.S. Olympic Trials for Track and Field are being held at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon from June 18-27. The top three finishers in each event will earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in Tokyo in July. 

Here are some of the top contenders along with some of their favorite training shoes that you can find at JackRabbit.com. (Here is the meet schedule and TV schedule of the U.S. Olympic Trials.)

Paul Chelimo, 29

Colorado Springs, Colo.
5,000m
Nike / U.S. Army

Born in the distance-running mecca of Iten, Kenya, Paul Chelimo ran collegiately in the U.S. (Shorter College/North Carolina at Greensboro) and then found his path to citizenship by joining the U.S. Army through the Military accessions vital to national interest (MAVNI) program as a water treatment specialist, then entering the World Class Athletic Program in 2014. He won the 5,000m a the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and then went on to earn a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38, $119.95

The best-selling running shoe model of all-time, the Air Zoom Pegasus 38 retains the familiar vibe of being a versatile, workhorse with a good balance of cushioning and performance for a wide range of runners. Versatility has always been one of the best aspects of the Pegasus, both in terms of its range of performance and the range of runners who will enjoy it. New runners will likely love it for the comfort, fit and ability to handle any kind of workout, while more experienced runner will appreciate its energetic performance ideal for tempo runs and progression runs.

Emma Coburn, 30

Boulder, CO
3,000-meter steeplechase
New Balance / Team Boss

One of the most accomplished track and field athletes in U.S. history, Emma Coburn won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2017 World Championships in London. With 28 wooden barriers and seven water jumps over 1.8 miles, it’s one of the most dynamic and challenging races on the track.

She also won a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics and finished second in the 2019 World Championships in Doha. Emma and her husband/coach Joe Bosshard were high school sweethearts in Crested Butte, Colo., where she often trains with her Team Boss teammates.

New Balance Fuel Cell Rebel v2, $129.99

Women's New Balance Fuelcell Rebel v2

The FuelCell Rebel v2 is a lightweight, nimble and responsive, neutral-oriented everyday training shoe. It’s a versatile shoe with built on a super-critical nitrogen-infused FuelCell midsole foam platform with enough cushioning and bounciness to make it amenable to both running longer or faster in training or road racing.

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Sara Hall, 37

Flagstaff, Ariz.
10,000m
ASICS 

Sara Hall is no stranger to the U.S. Olympic Trials. In fact, when she lines up for the 10,000m on June 26, it will be the seventh time she’s toed the line at an Olympic Trials event dating back to her first in 2004. She raced on the track a lot early in her career, but has since become one of the fastest marathoners in American history with a 2:20:32 PR. She’s the mother of four Ethiopian girls she and husband, Ryan, adopted in 2015.

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23, $119.95

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23 Review

One of the classic legacy shoes in the ASICS line, the GEL-Cumulus 23 is a neutral everyday trainer with sufficient cushioning, a comfortable ride and a versatile, do-everything vibe. It’s been updated slightly from the previous edition, with a slightly softer feel and a more forgiving ride. It’s an ideal shoe for slow moderate training paces, but it’s versatile enough to handle faster paces for shorter distances, though not quite peppy enough for speed workouts or racing.

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Marielle Hall, 29

Portland, Ore.
10,000m
Nike / Nike Bowerman Track Club

Although she was a late bloomer at the University of Texas, Marielle Hall found immediate success as a professional, competing for the U.S. at the 2015 World Championships in the 5,000m, the 2016 Olympics in the 10,000m and the 2019 World Cross Country Championships. Known for her sense of humor, infectious laughter and smooth running stride, she became the sixth-fastest American woman of all-time in the 10,000m (31:05) as she placed seventh at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Nike Vaporfly Next%, $249.95

Vaporfly

Considered the fastest long-distance racing shoe in the world, the featherweight Nike Vaporfly Next% has a carbon-fiber propulsion plate embedded in its midsole and copious amounts of energetic ZoomX foam cushioning. Runners training for half marathons and marathons will love this shoe for faster long runs, races and some longer tempo efforts.

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Taylor Werner, 23

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
5,000m
Puma 

The 2017 Pan Am Games junior gold medalist at 3,000m, Taylor Werner spent her college years running for the University of Arkansas, where she helped the Razorbacks win the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships. In December of 2019, she produced a career best of 15:11.19 to win an indoor 5,000-meter race in Boston and caught the attention of Puma, which was about to start a new training group in North Carolina coached by Alistair Cragg and Amy Cragg. Werner jumped at the chance to turn pro and improve her training before the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Puma Deviate Nitro, $159.95

PUMA Deviate Nitro - Women's

The Deviate Nitro is lightweight, energetic modern neutral training shoe that offers maximal cushioning and a lively and forgiving sensation. It serves up a good blend of softness and energetic pop with a smooth ride and a secure fit and chock full of long-haul comfort. It’s ideal for training at slow, moderate and slightly faster paces.

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Zach Panning, 26

Rochester, Mich.
10,000m
Brooks / Hansons-Brooks Distance Project

Zach Panning is a great example of a small-school runner who’s continued to make progress and get the chance to perform on the biggest stage. A former Grand Valley State star, he won NCAA Division II titles in the 5,000m and 10,000m while helping the Lakers earn the 2018 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. He finished 11th in the 10,000m (28:05), just 11 seconds out of an Olympic-qualifying position.

Brooks Launch 8, $99.95

The Launch is a lightweight, neutral-oriented cushioned trainer that can either be a fast-workout speed shoe or an everyday trainer for all of your running needs. With a clean, sleek design and exceptional cushioning, it serves up an ideal mix of comfort, energy, versatility and consistency at a very affordable price.

Grayson Murphy, 25

Bozeman, Mont.
3,000m steeplechase
Saucony

As much as Grayson Murphy loves track and field, she also loves running trails. Although she was a five-time collegiate All-American runner at Santa Clara and the University of Utah, she grew up trail running near Salt Lake City and now loves to run the trails in and around Bozeman, Mont.

When she’s not jumping over barriers and water pits in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, she’s often leaping over streams and logs while training as a professional trail runner. In 2019, she won the World Mountain Running Championships, a grueling 14-kilometer race in the Patagonia region of Argentina.

Saucony Peregrine 11, $119.95

Saucony Peregrine 11 - Women's

The Peregrine 11 is a versatile, neutral-oriented trail running shoe that has the comfort and smoothness of a road running shoe with a low-to-the-ground feel and a nice blend of cushioning, traction and protection. It’s a classic, do-everything off-road runner, ideal for smooth, rolling dirt paths, moderately technical routes with some rocks, roots, gravel and other obstacles, as well as sloppy trails with a lot of mud and moisture.

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Joe Klecker, 24

Boulder, Colo.
5,000m/10,000m
On Running / On Athletics Club

A first-year pro, Joe Klecker extended his family’s running legacy by placing third in the 10,000m on June 18. His mom, Janis Klecker, won the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon and went on to place 21st in the marathon at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Joe was a record-setting running in high school in Minnesota before becoming an All-American at the University of Colorado. He’s also one of the country’s top 5,000m runners (13:06) and will have a chance to make the U.S. team in that event beginning on June 24.

On Cloudswift 2.0, $149.99

On Cloudswift Review

The second edition of the Cloudswift 2.0 is a lightweight, low-profile neutral trainer with a cushy, energetic vibe. It features On’s clean design aesthetics and an updated version of its CloudTec midsole cushioning technology, which offers a blend of reliable shock absorption, protection, durability and a lively feel. It’s light and agile enough to handle a variety of workouts, but cushioned enough to be durable and comfortable for long runs.

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Kellyn Taylor, 34

Flagstaff, Ariz.
5,000m/10,000m
HOKA One One / Northern Arizona Elite

Training with the Northern Arizona Elite team in Flagstaff, Ariz., Kellyn Taylor has become one of the most versatile runners in America. She’s run a 2:24:28 marathon (making her the seventh-fastest American in history) and is competing in the, 5,000m and 10,000m at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She’s also a mom to her young daughter, Kylyn, and is training to be a professional firefighter when her professional running career is over.

Hoka One One Clifton 8, $129.95

Womens HOKA Clifton 8 Review

The Clifton is a light, cushy and comfortable maximally cushioned everyday training shoe that’s light and soft enough to run fast, but cushy enough to run slower over any distance. It features the HOKA’s early stage Meta-Rocker profile design that produces a rolling sensation in every stride that both reduces the ground force impact and eases the foot’s transition to the toe-off phase.

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Josette Norris, 25

Charlottesville, Va.
5,000m
Reebok / Reebok Boston Track Club

Josette Norris turned pro in 2019 shortly after graduating from Georgetown University, when she signed a contract with the Reebok Boston Track Club that trains in Charlottesville, Virginia, under the guidance of coach Chris Fox. So far, it’s been recipe for success for Norris, who lowered her PR in the 5,000m to 14:51.42 — a time that ranks third in the U.S. so far this year and puts her among the top 10 fastest in U.S. history. Last October, Norris got engaged to Robby Andrews, a 2016 Olympian and fellow pro runner who proposed on the boardwalk along the Georgetown Waterfront.

Reebok Floatride Energy 3.0, $99.95

Women's Reebok Floatride Energy 3

The Floatride 3.0 is an affordable, lightweight, comfortable and versatile everyday trainer built for runners with a neutral gait pattern. It’s light and springy enough to run moderately fast, cushy enough to run long and durable enough to hold up for an entire summer of running. New and novice runners will love this shoe for its relative simplicity and versatility at such a budget-friendly price.

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Nikki Hiltz, 26

Los Angeles
1,500m
Adidas / Mission Track Club

Nikki Hiltz is an openly gay elite middle-distance runner who came out as transgender and non-binary on International Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31, 2021. Hiltz won the gold medal in the 1,500m at the Pan Am Games in Peru in 2018 and the following year placed third at the U.S. championships in the 1,500m. Hiltz organizes Virtual Pride 5k races and donates proceeds to Trevor Project a non-profit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Adidas Ultraboost 21, $179.95

Ultraboost 21 Womens

 

The Adidas Ultraboost is a maximally cushioned training shoe built on a thick, lively platform of extremely resilient Boost midsole cushioning that provides long-haul comfort and consistent flow in every mile. With 6 percent more Boost foam in the midsole than the previous edition, it serves up a springy ride that returns considerable energy in every stride. It features an updated torsion system and rocker geometry that enhances forefoot stiffness by 15% for an even more responsive run.

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TRACKGIRLZ STREET RACE

TrackGirlz

TrackGirlz is going to Track Town USA! Both middle school and high school girls are eligible to participate in the TrackGirlz Street Race on June 26 at the official U.S. Olympic Team Trials Race Walk course in Springfield, OR.

Top finishers in each category will win tickets to watch the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials that same day.

Races available:

Each participant will receive a special gift bag with TrackGirlz apparel, Oiselle sports bra, Wahiwater and Track Town gifts. The top three finishers in each category will receive special prizes, including SKLZ equipment and the top finisher in each category will win tickets to watch the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials that same day.

This event is free thanks to the grants sponsor, TEAM Springfield (City of Springfield, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield Utility Board, and Willamalane Park & Recreation District). TrackGirlz, in partnership with Sport Oregon, TrackTown USA and Willamalane, is hosting this event for middle and high school girls to come together to unify through sisterhood, empowerment, and track and field.

Participants are provided a speed training program designed by TrackGirlz Leaders, Olympian, Mechelle Lewis Freeman, and Wellness Coach Jennifer Nash Forrester, which includes three workouts each week. Join us on Thursday, June 24 at 4pm where we will host an in-person workout session onsite at Willamalane Park & Recreation Center in Springfield, OR. 

TrackGirlz is a 501c3 nonprofit organization helping girls reach their full potential through track and field. Our programs include empowerment workshopz and grants that provide resources to enable participation in track and field, educational resources, and direct mentorship with women from the TrackGirlz community, including Olympians, elite coaches, and industry leaders.

Learn more at trackgirlz.com or @trackgirlz on Instagram.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trackgirlz-street-race-tickets-154747149891 

TrackGirlz Street Race

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hoka one one Interviews Uncategorized

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: AN INTERVIEW WITH LATOYA SNELL

Interview with Latoya Snell

We recently sat down with HOKA athlete Latoya Snell. We talked sport, the importance of authenticity, and breaking down the barriers of stereotyping and online criticism in the running space.

WHO IS LATOYA

Interview with Latoya Snell

First and foremost, Latoya is an artist. Through the lens of art, she has been able to achieve recognition in a multitude of spaces. She is a trained chef, journalist, speaker, plus-size-athletes advocate, LGBTQIA community member, podcast host, ultrarunner, content creator, and multi-sport athlete.

Those spaces might seem very different from each other, but Latoya believes they all have one thing in common.

“All of this is just artistry. When I look at running…that’s all this is. When I look at food, that’s artistry. When I talk to people and I listen to their stories, that’s artistry. It doesn’t matter what space I tap into. I’m always looking for the art.”

Art requires authenticity. Latoya understands the hard truth that authenticity requires vulnerability, which opens the door to criticism. In order to be true to herself, she has had to accept that criticism no matter the space she is in.

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: CRITICISM

What makes Latoya such a dynamic, interesting, colorful, successful person is her daily choice to wade her way through all the criticism and stay true to her authentic self. She recognizes the value of the powerful connections you can make when you are your most authentic. And her ever-growing number of supporters are proof that her authenticity is powerful and valued by her community.

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: STEREOTYPING

Latoya is no stranger to having to fight stereotyping. Since her emergence into the spotlight of the running world, she has had to deal with comments about her size. She has had to listen to comments about how her size does not conform to the stereotypical runners body. Comments like “It’s just not healthy being that size” & “It’s just not possible to be a runner when you are that size.” It is important to note that she has raced well over 200 races in her career, consisting of a large range of distances, and raced 35 of them in the year of 2019 alone.

Interview with Latoya Snell

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: FALSE FRIENDS

Even though she has won international recognition in the running space, Latoya still understands the importance of providing authentic support to the online running community on even the smallest level. She has been approached by fans mid-race who have asked for her help getting them to the finish line.

“Listen, we will hold hands together if we have to. We are going to make it across the finish line” she told one athlete who approached her during a marathon.

She even offered up her own race fuel to the athlete. Those types of connections matter so much more than the online trolling she receives every week. All too often, she has experienced an array of praise from folks who are too quick to turn their backs on her as soon as she breaks the mold of who they think she needs to be.

ADVICE FOR READERS

There are still too many athletes out there who do not feel comfortable or accepted in the running space, whether it be due to their size, shape, sexual orientation, background, race, or anything else. To those who struggle with online criticism, the commentary is something you cannot control. You cannot control what people say about you, but you CAN control the narrative that it creates.

“People think that in order to be body positive you have to smile through all of the criticism. No. I think that people should be allowed to sit with that and think about it for a minute and recognize being hurt. And that is a part of the process. Be okay with being hurt and acknowledge how that made you feel. Think to yourself, is any of what they said true? I think we need that moment of honesty with ourselves. We grow up in America to be taught to brush it off and move on. When you do that you lose honesty with yourself and the ability to be vulnerable.” 

The more vulnerable you are, the more meaningful your connections with others will be. That is how you will find your community and sense of belonging in the running space–or any space for that matter.

RAPID FIRE – I SAY, YOU SAY

Favorite Shoe — Hoka Arahi 5 and the Clifton Edge

Road or Trail — Road

Favorite Distance — Ultra’s

Favorite season — Fall

Next career goal — Triathlons

Book You’re Reading Right Now‘The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook’ by Marcus Samuelsson

Favorite book‘The Color of Water’ by James McBride

Favorite Seasoning — Garlic

Current food obsession — Salmon

WHAT’S LATOYA CURRENTLY RUNNING IN?

HOKA Clifton 8

ARAHI 5

CLIFTON EDGE

 

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Champion

USATF FOUNDATION & CHAMPION

SUPPORTING AND GROWING TRACK AND FIELD DREAMS

Founded in 2002 the USA Track and Field Foundation is a philanthropic venture to support track and field athletes and initiatives in the United States.

Tom Jackovic, CEO of the foundation explains theirs is one of the largest in the Olympic sport line up with a clear mission that guides how they support growing the sport and supporting elite athletes.

The USATF Foundation mission is “to support the development of emerging elite athletes, while fostering integration within the broader track & field community. To facilitate the physical, educational, social and character development of youth track & field athletes and to help prepare them to mature and succeed in adult life.”

There are two key areas that the foundation supports:

  • Elite Athlete Development: This program offers support to elite-level athletes with their eyes on competing in the Olympic Games, a World Championship event, or other Team USA competitions.
  • Youth Club Grant Program: This initiative provides opportunities for youth athletes via track and cross country clubs.

As with all foundations, the USATF Foundation relies major donations and fundraising to be able to fulfill its mission. Tom Jackovic further explains that philanthropy and corporate partners are crucial to growing the impact of the foundation.

SUPPORTING ELITES

Janee Kassanavoid - USA Track and Field
Janee Kassanavoid: Professional Hammer Thrower

Elite athletes needs are met by grants to support travel, room and board, coaching and other living expenses. Each year the USATF Foundation supports in the range of 150 athletes.

In 2021 the foundation awarded its first Maternity Grant to marathon elite Aliphine Tuliamuk who finished first in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

During the pandemic, grants like those from the USATF Foundation were more important than ever. Earnings and opportunities for athletes were limited as athletes navigated and prepared for a very uncertain year.

GROWING THE TRACK EXPERIENCE

Roundabout Runners
Roundabout Runners: Malta, NY.

Youth clubs and other teams are also eligible to apply for grants to expand and support their programs. With funds available for equipment, facility rental, travel and race fees.The goal is to support the next generation of athletes in both track and cross country by expanding access across economic and ethnic groups.

USATF FOUNDATION X CHAMPION

Ahead of the games in Tokyo, JackRabbit will be showcasing a collection of apparel supporting the USATF Foundation.

The Foundation has collaborated with Champion to raise funds for track and field initiatives in this important sporting year.

USATF FOUNDATION GEAR COMING SOON

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Reviews Saucony

SAUCONY ENDORPHIN SPEED 2 REVIEW

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 Review

THE BUZZ

The Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 is a light, cushy and extremely energetic everyday training shoe. It’s amazingly comfortable and infinitely versatile.

The secret sauce of this shoe is the combination of the lively PWRRUN PB midsole foam and how the semi-firm curvy nylon helps create seemingly effortless forward propulsion.

Our wear-testers believe it’s one of the best shoes of 2021.

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 Review

WHAT’S NEW

The Endorphin Speed 2 has been slightly updated a new mono-mesh upper. This is made from recycled materials, has a snugger fit in the heel, anti-slip laces and some soft, suede detailing.

The new upper made from recycled nylon has improved the fit but also helped make the shoe more breathable and airy. The wrap-like fit is enhanced by Saucony’s FormFit technology, which allows the upper material to move and stretch while still keeping feet locked down to the chassis.

The outsole configuration on the Speed 2 is identical to the original version. It features vast sections of exposed foam complemented by high-abrasion carbon rubber in the forefoot and around the perimeter of the heel to keep the weight down, ensure optimal traction and maintain consistent durability.

The bottom line is that it’s been tweaked slightly without changing the spirited essence of the original Endorphin Speed.

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 Review

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Endorphin Speed 2 fits true to size with a medium to low interior volume from heel to toe. It has a slightly lower volume in the arch area, good wiggle room in the toe box and a snug feeling in the heel.

The step-in feeling is soft and secure with a very noticeable light and bouncy sensation the moment you start running in them. While the curvy nylon plate and advanced foam create a sprightly vibe at up-tempo paces, the shoe feels equally as comfortable and peppy on longer and slower runs.

At top speed, the shoe feels almost effortless with just a tad less energetic pop than the Endorphin Pro 2 ($200) carbon-plated, race-day shoe at the top of the line. But it’s the versatility of being able to handle all types of running with aplomb that make the Speed 2 such an amazing shoe.

 WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate shoes with a light, soft and animated ride will really enjoy running in the Endorphin Speed 2.

It’s not quite as high off the ground as some maximally cushioned shoes, but it’s not a low-to-the-ground lightweight performance-oriented trainer, either.

It’s versatile enough to run long, run fast, run slow and just about everything in between. It could also be a good choice for racing from mile to the marathon.

If you’ve previously run in Saucony’s Kinvara, you’ll find the Endorphin Speed 2 to be a premium upgrade.

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 Review

PROS: SAUCONY ENDORPHIN SPEED 2

Saucony’s PWRRUN PB is an ultralight, PEBA-based foam that provides a bouncy and propulsive feeling in every stride and at every pace. That foam midsole chassis is unchanged from the first edition, so you can expect the same agile and responsive ride.

 Like the original version, the Endorphin Speed 2 has a curvy, rocker geometric profile that contributes to what Saucony calls SpeedRoll technology. Combined with the nylon plate and energetic foam, it creates a lively, forward-rolling sensation at every pace.

Versatility is the name of the game for the Endorphin Speed 2. Whatever you ask it to do — long runs, recovery runs, speed work, tempo runs, short races, long races — it will do it with a high-performance, energetic zeal.

If you’re looking for a do-everything model as the only shoe in your quiver, this is a great one to consider.

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 Review

CONS: SAUCONY ENDORPHIN SPEED 2

Honestly, there’s nothing to dislike about this shoe. However, if you appreciate shoes that are lower to the ground or shoes with a less bouncy ride, this won’t be the one for you. 

TECH SPECS

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 Tech Specs

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Mens Saucony Endorphin Speed 2

MEN’S ENDORPHIN SPEED 2
Womens Saucony Endorphin Speed 2

WOMEN’S ENDORPHIN SPEED 2

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Hyperice Recovery Reviews

RECOVER WITH HYPERICE

Recover with Hyperice

Whether you’re a pro athlete, weekend warrior or simply just looking to live a healthier lifestyle – Hyperice has a solution for you. 

Over the past few years, Hyperice has become a proven leader in the technology and recovery industry and continue to push the limits moving forward. Hyperice has partnered with top professional athletes across the NFL, NBA, Track and Field, cycling/Tour de France, triathlon and many more.

Hyperice devices are designed to allow people to move better and feel their absolute best! Hyperice products are backed with science and physiology to support and advance the human condition.

Hyperice’s line of products includes percussion therapy massagers, dynamic air compression devices, vibration devices and more! 

Hyperice Product Line

PERCUSSION

The Hypervolt line of percussion devices are designed to concentrate targeted pulses of pressure into the muscle/tissue of the body, helping to relieve muscle pain, stiffness and soreness, and increase range of motion. The Hypervolt line silently delivers three speeds of rapid percussion to relieve tension and accelerate warmup and recovery.Hyperice Hypervolt

Benefits include:

  • Acceleration of warm up and recovery
  • Reduction of muscle soreness and stiffness 
  • Improvement of range of motion and flexibility

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DYNAMIC AIR COMPRESSION

The Normatec line of dynamic air compression combines dynamic air compression includes a patented Pulse massage pattern that offers three features —pulsing, distal release, and gradients. Dynamic air compression helps mimics the natural muscle pump of the body’s legs and arms, which enhances the movement of fluid and metabolites out of the limbs post workout.

Hyperice NormatecBenefits include:

  • Enhanced blood flow and circulation
  • Improved warm up and recovery
  • Patented Pulse technology

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VIBRATION DEVICES

Hyperice’s vibration line features the Vyper 2.0, Hypersphere and Hypersphere Mini. These products offer vibration therapy which consists of repeated rapid oscillations of localized pressure into the body’s muscle and connective tissues. Lower and higher speeds offer make these products a dynamic solution for muscle activation and recovery. 

Hyperice Hypersphere

Benefits include:

  • 3 powerful speed settings
  • Improved warm up and recovery
  • Localized pressure of rapid oscillations

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THE HYPERICE APP

Powered by HyperSmart™, the Hyperice App seamlessly blends your physical and digital activity to create an experience entirely customized to you. Connect to health and wellness apps, follow guided warmup, recovery, and maintenance routines, operate your Hyperice Bluetooth® devices, and get exclusive content from top pros. 

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