Fall Marathon Guide Interviews


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Fall Marathons are back! For some runners, this will be the first marathon they’re running in at least 2 years. For others, this will be their very first marathon. Either way, we could all use a little refresher on what we need for the weeks leading up to the race vs. what we need for the big day.

So, we reached out to 3 runners of different levels of experience and asked them what gear they’re using for training, what they plan on using for race day, and what they think about their upcoming race.


Andrew L Fall Race Guide

Age? 27

Based in? New York, NY

Morning or evening runner? Evening (its so hard to get up early 😪)

Which fall race are you training for? Chicago AND New York

Will this be your first marathon? No, this will be my 6th and 7th!

Meal the night before? Italiano

Go-to hydration? Nuun

Go-to race day nutrition? GU ROCTANE BABYYY

Everyday shoe choice? ON Cloudstratus (2.0)

Race day shoe choice? Saucony Endorphin Pro 2.0

Something you can’t run without? MUSIC 🎶


Andrew is a 27 year old endurance athlete, living in New York City. Andrew works for our very own JackRabbit HQ, collaborating with his team on creating quality content for the Jackrabbit community about the latest and greatest endurance products from the top quality brands.

In his free time, Andrew enjoys all the unique opportunities the city has to offer, taking ferry rides at sunset on the Hudson River, going to museums, attending Broadway shows (he recommends Hadestown), picnics in Central Park, going to comedy shows in Greenwich village, and training with his track team (Brooklyn Track Club).

Andrew has run 5 marathons throughout his running career and will be running both Chicago and New York this fall. Andrew’s strategy this time around has been increasing his weekly average mileage throughout his training cycle. “At the peak of my cycle this time, I was running 70+ miles a week — totally changed my perspective on the importance of recovery and nutrition.”

Andrew’s reason for running is all about the mental health benefits that running provides. “It makes my day 10x better if I can get a run in. I feel more energetic, less stressed, and more willing to say yes to new opportunities if I feel I accomplished my running goal for the day.” Andrew also plans on eventually trying out ultramarathons and maybe a sprint IRONMAN at some point in his career.


Speed training shoe: Cloudflow 3.0
Long runs: Cloudstratus 3.0
What I never leave home without: Hydroflask 32oz 


Sarah Burgin

Age? 23

Based in? Denver, CO

Go-to hydration? Nuun

Go-to race day nutrition? Sour patch kids only!!!

Everyday shoe choice? New Balance 1080v11

Race day shoe choice? A newer pair of the New Balance 1080v11

Something you can’t run without? My Patagonia hat that I’ve had for years – also KT tape!!

Morning or evening runner? Morning always

Which fall race are you training for? Chicago AND New York

Will this be your first marathon? No, this will be my 3rd and 4th!

Meal the night before? Mexican ALWAYS!


Sarah is a 23 year old student, attending Denver University’s Sturm College of Law. Sarah is currently training for both NYC and Chicago. When she’s not buried deep in legal academia, she’s enjoying all the fantastic outdoor activities Colorado has to offer…running through Washington Park, competing in trail races, skiing down the world-class slopes in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, and attending Rockies games in Denver.

We had the chance to sit down with Sarah and pick her brain about her passion for running, the “why” behind her , her unique rituals, her favorite products she trains/races with, + more!

When we asked Sarah, why she runs, her answer was inspirational — “I’m running to create a world free of MS” — Sarah is currently raising money to help provide important services to people affected by MS and fund research projects looking to end MS for good. Sarah’s father has battled with MS for over 15 years, and she has seen how strong their community’s support has been, so she is taking up the torch to continue that support for the entire MS community. For anyone who would like to help her reach her fundraising goal, please visit her page on the National MS Society – here.


Race day shoes: New Balance 1080v11
Casual Gear: Nike Running Pants


Fall Race Guide Philip

Age: 37
Based in: Mackinac Island, Michigan
Which fall race are you training for: New York
Will this be your first marathon: YES
Your Goal Time?  My goal is 3 hr and 50min.   Ideally I would like to maintain a 9min/mile pace.
Go-to race day nutrition: Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel
Everyday shoe choice: Clifton 8
Race day shoe choice: Mach 4


Philip is a 37 year old endurance athlete & semi-retired nurse. Philip lives with his husband in Michigan on Mackinac Island, asmall island locate in Lake Huron. Philip and his husband own and operate a hotel on the island, where tourists come to enjoy over 70 miles of beautiful hiking trails trails. Mackinac is still a hidden gem, yet to be discovered by most, and has much to offer. The craziest part: there are NO cars allowed on the island. To get anywhere, you either walk or bike where you need to go, or take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage.

When Philip isn’t commuting by Ferry to the mainland for his nursing shifts, he is fully capitalizing on the opportunity to train for endurance races in what is arguable one of the most scene places in the entire Midwest.

Philip actually got into this year’s NYC Marathon through a bib giveaway contest Jackrabbit had in August. Philip, after accepting the prize and registering, Philip knew he had to get to work immediately on his training cycle. Luckily enough, he already had an Iron Man Race coming up in September, so his base was in good shape. Philip ran the Ironman 70.3 Michigan, located in Frankfort, MI. With that race, now under his belt, Philip turns to his first marathon this November with the confidence of having finished a race that very few have completed.

Philip’s passion for endurance sports comes form his desire to be a healthier, fitter version of his past self. Philip has already lost 35 pounds since his lifestyle change, and he is determined to keep improving and pushing forward. “Whenever I feel like giving up, I just remember the opportunities I was given and remember how I feel in that moment and to keep pushing.  I feel so good now and I don’t want to let that feeling go.”

Philip would also like to give a shoutout to his friend and coach, Jen Simons. She is an ultrarunner and has been a source of guidance and encouragement throughout the process for Philip.


Training Shoe: HOKA Mach 4
Go-to-Nutrition: Tailwind + Honey Stinger
Recovery Tool: Roll Recovery R8
Post-Race Footwear: Oofos Recovery Slide







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Congrats! You did it! 26.2 miles through the urban jungle. After the delirium of excitement-and-exhaustion has settled in, the primary question becomes: What do I do now?

Don’t Pass Up the Poncho

If you read our New York Race Day Checklist, you already knew to bring a gear bag which you checked before the race started. You also knew to have some throw-away clothing that you felt comfortable shedding during the run. However, now that the race is over, you’re getting cold. From our experience, the bag check post-race is quite chaotic, so when asked, elect to get a free poncho at the finish line. The cold walk out of the park can take a while, so you’ll be very happy you have your poncho.

Pick Your Mode of Transport

Once you and the crowd are finally able to exit the park, it’s still a few blocks to the subway so be prepared to walk on sore legs. If you choose to use a ride-share service such as Uber of Lyft, we suggest scheduling a ride prior to the race, as prices are likely to surge and you might be waiting for quite a while due to increased demand post-race.


Refuel, To Your Delight!

Even if you don’t feel hungry or thirsty, take advantage of any free refreshments they may have at the finish line. You literally just ran a marathon. If you wait until you’re starving, you risk binging and feeling horrible. Stay feeling good by having a snack immediately, and then planning on eating a big meal after you pick up your gear bag. If you’re like me, not only will you have planned the exact location where you’ll be consuming your celebratory meal, you already know exactly what you’ll order, and have been using the thought as motivation to cross the finish line.

Keep On Rollin’

After you’ve had your fill of food (and drinks?), and made it back to the hotel, be sure to get in some good foam rolling and stretching before you hop in the shower. You may still be riding on an endorphin – and possibly Pabst Blue Ribbon – high, but you’ll for sure feel it tomorrow. Spend at least 5 minutes making sure you roll out your back, hamstrings, and quads so you will be able to walk tomorrow. After you roll, hit some downward dog, pigeon pose, and calf stretches. At least 90 seconds for each stretch. Then either hop in a hot & steamy shower, or draw yourself a nice bath, complete with epsom salts to speed along your recovery.


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Best shoes for marathons




Running the New York City Marathon? Here are 10 shoes to consider for running the rolling, 26.2-mile route through The Big Apple’s five boroughs.

We’ve broken them down between models with more less inherent stability and more inherent stability with the notion that even a lot of runners with neutral gait patterns need some extra support after running 20 miles on the roads.

There are dozens of additional models to consider than just the 10 listed here. You have to consider how fast you’re going to run and whether you’re going to race all-out, run just to finish or somewhere in between.

Remember, the most important criteria you need to consider when looking for your race-day shoes is how it matches your foot shape and gait style.


Nike Zoom X Vaporfly NEXT%, $250
6.6 oz. (men’s/unisex sizing) 8mm heel-toe offset (40mm/32mm)

The Nike Zoom X Vaporfly NEXT% is the current hot shoe in the marathon world, the one Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele wore en route to running 2:01:41 and just miss the world record at the 2019 Berlin Marathon. Nike took the learnings of its original Vaporfly 4% shoe and developed a new shoe with more rear-foot cushioning, a new hydrophobic upper, a lower heel-toe offset, a higher stack height and a more bulbous outsole geometry with better traction in the forefoot. The result is a slightly lighter, snappier and more stable shoe.

Adidas Adizero Adios 4, $140
7.8 oz. (men’s); 6.2 oz. (women’s) 10mm heel-toe offset (23mm/23mm for men’s; 25mm/25mm for women’s)

The Adidas Adizero Adios has been one of the world’s most popular—and one of the fastest—marathon shoes for years. Featuring a thin layer of energetic Boost midsole foam, it provides an electric ride with a low-to-the-ground feel. The upper has been updated in this edition with a more comfortable double-layer mesh construction that features a seamless toe box and just one midfoot overlay.

Hoka One One Carbon Rocket, $160
7.3 oz. (men’s/unisex shoe) 1mm heel-toe offset (28mm/27mm)

Hoka quietly released this lightweight, moderately cushioned model with a carbon-fiber plate last winter as a 5K to half marathon racer. It has softer foam directly under the foot and a more durable, energetic foam below the carbon-fiber plate. With a snug, athletic fit from its two-layer mesh upper and a low-to-the-ground feel for the ground from heel to toe, the Carbon Rocket feels light and fast the moment you slip it on.

Saucony Kinvara 10, $110
7.8 o.z. (men’s), 6.2 oz. (women’s) 4mm heel-toe offset (25mm/21mm)

If you’re looking for a soft and light shoe for racing with a low heel-toe offset, the updated Saucony Kinvara 10 could be the race-day shoe for you. It has a soft and light feel like its predecessors, but this year’s version is slightly firmer and more energetic thanks to a thin layer of springy Everun foam on top of the traditional softer layer of EVA that has been the trademark of this shoe for years. A new, lightweight engineered mesh upper offers better breathability and a more snug, locked-down fit.

Altra Escalante Racer, $140
6.8 o.z. (men’s), 5.7 oz. (women’s) 0mm heel-toe offset (22mm/22mm)

If you appreciate the zero-drop geometry and wider toe box of Altra shoes, then the Altra Escalante Racer will be a good one to consider for a marathon. The Racer feels low to the ground and responsive, with semi-soft/moderately firm midsole cushioning that offers energetic pop in every stride.

The balanced cushioning allows a runner’s foot to move entirely uninhibitedly from foot strike to toe off, but it will take some getting used to if you’ve been running in shoes with a higher heel-toe offset.


Hoka One One CarbonX, $180
8.8 oz. (men’s); 7.1 oz. (women’s) 5mm heel-toe offset (35mm/30mm)

Hoka made a splash with this carbon-fiber plate shoe when elite ultrarunner Jim Walmsley set a new world best for 50 miles (4:50:07) when this model debuted. Unlike the Nike shoes with stiff carbon plates, the Hoka One One Carbon X feels moderately soft and very stable, allowing a wider range of runners (and slower paces) to benefit from the propulsion provided by the carbon-fiber plate. It feels smooth and consistent running at faster speeds, but it takes a bit of getting used to before finding a rhythm and moderate paces.

Adidas Adizero Boston 8, $120
8.2 o.z. (men’s), 6.6 oz. (women’s) 10mm heel-toe offset (26mm/16mm)

The adidas Adizero Boston 8 is marathoning shoe that serves up both a very energetic, well-cushioned and inherently stable ride. The energy comes from a thick layer of Adidas’ extremely responsive Boost cushioning foam and a flexible, thermoplastic midfoot shank that helps optimally guide each stride to the toe-off phase, while foot-cradling plastic rails offer inherent stability. The updated outsole pattern on the Boston 8 provide more flexibility and traction on wet surfaces.

New Balance 1500v6, $125
8.6 o.z. (men’s), 6.6 oz. (women’s) 6mm heel-toe offset (23mm/17mm)

This low-to-the-ground model is a light-and-faster racer, but it also provides a bit of medial stability. The New Balance 1500v6 is an ideal shoe for runners who typically overpronate as well as runners with neutral gaits who need extra support in the latter miles of a race. The midsole is mostly made from light and responsive RevLite foam, although a firmer medial post and a plastic shank help provide surprisingly stability and arch support for such a lightweight shoe.

Brooks Ravenna 10, $110
9.6 o.z. (men’s), 7.6 oz. (women’s) 6mm heel-toe offset (23mm/17mm)

The Brooks Ravenna is a well-cushioned everyday trainer with modern stability-enhancing features. While it’s not pegged as a racing shoe, it can be a great choice for a committed, mid-pack runner or a first-timer because of its optimal blend of cushioning, protection and responsiveness. Plus, it’s lighter than most everyday stability shoes. It features Brooks’ new GuideRail technology, which keeps excessive pronation nicely in check.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 26, $160
11.1 ounces (men’s); 8.8 oz. (women’s) 10mm heel-toe offset (29m/19mm)

The latest edition of this popular stability shoe has been overhauled with an updated GEL cushioning capsule for better shock attenuation, lighter midsole foams in the heel for a springier ride and a contoured EVA sockliner for improved underfoot fit and feel.

The dual-density midsole in the ASICS GEL-Kayano offers ample cushioning, responsiveness and stability for the long haul, but it has a good amount of energetic pop for fast-paced running. The ride is extremely stable and secure, but not at the expense of being overly controlling or inflexible.






Saucony Endorphin Pro + Review


The Saucony Endorphin Pro+ is a featherweight, top-tier racing shoe built on an energetic foam midsole embedded with a curvy carbon-fiber plate that enhances forward propulsion.

Designed for all-out racing from 5K to the marathon, it carries a higher price tag than the Endorphin Pro 2 ($200) but it’s lighter, more lively and faster than its predecessor. It’s also not as bouncy as some of the other models in the super shoe category.

Saucony Endorphin Pro + Review


The midsole foam is made from the same energetic PWRRUN PB compound as the previous versions of the Endorphin Pro, but this edition has a slightly leaner shape and a new flyweight upper and, as a result, it’s quite a bit lighter and more agile.

The Endrophin Pro+ is very similar to the original Endorphin Pro and Endorphin Pro 2, utilizing the same super-springy PWRRUN PB midsole foam and SpeedRoll technology with a similarly shaped carbon-fiber propulsion plate and rocker geometry. That’s still the speedy secret sauce, but there’s also a new featherweight mesh upper that contributes to this shoe being lighter, leaner and faster.

The outsole configuration of the Endorphin Pro+ is identical to the Endorphin Pro and Endorphin Pro 2. 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.

The new upper is made from a premium, lightweight suede and an airy nylon mesh that combine to wrap the foot with a second-skin fit. The tongue is thin, smooth and perforated for optimal breathability and fit, there’s no heel counter and only a tiny bit of padding around the heel collar. The wrap-like fit is enhanced by Saucony’s FormFit technology, which allows the upper to move and stretch slightly while still keeping feet locked down to the chassis.


The Endorphin Pro+ 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 with a tiny bit of wiggle room in the toe box.

There’s a sleek and semi-firm feeling the moment you lace up a pair of these thoroughbreds, similar to what you feel lacing up a pair of track spikes. 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.

There is some softness in every foot strike, but that springiness is quickly converted into a forward rolling sensation by the carbon-fiber plate embedded in the midsole. The Endorphin Pro+ is a one-of-a-kind shoe that’s been stripped-down to make it as light and lean as possible.


If you’re seriously training to run a new personal best at just about any distance on the roads — but especially from 5K to the marathon — you will love the Endorphin Pro+.

You still have to put in the hard work, but this shoe might be the closest thing you’ll find to a magic bullet when it comes to guaranteeing a new PB. It’s light, energetic and extremely agile, ideal for quick-cadence running for long periods of time.

Endorphin Pro + Pros


Saucony’s original Endorphin Pro shoes were amazing, but its shoe designers figured out that a slightly leaner midsole thickness produced even better results. The PWRRUN PB midsole in the Endrophin Pro+ is about 4.5mm thinner than its predecessors, and that’s a big reason why Pro+ is more than a half-ounce lighter, more nimble and potentially much faster than its predecessors.

Like other racing shoes with carbon-fiber midsole plates, the Endorphin Pro+ feels better the faster you run. You can definitely use it for fast training — from tempo runs to track intervals — but it’s best when running at race pace for long stretches of time. It eats up the road like high-performance tires on a sports car. Because the curvy plate in the midsole, the Endorphin Pro+ feels awkwardly bouncy at slow to moderate paces. (In other words, it’s best for running fast!)

Given that it’s made for high-end racing, Saucony is only making this shoe available in limited quantities. So if you’re interested in running fast this fall, you’ll need to act quickly before inventory dwindles.

Endorphin Pro + Cons


The only slightly negative aspects to a shoe like the Endorphin Pro+ are that it’s limited to racing and very fast training, and the precious foams and delicate upper are not likely going to have long-term durability if you use it for more than that.


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ASICS GT-2000 10 Review


One of the time-tested models in the ASICS line, the ASICS GT-2000 is an everyday trainer that offers sublime softness and moderate support in stylish package that’s comfortable, durable and reliable.

It’s a light stability shoe capable of running easy miles at moderate paces or comfortably covering high-mileage volume while training for a marathon.


A new, single-layer upper, more gender-specific features, a lower heel-toe offset and an updated midsole platform combine to offer a softer, smoother ride while still providing ample support.

The GT-2000 10 is enhanced by a full-length layer of lightweight and responsive Flytefoam Propel cushioning, which adds a bit of high-energy pop into every stride. The primary midsole compound is a generously thick layer of Flytefoam, a unique compound that utilizes organic fibers to offer extreme resiliency and durability.

The GT-2000 utilizes 3D Space Construction technology in the heel to create an individualized midsole deformation in every stride to give men and women runners the best possible gender-specific ride and support for their gait pattern. It’s essentially a strategically designed 3D honeycomb feature that’s cut out from the top of the midsole that allows a runner to compress and flex the shoe appropriately based precisely how their foot rolls from heel to toe.

The lowered heel-toe ramp angle — from 10mm of the previous edition to 8mm in this shoe — has reduced the heel prominence and really adds to the smoothness and efficiency of the ride. 


The GT-2000 10 has the same classic fit most ASICS sheos are known for, only slightly improved over last year’s version because of the new upper.

It fits true-to-size with a snug hold in the heel and slightly more roomy volume in the midfoot and forefoot. (It’s only available in a B width.)

There is a noticeably soft feeling as soon as you step into it and lace it up, thanks to the molded EVA sockliner, generously padded tongue and the wrap-like sensation of the new upper.

The ride is smooth and consistent, providing a feeling of shock absorption and semi-firm control in the rear and midfoot and an easy-flexing consistency in the forefoot.

It’s not an overly energetic ride — and not meant to be — but instead it excels with a great combination of cushioning, comfort and durability.


Runners who need or appreciate plenty of cushioning and a moderate amount of support will love this shoe. It can be a reliable, do-everything shoe, a long-run training shoe or even a race-day shoe for someone interested in finishing a half marathon or marathon comfortably.

It’s not light and snappy enough for short-interval speed workouts or all-out racing, but it can definitely execute tempo runs, fartleks and longer interval sessions if called up. Bottom line: it’s comfortable, durable and consistent.

ASICS GT-2000 10 Pros


Gone are the rigid plastic Trusstic system on the outsole and the dynamic Duomax system built into the medial sidewall to offer medial structure. Instead stability is provided by the LiteTruss, a system in which the outsole wraps slightly upward under the medial side of the arch. Coupled with the gender-specific 3D Space Construction, it allows runners to engage as much of the stability as they need without using all of the plastic components or denser midsole sidewall.

The new, single-layer, one-piece knit upper provides lightweight breathability, comfortably wrapping the forefoot while accommodating for a wide variety of foot shapes. It provides solid foot hold and comfort as it tightens and loosens in key areas to allow the foot to move naturally.

For what it offers in comfort and durability, the GT-2000 10 provides good bang for the buck. On a relative scale of shoe prices and features, it offers great value at a relatively low price point.

ASICS GT-2000 10 Cons


The GT-2000 10 isn’t as light, flashy or energetic as a lot of other shoes out there. But it’s still a real well-built shoe that scores high marks for cushioning, comfort and consistency and ideal to be a workhorse trainer in your quiver of shoes.


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On Running


David Brown | On Athlete

Running 100m in under 11 seconds takes years of training, perseverance and complete determination. Doing it without eyesight: impossible…right?

But David Brown always kept dreaming of the impossible. Today, he’s the world’s fastest blind man. How did he do it? Find out in Untethered: The David Brown Story.

David Brown & Jerome Avery Adapt

Original story from On Running – Read fully story here

When David and Jerome sprint in perfect symmetry, it is the result of countless hours of training and constant adaptation. As the pair explain in the short film above, David is constantly taking cues from his guide Jerome, fine tuning the run from the gun to the finish line. We learn how adaptation has turned these two powerful individuals into an unstoppable team.

David Brown’s story is one of overcoming the odds. A three-time gold medalist, two-time record breaker and the first totally blind athlete to run 100m in under 11 seconds, his story transcends sport. To say he is an inspiration is putting it lightly.

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David does the bulk of his training in the On Cloudstratus and On Cloudflow shoes.

David Brown On Cloudstratus


For recovery, David’s go-to shoe is the On Cloudflyer.