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BOSTON ATHLETES: THE EPIC BOSTON MARATHON THAT WAS 2018

 

 

BOSTON ATHLETES: THE EPIC BOSTON MARATHON THAT WAS 2018

PART 3: RACE DAY!



When we invited you to share the journey of our two JackRabbit pals, Jorge Almeida and Kelli Christensen, as they prepared to race the Boston Marathon for the first time, little did we know that the Boston Marathon 2018 would turn into one of the most epic days in the history of the race.

For those who were hiding under a rock that Monday in April, the Boston Marathon 2018 was insane! Torrential rain and near freezing temperatures coupled with high winds made for almost comical race conditions as everyone lined up to run the 26.2 miles to Boylston St.

Before we hear from our two runners Jorge and Kelli, let’s celebrate the fact that American Des Linden won the women’s race under amazing conditions and the first US woman to win the race in 33 years. Her win was even more impressive as it also included waiting for fellow US marathoner Shalane Flanagan (winner of the NYC Marathon 2017 in case you forgot) as she took a 31 second trip to a porta potty during the race.

How Was The Boston Marathon?

This week – after we gave our two feisty athletes the chance to get their body temperatures back to normal – we check in with Jorge and Kelli to hear their stories of this epic day in April.

Read Part 1 of our interview here.

Read Part 2 of our interview here.


Pre-Race Morning

JackRabbit: Once you saw the weather forecast, what were your expectations of the day?

Jorge Almeida: I was definitely expecting a tough race, but I felt prepared prior to the start because I had run a marathon in the rain once before, and this time I felt I had sufficient layers and a handy rain poncho.

Kelli Christensen: The early predictions were rainy and 50’s, so I ordered a rain jacket and figured it wouldn’t impact my performance all that much. In fact, while I was not excited about the rain, I did like the idea of cooler temps. Once we got there, the weather kept changing, but I knew it was my year to run Boston and decided I was going to make the best of it no matter what.

  Did at any point you consider not running on Marathon Monday?

  This never came across my mind. I had already worked so hard to get there so I was for sure going to go through with it.

  The only time I considered not running was standing in the start corral waiting for my wave to start. The wind was whipping, the rain was driving down and I was starting to think I’d never make it a mile, let alone all the way to the finish line. But, once we started running, I stopped thinking about that and just concentrated on completing one mile at a time.

  Talk us through the pre-race morning compared to other marathons.

  I was more conscious about the need to hydrate because I’ve learned in prior races that just because it’s not hot or you’re not sweating (due to the rain) people tend to forget to hydrate – yet it’s still important! I was also more appreciative of the volunteers and people supporting us at the start because they were out in the bad weather with us!

  We took the subway down to Boston Common where they were loading the pre-race shuttles and it had already been raining for quite a while. The first thing I noticed was how many school buses were waiting to take us all to Hopkinton. There were buses as far as the eye could see. We dropped bags at gear check, trying to avoid puddles and mud. The volunteers were amazing and super excited, which helped me keep a positive outlook. The bus drivers were great – they had the heat on high in the buses and it was a welcome reprieve from the dreary morning. The bus ride felt much further than 26 miles. Everyone on our bus was pretty quiet. When we got to the Athlete’s Village, the rain was coming down harder and I noticed small piles of snow everywhere. They had two tents set up, but the ground was soaked and there was wet, slippery mud everywhere. Lines for the bathrooms were long and once you finally got in, it was raining in there too! We worked our way to the middle of the tent and set up a waiting area with garbage bags. It was so unbelievably wet and windy, it seemed impossible that they were actually going to start the race, but then they started calling the waves. There were a lot of serious faces in the tent we were in and I don’t recall much talking. I think everyone was focused and trying to stay strong. I imagine the Village would have been a lot more fun had the weather been nice and dry.

  You were running essentially in a shower! What did you wear and really, did any of it keep you warm/dry or protected? Did you care?

  I had two layers of long sleeves, a hat to protect my face from the rain, double gloves and the rain poncho. I didn’t feel that cold at the beginning and I was definitely trying to keep as dry as possible (which was a tip I was given) and I even avoided stepping in big puddles of water on the road, but by the time I reached mile 5/6 and the rain got worse, I gave up and didn’t care anymore. I was already drenched and while the rain poncho helped, my sleeves were wet and so were my gloves. At that point, I clenched my gloves and water just dripped and poured out.

  I planned to run in capris, a tank top and rain jacket. I also had gloves, sleeves, a visor and sunglasses with clear lenses. I brought toss clothes and wore throw- away shoes anticipating the wet conditions. When we were in the tent, I changed my shoes and socks, and added a garbage bag over my clothes, hoping it would make the walk to the start more comfortable and put a knit hat over my visor to keep my head warm. I anticipated tossing the garbage bag and hat, but ended up keeping them on the entire race. It didn’t take long for everything to become water logged. There were rivers of water running down the streets and even if I managed not to step in a puddle, someone next to me would and my shoes would fill with water. I shed my sleeves and sunglasses at mile 17 and my gloves at mile 20 because they were completely soaked and not helping anyway. I think the garbage bag and the hat helped me keep heat in because while I was definitely cold and wet, it did not really impact my ability to run. I know many runners had to seek medical help for hypothermia, so my outfit may have looked goofy, but it worked for me and made it possible to keep going.

The thing I found the most challenging was getting to my nutrition. It was under water soaked layers and my hands were so cold, I had to completely stop and really work to fish it out of my pocket. I stuck to my plan even though it was challenging and time consuming because I knew if I didn’t, I would jeopardize my ability to finish. The other funny thing that happened was that my number belt became so waterlogged it stretched out completely and was falling down around my knees. Again, because my hands were cold and numb, I had to stop and ask a spectator to help me wring it out and tighten it back up!

The Race

  What was your energy like and that of your fellow athletes?

  Energy was still high at the beginning of the race but as the rain kept pouring I did notice morale went down. It only picked back up at times when we had more support from the crowd.

  While the spectators were incredibly loud, I found that everyone running around me was relatively quiet. I think we were all mentally focused on the task at hand. The weather was such that just when you though the worst was over, something would change – the wind would pick up, the rain would come down in sheets or it the rain drops would start freezing. It required all the mental toughness I had just to keep moving forward.

  Did you change your nutrition strategy based on the weather conditions on the day?

  Not really other than the bigger focus on hydrating in the rain.

  No, I followed my plan exactly. The challenge was how much time it took because my hands were so cold.

  What were the most memorable aspects of the course?

  A pleasant memorable moment was when we hit Wellesley College as the crowd was so loud you could start hearing them a mile before we arrived. Not so memorable was when we hit “Heartbreak Hill” as I now understand why they call it that. My pace dramatically slowed down and I almost got a cramp on that hill.

  The spectators were the most memorable thing about the course. I was stunned that so many people were out to spectate in that weather. Every single mile we ran had so many people cheering and shouting words of encouragement. It was incredible. One of the best signs I saw was “Welcome to Boston. Even Mother Nature hates us!” All the landmarks I had read about were amazing to experience in person – the scream tunnel, the Newton Fire Station, the Citgo sign, the left turn on Boyston – so cool. The pleasant surprise to me was the hills weren’t as bad as I was expecting – thanks Coach!!

  Did you have to change your overall race strategy at all? How did you adapt?

  I came out stronger out of the gates at a faster pace then I initially wanted mostly because I wanted to get done faster and get out of the rain. This ending up having an adverse effect as I ran out of gas towards the end of the race.

  Not really. My main goal was to go and enjoy the entire experience. I was well-prepared and I knew if I followed my plan, I was going to be able to finish. I just had to stay mentally strong and not let the weather get to me.

  What were your thoughts as you ‘turned right on Hereford and left on Boylston’ and saw the finish line?

  “JUST FINISH”. I was excited to be on the iconic street and last stretch but at the same time I was ready to cross the finish line and change into warmer clothes!

  It was incredible. Many runners decided that was the time to shed their layers on Hereford, so that street was littered with all kinds of obstacles, but once we turned left on Boylston, it was surreal. There were hundreds of people on both sides of the street and it was so loud!! It was an amazing experience. I crossed the finish line and I will never forgot the first volunteer who congratulated me. It took me a moment to process that it was over and I had really done it.

Post-Race Thoughts

  What did you do post race? We’re assuming it did revolve around getting warm!

  Luckily, I had warm clothes waiting for me at the end, so I quickly changed and tried to stretch but was definitely sore. I also tried to drink a lot of liquids.

  Post race was rough. I got very cold very quickly and lost all ambition to walk across the park to meet friends. The volunteers put us in silver heat sheets – the fanciest ones I’ve ever seen – they had arm cut outs, hoods and velcro to keep them closed. They put the hoods up so we went from looking like a ragged group of water logged runners to little silver aliens in matching hoods. I collected my dry clothes, eventually reconnected with my boyfriend at the subway station and we made our way back to the hotel. At that point, I had been in the non-stop rain and wind for at least 8 hours and I was so relieved to be inside. I spent a long time in a hot shower, drank a protein shake and napped for a while in the cozy hotel robe. After waking up, I donned my new marathon jacket and we went downstairs at the hotel for burgers and cocktails. Believe it or not, it was still raining!!

  Once your immediate needs were met, what were your thoughts about running your first Boston in 2018. Did the race meet all your dreams and expectations?

  Overall, I thought the experience was tough (because of the weather) yet still special. My only wish now is that I could’ve experienced the race on a better weather day, therefore, I plan to run it again soon.

  Yes, it was an amazing experience from start to finish. I still catch myself smiling that I ran Boston and perservered in such crazy conditions. I’m sure this will be a race that will be talked about for years to come.

  You’ve run Boston!!! Now what?

  My next marathon is another big one – and another first for me – New York City marathon in November.

  This was my big race for the year. I’ve got some shorter events on the calendar, but nothing that will compare to the epic nature of the Boston Marathon.

  Any final thoughts on your Boston Marathon experience?

  These were the most brutal conditions I’ve ever had to run in but it was totally worth it. I was so humbled by the crowds cheering us on most of the race – they didn’t want to leave us suffering the harsh conditions alone. That meant a lot!

  From a girl who could barely run a block without stopping, to crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon, it’s been quite a journey and I’m so grateful to everyone who supported and believed in me along the way.


 

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EARTH DAY EVENTS AT JACKRABBIT


JACKRABBIT EARTH DAY EVENTS 2018

4/22: PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT WHILE RUNNING WITH FRIENDS AT JACKRABBIT

What better way to take care of yourself, than to do it while also taking care of your planet? This Earth Day 2018, JackRabbit celebrates with a variety of fun social events, all free to join!

All over the country, JackRabbit stores will be leading events that clean up local communities while burning calories. Come join in on the action! Everybody is welcome.

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MICHGAN

 

Running Fit – Ann Arbor: Free fun run and trail cleanup volunteering. We’ll be meeting up at 12pm to do a group run/ explore the 22 acres of the Miller Nature Area near downtown Ann Arbor.

Running Fit – Traverse City (Downtown): On Sunday 4/22 we will do our 2nd annual Beach Clean Up right across the street from our store here in downtown TC. The City of TC will help us with promoting our clean up project. Our event will be promoted via social media and postings here in town. We have also reached out to local track and field teams and our local running clubs to come help us clean up the beach where most of them train. We have gloves and trash bags left over from our event last year so this clean up should not cost a dime. Last year we collected over 30 full bags of trash so we hope to collect even more this year!

 

NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY

 

JackRabbit – Rye: Join JackRabbit Rye for our Earth Day, town of Rye “Parking Lot Cleanup.” This event is scheduled for Earth Day 2018, 9 am to 10 am, on April 22nd. Instructions are as follows: meet at JackRabbit Rye 9:00 am sharp. Receive your garbage bag and gloves. Groups will head to downtown Rye parking lots and bag as much debris and garbage as possible within 1 hour. All Participants will receive a 20% Off coupon for use at JackRabbit Rye.

JackRabbit – Morristown: Join us in celebrating Earth Day on April 22 at 10am by coming out and participating in a 3 mile run around Morristown. The theme around this run will be to leave your plastic water bottles at home and make sure you bring your reusable bottles! We will be offering a special discount of 15% off all Hyrdoflasks and Nathan water bottles to all who participate. We will be running at a nice and easy pace and all runners are welcomed!!

 

TEXAS

 

Run On! – Frisco: We will be celebrating Earth Day starting on Sunday and ending on Wednesday with our social run Wednesday night at 6:30. Clean out those closets and bring in your old/unused shoes. When you make a shoe donation your name will go into a raffle for a new shoe. We will end our Earth Day celebration at our weekly social run on Wednesday night at 6:30 where we will have drinks and snacks after our 2-4 mile run/walk. We will pull the lucky winner at social run, so you don’t want to miss the fun!!!

 

VIRGINIA

 

Richmond Road Runner: Have you heard of Plogging? Come discover the Swedish eco-friendly trend on Earth Day 4/22/18, as we will be hosting a Plogging event from 9:00am – 2:00pm! We will supply the equipment and most likely some food and drinks! Come on out, help the environment, get a run in!

VA Runner – Fredricksburg: What have you done to help the planet this year?! Come join us on Earth Day as we partner with Charity Miles and take that extra step to appreciate the world we have to run in. We’ll be trash collectors, story tellers, and thankful runners. All hands on deck here people, all paces welcome!! We want to show our love for the world we live in, join us for this awesome running/clean up event. Our world is too pretty to let it get dirty, what can we do to help out???

VA Runner – Woodbridge: We’ll be meeting at the store and then carpooling to Rippon Landing Park for an easy paved trail run. We’ll be holding a contest for who can collect the most trash during the run: winner will receive a prize and all participants will receive a special discount!

 

COLORADO

 

Boulder Running Company – Littleton: AFTER PARTY AT THE STORE. Join us for a great morning of trail runnin’ and taking care of our Earth. We are partnering with Altra! We will be announcing more partners soon…Stay tuned! Whoever picks up the most litter on their run will win a pair of ALTRA running shoes! What a sweet prize!!!

Boulder Running Company – Colorado Springs: Join us Saturday, 4/21 to help clean up Palmer Park. We will meet at 8am at the Maizeland parking lot for sign up. Also at our store we are offering some great deals in honor of Earth Day! Just download the Charity Miles app and the miles you run and log into the Charity Miles app on April 21st and April 22nd will become your one-time discount to use on either April 21st or 22nd.

Boulder Running Company – Cherry Creek: Partnering with Cherry Creek Sneak for Charity Miles! Race is on Earth Day, great exposure.

 

OHIO

 

The Running Spot – Glendale: Higher Gravity and JackRabbit are hosting a bar and brewery run as a fun and social prep event for the Flying Pig Marathon.

 

 

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JACKRABBIT ATHLETES: BOSTON MARATHON CHECK-IN

 

 

JACKRABBIT ATHLETES: BOSTON MARATHON CHECK-IN

 

PART 2: TRAINING UPDATES AND GETTING RACE-READY



The Boston Marathon, one of the world’s oldest and biggest races, is a month away. To get ready for the race, we’ve been following two JackRabbit athletes: Jorge Almeida and Kelli Christensen as they amp up their training and hone in their focus in anticipation of the big day.

We check in with our athletes today to see how their training has been progressing, what surpises may have occured, and how they are preparing for the trip. Read Part 1 of our interview here.

How Is Your Training Going?

JackRabbit: Welcome back Jorge and Kelli! With the race a month out, we hope you’re not feeling too beat up at this point. Speaking of which, how is training going? Are you feeling fast?

Jorge Almeida: My training hasn’t been the best it could be… Reason being, it has been difficult to fit in long runs with some weather challenges I’ve had, now that I’m living in New York City. I was scheduled to do a long run last weekend, but a snow storm hit the city, canceling a bunch of flights, and limiting me to run on a treadmill… Not optimal, by any means, for more than 10 mile runs.

Kelli Christensen: Training is going well. Some days I feel fast, other days a bit more sluggish, but am doing the work and trusting my plan.

  Have you had any surprises in your training or are things progressing as expected?

  Weather has been an unexpected challenge, which has made me feel like I’m not progressing as much as I should be. In comparison to other races, where I was motivated to run my fastest time in order to BQ (Boston Qual), for the actual running of Boston, I don’t feel as much pressure to perform which is a relief. But of course, my performance is personal, and I want to still run a good time!

  No surprises in my training, but am finding that I’m enjoying early morning track workouts!

  What has been the biggest challenge in sticking to your training schedule?

  Training for a marathon in a city like New York is very different in comparison to running in a more runner-friendly city like Dallas, that has more places to do long runs. As an example, Manhattan is truly a small territory from west-to-east, so one has to run along the water. You only cover a couple miles at the most, meaning I have to run back and forth a lot to hit longer, 16+ mile runs.

  Having enough time is always a challenge, but I’ve made a point not to miss any of my run workouts. If life gets in the way, I try to limit it to one missed cross training workout in a week.

  What adjustments will you be making in the final month of preparation?

  As I get closer to the day, I will actually be going to Boston to visit family, so I hope to go to the starting point (a town called Hopkinton), and want to run the first couple of miles, to get used to the elevation, terrain, and such. I also plan to do my longer run about 3 weeks ago before I taper off just to make sure I’ll have enough juice at the end of the race to finish strong!

  I struggle with pacing, especially on long runs, so I’m working on consistency – slowing down during the early miles so I have something left to get me to the finish. I hear Boston is tricky because the first part of the race is downhill and then you hit the hills around mile 17, culminating with the infamous Heartbreak Hill at mile 21. I sure hope training at altitude and my hill repeats will help me tackle that hill head-on!

Tell Us About Motivation

  How are you staying motivated?

  Not to be cheesy, but the vision of me finishing the last mile on Boylston street, which is such an iconic street, is really keeping me motivated. I also expect to have a lot of family and friends in town for the race, so I think of them as I train, as a way of reminding me why I do this!

  I really want to enjoy this once in a life time experience, so I’m committed to doing the work to make sure I’m ready.
The mild winter we’re having here in Denver helps too!

  What top 3 songs are keeping you moving?

  Migos – Stir Fry, Drake – God’s Plan, Juan Magan – Le Encanta

  What is your nutrition plan for the race?

  I usually bring a couple of GU packets and consume every 45 mins. I also bring electrolyte pills to keep me hydrated since Gatorade helps, but not as much as these pills!

  Still trying to figure out my pre-race nutrition as I’ll have a few hours between catching the shuttle to Hopkinton and when my wave starts. During the marathon I will use GU – vanilla bean and salted caramel. If the weather is going to be hot like last year’s race, I will carry a small bottle of Skratch. The lemons and lime flavor is my favorite.

All About The Gear

  Boston weather in April can be fickle… what are you planning on wearing?

  The key tip my extreme marathoner Dad give me a while back (he has run over 100 marathons in his lifespan), is to always dress like it’s 10-15 degrees less than it really is. So if it’s cold, like it will be in Boston, I plan to wear layers at the beginning, such as light sweaters that I can easily take off as the race progresses. I will probably wear a long sleeve shirt as I can always pull up my sleeves if I get hot. Depending on truly how cold it is, I might have long pants or if it’s not that cold, shorts it is!

  I’m not sure yet. If the weather’s nice – I like to run in a tank top and running skirt.

  What is your packing list for the trip?

  All of my nutrition, sunglasses for the race, hats, my SPYBELT (which is an essential for long distance runners as it holds multiple items like GU’s and electrolyte pills), shirts for after the race, etc.

  Two pairs of shoes and every combination of running wear I own just in case Mother Nature has some surprises in store for us.

  Pre-race meal? Post-race drink?

  I always drink a protein shake when I wake up before the race along with energy chews as I get closer to race time. Post-race, I will of course refresh myself with some crispy suds, such as Michelob Ultra, which is a great post-race beer.

  It may sound funny, but I like a burger and a beer the night before a race. Some of my best race experiences have been after I’ve had that pre-race meal, so I guess it works! I drink Skratch recovery or chocolate milk immediately after a race. After a shower and food, I’m all about red wine.

  Any other comments for now?

  I heard people make signs for Marathon Monday, so I hope someone will make a sign with my name on it!

  We’ll certainly be cheering for each of you from the sidelines. Best of luck to both of you in your last few weeks of training, and we wish you speed and fun on race day. We’ll be looking forward to catching up with y’all after the race to hear how the big day went!


 

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RUNNING THE ALTRA DREAM WITH BRIAN AND KARA

RUNNING THE ALTRA DREAM WITH BRIAN AND KARA

MEET BRIAN AND KARA – RUNNING LONG AND STRONG WEARING ALTRAS


Meet Colorado runners Brian and Kara Husmann – ultra runners, marathon runners, Ironman triathletes and parents to twin girls who rock. I first met this duo in the pool, ironically without shoes, but their passions is running – a long way.

They dedicate much of their time and racing to raising awareness for Type 1 Diabetes, a condition one of their daughters has developed.

Brian qualified for Boston in 2018 and both have run the Leadville 100 Trail Run – an run of epic proportions, terrain and mental challenge.

As signed, sealed and delivered fans of running in Altra shoes, Brian shares their story of how their feet found Altras and their no-blister running story of the year.


MY ALTRA RUNNING SHOE STORY – BRIAN – Olympus, Torin, and Escalante


A little over two years ago my wife Kara said she was signing up for the Leadville 100 Trail Run. We had been running Ironmans and Marathons together for some time now, however, 100 miles of trail running was a totally different ballgame and sounded beyond crazy to me. Since Kara and I do virtually everything together and keep each other motivated and competitive, I had to sign up for this race too. It was eight months until the Leadville 100 Trail Run in August 2016.

The first thing I knew I needed was a great pair of super cushy and burly trail shoes. I was always intrigued by the big thick soled running shoes I’d seen people wearing at the gym. Now I had my chance to wear them too. After some quick research, I found there to be two major brands to try. The Altra Olympus 2.0 looked like a good bet for long distance hauls through the mountains. It appeared to be a tough, well-made and substantial shoe with a super grippy Vibram sole for chewing up the trails. The shoe fit awesome right out of the store, and best of all, it had a wide toe-box. No cramped, bloody, and blistered toes for me. I told my wife about these shoes and she bought a pair too.

OLYMPUS

Our first long training run with our new Olympus’s was a 25-miler at White Ranch Open Space on a drizzly spring morning in 2016. The first thing I noticed on the loose and wet gravel areas was how stable and grippy the shoes were. While running downhill, there was no slipping or sliding and the soles were very grippy on the larger embedded rocks. The cushioning was perfect and well balanced – plenty to absorb the rocks while not being spongey or Styrofoamey feeling.

Running in the Mountains

Throughout our spring and summer training before Leadville, we ran solely in our Olympus’s. Our trail runs included 100 mile+ weeks consisting of many high-altiutude runs over rocky terrain including 13er’s and 14ers. For two weeks in mid- summer, we ran the gnarly, muddy, humid trails in northern Wisconsin. 35 mile runs with river crossings posed no problem and caused no feet ailments. We ran a good amount of pavement in them as well. We’d switch out to a new pair of Olympus’s after about 300 miles or so to keep everything fresh. Man, the shoes were awesome. Stable, plenty of cushioning for the downhill runs, and again, so grippy on the pea gravel and the boulder hopping on the 13er’s 14er’s. “Can you believe how grippy these shoes are?” we’d always find ourselves saying to each other during our runs together. Did I talk about grippiness yet? Anyhow, no blisters all season long and no leg pain except sore muscles due to the high mileage. And, our toes always felt relaxed in the wide-toe box.

The shoes brilliantly carried me through the Leadville 100 Trail Race. I had two pairs for the race. One for the first 60 miles and another pair for after the river crossing at Twin Lakes. The only issue was a hot-spot under my right foot that started at about mile 87. Since buying our first pair of Altras two years ago, it’s the only shoes we’ve trail run in. Kara recently ran another 100 miler – Run Rabbit Run 100 – in these shoes. Again, no issues. I must mention, however, that the Olympus 2.0 is still our favorite – even over the recently released 2.5’s.

TORIN

Which leads me to the Altra Torin – Altra’s high cushioning road shoe. Soon after I bought the Olympus 2.0, I bought the Torins for road running and triathlon racing. While not as high cushioning as the Altra Paradigm (which my wife loves), it is a well cushioned shoe, with the signature wide toe-box, and is awesome for longer road runs. Again, since buying the Torin two years ago, I’ve run in nothing else for my road runs (well, except for the Altra Escalante). No blisters, no knee pain, and no hip pain. As for the zero-drop, I think it may have improved my overall running by helping me run more on my fore-foot. In fact, I recently PR-ed both my Marathon and my Ironman Marathon in this shoe. Kara runs solely in the Paradigm for her road running and she also recently achieved a Marathon PR in this shoe.

ESCALANTE

The Altra Escalante is my favorite shoe for shorter runs and treadmill runs. Super comfortable like a slipper with more of a softer cushioned feel. I like to wear this as an everyday shoe as well.

Needless to say, we love our Altra shoes. I need to try the newer Altra Timp…it could very well be my next favorite trail running shoe.

 

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THE DEFINITIVE NEW YORK PLAYLIST FOR THE BIG RACE

THE DEFINITIVE NEW YORK PLAYLIST FOR THE BIG RACE

WELCOME TO NEW YORK

Experiencing the music, food, and people of a particular location are crucial to understanding the culture. Without this foundational triad, it’s just another point on a map. The local sounds can transform a simple visit into an experience.

To achieve this experience while – say running 26.2 miles through the Five Boroughs – be sure to equip your ear buds with the musical tunes from New York City’s most popular artists. To make this task easy for you, we’ve compiled 26 songs from some of The Big Apple’s finest, into a Spotify playlist.

This quintessential collection of high-energy jams is designed to enhance the experience of running 26.2 miles in the City That Never Sleeps. Enjoy the stylings of hometown heroes, as well as a few clichéd topical tunes peppered in the mix, while your feet propel you through the city’s streets!

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Top 5 Halloween Running Themed Costumes

Halloween is right around the corner, and with no shortage of Halloween 5k's and fun runs throughout the country, we put together our list of the top 5 most runnable Halloween costumes.  As you know, a costume that you can actually run in (comfortably at least) differs from regular Halloween costumes, and requires a higher degree of comfort, won't make you sweat too significantly once you get moving, and will allow more range of motion.  Will your running costume be as comfortable as your usual running gear?  Of course not, but as long as the race isn't really long, you won't even notice after a few minutes.  With that said, here's our top 5 choices for the most runnable Halloween costumers, in no particular order.

Steve Prefontaine:

One of America's most well known runners was the late, great Steve Prefontaine.  In his prime, he set American Records in almost every distance event ranging from the 2000 up to 10000 meters in the early 70's at the University of Oregon.  This may be one of the easiest Halloween costumes as all you'll need are shorts, a singlet, a mustache, and a wig.  Ideally you'll be able round up some gear in UO green and yellow colors to complete the look. 

The Flash:

This Justice League member keeps crime under control and saves the world by using his super power- freakishly fast, super human speed.  Another pretty straight forward costume to find online, or make your own using red and yellow colors with a few lightning bolts thrown in for good measure.  Who knows, with a bit of luck the Flash's super human speed will rub off on you in your future races!

Forrest Gump:

“Run Forrest, Run!”  One of the best movies from 1994, Tom Hanks stars as Forrest Gump who decided to do an epic cross country long run, inspiring legions of followers along the way.  His reason for such a long run?  He felt like it and didn't stop until he was done.  Needless to say along the way he developed an impressive beard and shaggy hair.  This costume is also a pretty easy one, just get dark baggy clothing, a fake beard, and a long wig.  Bonus points if you can find a “Bubba Gump” Shrimp Company hat to complete the look. 

Elvis:

Go to any Halloween 5k and you're sure to see at least one or two running Elvis's.  Elvis is a classic Halloween costume, and another really comfortable costume to run in as well.  A wig, sunglasses, and anything with rhinestones will do the trick, but make sure you stick to classic white, gold and silver colors to complete the look.  

Zombie:

Zombies may look sloth-like and slow, but they can really haul once they get moving.  If you've got a bunch of old running gear that you don't care about anymore, you can even make your own costume from clothing you already own.  You'll want to get plenty of fake blood, white and black makeup, and make sure to make your clothing look shredded and torn up to complete the look. 

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Why Train For A Half-Marathon?

Why Train For A Half-Marathon?

 

If your newsfeed looks similar to ours, you know there are plenty of people getting new shoes, battling the humidity, and starting to train for fall races.

 

We're totally psyched for November's TCS NYC Marathon (it's the most wonderful time of the year!), but we're also gearing up for autumn half-marathons.

 

 

What do we love about the 13.1 distance?

 

 

A few of our training program coaches weigh in:

 

“The half is the perfect distance because it's enough that you can challenge yourself to complete it, but it isn't so hard on your body. Anyone can do it!” – Will Noonan

 

“The half is a great way to get into the long-distance stuff, and it can also be used by more veteran marathon/ultra-marathon runners to take a step back.” – Binu Paulose

 

 

“The half-marathon is a challenging event that you should diligently prepare for, regardless of current running fitness. In that sense, it requires you to create and adhere to a plan for achieving race day goals. Everyone should train for and race a half at some point in their running journey!” – Sarah Schultz

 

 

“They are challenging, an impressive achievement, they have the word 'marathon' in them, and you can still have brunch after. It's also a great step/goal if a full marathon is in your future.” – Maddy Mako

 

 

Ready to toe that start line?

 

Our half-marathon training program starts this week, and we can't wait to help you have a memorable race day!