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HOP ON IT: THE JACKRABBIT NEW YEAR RESOLUTION LIST 2019

A new year resolution can be as small or as large as you want to make it. Be inspired by some JackRabbit athletes in 2019.

 

HOP ON IT 2019

 

 

HOP ON IT: THE JACKRABBIT NEW YEAR RESOLUTION LIST

JackRabbit Team Members Share Their Goals

We're all sorts of 'runners' at JackRabbit; one big happy family each with our chosen running type, distance and all the other sorts of training that complements our active lifestyles.  

At the onset of every year, we like to ask our JackRabbit nation to reflect on what were their proudest moments of the last year and what are their brightest goals for the twelves months ahead.  A running and training goal can be as small or as large as you want to make it.  You might reach it, or you might not, but whatever the outcome, the most important step is to set a goal in the first place and start the path with a concerted effort to commit to something bigger than you think possible.  You might surprise yourself. 

This year we challenge each and everyone to join us at JackRabbit and Hop On It – whatever your goal might be.  Write it down, share it and set out a plan; make it happen. 

MEET THE JACKRABBIT TEAM 'HOPPING ON IT' IN 2019

 

COLORADO: LAURA CORTEZ – TRAIL RUNNING

NAME: Laura Cortez

LOCATION: Colorado

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN RUNNING SHOE/GEAR?
Hoka Speedgoat for longer days, Nike Trail Horse for casual trail runs

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN SPORT AND DISTANCE/FOCUS?:
Trail running! Chosen distance? I don’t know yet! I’ve done trail races from 25k-50k, I loved the shorter ones because of how fast you can go but also really liked the 50k because I got to stop for snacks at the aid stations and eat potato chips and skittles

WHAT WERE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN 2018?
That I stepped out of my comfort zone to take on trail and learned about how hard I could push myself through the lowest points of a race. But mostly just that I continuously gave myself a chance in every race to be competitive even when things weren’t going my way. I think that just goes back to pushing through the low points, trail has equally put hair on my chest as it has humbled me

WHAT ARE YOUR SPORT/RACE/LIFE GOALS FOR 2019?
1. I want to keep seeing how far I can push my body mentally and physically, how far can I go and how fast can I get there type of thing.  
2. Compete in at least 3 USATF events.
3. Run a 50-miler.

WHAT TRAINING TIPS WOULD YOU PASS ONTO YOUR FELLOW ATHLETES?
Practicing gratitude is the best way to overcome any low point in a race! Whether it be thanking every volunteer, telling other runners good job or even just applauding yourself for being healthy enough to participate in the sport. It sounds cheesy but the little smile it gives you can go a long way – or at least another mile.

Always listen to your body – sometimes that 8 mile run can be replaced with an hour run. As David Roche says, the body doesn’t know miles, it knows stressTake the day off when you need to – it’s better to take 1-3 days off than 1-3 weeks.

As cynical as it sounds, you should envision the worst case scenario for a race. Think about how you’re going to respond when something doesn’t go your way, you’re bonking or anything. Obviously it would be great for every race to be perfect, but that’s not the case. Knowing how you’re going to respond is great practice and alleviates the stress of having to think about it when/if it happens

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE JACKRABBIT PRODUCTS AND WHY?
Nathan handheld:  This was the first trail-specific product I ever purchased for my first trail race in the summer of 2017. But also race wise, it’s great for up to about a 50k distance (if you’re smart about it), training wise, it’s lightweight enough to carry if you just want a bit of water during the run. It’s very non-invasive and it’s easy to forget you’re even holding it. The pocket can hold about 2-3 gels depending on size and your commitment to stuffing them in there.   

Roll Recovery Stretch Mat: The extra cushion and width this provides in comparison to a yoga mat is great because after a hard run you can just bring it out, sleep and be able to roll over. For camping this also acts well in place of a tent footprint and can even double as a sleeping pad.

Petzl headlamp: Also great for camping. Ideal for early morning or late runs when you’re trying to catch the sun coming or going. In the city it’s also great for the winter when it’s always dark. If I’m starting a particularly early morning or late run, I’ll wear it for just general safety. The fact that it uses rechargeable batteries is also a super plus. I always have one set in and an extra set charged just in case.

Hoka Speedgoat: Definitely my go-to shoe for technical runs and any time I’ll be on trails for over 2 hours. It’s super durable – I have about 150 miles on mine right now and they still feel new. The grip is great – at the Dead Horse Ultra in Utah, it’s all on rock, some slick and even some sand, and these babies gripped well the whole time and didn’t let in a single sand granule.

Nike Elevate 3” Shorts: They’re really cute, have great colors and the back pocket is a great size for both a gel and keys.

UA Mid Bra: It’s nothing special but it’s very comfy, simple and does the job

Ultimate Direction Fastpack 15L: A true gift from the run-commute, multi-sport day gods. Run commute? Computer, clothes, snacks + extra pockets for every other miscellaneous items. Fastpacking weekend through trails or mountains? Stuff tent, clothes, small stove, food essentials. This is my favorite summertime gear pack. For fastpacking weekends I can stuff my tent, clothes, food essentials and rock climbing shoes into it with ease.

COLORADO: JESS GILLMAN – HIIT TRAINING

NAME: Jess Gillman

LOCATION: Colorado

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN RUNNING/TRAINING SHOE?
Wow that’s a tough one because I love so many of the shoes I get to runa and train in.  I like to switch it up by my go-to shoes currently are the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield, Reebok Run Fast Floatride and the Brooks Levitate 2.

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN SPORT AND DISTANCE/FOCUS?:
I am a huge believer in cross-training so I do a lot of Orange Theory Fitness, weightlifting via crossfit and I love a good 5k-10k

WHAT WERE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN 2018?
I ran the NYC marathon which was pretty incredible for me since I don’t think of myself as a “runner”

WHAT ARE YOUR SPORT/RACE/LIFE GOALS FOR 2019?
I am training with a friend for the Festivus games which are a crossfit event and I am also looking to get into London Marathon!

WHAT TRAINING TIPS WOULD YOU PASS ONTO YOUR FELLOW HIIT ATHLETES?
Listen to your body! There are days sometimes where I just can’t make it to a class because I am not feeling well or I can’t lift that weight because my shoulders are sore and that is okay. Your body is incredible and won’t steer you in the wrong direction but you need to listen.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE JACKRABBIT PRODUCTS AND WHY?
The On clouds are just too easy to slip on and slip off, I also enjoy that I can rock these in jeans or in the gym.

The Brooks Levitates have been a huge player in my training shoes line up. I especially love the knit upper and how springy I feel in these shoes.

My go-to workout tights have been and will always be the Nike Epic Lux tights, they are beyond comfortable and never fall down during an intense workout!

Reebok has sports bras figured out, I love that they have different levels of coverage based on my workout needs. Right now I am enjoying their brand new Pure Move Sports Bra; it’s been incredible during my Orange Theory Fitness workouts and at CrossFit.

Goodr sunglasses leaves me stylish and more importantly allow me to run, jump, plyo lunge without worry of them falling off.

Recovery is key to helping me achieve my fitness goals and the hyperice vibrating foam roller keeps me feeling my best. Hurts so good!  You have to try this to believe it.

Who said socks needed to be boring? Stance definitely didn’t and I love all their fun designs to add a little fun to my feet.

Vuori joggers are the softest joggers I’ve ever owned, perfect for pre- and post-gym session.

When the training is over, I live in Oofos recovery sandals all day.  They are truly perfect for anyone and everyone that needs to show their body a little love after a tough run or workout session.

Nuun tabs in my water keeps me hydrated, energized and ready to take on my workouts, I love the ginger lemonade flavor! It’s spicy.  
 

COLORADO: VINCENT GERBINO – YOGA TRAINING

NAME: Vincent Gerbino

LOCATION: Colorado

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN RUNNING/TRAINING SHOE?
The Saucony Kilkenny is my chosen shoe of choice.

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN SPORT AND DISTANCE/FOCUS?:
Yoga, Running, Roller Hockey & Cycling, in that order!

WHAT WERE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN 2018?
2018 was a recovery year. I’d been battling serious health problems for the past two years, so working with my doctors and evolving past the failure of the “indestructible” thought pattern of the past was a huge challenge that I met with success through perseverance and a lot of new ways of thinking.

WHAT ARE YOUR SPORT/RACE/LIFE GOALS FOR 2019?
I still need to re-build muscle mass and perfect new ways to care for my body. My short-term goal is to get to where ten miles feels easy and run a half marathon by the end of the year while continuing teaching Yoga and helping runners with their practice.

WHAT TRAINING TIPS WOULD YOU PASS ONTO YOUR FELLOW ATHLETES?
Do Yoga ! The Yoga community is still barely connected to the running community even though both activities are already very popular and still seeing ever-increasing popularity. I can always identify a runner when they come to my Yoga classes because their muscles are so tight. There’s so much more that Yoga can do for runners, physically and also mentally.

Yoga is one of, if not the best way for an athlete to create better focus and concentration, and that’s why so many pro athletes and recreational athletes alike are benefiting from it. We’re just getting started on something very real.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE JACKRABBIT PRODUCTS AND WHY?
The Manduka Prolite Mat -thick and durable, it provides a good amount of cushioning without being too soft for balancing poses.

The Manduka Eko Superliite Mat – it travels easy, and is better made than a lot of travel mats that cost more, and it has no toxic plastics.

Trigger Point Grid Foam Rollers – nothing compliments a good stretch regimen like a good routine with the roller to help muscles bounce back from a workout.

 

COLORADO: CLAIRE QUALLS & EVA PACECHO
XC & TRACK

NAME: Claire Qualls and Eva Pacecho – Team Mates and BFFs

LOCATION: Colorado

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN RUNNING/TRAINING SHOE?
Claire:  New Balance 880
Eva: Saucony Ride 9

WHAT IS YOUR CHOSEN SPORT AND DISTANCE/FOCUS?:
Claire & Eva: Cross Country high school racing – around 5k distance #GoWildcats

WHAT WERE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN 2018?
Claire: In 2018, I had many successes in running. One of the most notable was our high school XC team making the State Championships.  We were all very proud of ourselves; the last time the team made it this far was three years ago! Some other things I’m proud of were: receiving a varsity letter in cross country for my freshman year, running my first 10k in under an hour, and training more, both in endurance and strength. Overall in 2018, I’ve made much progress in my performance in running and I’m excited to improve more next year.

Eva:  I am very proud of my varsity team this year for making it to the state championships. I am also proud of myself for knocking about four minutes off of my 5k pace. Overall, it has been a great year full of improvement.

WHAT ARE YOUR SPORT/RACE/LIFE GOALS FOR 2019?
Claire:  In 2019, I would love to beat my current 10k time by about 5-10 minutes, improve on my technique and speed. I am also very excited to attend a one day training camp with one of my running heros, Kara Goucher in January; I’m really looking forward to that!

Eva: I would like to run a 5k in under twenty-one minutes, that would take off about a minute from my current best. I would also like to participate in more 5 and 10ks, and I also really excited to get help from Kara Goucher at a training camp to achieve these goals!

WHAT TRAINING TIPS WOULD YOU PASS ONTO YOUR FELLOW ATHLETES?
Claire: Some tips and tricks I have for my fellow runners are: Always stretch before and after running for at least ten minutes. This has really helped to avoid any cramps or pain while running. One more tip I have is to stay hydrated, especially before a race. This will help improve your race performance.

Eva: Take your time to learn and grow, take care of injuries as soon as possible and have fun!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE JACKRABBIT PRODUCTS AND WHY?
Claire:
Stance Socks – These are my favorite socks.  They're super comfortable and form fitting – I love the Lauren Fleshman style! 
Goodr Sunglasses – These trendy sunglasses don’t bounce around while running and are so clear to see through (for example much better to see things in front of you, like snakes).
Garmin Forerunner 35 – This watch is great for tracking runs and is not too big or bulky.

Eva:
Trigger Point Grid Foam Roller– Nice quality and very attractive, gets those hard to reach spots.
Women’s Oofos Ooahh Luxe Recovery Sandal– Super comfy and really great for walking around the house.
Any Running Leggings and Tights – great for a cold day run and they come in awesome patterns.  
 

 
 

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