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Sneak Peek- Asics Gel Nimbus 17 NYC Limited Edition

The big race in New York City is right around the corner, and to commemorate the race, limited edition, marathon exclusive colors of several footwear styles have been released.  Available during marathon week at the expo, in-store, and online in limited quantities, the first of these we'll be sneak previewing is the Asics Gel Nimbus 17.  

With colorful graffiti print that calls out all five boroughs and the city skyline, this limited edition colorway lets you commemorate the big race in style.  The insole features the Statue of Liberty with official Asics logo along with full race name, with “26.2” and “NYC” printed on the upper.  The mens version features a white upper with color graffiti print pop, while the women's version features the same graffiti print with pink accents to really make it pop. 

The Nimbus has long been known as a premium cushioned, neutral, every day trainer which is consistently highly rated and reviewed by runners across the globe.  The 17th version is no exception, and comes standard with several updates from previous versions including fit improvements and the addition of FluidRIDE midsole cushioning technology which further adds to the overall comfort of the shoe.  


Asics Gel Nimbus 17 NYC Edition



Our Guide To Running The Big 26.2 Race

If you're lucky enough to have gotten into the big race for the first time, congratulations!  You're one of several thousand lucky entrants who made it through the lottery system, not an easy task.  There's a reason why this race is considered a bucket list race for many runners as the race day experience is one of the best in the world, mainly due to the spectator support from residents of all five New York City boroughs.  No matter your goal for the race, the experience is something you'll remember for many race seasons to come. Having said that, be sure to check out our race day tips to ensure your race day success. 

After months of preparation and hard training, the hay is in the barn as they say, and it's time to taper your training down to be fully rested on race day.  The miles of long runs, tempo work, interval workouts, and recovery days are now complete, and it's time to focus on running your best race possible on November 1st. 

Limit time spent on your legs:  

New York City is an amazing place with all sorts of sites to see, but we suggest keeping your inner tourist at bay until after you finish the race.  Times Square, Broadway shows and strolls around Central Park are not to be missed, but do that after your race.  Make sure to spend time at the expo as that alone is an experience worth taking in, but don't overdo it.  Get in, get your number, pick up some last minute gear, but don't spend more time there walking around than you need to.  The race course is pretty challenging, so you'll want to conserve your energy for the 26.2 mile task at hand.  Your goal should be to sit and rest as much as possible in the 48 hours leading up to the start. 

Race Day Morning:

The race begins at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Staten Island at 10:00 AM, although your wave start time may vary. Log onto your NYRR profile to confirm your transportation to the start. Official transportation options include the Staten Island Ferry and buses from midtown Manhattan and New Jersey. Once you're off the bus, you'll arrive at the starting area village where you can check a bag to collect at the finish line, use a porta potty, as well as drink a cup of coffee or eat a bagel.  You'll have plenty of time at the starting area prior to the starting gun going off, so tactically think this through carefully.  Typically it's pretty cold, and while there are tents set up for you to sit in, you'll want to wear warm clothing over your race day kit to try stay as warm as possible as shivering in the cold is not only unpleasant, it burns calories which you'll need a lot of to power you through the race.  We strongly suggest checking your gear bag as soon as you possibly can as the lines get very long to check gear the closer you wait until start time.  This means that the warm clothes you wear in the starting village will be discarded, so be sure to wear something you won't want to see ever again as all discarded clothing is donated to a local homeless shelter. 

First Half Tips:

The start of the race is an unforgettable experience with the traditional playing of Frank Sinatra's “New York New York”, cannons firing, and a sea of people as wide and as long as you can see.  What that means is the start is very congested over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and you'll likely be weaving and people dodging for the first mile over the bridge, and second mile leading off of the bridge into the second borough, Brooklyn.  Don't panic, and try and relax as much as you can.  Focus on your breathing and take it all in as the course will open up once you get into Brooklyn.  Take time to enjoy the spectacular views of the New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and the sea of fellow runners embarking on the journey with you.  

Miles 3-15 lead out of Brooklyn and through Queens.  This 12 mile stretch has plenty of course support and is fairly flat, so be careful to over exert yourself and run a bit too quickly, which will set you up for a tough final miles into Manhattan and Central Park.  Once you get out of Brooklyn and into Queens near the 14 mile mark, there's a very tough stretch from roughly 14.5 leading to the Queensboro Bridge which will take you through the 15 and 16 mile park.  While it doesn't look particularly challenging, this gradual incline run in a dimly light tunnel is mentally and physically tough, so be sure to have conserved something for this point in the race.  The 25K mark is between mile 15 and 16 on the bridge, and as you crest the hill and finally make your way out, you'll take a sharp right hand turn onto 1st Ave.  This stretch of the race is flat, has few turns, and has some of the rowdiest crowd support in the entire race through the 30K mark before heading up into the Bronx.  It's impossible not to feel energized from the crowd as they are cheering as loudly for you as they would for the winner of the race, so make absolutely sure you don't lose your head and pick it up too much- you've still got a challenging and hilly 8 miles to go!  You'll cross another bridge into the Bronx between miles 19 and 20 with an aid station where you'll be able to snag a Coke from some friendly spectators.  If you're stomach can handle it, Coca Cola is an incredible pick me up, but try it during training first!  

Second Half Tips:

The second half of any marathon begins at 20 miles when muscles begin to tighten up and you start to wonder what you signed yourself up for.  Don't lose hope, at this point you only have a 10K to go and then you're done!  If you've run a smart, conservative race and have anything left in the tank, feel free to pick up your temp and finish strong over the final 6.2 miles.  Miles 20-21 are run briefly in the Bronx with several twists and turns to keep you on your feet that take you out of the Bronx, and back into the west side of Manhattan through Harlem on 5th Avenue. After a quick turn between 35K and mile 22, you'll run into a patch of rolling hills on 5th Avenue through mile 23 while entering Central Park, where once again, you're treated to some of the best spectator support in the sport.  This where the hills you've heard about really come into play, as you'll climb several stretches of rolling hills before turning east toward Columbus Circle and the 26 mile mark.  

The Finish:

The end is finally in sight!  After crossing the 26 mile mark, you're merely a quarter mile away from the finish.  The finish is slightly uphill just to give you one final challenge before it's all over.  Be prepared for feelings of relief and joy as you accomplish something very few people get to do, and relief that your tired legs are finally able to stop!  Once you've crossed the finish line and received your space blanket, water bottle, and medal, you'll walk (slowly) toward the UPS trucks where you can retrieve your checked gear.  Be sure to put on your warm clothes as soon as you can to try and warm up while you wait to find your friends and family.  The finish area can be very congested with supporters, friends, and family of athletes so try and pick a near by intersection or hot spot to be reunited (and yes, it will feel so good) with your support crew.  At this point you'll want to do nothing but head back to your hotel and take a hot shower but before you can do that you'll need to find a way to transport yourself back.  Cabs are very tough to come by as literally everyone is trying to hail one, so you may need to find the nearest subway stop to get back to your hotel.  

Post Race:

Our only tip is to relax and enjoy the rest of the day!  One of our favorite things to do is find a great bite to eat, catch some Sunday afternoon football, and maybe even take a post race nap if you want to- you've earned it! 


Who I Run For

Who Inspires You to Run?

Traditionally, October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness month, as a way to encourage and support those dealing with this difficult condition.  This October, we want to show our support for the many causes that inspire us to come together and take action. We want to support not only those who may be battling a health issue, but also those who support them – friends, husbands, wives, and family members.  In short, we want to help show support by listening to your stories and featuring them during the month of October.

How You Can Participate:

1. Share a photo of the person who inspires you to run on Instagram using hashtag #WhoIRunFor along with a few sentences about why they inspire you.  Be sure to tag your local store!
2. Look for your story to be featured on our site and social channels throughout the month!
3. See what others are sharing at our #WhoIRunFor photo gallery.

Look for your story to be featured on our site and social channels throughout the month! 


Roll Recovery R8 Review

The R8 Massage Roller from Roll Recovery is a revolutionary new massage tool sure to keep your legs fresh and aid in proper post exercise recovery.  Jeremy Nelson, husband of elite marathoner Adriana Pirtea-Nelson was looking for a way to provide his wife the recovery benefits of professional massage after her workouts at once, without having to make an appointment to be treated.  After several prototypes, the R8 Roller was born and caught on quickly amongst both elite and everyday athletes looking for a quick and convenient way to prevent post workout muscle soreness and flush lactic acid from lower leg muscles to aid in the recovery process.  The patented technology self adjusts to different leg sizes and targets the quads, hamstrings, IT-bands, gluteus, calfs, shins, hip-flexors and more.

The beauty of the R8 Roller is how portable and convenient it is- it weighs about 2 pounds and with dimensions of 11.5 x 9.5 inches, packs easily into luggage to be taken on the road.  The wheels and springs adjust automatically depending on which muscle group you're targeting, and unlike foam rollers and sticks, it's easy to get the right amount of force and pressure to get the most out of the massage.  Plus, its super easy to use- you'll never have to roll around on the floor with an oversized roller, or practically fold your body in half to massage out a hard to reach part of your lower legs. 

Bottom line, if you're looking for a convenient, durable, and effective alternative to foam rollers and other stick based rollers, try the Roll Recovery R8.  Your legs will thank you!  

Shop in-store or online and get yours today. 

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Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 Review

Nike's Air Zoom Vomero has long been known as a well cushioned, yet responsive everyday trainer, and the 10th version continues this heritage.  Intended for runners seeking a neutral platform with ample doses of cushioning, the Vomero 10 is an everyday trainer that holds up well mile after well.  Nike really went back to the drawing board in the product design and creation process of this 10th edition, and premium cushioning, upper, and midsole materials really make the Vomero stand out from the crowd. 

For starters, Nike has fused Zoom Air cushioning units with Lunarlon material in the midsole which creates a responsive yet cushioned feel, albeit firmer than previous editions of the Vomero.  According to Nike, this is the first time that these two midsole technologies have been combined which looks to be something that Nike will continue to do going forward, which, in our opinion is a good thing.  In the past, the Vomero was notorious for feeling like a marshmallow, depending on the edition which wasn't ideal for many runners.  The 10th edition feels much more runable without being overly cushioned either, which is a good thing.  Secondly, Nike has adjusted the positioning of Flywire lacing on the upper, for an improved fit with less friction points, as well as added Flymesh throughout the entire upper.  Flymesh not only breathes very well, but combines two layers of mesh into together, which adds to the comfort aspect as well.  Lastly, an internal fitted bootie really wraps around the foot comfortably and securely. 

Most importantly, how does it feel on a run?  Really good.  Exactly as we describe above, its definitely a cushioned ride without being too much or not enough cushion that's versatile to do anything from daily runs, to workouts, or even long runs without feeling clunky.  In short, if you're seeking out a neutral everyday trainer with soft yet responsive ride, give the Vomero 10 a shot. 

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Stock Up At Our Summer Is Running Out Sale


This Weekend’s Summer Is Running Out Sale



Sadly, summer days won’t last forever. As the current season winds down, we’ll host our first-ever Summer Is Running Out Sale.


  • Location: JackRabbit Upper West Side’s community space (140 W. 72nd Street)
  • When: Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Score big on gear to get you through the dog days of summer in style: spend $75 and get $15 back on all clearance apparel, footwear, and accessories!



Tag us on Instagram (@jackrabbitnyc) and show us how you’re #RunningOut summer, and we’ll share some of our favorite photos.
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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!