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Monday Race Hangover

Posted by on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 @ 12:00 pm | Leave a reply

This weekend saw a ton of triathlon goings-on in the Newton family! Craig Alexander hit the bricks in his first race since his epic victory at Ironman Melbourne in March at Ironman 70.3 Eagleman in Maryland. The reigning Ironman (BOTH distances) World Champ was out of the water with the lead pack in a time of  23:17. He followed this up by laying down a blazing bike split of 2:03:57, which came on a flat but windy course that gave many athletes trouble. Coming out of T2 25 seconds down on the race leader, Craig and his Newtons did what they do best and took control of the race by posting a 1:15:07 half-marathon split for a winning time of 3:44:57.

A few hundred miles to the West, Newton pro Rachel Joyce was taking on brutal race conditions at Ironman 70.3 Kansas. After post the second fastest women’s swim time of the day in very choppy conditions, Rachel completely dominated the rast of the race. She posted the fastest women’s bike split by 7:11 (2:22:10) as well as the fastest women’s run split (1:21:21). These splits combined found Rachel just shy of a whopping 23 minutes in front of the second place finisher!

Holding down the Newtonian contingent at Ironman 70.3 Kansas on Sunday was part of Newton’s crack legal team, Thom W. On a day that saw winds kicking up a few white caps on Clinton Lake as well as record temps on the bike and run course made for a race that was a bit less than perfect. In the end though, Thom was super happy that he made it through such tough conditions and notching off his 2nd 70.3!

There were three Newtonians who joined Craig at Eagleman as well. Scott Burrow, Steve Johnson and Andrew Maxwell all set off into the tough heat, humidity and breeze. After flatting during the swim (“How?” you ask? In high heat tires/tubes that are pushing the limits of their inflation can expand and burst), Scott went on to have a solid race. Taking a break from his duties at the Newton Running Lab here in Boulder, Steve had a killer day, winning his age group with an awesome 4:03:47 which punched his ticket to Kona in October. Congrats Steve!

Big props to all who raced in Newtons this weekend!

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2012 Bolder Boulder Recap

Posted by on Friday, June 1, 2012 @ 7:57 am | Leave a reply

Each Memorial Day since 1979 has welcomed to Newton Running’s hometown the Bolder Boulder 10K. This past Monday was no exception with more than 50,000 people lining up to run 6.2 miles through the streets of Boulder, finishing at CU Boulder’s Folsom Field.

Among those running the race this year were Newton Running VP and CFO Anne Klein and Rich Miyamoto. Also joining them were Newton Running Lab rockstar athlete Steve Johnson, Ironman expo madman Scott Burrow and founder of Team Winter, Winter Vinecki. After breaking the tape in first place in the Citizen’s Race last year, Team Alchemy’s Jeremy Freed was racing in the men’s professional field.

As in races before, a friendly wager was made between Newton marketing coordinator and Team Alchemy member Kara Henry and CFO Rich. Kara didn’t learn from Rich’s prior sandbagging and bet-winning ways and put her money on Rich not being able to run a sub-10 minute per mile pace for the race. Rich wound up blowing away expectations with a blazing 9:30 pace while being supported by Anne. Finding herself on the losing end of this bet Kara is now required to wear a customized shirt for a week culminating with some of her (in)famous karaoke stylings. Pictures and laughs to come.

Team Alchemy’s Jeremy Freed, running for Team Colorado in a deep men’s professional field, finished in 16th place with a time of 31:32. The Newton Running Lab’s Steve took the win in his age group with a blazing 33:57 (5:27/mile) and Scott, while filming a lot of the race (video coming soon), pulled off an awesome 44:53. Founder of Team Winter, Winter Vinecki, went out and crushed the race in a time of 46:15; taking fourth in her division.

With a huge crowd in town for the race, the weather here in Boulder was absolutely perfect for the expo in the days leading up to the race that took over the Pearl Street mall.  The whole Newton crew pitched in between chatting with the friendly faces at our booth on the mall and being hands on in the Newton Running Lab. Here’s to a great race and many more to come!

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Monday Race Hangover

Posted by on Monday, May 21, 2012 @ 12:40 pm | Leave a reply

This past weekend was a big one for Newton runners, with races from 5K’s to half marathons, to full and half Iron distance races and full marathons! We’re going to highlight just a few but we’d love to hear about how your races went as well. First, the one and only Zola Budd toed the line in the Divas Half Marathon in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In a sold out race with a crowd of 4000, Zola broke the tape in a time of 1:22:47. As we mentioned on Friday, this was a tune-up race for the South African native as she gets ready to run her first ever Comrades Marathon on June 3. Also at the Divas event, Zola’s 16 year-old daughter Lisa, took the win in the 5K in a time os 19:38. Congats to both mother and daughter!

 Team Alchemy’s Nicole Chyr went to the Colfax Marathon to defend her 2011 title. Due to some injuries, Nicole was feeling a bit less than perfect for this race but nevertheless she was there and ready to rock. On a new course which offered more sharp turns than in years past Nicole says she had a great time though the technicality made for a beautiful yet challenging course. In a time that saw her almost 7 minutes in front of her nearest competitor, Nicole went on to defend her title in a time of 3:07:42!

Next on Nicole’s calendar, after a few weeks off, is the Copper half marathon on July 1st and the Vail half on July 22nd. Nicole’s next full marathon won’t be until the Denver Marathon on Sept. 22.

At the same event, Team Alchemy’s Bob Weiner ran the half marathon distance finishing as the third overall male and winning his age group in a time of 1:14:01!

Congrats to all who raced in their Newts this weekend!

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Zola Budd Takes on Comrades

Posted by on Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 10:45 am | 1 Reply

Running legend and Newton devotee Zola Budd is taking on Comrades Ultramarathon next month in her native South Africa. She was kind enough to take a moment and write a bit about her preparation thus far for the famous event.

Training for Comrades has been a whole new experience for me.  It is a whole new world that opened up regarding training and my mental approach to races as well. 

The biggest change was the long runs of up to 4 hrs and the speed work that was equivalent to my long runs before I started training for Comrades!  Most exciting was running the two Ultra marathons in South Africa during April.  First up was the Two Oceans in Cape Town.  This is a 56km race where you run along both the Indian and Atlantic Ocean.  It is a gruelling race which includes two climbs up Chapmans Peak and Constantia Nek.  What made the race even more difficult this year was the weather.  It rained almost the whole way with strong winds as well.  I finished 5th in my age group in 4:29 plus change.

The next ultra was two weeks later in Mpumalanga.  It is called the Loskop Forever Resorts Ultra Marathon.  The run starts in Middelburg and finishes at the Forever Resorts and is run over 50km.  The weather was incredible and I had a better run than at Two Oceans and finished 5th overall in the open Ladies and won my age group in 3:40:02.

Since returning to the US I started my taper and has run shorter and faster distances in preparation for the Comrades.  I will be running the Divas Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach on the 20th of May and will be flying over to South Africa after that.

Keep an eye out for more from Zola before and after Comrades!

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Team Alchemy’s Nicole Chyr Takes 3rd at the Greenland Trail 25K

Posted by on Monday, May 7, 2012 @ 12:18 pm | Leave a reply

This past weekend Team Alchemy’s Nicole Chyr toed the line in what was an incredibly deep field at the Greenland 25K. With a weather warning from the Race Director which included temperatures in the 80′s and a strong Southerly wind, not to mention a course that basically goes straight up and straight down, “challenging” would be a bit of an understatement!

Running this race for her second time, Nicole felt more prepared for this year’s race by carrying a water bottle of her own to make up for the fact that there are only two aid stations. Wisely deciding to race her own race early on, Nicole was racing with her eye on this year’s Colfax Marathon (which she won last year!). Even while coming off a bit of an injury and being relatively conservative, Nicole ran her way to a two minute course PR and third place!

Next up for Nicole is the aforementioned Colfax Marathon where she’ll be defending her title!

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Newton Running Receives Trickle Up’s Leet Humanitarian Award

Posted by on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 @ 3:48 pm | Leave a reply

CEO Jerry Lee accepted award at Trickle Up annual gala on April 4

APRIL 9, 2012 (Boulder, Co)— Newton Running, the leader in natural form running, was awarded the 2012 Glen and Mildred Robbins Leet Humanitarian Award from Trickle Up, a New York-based, non-governmental organization dedicated to alleviating poverty. Since 2008, Newton Running has made financial contributions to Trickle Up, which provides conditional seed capital and business training to the world’s lowest-earning people so that they may start a micro-enterprise.

“We believe strongly in what they do to help the impoverished become financially independent and give women and their children a chance at a better life,” says Newton Running CEO Jerry Lee.

Trickle Up’s mission resonates personally with Lee, a self-made entrepreneur who grew up in a low-income Illinois household with 14 brothers and sisters, then moved to Boulder, Colorado, to become a highly successful real estate investor and later co-founded Newton Running with Danny Abshire in 2007.

Lee accepted the award on behalf of Newton Running at the annual Trickle Up gala in New York City on April 4. The Glen and Mildred Robbins Leet Humanitarian Award, named after the Trickle Up’s founders, is given to supporters who demonstrate a passionate commitment to the organization’s core mission of eradicating extreme poverty. Past award recipients include Wendy Gordon Rockefeller (2010), a leader in the green consumer movement, and Charles Slaughter, founder of TravelSmith and Living Goods (2009).

Newton Running’s  Director of Social Responsibility (and Jerry’s daughter), Wendy Lee, witnessed first hand the impact of Trickle Up’s investment in small businesses when she and her mother, Donna Lee, visited several war-affected Guatemalan communities in 2009. There, they met people who had opened weaving businesses and bakeries thanks to Trickle Up’s local lending programs.

Newton Running customers can easily support Trickle Up by adding a donation to their purchase fromwww.NewtonRunning.com.

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#HelloBoston Sweepstakes!

Posted by on Monday, April 9, 2012 @ 3:40 pm | Leave a reply

To celebrate our HELLO BETTER campaign at the 2012 Boston Marathon, Newton is going give those who’ll be in Beantown in the coming week a chance to win some shoes!

Here’s how it works:

-We’ll be giving away FOUR pairs of shoes in total, two for the ladies and two for the gents.

-To enter, you must take a picture of yourself in front of one of our HELLO BETTER ads around the city. You can find them on pedicabs in the downtown area, Green Line trolleys and on the billboard by the Foodbank on I-93. Pictures can be however you want but YOU HAVE TO BE IN THE PICTURE!

-You can either email your pictures to: legs@newtonrunning.com OR (we’d prefer this one!) post your pictures to Twitter using the hashtag #HELLOBOSTON.

- There will be two (2) drawings.

-Drawing one will be open to all who enter and MUST be picked up at the Newton Running expo booth on Sunday, April 15.

-Drawing two will be done on Marathon Monday (4/16) and will be open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

-Pictures must be authentic and no inserting/Photoshopping yourself into an image will be accepted (the above picture is merely for effect).

[official rules]

NOW, GO TAKE SOME PICTURES!

 

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How to Run the Boston Marathon 2012: Part IV

Posted by on @ 8:41 am | Leave a reply

BY:

Mark Cucuzzella MD, Professor West Virginia University School of Medicine, LtCol US Air Force
2006 and 2011 Air Force Marathon Champion and Air Force Marathon Team Member since 1988

Now a few extra ways to get from start to finish quicker on the same gallon. 

  • If you can add a little gas along the way then you can go more into gas mode.  This works a little at best.  If running too fast you shunt all blood to working muscles and nothing digests.  If you are in hybrid the early going you can continually add fuel- the key is not only the correct fuel, but the right pace.  A Powergel every 25 minutes is easy to digest and tops off the tank.  Carry them with you at the start.  The weight is nothing compared to the benefit you will get.  If you do the gels then you can drink water instead of the energy drinks which are often less predictable on the run. Boston has a Powergel station at Mile 17.  Carry 4 at the start (one every 4 miles or so) and reload at mile 17.
  • Maintain effort on uphills.  Your pace will slow. You can easily use all your gas here if your effort increases.  Shorten your stride, relax, and use your arms.  Then allow gravity to take you down. Do not over reach and heel hit on the down hills- remember run over the ground not into the ground. If it is windy get behind a group.  This can save lots of physical and mental energy.
  • If you are having a “bad patch” – try to refocus on relaxing, fuel a bit (sometimes a blood glucose drop triggers the sense of doom), and have faith in your training and race plan.  Another nice trick is when you hit mile 21 it is not 5 miles to go, it is 4 and change. Mile 22 is 3 and change to go.
  • Do not over drink water. This can lead to a dangerous condition called hypontremia.

The fun of the marathon is that we are always learning and enjoying the adventure of it.  I’ve done over 70 marathons now with a couple under 2:25 in my younger years.  We learn from experience, taking chances, and occasional failures. My first marathon was the 1988 Marine Corps was 2:34, when I could run about 30 minutes for 10 k.  24 years later I hope to get near this time again and my current 10k is about 35 minutes (2011 Boston was 2:37.00).   I’ve learned a few things in 20 plus years on how to train and race efficiently and economically, but still there are uncertainties every time you line up.  So relax, taper up, and seize the day.

I’d like to especially thank all the Armed Forces Members around the world who sacrifice daily in the service of their country and for all the volunteers who make the Boston Marathon a Patriot’s Day celebration.  May the wind be at your back, like 2011!

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How to Run the Boston Marathon 2012: Part III

Posted by on Friday, April 6, 2012 @ 10:46 am | Leave a reply

BY:

Mark Cucuzzella MD, Professor West Virginia University School of Medicine, LtCol US Air Force
2006 and 2011 Air Force Marathon Champion and Air Force Marathon Team Member since 1988

So how do you know you are running in your best hybrid mode? 

This is difficult because the sense at this level (Aerobic Threshold) is not as profound as Lactate Threshold (or Anaerobic Threshhold).  A slight increase from your optimal pace will switch you from hybrid to all gas without you realizing it, and the effects are felt miles later. Charging up hills early will tap your gas quickly.  If you want to speed up early….DON’T. Relax and maintain effort, not speed.  You should feel easy in the early stages, it is a marathon.

You must rehearse a bit in training.  I focus on relaxation and breathing.  If I’m breathing one cycle to 5 steps, then I’m hybrid.  If I’m breathing faster I’m using mostly glucose as fuel.  Belly breathe- allow lower belly to blow up like a beach ball on inhalation and pull your belly button back to your spine on exhalation.  Then you will fill the lower lung areas where oxygen exchange occurs. Notice the breathing efforts of those around you and many are rapid breathing- they tend to suffer somewhere past half way.  Rehearse complete relaxation from the top down- eyes, jaw, shoulders, allow your legs to relax and extend behind you, relax and soften your knees and ankles.  Find you own cue for this.  If you use the Heart Rate Monitor in training strongly consider one during the event.

In a marathon, the last 3-4 miles you will be mostly gas to maintain the same speed as fatigue sets in and heart rate rises.  The breathing is usually on a 3 to 4 steps per breath cycle- that is OK.  Still stay relaxed and use the cues that you have rehearsed to keep your form. Speed up only when you can “smell the barn”, this occurs when you see the Citgo sign (Mile 23).

Land softly, especially on the early downhills.  I run with a forefoot/midfoot landing harnessing elastic recoil. Focus on posture and hip extension. Use a slight forward lean from the ankles (think “face forward” and look ahead).  I’m never sore after marathons now and feel I can keep doing them until I enter the retirement home. I won the Air Force Marathon in 2:38 four weeks ago and feel fine now for another effort.  With good form it is “No pain…thank you”.

Your shoes matter too.  Make strong consideration to not running in minimalist racers unless you have trained substantially in them and adapted your structure to a natural barefoot style gait. I advocate gradually adapting all of your training into more minimal and level shoes.   If you relax your lower legs and load the springy tendons in your feet and Achilles, these shoes with no heel elevation put you in perfect position to allow natural elastic recoil of plantar fascia, Achilles, calf muscles, and hip flexors.  New research and runner’s experience is now making the case for running with a more efficient stride and questions modern running footwear. The evolving world of modern sports medicine is going back to the future too and rediscovering what evolution has taught us.  My shoe for the last 3 years at this race has been the Newton Distance.  A fast and efficient shoe for those who have worked on form.  For a library of information of footwear, running form, and biomechanics visit our website at The Natural Running Center( http://naturalrunningcenter.com). You can view lots of minimalist shoe information on http://www.tworiverstreads.com

Tomorrow: Now a few extra ways to get from start to finish quicker on the same gallon.  

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