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  • Bachelorettes Gone Wild

    Part Two

    R2R2R_2 Sabina, Kara, Cody from nearest to farthest

    Question: How did this not so average bachelorette party come about?

    Kara: This is 100% Cody's idea. Don't let her blame it on me. She came up with the idea and we all kind of ignored it at first...but she's not someone who likes to be ignored. After hearing about it for a while, she told us one day that she found a great price on flights so we all caved and booked right then.

    Cody: One morning a couple months back I nonchalantly said, “we should run the Grand Canyon.” Working at Newton, it’s easy to talk almost everyone into something crazy, so both Sabina and Kara were like “YES!” and then we booked a flight later that night.

    Sabina: It was Cody's idea... AND I am easily convinced when it comes to any adventure! We were all sitting at our desk one day and she came up with this crazy idea and within the next 10 minutes our tickets were booked! The best part about all of this is on our very first training run she looks back at us and says “I don’t really like trails or lots of climbing....”

    *Apparently we remember past events a little differently....

    Question: Do you have any concerns about this trip?

    Kara: Serious concerns? No. My concerns are more along the lines of: 'will we be functional enough the next day for brunch and mimosas?' and 'how many times will Cody and Sabina use hashtag language instead of real words before I snap at them?'

    Cody: My main concern would be that I really prefer running on flat terrain, that is paved. Kara and Sabina have both told me that I need to get over that…quickly.

    Sabina: Yes! Cody and I will start singing lyrics to Spice Girls, and Kara will push both of us off a cliff! Oh and the fact we may run out of Tostito Peperoni pizza rolls within the first 10 miles... These are all real concerns of mine.

    If you missed the intro to Bachelorettes Gone Wild...check it out here!

  • Bachelorettes Gone Wild

    It is going to be like any other Bachelorette party. A girl’s trip to Las Vegas the Grand Canyon for wild partying 46 miles of running, fueled by mojitos and sushi salt pills and packets of gel, ending at 2 am starting at 2 am.

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    Cody and Sabina are not your average bridesmaids, Kara Henry is not your average bride, and this is not your typical Bachelorette party. The plan is to run from Rim to Rim to Rim- 46 miles in one day. Their Newton Fates have months of training miles on them after a summer of pounding dirt. Their longest training run is 30 miles, leaving 18 miles of unchartered territory, and the potential for a lifetime of stories and memories. When asked what their back up plan is, Cody responded “Back up plan? Why would we need that?” Their strategy is to finish by any means necessary. For the remainder of September, we will be chronicling their journey to the Canyon, and the journey across it (and then across it again…and then again). Stay tuned!

    Check out Part 2 of Bachelorettes Gone Wild

  • Breakfast On The Go

    Let's face it life is busy. We get it. From the time you wake up to the time you go to bed, you’re moving in a hundred different directions (or at least it feels like it) between work, family, friends, and, getting that daily workout in. But on top of all of those daily activities, we sometimes neglect to refuel our bodies with the right nutrients to keep us going. So here's an easy solution: a quick-and-easy breakfast that you can take anywhere (at anytime…we won't hold you to breakfast). It can even be prepped over the weekend for the week ahead. Give it a whirl…and then let us know what you think!

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    What you'll need -

    • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
    • ½ cup all purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • ½ tsp nutmeg
    • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
    • ¼ cup agave nectar or honey
    • 1 egg
    • 1 egg white
    • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
    • ¼ cup canola or olive oil
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • ¾ cup pumpkin purée
    • ½ cup cooked quinoa

     

    Now for the cooking -

    • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    • Mix together flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
    • In a large mixing bowl combine brown sugar, agave nectar, egg, egg white, Greek yogurt, oil and vanilla, mix well. Stir in the pumpkin, add the dry ingredients and the quinoa; mix until combined.
    • Drop batter into a lined muffin tin filling the cups ⅔ full, and bake for 18 minutes.
    • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

     

    * Transformation - Add in ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries

    * Muffins can be made in advance and stored in the freezer.

  • Larger than Life!

    Sculptor Bob Zasadny makes a unique pair of Newtons

     

    If you find yourself driving in western Kentucky any time soon, specifically in Madisonville, take a moment to drive by, or even run around the Baptist Health Madisonville Trover Wellness Park, which sits next to the Baptist Health Madisonville hospital campus. Here, you’ll find something that looks strangely familiar: a pair of Distance Newton running shoes. But these just aren’t any pair of Distance shoes, this pair is four-feet long, roughly 20 inches high at the back and heel and about 20 inches wide—roughly four-times the average sized shoe.

    The hospital commissioned Indianna artist, Bob Zasadny, to create the giant shoe sculpture as a tribute for outgoing CEO, Berton Whitaker.  Whitaker, is a runner, who actually runs in the Newton Distance. He also was responsible, amongst other things, for the creation of the Baptist Health Madisonville Trover Wellness Park, which has 10 different fitness stations and a half-mile walking or running trail. So, the real idea here, says Zasadny, is that Whitaker is leaving big shoes to fill.

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    The other surprising thing about these shoes is that they only weigh about 20 pounds each. Zasadny constructed them out of rigid polyurethane foam coated in fiberglass.  Zasadny worked at a fiberglass company in his early 20s and was always fascinated with the medium. Now, 50 years later he says, at the age of 75, he’s still working with fiberglass. “It’s an alternative material, but not a widely used thing because it’s a unique product. It’s not a pleasant material to work with and you have to be a bit technical to work with it.” But he says, “It was a perfect media for me because I could manipulate it because of my industrial experience with it. I knew how to fabricate it and I could find artistic ways to use it.”

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    Typically, Zasadny likes to sculpt the forms we see in nature—sand dunes, leaf patterns, flower petals, things that are more organic. “I’ve tried to incorporate more natural things into my art. It resonates with people, they have to reach out and touch it and run their hands over it. It’s a tactile thing that you want to feel and start touching art with your hands.” But when the opportunity to create the Newtons came his way, he jumped on it. He hadn’t heard of Newton shoes prior to the project, but quickly found a pair to check out. “It was like walking on my socks and a piece of foam, such an airy feeling.” The colors weren’t lost on Zasadny either. He kept the shoes bright, but instead incorporated the four colors that matched the hospital logo.

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    So what does it take to complete a project like this? Zasadny says when all was said and done, including making the tabletops the shoes are mounted on, it took him “easily 400 hours. For 6 weeks, I worked 60-70 hour weeks. We were making something that had never been made before.” And with that much time invested, you would think he might be worried about the longevity of the sculpture. But, the ultimate beauty of working with the foam and fiberglass materials is that if the sculpture gets a ding in it or is damaged in any way, Zasadny says, “I can go down there and take some material, grind it up and make the damaged area totally like brand new. It’s not as tragic for that to be vandalized as it would be for someone else’s materials.” Long live Newtons!

    For more information on Bob Zasadny's art - http://www.bobzabstractsculpture.com/

  • A Runner’s Guide to New Year’s Resolutions

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    1. Know that most New Year’s resolutions fail. So go easy on yourself. The best way to succeed is to choose some small goals to achieve throughout the year.

    2. Make your goal concrete, not something nebulous like I’d like to improve my time this year or get better at running. Be specific. If you want to improve your time, then set a specific goal of exactly how fast you want to run. Or how many seconds or minutes you want to drop off your time. 3. Pick a race. The easiest way to succeed at following through on a running goal is to set a goal. Choose an event. But make sure it’s far enough out to give yourself time to adequately train for it.

    4. Lacking motivation to race? Mix it up. Change your distance or location. Race a 10K instead of a half marathon. How about racing in New York City if you’re a small town runner, or at sea level if you’re a mountain runner. Or go international and visit somewhere you’ve always wanted to go.

    5. Need an even bigger challenge? Take on the World Marathon Majors: Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. Of course, this may cover a few years of New Year’s goals if you’re not (like many of us) racing full time.

    6. Okay, maybe running isn’t the problem. If you tend to just run, run, run, then commit this year to mixing it up more by adding weight training, swimming, cycling or even yoga to your routine. You’ll likely see improvements in your running by trading out a running workout for another form of fitness. As for the yoga, it will help keep your muscles flexible as you age, which is critical for staying off injury.

    7. Hydrate. Yup. This should be a no brainer. We know that coffee is tempting, but it’s probably safe to say that most of us could benefit from drinking more water. Your body will thank you. The old rule of eight glasses a day is still a good starting point.

    8. Eat more chocolate. Life can’t be all work and running. Okay, after you hydrate, a little piece of dark chocolate a day is actually good for you. Studies have shown that it’s good for your heart, brain, circulation, and full of antioxidants, which help battle free radicals, aging and even disease.

    9. Sleep more. Why not try to get to bed before 10pm more often. Sleep is critical for your body to rejuvenate. In fact, recent studies have actually shown that during our sleep the neural system actually “scrubs” the brain and removes toxins while we sleep. Sleep is also critical to retaining information. Basically, we feel better and our brains work better with sleep.

    10. Smile more when you run. Sometimes it’s hard to tell by the grimaces on our faces that we actually like to run. Many of us even love to run. Show it and let your smile be contagious to others. Maybe it will encourage them to start running, too.

  • Social Media Round-Up: 4.26.13

    In this week's social media round-up, we're going to make sure you guys know how to find Newton Running on the interwebs so we can see all the great pictures, posts, pins, tweets and videos you guys are creating!

    First up is the Newton Running Facebook page! If you're not already a "fan" of Newton Running then you should be. Our page is a place where Newton Runners share their stories, whether they're stories of their daily run mileage, a weekend race or a story of running completely changing their lives. We're not just watching you guys talk on Facebook, we're part of the conversation and love to hear what you guys say and see how we can help! Click the Facebook button below to visit our page and become part of the conversation!

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    Next up is Twitter. Just like Facebook, we want to be a part of the conversation and talk to you guys! If you have a question, ask it! If you have a picture, share it! If you have something not so nice to say, feel free (though we reserve the right to have our feeling hurt). Click the Twitter button below to follow us.

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    Pinterest is amazing. We haven't been on Pinterest that long but with it's image and information driven platform it fits right in with our colorful shoes and our perhaps even more colorful audience! Whether it's a cool article or picture about running form or if it's a re-pin of something that one of you have posted, we aim to make our Pinterest page a thing of beauty! Click below to follow us!

    And now for the awesome Instagram. We first arrived on Instagram in mid-2011. We'd post a picture here and there but not too much. Earlier this year (2013) we started doing a little digging and realized that, thanks to our fans, we were ALL OVER i Instagram! Seriously, just search the tag: #newtonrunning and you'll come across thousands of pictures of you guys, out there on the roads and trails, racking up the miles in Newton Running shoes. Check out our feed below and get involved!



     

    That's all we're going to list for now but trust us, we're out there on more social media platforms (Google+, Foursquare, Tumblr) and bringing the Newton love to and from all of you. If you can find us, follow us. if you think we need to be somewhere that we're not, let us know and we'll get on it!

    For now, let us know your social media URL's in the comments and we'll give you a follow!

  • Newton Running Social Media Round-Up: 4.5.13

    This week began with April Fool's day and Newton took the opportunity to announce a new shoe line coming out this summer!

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    Later in the week we took to our own Instagram to hint at our "Boston Cheers!" contest that is now live! if you'd like to take part and maybe win some shoes, click the picture below to enter!

    Boston-Cheers-Entry-PageOn Facebook, we had several people ask how much life they had on their shoes. We LOVE to give you guys feedback on this so please never hesitate to ask!

    Here a pic of the soles 350 miles in. Are they holding up ok or no? Here a pic of the soles 350 miles in. Are they holding up ok or no?
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    As usual, Instagram was blowing up with some fantastic Newton Running pictures bringing the total number of pictures tagged with #newtonrunning to almost 3000!! We have to thank you guys so much for making us such a part of your daily workouts. You keep taking them and we'll keep talking about them!

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    Got more for us to share? Let us know by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest!

     

  • ...and then I fell down: Episode 2

    In this episode of "...and then I fell down." Kara and Laura give a quick recap of their week in training (and falling) and chat a little bit about what fuels them on the run and afterward.

  • Newton Running Social Media Round-up: 3.22.13

    We're dedicating this week's social media round-up to Instagram! There are so many Newton runners who share their love of our shoes through pictures (our shoes do tend to be rather photogenic!) and we'd like to give you, dear reader, a sampling of what we've seen in the past few days.

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    Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 2.25.26 PMCLICK HERE TO FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM!

  • ...and then I fell down. Episode 1

    As they prepare for the 2013 Leadville Trail 100, Newton Running employees Laura Tingle and Kara Henry wanted to document their journey. The name of this series, "...and then I fell down." comes from the ladies' tendency to get up close and personal with the ground. We hope you enjoy the show!

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