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  • Summer Salad, compliments of Newton Chef Justin

    Newton's resident Chef Justin Cogley (also the Chef at Aubergine in Carmel, California) has created the ultimate salad for Summer Runners:

    Serves 4 (or one person post long run)

    Ingredients:

    6 ears of corn (shucked and cleaned)

    2 cups of cherry tomatoes (mixed heirloom)

    2 cups sugar snap (cleaned and cut in half)

    4 tbsp. olive oil

    2 tbsp. vinegar (citron vinegar)

    2 tbsp. chives (sliced)

    2 tbsp. parsley (chopped)

    2 teaspoons toasted and crushed cumin

    Sea Salt and Pepper to taste.

    Method:

    Bring a large size pot of water to a boil, season with salt and blanch snap peas for 1 min. Shock in ice water. Drain and reserve.

    Bring water back to a boil and blanch corn for 2min. Shock the Cobb in ice water, and when cool cut the kernels off and add to a mixing bowl. Add the blanched snap peas to the bowl.

    Next. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and add to the corn and snap pea bowl.

    Now add the olive oil, vinegar, chives, parley, cumin, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.

    This salad is best enjoyed the day of. The vinegar well start to brown the beans slightly if left overnight.

    Tip: I use some really nice vinegars at Aubergine, because they can add such a great flavor. Vinagire de citron by Huilerie Beaujolaise is amazing and you can find it at specialty food shops.

     

     

    From the Newton Kitchen to your dinner table... From the Newton Kitchen to your dinner table...
  • Stop and Sip the Guinness

    Enter here for your chance to win a trip to the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon in 2016:

    Below is a true story, as told by Newton's VP of eCommerce David Dunn: I’ve spent the past year raving about an exceptionally unique half-marathon with an aid station that serves Guinness. Because I am a serious beer enthusiast, those closest to me always ask “…you drank some right?” And my answer, begrudgingly, “…no….but next time definitely.” The past two years I’ve been fortunate enough to support Newton’s presence at the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon. It’s a tough job. The original and most popular race in the amazing half-marathon race series presented by Destination Races, The Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half is truly a celebration of all we love about the sport of running. Now I’m not one of the Newton runners whose results show up in the weekly race report. I’m a 9:00 mile guy with a fullback frame that fits well with my penchant for beer. But I do love to run. And in 2014 I came to this race feeling fit. Fueled by my competitive side, I put my head down and pushed my way to the finish in a respectable time. But with the memory of that missed Guinness station lingering, I vowed to make 2015 a different experience. To slow the pace and find every opportunity to absorb all this spectacular race has to offer. At the start line, as the sun broke through the clouds, I meandered through stunning rows of grape vines lining the entrance to the Cuvaison Estate, and settled in between the 2:00 hr and 2:15 pace groups.

    Sunrise on the way to the Start line Sunrise on the way to the Start line

    A call went out for a volunteer to sing our National Anthem. An unabashed Bostonian quickly jumped in and grabbed the microphone. Entirely off-key, he passionately and respectfully belted out the Star Spangled Banner with enough enthusiasm to inspire participation from virtually all his fellow racers. It was the first of many wonderful moments that made this a day to remember and characterize the unique spirit of this race series. I ran the early miles with a runner from Texas who took the time to properly thank virtually every volunteer he passed on the course.  

    Not Guinness, but still good Not Guinness, but still good

    I stopped to listen to a Jerry-Garcia look-alike and his band play an exceptional rendition of Brown-eyed Girl.

    Sometimes, you just have to pause for a jam session. The finish line isn't going anywhere. Sometimes, you just have to pause for a jam session. The finish line isn't going anywhere.

    I heard the roar of the crowd as the race director’s 81 year old mother crossed the 5k finish line. I laughed with my colleagues hula-hooping at the post-race festival.

    Not your typical post-race festivities. They are better. Not your typical post-race festivities. They are better.

    The Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half certainly isn’t the only race to offer a festive race day experience. And there’s nothing wrong with racing hard and chasing a goal on the clock. It is a race after all. But for this average runner, on this day, this race gave me a refreshing reminder of the celebration of the social running experience. One I don’t often allow myself the opportunity to enjoy. Thank you Destination Races.  By the way, somehow that keg of Guinness didn’t make the 2015 course. But don’t worry, I managed to find an alternative or two. dd I hope to experience more Wine Country Half Marathon events in this series soon. You should too. Registration is open for many of these great events.

    Enter here for your chance to win a trip to the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon in 2016:

  • Newton Nation Recap

    Hello Newton Nation! Congratulations to everyone who hit the pavement in their Newton Juggernaut Rocket Ships over the weekend (aka "shoes").

    Team Elite Runner Fernando Cabada couldn't decide which race to do, so he did all of them. Fernando was the top American at Boilermaker, a few days later he raced the Buffalo Chase 4 miler where he picked up a new PR and made some friends (see photo for proof), and topped it all off with Rock and Roll Chicago two days later where he was fourth.

    Fernando and Friends after the Buffalo 4 Mile Fernando and Friends after the Buffalo 4 Mile

    Texas Ambassador Randi Schooley took a page out of Fernando's book and raced the Breckenridge 10k, Vail Hill Climb and Silver Rush 50 Mile within days of each other. Luckily, she lives in the Houston area, so she had plenty of mountains to train on.

    Randi on the uphilly section. All of the sections were uphilly. Randi on the uphilly section. All of the sections were uphilly.

    Clever Training in Florida joined forces with Newton's Carly Kennedy to do a beach clean up and run at Indian Rocks Beach.

    Once the beach was clean, Carly bought them all beers and they lived happily ever after. Once the beach was clean, Carly bought them all beers and they lived happily ever after.

    Team Elite Runner Jeannette Faber ran her first ever trail race over the weekend- the Bowie Park 6 miler. She managed to win and not face plant.

    Proof that she managed to keep her face on her face, and not on the trail Proof that Jeannette managed to keep her face on her face, and not on the trail

    We are days away from the 2015 edition of the Badwater 135 where Harvey Lewis will be returning in hopes of defending his title. Pam Reed and Meredith Dolhare will also be flying the flag for Newton Nation at Badwater.

    What tan lines? photo cred: John Borntrager The men's Fate are the most efficient Newtons for back floating. photo cred: John Borntrager

    Pro Triathlete Alex William Willis was 11th at the NYC triathlon, maybe Harvey Lewis can teach him how to save time in transition by leaving his shoes on for the swim.

    Diving into the pristine exotic waters of the tropical Hudson River Diving into the pristine exotic waters of the tropical Hudson River

    Georgia Ambassador Sara Maltby was the top lady overall at the Cremator Ultra 50 miler. Not to be confused with a cremeter. That is something else.

    And lastly, Newton's Expo team Yo and Don (also referred to as Yon in the office) and our VP of Ecommerce David Dunn (always referred to as David Dunn, despite being the only David in the office) worked the Napa to Sonoma Destination Race and then raced the race.

    Newton Running: Proud Sponsor of Destination Races. And people just rocking out. Newton Running: Proud Sponsor of Destination Races. And people who just want to rock out.

     

     

  • Newton Nation Recap

    After spending the day reviewing the Newton Nation archives, it has been verified that this past weekend was the most successful weekend in the history of people racing in Newtons. Ever.

     

    Across the pond, in a faraway land known as "Europe," David Hauss won the European Triathlon Championships.

    David Hauss. Like a boss. David Hauss and his magic Tri-Racers

     

    On Saturday, five Newton employees tackled the Leadville 50 Mountain Bike race. They were lead by Don Reichelt, followed by Erin Kersten, Tom Curran and Yo Schmidt. West Coast Account Manager Brad Jacobs figured 40 miles was close enough. It's not Brad, it's not.

    Erin and Don. Don held a "how to fall off your bike clinic," Erin did not attend. Erin and Don. Don held a "how to fall off your bike clinic," Erin did not attend.

     

    On Sunday, half of the Newton office tackled the Leadville Silver Rush 50 mile Run. Team Elite Runner Kara Henry broke the course record by 26 minutes. There is a lot of Zombie walking going on in the Newton Headquarters today:

     Tom Curran, Mary Wolber, Brian Salin, Sabina Parigian, Anne Klein, Stephen Gartside, Kara Henry, Brent Abbott and Rich Miyamoto. Ready for action and altitude.
    Tom Curran, Mary Wolber, Brian Salin, Sabina Parigian, Anne Klein, Stephen Gartside, Kara Henry, Brent Abbott and Rich Miyamoto. Ready for action and altitude.

     

    At Boilermaker in New York, Fernando Cabada and Tyler McCandless were the first and third Americans respectively

    Podiumers (now a word) Fernando and Tyler Podiumers (now a word) Fernando and Tyler

     

    The Man, The Myth, The Legend Craig Alexander was second at Vineman followed by Timothy "T.O." O'Donnell in fourth and Chris "Big Sexy" McDonald in ninth. In the lady race, MacKenzie Madison was seventh.

    Meanwhile, back in "Europe" Chris Bagg was the top American at Challenge Roth Meanwhile, back in "Europe" Chris Bagg was the top American at Challenge Roth

     

    The hits keep on coming...

    -Days after Western States and days before Badwater, Pam Reed completed the Hardrock 100 in sub 40 hours

    -Ambassador Alaina Andersen ran a quick 74 minutes at Boilermaker. She let Fernando and Tyler beat her, so there wouldn't be any awkwardness at the next Newton gathering

    -Texas Ambassador Maria Reed had the top run split at the Shadow Creek Relay Tri in Pearland, TX

    -Ambassador Moira Horan won the Judy Flannery award for her excellence in the sport of triathlon and her service to the triathlon community

    -Ambassador Bart Rein ran the Catoctin 50k on Saturday and said it was the hardest thing he has ever done. That means you did it right, Bart

    -Newton CPA Beth raced Boulder Peak over the weekend, the countdown is on to Ironman Boulder. No pressure, Beth.

    and lastly, a huge dose of Monday Motivation:

    NASCAR Driver Landon Cassill raced 770.3 miles in 27 hours over the weekend. He started with a 300 mile NXS race on Friday night, flew out to Muncie at 1 am on Saturday morning where he raced the Muncie 70.3 and qualified for the World Championships with a 4:36 half Ironman. He immediately flew back to Kentucky where he finished 28th in the 400 mile NASCAR Cup race on Saturday night. Nothing is impossible.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Feature Friday v2.0

     

    boxWelcome to Feature Friday with a twist. Instead of a shoe feature, we are going to drop some Newton Company knowledge on you. Have you ever wondered about the little "B" in the bottom corner of your shoe box? That is a B Corporation Certification symbol. Newton Running was the first Running Shoe Company to become B Corp certified. This initiative influences everything we do from our packaging that is made entirely of recycled materials, to the practices at our Headquarters of composting and bicycle commuting (not at the same time. We live dangerously, but not that dangerously). So what does all of this mean? Glad you asked! Here is the Cliffs Notes version to becoming B Corp certified, and what it means for Newton. And you- the Newtonites.

    To become B Corp certified, Newton had to complete an assessment that addresses:

    • Governance and transparency
    • Environmental Responsibility
    • Community Responsibility
    • Employee Treatment

    _E4A0091The documentation process is extensive, and took Newton a year from the time we decided to start the process to the certification completion. Newton will have to repeat the assessment every two years. The process becomes more rigorous with every recertification. It is B Corp's method for pushing companies to make ongoing incremental improvement

    Jerry's B Corp Thoughts

    To learn more, look here:  http://http://www.newtonrunning.com/feel-newton/newton-is-different

  • Just Tri It!

    As you contemplate your New Year’s Resolution, consider taking inspiration from amateur triathlete Dan Stubleski.

     

    While you contemplate your New Year’s Resolutions, consider taking inspiration from Dan Stubleski, who didn’t run, swim or bike competitively until he took up triathlons four years ago at age 34. Although he now rides with a local team (Fraser Bicycle Team Green), he doesn’t have a coach and he works full time. Still, this year, he placed first in his division (35-39) at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii and he was the overall top amateur finisher, in a time of 8:50:22. We caught up with him recently at his home in Washington, Michigan, where he lives with his wife (who he describes as “the best Sherpa EVER!!!!”) and two kids, ages 12 and 10.

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    Before you started doing triathlons had you ever raced running? No, no racing before. I just ran for fun. I was competitive in team sports.

    Did you bike or race bikes? My first race was the South Maui Triathlon in 2011.

    What about swimming?  I knew how to swim, for fun, but did not start really swimming until I signed up for the South Maui Tri. I started swimming at the Romeo High School pool.

    So triathlons are quite a bit different than playing basketball. How did you start doing triathlons? Well, I bought my first road bike because I was into watching the Tour De France and thought that riding might be fun. I bought my first road bike and loved it. I discovered Triathlon when looking for a bike race during a trip to Maui with my wife in June of 2011. We were already booked to go and I wanted to bring my bike. I thought it would be cool to do a race while I was there, but could only find triathlon and not just bike racing. I figured why not? I’ll try it!

    You came 2nd in your first triathlon, the South Maui Tri, which was Olympic Distance,  and then went straight to the IRONMAN Steelhead 70.3 in Michigan…were you hooked after the first one and just decided to go for it? Oh heck yeah, I was hooked! I figured I did well at the Olympic distance, and loved it, and Steelhead was within driving distance, so why not?

    When did you set your sites on a full IRONMAN? I did not set my sites on IRONMAN until after I completed the 70.3 (which actually wasn’t a true 70.3 because the swim was cancelled).

    Looking at your resume, it looks like you performed well from the get go and then just got stronger? Were you surprised at your performance?  I was surprised at my performance in Maui. I really just wanted to finish. I never expected to finish second overall! It wasn’t until after like my 3rd or 4th race that I stopped being surprised and knew that triathlon racing must be my thing.

    Was IRONMAN Texas your first full? Yes, Texas 2013.

    When did you set your sites on Kona? After my 2012 race season—I raced well in 2012 and set my sites on a full IRONMAN and qualifying for Kona 2013.

    In 2013, you placed 2nd in your age group and 26th overall at Kona. How did that race rank for you in your list of experiences? I think I have to say my best race experience was Kona 2013, my first time racing there. There is nothing like it! Just the feeling of being in Kona was awesome—the crazy, exciting atmosphere. Just standing on the pier. Crossing the finish line for the first time in Kona, the feeling is indescribable!

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    What were your goals heading to Kona this year? My goal was to win! Isn’t that always the goal? Lol! I also wanted to improve on my marathon time.

    What were you worried about going in? If I could improve on my time from last year.

    Did you know you were the first amateur? I did know I was in first. It was close for most of the race. Toward the end though I knew I had a little time on the second place guy.

    Obviously, you won, so the race went well. What were the highlights? Well, I had a bad swim. I picked a spot that proved to be not good! It was crowded. Everybody wants to be first so everybody wants to start the swim up front. The spot I chose was crowded for most of the swim. My favorite part was the bike. I love to ride. I got a new Specialized Shiv this season and sometimes I just can’t get out of the saddle!!! My bike was descent, considering there was a head wind heading to Hawi and pretty much all the way back from Hawi! I had a PR on the run, 2:58:19. I was excited, happy, proud! I couldn't believe I had done it!

    Was your family there to watch? This year just my wife, but last year for my first Kona, my wife and kids were all there.

    And you raced in Newtons? Yes I did. I raced in the Elites, the green ones. When I first started wearing Newtons I wore Distance S. I sometimes still train in them.

    Why Newtons? Honestly, because Crowie [Newton athlete/triathlete Craig Alexander] wears them! That is how I discovered them. I was wearing another brand for my 2011 season and they were too wide, sloppy. I knew that before my 2012 season I needed to find a new brand. I saw Crowie in Newtons and looked them up and thought I’d give them a try. I have been hooked on them ever since. Love them. The guys that work in the Newton tent at the race venues got to know my wife because we were in there shopping so much!

    So, why do you do what you do? I do it because I love it. I love to exercise. It makes me feel alive! Lol, most people don’t understand that!

    What do people think back home? Everyone is excited. Everyone is happy for me and they want to hear my Kona story, which I am happy to tell!

    What’s next? Well, I had a lot to think about and consider. I kind of wanted to go pro, but with the changes to the pro race that Ironman made, it really doesn’t make sense for me. All of the sold out races that I could have entered and close to home races are no longer pro races. So, I am going to stay amateur.

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    Do you have any advice for newcomers to triathlon? For the newcomers in the sport, start slow and enjoy the journey. It takes a lot of dedication to do this sport. It gets a little easier the fitter you get.

    What about any New Year’s Resolutions? My goal for the year is to go faster each time I race. To win again in Kona would be awesome!! We will see. I think I can still improve in all areas.

  • Q&A with Apolo Ohno

    You know him as a world-class athlete and eight-time Olympic medalist and speedskater (and possibly even from Dancing with the Stars), what about as a triathlete? Only Kona will tell. 

    You know his face: brown eyes, the soul patch and signature wavy hair with the bandana tied around his head. Apolo Ohno is a global icon and athlete on the ice and is an internationally known face of short-track speedskating. In 2010, after making sports history by becoming the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian of all-time, Ohno hung up his competitive skates.

    Retirement doesn’t always come easy to such high caliber athletes—Ohno likes to and needs to be busy and always learning or pushing himself.  By the time he retired he already had his hand in many businesses, not to mention he was a brand in his own right traveling the world regularly for speaking engagements. “I live for that pumped state of learning,” says Ohno. So naturally when the opportunity arose to train for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, he jumped at it. And, unlike most of us who train and then maybe try a sprint or Olympic distance triathlon first, Ohno chose the IRONMAN 70.3 Boise (half the distance of Kona)  to be his first triathlon ever. Finishing in 4.57, he has only done one sprint triathlon since then.

    With Kona just days away on October 11, we caught up with Ohno at his home in Los Angeles.

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    1.  We know that you ran the New York Marathon in 2011 in a time of 3:25.  What was your experience with cycling and swimming before training for Kona?

    Okay, first of all, immediately after the New York marathon I stopped running. At that time I was doing a lot of weight training, kickboxing, and training with some NFL athletes out east.

    For speedskating, we would bike in the summers as a team, but nowhere near the volume required for an IRONMAN. We did short bursts. And swimming, that has been nonexistent in my life since I was 12 years old.

     2. We know you’re a busy guy, so what does your training routine look like?     

    Paula Newby-Fraser has been my rock. Paula is the queen of Kona and perhaps one of the best coaches I have ever worked with in my life. My training has been dictated by her—she puts me on a weekly schedule. Sometimes I’ll go down and train with her in Carlsbad, but mostly I train by myself because I have such a busy schedule.

    Today, I have a 2.5 hour bike ride, followed by a 45 minute run off the bike. The training has cut back as we get closer to Kona. I got really sick about 11 days ago, really sick. So now we’re bringing my body back up. But it’s different every day. Yesterday I had a swim.

    I needed this in my life, to re-test myself, to have a change and a challenge that is taking me out of my comfort zone and putting every element of my body to the test.  It was like hitting the “reset” button on my body's athletic memory, except with different physical challenges.

     3. Have you noticed any big physical changes in your body since you’ve been training?

    I haven’t lifted any weights since I’ve been training for this. I’ve leaned down. Do I look like a triathlete? I probably never will. I carry a lot of muscle mass.

     4. Are there any similarities between speedskating and triathlon training and racing?

    They both hurt, that’s about it. My speed-skating races lasted 40 seconds long. I trained to produce the most amount of energy in the shortest amount of time, starting from a very static, loaded position. Triathlon is a continuous non-stop aerobic activity. It was a huge change and still is a huge change.

     5. What’s on your training playlist?

    I like a wide variety of music—house music when I’m out for a long ride. I like to just get into a rhythm and lose track of time. A Gareth Emery podcast or Above and Beyond podcast.

     6. What is the biggest thing you’ve had to wrap your head around?

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    The biggest thing is the fact that the training is so different. On a Saturday morning, getting up early to do a 100-mile bike ride followed by a run and being done at 1 in the afternoon. The time consumption is difficult.

    And then, in Kona, what the weather will be like. Everyone says it’s beautiful, but the conditions are very hot and humid and there are 40-mile crosswinds in the bike. There are people clamoring over you in the swim and then running a full marathon after that whole day with ambient temperatures at 120-plus. How do I get through that?

     7. In speedskating there is this unknown, you train and train and then in the race someone can slide into you and take you out…what is that unknown you’re worried about at Kona?

    This is the most coveted endurance event on the planet. It puts your mind and physical being to the test. Everyone says there is a breaking point where you think about how you should stop and you have to push through that. There is that potential you won’t finish. I accept the challenge and I have a great team. I’ll give it my best.

     8. You’ve already succeeded at the top as far as athletics go, is there anything you’ve learned from this experience that you didn’t expect?

    I have been surprised at the entire triathlon community and how people welcome you with open arms. I’ve been welcomed with open arms. I had no idea how big triathlon is and how many personalities are involved in it—it’s awesome.

     9. So you run in Newtons—how long have you been running in Newtons and why Newtons?

    I have been wearing Newtons since I started training for triathlon. I wore traditional shoes before. As soon as I started to run more, people encouraged me to try them. When I put them on, I said, ‘Why haven’t I heard about them before?’ Newtons make sense. The Newton team established themselves as a premier running company based on performance, dynamics, and relationships with athletes. They have this cult following. They care and understand the science of running and are interested in making you run better. I plan on running in Newtons for the rest of my life.

    10.You visited the Newton Running Lab and worked with Newton Co-founder Danny Abshire. How did that go?

    When I went to the running lab in Boulder, it was awesome, talking to everyone who works in the store, doing the running analysis. Danny makes running seem like walking, like it’s natural. He has a way of explaining running that makes you want to run.

    11.You noted that you have been working with Newton athlete and coach Paula Newby-Fraser as well. How has that been?

    It’s been amazing. Her ability to transfer her knowledge as an athlete to a novice like myself, and her database of knowledge is incredible. She is a great coach. She understands the body, the physiology of training, recovery, and nutrition. She has all of the elements locked in.  She could coach any sport – she is that good and that smart!

    12.What’s the most valuable advice she’s passed on to you?

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    Adapt, adapt adapt—whatever the situation is always know you have to adapt and make small adjustments along the way.

    13.What advice do you have for others who are considering doing a triathlon, an IRONMAN or otherwise?

    I think nutrition is a huge part of it and consistency of training. You can’t make up training if you miss it, you can’t just jump back in and be back where you were, you have to put in the time. There is time on your feet, on the saddle, and in the pool, and you can’t replace that.

    It has been hard and eye opening. A lot of people who do this sport have normal lives. There is only a small amount of athletes that just train. I have a whole lot of respect for the people who do this who have kids and families and work, that’s the thing that is inspirational about triathlon, and to see how much they dedicate to the sport. It’s cool.

    14.When it’s done will you hang up the bike and your swim trunks or keep going?

    I don’t think I’ll just hang it up right away, I’ll continue to do some training. I really enjoy the IRONMAN triathlon world—I like being a part of it. I don’t see myself going away, but I will definitely look for new challenges.

  • Kona For Kenny!

    It was a plan six years in the making, Newton Running Company employee Kenny Withrow wanted to qualify for Kona, and he wasn't going to stop until he got there. On August 3rd, Kenny blew through the field at Ironman Boulder to grab his slot for the big dance. How does a person execute a plan so flawlessly when so much is on the line? We weren't sure either, so we sat him down and asked him a few questions.

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    Q: How long have you had your eyes on a Kona slot for? What was your motivation for getting there?

    A: I've been wanting to race Kona for 6 years now. IRONMAN Boulder was my 3rd IRONMAN. I sat down with my Coach (Eric from EK Endurance Coaching) last October and said "I wanna go to Kona". Since that conversation every swim, bike and run has been geared towards IRONMAN Boulder and snagging a Kona slot.

    Q: What do you think will be the hardest part of the race mentally for you?

    A: Being patient during the bike. Knowing that the race will really begin once I get my feet on the ground.

    Q: What shoe have you been training in? And what shoe will you be racing in?

    A: My shoe of choice post IRONMAN Boulder was the AHA. Leading up to Kona I've been training in the Distance III and Distance Elite. My weapon of choice for Kona. Drum roll please.......The Limited Edition Distance III ;) So Fresh!

    Q: Number one thing running through your head when you’re mid-way through the bike/run on race day?

    A: The Swim: Is that a shark?

    The Bike: I swear that was a shark!

    The Run: "How far until the next aid station?"

    Q:What are your main concerns racing in Kona?

    A: The humidity!

     

    For more information on Kenny, check out his fundraising page -https://www.rallyme.com/rallies/886/kenny-to-kona

  • Bachelorettes Gone Wild

    Part Three

     

    What was the best and worst part of running the Grand Canyon?

    Kara - The best part was running down the canyon at 4am into complete darkness with a bunch of crazy awesome chicks. There was just this epic sense of adventure and an incredible feeling of excitement. And nothing hurt yet which was a plus. The worst part was the complete loss of skin on the top of both feet. After running in the rain for 7 hours it seems that my skin gave up and abandoned ship. It looks like my feet have been boiled. Seriously…I can’t put shoes on.

    Cody - I don’t know if I could pin point that. The day was a total adventure from start to finish, the scenery was epic, the terrain was incredibly challenging, both mentally and physically. I guess the best part is the memories that we have from the entire day. It was truly the adventure of a lifetime.

    Sabina - To be honest the day was full of epic highs and major lows for me. The worst part for me was from mile 31-38 lets just say I was in pretty bad shape…soaking wet, in pain, and with 6 hours to go. The best part… well there are so many moments that come to mind but what really made it all worth it was at mile 45 the sky’s cleared and this amazing rainbow shot out from the middle of the Grand Canyon, it was a good friend saying hello. 

    Would you do it again?

    Kara - Maybe. It was an incredible experience but I’m ready for something new! What’s the next grand adventure going to be??

    Cody - You know, I think running the Grand Canyon should be a bucket list run, that said… I checked it off my list and have no plans of going back

    Sabina - I think that question is tricky.  If you asked me at mile 40 I would say NEVER AGAIN! But looking back on it now Never say Never. 

    Any Advice for someone wanting to run R2R2R?

    Kara - Be prepared for changes in weather. We were very happy that we packed rain gear and an extra base layer when 7 hours of thunderstorms rolled in.

    Don’t forget to eat! The easiest way to bonk is by forgetting to eat. Even if you don’t feel hungry, keep that food coming. We each packed a variety of snacks from pizza rolls to Fig Newtons, GUs and everything in between. You never know what you’ll end up craving so the more options the better!

    Remember, it always gets better. No matter how terrible you’re feeling, things will turn around and you’ll be laughing at the meltdown you’re having in no time.

    Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the views, laugh and have fun. This is supposed to be fun, even if it may not feel like it all the time. If you’re not enjoying it, then why even bother!

    Cody - Definitely plan out the route you're taking. The Grand Canyon is a total beast and if you get down there unprepared you still have to somehow make it back out. Plan on having extreme low points and extreme high points - if you're expecting that roller coaster of emotions, it's much easier to deal with. Lastly, know where the water stops are and plan to bring a variety of things to eat so you don't get flavor fatigue. Oh and definitely bring a poncho. 

    Sabina - YES! Knowing what I know now I would have done a lot of things a little different. 1) Don’t underestimate the Grand Canyon and mother nature, ITS A BEAST!  2) Train on the steepest mountain you can find, hike up it and run down over and over! 3) Enjoy every moment of it even if you are miserable because its EPIC! Good Luck :)

    GC9 At the top of the South rim the day before running rim to rim to rim. We were shocked and a little terrified at how massive the Grand Canyon really is.
    GC3 3am start at the South rim of the Grand Canyon.
    GC8 Ready to get rolling on our all day mission of running from the South rim of the Grand Canyon to the North rim... and then back to the South rim. A long day to say the least.
    GC12 Hiking up the North rim. A brutal climb that puts you at 8,200 feet.
    gc14 Finally a break from running up hill! We made up a lot of time running back down the North rim.
    gc16 We quickly realized that around every corner was the perfect photo op, but we had to limit ourselves in order to finish before dark.
    GC10 The last 7 hours were mainly spent in the rain. We had to accept it and move on with the fact that our ponchos were our new best friend.
    photo Words cannot describe how happy we were in this moment to reach the top of the South rim again.

  • Keeping up with Sugarland guitarist, Thad Beaty

    When a health crisis hit his family, Newton Ambassador Thad Beaty, began to move his musical life toward new ways that mattered.

     

    Thad Beaty loves music. Always has. When the guitar player for the country band Sugarland, is not on the road, he’s in Nashville working at his day job, Sorted Noise, producing songs for movies. But in 2009, a curveball was thrown at him, when his mom was diagnosed with colon cancer. Since then, his daily routine has involved a lot more than music.

    At the time of the diagnosis, the 5’10” Beatty was 34 years old and weighed 230 pounds. He says, “We went into panic mode. My brother, my wife and I and my mom all decided as a family that we could do better at being healthy. So, we immediately started researching the best diet for dealing with cancer,” he says. What happened next, was something he never would have expected.

    Thad Beaty, guitarist for country Grammy band Sugarland

    “We learned that a raw diet, greatly lowers your cancer risk levels. But we thought, ‘good grief, there’s no way we can do that.’” Yet, he and his wife bought a Vitamix blender and started having smoothies for breakfast and salads for lunch. And suddenly, they were 66 percent raw already.

    “Before I knew it, I was fully vegetarian a few months out and the only thing left before I went Vegan was Greek yogurt—that was the last stronghold.”

    At the same time that his food transformation was taking place, Beaty started exercising.  While on the road with the band, he started to run. “I could take off running in the middle of nowhere.” When he came home there was a pool in his neighborhood, so he started swimming. Next, he pulled out his old mountain bike. “I was doing a little of each and a little more and then something just triggered along the way.”

    Before he knew it, Beaty was Vegan, and his training turned to competing in triathlons—not just sprint triathlons, but Ironman triathlons, with his first in Arizona in 2012, then Kona in 2013. His 230 pounds quickly melted away to a stealth 160 pounds. In a relatively short period of time, his very Southern family had completely transformed itself, including his mom, who is now gluten free and vegan.

    Along the way, Beaty started reading Newton co-founder, Danny Abshire’s book, Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger, Healthier Running. “I started working on all the drills. Then I bought Newtons and hit the road. I was amazed at how my body felt and my times were way faster. I was hooked.”

    As Beaty started down the Ironman path, he started to consider the powerful correlation between sport, the music industry and giving back. First, he struck up a relationship with the Ironman organization. Then, he began to look for companies who shared his belief system of giving back.  A training partner and Newton athlete, Shay Eskew, shared with him the non-profit work that Newton was doing. “Once I realized our core values aligned well, I had to reach out.” A partnership was struck, and now he says, “We have done some amazing things together and I think we will do a ton more.”

    Around this time, Beaty founded Musicthatmoves.org to encourage the music industry to give back in ways that are healthy for the community. His motivation was spurred by the fact that in addition to his mom’s illness, the band’s guitar tech, Kevin Quigley, was diagnosed with Lymphoma and lost his battle against the disease less than a year later.

    “Health is holistic. It is mind, body and spirit. If you don’t have a good balance of those three, then you are out of whack. I saw how harmonious endurance events and getting involved in social movements were together.”

    Now, Beaty and a team of about 20 people from the music industry are training for the Ragnar Relay from Chattanooga to Nashville in October to “reclaim their health”.  Of his teammates, Beaty says, “They didn’t all come from an athletic background and they want to make a change. So we’re going on this journey together.” Each member is doing the relay to raise money for a cause or non-profit of their choice. “What resonated so strongly with them is that endurance events become a beautiful vehicle to affect change. If you do it for a cause, it becomes super special.”

    Beaty and fellow Newton Runner, Bo Parrish, have also teamed up to form New Life for Newton, connecting gently used Newton shoes with cross-country and track coaches and inner city kids who are in need of shoes. They have enjoyed delivering the shoes themselves to these young running teams and spending an afternoon or day training with them. The list of initiatives Beaty has taken on is long and this is in addition to work and still training hard. Ironman Chattanooga in September is on his hit list for this year. But now with several races under his belt, he says, “It’s not about the finish line, it’s about everything you learn getting to the finish line and then that’s a place to celebrate everything you’ve learned and to carry those lessons forward.” For now, he’s celebrating the fact that his mom’s cancer is in remission.

     

    You can watch Thad Beaty on ABC this Tuesday, July 15, on “Extreme Makeover Weight Loss.” In the episode he worked with a woman who went from the couch to doing a 70.3 triathlon. Beaty says, “We had her rocking some Newtons.”

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