Meet The Dogs Of Newton – Week 6 Saddie

Posted by on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 @ 7:15 am | Leave a reply

saddieLikes: ice, pumpkin, peanut butter, squirrels, digging holes, chewing through the wires to the sprinkler system

Dislikes: soda cans, exercise balls, getting my nails trimmed, thunder, snakes

Favorite Hangouts: the couch, anywhere in the sun

Plays With: soccer ball, frisbee, sprinklers

Summary: I’m a one year old German Shepherd mix and I love people! My owners adopted me from the local humane society and I couldn’t have been more excited. My favorite thing to do is pretend I have an itch right at the very moment my owners tell me to do something I don’t feel like doing. They have recently caught onto my trick, so now I sometimes pretend I don’t hear them until they offer peanut butter. I’ll do anything for peanut butter!

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Meet The Dogs Of Newton – Week 5 Pilot

Posted by on Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 11:14 am | Leave a reply

Dogs of Newton PilotMy name? Pilot. No Biblical reference, so put Pontius out of your head because I love all humans. Think Pilot project. Pilot a ship. Pilot light. Pilot experiment. Pilot chute. Pilot a plane (or maybe a parachute?). Think Jayne Eyre and Mr. Rochester’s loyal companion Pilot.

My breed? Portuguese Water Dog. I came before Bo Obama but I’m still proud of one of my own getting into the White House. Although I bet he has  never rolled in a dead animal (unless the NSA buried a two-legged creature somewhere in the White House lawn which today seems a strong possibility but risky during the Easter Egg Roll), so I’m pretty sure Bo always smells like lavender dog wash and not my personal faves, deadrabbitsnakewormsfishprariedog.

My favorite activities? Running the Mesa Trail or Marshall Mesa with my mom, swimming, making snow angels, chasing rabbits, turning into an insane devil around skateboard and snowmobiles, rolling in horse poop with my sister Hazel, working as a therapy dog with my dogsitter, and looking for tummy pats in the Newton Running offices. Oh, and I’ve got the Newton CEO wrapped around my paw. I look at him and wag my tail and I’m sure to get a treat.

My “meh” list? All the other dogs in the office.

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Tim Berkel – IRONMAN Cairns Race Report

Posted by on Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 12:52 pm | Leave a reply

Tim Berkel running his way to a 2nd place finish!

Tim Berkel running his way to a 2nd place finish!

About a month ago, I had a rethink of my season, and made some mid-season alterations to my calendar, and my focus for the remainder of 2013. Rather than bore you with the details of the next six months, I’ll try to cover these races as they happen.

Several weeks ago I began my preparation to do an Olympic distance race (i.e. Port Douglas 5150) on one weekend, then back it up the following weekend with the Cairns Ironman 70.3.  The reason I decided to do these races is that it had been such a long time between races and also coming off a chest infection, I just wanted to see where I was at in terms of fitness.  The 5150 was mainly a hit-out event, and I was preparing myself to have a good crack at the Ironman 70.3.

So the 5150 race was great, I felt good and enjoyed it, I got a 6th place there, which was what I expected for the field of athletes, and my ability in short course racing. I spent the week in Port Douglas (about an hour drive north of Cairns, Queensland) training with Clayton “Clayto” Fettel and Joey Lampe. I had recovered so well and was feeling on top of my game.  Clayto was racing the full Ironman, while Joey and I had booked our start for the Ironman 70.3, which was being held simultaneously with the full distance event in Cairns.

Then, in a moment of sheer stupidity, the thought came into my mind to give the Ironman a crack.  With no proper Ironman-build in my training, and only six days from race start, I tossed out the idea to my Team.  Weirdly enough, I got the support of my coach, manager, and wife, which mutually supported the idea, and with less than six days to go, I got the go ahead to do Ironman Cairns. My preparation for this race was not what I usually do, as it was all about the 70.3 distance, so it was to be interesting to see how the body would hold up.

Race morning/wife’s birthday, I was lucky enough to see a nice clear ocean , which I was told was infested with Croc’s (the reptile, not the fluorescent foam shoes) and only a little whisper of breeze. My swim was pretty crappy and I came out further back than I normally do due to missing two weeks of swimming (as I had a chest infection leading into this race).  So after a quick transition I was onto the bike and looking forward to a scenic ride up the coastline and seeing the gorgeous tropical North Queensland …I wish!!!

It was “balls to the wall” to play catch up to just get back onto the main pack of riders I was expecting to come out of the water with.  So I caught New Zealand ‘s Cam Brown, Matty White and Todd Israel around 15km mark.  Knowing that Luke McKenzie, Clayto, and Chris “Macca” McCormack weren’t in that group, I knew I had caught onto the group riding in equal forth.

Another 15km up the road we caught Macca. Feeling quite good, I was driving the group up into Port Douglas.  Macca took a turn up front and I was sitting second with Cam, Matty and Todd still intact.  We approached a bit of a tight spot on the road, and we naturally bunched up, and there was a Technical Official sitting off the back of our group.  He rode up to me and issued me a drafting penalty. It was a silly mistake, where I wasn’t able to drop back quick enough in a technical section of the course.  He might not have had the best angle to see it, but he made the call, and I had to cop it.

It was a little disappointing as I felt I had been off the front of my group for most of the ride and this happens in such a silly spot. So I then decided to surge forward and haul a$$ up the road as I had to get into the penalty box, knowing I didn’t want to lose the ground I made to even catch these boys in the first place.  Plus I knew I still had Luke and Clayto out front, which is a scary combination, as they both are strong cyclist.  In my angered state, I was able to gain around 2 mins by the time I jumped into the penalty box (…with a gorgeous view might I add).

When I saw the boys go past, I might have uttered a few choice words, and I apologize to the Technical Officials which were staffing the Penalty Box.  My emotions may have gotten the best of me in that situation, but I had already worked so hard after a poor swim, to have to claw myself back again.  After my penalty was served, I was out of the box on a mission.  I caught the boys back at around the 130km mark.

On the ride back into T2 us boys were having a little friendly banter when Matty White decides to pull a turn… Coming past me, he says “I’m a #@%ing cheat”.  LOL.  Makes the ride a lot more enjoyable when you have good guys out there, keeping you motivated, and talking a bit of smack.

Back into the transition I was told a few splits and McKenzie was 21:58 up the road.  Geeeeezzzz, I thought to myself – I’ve got a bit of work, and it was going to have to happen quick smart.  So Macca and I ran together for a bit, before he took off.  I let him go, but soon caught back up to him. Macca didn’t seem his usual self, which was understandable due to him being in hospital at the start of the week with a Kidney infection.

We ran together for around 4km and Macca was feeling worse, poor guy. I then dropped Macca and whilst running I saw McKenzie on the way back from the Yorky’s Nob loop, and it was pretty clear to me he had a massive lead. I thought to myself the only way I was going to make time up was to run hard into the head wind.

I overtook Clayto which put me in second place.  I kept getting splits from the awesome spectators lining the course.  It’s a long run into town, then multiple loops along the foreshore, so the end of the race is full of spectators.  I was consistently reducing the 21:58 deficit that Luke built on his Swim/Bike combination.

I ended up crossing the line in second, and was only 4:38 back, taking over 17 minutes of Luke’s lead at T2.  I ran a 2:44:24 marathon which was over 10 minutes faster than the second fastest Marathon of the day.  I guess looking back now the results it could have been a little different if I didn’t get my drafting penalty.  As I could take 4 minutes off my time, and possibly fresher legs at not having to play catch up twice during the bike leg.  But all-in-all, I can’t complain and I have lived and learned from my mistakes …until next race!

Well done to Luke McKenzie on a champion effort. Also, I take my visor off to Macca – legend, and tough as nails!

So for me now the game plan is a few easy days then back into it as I head back to the states for a couple of races in a few weeks.

Thanks again to my wife-Bel, family and supporters, my Manager (Mike), the doggies. Sponsors; Scody, Giant, Newton Running, Daikin Air Conditioners, Endura, Shimano, Oakley, Garmin, Blue Seventy, Altitude Training Systems, Continental Tyres, Hypnotic Zoo, Scicon.

Special mention to my Coach-Grant Giles. Thanks for always believing in me and pushing me to succeed when I thought I possibly couldn’t. He is a great mentor, friend, and supporter and the number one coach. Go Team Aeromax!!!

 

Cheers,

Tim

 

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Journey Of A Shoe!

Posted by on Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 8:11 am | Leave a reply

Ever wondered what happens throughout the creation of a Newton Running shoe? We thought we’d give you an inside look at how are shoes are manufactured!

Raw Material

  1.  Most of the materials used to stitch the upper are received in rolls and can be seen here prior to cutting and stitching
  2. The materials warehouse needs to be very organized
  3. The stock on hand is generally a mix of textiles and synthetics.  Each roll is marked with material name, supplier and country of origin
  4. Materials are checked for quality, total square footage and correct color match upon receiving Raw Materials 1

Raw Materials 2

 

Setting  (AKA Pressing and Stock Fitting)

  1. Seen in these shots are sole units prior to assembly
  2. A sole unit is the midsole, outsole and any inserts pieces that have been stock fitted together
  3. Newton shoes have a biomechanical top plate and cavity chamber that integrate with the patented action-reaction performance technology Settings 1Setting 2

Assemby

  1. Seen here are the finished shoes just prior to packaging in the inner-box
  2. All shoes undergo a final QC check by a trained controllers prior to exportAssembly 3

There you have it, Newton Running shoes!

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Meet The Dogs Of Newton – Week 4 Pepper

Posted by on Monday, June 10, 2013 @ 8:15 am | Leave a reply

Prefers to be called: Dr. Pepper

Would rather not be called: Pepperoni

Breed: Hard to say

Favorites: Chips, chips and cheese, chips and dip, chips and salsa, chips and queso, chasing rabbits.

Dislikes: Having my hair combed. I just want to rock the dreads like everyone else in Boulder.

Favorite pastime: Visiting every single person in the Newton office, and telling them that I am sooooo hungry, and need a cookie. I learned this trick from my owner.

Plays with: A stuffed tiger named Tigger 2. The original Tigger is buried somewhere in the backyard….I don’t want to talk about it.

Favorite hangout: I prefer to have an entire couch to myself. If there is a person on each couch in the living room, someone is getting the stink eye until they move. I also like hanging out in the backyard, eating mulch.

In summary: I am a pretty happy little dog, except when Kara puts me in her desk drawer. I really enjoy running, hiking, and playing catch. It has been a major project, but I have finally trained my owner to retrieve the tennis balls that I hide for her in the yard. I think she likes that game. I also like road trips, and I can’t wait until I am old enough to drive.

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Meet The Dogs of Newton – Week 3 Isaac

Posted by on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 @ 7:13 am | Leave a reply

Hello Isaac

 

 

 

Hi! I’m Isaac. I’m 2 1/2 years old. I weigh about 160 lbs. and I’m all about fun.

Likes:  Helping with any kind of physical work….I love to help take out the garbage and move the patio furniture around.

I also love to go for walks with my Dad in downtown Boulder and meet new people there. Some folks live in the park and they’re always happy to see me. They tell me about dogs they grew up with and it brings a smile to their face. That feels good.

I like being the boss of everything, and I can use my charm to be very persuasive…..like when I want to sit on Mom or Dad’s lap. They think I’m too big to be a lap dog, but if I look at them with my big brown eyes and tilt my head just right, they’ll sit on the floor and then I can sit on their laps and have my ears scratched.

Dislikes: Having my ears cleaned. I also don’t like when my parents ask me to “guard the house” and then they leave me there while they go out and have fun. They think a couple of treats will keep me happy while they’re gone, but sometimes I let them know I don’t like being home alone by tearing up the newspaper or a box of Kleenex.

Favorite Hangouts: Newton Headquarters! The best is when my Dad asks me if I want to go to Newton with him in the morning.  I do a happy dance to show him how excited I am.

Plays with: My toys, especially my favorite squeeky purple pig, ice cubes, feet (I like to lick them).

Summary: I’m a pretty easy going kind of guy, and just want to be near my family all the time. It’s fun to meet new people who tell me I’m cool, but sometimes when I shake my head and drool flies everywhere they say “eww”. Most people just like to pet me because my fur is so soft, and I’m happy to let them do that.

 

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Meet the Dogs of Newton – Week 2 Lila

Posted by on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 @ 10:35 am | Leave a reply

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Likes: Licking doors, licking tables, licking the floor, licking people, licking other dogs, licking the bed, and licking myself

Dislikes: Being tied up under my owner’s desk. I protest by making extremely loud wookie noises. Arrrrrouuughhhhhhh!

Favorite hangouts: A giant hole that I’ve dug under the deck. I’m working on setting up my very own apartment down there. My owner recently found a beer bottle near the entrance…I don’t know if she was concerned or proud. Either way, I think my giant hole is  messing with the integrity of the foundation of the house. I’m trying to take everyone down so I can run this place.

Plays with: Garbage, dirty shoes, anything disgusting that I can carry in my mouth and pile into my owner’s bed.

Summary: I’m a scrappy-mutt-pit-bull-pound-puppy. I love to run, chase tennis balls, and be in everyone’s business. I’m great at looking cute and scamming food from co-workers and prefer to sleep directly on top of you. When my owner tried to adopt me, the pound told her that she should ‘Really think about this decision.’ They thought I was too out of control for her to handle. And you know what? They were right.

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Meet the Dogs of Newton – Week 1 Stella

Posted by on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 7:15 am | Leave a reply

 

 

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Likes: Running, chewing on Newtons, shoes in general, snuggling, drinking beer and filet mignon

Dislikes: Strangers, doors, Lucy

Favorite hangouts: Yappy Hour and The Kitchen

Plays with: Lila and Santiago (her Latin lover)

Stella first came to work at Newton Running when her loving parents adopted her from a local humane society. For the first few months she was afraid of everyone, her comfort zone became her office and she never wanted to leave at the end of the day. Stella, like most gals, has an obsession for shoes – often times she’ll gather all the shoes in the office and lay on her throne with them. Today, Stella is a happy, go-lucky, hardworking pup who loves her job more than anything in the world.

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From the Expert: Dr. Mark Cucuzzella’s Simple Food Rules for Runners

Posted by on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 11:25 am | Leave a reply

This article originally appeared on Dr. Mark’s, Natural Running Center

My wife’s grandmother lived to 103, and the holidays just past have reminded me of how she lived. She was not a runner, nor did she do a lot of cardio, except for sauce stirring and daily walks to markets and church. Our own local legend Frank Buckles who lived to 110 ate in this manner too; he was a farmer.

Walking and running are good for you, but without proper nutrition one will not achieve optimal health.

On  this topic, I encourage you to read Dr. Phil Maffetone’s most recent Natural Running Center’s article that examines the negative impact of sugar consumption (even from refined-flour food favorites such as bagels) and the runner.  As he points out, “Unfortunately, too many of these calories burned during a workout are in the form of sugar and not fat. This occurs because the consumption of sugar affects one’s metabolism, forcing the body to use much more glucose for energy and too little fat. The result is less energy available for working out and virtually all other activities, and, because less fat is used for energy, it’s stored throughout the body.”

Best-selling food author Michael Pollan has written extensively on the topic of sound, life-extending nutrition. He states, “Cultures eating wide variety of traditional diets do not get Western diseases.” How true.

And many of us have committed to memory his simple recommendation: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”

In his book, “Food Rules,” he identified “64 Health and Nutrition Facts. The Unfortunate Truths” Here’s 10 of them from his useful list:

2. Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
17. Eat only foods that have been cooked by humans.
18. Don’t ingest foods made in places where everyone is required to wear a surgical cap.
19. If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.
20. It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car
21. It’s not food if it’s called by the same name in every language (Think Big Mac, Cheetos or Pringles)
37. The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead,
57. Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.
58. Do all your eating at a table
64. Break the rules once in a while!

Here’s some other helpful  resources that will help keep you on the road to healthy eating:

Details on sugary drinks: http://fewersugarydrinks.org/

Recipes for Health, NY Times: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/health/series/recipes_for_health/index.html

The ultimate source for what’s in foods (go here if you dare): http://www.calorieking.com/foods

The Skinny on Obesity. A must view for every human: http://www.uctv.tv/skinny-on-obesity/

Weight of the Nation on HBO- 4 hours of documentary free online: http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/

Dr. Dan Lieberman: http://nytimes.com/2012/06/06/opinion/evolutions-sweet-tooth.html

Books: In Defense of Food and Food Rules by Michael Pollan; Why We Get Fat and What to do About It and Good Calories , Bad Calories by Gary Taubs

Movies: Forks over Knives; Food Inc; Super Size Me; Sick, Fat, and Nearly Dead

 

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Social Media Round-Up: 4.26.13

Posted by on Friday, April 26, 2013 @ 3:38 pm | Leave a reply

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!

Newton Running on Facebook

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.

Newton Running on Twitter

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!

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