Tag Archives: Running

  • Post Workout Pork Recipe

    Exercising depletes your resources and fuel stores from your muscles. Eating within an hour of completing your workout will help to increase your recovery time and set you up for success on your next workout . Below is one of our favorite post workout recipes from Chef Justin Cogley. If you're short on time, consider grabbing a Lärabar or something that will refuel you on the go!

    Milk fed pork, Apple, Kale, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Steamed Rice

    1 cups long-grain white rice
    1 1/2 cups water
    1 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)
    Total Time: About 30 mins
    Makes: About 3 cups

    Method
    Place rice and measured water in a medium saucepan with a tight fitting lid and bring to a boil over high heat. Add salt (if using), stir to incorporate, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer undisturbed until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit covered to steam, about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve. Check Seasoning

    Raw Kale Salad

    1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped
    1 cup small diced green apple, (about 1 apple) squeeze some lemon juice on it after you dice it
    1 pound fresh Tuscan kale, washed, rinsed, and patted dry (any type of Kale would work)
    1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    3 Tbsp olive oil
    1 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
    1 Tbsp honey Or agave syrup
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/2 cup fried pumpkin seeds

    Method
    Use a sharp knife to cut out the tough midrib of each kale leaf, and discard or compost. Slice the leaves crosswise into thin slices. The easiest way to do this is to work with a small bunch of leaves at a time, stack the leaves and roll them into a loose cigar shape. Then using a sharp knife, work from one end of the "cigar" to the other, slicing as thin as you can. Place the kale slices into a large bowl.

    In a smaller bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, rice vinegar, honey or agave salt, and pepper. A hour before serving, toss the kale together with the dried cherries, green apple and the dressing, allowing the kale to marinate a bit. Right before serving, Top with the fried mustard seeds

    Roast Pork Shoulder

    1(3-4 lb) pork shoulder butt, roast
    2 Cups apple juice
    2 Tablespoons Fennel seed, Toasted and Ground
    1 Tablespoon Coriander seed, Toasted and ground
    1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
    1 Teaspoon brown sugar
    2 Tablespoon salt
    Fresh Ground Pepper (to taste)

    Using hands press the brown sugar and spices well into the meat on all sides making certain to adhear the spice mixture to the meat. Place the roast in a casserole dish with a lid. Add the apple juice.
    Cover tightly.
    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Add the roast for 15 min. and then immediately reduce the temperature down to 200 degrees F. Roast for about 4 hours or until the meat is falling-apart tender (cooking time will vary depending on the size of the roast). Slice meat as desired. CHECK SEASONING.

    Now put the dish together. Put around half a cup of rice,(depends how hungry you are) top with a portion of the pork, finally adding the kale salad on top. Top with more fried pumpkin seeds. Enjoy after a long run.

  • Newton Running Elite Rack Up A Record 100 Wins In 2014

    Boulder, Colo., Jan. 8, 2015 – While 2014 was an incredible year for the Newton Running brand; it was also an important year for a celebrated group of runners representing the Newton family.  The Newton Running Elite team is a group of runners who toe the line at races spanning distances of one to 125 miles across all terrains. The team is comprised of men and women who balance elite running with family, busy work schedules and other commitments.  One thing they all share is the love of running and racing in Newton.

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    At the start of 2014, this group of 15 fearless Newton runners, nine located in Colorado with the remainder throughout the US, established a goal of not only competing in, but also winning 100 races by the end of the year.

    On New Year’s Eve, the team accomplished what they set out to do in record-breaking freezing temperatures, earning their 99th and 100th wins at the Resolution 5K in Denver, Colo.  Throughout the year, there were standout performances including four Olympic Marathon qualifiers and several other team members expected to soon meet the qualification standards, as well as wins at local favorite and world-renowned races.  A few of the athletes with notable highlights are:

    Mike Andersen (Detroit, Mich.) won the 2014 Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon with a personal best time of 2:24:54. Mike has a goal of qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials and is close to accomplishing it with his fast marathon time.
    Kristen Arendt (Boulder, Colo.) is a Newton team member who has been making running headlines since high school.  In 2014, Kristen earned a big win at the USATF Colorado State Half Marathon Championships.  Up next is qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials and competing at the major U.S. Championship races for road, track and cross country.
    Fernando Cabada (Boulder, Colo.) held the 25K American record for several years and has claimed the title of US Champion three times.  His most recent personal victory came at the 2014 BMW Berlin Marathon with a blazing 2:11:35 performance, which earned him the fifth fastest marathon performance of 2014 by a US male.
    Brenda Carawan (Georgetown, Texas) logged the longer distances setting a new women’s course record by three hours at the 125-mile Nove Colli road race in Italy finishing second overall behind the lead male runner.
    Melody Fairchild (Boulder, Colo.) established herself as a top Masters runner winning multiple USATF National Masters titles in her first year as a Masters athlete including the Tulsa Federal Credit Union 15K in October.
    Tyler McCandless (Boulder, Colo.) is a top American distance runner, PhD student, and coach who in 2014 earned his personal best marathon time of 2:15:26 at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in Minnesota, which also served as the 2014 USA Marathon Championships.

    The Newton Running Elite team races to help create a connection with the running community and to motivate others to take the first step on their own running journey.  The team doesn’t stop at racing however, as members also volunteer their time to encourage runners at a number of races around the country, host youth running events and also raise money throughout the year to support worthy causes.

    Expect to see great things including new team racing and personal goals from Newton Running Elite team members in 2015.  Kicking off the New Year, Newton Running welcomed its newest athlete just this week.  Jeannette Faber joins the team with a running resume that includes a 2:32 marathon PR.  Jeannette’s accomplishments also include being selected to represent the USA as part of its three-person team at the 2013 IAAF Marathon World Championships in Moscow.

    To learn more about Newton Running and the Newton Running Elite team, visit www.newtonrunning.com and www.newtonrunningelite.com.

    About Newton Running

    Boulder, Colorado-based Newton Runningis the leader in performance running shoes that promote gait efficiency for people at all levels of the sport, from first-time 5k runners to seasoned marathoners. Newton Running’s patented Action/Reaction™ technology provides dynamic shock absorption, energy return, ground feel, minimal heel-to-toe drop, and lightweight comfort. Newton Running form clinics, hosted in partnership with specialty running retailers worldwide, help runners learn their natural running motion. In addition to its devotion to help people run better, Newton Running is committed to corporate responsibility through sustainability efforts and through the support of numerous charitable organizations and has been recognized for these efforts by achieving B Corporation status. Newton Running is the official footwear and run course sponsor for the IRONMAN U.S. Series and presenting sponsor of the Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathon Series. Newton Running shoes are available at hundreds of specialty retails across the country and around the world or at www.newtonrunning.com.

  • 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.

  • Running for MS

    Country singer Julie Roberts has seen many ups and downs. Through it all, she’s thankful for a lot, including, running.

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    What are you thankful for? There was a time when this was a tough question for country singer, Julie Roberts, to answer. But these days, she is thankful for a lot. For one, she is thankful for running, but more so, for her ability to run.

    You may be familiar with the blonde country singer through her music, or even through her brief stint on the music show, The Voice. But what her fans did not know until 2011 was that Roberts had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005.

    Although her first album was certified gold, selling more than 500,000 copies, Roberts’ second album did not perform as well and she parted ways with her recording label in 2010. Then, as she began to work on an independent album, the Nashville, Tennessee floods hit and she lost her home. “That was a difficult time. I had planned on being home to work on my record and then the flood came. We lived in four different places as we rebuilt our home.” To boot, in 2013, Roberts was a contender on The Voice, but surprisingly was not picked for a team. “There are ups and downs in life in general. Things are good and bad and you just have to keep going.”

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    The Diagnosis

    When she first started to notice her symptoms, Roberts says, “I had just released my first album and was touring non-stop…while I was on the road, I was holding the microphone like I always had for years and my hand went numb and I couldn’t hold the microphone. It wouldn’t happen all the time but every once in awhile my hands would go numb or my vision would get blurry, like when I was signing autographs.”

    With the symptoms becoming more noticeable, Roberts visited her doctor, who sent her to a neurologist and the diagnosis was confirmed. Not wanting to admit the diagnosis publically, Roberts began to exercise more, and even to eat healthier. In 2006, she joined her first running group, in her hometown of Nashville. “I love this group because some people are in the music industry, but there are a lot of people who do so many other things…We stay in contact throughout the week and every Saturday we meet.” And, they race together—5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons.

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    “Running is definitely an escape for me, whether I’m with someone or alone. I feel like it centers me in my day. And it gives me a chance to see the cities.” These days, Roberts and her Newtons are seeing a lot of cities, approximately one to three a week. In addition to touring for her music, Roberts is also touring with the National MS Society, doing talks, presentations and playing her music. Work, which she says has given her a new purpose. “This work has honestly changed my life.”

    “Most people think they can’t exercise with MS, I tell people how important it is for me physically and emotionally to be active. I say just ‘start walking, walk 10 minutes.’ Whatever your goal is start with small goals.”

    One of Roberts’ goals is to show the world that MS doesn’t have to define your goals in your life. “There are challenges in my business. People are sometimes afraid to book you because you have MS and that you won’t be able to play a show. I want to show my industry and everyone else with MS that they can do whatever their goals are and that MS doesn’t have to define your goals in your life.” She adds, “A lot of people I meet work in the corporate world and they’re afraid to tell their boss they have MS. If I can go out and use my platform of music and show what MS looks like for me, hopefully it will help people around the country that face the same challenges I do.”

    New Inspiration

    “When I look back 10 years ago, I was on my first radio tour, trying to get them to play my music. Now, I’m flying into the same airports, but I’m going to visit people with MS and to try to inspire them to not give up. I know my music also inspires people, but I feel much more fulfilled than I did 10 years ago.”

    As for her running goals, Roberts just ran the 5-mile Boulevard Bolt in Nashville over Thanksgiving with her running group.  And in addition to trying to run in her Newtons in each city she visits, Roberts has a 50-mile Walk for MS, in Savannah Georgia, scheduled at the beginning of March and a half marathon in Nashville in April (as part of the Rock’n’Roll marathon series). “I always like to have goals,” she says. Ultimately, she adds, “My goal is to continue to be active and healthy. It energizes me and makes me happy.”

  • Home Victory

    Visualize what you want to happen in a race, and as Detroit native Mike Andersen discovered, it might just come true.

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    For professional runners, we know there are moments that you dream of—running in the Olympics, winning a big event like the New York marathon and, winning a race on your home turf, in front of friends and family. The latter is the victory that took Mike Andersen by surprise when he won the 37th Detroit Free Press / Talmer Bank marathon on Sunday, October 19th.  “You have to plan a little bit, but you don’t really expect for it to happen,” he said of his run.

    For Andersen, who won the race in a personal best of 2:24.54, it was his second time running this race (he placed third in 2011) and only his fourth time running a marathon. As a member of Newton Running Elite Andersen wasn’t confident that the race would go in his favor since his training runs have been limited in recent months. He works full time at the Running Lab in Brighton, Michigan, coaches cross country at nearby Milford High School, and he and his wife (also a Michigan native), welcomed a daughter into the world last March. Although the 27-year-old Andersen’s time still isn’t quite fast enough to reach his goal of qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials in 2016 (he’ll need to run a 2:18 or faster), Andersen says he’s on the right path of dropping time.

    We caught up with him this week to hear the details of his win.

    “The craziest part about the race is that I didn’t take the lead until mile 26 and I wasn’t in the lead group. From step one, I was in third place. The first two guys went out fast and I just focused on my pace, my rhythm. At mile 15, I was 2 minutes back …at mile 19, I was down to a minute and 15 seconds, and I still couldn’t see the leaders. The next mile, I cut it down another 30 seconds and I hadn’t changed pace. I just stayed consistent.

    I had some friends out spectating and I kept asking about fourth place, I was worrying about that more than winning.

    At Mile 22, you come off of Belle Isle and the gap was now down to 45 seconds. Here, we were running along the riverfront and there are a lot of turns between mile 22 and mile 24. So, I still couldn’t see anything.

    When we finally came back to a straightaway, I could see second place and I closed that down quickly. I was 29 seconds back. I could just see first place now on straightaways. A former coach of mine was biking the course and he would pop up from a side road and get a count on first and yell out encouragement like ‘your only 20 seconds down.’

    The race finishes with a right hand turn up a hill that takes you to 26, and then an immediate left hand turn for the final .2 miles. My old coach said if you’ve got a move go now, he’s tired. The last thing he said is ‘7 seconds.’ I thought in 7 seconds I can be right there. I saw him [Zachary Ornelas] at the hill and I made up my mind to pass him quickly and go for it. As I passed him, he gave me a look of ‘nice job,’ he was a defending champion and had gone through some injuries of his own.

    So then my only focus was to turn left and go as hard as I could. I glanced to see how far back he was, and this crazy elation came over me for the last 100 meters. I was fist pumping and starting to cry.

    I kept thinking, stay on your feet. I had 50 meters to go and I couldn’t believe I was going to win the race. Getting to break the tape, it really was overwhelming—to test your self and have it come out perfectly, it’s amazing.

    My mom had my daughter (who was born in March of 2014) at home, but my wife Katie was there and my dad, too. Before anyone came into view near the finish, the announcer said, ‘the defending champion is about to make the turn. Oh wait, we’ve had a change,’ and as they said my name my wife started screaming. They ushered her up to the front to greet me at the finish line. It was one of those things where she was probably less surprised than I was. You know how you’re your own worst enemy. She said, ‘you’re going to do great. You’re fine, you did everything.’ But it’s hard to believe that for yourself.”

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    What’s next?

    “This race was a huge confident boost. I have PRed every time, but I keep learning more about myself. I was definitely on top of fueling and figured a lot of things out training wise. I didn’t train as many miles or as crazy as the others. But I was more efficient with my time because I’m a dad now and working.

    It’s not about the watch, but figuring out where your limits are and being able to test them. To get to an Olympic trial time, I think if there is a race where there are more people at my level they may pull me along and help me drop time. And then if I can find a 4-month chunk to train more seriously that may lead me to a faster time.

    Marathons to me are still crazy, it takes a lot mentally to prepare for one. I don’t want to rush into the next one.”

    We know you coach high school kids, what do you tell them?

    “I am probably the more empathetic one (of the team’s three coaches), who puts things in perspective. The biggest thing I show is that it’s not just one day that makes you a good runner it’s an investment over time. Maybe someone isn’t at the front, but over a year you can move up by putting in an honest effort.

    Personally, I don’t have bad races because I don’t think of races as this negative thing, I think of racing as a reward for all the hard work you do. Running in general is like that and there are so many pressures in life, running is the last place you should be stressed out. If you allow yourself to relax and enjoy it you will probably go faster than if you’re concentrating on every single step.

    You also have to allow yourself to visualize success or it won’t happen. If you visualize it, it’s more likely to happen. At the Bolder Boulder, my Newton teammate Nik Schweikert was reading “A Champion’s Mind.” Three weeks ago, I texted Nik and said what’s the name of that book, I’d like to get some motivation. Nik sent me the book and that’s where I got the idea to visualize success. Even though I’m here in Michigan, the Newton team still played a big part in letting me run that well.”

    And what Newtons did you wear?

    “The Distance III, that’s what I reach for pretty much every day. They offer a nice compromise between weight and protection when you get to the later miles.”

  • Officially An IRONMAN!

    The  2014 IRONMAN® World Championship took place last Saturday (October 11), and among the more than 2,100 contenders, was America’s most decorated Olympic short-track speedskater, Apolo Ohno. Finding himself in a very different setting than the 40-second sprint races he was accustomed to as a short-track speedskater, the 32-year-old Ohno had put in the hours of training, but hit the course with only one IRONMAN 70.3 and one sprint triathlon under his belt. That didn’t stop him from finishing in 9.52.27 [1:00:29 swim, 5:07:15 swim, 3:36:41 run], blowing away his own expectations for the day.

    Friends say Ohno has the ability to step into a very different gear when he competes, and he did just that in Kona. And just like in his speedskating races, his dad was there in Kona to cheer him on.

    We spoke with Ohno before the race and then we caught up with him again, after the race.

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    When we asked you about what might be the toughest part of the race, you said getting through the point everyone talks about, when you think you might quit. Did that happen?

    Never. It was very strange. Throughout my entire training, people had told me that you’re going to go through these emotions, and start asking yourself if you can do this. But in my entire life of speedskating, I never woke up and didn’t want to go to practice. So, I didn’t allow that to enter my brain on Saturday. I focused on what I had to do now, at that moment. I was very much in a fighter mentality and ready for anything.

    I ran through options in my mind. I knew I couldn’t defeat the island—option 1 would be for me to defeat the island and that wasn’t going to happen. Option 2 was for me to be defeated and I wasn’t going to let that happen. Or option 3, I could strive to be one with the island—you’re out there all alone and you’re so tired and you have nothing left and for me it was a very spiritual experience.

    At the start they used these tribal drums before the first wave went off. It was this really cool moment for me and it stayed with me throughout the entire run.

    You knew running would be the toughest challenge for you, but you finished in 3:36.41. An impressive finish considering you did 3:25 in the New York marathon a few years back, without the swim and bike.

    I knew this was the big stage and I had to give everything I had. The swim was consistent and on the bike I was strong. The run was the most difficult. I think it [my time] would have been better, but at mile 25, I had to take a quick detour [a bathroom dash].

    I was very happy with the run but the place I had to take my mind was very interesting. I went through some interesting conversations in my head. I knew I was going to hit the wall, I knew that would happen and I knew sometimes at those moments you can summon the most strength. It was super intense, the fight I had to give, not letting down, telling myself, ‘I can do this. I am going to be strong.’ Crossing the finish line was a very cool moment.

    What words did your coach, Newton athlete, Paula Newby-Fraser, have for you before the race?

    Before the race, Paula said, your initials “AAO” stand for, “Adapt, adjust, overcome.”

    How does this rank in your experiences as an athlete?

    Everybody was so incredible and I feed off of people’s energy. It was uplifting and inspiring. While I was out there it got pretty emotional for me, very spiritual, very deep, my brain and body were cooked. There is no other place on the planet that you can experience these things while doing something like that.

    This is something I can take with me for the rest of my life and I’m very proud to have this, I have it for life.

    How did the triathlete community compare to other athletic experiences you’ve had?

    I will tell you the endurance world and the triathlete world is very unique. You have to jump in and experience it for yourself, it’s so exciting. I was very blessed to be welcomed with open arms.

    How did the finish feel? Did people recognize you?

    There were so many people. It was amazing as I was finishing, everyone shouting ‘Apolo, Apolo.’ And then I went back and saw my friend finish, and then I saw the countdown to midnight, I got the whole deal. I didn’t want to miss a minute.

    After the race, do you still love your Newton’s?

    I’m wearing them. They are awesome.

    In 2013, former NFL wide receiver Hines Ward, completed the IRONMAN. He encouraged you to do it. Who are you going to encourage to follow in your footsteps?

    I don’t know. That’s a good question. I set the bar. I’ll get someone else.

    Now what?

    A week in Hawaii—I’ll do some work, and get my legs recovered and just take it in. Spend some time with my journal— the experience was once in a lifetime.

  • 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 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

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