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Meet The Dogs Of Newton – Week 14 Daisy

Posted by on Thursday, September 5, 2013 @ 8:18 am | Leave a reply

DAISY1Hello my name is Daisy! I’m the newest member of the Newton Dog family.

I was born at the end of May and every week my biological Mom would send pictures of me getting bigger to my new mom in Colorado. This became known as “Woof Wednesday”. There was stiff competition between me and that hump day camel but I won out as the camel has gone to pasture & I am living it up at the Newton School of Running.

My mom thinks I’m wicked cute- but don’t let that fool you. I’m a bit of a sheep in wolfs clothing. I act soooo cute & then I flip my wolf switch where I run around like a crazy puppy and jump and nip at people. My mom keeps talking about taking me to class to get trained up… but I don’t think it’s much of a threat because I hang out at a school all day and nothing too authoritative happens there. They even have this cool display that has these neat socks hanging off of it that just sit there and wait for me to come by & play with them. My mom frowns upon this but Timmy thinks it’s funny- so I’m going to keep doing it.

Speaking of the School of Running, I even have my own fan club of ladies from the bank next door that come over to visit me. Come to think of it… I heard that the school was much less inhabited before I came and now there are people flocking to the door to hang out with me!

I am happy just hanging out but I love to go on adventures. The car isn’t my favorite place but it brings me to visit lots of cool stuff so I tolerate the ride. Once I adjust to the altitude I will be spending my mornings on runs with my mom. Times are tough this high up… I sure hope she brings me back to visit her people at sea level soon!

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Meet The Dogs Of Newton – Week 12 Frankie

Posted by on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 @ 10:09 am | Leave a reply

Frankie week 12Hello, my name is Frankie. My humans rescued me from the Boulder Humane Society about 7 years ago after spending much of my first year roaming the streets of south Denver and I have been thankful ever since! I’m not exactly sure what breeds I am so your guess is as good as mine….any guesses? I’m dying to know!

Likes: My favorite activity is chasing the deer and wild turkeys around our house, but I will settle for running, hiking, or swimming with my humans. I also love going to work at the Newton headquarters where I get treats and snuggles throughout the day. If you are ever in need of a hug, come on over.

Dislikes: Thunder! And fireworks! I hate the Fourth of July and I’m a big scaredy-cat during thunder storms. I usually take cover in bathrooms with my tail between my legs.

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Never Give In: Running the Inca Trail Marathon

Posted by on Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 9:16 am | Leave a reply

Never Give In: Running the Inca Trail Marathon

How tough could running the Inca Trail be? Getting to the Inca Trail was much easier than Antarctica. No boats, no hurricane, just a 5-mile hike into the start line the day before the marathon. We arrived on a Saturday, a few days before the race, in a cute, little, town called Cusco, Peru. Here, we would spend several days acclimating to 12,000 feet and drinking lots of coca tea. The locals consider coca tea leaves to be the miracle plant for acclimatizing. Everywhere you go in Cusco, there are coca tea leaves, which you either chew or use to make tea.

Peru Marathon

I didn’t experience any significant issues going from 7,000 feet to 12,000 feet. Some people get nauseated, headaches, decreased appetite and even fatigue. We did several 4-5 mile downhill runs over the next couple days to get used to running in the altitude. Tuesday we hiked into our race camp near the start of the Inca Trail. We slept in tents and prepared for a 4 a.m. race start time. The park entrance into Machu Picchu closes at 3:30 p.m. every day. An early morning race start would give us 11.5 hours to reach this gate, which lies 2 miles from the actual finish line inside Machu Picchu. Those runners who don’t make the cutoff either camp out for the night on the Inca Trail at make shift camps set up by the race organizers, Andes Adventures, or take a path down to a different finish line below Machu Picchu.

Race night was short and not the most ideal preparation for a long running day. A 2 a.m. breakfast cooked by the Peruvian porters consisting of porridge, pancakes and bananas was definitely a good start though! There would be over 30 porters that would assist us on race day. They would carry our 22kg ration of gear we used for camping and assist us along the race course with water stops as well as encouragement and any other issues that might arise.

In the 18-year history of this race, only once had it rained!  We can now make that twice! Within the first hundred yards of starting the marathon, raindrops began to fall, turning the trail into a rocky, muddy mess. The biggest obstacle to navigate in the first couple hours of darkness was the huge “cow pies” on the trail left by the farm animals that inhabited and roamed the first mountain pass. What a slippery mess they were! Once again it was the Newton trainers that served me well. I chose a lighter trainer shoe on the trails over the Newton trail shoe, but that is just my preference.

Peru Marathon 3

The toughest challenge may not have been the climate or the elevation. We would climb about 10,400 feet and descend 11,000 feet over the course of the day. I experienced some swelling in my fingers that was very noticeable as I reached Dead Woman’s Pass at 13,799 feet. After the race, I realized I wasn’t the only one experiencing this. It is common at these elevations to experience swelling in your extremities. My fingers looked like little sausages, but quickly went away after I descended to lower altitudes. The high altitude affected my normal race appetite also. I found myself not drinking and taking in the energy gels as planned.

Each of these marathons has been a great learning experience. I have become much better at listening to my body and adapting to the different challenges I face during these runs. Instead of only consuming my normal nutrition that had served me well in training runs, I had to switch it up and grab a cup of chicken broth. That seemed to work very well for me. My body was probably craving a little more sodium than usual. Despite my lack of thirst, I knew I was behind in my water intake and had to keep up on my hydration. My hydration pack made that much easier, since there was little effort needed to just take sips frequently along the way. Your hydration pack is crucial in these races. I had mine under my running jacket during the race so I didn’t have to remove my hydration pack each time I needed to put my jacket on or off. A hydration pack should just feel like a part of your body. The last thing you need to worry about is something bouncing on your back or chaffing you.

So what was the toughest challenge? The rocks and stone steps that lined the 26.2 miles of the Inca Trail were probably the biggest challenge of the day. Climbing the two-foot steps, which never seemed to end, provided a huge challenge to the hamstrings. I can’t even tell you how many false summits there are on that course. You think you are at the top and you get there and realize, “You’re not!” After all the long climbs, there would then be a long rocky descent, which entailed never-ending pounding to your feet on uneven stones. The descents were a true test of how well you had trained your quads. This was the first marathon that I wore my 110% Play Harder Compression Soxs during the race and not just for recovery after. I think it made a huge difference in how fresh my legs felt at the end of this grueling 9-hour run. You can bet you will see me running the longer distances in them in the future as well.

I never set out to win the Inca Trail Marathon. I just wanted to have the best possible race for me that day. The number “3” has been following me for a while, 3rd place overall female in Kenya and Antarctica Marathon! I am always thinking to myself, “Is today going to be the perfect race?” We must admit, we all dream of that perfect race or perfect competition. My training is always purposeful; I fuel my body nutritionally and prepare mentally for success as an athlete, especially as an endurance runner. The Inca Trail Marathon wasn’t the perfect race for me, but I was the best female runner given the circumstances on that course, on that given day. That race proved age is not a barrier and certainly, as the 4th place finisher overall that day, gender is not a barrier.

Peru Marathon 2

What do I remember most about that day? It probably isn’t standing on the finish line with my first overall female marathon win. It is the memories of me trying to race the porters on the descents and still not being able to keep up with them as they descended the stone paths with a 100-pound pack on their back. It was the reality that all the hikers I would pass on the Inca Trail that day would take 4-5 days to complete the Inca Trail, something I would complete in just 9 hours and 18 minutes. It was sharing my iphone the night before the race with two young Peruvian girls so they could play games and escape their isolated reality for a while. It was donating my clothing, as well as my brothers’ clothing, to the nearly 40 porters that would assist us on race day so that their families would have clothing. Or maybe it was waiting at the finish to not only see my mom run an 11 hour 20 minute marathon, but also to be on the podium with me as the 3rd place overall female.

The victory on the Inca Trail was not only a personal victory, but more importantly, a victory for prostate cancer awareness! Next stop is the Sunrise to Sunset Marathon in remote Mongolia at the end of this month. Following Mongolia is New Zealand and Athens, Greece later this year. In the end, I hope that I inspire others and teach the world to Never Give In. Never Give In despite the odds, despite your circumstances, despite your age, despite your gender, despite what others might say.

NEVER GIVE IN!

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Meet The Dogs Of Newton – Week 10 Shela

Posted by on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 12:20 pm | Leave a reply

ShelaLikes – Shela spends most of her days in the Newton Running Lab. She likes to run with customers to help them with their Natural  Running Form in the Lab. She will always let you know when you need to lift your knees a little more by barking at you. Shela likes to herd everybody and everything- even motorcycles. Ouch!

Dislikes – Shela is more of a professional runner and doesn’t enjoy being cooped up in the car. She is known to jump out of the car window when at red lights. She is timid of the family of raccoon’s who reside in the window well at home. It’s a problem!

Favorite places: Shela is a very intelligent dog. She loves spending time helping customers and  assisting Danny, the CTO, in research and design in the Newton Running Lab. When she is not there, Shela spends her free time helping her brothers built roll cages for very fast cars.

Summary: Shela is awesome. She is a little Australian Cattle herding dog (thus the name Shela). She is a rescue dog made in the shade from Gallup, New Mexico. She is probably about 7 months old and loves spending time with her new family and co-workers. Her breed is known to be a long distance runners so she fits right in with the Newton running clan. Soon she will be able to join the team and go on long trail runs in the mountains of Boulder, CO.

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Race Roundup: Downhill Mile, Dawg Days XTERRA, Ironman Austria

Posted by on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 @ 12:56 pm | Leave a reply

The Downhill Mile

A few weeks after racing in Western Africa, Roberto Mandje placed second at The Downhill Mile road race in Superior, Colorado, on July 4th.

“I figured it’d be fun to race such a short
distance,” says Mandje, who clocked 4:10 on the fast course. “I would’ve liked to run quicker,
but with zero speed work and barely a week after returning from Africa, I’ll take it. I always enjoy racing  and supporting local races.”

 

Colbert Tops Women’s Field at the Dawg Days XTERRA

After breaking her foot during the run leg of the Dawg Days XTERRA offroad triathlon a few years ago, Lucia Colbert, 54, was thrilled to find herself leading the women’s field at this year’s race, held on June 25th in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She rocked the 0.5-mile swim, 12-mile mountain bike and 4-mile trail run with a total time of 2:06:00 and the overall women’s victory.

“I didn’t have my best day because of a sore hamstring, but ended up winning by staying steady,” says Colbert. “I wore my Lady Issac Guidance Trainers to protect my toes from all the rocks. In fact, the men’s overall winner also broke his toe on the run!”

Find full results here: http://xterraplanet.com/races/view_results.cfm?race_id=1222

Awesome at Ironman Austria

Belgian Marino Vanhoenacker won the men's race in 7:45:59.

“There’s nothing quite like the “Big Show” of Ironman Austria,” says Newton Running athlete Meredith Dolhare. “They’ve been doing this event for a long time, and have it down right. The swim was beautiful, the bike was one of my favorite courses ever, and the run can be super fast. Spectator and volunteer support are second to none for a European race.”

Dolhare had a great race in Klagenfurt, Austria, on July 1, especially considering that she had completed Ironman France just one week earlier. Her time of 11:35:22 placed her 26th in her age group.

“I went faster in all three disciplines, and my legs held up pretty well,” says says. “I was very surprised to have ridden so well, however, I wish I could have carried that into the run. Incredibly enough, the top-five women in my age group went under 10 hours. Last year, my time would have been ninth, so I am kind of shocked at the placement.”

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Race Roundup: XTERRA Moab, Teva Mountain Games and More!

Posted by on Monday, June 6, 2011 @ 4:11 pm | Leave a reply


MORF in Moab

Team MORF was back at the races last weekend, with Debby Sullivan placing 9th women (first in her age group) at the XTERRA Moab triathlon in Utah.

“The race went well for the most part,” says Sullivan. “It has been really hard to mountain bike much or spend time time running on trails since they are all still covered in snow up here in the Colorado mountains.

The swim started out in Ken’s Lake and it was cold!  I got in the water extra early to adjust, which helped me tremendously. The swim went smoothly and I felt good during most of the mountain bike. The course was very technical but I was had fun and pushed hard on the out-and-back Steelbender Trail.

At the bike turnaround I was in fourth place, but the return trip I did not go as smoothly. I held strong despite not being at my full strength due to an injury to a month-old ankle injury, but continued to do well during the run until I rolled my ankle and hobbled the last 2.5 miles to the finish.”

Read more about Debby’s race on her blog, dsulli.blogspot.com and an article about the race on Sky Hi Daily News.

Jeremy Freed Second at Teva Mountain Games 10K

Less than a week after winning the citizen’s division at the Bolder Boulder 10K, Newton Running’s Jeremy Freed placed second against a stacked field at the Teva Mountain Games Spring Runoff 10K trail race in Vail, Colorado. Freed, wearing the MV2 Speed Racer on muddy and partially snow-covered trails, battled against national trail-running champion Max King before King pulled ahead for the win in 41:30. Freed finished just 10 seconds back.

Check out this article for a race recap and photos on Examiner.com.




Roberto Mandje Third in Half Marathon Despite Run-In with Taxi

Newton Running’s Roberto Manje completed the toughest race of his career last weekend in West Africa, finishing third in the long half-marathon course with a time of 1:12:50, despite being hit by a car mid-race.

“The race started at 10:30 a.m. instead of the scheduled 8:00, by which time the 90+ degree heat combined with 95% humidity was brutal,” says Manje. “On top of all that, the race was 23.5K (instead of the usual 21.1K half-marathon distance.) But the toughest challenge was getting nicked in the hand and side by a taxi. YES! The race organizers didn’t even close the roads so cars zoomed by the whole way. When the taxi hit me, I fell down momentarily passed out before getting up and finishing the race. I’m happy to be alive and survive all the carnage to finish third!”

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Race Roundup: Miami Tri, XC Worlds and Pan American Cup

Posted by on Thursday, March 24, 2011 @ 11:47 am | Leave a reply

Newton athlete Christopher Lemos placed 10th in the Men's Elite Divsion at the Miami International Triathlon.

 

Miami International Triathlon

Christopher Lemos of North Bethesda, Maryland, placed 10th in the Men’s Elite Division with a time of 2:01:56 at the Miami International Triathlon on March 20th, his first time competing as an elite. “Overall it was a great day to kick off the season with little prep and big competition in what I had considered more of a training race,” says Lemos.

Since the Miami event is part of the 5150 Triathlon Series, Lemos’s performance there qualified him for the national 5150 championships Hy-Vee Triathlon 5150 U.S. Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 4, 2011.

Santiago Pan American Cup

Meanwhile, Newton athlete William Huffman placed 15th at the ITU Santiago Pan American Cup Triathlon in Chile, and was the youngest, at age 18, athlete among the field of 53 international elite athletes, most of whom are full-time athletes. He was also the top American, with a time of 1:51:04.

William sent us this report:

“I exited the water in the main pack, which gave me good position going into a quick transition to the bike. During the bike portion, which had some long inclines that tested everyone’s power, several groups bridged up to our main pack and we eventually reeled in the breakaway group during lap 7 of 8, using everything we had.

The intensity of the bike at the elite level was a new experience for me, since this was my first ITU Olympic distance ITU event. By the bike’s end, our lead pack grew to 25 and I was very pleased to hold onto my position near the front.

But the race really came down to the run, which was hot and very fast on a hilly course. I had one of my best run performances so far and ran 35:04 for 10K .”

This weekend, William will compete in an ITU race in Valparaiso, Chile.

Cross Country World Championships

Newton’s top runner, Rob Mandje competed this past weekend in Punta Umbria, Spain, at the IAAF World Cross Country World Championships. The former Olympian finished a disappointing 111th position with a time of 41:54.

He sent us this recap:

“Unfortunately the race didn’t go at all as I had hoped. I’d gone into the event feeling fit and very strong after a few 130 – 140 mile weeks. Having the World Championships in Spain, my birth country, was a big impetus for high expectations, as well as having friends and family around to watch.

One hundred meters into the race I caught a fellow competitor’s foot in my knee. My leg buckled but I stayed on my feet. The start of World XC is a total mad dash with elbows and legs flying everywhere.

Somewhere into the first lap the throbbing of my right leg (where I got kicked) got worse and worse and by 3 kilometers I knew I wouldn’t have a good race or regain my pace. I didn’t fly all the way to Spain to DNF, especially with friends and family there. It was by far my most disappointing race.

Yet, I am very fit and it’s still early in the year. I look forward to having down time with family in Spain before returning to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, where I’ll resume my high-level training and continue the pursuit of my 2011 goals.

Now while training, I repeat this message to myself: ‘Fall down: 9, Get up: 10.’”

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Cieslewicz Scores Second at Uwharrie Mountain Run

Posted by on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 @ 11:12 am | 1 Reply

Newton athlete Rachel Cieslewicz placed second at last weekend’s Uwharrie Mountain Run in Ophir, North Carolina, and wrote this report:

When I made the commitment to race the 20-mile Uwharrie Mountain Trail Run this year, I had no idea that I would be moving both my home and business the week before. I think on a every level I like to squeeze maximum craziness into every aspect of my life. At least I am never bored!

Needless to say, I left for the 2011 La Sportiva Mountain Cup opener feeling a bit unprepared. I had missed more runs than I took due to moving issues and then putting my SI joint out again.  I suppose it shows the power of a strong mind, faith that I was supposed to go, and again my amazing chiropractor and acupuncturist, Greg Freebairn, putting my hips back together yet again.

Luckily I am queen at jumping into things head first with a blind fold and figuring out the details later. In many cases, I have paid, but in exponentially more, I am rewarded with adventure, a true sense of living and feeling, and huge help from many. On Thursday AM before I left I hadn’t even packed yet. I chose my bag and proceeded to put everything I could winter clothing wise into it. I had no idea what the weather was going to do and I didn’t want to freeze. It is amazing what I can fit into a light weight black diamond daypack including two pair of my Newton Running shoes. I think I could get the best packer award for sure.  Into my bag I placed a 5oz container of First Endurance liquid shot which is one of the only calories sources my poor sensitive belly can handle.

Continue reading this article on Rachel’s blog at NewAgeAthlete.com.

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Gaining Momentum: The Terra Momentus Off-Road Trainer Arrives Soon

Posted by on Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 10:10 am | 17 Replies

They’re coming, and we’re getting excited!

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TERRA MOMENTUS=MOMENTUM
MEN’S off-road TRAINER
WEIGHT: 11.2 oz
SIZE: 6-13,14,15

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WOMEN’S off-road TRAINER
WEIGHT: 9.2 oz
SIZE: 5-11

UPPER
• Highly breathable, fast-drying, debris-proof closed mesh
• Abrasion resistant collar lining
• Slip-proof laces with heel-securing double eyelets
• Lightweight flexible molded P.U. support frame
• Reinforced toe cap
• Reflective logo and heel tab
• Gusseted tongue

MIDSOLE
• Tuned Action/Reaction Technology™forefoot and heel
• Biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate
• Tuned firm high-rebound EVA
• Midfoot/rearfoot support chassis for added stability
• ETC anti-friction, anti-bacterial sockliner
• Accommodates orthotics

OUTSOLE
• High traction and durability rubber compound

Green Features
• 100% recycled laces, webbing, insole topcover
• 100% recycled box, packaging
• 10% recycled outersole rubber

The Momentum is an off-road guidance trainer designed for runners committed to a more efficient natural running style. It provides intelligent control for all foot types on all types of terrain, from groomed bridle paths to technical mountain trails.

Available JULY 2010 MSRP $139

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Newton Goes Offroad at the Burning River 100-Miler

Posted by on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 1:37 pm | 1 Reply

waynekurz
Hello Newton-

I wanted to let you know that the Gravity shoes worked out great in a 100 mile trail race that I did this past weekend. There was heavy mud and roots and they held up fine. Please pass on the feedback to other runners that are competing in not brutally technical 100 mile runs that the shoes should work well.

One of the biggest benefits was how quickly the shoes dried out with all the stream crossings I encountered during the run (about 20 stream/river crossings).

Well, still scraping off the mud and will give them a quick clean up and they will be good as new. I rotated 3 pairs during the race.

Happy running,
Wayne K.

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