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February 11, 2019

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Make this Year the Year of New Adventures

We're proud to participate in the "New Adventures" Campaign hosted by Ultimate Direction and Aspire Adventure Running. Together we have collaborated on a gear package and logistics support to help you safely and confidently explore some of the most wild and iconic spaces in North America. Enter today for your chance to win one of three destination adventures, equipment, and airfare packages that will get you running in wild places.  

Why enter?

In Praise of the Snaggletoothed Places…those ragged, dank, unmarked, up-mountain, down-creek corners of the planet where few people venture. Let us celebrate the wild nooks that remain, those countercultural, punk rock ecotones tugging at our dreams and screaming their anthems in a language older than words. Landscapes sculpted, not by man, but by the collision of continental plates, the rupture of volcanoes, the clawing glaciers and the relentless washing of waves, rivers and winds echoing and eroding. These are our nation’s vast wilderness areas, undomesticated and unconventional. These are lands which disavow race results, reject conveniences like port-a-potties and almond milk lattes. They are the anti-modern, the disconnected, unplugged, analog refutation to the digital distractions of our lives.

Wilderness, by design, is a place where man himself is a visitor who does not remains.  As such, our time in wilderness is ephemeral, a retreat from our otherwise “normal” lives. Wilderness reflects back on each traveller an authentic self. In the wilderness pretense and posturing are crushed by the contours of the land. Wilderness holds no malice, only mystery. Moving through these spaces we become self-willingly human and alive. We move to the rhythm of some ancient dance, aligning with the reverberations of forces that shaped the land. As we run, scramble, duck, and leap through their rugged terrain, we remember that all life works this way: the sharp swerve, the occasional log leap, the challenging chug-a-lug of a never-ending uphill section followed by the rewards of a downhill whoosh that makes you feel light and free and childlike. Adventure: it’s out there, just as it exists inside us. Our hearts beat most happily in shared cadence with these—the snaggletoothed places.

Caution

This call to wild spaces is real. It’s biological. The call beckons to runners as they increase their capacity and confidence to push further and deeper into the unknown. But wilderness immersion requires planning. It requires extensive preparation. It requires that we first have proper gear and updated maps, permits and route contingencies. Logistics matter more when seeking new adventures in unplanned environments. The stakes are higher. And unlike curated races where you can often shut off and follow the pink ribbons, wilderness outings require adequate safety precautions paired with a bedrock of respect and humility.

Enter this sweepstakes for your chance to win one of three destination adventures, equipment, and airfare packages that will get you running in wild places.

Partners: Ultimate Direction, Aspire Adventure Running, Jaybird, GU Energy, Roll Recovery, goodr, and Coros

February 07, 2019

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FKT Friday: rabbitELITEtrail Athlete Kanoa King Snags 'Sea to Sky' Up Hawaii's Haleakalā

On Monday, February 4th in middle of his honeymoon, rabbitELITEtrail runner Kanoa King set a new fastest known time (FKT) on the Sea to Sky Haleakalā route in 4:16:46, besting the previous top time by just under 14 minutes. 

It’s the third day of our honeymoon and it has rained the first two days, which never happens on Maui. I lay out my gear for the FKT attempt tomorrow as I watch the Patriots slowly win the Super Bowl with my wife Liz. As we talk about logistics and waking up at 4:15a to get to the start I can feel her thinking; "I am waking up hours before the sun rises and giving up half of a day of sunshine for this crazy feat." However, Liz didn’t complain once when we woke up and packed up the Jeep or when I asked her to drive the second hour through hairpin turns on the south east roads of Maui to Kaupo in the dark - what an amazing wife I have!

The morning was beautiful with the sunrise and whales spouting off in the distance. I took off from the beach just feet from the crashing surf. I thought I’d save some time and energy and slip around the edge of the chain which was hanging across the road, only to be met with silver barbed wire that blended right into the plants around it. After pulling away from the sting in my hand and leg to untangle my favorite rabbit champ singlet from the fencing I hopped over the chain and made my way up the road. The next mile and a half was comparable to logging roads up to the ranch that kindly allows access for the Kaupo Trail that leads you to Haleakalā National Park. I made my way into private property through ranch lands where the trail signs warn of guard dogs, angry cattle, and flash flooding. I struggled to stay on trail with endless paths overgrowth amidst the tropical climate. I knew route finding would be tough going into this so I just kept pushing uphill towards the Kaupo gap through brush, forests, and cow pies.

I came to the boundary of ranch lands and as I made it through the gait the surroundings entirely changed from grazing pasture to rainforest. Thankfully there was a distinct trail through the lush, thigh high grass. The dew was so heavy in the grass that the only way to describe running through this was like running up a stream with the drenched lower half and the resistance from the tall grasses. This lasted for two miles or so until the trees got smaller and the ground drier. As I moved up the slopes of the volcano it was humid but still cool in the shade of the eastern slopes. The trail started to level out to an easy 10% grade as I made my way to the first trail intersection at the Palikū cabin.

Feeling strong with my current split and the easier running terrain I pushed harder here, listening to an eclectic mix of music. The terrain felt like home (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), lots of rocks mixed with sand. My HOKA Evo Jawz ripped through the sand as I made my way through the crater and past the second cabin, Kapalaoa, where hikers were meditating and practicing yoga at 7,000 feet, a mere 3,000 feet below the summit of Haleakalā.

The last six miles where the hardest for many reasons. Living at sea level, I could feel my lungs burning as I got closer to the top. The sandy trail was much like a beach; hot and cooking in the sun with loose footing. Except this mountain 'beach' was at a consistent 20-30% grade, at an elevation of 8,000 feet, and had me gasping for air. Switchback after switchback continue until I saw the the sparkle off the observation tower at the summit and heard Liz cheering from just two switchbacks above. I channeled my months of training on a treadmill in 90+ degrees on a pool deck at 20% incline and kept grinding uphill.

I hit the pavement for the last quarter mile to the summit and luckily I had a biker who was just ahead of me. I pushed to catch him and we quipped about how we were both crazy to be where we were. We both push for the summit and finished together. As I reached the summit I let out a Hawaiian war cry and stopped the watch at 4:16:46 for the new FKT

Big thanks to my coach Ryan Ghelfi from Trails and Tarmac for a great training block that set me up for success, and of course my incredible wife Liz King for all the unconditional support (and awesome pictures)!

Gear/Nutrition/Hydration List:

  • rabbit best in show split shorts
  • rabbitELITEtrail team issue champ singlet
  • HOKA Evo Jawz
  • Drymax socks
  • Squirrels Nut Butter 
  • Rudy sunglasses
  • Salomon Advanced Skin 12 Hydration Vest
  • Ciele TRlcap
  • Jaybird Tarah Pro
  • 1.5L Passionfruit Skratch Labs
  • 1L Matcha Green Tea Lemon Skratch Labs
  • 1 Speednut Spring Energy
  • 2 Canaberry Spring Energy
  • Suunto Ambit Peak
  • Not enough sunscreen

January 31, 2019

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Fueled Friday: Sweet Potato Soup


Have sweet potatoes and looking for a way to use them up on a cold, rainy weekend? This carrot and sweet potato soup is creamy, and nourishing to our bodies. The recipe can also easily be modified to become vegan or vegetarian, simply replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth. Serves 4 and total cook time is just 35 minutes.
 
Ingredients 
- 4 tbsp coconut oil 
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated 
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced 
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper 
- 4 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth 
- 1 cup coconut milk

Instructions 
1. Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan. Add onions, garlic, and ginger and cook for 2-3 minutes.
2. Add sweet potatoes, carrots, and seasonings. Stir and add the broth. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer 10-15 minutes.
3. Transfer the soup to a high speed blender and blend until smooth. 
4. Add back to the large pot and add coconut milk and simmer for 5 minutes. 
5. Optional, drizzle molasses and top with raw pumpkin seeds. Enjoy! 

Recipe courtesy of Jason Gandzjuk of the Specialized Exercise Coaching. Visit him on Instagram @specialized_exercise_coaching for more recipe ideas or reach out to him for healthy coaching, pantry makeovers, and more online at www.specializedhealthandexercise.com.

January 24, 2019

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Fueled Friday: Red Velvet Toast

A quick breakfast because at the end of a busy week you deserve to give your hands and mind a little break while easing into the weekend. This sweet and nutritious meal can be made in just a few minutes so there’s no excuse that you didn’t have time to prepare a tasty breakfast on this beautiful Friday morning.

Check out this Red Velvet Toast...

- 2 slices of your favorite bread

- 1/4 cup of yogurt

- 3 tbsp of your favorite nut butter

- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

- 1/2 cup organic washed raspberries

- 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs

- 2 tbsp maple syrup

Recipe courtesy of Jason Gandzjuk of the Specialized Exercise Coaching. Visit him on Instagram @specialized_exercise_coaching for more recipe ideas or reach out to him for healthy coaching, pantry makeovers, and more online at www.specializedhealthandexercise.com.

January 23, 2019

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rabbit Signs on as Apparel Sponsor for Aravaipa’s Black Canyon Ultras

Two of the most dynamic forces in the trail and ultrarunning world have announced that they are deepening a partnership formed in 2018, as the California-based running apparel manufacturer rabbit has signed on to sponsor another of Aravaipa Running’s signature events, the Black Canyon Ultras. Races of both 60 and 100 kilometers will be contested next month on the world class Black Canyon National Recreation Trail just north of Phoenix, Arizona.

Beloved by trail aficionados, the Black Canyon Ultras are known for serving up heaping doses of undulating singletrack. This year, the 100k will gain new prominence, as it joins the elite list of events that serve as Golden Ticket races for the Western States Endurance Event. The 100k will also serve as a Western States qualifier and UTMB points are available for participants in both the 60 and 100 kilometer races.

For rabbit, which also sponsors Aravaipa’s Racing Team and their Javelina Jundred race, the opportunity to get involved with another great event in the desert was too good to pass up. rabbit co-founder Monica DeVreese, who will be running the 60k to kick off her ultrarunning season, was quick to praise the Aravaipa team and its founder Jamil Coury. “We just have so much respect for what Jamil and his team are doing, they are great leaders in our sport and we feel so lucky to be able to work with them.”

Spectators should expect the canyons to be rife with rabbits, as a large contingent of athletes associated with the brand are set to descend on the race. Aiming for his second Golden Ticket in two years, rabbitPRO Eric Senseman is looking like a force to be reckoned with after taking home the win and a new course record this weekend at Aravaipa’s Coldwater Rumble 52k (watch him on the The Ginger Runner Live post-race). Joining Senseman in the 100k will be rabbit Community and PR Manager Jeffrey Stern and rabbitELITEtrail teammates Rod Farvard, Kevin Cody, and Dan Goldstein.

Photo credit: Aravaipa Running / Jubilee Paige

January 17, 2019

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Fueled Friday: Vegetarian Mushroom Tacos

Did you know, Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos last year? Neither did we! We bet very few of them were these amazing vegetarian mushroom tacos, but this recipe might just change things in 2019. They are quick, easy and delicious, and will disappear in seconds from your plate. Although not traditional, the flavors in these meatless tacos are amazing. 

Ingredients for tacos: 

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp roasted chickpeas
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/4 cup roasted butternut squash
  • 4 organic corn tortillas 

Ingredients for the avocado sauce:

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup mint
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

1. Heat oil in a small pan and add garlic. Sauté for a minute or two and add mushrooms. Sauté on medium to high heat for 3 minutes till the mushrooms are tender. Add paprika, cumin, chipotle powder, and salt. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.

2. For the avocado sauce, blend everything in a blender till smooth. Add 1-2 tbsp of water if desired.

3. Heat the tacos on both sides in a pan or you can toss them on a open flame for a little extra crisp. Add avocado sauce, mushroom mix, roasted butternut squash, top with chickpeas, and sliced onions. Add some lemon or orange zest for a citrus twist and enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Jason Gandzjuk of the Healthy Butler. Visit him on Instagram @the_healthy_butler for more recipe ideas or reach out to him for healthy coaching, pantry makeovers, and more online at www.healthybutler.me.

January 15, 2019

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Allison Cleaver Hops Onto rabbitPRO Team

Photo: Scott Flathouse

Santa Barbara, California — For the latest addition to the rabbitPRO team, Allison Cleaver, running is not just a solitary sport; rather, it's a family affair. “There is a long history of my family being involved with the sport. I vividly remember cycling beside my dad while he would go on his evening runs. It was these bonding moments that sparked my interest in running.”

Not long after, that spark grew into a flame, as Cleaver started running competitively late in her high school career but quickly realized that she had the talent and desire to take things to the next level. Cleaver’s hard work resulted in her earning a walk-on spot at the University of Texas at Austin, where she competed in cross country and track, always relishing the opportunity for steady improvement that running provides to those willing to work hard. “Running to me means, being fierce and unstoppable. I’m a firm believer if you put in the work, you will get your reward and I’m not afraid to work hard.”

Indeed, the 2018 season provided plentiful rewards for the runner, who credits some of her continued improvement to an emphasis on strength and recovery work that has kept her injury-free. “I’ve been fortunate enough to not have any injuries set me back within the past year. I take my easy days very easy and my hard days hard and THAT has been the key to my success.”

For Cleaver, success in 2018 included qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials not once, but twice. First up was her win in November at the CNO Financial Indianapolis Half Marathon in a time of 1:12:47. That race served as her final tune up before the California International Marathon, where Cleaver ran a personal best of 2:36:13 to achieve the USATF A standard for the trials.

Looking toward the future, Cleaver is laser focused on a certain race in Atlanta next February. “With my recent success, I am more confident than I have ever been and am anxious to see what I can accomplish. All of 2019 racing will revolve around having a great race for the 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon.” With her sights set high, Cleaver is grateful for her new sponsor rabbit, which even played a small part in her post-collegiate return to the sport. “My husband actually came across rabbit on Facebook one day. He mentioned it to me and suggested that I apply for the rabbitELITE team. I had actually been retired from running for about a year...but I was attracted to rabbit because of the strong community and their care for their athletes."

Allison winning the CNO Financial Indianapolis Half Marathon.

January 11, 2019

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Fueled Friday: The Dream Machine

With tons of winter squash in season right now, all we have on our mind this morning is this creamy and just sweet enough butternut squash smoothie bowl called "The Dream Machine”. Butternut squash is a good source of fiber, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin A! This bowl will set the mood for a perfect end to the long training week and a big weekend of miles ahead. 

Ingredients:

- 1/4 cup finely grated carrot

- 1/2 cup cooked butternut squash, mashed (can substitute another squash, whatever is locally available)

- 1/2 cup frozen peaches

- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or whatever your milk preference is)

- 1/2 tsp cinnamon

- 1/2 tsp nutmeg

- 1 tsp maca powder

- 1 tbsp almond (or other nut) butter


Directions:

1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

2. Scoop into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings. We're going with blueberries, bananas, and raspberries today.

3. Scatter across the top of "The Dream Machine" bee pollen, yogurt, chia seeds, additional almond butter, drizzled with molasses or honey...really whatever your heart desires!

Recipe courtesy of Jason Gandzjuk of the Healthy Butler. Visit him on Instagram @the_healthy_butler for more recipe ideas or reach out to him for healthy coaching, pantry makeovers, and more online at www.healthybutler.me.

January 07, 2019

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R2R2R To rabbit—Grand Canyon FKT Record Holder Taylor Nowlin Signs With California Apparel Company

Santa Barbara, California — For runner Taylor Nowlin, to say that 2018 was a breakout year would be more than an understatement. Competing in a slew of strong fields at several big races, the newest member of the rabbitPRO team never finished off the podium and took home wins at the Behind the Rocks 50k in Utah and the Flagstaff to Grand Canyon 55k in Arizona, where she finished fourth overall. Nowlin’s second place finish at the prestigious Lake Sonoma 50 Miler also earned her a coveted Golden Ticket to the Western States Endurance Run, although she declined the opportunity in order to keep her focus on shorter distances for the time being.

The plan was for Nowlin’s season to culminate at the ultra-competitive North Face Endurance Challenge 50 in November, but that race was cancelled due to smoke from California’s devastating Camp Fire. Although she had put a lot of work into preparing for the race, Nowlin remained positive and started getting creative. “Honestly, there are many more disappointing things going on in the world than TNF being cancelled. I feel lucky to have a home, be healthy and able to race in the first place! However, I did work really hard arrive at TNF fit, so my coach and I started thinking up alternative ways to end the season on a high note as soon as we heard the news.”

Ultimately, Nowlin arrived at the same conclusion as fellow runners Ida Nilsson and rabbitPRO teammate Sandi Nypaver, who decided that the cool late-November conditions would make for a good time to attempt a double crossing of the Grand Canyon. The journey from Rim to Rim to Rim requires runners to traverse 42 miles of punishing trails, gaining over 12,000 feet of elevation along the way. Due to the iconic nature of the challenge and the spectacular setting, the R2R2R route has attracted many of the best ultrarunners in the world during recent years, each of them hoping to snag the coveted Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the route.

Running with no pacer and despite brutal conditions—which led to impaired eyesight for Nowlin—she covered the distance in 7 hours and 25 minutes, shaving almost 5 minutes off of Nilsson’s freshly minted mark, securing the FKT as her own and, needless to say, ending the season on a high note.

With big plans for 2019—which include the FOURmidable 50k in February plus a return trip to Lake Sonoma in April—Nowlin is looking to incorporate more strength work into her training, but is cautious not to overdo it. “I know lifting is key for injury prevention. It’s also really important to me to keep things fun and avoid putting too much pressure on myself. For me that means flexible training that incorporates cross training days on my bike or skis, and a diet that includes cookies!”

Logging lots of long days on the roads and trails, Nowlin demands a lot of her running apparel, so choosing the right partner was critical. “Realistically I don’t just sweat in my running clothes, I live in them—so finding a perfectly cut short that I can wear all day long is worth a lot to me. I saw some of my competitors wearing rabbit, I always heard good things and I loved the style, so I reached out!” For Nowlin, learning that the company had been founded by two women, both avid runners, and that the apparel was designed and manufactured in the U.S. was “the icing on the cake” in forging ahead with the new partnership.
January 04, 2019

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Fueled Friday: Parsley Sweet Potato Fries


Happy first Friday of 2019! Brrrrr, it has been frosty out in the mornings and getting chilly early at night outside. That’s why you need to make these savory parsley sweet potato fries to keep your house smelling cozy and your belly warm with this antioxidant powerhouse vegetable. 

Sweet Potato Fries with a little oomph...

Ingredients: 

- 2 Ib organic sweet potatoes 
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp course sea salt
- 2-3 tbsp freshly grated organic Parmesan-Reggiano cheese 
- 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley 
- 1 large garlic clove, minced

Directions: 

1. Preheat your oven to 450F
2. Rinse and dry your organic sweet potatoes. Cut the unpeeled potatoes lengthwise into slices 1/2 inch thick, and then cut each slice into batons 1/4 inch wide and 3-4 inches long.
3. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt. 
4. Spread the potatoes out evenly. Roast, stirring with a spatula halfway through, until the potatoes are perfectly tender and browned on the edges, 20-25 long minutes. 
5. In a large bowl, stir together the cheese, parsley, and garlic. Add warm fries and stir gently to coat. Dance, laugh, sing and ENJOY! 
Serves 4...1 if you've just finished a big workout. 😎

Recipe courtesy of Jason Gandzjuk of the Healthy Butler. Visit him on Instagram @the_healthy_butler for more recipe ideas or reach out to him for healthy coaching, pantry makeovers, and more online at www.healthybutler.me.