So, the Boston Marathon is right around the corner. We are less than 2 weeks from race day!! We know you have all been training hard, putting in the miles, and are getting to rock those 26.2 miles.
Let's be honest though. Marathon training is HARD. We all have our own struggles and obstacles to overcome. It's not easy, but that's why we challenge ourselves to do it. But, some of us have more to overcome than others. Our friend Sara, an amazing runner, wife, and new mom, had her work cut out for herself getting ready to train for this year's Boston Marathon. But, we want you to hear Sara's story in her own words. Heads up though, it is amazing and truly inspiring. Sara, you are one incredible lady! Read Sara's story below:
My name is Sara and I am a wife, new mom, runner, and blogger over at Running Wife.
I’m so excited to be a part of the BOSTONrabbit team for this year’s Boston Marathon! You see this marathon holds a really special place in my heart this year, but for you to truly understand why I have to share my story.
In December of 2014 I qualified for the 2016 Boston Marathon. It was a task that even a year before I had thought would never happen. I worked really hard for almost a year (coming back from a femoral stress fracture) and was able to cut over 1 hour and 9 minutes off my marathon PR in one cycle to qualify. It was the most amazing feeling and I couldn’t wait to run.
As I approached the 2016 Boston Marathon I was ecstatic. I decided to go into the marathon without a time goal and to just enjoy it. I trained as hard as I could but as the marathon approached my body was not responding. I was struggling to get through runs, I couldn’t hold even paces that used to be easy, and I was beyond frustrated. I had no idea what was going on with my body. 3 weeks before I was supposed to be toeing the start line in Boston I was given some wonderful news – my husband and I were expecting our first child! I was thankful I was able to figure out what was going on with me and I was so excited to start our family.
I made the hard decision to not run that year even though it had been my dream for so long. I was only 7 weeks pregnant and I didn’t feel comfortable at the time to tackle the marathon distance. I still went that year to cheer on my husband (who finished top 50!) but I was still aching for that chance to run it myself.
As we started to figure things out I quickly realized I’d have another chance. In October of 2016 I ran the Chicago Marathon (before I got pregnant) and was able to quality for 2017. I was due in December so that means I’d have 4 months to get ready after giving birth. It was a big task but I knew if I stayed focused and kept my body strong I could do it.
I ran through 36 weeks of my pregnancy. I did the best I could to keep my endurance up and focus on the prize. Without a doubt running helped to keep me strong and ready to give birth to our son, Easton, on 12/1/16.
I was able to start running again 4 weeks postpartum and officially began marathon training 12 weeks before Boston. This training cycle has been unlike any other – lots of treadmill running during the early weeks, lots of stroller running in the later weeks, and a lot of patience and determination. I’ve had to learn to listen to my body much more and focus on the smaller things.
While it hasn’t always been easy and there have been more times that I’d like to admit where I almost wanted to throw in the towel, I know without a doubt that this will be the most rewarding marathon. Not only will it be my first Boston Marathon but I will have my sweet son and husband waiting for me at the finish. Even though I know a PR won’t be in the cards for me I plan to go and enjoy very single second, even the most painful ones!
My goal through my blog and my story is to help empower women to truly believe in themselves and to go after their biggest dreams!
I look forward to April 17th in so many ways and I cannot wait to experience Boston!
F U E L E D F R I D A Y: let's talk about carb-loading. Some people love it; some people hate it; every marathon runner has experienced it. As the final weeks leading up to the Boston Marathon are upon us, all of the Boston runners are going to be looking to carb-load before the race. But, this doesn't mean you have to eat a bunch of processed crappy foods! NO! You can carb-load by eating healthy and nutritious good carbs.
So, this week we wanted to share a good carb recipe with from our good friend, Robin at CaliGirl Cooking. These homemade whole wheat crackers are super easy to make, great for healthy snacking, and also travel well (for those traveling to Boston!). Plus, they are just delicious. So, enjoy the recipe and happy carb-loading!
Homemade Whole Wheat Crackers: Two Ways!
Here is a simple homemade whole wheat cracker recipe with two flavor-filled variations - Rosemary Sea Salt and Everything Bagel!
The process of making these Homemade Whole Wheat Crackers is as easy (if not easier) than making a batch of cookies. Once you have the technique down, you’ll be pumping out dozens of crackers in under an hour.
The one thing about this recipe is that, unlike store-bought crackers that are usually pumped full of preservatives, these crackers won’t keep for weeks on end. We highly recommend eating them within a couple of days of making them, or they may get a little chewy. This will also happen if your cracker dough is too thick when you cut it. Really make sure it’s thin enough so you get that fantastic crisp!
Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, salt and rosemary (if using.) Add the oil and milk.
Divide the dough in half so it’s easier to work with. Take the first half of the dough and roll it out to about 1/8-inch thickness on a floured surface or another sheet of parchment paper.
Using a 2-inch round culinary ring or cookie cutter, cut out the crackers. Gather and re-roll dough as needed until you have cut as many circles as you can.
Brush crackers lightly with water using a pastry brush and add toppings (sea salt or Everything Bagel Seasoning.) Place crackers on prepared baking sheet (they don’t have to be too far apart, they won’t spread too much) and bake in 450-degree oven for 10-12 minutes, or until crackers are just golden.
Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Let cool completely before transferring to a resealable container or plastic bag for storage. For best results, enjoy within a couple of days.
(Original recipe can be found here.)
rabbit is thrilled to partner with Strava Track Club, a USATF Elite Development Club in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Below, Club Director Dena Evans shares the story of how the club got its start and reflects on the supportive environment that helps athletes to achieve their best. You can look forward to more posts from STC athletes throughout the season!
Strava Track Club started organically—one athlete wanted to compete in a meet that required membership in a USATF club and, around the same time, a group of women found themselves working out regularly on Tuesday evenings. One of them just happened to have some experience in coaching. We don’t have a ton of bureaucracy and, 10 years later, our team rules have remained: 1. Train for something, and 2. Be cool, not because those rules were cute and formulaic, but in order to keep things simple.
Running is technically an individual sport, but teamwork can make all the difference between success and failure. Post-collegiate running careers are like start-ups. Initiated with a good idea, and a bit of talent and confidence, the reality of the grind and the challenge of pursuing the dream without the support that college athletes enjoy—pre-scheduled airport bus rides, dining hall meals, athletic trainers on demand at practice—eventually set in and the real work begins. At that point, the helping hand of the club can be huge.
The San Francisco Bay Area is a unique region, one that is always shaping who we are and what we can do. Most of our members are grad students or beginning a road in an industry outside of running. We have great weather and varied terrain, but sometimes traffic means it takes a bit of time to get there, and the gas and rent can take more than their fair share of the pie.
Through both hardship and success, our club has worked to provide a springboard or conduit for athletes to continue exploring their running horizons. So many runners find that start-up process difficult, and we never know what they could do if given a few years to train with serious intent and challenging competition. Our regional quirks, the transient nature of recent grads generally, and other pursuits often require creative solutions. However, having a jersey to wear, a collective with which to identify, and some like-minded individuals with whom to train and race can make a huge difference. We try hard to bridge the gap. Not all the questions are answered with a yes, or are even answered, but some are, and that is why we are here.
Our team community has never stood alone, but has always depended on other like-minded organizations and businesses. We benefit immensely from the incredible post-collegiate road racing and cross country circuit organized by the Pacific Association of USATF. Almost every spring weekend in northern California features a local track meet that welcomes open athletes, and several collegiate programs encourage our efforts and spread the word.
We have had absolutely crucial support through the years from the Sport Medicine Institute, Agile Physical Therapy, and other companies, such as GU Energy Labs, ElliptiGO, and AlterG, with products that often make the unseen but essential bit of difference that keeps a train on the tracks. We’ve also enjoyed a great relationship with our local retailer, Fleet Feet Menlo Park, and excellent equipment support from suppliers.
As we get into the heart of competition in our 10th year, we are carrying momentum from two outstanding years of title sponsorship from Strava, during which we produced over 500 race performances, over 100 wins, in over 50 Californian cities, as well as 25 states and 9 countries. Working with a technology based start-up with a front and center goal of community creation reflects who we are and what many of us do each day. As a group, our mission is to help individuals weather the storms of startup life as pro runners, with an optimistic approach and a simple formula. We are proud to have that name next to each of ours in the results.
This year, we also run with a rabbit logo on our jerseys. It’s an emblem of that same optimism, commitment to a dream, willingness to support the dreams of others, and the creativity and knowhow to make it just that much more easy and fun to get from point A to point B on foot. In 2017, Strava Track Club members have big dreams and goals on the track and roads. A running team needs uniforms - that’s obvious. But what we have found with rabbit is more than that. We’ve found partners and supporters, folks who will dream the dream with us. That’s what you’ll see when you see the rabbit coming across the finish line—the realization of the teamwork and hard effort that goes into each race and each piece of clothing delivered to you. We look forward to sharing more of the journey in this space, and hope you enjoy meeting some of the individuals embarking on the road.
- Dena Evans, Strava Track Club, Club Director
(Photo cred: Karen Ramming)
CANADIAN NATIONAL RECORD HOLDER. Yes, that's right we are talking about our very own rabbit PRO Natasha LaBeaud Anzures. In case you missed our earlier announcement, Natasha set the Canadian national 15km road record (and actually the 12k road record too) this past weekend at the USATF 15k Championship hosted by the Gate River Run with the time of 54:47 (unofficial results) for the 15km. We are so incredibly proud of Natasha and this amazing accomplishment. Natasha is not only a top level athlete, but also a true ambassador of the sport, and a simply wonderful person. Natasha, we are so very proud of you and honored to have you representing rabbit out there while you are setting records, chasing your dreams, and inspiring all of us.
Natasha wrote a blog about what these records mean to her, and we are honored to share that with you below:
This past Saturday at the USATF 15k Championships, I had the honor of setting two records for Canada in the road 12km and 15km. Honestly, if you asked me how I felt about this achievement after reflecting on it a few days post-race, I would say that I feel nervous about it. Nervous may seem like an odd reaction, but I have been dreaming about setting a national record for as long as I have been running (which started at the age of 6). If you do the math on that, I have spent over two decades chasing after very specific and very difficult goals.
2016 was an extremely rough year for me in the sport with me chasing my biggest goal of all—the Olympics. Health issues with anemia plagued my early season and trickled into the “last chance meets” and combined with an unfortunate broken toe days before the Olympic Track Trials in Canada. My toe was so swollen that I couldn’t even put on spikes, and had to force my foot into flats. Even though I pushed through the Olympic Trials, my heart was ultimately crushed in knowing that my ultimate goal of reaching the Olympic Games in 2016 would not be reached.
So when I learned that the 12km and 15km national records now belong to me, I feel nervous. Nervous because I have not had my name next to a national record, ever. Nervous because I know that I have more work to do to ultimately reach my biggest goals. Nervous because I feel like I still have so much to prove. But also, the more I think about how I feel, the more the feeling of excitement also boils up, as I am excited about the potential to come.
I also feel extremely grateful for all of the support that I receive from tremendous sponsors like rabbit, with team members who are in complete support of the ultimate goals that I aim to achieve. I am also so thankful to all of the people who help push me to new heights, from my coaches, to family, to friends and community members who cheer and extend encouragement on the best and the worst days. Thank you all for helping me place one foot in front of the other and for helping me to achieve my dreams in the sport that I love more each day.
So here is to all of the feelings that accompany accomplishments, and for the promise to enjoy the ride along the way one step at a time.
F U E L E D F R I D A Y is brought to you this week by our good friend, Robin at CaliGirl Cooking. Now that spring has arrived, we wanted to share with you a perfect spring recipe. Crunchy Pea Salad with Prosciutto is not only the quintessential spring dish, it’s also a perfect side to add to your Easter menu. And, Robin took the classic version of the recipe and lightened it up a bit!
This Crunchy Pea Salad with Prosciutto recipe uses mostly Greek yogurt for the “dressing” although we still throw in a teensy bit of mayo just to get that less tart, more savory flavor in there. We add shallots and garlic powder for that extra hit of flavor, and throw in some water chestnuts for some extra crunch. Crispy prosciutto saves the day (of course) and adds the saltiness we need to make this the perfect trifecta of flavors. And if you’re fretting about obtaining the peas, have no fear because frozen is definitely the way to go. Difficulty level = 0. So, go ahead and make this spring classi and enjoy!
Eat and enjoy!!
(Original recipe can be found here.)
For those of you "road" or "track" runners, hitting the trails can be a glorious and exhilarating experience. Whether you are a trail regular, or just a newbie trail runner, we highly recommend hitting the dirt and exploring the wilderness around you. You never know, you may just fall in love with it, like our RADrabbit Craig Prater did. Read more about Craig's transition from the road to the trail in his own words below:
From the road to a trail—how I found a second wind on the trails
Solo early morning trail in the countryside in France.
“Oh, you can keep running. You will just want to think about how long you want to go until your knee replacement.” Wait, what??? This is the conversation I had with a physician’s assistant after my last knee surgery. My second. On the same knee. More of my meniscus had been removed—not much left now—and the surgery had revealed pretty significant arthritis. Not really the news I had been hoping for as a running addict.
Flashback—I’d been on a great road racing streak. I started running in my mid-40s. At age 49, I’d broken the 3 hour mark in the marathon. At 50+ I had a couple of half marathons in the 1:21-1:22 range and had broken the 5 minute mark in a local mile race (with downhill assist, but hey, I’ll take it), and run in the U.S. national master 8K championships. And things were just getting better. My tempo runs were starting to routinely dipping into the sub-six minute territory. I started contemplating shooting for a sub 2:55 marathon and who knows? Then one dark morning in late fall, on an easy warm-up run with friends, relaxed conversation turned to stabbing pain and profanity. “Are you ok, are you ok?” No, I knew I wasn’t. I’d felt that pain before. I’d torn my meniscus. Again. I trudged two miles back to the car, dejected, knowing that my race plans and goals were to be suspended. Fast forward through doctor visits, MRI, surgical consults, waiting for insurance approval and then—finally—the surgery. And then the post-surgery consult where I got the news I wasn’t hoping for. I could run, but I would need to cut back for the longevity of my joint.
I’ll freely admit I’m an endorphin addict. I absolutely love the feeling during and after a hard fast run. Now I enjoy other forms of exercise—cycling, kayaking, paddle boarding—but nothing else gives me the same high. But I also don’t want to be hobbled by pain later in life, so I knew I needed to dial it back. So with a heavy heart, I retired from road racing, much to the disbelief of my running friends.
Well, now what? Thankfully I already had an inkling of what I could do. For several years I’d had a latent interest in trail running. I live in Santa Barbara, California sandwiched between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. We have an incredible trail system ranging from trails on the cliffs overlooking the ocean, to gentle foothill trails to mountain single tracks that go straight up. As a roadie, I’d always been a bit nervous about these trails. I was always training for a marathon and didn’t want to risk rolling an ankle and putting the big race at risk. But after achieving some of my road race goals, I started tentatively venturing out into the mountain trails. I remember asking some of our veteran local trail runners about the absolute *easiest* mountain trail run I could do. One where I wouldn’t get hurt or lost or eaten by a wild animal. The trail runner community was extremely welcoming and encouraged me to come of one of their group runs.
The view from Inspiration Point on my first trail run.
On February 16 2013, I ran my first local trail. I started with Jesusita Trail, a local 7 mile round trip. I was *extremely* nervous. Would I be able to keep up? Would I get left behind and get lost? Would I fall and hurt myself? It turned out that my fears were overblown and the run was spectacular. My running companions ran at a comfortable pace. The trail started out gently, letting me warm to the idea of running off road. Hey, this is kind of fun… When we got to the really steep parts, we walked. Walking during a run??? No problem. Trail runners do it all the time. Halfway up we stopped at a water fountain installed courtesy of a kind-hearted property owner who has a ranch along the trail. Past a stable with a watchful horse, we started up the steep climb. Switchbacks, back and forth, higher and higher, how long does this go on??? Right after I thought I couldn’t go any further, the trail evened out, and I was able to relax and run easy. Then the final push, and we were at the top, Inspiration Point! The view was magnificent, the foothills and city of Santa Barbara spread out below us and the sparkling Pacific Ocean beyond. I was hooked. When can I do this again?
Trail guru Ken Hughes pointing the way with RADrabbit Lisa Dosch.
We got into a routine of hard marathon training runs on Saturday, recovery runs on Jesusita on Sunday. This was a fabulous recipe, recharging our bodies and souls after a week of hard road runs. After a while, I started to look forward to our Sunday trail runs as much or more as our Saturday workouts. I kept focused on road racing, trying to beat down that clock. A sub-3 hour marathon attempt in Boston, shot down by a hamstring injury. And then the terror of the bombing. Another round of training and then a successful 2:59:48 in Berlin. I followed that with a series of half marathons, 5K races, a number of PRs and age group wins. And then the knee gave out again.
After I recovered from the surgery, I started running again. My fitness returned pretty quickly, but I stuck with my plans to avoid road racing. I still did road workouts, but cut it down to 2 per week from 5. And I decided I’d start finding more soft surfaces to run on. I ran long meditative beach runs—nothing like dolphins, otters and crashing waves to sooth the soul. And I started exploring new mountain trails. And I fell in love. I fell in love with the sense of accomplishment of looking down on a tiny spec of where I started an hour or so before. I fell in love with the unevenness and unpredictability of the terrain. I fell in love with the rocks, boulders, streams, flowers, birds, coyotes, and bobcats. I fell in love with the trail running community where the conversations generally avoided pace and mileage and instead focused on terrain, vistas, and true running bliss. I was hooked.
Despite my new passion, locally I am still a trail newbie. I have been delighted to have the pleasure to run with local trail luminaries George Williams and Ken Hughes. They both know essentially all the local trails by heart. Ken specializes in knowing all the local history and points of interest, while George tracks when and where the wildflowers bloom each season. I’ve loved running on the Santa Barbara Trail Runner events, and many runs with my training partners from Santa Barbara Running and Racing. I went on a fabulous trail running adventure in the Grand Tetons organized by road and trail stud Dan Rudd. We had a group of about 20 runners and ran and laughed our way through three incredible days in some of the most spectacular wilderness in the U.S. And I’m very grateful to badass local runners Jenni Miller and fellow RADrabbit athlete Lisa Dosch who have joined me on many, many local trail adventures involving crazy ascents, splashing through creeks, waterfalls, bear dens and donuts. I also especially love taking someone on their first ascent up a new trail. I will never forget the look on my 18 year old son’s face as he summited Romero Canyon Trail for the first time, where the merciless final climb is rewarded with an astonishing view of the rugged Santa Barbara backcountry.
Sometimes trails present some obstacles, but nothing we can’t overcome. On San Ysidro trail with Ironman athlete and trail runner Jenni Miller.
In Sept 2016, I ran my first trail race, the inaugural Island View trail race on Franklin Trail in Carpentaria, CA. I placed 8th overall, 1st in my age group. Then the No Name 15K, with a 3rd place finish, 1st in my age group. Next was the Red Rock half marathon, organized by trail running legend Luis Escobar, 4th overall, 1st in my age group. Then I ran the Paramount Ranch half marathon and shocked myself with a 1st place finish. Hey, I like this trail racing thing. And in each race, I took pictures along the way, something I never would have considered in a road race.
At the finish of my first (and probably only!) trail race victory
Here are a few things I’ve learned in my short time trail running.
Santa Barbara crew tackling Paintbrush Divide in the Grand Tetons National Park.
Since 2013, I have run about 350,000 vertical feet, about 12 times the elevation of Mt. Everest. I love to travel and have had the good fortune to run trails in many different U.S. states and international destinations. Now whenever I plan a trip for business or pleasure, I pack my trail shoes and can’t wait to explore. If you are not already a trail runner, I hope you discover the magic. Happy trails!
- Craig Prater, RADrabbit
F U E L E D F R I D A Y this week is about treating 'yo self and the recipe is from our good friend, Michelle Battista and Ned Ludd, the American craft kitchen located in Portland, Oregon.
Sometimes messing with a classic is a risky move, but we’re pretty confident that our take on the beloved chocolate chip cookie will please even the pickiest chocolate chip lover. It’s not any harder to prep and bake than a regular chocolate chip cookie. And we’ll dare to say this skillet version is more fun to eat, especially when shared. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you if there’s stiff competition for the last chocolate-y bite.
Ned Ludd's Super Secret, Almost Famous Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Makes one 10-inch cookie*
1 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup white sugar
½ cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
¼ tsp salt
1½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup 75-percent-cacao dark chocolate wafers**
Flake salt for finishing
10-inch cast-iron skillet
MAKE THE DOUGH: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl whisk together flour and baking soda, and set aside. In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until well combined, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the egg, salt, and vanilla extract, and continue beating until combined. Add flour-soda combo and mix until just incorporated. Using a spatula, fold in chocolate wafers.
BAKE THE COOKIE: Flatten the dough inside a 10-inch skillet. Bake for around 30 minutes, or until the center is just set. To simulate Ned Ludd’s blackened, bitter crust, turn the broiler on and cook a minute or two longer, taking care not to burn the top completely. Remove from oven and sprinkle with flake salt. Serve with a small glass of milk, or pour milk right over the top while the cookie’s still hot and watch it sizzle.
*Cookie dough recipe adapted from Joy of Cooking
**Larger and flatter than chocolate chips, high- quality chocolate wafers or “pistoles” (try Valrhona or Guittard brands) yield a velvety, “meltier” texture when baked. Wafers can be found at World Foods, Sheridan Fruit Company, and some supermarkets.
***DISCLAIMER : This cookie stays piping hot in the cast iron so let it cool and pour the cold milk over it or you will burn the crap out of your mouth. Trust me we've all done it to ourselves at least twice.
(Original recipe here.)
Running provides a lot of things to a lot of people: competition, challenge, a social life, friendship, pain, accomplishment, and escape, to name just a few. Today, we want to talk more about escape. Life can be hectic, crazy, and overwhelming. But, for many, running can be a way to escape the chaos of normal life and to find some well-deserved alone time. Today, RADrabbit Denali Strabel shares her secret escape with us, in her own beautifully written words:
The Alaskan summer offers endless adventure and work. Summer invites complete balance between the two worlds of seasonal work in a small harbor town and midnight sun peak bagging. Adventuring just long enough to make it back to work, no matter what hour you find yourself starting at. These runs have established an important part in my life. Without the task of challenging myself to find unknown places, life would be as dull as dishwater. It’s the promise I keep to myself that helps me work long hours; the promise to always find some time to escape the lunacy of Alaskan Tourism--to find an escape, even on the busiest of trails.
Every now and then, it’s hard to enjoy a popular trail. Buzzing with outside visitors, a sunny day can attract lots of traffic. At my job, I am constantly interacting with people, so my runs are the only chance I get to catch some quiet time. It’s my luck that I can be quite an early bird. When you’re used to a shift that starts at 5am, waking up early for a run is quite enjoyable. The mornings are silent. The mornings are a time where my mind can wake up slowly. The trail’s emptiness gives off an essence that can only be witnessed at the moment. It’s a time where the phone isn’t ringing. No jokes about my name really being Denali are made. No need to guide lost travelers, they have yet to start their day. The sun finds itself peeking through the trees; it has yet to dry off the morning dew. It’s a hard thing to put into words how it feels to be waking up with a trail. Knowing I’ll be fighting the crowd coming back, the morning time is my place to get away from the summer chaos.
On days where I let my adventurous soul take the wheel, the hiker’s path quickly diminishes under my feet. As I dance into the unknown wilderness, I feel a type of freedom. Of course I could stay on the designated trail, but these free hours can’t be wasted on something already seen. Getting no time to be completely alone and exposed to the Alaskan wilderness would mean no point in living here at all. I get to have such a scramble of emotions all to myself while venturing into the wild. The fear of bears is always on my mind, but it’s also exciting to move like the animals we never see watching us in the bushes. It’s exciting to sprint through shrub and creeks while exploring towards a mysterious ridge. What shall I run into? I never know and I never try to guess. I allow the wild to let me see herself how she wants it. The goal is to find a spot that no one has ever seen; seen off in the distance but unknown on a personal level. I watch the people run up and down the popular trails from a hillside far away. Like a bird, I can view into their world without making my presence known. It’s easy to get lost in such a lush paradise. The endless mountain ranges and land to be conquered makes it hard to ever stop exploring.
Hours slip by effortlessly and now it’s time to start heading home. My adventure has to take a back seat as the day starts to get active. While racing back, I find myself darting down questionable territory. Learning quickly that creeks can rapidly turn into uncrossable waterfalls, adventuring is a game of trial and error.
The trail, once awake, can hold much energy. The sun is usually out and people are up enjoying the beauty surrounding them. The trail is bright, the birds are chirping, and even the creek seems to be flowing at a rhythmic beat. Making my way through the hikers and bikers, whizzing past as quiet and gracefully as possible, I feel the liveliness of the trail. The presence revs up my engines as I race myself down to the car. They have no idea where I have been; it’s like running with a secret.
Only one time did a run take too long. The clients to check-in for a fishing trip were already waiting at the door. It was a funny exchange of conversation as they poked fun of me for ‘sleeping in too long’. As we laughed and paraded into the office, a woman reached for my hair. Pulling out a small blueberry branch, more excitement bursts out of the door.
“Where have you been girl!?”
My secret escape from this busy little town, my secret garden and nowhere you’ve ever been.
Term: rabbit’s Hang-Tag Contest begins February 21, 2017, and ends March 3, 2017, at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST). By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that he or she is 18 years old or older.
What we are looking for: We are seeking amazing pictures from your running adventures to be used on rabbit’s Fall 2017 hang-tag!! We are specifically looking for the following categories as there may be more than one image selected:
To be eligible for any category, a photograph must have been shot by the entrant since January 1, 2014.
Cropped photos are eligible in all categories. We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos. Minor adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents, are acceptable for all categories. If the judges determine that a photographer has altered his or her photo, they reserve the right to disqualify it.
How to enter:
Please submit photographs and requested information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may submit no more than two (2) photographs per category for a contest total of twelve (12) submissions. Photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format, edited for web, at least 2,000 pixels wide and no larger than 10 MB.
We do not accept photographs submitted through the mail and do not accept more than one contestant per e-mail address. High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible.
Finalists will be asked to submit an original, unedited digital file or an original negative, print or slide. Original negatives, prints or slides will be returned to finalists.
rabbit reserves the right to disqualify incomplete entries and/or contestants who are unable to submit, upon request, a high-resolution photograph of at least 300 dpi at 3,000 pixels on the longest side or an original photo negative, print or slide. Mobile photographs must be submitted, upon request, at their highest resolution.
rabbit may collect a photograph’s metadata upon entry.
Prizes: rabbit may select up to twelve winners who will win the right to have their photo used on rabbit’s apparel hang tag for the Fall 2017 season.
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Charity is something that we don't talk about as much as we should here at rabbit. We are firmly committed to giving back to the community and we believe in aligning our self with meaningful and influential organizations who are giving back and doing amazing things for the community. One such organization is the incredible 2nd Recess, founded and led by our very own RADrabbitPRO Natasha LaBeaud Anzures along with her husband Marco Anzures. 2nd Recess' mission is to inspire young athletes and their families to lead active and healthy lives by introducing them to fun and fitness through running. We are so very proud to support 2nd Recess. We will be talking a lot more about this amazing organization in the months to come, but we wanted to give you a little introduction from Natasha herself. Read and enjoy.
Marco Anzures and I met in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2010. We both were recruited to train for an Olympic development running team, and we met on the day that Marco arrived in Flagstaff (about 3 days after I moved there). We started talking, and as the cliché goes, “the rest is history.” We just found ourselves relating on similar topics, laughing, and most of all, just enjoying one another’s company.
Marco and I at a 2nd Recess practice at Balboa Stadium.
One topic that we kept coming back to was the importance of giving back to the community. We were involved in various community service projects in the Flagstaff community, but wanted to do more. While on a run one day, I told Marco that I had an idea for a youth running program called 2nd Recess that would teach kids the basics of running in a fun environment. His response back to me was an immediate, “Let’s do it!” And once again, the rest was history.
We moved to San Diego for some better training opportunities, and to never have to face black ice during early morning runs ever again. As soon as we arrived in San Diego in the summer of 2011, we began working on 2nd Recess. We connected with the local running club, the San Diego Track Club, to see if they would be interested in a youth running program, and when they said yes, we were elated. This was the perfect opportunity for us to test our program’s lesson plans while also applying for non-profit status as an organization.
Early days of the program, with a much smaller group than we have at all locations now
We had 5 kids attend the first 2nd Recess practice in October 2011, and we were pumped. We had created a curriculum for the season with practices comprised of warm-up running, drills, strides, and two running activities (such as a fartlek run, Bigfoot relays, or circuit training), cool-down, and a motivational topic paired with a healthy snack. We kept refining the activities every week, but the meat of the practices stayed the same, and the program continued growing with positive word-of-mouth feedback. Now, the program has been able to reach thousands of kids in the San Diego region and is an official 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.
We have added elements of track and field to the spring season, where athletes have the opportunity to try different aspects of the sport, including long jump, javelin, starting blocks, and of course, distance running. In the fall, 2nd Recessers are able to learn about and race cross country, and have the opportunity to try trail running, hills, and even jumping over barriers on different terrain. Through our motivational topics at the end of practice, kids (ages 4-13) learn about the importance of the 3 P’s: Patience, Positivity, and Perseverance. You can even see what a typical practice through this video: https://youtu.be/KX27ks7Lu38
We put on many races in the San Diego Community, including the Dirt Doggies Cross Country 2k Race for kids to try the sport of cross country!
We are now into our 6th year of 2nd Recess, and have more kids than ever before. We now have multiple locations in San Diego County, and are continuing to expand with the help of great volunteers and coaches. I truly feel extremely lucky to have cofounded this non-profit with my husband, and that I am able to apply our program’s motto “inspire through action” not only at 2nd Recess practices, but in my own life.
One of the highlights from the program is being able to see the impact that it has had on so many kids. We have had a child who suffered from Tourrete Syndrome find that running helped him control his symptoms and feel more normal. We have had kids gain self-esteem from being able to challenge themselves at weekly practices. We have had kids just come up to us and say “I love running” with so much excitement that you carry that joy with you for days.
Not only do I get to share my love of running with such wonderful kids, but I also learn something from these kids every week—how to keep applying patience, positivity, and perseverance in everything that I do.
Want to learn more about the program? Check out our website at: http://www.2ndrecess.org/
- Natasha LaBeaud Anzures, RADrabbitPRO