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Nike ZoomFly, the #breaking2 shoe – ONLY at Go! Running

We are all fascinated with barriers, things that at the time seem impossible: going to the moon, climbing Everest, the sub 4 minute mile.  The latest of these in the running world is the sub 2 hour marathon.  A feat that will require a runner to run a 4:35 mile, 26.2 times!

Nike has set about this task with the ‘breaking2’ project. An elite team has been formed and everything from how marathon runners train to what they eat has been looked at and optimized. A key element is the shoes they wear for the sub 2 hour attempt.  Nike threw away the book and took a radical approach to building a shoe that they believe can improve performance by up to 4%. The ZoomFly just launched this month and the only place in Arkansas you can try these on and buy them is at Go! Running. Nike selected Go! as the place to sell these shoes because they knew with our heritage of racing, we could understand and explain the benefits of these ground breaking shoes.  Gary recently took these shoes for a spin. “They feel a little different when you first put them on”, he said, “but once you start running fast you can sense how they propel you forward. It’s pretty remarkable.” Be a part of running history, run in a pair of ZoomFly, only at Go! Running.

Breaking 2.

The Nike ZoomFly is unique because it is very different from any other shoe. This shoe was designed over a span of four years in the vision of running a marathon in 1;59:59 or less. The current record is held by Dennis Kimetto who ran his fastest marathon in 2 hours and 25 seconds in 2014. So Nike researched all aspects of running along with the design of this new shoe. How could they make a runner faster? Was it the running course, nutrition, optimal training, hydration, ideal weather conditions, or the sneakers? To conduct this research, they enlisted reigning Olympic Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge, half marathon world record holder, Zersenay Tadese, and rising star Lelisa Desia to help them conduct research on every aspect of running while developing several prototypes of the best shoe ever. Now that they have arrived at the winning combinations of elements in this perfect new shoe, it was time to test out all their research.

Photo Credit: Cait Opperman for Wired

26.2 Miles in 1:59:59.

The test took place on a track in Monza with the three chosen runners who are involved in this project,  Kipchoge of Kenya, Tadese of Eritrea, and Desisa. Along with them, a hand picked group of all-stars for pacers as well as a Tesla to pace in front of the runners.  The race was set for 26.2 miles around 17.5 laps and all the runners were decked out in the most aerodynamic running gear and Nike’s new shoe. The pacers formed in a diamond of six pacers to shield each runner from the wind and they kept a 4.8km per hour pace, interchanging pacers when needed. There was also a team alongside the runners giving them a drink 7 minutes, staying beside them so they wouldn’t ever have to quit running. Although the race didn’t officially count against the previous world record holder, Kipchoge finished the Nike test marathon in 2 hoursand 25 seconds. Nike has officially changed the running game and they believe the 2 hour marathon world record can be broken.

Photo Credit: Chris Lawrence

Out Running or Outrunning? 

You can think of the Nike ZoomFly as one of the fastest everyday running shoes Nike makes, whether you’re outrunning the competition, or out running the neighborhood. And, it’s proven to take your running to the next level. Here is a list of product benefits:

Full length carbon infused nylon plate delivers a propulsive sensation.

Lightweight foam insole provides highly responsive cushioning

Flywire reinforced lightweight upper for secure speed.

Stefan Guest, a senior designer at Nike, said the design’s success is in its mixture of elements, or the geometries of this new shoe. Nike tested through several prototypes before hitting the perfect mixture of elements needed to design the perfect marathon shoe. The end shoe resulted in runners burning 4% less energy while running on the treadmill  and less foot soreness after running.

If you’re a marathon runner, we would love for you to stop by Go! Running and try out the Nike ZoomFly. And, when you get this cool new shoe and run the next Little Rock Marathon with your best time ever, you must come to the store and tell us all about it!

Keeping it Cool

Drink to Your Health. 

A runner’s nectar is water. And since yesterday was the summer solstice, we’re celebrating the official start of summer in a ‘keeping you cool’ way!  So this Saturday, if you’re out on our favorite River Trail, be looking out for some Go! Water Coolers we’ll be placing in some of our favorite spots where you may need a bit of a water break. 15 different prizes will be given to those who take the best cooler selfie and post them to our fb page will win some awesome prizes “keeping it cool” prizes! And, if you tag 3 friends, we will give you an extra entry into the contest. Prizes from our friends at Nathan, Scratch, Nuun and Go!!!

Be part of the fun and Win:

  1. Find a Go! Cooler along the River Trail.
  2. Take a selfie with the cooler (get creative and have fun!)
  3. Post selfie to Go! Running Facebook Page
  4. Extra entries? You bet – just Tag 3 friends in your photo.
  5. Look for winners announced Monday on Go! Running’s fb page.

 

Hydration Conversation

This week, we want to start a conversation with our community about water, so let’s talk about the facts. You probably know that 60% of the human body is made up of water. When you don’t get enough water, it affects every cell of your body. For runners, it’s important to replace the electrolytes and nutrients you need to train and compete. We seek to carry some of the best hydration products and nutritional products runner’s need. Our prizes for this giveaway are our friends at Nathan, Skratch, Nuun and Go!!!

Skratch offers no-nonsense sports drinks that are non-GMO, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, kosher, and delicious! Nuun leads the way in portable hydration that are designed to support your hydration needs on a daily basis. And Nathan leads the market in creating performance driven products to help you have your best run.

Look for Go! on The Arkansas River Trail

We talked water, so now let’s talk about our favorite subject, running our beautiful state. If you haven’t ran the Arkansas River Trail, you’re really missing a remarkable time. This trail is one of the greatest perks of living in our community. You can run, walk, bike, or stroll down this adventurous trail and choose to explore all 21 miles of the trail, or pick your favorite part because there are several really cool things to see along the Arkansas River.

21 Miles of Summer Fun

A great place to start the trail is at Pinnacle Mountain Park. From there, you can cruise down the hill through Pinnacle Valley to Maumelle Park where you can hike, fish, camp, or even play a little basketball. Next you will run into Two Rivers Park, which offers over 1,000 acres of wooded wetlands that you can explore and where you will often find deer grazing. From there, cross the Two Rivers Bridge and a few miles down the river trail path you’ll meet up with the Big Dam Bridge, which is the longest pedestrian bridge in North America, spanning 4,226 feet ad towering 90 feet above the Arkansas River. Here, you will come to a “fork in the road” where you can choose to travel either the Little Rock side or the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River. Both are beautiful.

Little Rock Trail:

If you travel down the Little Rock side of the River, you will run into Murray Park where you can have a picnic, go to the dog park, play soccer, practice archery, go fishing, and even canoe! Next you can watch the golfers as you cruise by Rebsamen Park to Downtown. Stop by Riverfront Park to cool off at a splash pad or play at the park before you make your way to the RiverMarket District. Here, you can find a bunch of great places to stop in and grab a snack, or you can find some family fun at the Nature Center or the Museum of Discovery. Or the amazing Clinton Presidential Library.

Photo Credit: www.littlerock.com

North Little Rock Trail:

If you opt to travel the North Little Rock side at the Big Dam Bridge, you will find Burns Park where you can go to the dog park, fish from the pier, go camping, visit a historical log cabin or train caboose, ride at the amusement park or BMX track, or even play a round of disc golf. Past this, you will find Emerald Park and Big Rock Quarry where you can hike up a trail leading to the bluffs for a great view of the city skyline and the river. Run by the USS Razorback as you make your way towards the Argenta District of North Little Rock. Here, you can grab a bite to eat or even get some refreshing fruit at the farmer’s market before you make your way to the North Shore River Walk Park. After the park, you will pass the Junction Bridge where you can cross the river, or you can go under I-30 to get to the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, which will lead you back to Little Rock and the Clinton Presidential Center.

This trail is truly wonderful, and we hope you can get out to explore it and Go! Running this weekend. We look forward to seeing all your creative cooler selfies and family fun you have on the trail and will be featuring some of them on our Facebook page. And, if you’re wondering where to take a bathroom break on your newfound adventure this weekend, here are the best spots:

Bathroom Breaks:

  • Intersection of Two Rivers Park Road & County Farm Road
  • Maumelle Park
  • North Shore Riverfront Park
  • Burns Park near Victory Lake
  • Big Dam Bridge (NLR Side)
  • Murray Park
  • Riverfront Park

 

Photo Credit: www.arkansasoutside.com

Water Fountains on the Trail: 

  • Intersection of Two Rivers Park Road & County Farm Road
  • Maumelle Park
  • Pinnacle Valley Restaurant
  • Two Rivers Bridge
  • North Shore Riverfront Park
  • Burns Park near Victory Lake
  • Big Dam Bridge (NLR Side)
  • Murray Park
  • Riverfront Park

Bike Fix Station: 

  • Intersection of Two Rivers Park Road & County Farm Road
  • Two Rivers Bridge
  • Under the Main Street Bridge
  • Burns Park near Victory Lake
  • Big Dam Bridge (NLR Side)
1 Mile Road Race Celebrates “Lucky” Seventh Year

We’re getting pumped for lucky 7th anniversary of the Go! Mile – one lap, one mile, one fast little race – this Saturday, June 17th! The gun sounds for the first race at 7am at the Clinton Presidential Center. The Go! Mile is the state’s only sanctioned one-mile race. This event is a Central Arkansas favorite because it’s an easy entry into running for novices, a family fun event and there’s a great amount of crowd excitement. Fellow runners, friends, and families are encouraged to hang out and cheer on their favorite runners.

“Go! Mile running festival is not just for seasoned runners”, explains Gary Taylor, Go! Mile Race Director and Go! Running owner. “We have something for everyone, and with seven different heats it’s a race for the whole family – whether you’re an experienced runner or brand new to the sport. In fact, we welcome and celebrate first-time runners with their very own heat – The CHI St. Vincent First Mile. The excitement explodes when the elite heat runs; it’s rare that you get to see nationally ranked athletes run close to a 4- minute mile.”

Why Run the Go! Mile? 

A Race for Everyone in the Family – Beginning with The First Mile for first time racers, to 4 Age Group races just for mom, one for dad, for brother/sister, friends AND the little “mini- mile” for kids… Everyone in the family can run and watch each other compete.

High-Energy Atmosphere – Races go off very 20 minutes, so someone is always starting and finishing! The course is spectator-friendly with clear views of the whole mile race. Easily move from the starter’s gun to the finish line in minutes.

Exciting Elite Race Mile – Where else can you go to watch truly elite runners race? Excitement and speed build, as we end the heats with the fastest race of the day. Elite runners are coming from all over country. Prize money is awarded to the top 3 Male and Female finishers, so the race is indeed competitive!

The Kid’s Mini Mile – A fun run that celebrates and encourages fitness for kids 9 and under. The run is just 1⁄2 mile, and part of the adult Mile course, so participants will experience the same excitement of the finish line as the adult runners. All finishers of the Mini Mile receive a special kid appropriate award.

7 Heats – Starting Every 20 Minutes 

The Go! Mile is an exciting chip-timed, one-mile road race – rare on both points. This one-mile course provides runners with a fast and fun race experience. Races include: The First Mile for novice runners of any age, open men’s and women’s races, an elite mile race and a kid’s mini-mile for ages 9 and under. Just like the feel of a real track race, there is a gun start, times are called out at the quarter mile, the halfway mark has a clock and a bell is rung to signify the last quarter mile to go.

Register Now! 

Signed up yet? The 7-heat event is open to all levels of competitors and includes a “mini-mile” for kids only. Entry costs are affordable too: $20 to enter (with t-shirt is $35). Kid’s Mini-Mile entry is only $5, OR, FREE with you have a Go! Mile Adult registration. So the family is truly encouraged to join in. Runners can register online at www.gorunning.com/gomile, and www.arkansasrunner.com, or visit Go! Running in the Heights, 1819 N. Grant St, Little Rock. 501-663-6800. Registration will also be available at the Packet Pick Up: Friday, June 16th at Go! Running 10-6, and race morning at the course on Saturday, June 17th at 6am.

Race Benefits The Winston Penn Wardlaw Scholarship Fund 

The Go! Mile proceeds will benefit the Winston Penn Wardlaw Scholarship Fund to help young men from every walk of life have the same outstanding opportunity to attend Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock, Arkansas as Win did. Win Wardlaw was someone who truly gave so much of himself, and was actively involved in serving others and giving back. He embodied the community spirit of Go! Running. We are proud to donate the proceeds of this event to such a great cause.

After the Race, Take your Victory Lap! 

Each runner will receive a wristband in their race packet. Wear and show your wristband at participating businesses and get special offers on entertainment, restaurants and shops in the area, just for running the race. Downtown Little Rock is rolling out the welcome mat, offering a family stay and play ‘Victory Lap Pass’ that includes savings and experiences at the Clinton Library, Museum of Discovery, Arkansas Arts Center, ESSE Purse Museum, Capital Hotel, Lost 40 Brewery, Boulevard Bread Company, and more.

The Victory Lap Pass

Special Thanks to the Little Rock Marathon for their on-going support. And BIG thanks to our sponsors.

Fun in the sun at Summer Runner Camp

This morning at 6 a.m., women runners from around Little Rock gathered at Go! Running for our 2nd annual Go! Summer Runner Camp. We had a great time today with a fun and awesome group of women and hope you can join us this summer for the next 7 weeks. The camp is for ladies only and the best part is that it’s FREE! Our group will meet every Tuesday at 6 a.m. until July 25th. There are still spots available. Come join us!

Be a Happy Camper all summer long.

The event was so amazing last year, that we decided to make it an annual event. Each morning, you can talk other women and the camp counselors. There’s always a little morning motivation, runners talking shop, and maybe even a little coffee before we hit the road. And, each week, we discuss a different topic that will help improve your running. Then we go for a 30 minute walk/run where we have different routes mapped out where you can pick a 2, 3, or 4 mile route. We hope you can join us this summer. Summer Runner Camp is a great place to share tips and meet other women runners in the community. Last year, campers left camp with greater running insight, new friends, and an enhanced love for the sport!

Hang out with our awesome camp counselors. 

Our Awesome Camp Counselors include Meghan Lewis, Erin Taylor, Cortney Sexton, Lisa Perk, Monica Richie, Wendy Holzkinecht, Erin Brunner,  Kelly Wilson, Amanda Williams  & Krystal Watkins. We caught up with a few of the camp counselors to see what they had to say about the event last year and their hopes for this year.

Meghan Lewis “Last year we had some good summer fun with great girls. I love getting together with other women in the Little Rock running community. I always learn something new, even as a counselor. I can’t wait to see everyone again this year and meet all the new runners.”

Erin Taylor “I am constantly amazed and  encouraged by all these amazing women who strive to live a healthier life and help others do the same.”

Kelly Wilson “I was a camper last year and this was my first group experience with running.  Look at me now – Camp Counselor!  I Love getting out with all the other women and hope my experience can help them grow.”

What to Expect:

  • Quick Morning
  • Topic of the day
  • :30 min of exercise (walking, running or a little of both!) – we have routes & fun mapped out
  • Tech product specials
  • Stay and stretch out or do yoga!
  • Grab some coffee and head out for a great day!
  • Run/walk 2,3 or 4 mile routes

 

Reserve your spot in the sun. 

We hope you can join the fun at our Go! Summer Runner Camp. We can’t wait to get out there and sweat with some of the best women around. We are planing a lot of fun stuff for Camp this year. Camp lasts for eight weeks and starts on Tuesdays at 6 a.m. at Go! Running. Camp is free, but there are limited spots available. Call or Email today to register and reserve your spot. Meghan@gorunning.com 663-6800

Twice the fun.

If you want to get an extra run in during the week, join our running community on Thursdays at Go! Running at 6 p.m. for a run/walk. You are also invited to join us for National Running Day on Wednesday, June 7th at 6 a.m. at Murray Park. And, our best event of the year, the Go! Mile, is coming up next Saturday, June 17th at 7 a.m. at the Clinton Library. This is an event you don’t want to miss.

 

Go! Running with Michael Harmon

As we celebrate our 7th Anniversary, we took a look back at some of the people who have been with us from Day 1.  One of those true “been there from the start” friends was Michael. I look back and can see his smiling, cheeky self popping up at our grand opening, and on our original weekly run (Tuesday for a short period of time), at packet picks ups and special events.  And before we knew it, we were hooked and had to get to know him better. He quickly went from ‘Customer’ to ‘Customer Service’, working for us part time and joining in full steam ahead with the Go! Family. If you’ve been to one of our weekly “Thursday” runs, or any Grand Prix race, you’ve probably met Michael. He’s an attorney by trade and a runner at heart. What has always amazed me about Michael, is that he is truly liked by everyone. Just speak to any trail runner, marathon maniac, road runner warrior, AURA member, track trekker and more. He has a very welcoming way about him and can relate to both the novice and the experienced runner alike. So we thought it fitting, to sit down with Michael for a chat, and here’s what he had to say about running and his life on the road.

What are your hobbies, outside of your professional life?

Outside of work, I enjoy running, traveling, gardening, beekeeping, and acting.  When I’m not injured, I try to run at least three times a week.  Tuesdays at the track with the fast people (I’m the slow one.). Thursdays at Go! Running or at home when work keeps me from Go!  Sundays at Scott Field.   Spring and summer will find me tootling around in the garden trying to do my best to raise garlic, tomatoes, peppers, okra, and eggplant.  It’s good to get the hands dirty  I have two beehives of honeybees but have yet to figure out how to get honey.  I love the theater and occasionally be found acting a fool on one of the several theaters in Little Rock.  Support local theater!  Between all those hobbies, I’m always busy.  Lastly, but probably most importantly, I’m ‘Gary The Dog’s’ human. 

Why did you start running?

I got started running when I was approaching one of those milestone birthdays.  A friend of mine said he was going to run a marathon, which caused me to think i could do that.  Well, he ran the marathon.  I bailed and ran the half.  I decided then and there that people who ran marathons were insane.  I only ran 13.1 miles and felt like l had been run over by a steamroller.  So, naturally, I ran the marathon the next year.  During the training for the marathon, I met Michelle Rupp.  She was my running buddy and motivator during the training.  Thanks to her, I was able to finish the marathon and was hooked.  Since then, I have finished at least 35 marathons (I lost count) and 3 – 50Ks.  I travel with work two to four times per year and usually try to find a race during my travels.

What’s your favorite thing about working with Go! Running?   The people.  The people who come to the store, the people who work at the store, and the people who own the store.  I love getting to visit with the people who walk in the door, finding about their goals, and helping them with their goals.  Working at Go! is great because it’s not like going to work, it’s like going to the hangout with running friends and socialize.  Everybody has a story.

What three words describe your running?  Slow.  Slower.  Slowest.  

Do you have any quirky habits while running?  If it’s anything longer than a 400m run, I will be point-running.  I will pick out a point to run as hard as I can as fast as I can.  Then catch my breath, walk, and repeat the point run.  One day, I’ll be able to put these points together and not stop during a race. 

Finish this sentence.  I won’t run outside when it’s storming.  I don’t mess with lightning, though I thoroughly enjoy a great thunderstorm.  Anybody up to chasing tornados?

What was your best run ever?  My best run ever was at the 2009 Seattle Rock ‘N Roll Marathon in Seattle, Washington.  It was my birthday.  It was a PR.  I haven’t come close to that time since.

What’s your favorite race and why?  Cossatot River Trail Half Marathon at Cossatot River State Park in Wickes, Arkansas.  This race takes place in October, usually when the leaves are showing a brilliant display of orange, gold, and red. The race starts at the north end of the park and follows a single-track trail along the beautiful Cossatot River.   The single-track trail meanders along the river and crosses the river before hitting the hills above the Cossatot Falls.  The Cossatot River, by the way, is the only place in Arkansas that has Class IV or V rapids when the water is high.  Otherwise, the rapids are rated Class II or III.  The changing color of leaves, the trails, the sights of the river, and the sound of the falls, all make this race my favorite.   

What do you love most about running?  The socialization. Running may be an individual sport, but it is definitely a social sport.

What is a goal you have for your runnning?  My goal, as it has been for the last six years, is to run the Go! Mile in 6:59.99

If you would like to meet Michael, we invite you to stop by and chat with him on a thursday night and the rest of the Go! family. We welcome runners and walkers from all paces and walks of life. Come and be part of our running/walking community. Remember, every run begins with Go!

Lucky 7 Anniversary

2010. The iPad was invented, Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton, the iPhone 4 came out, and Go! Running opened for business. We’ve been blessed to be part of this amazing running community for 7 years, so this month, we are celebrating with some special events.

CELEBRATION WEEK:

MAY 15 – 21st. Celebrate with us All Week Long!

Look on our Facebook for special deals and fun events.

AND… SAVE THE DATES:

This Thursday, May 18th6pm. We’re having a cookout at our weekly Thursday Night Community Run. All paces and distances. The run starts at 6pm at Go! Running – and then stay to join in BBQfest with music, refreshments and more. 

This Sunday, May 23rd8am. BoyScout Trail. We’ll end our 7th the celebration week with a Sunday trail run and breakfast. All paces and distances. Easy trail and lots of fun.

Tuesday, May 23rd, we will conclude our Lucky 7 celebrations with National Lucky Penny Day. See a lucky penny, pick it up and all the day you could have good luck… AND win some great prizes!!

We hope you can make it out to one or all of these events, to help us celebrate. 

PROUD OF WHAT WE’VE ACCOMPLISHED – TOGETHER.

Hope you’ve been able to be part of it all.

Over the years, we have been proud to support local runners, community races, and healthy living. We love our running community and enjoy being there for you, every step of the way. We cherish each and every one of you, from the new walker, to the beginner runner, to the high school athlete, to the Olympic hopeful. And, most of all, we have a lot of fun!

Here are some events that have been a staple at Go! over the years:

Thursday Night Run. 6pm every Thursday nights are fun at Go! Running. We meet at the store and then go on a community run. Every week, no matter what.

Go! Run Natural. Every Sunday morning, we get together as a community and go on a morning trail run. Every week, the trail is different. If you want to join us on Sunday, check out our Go! Run Natural Facebook Group page.

Go! Summer Runner Camp. Last year we started this 8 week summer camp for women runners. This is year #2. Join us!  This is a wonderful event for women to enhance their running skills and grow with other women in our running community. It starts Tuesday June 6th and lasts 8 weeks.

Go! Mile. The Go! Mile is a great community run that is for everyone and there are 7 heats to choose from. From kids, to beginners, to the pro, you don’t want to miss this annual event at the President Clinton Library.

Go!bbler Turkey Trot. This run is the undisputed best way to start your Thanksgiving and has become quite the tradition in our community. There are options to run 3, 4, or 6.5 miles and the best part is, we help donate thousands of pounds of food to the local food bank. In 2016, with this amazing communities help, we were able to donate enough food to feed 12,000 meals. Can you believe it?

EVEN MORE FAVORITES – LIFE IF GOOD.

A Great Big Thank you for allowing Go! Running to be part of your lives and part of your events and things that matter.

In addition to these wonderful events, we have other favorites, such as national running day, run at school day, Christmas heroes of the season, shoe recycling, diva night, red nose day, and more! We are lucky to have such a wonderful community who attend all our favorite events and customers and friends who have been with us since the beginning. After all, it’s all about our community and all about you. We want you to run at your fullest potential and can help you along in your journey. From personalized shoe fitting, to gait analysis, to apparel and accessories, we want you to move comfortably and feel confident on your run. And, we would love for you to stop by, join our community, and see what Go! Running is all about.

The best is yet to come.

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