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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)
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!

Go! Running with Stacey Shaver

It’s time for a WOW. A shout-out to our Go! Family runner, Stacey Shaver. Our employees are a passionate part of the local running community and a big part of our family! Stacey, who has been with us from the beginning (working in the store now 5 years), just finished her 100th “distance” race (of Marathon distance or longer). And for those who know Stacey, understand that when we say longer – we mean wayyyyy longer. Since she is kind of a big deal around here, we wanted to catch up with her and share a little bit of her story with the rest of our running community.

Here’s what the “Queen of the Trails” (and our hearts) had to say about her life and her time on the trails:

1. How did you earn the nickname “Queen of the Trails?”

I don’t really know I suppose it was after winning the Ultra Trail Series several times.  Friends have been very kind with their support and the nicknames. When I started trail running I fell so often I almost got nicknamed Tripper!  It might be a more suited name for me actually.  CNote is probably my favorite that has been bestowed upon me. Queen of the Trails is overly kind as there are so many amazing female runners in our community.

2. What’s your favorite thing to eat after you finish?

POPCORN without a doubt!  I eat a home cooked, healthy, and plain version usually but splurge on the aged cheddar variety occasionally.

3. Where’s your favorite place to run?

Truly, anywhere my friends are running is where I want to be running but my absolute favorite place to go for a run is Flatside Pinnacle. The coolest race though was the Trail Rail in Montana with my friend LisaLu near Glacier National Park.

4. Tell us about your time at the store… what’s your favorite thing you like about Go! Running?

I loved the atmosphere of the Go! Running store from the first day they opened. I was still finding my way into the Little Rock Running Community and immediately found a home with Go! I had sought help elsewhere without much acceptance until Go! Running opened the doors. They had an arms wide open, everyone is welcome policy. It didn’t matter if you walked or ran, were speedy, middle of the pack, or a little slower, you were welcome and no question was considered too silly to ask.  The opportunity to work at Go! Running fit so well with my philosophy of running and my idea of how people should be treated that I jumped at the chance when asked to join the Go Family. I see it as my chance to give back to the running community though the daily advice I get to give, listening to the great race stories people come in to share, not to mention the many events big or small that we at the store get to be a part of.   Let me just say that my co-workers and our loyal customers are exactly that – FAMILY!  I am lucky to have them!

5. How and when did you get started running?

I started running after I had my son to get fit.  After step aerobic class, where an 82 year old woman could out step me, I would run on a treadmill until I couldn’t run anymore. Eventually I was able to run longer and longer. A cousin introduced me to Angie Swaim, a marathon runner in my community.  She invited me on a run and after the first run had me talked into registering for my first marathon – Route 66. I ran it that same year in 4:14.  I was hooked!  When I moved to North Little Rock I met Steve Preston and Jenny Beard.  Those two introduced me to my biggest running love – TRAILS!!!! Even as a kid I loved to explore nature. I would go off for hours and hours alone to play in the woods that surrounded our house. I had no idea such a sport existed.

6. Tell us something about you that nobody knows.

I am an open book so most who spend much time with me at all knows my life story. Those who haven’t might not know that I have a degree in Early Childhood Education because I do not teach anymore. I even taught at a British Primary School in the Netherlands many moons ago. Now that was fun!

7. How would you describe yourself.

I like to think of myself as kind.

8. If you could run anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I have a very small handful of races/runs on my bucket-list: Rallervegslopet so I can see my Norwegian friends again, Grand To Grand Ultra 7 Day Stage Race in Utah if I could swing the $3,000 entry fee, Rim2Rim2Rim with my trail buddies if I can convince them as it is not one to do alone, and the Transylvanian Bear Race in Romania.

I love an adventure and would love to run most anywhere there are trails surrounded by beautiful scenery!  It doesn’t take much more than a friend saying “Hey, want to go on a running adventure” before they can tell me where I am already agreeing and planning.

9. Other hobbies?

Spoiling my family! When I am not working or running I am spending time with my hubby and kiddos!  Time moves way too fast and I know my kids are not likely to stay nearby forever as they also have very adventurous spirits. I have never tried to clip their wings but I will fly with them while they are living near. Cooking and Reading is how I spend any remaining time. I Absolutely Love to Cook, which is really a part of the spoiling my family hobby.

10. After reaching 100 races… what’s your next goal? How can you possibly top this?

Very Good Question. First it was running a marathon, then qualifying for Boston, then running a 100 miles, then running 100 miles in another state, then reaching my 100th race. I was so focused on the 100th race (which had to be in Arkansas) that I haven’t given it a lot of thought yet. I suppose saving money and running the Grand to Grand Ultra 273k before I get too old to do that kind of distance.

If you would like to meet Stacey, (and seriously, who wouldn’t), we would love for you to stop by and chat with her 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!

 

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