MEET THE JACKRABBIT EVOLVERS IN 2018

Melanie Mitchell | December 20, 2017


MEET THE JACKRABBITS READY TO TAKE ON 2018


Happy New Year JackRabbits! Following our theme of ditching new year resolutions this year and instead focusing on the power of habit and evolving ourselves throughout the year, we reached out to our own JackRabbit tribe.

Rather than setting resolutions with no means of achieving them, we asked a few of our own guinea pigs, err teammates, to share with us their aspirations for the year ahead and how they plan on shaking up their current routines, leverage what they already know, and kick a** in 2018.

Want to learn more about why resolutions don’t work? Check out our insight on just that!

MEET THE JACKRABBITS READY TO ROCK 2018

Evolving into 2018, our fellow JackRabbits share with us (and the rest of the Internet) what last year looked like and what beckons for the year ahead.

We’re all committed to evolving in 2018 at JackRabbit. Share your goals with the hashtag #EvolutionNotResolution and #JackRabbitRuns on Instagram and you’ll have our whole tribe of supporters helping you

Adam - Austin

 

ADAM WALDRUM: AUSTIN, TEXAS


LOCATION: Austin, Texas
GO-TO RUNNING SHOE: Nike Pegasus
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017: Runner-up in 3 half marathons! More importantly, got engaged!
HOW WILL YOU EVOLVE IN 2018: Sub 2:24:00 Full Marathon and getting married!

Chase Hawes - Denver

 

CHASE HAWES: DENVER, COLORADO


LOCATION: Denver, Colorado
GO-TO RUNNING SHOE: Hoka One One Arahi
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017: Ran my first 5k and then ran many more, drastically improving my time
HOW WILL YOU EVOLVE IN 2018: I will evolve in 2018 by continuing to fine-tune my exercise regiment and stay healthy, train for the Mount Marathon 5k in Seward Alaska, and keep running so that I can run a half-marathon by the end of 2018! I also hope to organize my life in general, having fitness be a seamless part of my routine and not a "chore" or something added on - so much to do, so little time!

Etan Levavi - New York

 

ETAN LEVAVI: BROOKLYN, NEW YORK


LOCATION: Brooklyn, New York
GO-TO RUNNING SHOE: On Cloudracer
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017: Finishing 4th at NYC 60k in my first ultra-distance race.
HOW WILL YOU EVOLVE IN 2018: I’m looking forward to running my first Boston Marathon in April, and completing my first 50 miler after that. Also continuing to stay healthy, and incorporate strength training and fun cross training opportunities.

Mark Bottenhorn - Michigan

 

MARK BOTTENHORN: WEST BLOOMFIELD, MICHIGAN


LOCATION: West Bloomfield, Michigan
GO-TO RUNNING SHOE: New Balance 1080
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017: Biggest accomplishment: Winning the overall title at 7 of 9 races in 2017 including a course record at Seamus O'possum 10 Mile trail race
HOW WILL YOU EVOLVE IN 2018: Run under 4 hours at the Hellcat 50k in January, qualifying for the professional race at the Northface Endurance championships 50 Mile.

Also working towards qualifying for Olympic Marathon Trials. 2017 was consistent for me, but I intend to make 2018 even more consistent. I'll (slowly) add volume to my weekly mileage. I've also incorporated more strength training and will continue to do so in 2018. The running community keeps me going and motivated, so I intend on continuing to give back and positively contribute to the local running community as much as possible.

Mark Bottenhorn - Michigan

 

JOEY BENSON: NEW YORK, NEW YORK


LOCATION: The Big Apple, New York City
GO-TO RUNNING SHOE: Nike Pegasus. It's light, versatile, and responsive but still cushioned
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017: Qualifying for the Boston Marathon during my first Marathon ever in Philadelphia. I never experienced anything like the Marathon. I had a goal to run under 2:40 and I went for it from the gun. I ran the first half in 1:19:44. Over the last 8 miles I had to fight through the worst pain I had ever run with, not to mention 20mph headwinds to navigate, and I struggled to maintain pace. The urge to walk crept in my mind. It would have been easy to just pull over and give up. But I told myself "no, I will not walk no matter how much it hurts to keep going." So I trucked on, breaking up what was left of the race one mile, one step at a time. I ran 2:52:07. I didn't hit my goal, but I never stopped.

The mental fortitude and resolve I learned that I had I will never forget and it's something I will use not just in my training, but in my life going forward. If you've never done a Marathon I highly recommend it. I've always believed that you learn a little more about yourself every time you do a long run. That couldn't be any more said about the Marathon.
HOW WILL YOU EVOLVE IN 2018: I am already looking to do my next Marathon. Now that I know what to expect, I know things I can change to improve and get that goal. The resolve it takes to run a marathon can be applied not just to one's fitness life, but any aspect of life. When things get tough I know that I can get through it.

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