Weekly Fourcast: Faith Briggs


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Weekly Fourcast: Faith Briggs

The Weekly Fourcast is a curated series of recommended podcasts from Jaybird athletes, ambassadors and employees. Each week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for your next run, ride or workout.

For the latest installment of the Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with Faith Briggs, a runner, documentary filmmaker and Girls Gotta Run collaborator who focuses on diversity and representation, and has followed Bekoji’s development of elite female runners for several years. Both behind and in front of the camera, Faith works with brands, non-profit organizations, institutions and individuals to create media that’s representative of the world we live in, and the better one we are working together to create.

Being a female led organization that is dedicated to using Ethiopia’s national sport of running to create safe spaces, expand education and empower young Ethiopian women and their communities, Girls Gotta Run became an inspiration for Faith, and she has become a close collaborator of the organization.

Faith’s Recommended Podcasts:

The Daily, How 1994 Gave Us Today’s Politics

This is my favorite source for news and I find it related to the topic of International Women’s Day because it’s ever more important to be up on the news and civically engaged in this divisive climate. It’s a climate that particularly affects women. I’m a nerd about context and history, my professional background is in documentary filmmaking and journalism so I really liked this episode because I feel like it gave me a much better understanding of how our previous politics gave us the current political climate.

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Still Processing, We Can’t Burn It All Down

I really appreciate Still Processing because it’s two culture writers giving their take on where we are in various cultural moments. It’s hilarious and informative. This episode talks about how historically white spaces that are trying to create new cultures run into issue when trying to do this work. It complicates the idea of “diversity” and its super interesting to me because I see efforts for diversity and inclusion happening in the outdoor industry and sometimes it’s clumsy work. It was nice to see how that messy effort is happening across spaces and kinds of institutions. Culture change is hard and we are in the midst of it. This episode is widely applicable.

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Intercepted w/ Jeremy Scahill, Podcast Special: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

This podcast from the Intercept gets into the nitty gritty of politics. And honestly being a woman, and a black woman, my existence is a radical act. What these girls are doing in Bekoji, running and becoming themselves, is an amazingly self-possessive thing to do. I do honestly believe that being informed is also a step towards building a more whole you. I was so excited to hear this special episode with the one and only Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I’m really excited about getting to know the new women in Congress and AOC is top of that list for me, especially being originally from New York.

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On Being with Kristina Tippett, Rachel Yehuda – How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations

This has been my favorite podcast since I heard it, I love asking questions of spiritual thinkers and understanding how who they are and where they come from informs their world view. I’m really into celebrating difference rather than downplaying it to show a unified front. I think celebrating difference is a better approach to helping form a tight-knit global community. With On Being you get to hear from every kind of thinker around the world. I really love that. I have so many favorite episodes and a lot of them happen to be interviews with specific women. Some of my favorites are the episodes with Mary Oliver, Claudia Rankine, Marilyn Nelson and maybe my absolute favorite Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

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What Does International Women’s Day and Girls Gotta Run mean to you?

Girls Gotta Run is such an incredible organization. I’ve been aware of them for about four years now and the more I learn about them the more I want to be a part of what they’re doing. Running changed my life and I always say that it’s where so much of my confidence comes from. To see young women and girls have an opportunity to find their own confidence, to develop a sense of self, to run freely in places where they perhaps couldn’t have culturally done so years ago is such an amazing effort to support. International Women’s Day is a perfect moment to support women and girls around the world, to shine light on what we are doing and to have more collective coalition building. On this day we can look towards how we can continue to have more equitable spaces for women around the world in running, recreation, our workspaces, our homes, etc.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’ve set out to provide all 155 members of Girls Gotta Run with a new pair of running shoes and a running outfit. Every $75 we raise provides one girl with a full running kit—join us in helping empower and create a brighter future for Ethiopian women.

Check out Run Wild, Track 06: Elevate to learn more about GGRF and find out how you can join Jaybird in raising awareness of these amazing young women, celebrating their strength, and supporting their cause.

 

Weekly Fourcast: Rory Bosio


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Weekly Fourcast: Rory Bosio

The Weekly Fourcast is a curated series of recommended podcasts from Jaybird athletes, ambassadors and employees. Each week, we’ll drop a new list of shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from our influencers—the perfect audio fuel for your next run, ride or workout.

For the latest installment of the Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with Jaybird athlete Rory Bosio, a self-described seeker of mountain joy by means of running, skiing, biking and skipping. Firmly established as one of the best female ultra-runners in the world, Jaybird athlete Rory Bosio ran her first ultra in 2007. In 2013 and 2014, she became the first woman to win the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc two years in a row. In 2017, she ran the GR20 trail across the island of Corsica in 50 hours—a trek that takes most people two weeks.

Now Rory is traveling the world with Run Wild, in search of the future of running culture. This global quest brought her to the small village of Bekoji, Ethiopia, where she met up with the young women of Girls Gotta Run. GGR is dedicated to using Ethiopia’s national sport of running to create safe spaces, expand education and empower young Ethiopian women and their communities.

Rory’s Recommended Podcasts:

Slate Political Gabfest

Any week’s episodes are gems. Insightful views on current events from three very intelligent political thinkers.

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Malcom Gladwell’s Revisionist History, A Good Walk Spoiled

Gladwell has a unique ability to translate his thoughtful ideas into an entertaining hour of listening. This episode is about the reasons behind his (very convincing) dismal views of golf and the havoc golf courses wreak on local communities.

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The Rewatchables by the Ringer, A Few Good Men, A Star is Born and The Social Network

Easy listening! I like this podcast on long runs because I can get lost in the recapping of the movie and replay the scenes in my head. They give out awards like “most rewatchable seen” that I find entertaining.

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WTF with Marc Maron, Beastie Boys, Anthony Bourdain or Joan Jett

I like Maron’s interviewing style and all three of these episodes are extremely interesting.

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What does International Women’s Day and Girls Gotta Run mean to you?

I’m supportive of GGR because of the incredible, life-changing work they are doing to promote the health and well being of underprivileged girls.

 

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’ve set out to provide all 155 members of Girls Gotta Run with a new pair of running shoes and a running outfit. Every $75 we raise provides one girl with a full running kit—join us in helping empower and create a brighter future for Ethiopian women.

Check out Run Wild, Track 06: Elevate to learn more about GGRF and find out how you can join Jaybird in raising awareness of these amazing young women, celebrating their strength, and supporting their cause.

Weekly Fourcast: Jennifer Kyle


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Weekly Fourcast: Jennifer Kyle

The Weekly Fourcast is a curated series of recommended podcasts from Jaybird athletes, ambassadors and employees. Each week, we’ll drop a new list of shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from our influencers—the perfect audio fuel for your next run, ride or workout.

For the latest installment of the Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with Jaybird ambassador and Bay Area marathoner Jennifer Kyle. Jennifer, known to her friends as J Bird, calls the hills of Marin County, California her home stomping grounds. When she’s not cranking at her full-time job, training on the local trails, or queuing up at the starting line, Jennifer’s passion for running and food shines through on her blog, J Bird Runs. Check out Jennifer’s society and sports podcast recommendations for daily training runs.

Jennifer’s Recommended Podcasts:

The Moth Radio Hour: Bathtub Sailor, Seamstress, Spy

The story about the guy paddling a bathtub across the English Channel was both hysterical and inspiring.

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Ear Hustle: Birdbaths and a Lockbox

I really like this podcast because it is about stories from inside the walls of San Quentin state prison. I see the prison from my run almost every morning, and I often think of the people in the prison. What did they do to get there, how could they have had help avoiding it? They have a running group, which I think is amazing. And the guards—what are their lives like, their work days? Do they run before work? It’s a really well done podcast that shares a different side to the criminal justice system.

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Ali on the Run: Episode 115: Tatyana McFadden, 17-Time Paralympic Medalist

I learned so much about the sport of wheelchair racing. Not to mention Tatyana is an amazing human being.

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How I Built This: Burton Snowboards, Jake Carpenter

It was interesting to learn more about the history of snowboarding, and Guy Raz does a great job of interviewing.

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Jennifer’s Favorite Jaybird Headphones:

RUN XT

They fit my ears perfectly!

Weekly Fourcast: Luke Nelson


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Weekly Fourcast: Luke Nelson

The Weekly Fourcast is a curated series of recommended podcasts from Jaybird athletes, ambassadors and employees. Each week, we’ll drop a new list of shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for your next run, ride or workout.

For the second installment of the Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with Jaybird athlete and ultrarunner, Luke Nelson. Based in Pocatello, Idaho, Luke is a multi-tasking endurance athlete who somehow manages to be a record-setting professional ultrarunner, local race director, physician’s assistant, husband, and father to two young kids all at the same time.

Luke’s been playing in the mountains his entire life, but found running after a co-worker bet him to enter the local marathon. Luke loves all-day endurance challenges in wild and remote corners of the mountains, and he draws a lot of inspiration from other athletes, whether they’re climbers, bikers or skiers.

Check out Luke’s favorite podcasts and episode recommendations that delve into the challenges faced by fellow mountain endurance athletes.

 

Luke’s Recommended Podcasts:

 

Dirtbag Diaries, Fun Divided by Three

This particular episode of this amazing podcast defines fun in the way the most ultrarunners seek after it.

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The Cutting Edge: Voices from the AAJ, Anne Gilbert Chase on Denali’s Slovak Direct

The podcast highlights accomplishments from the American Alpine Journal. I find a ton of inspiration from what climbers are out doing, and especially felt inspired by this particular interview.

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GU Pinnacle Podcast, Rob Krar: Winning Leadville

Rob is a huge inspiration to me, and in this interview he discusses an amazing ride at the Leadville100 bike race one week before winning the 100-mile run.

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Utah Avalanche Center Podcast, Drew’s Blogcast: Guilt

Drew Hardesty is one of the most incredible mountain travelers I know. In this episode he discusses how to deal with guilt surrounding accidents in the mountains.

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Luke’s Favorite Jaybird Headphones:

RUN XT

Amazingly comfortable, easy to use, and reliable.

Weekly Fourcast: Jesse Thomas


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Weekly Fourcast: Jesse Thomas

Introducing the Jaybird Weekly Fourcast, your weekly outlook of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every Monday, we’ll drop a new list of shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the big week ahead.

 

For the first installment of the Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with Jaybird athlete Jesse Thomas—an aviator-wearing professional triathlete, two-time Ironman champion, six-time Wildflower Triathlon winner, and CEO of Picky Bars. Not only is Jesse a fan of podcasts, he even has his own. He and his wife Laura Fleshman are the creators of the Work, Play, Love Podcast—a Q&A-style show that’s “all about the careful and chaotic intersection of sports, business, and family.” Read on to hear Jesse’s favorite podcasts and episode recommendations.

 

Jesse’s Recommended Podcasts:

Work, Play, Love: Episode 30: Exercise vs. sleep, strength training, un-learning athletic lessons, parent-sharing duties

I’m a bit biased, but of course, I love the podcast my wife and I started about a year ago. As pro athletes who pursue athletic goals with family and running our own business, we get tons of questions about how we do try to balance it all, keeping ourselves, our family, and our employees happy. This podcast allows us to answer people’s questions and give them feedback, while also connecting with each other and sharing a laugh or two.

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How I Built This: Ben & Jerry’s: Ben Cohen And Jerry Greenfield

Being an entrepreneur, this show is the best. Ben and Jerry’s episode is one of my favorites because of how they worked together, struggled together, but ultimately found their way in a super-crowded space. It’s one of my favorite brand stories and the guys behind it are so authentic.

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All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2018

I’m always listening to something as I’m running, riding, or whatever, so I’m always in need of new tunes. I get most of those from All Songs Considered, and their year-end episode is always one of the best ways to find or rediscover the best music from the year!

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Purple Patch Podcast, Episode 3: Sami Inkinen – How a Time-Starved CEO Creates Sustainable High Performance

This podcast is put on by my coach and this episode features one of my favorite entrepreneur/athletes – Sami Inkinen, who co-founded Trulia and was also the age group world champion at Ironman Kona. He’s a fascinating individual and does an amazing job both as an athlete and entrepreneur.

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Jesse’s Favorite Jaybird Headphones:

RUN. I love the wireless connectivity, the easy start-stop while I’m out there running or riding. Those things are awesome and I wear them for most of my workouts.

Taming the River Thames: What it’s Like to Run 190 Miles in Three Days


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Taming the River Thames: What it’s Like to Run 190 Miles in Three Days

Words by: Kieran Alger

Ask anyone who’s run the world famous Marathon des Sables – a six-day, 250km ultra across the Moroccan Sahara – what they enjoyed most and they’ll tell you the campsite camaraderie tops the epic views and wild desert dunes.

Each open-sided tent on the bivouac becomes home to eight people and during the days spent sleeping sardined inside, sharing the joy and pain, highs and lows, strangers become lifelong friends. Your tent mates become the life force that gets you up to the start line every morning and carries you to the finish line every evening. In the face of adversity, you become an unbreakable team.

So it was a big shock when three years after we all finished the Marathon des Sables one of our eight, Sam, revealed that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer. Still in his thirties with a young family, Sam was facing the challenge of his life and I had this feeling that – just as we had done in the desert – we should do something to show him his team was with him.

I had an idea. I sent an email to the Marathon des Sables group saying: “Hey guys, do you know the Thames is 184 miles long? Who wants to run it?” Within minutes, one of our eight, Fabrice, had replied and thrown his hat into the ring. By the end of the day, three others had signed up. And the challenge to run the length of the great River Thames, approximately 184 miles from its source to the Thames Barrier was born.

We’d run in support of Sam and to help raise money for the charity he’d been raising money for, Children with Cancer.

The Thames snakes from its source in the west of England in Gloucestershire, via famous towns and cities like Oxford and Henley, past the former home of King Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace and through London out to the Thames Barrier beyond Greenwich, the home of time.

Less than two months later, after a couple of us were sidelined with injuries, three of us laced up our trail shoes, clipped on our ultra vests and started an epic journey along this historic river. Here’s what happened.

Photos by: James Carnegie

Thames Source to Sea: the stats

  • 190 miles run
  • 7.25 marathons in 3 days
  • 60 hours overall
  • 44 hours of running
  • 9.5 hours sleep
  • 14 min/miles average running pace
  • 343,717 steps
  • 23,890 calories burned

16 Days of Fitness


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16 Days of Fitness

The New Year is a time to start thinking about resolutions and getting motivated to get and stay in shape. The goal is to motivate your friends and followers to start thinking about fitness and health now, powered by our new Tarah headphones— no better option out there to help you stay motivated during your workout.

 

DAY 1 — MINDBODY:

Let’s be honest, having the perfect playlist is essential to your workout routine. We all know sweatin’ it out without music is not ideal; each song is essential to your fitness goals. From getting in the zen zone before your first yoga class to powering your bench press, there’s a beat that speaks to you and your mood. What you listen to—and how you listen to it—becomes the soundtrack to your journey, so are you ready to make some noise this new year?  

Through the Jaybird App and Jaybird’s Spotify station, you can discover music that elevates what you love. Featuring collections of songs, like the MINDBODY X Jaybird Power Workout Mix—carefully curated by the boss ladies at MINDBODY—Tarah can rock with you, wherever you go.

DAY 2 — @JOEDIESEL_FITNESS:

Make SMALL changes! So many people over haul their lives in January with strict diet, no days off from the gym, and no down time to accomplish their goals and that is ALWAYS a recipe for failure… make small changes to your life and slowly increase over time, that way your body and mind will have time to adjust. So here is what I suggest starting with:

1) Add 5 servings of fruits and veggies daily, to your regular diet. Once you are use to that add more.

2) Start training only 4 days per week, this will avoid burnout and also give your muscles time to heal. I only have two workout splits (legs, back, biceps and chest, tris, shoulders) and I alternate between the two. This helps with progress keeping your muscles active and pumped.

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DAY 3 — @IAMLSHAUNTAY:

After finishing a series of marathons and ultramarathons, I found myself encountering that dreadful period where I wondered what I would do with my fitness in between races. Naturally my wandering mind pushed me to peruse the internet seeking out events but it also led me back to focusing on things that I tend to avoid like sprinting to change things up or stretching after grooving to some tunes on a hard gym workout.

For those who are seeking a tip or two on how to push through the holiday spirit, consider this:

  1. Your ‘Monday’ is right now: Choose any day of the week – maybe even today – and start small. Don’t get caught up looking around the room wondering why you’re not moving like everyone else.
  2. Consistency is key: Perhaps your goal is to run a marathon next year but you never ran a mile before. Most training plans start with a C25K, which is great, but if all you have is a speed walk in you, aim for that 3-4 times a week and slowly progress from there. 8, 12, 26 or 52 weeks: Who’s judging? Your race, your pace.
  3. Recruit buddies or create incentives: If you need a support system, you’re not alone. Seek out a friend with a similar or common goal who will keep you accountable and if they’re not around, use the gift of technology to keep you grooving.

Groove to my Spotify list and try out my workout.  Whether you have ten minutes or a bit over a hour, take a chance on this routine and modify where necessary:

  1. 3 – 5 minute warm up with a jump rope, high knees or simply marching in place
  2. Try each workout for 45 seconds each with a 20 second transition:
  • Jumping Jacks (or toe touches)
  • Power/Air Squats
  • Plank with Shoulder Taps
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Curtsy Lunges
  • Standard, Modified or Plyo Push Ups

Recover for 1 -2 minutes by taking a sip of water and moving in place to keep up heart rate and go for 3 – 6 rounds. Remember to stretch and/or foam roll after your workout while your muscles are still warm.

DAY 4 — @IFBBHEATHERDEES:

During the Holidays time is limited. We rush around to parties, shopping etc. and usually put our fitness goals on the back burner. My tip is; Just make it to the gym! 

When you’re in a bind and don’t have the time to weight train and do cardio.. you can do weights at a cardio pace! Or better yet, use your body weight to get it done even quicker! Circuit training is key! When you at least make it to the gym during the busy season, you’ll feel better & generally make better nutritional decisions!

DAY 5 — @NICKSYMMONDS:

My tip is to use music to motivate yourself. A good playlist can get you in the right mindset to push through any workout.

DAY 6 — @NIKKI_HOWARD:

Fitness fanatic Nikki Howard knows how important it is to have a good time while staying in shape. Nothing inspires her to have fun working out more than a solid playlist. For her fitness tip, she has decided to share her personally curated playlist that pushes her to stay motivated in the winter months. 

“As you guys can probably tell, music gets me jazzed (no pun intended) and nothing helps me get through a brutal workout more than DMX, RTJ, and other bands that aren’t all acronyms which is why I am stoked to be a part of this @jaybirdsport giveaway.”

This is the playlist that pumps Nikki up:

DAY 7 — @TRACKBABY001:

The holidays can be a constant rush. So if running errands means less time to be active you can still jam in some time on the treadmill! For my tip I’m going to give you my favorite treadmill workout to do at the gym my favorite treadmill workout to do at the gym: 

30 second sprint on level 3 starting off and 20 seconds off, 8 sets. Be sure to increase your speed each set.

DAY 8 — @TIMOTHYALLENOLSON:

Stop, feel, listen. Remember to create moments of stillness through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. From rushing to sleep to rushing to wake, we rush rush rush, check phone, rush, eat, rush, check Instagram, rush, exercise, rush, rush, rush.
Add a mindful moment to your busy day by just taking a few deep breaths. Breathe fully in, pause, exhale completely and bring gentle awareness to your body and mind.

DAY 9 — @MELISSA_HARTWIG:

Here’s a little holiday motivation in an unexpected direction: Sometimes, taking it easy is the BEST thing you can do for your fitness.

During the holiday season (parties, shopping, and sugar, oh my), you may be richly scheduled, extra-stressed, over-tired, and feeling pressure to keep up with All the Things. You think you have to do MORE to stay on track; go harder, run faster, double up on workouts, give 100% every session. But what if that’s just digging yourself an even deeper hole? Truth: If this is your context, you’ll make more progress by stepping BACK than stepping it up.

More isn’t always better. And if you need to show yourself grace and hit cruise control on your training, goals, or race prep to stay happy, healthy, and connected to what matters this holiday season, you should do that. So here is your permission slip to sleep the extra hour, skip the power flow and restore, hike instead of run, and swap your “Go Hard” playlist for “Flow.” You may just find that throttling it back is exactly what you need to move forward with your goals.

Find my Flow playlist below, and know that I fell out of this pose one second later… but felt 💯 about ditching the squats and sprints and just playing with shapes today.

DAY 10 — @RUNNINGBRINA:

A great stretch with calming music is exactly what I need after my early morning runs. It relaxes me and gets me ready for the day. Especially during the sometimes stressful holiday season, 10-15 minutes to stretch is crucial for my overall mood. 

DAY 11 — @ELISESBODYSHOP:

This holiday season I encourage you to move in whatever way feels best for your body while keeping your eyes on a strong start to 2019. I will be with you every step of the journey into the next year giving you ways to move in and out of the gym. Speaking of, this video is one of my favorite core finishers to get moving anywhere, anytime. 

DAY 12 — @JUSTGET.FIT:

Perform each exercise for 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat for 8 rounds (a total of 4 min per exercise) before moving on to the next exercise:

Burpees

Ball throw sit ups

Wall Balls

Bench hops

KB swings

Reverse lunges

DAY 13 — @MADELINE_MOVES:

Fitness doesn’t have to be “all or nothing”, especially through the Holidays. Allow a 20 minute power walk or run to be celebrated just as much as an hour session in the gym.

DAY 14 — @MEAGENHARRIMAN:

So, the holidays are stressful and with it being the weekend before Christmas, I know many of you will be attending holiday parties! I wanted to share with you a quick tip to keep you reaching towards your goals this holiday season!

Go for the goods that aren’t available year round! What do I mean? Sugar cookies, are there YEAR ROUND – you can easily make a batch in the middle of summer if you wanted to! So don’t fill up with those types of foods! Instead, fully enjoy the foods that only come around this time of year! For me, I will be indulging in eggnog and Nana’s homemade peanut butter balls!!!! How about you? What are you looking forward to indulging in?

DAY 15 — @JESSDAVIS_USA:

Waking up this morning for a brisk morning run as a gift to myself before time with family. I know the holidays are stressful to most on their fitness and health goals but know what it’s one a year and making memories are the most important.  But my holidays fitness tip for you, set a schedule and WRITE IT DOWN! It seems so simple but I often find people who are just winging it, set yourselves reasonable goals for each day and crush it. A killer playlist doesn’t hurt either.

DAY 16 — @BELENMOZO:

This is what Christmas looks like for me this year. I’ve learned that you have to outwork your competitors to always be on top. You might not get to #1 but you will always be the better version of yourself.

Head over to our Instagram feed for a chance to win daily prizes for the next 16 days.

Run Wild: Grit


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Run Wild: Grit

Deep in the heart of the biggest city in the U.S. is one of the last places you’d think to look for a tight-knit crew of long-distance runners. But New York is a city like no other, and Black Roses NYC is a run crew like no other.

“People always ask me, how? How can you be a runner in New York when the odds seems so stacked against you?” says Jaybird athlete and Black Roses captain and co-founder Knox Robinson. “The things that are amazing about being a runner in New York are also the things that make New York amazing—the incredible diversity, the rich history, the population density. Sometimes it’s a challenge to navigate all that intensity, but with that comes opportunity. You have to embrace the city as a canvas to create, in a way.”

Knox is no stranger to running—he ran competitively at Wake Forest before moving to New York to work in music, and for years he managed indie artists and served as editor-in-chief of the music culture magazine, The Fader.

A modern renaissance man, Knox now lives at the intersection of running, music and urban culture—exploring the city streets with the Black Roses, coaching fellow runners through the Nike+ NYC Live running initiative and staying busy with a variety of other creative projects.  

After trips to Tokyo and London to explore underground urban running cultures, Knox returns to New York in Track 05 of our Run Wild film series to link back up with the Black Roses—a diverse crew of runners that have come together over their shared passion for high-performance urban running.

“The centrality that running has in the lives of our members, is pretty sharp on and individual and community level,” Knox says. “People in the group are there because they want to be there, from various walks of life and diverse backgrounds and cultures to dig deeper into the promise and the potential and the passion for long-distance running.”

But Black Roses is different than your average social clubs or recreational running groups. There’s a serious focus on performance, and it comes with a distinct counterculture vibe.

“Black Roses don’t really care what other people think, don’t really care about being cool or being popular, and ironically that comes together to make it occasionally pretty fucking cool.”

The way Knox and the Black Roses see it, passionately pursuing running and living in a dense urban environment don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

“I would love it if running became even more deeply entwined with the fabric of urban living, because that’s gonna ideally change urban living for the better,” he says. “Lacing up your shoes and going out there for a run just to dig deeper into yourself, there’s nothing more radical and revolutionary than that.”

Photos by: Greg Snyder

 

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Tarah Pro Launch at the Jaybird NYC Run Hub


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Tarah Pro Launch at the Jaybird NYC Run Hub

The New York City Marathon is one of the largest and most prestigious running events in the world. Attended by over 50,000 runners each year, it’s the perfect setting to launch Jaybird’s first Pro Series headphone, Tarah Pro. We hosted a unique series of events with our brand partners Headspace and Zwift in Brooklyn built around using our new premium running headphones to deliver both a body and mind experience.

The event kicked off on the Thursday before the marathon with a Mindful Miles shakeout run led by Black Roses co-founder Knox Robinson and Run Dem Crew founder Charlie Dark. During the scenic 5K run through Brooklyn, attendees listened to one of Headspace’s guided running meditation sessions, helping get them in the right running frame of mind.

That evening, Knox and members of the Black Roses led another shakeout run through the streets of Williamsburg. Once back at the Hub, the gathered audience of journalists and VIPs was treated to an introduction of Tarah Pro, our newest wireless sport headphone. Filmmaker Tim Kemple premiered the latest episode of our Run Wild series, Grit, about running in New York City through the eyes of the Black Roses run crew. This was followed by a fascinating discussion with a panel of runners from different backgrounds and disciplines featured in the Run Wild series including Knox Robinson, Charlie Dark, Jax Mariash, Dannielle McNeilly, Sharada Maddox and moderated by ultrarunner and best-selling author Scott Jurek.

The next day, ultrarunner Josh Hageman put Tarah Pro’s battery life to the test by running on a treadmill continuously for 14 hours. In that time, Josh covered 66.6 miles and even then, his headphones still had some juice left.

On Friday and Saturday, journalists and VIPs were able to experience the benefits of Headspace and Zwift with the help of Jaybird Tarah Pro headphones. The sessions allowed people to try out Headspace in a relaxing atmosphere, followed by a trial of Zwift’s newest treadmill-based running application through a virtual Central Park, while listing to Headspace or a mix of New York themed tracks selected by DJ Mick.

 

Check out the Jaybird Run Wild NYC mix by DJ Mick:

 

 

CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honors Jaybird Tarah Pro


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CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honors Jaybird Tarah Pro

With CES 2019 on the horizon, we’re excited to share that Jaybird Tarah Pro has been chosen as a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree.

 

This award celebrates outstanding product design and engineering – both of which are always top of mind for our headphones. Our products are built by runners for runners and designed to deliver when it matters most. And, Tarah Pro does just that.

 

The Tarah Pro design is inspired by the extreme demands athletes face during endurance adventures and ultra distances. Our engineers focused on a lightweight design that is extremely durable and weatherproof, while also providing a comfortable, secure fit. With the industry-leading 14-hour battery life, we worked closely with our athletes to ensure that Tarah Pro delivers long-term comfort and security.

 

We’re honored that the CTA community has awarded us, and our goal is to continue designing innovative products with smart design and engineering that help fit your lifestyle, whether that means running on your local city street, tackling long mountain trails or anything between.