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Jason Chaput
Nov 06, 2021
In Running Club
Hey running warriors! Just wanted to let everyone know that we now have a private Facebook group for our PB Abbate Running Club. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pbabbaterunningclub This is a private group available only to members of PB Abbate. So, if you have not yet signed up, please visit the sign up page on pbabbate.org and join prior to requesting access to our Facebook group. Thanks and happy running out there!
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Jason Chaput
Sep 12, 2021
In Running Club
Hey running warriors! Just wanted to share a quick article I came across this morning. The author spent several months running in Kenya and distilled his time down to a handful of lessons learned. Here's the link: The author, Adharanand Finn, also wrote a book about his experiences in Kenya called "Running with the Kenyans." I read it a few years ago...highly recommend it for folks looking for both a great story as well as a lot of practical lessons for running and life. Happy running out there and keep showing up! Semper Fi, Jason
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Jason Chaput
Aug 31, 2021
In Running Club
What's going on running warriors! I just wanted to check in with everyone and see how folks are doing. I know that this has been a very tough past few weeks. If you need / want someone to talk to, please reach out to me or other members of our PB Abbate tribe. The net is always open. I have always found running to be a very grounding and calming endeavor especially in times like this where I need to punish the body and quiet the mind. Running, rucking, hiking....all good for soul. Semper Fi, Jason
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Jason Chaput
Jul 22, 2021
In Running Club
It seems like the topic of running shoes is always a hotly debated one among runners. This is certainly an aspect of running that is a true experiment of one (n of 1). Personally, I am transitioning over to Altra's which are zero-drop. I'm currently running in the Altra Rivera. Overall phenomenal shoe so far! I do rotate it with the Saucony Kinvara. Slow and steady is my motto right now with this transition. In the past, I have run in Brooks, Nike, Hoka, and On. What are you running in? Questions about shoes for the group? Fire away! Happy running out there warriors.
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Jason Chaput
Jul 14, 2021
In Running Club
Good morning running warriors! Just wanted to let everyone know that I created a club page for us on Strava. The club name is "PB Abbate Running Club." If you simply put in the keyword "abbate" when searching for clubs, it will come up. The club is currently set to invite-only, so you will need to request permission to join. When you join the club, you will be able to see the training for other PB Abbate members who have joined...might be a great source of motivation and inspiration to log some miles! Please let me know if you have any questions or even suggestions. Happy running out there! Keep showing up!
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Jason Chaput
Jul 11, 2021
In Running Club
Good morning running warriors! Just wanted to let folks know about an upcoming 10K Challenge that is part of the Pat's Run Challenge Series. This is a virtual event supporting the Pat Tillman Foundation Scholars. Sign-up at the following link if you are interested... https://pattillmanfoundation.org/pats-run/pcrs10kchallenge/ Thanks to @llahyekim (Mikey) for letting me know about this event! Happy running out there!
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Jason Chaput
Jul 06, 2021
In Running Club
Howdy running warriors! Came across a nice fartlek workout posted by Coach Dathan Ritzenhein (formed Olympic long-distance runner; now head coach for the On Athletic Club in Boulder) that I wanted to share. After an easy warm-up, the workout should be executed as follows: 1/2/3/2/1/2/3/2/1 Go hard for 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 2 minutes, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 2 minutes, 1 minute. The recovery time is the same as the rep time that preceded it. So one minute hard, one minute recovery, two minutes hard, two minutes recovery, three minutes hard, three minutes recovery, etc. Don't forget to finish up with an easy cooldown! The full article with additional workouts can be found here: Happy running out there warriors...keep showing up. Semper Fi, Jason
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Jason Chaput
Jun 29, 2021
In Running Club
Hey running warriors! Just wanted to post a link to a nice 12-week training program if you are interested in adding some structure to your running or if you are looking for a way to break out of a rut. I find that it can be a nice way to shake things up and refocus when you dedicate yourself to a program / schedule. I don't recall where I read it, but someone once said that "you run the program...the program doesn't run you"...meaning that it is perfectly OK and even advisable to tweak the plan if you need an additional rest day, start to feel burned out, or just want to run shorter / longer than what is prescribed for a given day. The plan contains a very manageable dose of some basic strength work with links to those workouts embedded in the article. Here's the link... Happy running out there warriors...keep showing up. Semper Fi, Jason
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Jason Chaput
Jun 21, 2021
In Running Club
Hey running warriors! Just wanted to see what folks are training for right now. Upcoming fall marathon maybe? Perhaps a trail race or local summer running series? Or maybe nothing specific...just running for the love of running. I'm currently not training for anything specific, so I guess you could say that I'm simply training not to suck at life! I am transitioning to zero-drop running shoes, so I have cut my mileage back a bit as the old legs get used to the new shoes. Hopefully I'll be back in the 30-35 MPW range soon as the transition progresses. Feel free to post about your current training! Run happy and keep showing up.
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Jason Chaput
Jun 17, 2021
In Running Club
Western States 100 will take place next weekend starting early AM on Saturday June 26th. The website irunfar.com (which is an awesome resource for ultra running and general long distance / trail running) hosts a yearly prediction contest in which you can win a bunch of different prizes. The site gives a breakdown and preview of all the top men and women running this year so you can do some research before you enter your picks. The following link is for the prediction contest: Just for general knowledge, Western States is one of the original 100-mile ultras dating back to 1974. The course begins at Olympic Valley, CA and ends in Auburn, CA. There is an awesome movie on YouTube which follows the race from several years ago (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy1as6CTYXI). Anyone here run Western States before? I have not, but it's #1 on my bucket list! Happy running warriors...keep showing up.
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Jason Chaput
Jun 16, 2021
In Running Club
Hey warriors! I’m Jason Chaput, the running club captain. I’m a former 0402, Logistics Officer. I served with HQBN, 1st Marine Division from 2002 – 2005. I made the road march up to Baghdad in 2003 as a platoon commander with Truck Company, and then I served as the Battalion S-4 during our subsequent deployment to Ramadi, Iraq in 2004. Following my tour with 1st MARDIV, I was the Officer Selection Office (OSO) for Western New England covering all the colleges and universities in CT, VT, and western MA. I served in this role until getting out of the Marine Corps in late 2008. I’m currently living outside of Boston with my wife, 2 sons, and dog Aldo (Boston Terrier). My wife is also a veteran (US Navy) and a runner…she’s currently kicking my ass in the mileage department as she ramps up her training for a fall ultra. I work for Teledyne FLIR in the unmanned ground systems group overseeing integrated product support and service for our ground robots. Our robots are used by the US DoD, domestic first responders, and numerous international customers for all sorts of applications such as EOD / combat engineer missions, route reconnaissance and clearance, CBRN, infantry / SOF, SWAT, remote inspection in unclean / dangerous environments, etc. Some of you may have even used our systems such as PackBot or SUGV in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have been a runner for a long time. I ran track back in high school and obviously ran a lot while at the Naval Academy (Class of 2001) and in the Marine Corps. After getting out of the Marines, I got into long distance running…I have done a few marathons and ultras over the past few years. I am extremely passionate about running...there's a certain healing aspect to long distance running in terms of it being a very grounding and even peaceful / healing endeavor. I hesitate a bit to call it therapy, but I think that it's an appropriate way to describe it for some. I am really excited about being your running club captain and about being part of this tribe at PB Abbate. If you love running, then this is the club for you! Doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are, how many miles you run, or whether you hit the road, track, or trails. If you lace ‘em up and grind it out, you are a runner. I’m not a coach, but I do consider myself a “running nerd.” From shoes to training plans and books, and from strength training to injury prevention, running is my passion. I am here for all of you and absolutely want (and need!) your input on what you would like to get out of this club. I can create a FB page for us if that’s an easier way to communicate, and I can also create a Strava page if you guys would like one. We can do weekly / monthly challenges, organize regional teams for virtual events, and even try to do some in-person meet ups in local areas. Please let me know what I can do for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out even if you just need someone to talk to. I’ll sign off for now with one of my favorite quotes about running from Des Linden (2018 Boston Marathon champ). I honestly believe that this applies not just to running but to our everyday lives as veterans and active duty servicemembers. So, keep showing up! “Some days it just flows, and I feel like I’m born to do this; other days it feels like I’m trudging through hell. Every day I make the choice to show up and see what I’ve got and to try and be better. My advice: keep showing up.”
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