Jackie’s Journey

Jackie Palmer Merritt, 29, of Atlanta, GA, is an kick-ass ultra-runner, Pod-lover and Milestone Sports athlete. Jackie is also a PhD, physical therapist and biomechanist – a perfect match for a running brand focused on gait and form.

Through the eyes of Jackie, we explore the “SO WHAT” behind the MilestonePod data.

Come along as we follow Jackie’s training and racing journey….

Spring 2017 focus event:
Georgia Death Race, April 1st
“68 mile course from hell”

Personal Records:
– Marathon (road) 3:07
– 50k (trail) 4:07
– 50 M (trail) 7:29
– 100k (trail) 12:03
– 100 M (trail) 19:04 



Hit the ground running – lightly! Metric Series #2.

By Milestone Sports athlete, Jackie Merritt From an injury risk perspective, rate of impact (ROI) is one of the most valuable metrics the Pod gives you as a runner It’s also the metric that keeps me honest as I continuously work to improve my running mechanics in training Maintaining a low ROI...



Spice it up! Implement variety to run faster and stay healthy

As runners, we have all experienced the high amounts of stress that distance running puts on our bodies In a single stride, your body sees impact forces of 50 to 80+ body weights per second - just check out your Pod’s rate of impact metric! Multiply that impact force by 10,000 steps for a typical...



Mountain Mist 50K Race Report | Taking on the Bama Hills

January 28, 2017 Finish 4:44 | 1st female | 6th OA   50Ks have never been my forte With 4-5 hours of hard fast intensity, it’s like the “5K” of ultramarathons To me, it feels like I am practically redlining my system from the starting line, a concept that has always seemed...



Low on Leg Swing? Kick Your Butt into Gear! | Metric Series #1

Leg swing is one of my favorite Pod metrics Perhaps this is because I am a physical therapist by training and/or because this was a key gait metric of interest in my lab throughout the course of my PhD work The Pod’s leg swing metric tells you how much your knee flexes during the swing phase of...



First Race Back! | 12.20.16

A couple of weeks ago the temperatures dropped, cuing me to start gearing up my mileage and quality workouts again for the spring racing season In the long-term scheme of things, I think it’s really beneficial to take a few weeks of downtime between hard races I ran over 1,300 miles in training...



Lift to Last: Strength Training to Prevent Running Related Injuries | 12.6.16

During my “down time” recovering from the Pinhoti 100 mile race and before I start my next training bout leading up to the Georgia Death race this spring, I decided to spend a few weeks focusing on the stuff that I couldn’t do so much of while running 100 miles per week - strength training...



Pinhoti 100 Race Report | 11.14.16

November 5-6, 2016 Finish 19:04 | 1st Female | 3rd OA | 20 min women's CR | 2:36 PR   Pinhoti has been my focus race of the year and I was excited to step out of my element and take another stab at the 100-mile distance I have run two 100’s before (Grindstone and Oil Creek) and...