Finish Line Friday: Role Model

October 31st, 2014

Our goal is to help inspire you to keep going, train harder, dig a little deeper and cross the finish line. For this week’s Finish Line Friday, Kelsie will be sharing her personal sources of inspiration.

Kelsie

Current Position: Retail Customer Service Representative

Favorite Part of the Job: That excited feeling when I have helped a customer find their “perfect shoe”. I can’t help but smile, and feel happy that I have contributed in a small way to their enjoyment of the outdoors and a sport I love dearly.

Running Background:
I started running cross country and track in high school based off a family friend’s suggestion. It was so hard for me, but giving up on running never crossed my mind! My high school coach, and all her friends in the area were ultra-runners, so it seemed completely normal to me to spend all day Saturday on the trails or running through the night. I would beg Mary, my coach, to let me join her group of ultra-running friends on the “ninja” runs (12 miles through the Marin Headlands, often in darkness, once a week). I was only 16 at the time and loved every minute. I even paced her in a 100miler and thought it looked pretty easy.

Kelsie Clausen during the Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix race.

Kelsie during the Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix race

As a wide-eyed, young, and impressionable lover of trail running, I knew I had found my calling. After my freshman year of college, I ran a 50k trail race. It was a humbling, learning experience, but I was addicted. The longer the run, the more I get to experience the outdoors and explore. Since that race, I have competed in other 50k’s. I just finished my first 100k, the Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix race around Mont Blanc in France at the age of 20 (youngest ever?!). These days, you can often find me jumping around on a trail, several wildflowers in my ponytail, and a big grin on my face.

What inspires you?
When I run, I am inspired by my surroundings. The beautiful weather, the next big hill, the allure of what is hiding behind a turn… these things push me forward. However, the biggest motivator for me is that I want to be a role model for other young female athletes.

I want to be the best I can be and gain a large audience in order to encourage other young females to pursue their dreams. I always want to have a positive attitude and put my best foot forward because I realize I am so incredibly lucky to be a part of the amazing, supportive community of ultra-running! On another note, when I went through a really low point in my Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix race, about 28 miles in, I started singing along to Taylor Swift & Mulan on my iPod. It boosted my spirits and I resumed running uphill; passing many, many men!

Rory Bosio & Kelsie after an epic loop in the French Alps

Rory & Kelsie after an epic loop in the French Alps

As far as inspiring mentors and heroes go, any woman that constantly changes the rules, breaks the barriers and has a smile on her face is someone I look up to. Women like Ann Trason, winning Western States 14 times, Rory Bosio, an American winning UTMB 2x AND finishing 7th overall one year, or women in their 50′s like Meghan Arbogast, who are rocking World 100k’s faster than I can run 5k’s!

What are you training for now, and what do you refuel with post workout?
I am currently training for The North Face 50-miler in December and the Bandera 100k in January. I’m trying to earn a spot in Western States 100-mile!

Post workout, I try to refuel with a balanced meal of protein (usually eggs), fats (like avocados), and veggies. And lots of dark chocolate.

Thanks, Kelsie!

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Timex One GPS+ Brings Next Wave of Innovation to Running Watches

October 21st, 2014

The colorful and functional touchscreen on the Timex One GPS+

Timex, a brand with over one and half centuries of shaping our relationship with time, has partnered with telecom companies AT&T and Qualcomm to add the latest 3G technology to create a running product that allows for text and email notifications, social media and music usage, on the go, all without the use of a smartphone. Sounds flashy, right? Well, you might be surprised how practical it feels. Join us for a first look at the upcoming Timex One GPS+ Watch (optional HRM combo available).

3G Connectivity On the Go

Going for a marathon best and wish you could have your friends and family with you the whole time? Your child can send you a message right at mile twenty to get you through the wall. Coaches, do you wish you could help out on the big workout but can’t be two places at once? Tell your athlete to slow down when they start going a little crazy over the first few repeats. Get lost on a training run? Send an SOS with your location attached. Want to brag about your latest adventure? Upload to your favorite tracking platform right away. This is a glimpse of some of the ways this new watch will change how runners interact with each other while doing what they love: running.

Cautious runners might appreciate that friends and family can track you as you take on your favorite trail or city run around your office after work. While, the escapist types may prefer to be disconnected, you get to choose who has access to your location. Certainly, the One GPS+ watch creates an opportunity for runners to have it all.

More Features Than Ever

Timex wants to fit as many run-enhancing smartphone features as possible in the watch and for many people that includes music storage. The One GPS+ features 4GB of music storage that is audible through any Bluetooth headphones. Do you have that perfect playlist that helps you get through the toughest stretches of your training? Queue up Phil Collins!

Timex’ technological advances in One GPS+ aren’t limited to the unit’s ability to replace your smartphone. Partnering with Qualcomm has enhanced the usability of the watch further by creating a screen visible in direct sunlight with MIRASOL technology.

Screen display in direct sunlight. Photo: Timex

Of course, all of this innovation is in addition to the standard features of a top-of-the-line GPS watch. The speed and distance monitor has automatic alerts for personal records, the Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor lets you know whether you’re in the zone, and the watch is compatible with Strava, MapMyRun, and RunKeeper applications.

As with all Timex Ironman branded watches, this one comes with Indiglo for use at all hours, offers water-resistance to 50 meters, though GPS and 3G features will not work under water. The interval timer, when combined with GPS capability creates endless potential for programming different workouts.

3G: Yay! or Nay?

The Timex One GPS+ probably isn’t a tool to completely replace your smart phone while running. It isn’t capable of browsing the Internet or downloading the boundless apps that are available for running (there likely won’t be a watch with those capabilities for a while). But, if you need to stay connected on your run, but hate being tied to your phone, the Timex One GPS+ is the latest and greatest option.

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adidas Boston 5 Shoe Review

October 20th, 2014

At a Glance

  • 8.5 oz. (Men’s size 9.0), 7.7 oz. (Women’s size 8.0)
  • 10mm heel-to-toe drop: 26mm heel, 16mm forefoot
  • Fast & responsive underfoot feel at fast paces
  • Exceptional energy return creates a smooth feel at any pace
  • Adequate cushioning for efficient runners to use as a daily trainer

Verdict

The adidas Boston 5 blends lightweight performance with springy cushioning to create a versatile shoe, fast enough for up-tempo workouts while having sufficient cushioning for daily training.

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Finish Line Friday: Strength

October 17th, 2014

Our goal is to help inspire you to keep going, train harder, dig a little deeper and cross the finish line. For this week’s Finish Line Friday, Kaitlin will be sharing her personal sources of inspiration.

Kaitlin

Current Position: Customer Service Representative

Running Background:
It all started in 1986 in Texas….kidding! I was born in Texas, but I grew up in California with my Mom in the Bay Area. I started competing pretty young, with “track” in elementary school. They gave out “Best in Show” ribbons. It was a very small public school. It sparked my interest and I grew to love running as I got older. I ran Track & Field in Middle School and High School, but not consistently. I still enjoyed running, but I focused more on Softball while in High School.

My Freshman year at San Francisco State, I was a walk-on for the Women’s Track Team, competing in the 100 and 200 meter events. I competed for 3 years and then joined a local club team for my Senior and Super Senior year of undergraduate studies. I eventually got into longer distances and participated in some coaching as well as leading Run Club.

What inspires you?

Kaitlin at the Giants Race

Kaitlin finished in 46.50 for 10k at the Giants' Race in September, 2014.

I don’t have a specific quote, but often times, I run through my head the mantra of “strength.” When a race or workout is really tough and I think about slowing down, I will usually push myself to finish the last mile or hill strong. What usually motivates me during training is picturing myself running people down in past or future races.

I do not have a hero in the running world, however my mother has always been a great support in my life and one of the strongest people I will ever know. She has always encouraged me to be self-sufficient and to try and be the best person that I can be, within my running career and in all aspects of my life.

What are you training for now, and what do you refuel with post workout?

I am not currently training for anything right now. I am trying to finish my Masters degree and my schedule has been limited. While I run frequently throughout the week, I haven’t really picked up my mileage, but I am hoping to do so in November. However, I did race in City to Sea and I plan on running the Montana De Oro 25k in January. My favorite post-race recovery is beer and cheese burgers. I generally can’t do that throughout the week, so post-workout, I will go for some chocolate milk or Clif Shot Recovery Drink.

Thanks, Kaitlin!

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Mizuno Wave Rider 18 #PowerWithin Instagram Contest

October 15th, 2014

Hado is the life-force energy that exists in all living things which has the ability to create powerful transformations. This same energy was infused into the creation of the Wave Rider 18, inspiring runners to embrace their runs as opportunities to develop, grow, and improve. In support of these powerful transitions, we have an opportunity for you to transform your running shoe inventory by adding a free pair of Wave Rider 18′s! Running Warehouse is giving away 7 pairs of the new shoe. Yes, you read that correctly…7 pairs of the Rider 18! Here are the details:

  1. Follow us on Instagram (@runwiththehouse)
  2. Upload a picture of a time when you discovered that you had incredible power within. This could be setting a PR, a personal running victory or simply a revelatory moment on your daily run.
  3. In the caption, tell us where it happened, and tag it with #WaveRider 18 and #PowerWithin. Oh, and be sure to mention @MizunoRunning and @runwiththehouse in the caption.

Contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered! -RW Staff

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If you haven’t seen the new Wave Rider 18, we encourage you to take an in-depth look at the evolution of the model here.

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The Chicago Marathon: A Showdown of Distance Running Titans

October 14th, 2014

Rita Jeptoo won her 4th marathon in a row at Chicago. Photo: Boston Globe

The World Marathon Majors’ penultimate race occurred Sunday in Chicago and, sticking with tradition, finishing times were fast and the competition was fierce. Some of the world’s best runners joined the crowd of 45,000 participants for the annual 26.2 mile journey through downtown Chicago.

As we reported previously in our World Marathon Major preview, the main story behind this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon was the showdown between former Olympic track stars Kenenisa Bekele and Eliud Kipchoge. With over a decade of competition against one another on ovals around the world, seeing the two running 26.2 miles on city streets certainly warranted the attention.

Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge defeats his rival Bekele. Photo: ESPN

As in many of the Bekele vs. Kipchoge showdowns of the past, the majority of the race was run with the two tightly bunched up among some of the world’s other great runners. In this case, Sammy Kitwara and Dickson Chumba joined Kenenisa and Eliud for the first 20 miles at 2:04 marathon pace. While Dennis Kimetto’s world record may have been out of reach at that point, Bekele’s past heroics led one to believe that with a fast finish, the course record could still be in jeopardy. However, Bekele’s near invincibility on the track did not transfer over to the road this time and Kipchoge ended up getting the better of his rival, finishing at 2:04:11 in winning time. Kitwara and Chumba also got the better of Bekele with their finishing times of 2:04:28 and 2:04:32 respectively. Chumba’s time was the best third place finishing time ever in a marathon. Bekele held on for fourth place and his second sub 2:06 with a time of 2:05:51.

While most of the media’s attention was given the men’s race, the women’s group had its star power on display as well. Rita Jeptoo came to Chicago with a target on her back and still dominated the event. Her defense of last year’s title was her fourth Marathon Major win in a row, a streak few have ever achieved, and secured her the World Marathon Major title and the $500,000 prize (on top of the $100,000 purse she earned by winning the race). While her time of 2:24:35 is significantly slower than her personal best of 2:18:57 (Boston Marathon, 2014), she showed that she could stay dominant no matter what the racing style is. Her previous wins came in fast races, and to maintain her composure in a tactical race and finish a minute ahead of the rest of the pack shows that has the potential to keep this streak going for a while.

The final stop on the World Marathon Major tour is the TCS New York City Marathon on November 2, 2014. Dennis Kimetto may have taken the World Record from Wilson Kipsang, but a win in New York would assure Kipsang the World Marathon Major title, surely $500,000 is a nice silver lining after losing the record.

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Runner vs. Nature: Mountain Lions

October 10th, 2014

Just like your household kitty, right? Photo: Larry Grayam

You’re running (duh!). And that automatically puts you on a mountain lion’s hit list. Not because these big cats love human snacks, or that they are innately vicious creatures, but rather because they have a mad instinct to chase. Most road runners won’t come across this natural hazard (and I say most because sometimes wild animals end up wandering outside of their natural habitat), but trail runners should be keenly aware that the danger is real. Let’s break it down.

The bad news: You are the intruder. You are running in their territory. This makes you automatically attractive to these predators because they don’t differentiate you from an animal that they normally stalk as prey. And since you’re running, you have already started off on a bad foot.

The good news: Mountain lions tend to go out of their way to avoid human contact. They won’t seek you out for the thrill of attacking a human, they would much rather find a deer for dinner.

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The History of the Mizuno Wave Rider

October 9th, 2014

In 1997, the MIZUNO Corporation of America was dissolved and MIZUNO USA, INC. was created in its place. Unless you were in a Mizuno office at the time, chances are you didn’t notice. Yet, changes went beyond just the name on the building as the decisions made during the transition have impacted the design of Mizuno products over the past decade.

Companies like ASICS and Nike were gobbling up sales at running stores around the country by injecting their shoes with ever-more Gel (ASICS) and Air (Nike), always searching to create a softer ride for runners. Mizuno, on the other hand, thought that not all running customers were looking for more and more cushioning in their running shoes. In order to differentiate their product, Mizuno focused their energy on designing a shoe that dispersed the stride’s energy in a way that propelled the runner forward rather than simply cushioning the blow upon impact. The result was a thermoplastic, wave-shaped unit in the midsole of the shoe. Thus, the Mizuno Wave Rider was born.

The signature Wave plate has been present since the Rider's first iteration.

The Wave Design

Inspired by nature’s propulsive forces, Mizuno’s Wave plate acts like a spring, redirecting downward energy into a forward motion. For example, the ocean’s waves gather momentum from winds of varied directions, pushing breakers towards the shore. In the same way, the Mizuno Wave plate was designed to bring together the forces that occur during a foot strike and use that compiled energy in a positive way. In addition to a springy underfoot experience, the Wave plate also has pronation-corrective properties as well. Lateral movement will also be redirected forward by the physics of the shoe, although the Rider is designed for neutral runners. The Wave plate has taken different shapes to accommodate the need for more significant pronation control in shoes like the Inspire and Paradox, for example. While the Wave plate does not create the plush experience of other midsole technologies, the ride of the shoe cannot be found anywhere else.

The Evolution of the Wave Rider

New composite materials were used in the Wave Rider 8.

As you might have suspected, it didn’t take long for the Wave Rider to take off. The unique ride experience of the Wave plate and innovations like AIRmesh and Intercool in the second and fourth editions of the Wave Rider won over customers and inspired others to adopt similar features in shoes across the running industry. The Wave Rider 6 switched the Wave plate from plastic to a composite material, making the shoe lighter, the ride smoother, and the landing softer. These early innovations not only won over the hearts of runners but also caused the editors at Runner’s World magazine to take notice. The Wave Rider 2 won the Editor’s Choice award and the Wave Rider 6 earned Best Update honors.

The 11th version of the Wave Rider first implemented the Dynamotion upper.

Despite the awards, Mizuno was not content letting their flagship shoe become stale. With the Wave Rider 8, Mizuno wagered that the decoupled outsole in their new SmoothRide Engineering design would enhance the Wave plate’s ability to disperse energy while letting the foot naturally spread the shock of each foot strike. This is another Wave Rider technology now imitated across the running industry. Other notable innovations included the Dynamotion upper in the Wave Rider 11 and the Pebax Rnew Wave plate in the Wave Rider 12. Dynamotion and the Pebax Wave correlated with more Runner’s World awards as the Wave Rider 11 won “Best Buy” and the Wave Rider 12 was crowned “Editor’s Choice.”

The Rider 14 offered the plushest model to date.

Innovation is risky, and whether Mizuno was responding to competitors or listening to retailers when looking for ways to update the trusty Rider model, hindsight reveals that the changes made to the Wave Rider 14 did not resonate with consumers. Mizuno changed the upper in efforts to create a more secure fit than before. Unfortunately, “plush” can feel “bulky” and “secure” can mean “constrictive.” So, while the new upper on top of the ride platform may have made for a great shoe, it just wasn’t right for the faithful Wave Rider customer. A few years later, the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 may have gone too far in the other direction. Mizuno stripped the upper of almost all structural overlays and changed the Wave plate from Pebax to polyurethane. While Mizuno did successfully create a shoe that enhances the foot’s ability to move through the gait cycle naturally, the lack of structure didn’t cater to those who worried about its ability to last through the high mileage required of a daily trainer.

The Wave Rider 18

The latest Wave Rider 18 has found a way to build on what the last model did right while fixing the some of the shortcomings. The iconic Runbird logo on the side provides security around the midfoot, while an overlay along the lace eyelets ensures an even fit all the way up the shoe. Additional strapping exists within the upper to allow for a minimalist look while maintaining the structure needed for high mileage training. The Wave plate has returned to the Pebax material that won over many Wave Rider fans in the past, helping make the Wave Rider 18 the lightest shoe in the neutral category for everyday use.

The Wave Rider evolution has delivered one of the most innovative and beloved shoes in the industry. Mizuno’s willingness to take risks with their flagship shoe has paid off with technology that spreads throughout their entire line of running shoes, and their inspiration can be seen beyond the borders of the Mizuno brand.

To find the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 at Running Warehouse, please select the Men’s or Women’s link.

Wave Rider 18 for Men

Wave Rider 18 for Women

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Altra Paradigm Shoe Review

October 7th, 2014

At a Glance

  • 10.2 oz (Men’s size 9.0), 9.2 oz (Women’s size 8.0)
  • 25mm heel, 25mm forefoot
  • Promotes midfoot and forefoot strike due to zero mm heel-to-toe offset
  • Soft, maximum cushioned A-bound midsole keeps your legs feeling less fatigued on longer distance workouts
  • Ample room for toe splay is created through an extra wide toe box shape

Verdict

The Altra Paradigm is best for runners who want to maximize shock absorption but prefer a shoe that makes it easy to focus on an efficient stride over long distances or recovery runs.

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The Running Jargon Cheat Sheet

October 6th, 2014

We’ve all been there. New to the running world and embracing it with open arms… and ears. You try to socialize with a seasoned pro, but as soon as a “fartlek workout” comes up, or perhaps “bonking”, you just nod your head and secretly look up these terms on your carefully hidden iPhone. Runnerspeak can be flat out disconcerting when you’re not hip to the vocab.

Runners have a language of their own, and sometimes it just doesn’t cut it to Google (or Bing!) the word… a dictionary doesn’t often provide great context. Oh, and please don’t use Urban Dictionary. Trust me on this one.

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So, for those of you who may need a little “cheat sheet”, or maybe just a quick refresher course on running jargon, check out this short list of 10 words that we’ve compiled.

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