Finish Line Friday: A Passionate Example

November 28th, 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 FLF, Callie will be sharing her personal sources of inspiration.

Callie

Callie running

Current Position: Apparel buyer.

Favorite Part of the Job: Watching apparel trends (and trying to be ahead of them)!

Running Background: I grew up skiing and playing soccer, so I ran mostly for conditioning. Unlike most of my teammates, I actually enjoyed (and looked forward to) this aspect of the sport. In high school, I began running so much during the off season, my parents encouraged me to sign up for a couple local races. In college, I was able to take advantage of San Luis Obispo’s year-round moderate temperatures, and began running and completing local races on a more regular basis. I ran throughout both of my pregnancies, and after becoming a mom, running has become something that serves a bigger purpose in my life… giving me some alone time, which re-energizes me for a busy life chasing around my 2 little guys. All in all, I have completed a handful of 5K, 10K, and half marathon races, and most recently, I ran the City to Sea Half Marathon this past October.

Callie and her boysWhat inspires you?
My children are definitely an inspiration to me. I am a strong believer that moms should not give up the things they enjoy doing, just because they have kids. Obviously, this is easier said than done, as raising children takes a lot of time and energy. More often than not, we moms put our own needs last. Part of the reason I make time to run is because I want to be an example to my children, so that they learn the importance of finding and doing things they are passionate about. Although finding the time to train is not always the most conducive to our family’s schedule, I have discovered that running makes me happy (and keeps me sane), which allows me to be a better mom to my boys! :)

What are you training for now, and what do you refuel with post workout?
I plan to run the Scenic Half Marathon in my hometown (Sandpoint, Idaho) next September and possibly the SLO Half Marathon this upcoming Spring. I usually refuel with something like chicken & rice, but nothing beats Burrito Wagon after a long, hard run.

Thanks, Callie!

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Women’s Apparel Spotlight: Oiselle Joggings

November 25th, 2014

One of the many wonderful things about being a woman is that we have a community of sisters to which we automatically belong. Just by being female, we are a part of this club in which we can share our secrets, our finds, our inspirations. Did you stumble upon a scrumptious new recipe for gingerbread? Attend the best yoga class of your life? Read a book that rocked your world? When you find something good, you want to share it. Especially when it comes to clothing.

Well, that’s pretty much what this is, girlfriend. The ladies here at Running Warehouse are looking out for you, and we want to pass on our favorite finds.

So, here we are. Sharing the joy. Spreading the good news. A few times a month, I will be highlighting a new piece of clothing in women’s running apparel and telling you all about it. We have a lot of stand-outs here, and I hope to help you find a new favorite item or two (or three or four!) for your running wardrobe.

Oiselle Women’s Charcoal Joggings

Get them now! (MSRP: $82.00)

The Women of Running Warehouse have spoken:

Oiselle Charcoal JoggingFavorite features:

  • Comfy, soft, slightly compressive fabric
  • Substantial material (not too thin), yet you still feel like you hardly have anything on
  • Super comfy!
  • High quality, durable
  • Secure, spacious, well-placed pocket
  • Flattering cut, looks good on all shapes and sizes
  • True to size
  • Wide waistband, provides security and hits at a flattering place on the waist

I would wear these…

  • on a short run, and then to coffee afterward!
  • around the house or out on errands.
  • light workout at the gym – maybe like a Pilates class, or cool-temperature yoga class.
  • under a long sweater or a short dress.
  • on a cold, dry run. Maybe early morning trail run.

Oiselle Charcoal JoggingDescribed in one word:

  • Essential.
  • Comfy.
  • Easy.
  • Contour.

Verdict:

  • Juli: I really love these! I wouldn’t get that much wear out of them, though, since I’m not much of a tights-runner. If I was, I would buy them right away!
  • Kristin: Overall they are great, and if I had them I know I’d enjoy wearing them. I can resist buying them right now, though, in order to save money for tights I’d really use for running!
  • Jen: I want ‘em!!!
  • Kaitlin: I would not buy them, because I am too short. I do think these would still work for most women who are just over 5 feet.

Check out some more behind the scenes photos of our gals sporting the Oiselle Charcoal Joggings:

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Saucony Zealot | First Look

November 24th, 2014

Saucony Zealot Men's Shoe (Sample Shown)

Available February 2015 – MSRP $130.00

The Saucony Zealot is a low weight, low offset, premium cushioned running shoe.

Tech Specs

  • Stack Height: 28mm Heel, 24mm Forefoot, 4mm offset
  • Weight: 8.3 oz (Men’s size 9.0), 7.4 oz (Women’s size 8.0)

Competing Shoes

  • HOKA ONE ONE Huaka – MSRP $150
  • New Balance 980 -  MSRP $110

What makes the Saucony Zealot relevant?

When the minimalist movement began to catch on, Saucony introduced the Kinvara, a not-quite-minimal shoe that weighed under 8.0 oz. Adopted by serious runners seeking a more natural foot position without the extreme nature of a true minimal shoe, the Kinvara delivered a rare combination of a lightweight, semi-soft ride with exceptional energy return.  The Kinvara was arguably the first shoe to bring the 4mm offset to the masses, and while it could not be classified as a true minimal shoe, it found a very desirable niche and redefined the current lightweight/performance running shoe category.

More recently, there has been a movement toward maximal cushioning in running shoes. Simply look to the expanding line of Hoka One One (the creators of maximalist shoes), the recent success of the Altra Olympus and Altra Paradigm, and the upcoming 2015 release of the Asics 33-M as evidence to maximalism beginning to take hold. Just as with the Kinvara, where Saucony did not go to the extreme end of minimalism, the Zealot moves in the direction of maximalism without going to the end.

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Buying Guide 2014: Running Gloves

November 21st, 2014

The cold weather season brings a unique set of challenges. How much egg nog should I be drinking? How many days in a row can I wear my favorite sweater without anyone noticing? If I fuel up pre-run with hot chocolate and and candy canes, how much will I regret it later? Clearly, there’s a lot to think about this time of year.

Despite the myriad of decisions you will be making as the temperatures plummet, deciding to forgo your run shouldn’t be one. Let’s face it… you’re not “normal”, as my buddy Calvin pointed out. You’re a crazy committed runner, and not even the harshest winter weather can keep you from your daily run. Since not running is simply not an option, one thing that you should consider is how to keep warm on those chilly runs. Wearing the proper apparel is going to make a huge difference in your running experience, but apparel can only go so far in providing coverage. You’re hands often find themselves left out in the cold. I know what you’re thinking – “But I already have thumbholes and little hand mitts in my sleeves!” Sure, these features are pretty handy (pun intended) , but no matter how long your sleeves, they will always fall short. If you want sufficient protection, coverage, and warmth while running in this winter wonderland, you’re going to want gloves.

Now that we’ve determined the value of a good pair of gloves to keep you warm and protected, here comes the hard part. Which gloves to choose?

Cool Days

ASICS Everyday Liner GlovesFor cool day protection, these ASICS gloves provide moisture management, and a slip-free grip: ASICS Everyday Liner Gloves (MSRP: $12.00)

It’s your average winter day. Chilly, but not cold enough to warrant more than a thin layer of coverage. Think of these minimal gloves as an extra layer of skin. The purpose is to shield you from the cold air but not trap too much heat. Because the fabric of technical gloves for running is moisture-wicking, your sweat will be pulled away from your skin so that you can stay dry and comfortable while you focus your run. Since these gloves are relatively thin, you won’t have to sacrifice dexterity for protection. As an added bonus, you can wear them underneath a pair of heavier gloves in more extreme circumstances.

Cold Days

Brooks Adapt Gloves IIFor cold day insulation, these gloves, with an added water-resistant mitt to trap in the heat, will do the trick: Brooks Adapt Gloves II (MSRP: $50.00)

Some days are beyond “cool” but not quite extremely cold, and you need more features within your gloves to keep you warm. You’re either going to want to amp up the insulating layers in your glove, reach for a pair of mitts, or go for the convertible glove-to-mitten option. But why mitts? What makes them so great for keeping your hands extra toasty? Well, mitts provide more warmth than normal gloves because the trapped air between your fingers provides additional insulation. When wearing mitts, you may not have the dexterity you need to update your status on Facebook, but if you could, it would say something like “Killing my run! And OMG, my hands are so warm, and so not frostbitten!” Do not dismay, however; if you desperately need to update that status, the adjustable 2-in-1 glove to mitt option allows for an easy transition between mitten and glove. Boom. The best of both worlds.

Coldest Days

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB GlovesFor the most hardcore winter weather conditions, these gloves offer deluxe features and extreme protection: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB Gloves (MSRP: $100.00)

It’s snowy, rainy, freezing… you name it and winter is throwing it at you. You need gloves that are rated for the coldest temperatures around. These gloves are thicker, built with sturdy materials to keep the frosty wind out, and with features like an adjustable Velcro cuff, you can keep water and wind out. A fleece lining will make your hands feel toasty and warm. A waterproof and windproof shell blocks out the elements to provide your hands with additional shelter from the conditions. Oh, and don’t forget to update your Twitter followers about your crazy, wintery run… thanks to nifty touch screen-friendly fingertips you can still use your smartphone.

Darkest Days

Nathan SpeedShift Gloves w/LED 2014For low-light runs, you’ll be much more visible thanks to these gloves that have not only reflective design details but also built in LED lights: Nathan SpeedShift Gloves w/LED 2014 (MSRP: $50.00)

Along with the freezing temperatures comes shorter, stormier days, and this means that you will come across more situations where you are running in low-light conditions. Poor weather plus a lack of visibility is a recipe for danger, and it’s enough to make all runners want to stand out on the roads. Gloves that come with increased reflectivity, or even LED lights, will shed some light on the situation and keep you seen and safe as you run through the darkness.

So, as you carefully choose which gloves are perfect for your crazy normal winter running needs, remember to drink as much eggnog as you can, wear that favorite sweater as often as you please, and enjoy all of your wintery treats during this beautiful time of year.

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Turkey Trot at Avila Beach

November 20th, 2014

As runners, we tend to think about food – a LOT. Between considering the best options for pre-run meals, making sure that our daily diet is sufficient for our activity level, and fantasizing about the post-marathon corndog, burger, milkshake (or one of each), the nature of the sport ensures that food is almost always at the forefront of our minds.

This Thanksgiving , we want to keep it that way – but with a perspective shift. Running Warehouse is partnering with the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo to host the 2014 Turkey Trot to support the fight against hunger in our community. The purpose of the run is to raise funds and awareness for the hungry in SLO County, in order to create change for families who are going without meals. As runners, let’s recognize and assist those who do not have the privilege of thinking about food in the same way that most of us do on a daily basis.

Currently, one in six people are food insecure, meaning that they do not know where they will receive their next meal. These numbers are staggering, and the need is continuing to grow. According to the Food Bank, the epidemic of hunger in the county has grown by 25% in the last year.

The mission of the Food Bank Coalition of SLO is “to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community.” They envision every person in the county having sufficient access to nutritious food, and work to achieve this goal in a number of ways.

The Food Bank has distributed, on average, six million pounds of food annually. Half of that food is fresh produce. This is accomplished by working directly with over 200 non-profit agencies, providing programs such as Food for Children, Emergency Food Assistance Program, and Healthy Food for Local Families, as well as founding GleanSlo, a partnership between local farmers and the Food Bank.

As a company that highly values health and wellness, we at Running Warehouse desire to see the vision of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo come to life. We invite you as a community to join us in support of their endeavors, and in support of the hungry in SLO County.  So keep food on the brain this Thanksgiving – we certainly will be. (If you do not live near SLO county, please take a few minutes to consider how to be involved at a distance or look locally to see if there are similar programs to support.)

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ASICS Gel-Kayano 21 Shoe Review

November 18th, 2014

At a Glance

  • 11.4 oz. (Men’s size 9.0) & 9.6 oz. (Women’s size 8.0)
  • Men’s model offers a 10mm heel-to-toe drop (Heel: 28mm, Forefoot: 18mm)
  • Women’s model offers a 13mm heel-to-toe drop ( Heel: 30mm, Forefoot: 17mm) due to gender-specific Plus3 Support system design
  • Top of the class cushioning creates an ultra-soft and absorbent feeling throughout the gait cycle
  • Maximum support reduces moderate to severe overpronation
  • Plush, FluidFit mesh upper wraps foot for a snug and comfortable fit

Verdict

The ASICS Gel-Kayano 21 blends a firm, maximum support platform with top-of-the-class cushioning to create a plush yet sturdy running experience for daily road training.

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Runner vs. Nature: Ticks

November 16th, 2014

Photo: A Mama's Corner of the World

As many of you hopefully know by now, our culture seems to be infatuated with obscenely large portions of food. Supersized meals, lattes the size of a human head, and the looming tryptophan coma that most Americans will experience later this month are all evidence of this pervasive lifestyle. Over-indulgence in food is a topic that has received a large amount of media attention in the last decade, most of which is fairly depressing.

But take heart. There is a silver lining, which happens to be the fact that we are not the worst offenders. That’s right, humans take second place in this twisted battle, to none other than our tiny nemeses – TICKS!

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Finish Line Friday: Competition

November 14th, 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 FLF, Scott will be sharing his personal sources of inspiration.

Scott

Current Position: Marketing Manager

Favorite Part of the Job: Running with coworkers at lunch!

Running Background:
I started running competitively when I was 10 years old. After that, I ran for San Ramon Valley High School, Chico State, Mammoth Track Club, New York Athletic Club and now the ASICS Aggies. I’ve won a few races, recorded some fast times, and had a variety of really amazing experiences along the way.

Highlights: Three NCAA Division II titles, member of four World Championship Teams (two cross country, one half marathon, one track), personal bests of 3:59 mile, 13:28 5k, 27:48 10k, and 1:01:30 half marathon.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired anytime I think about my parents piling a bunch of smelly, annoying and skinny kids into a minivan to get to and from races throughout the state. My career kept going because I had the ability to race awesome people and travel the world. I don’t want to take for granted that I get to compete in a sport that I love, while also having a job that encourages me to keep getting better and improving in the sport.

What are you training for now, and what do you refuel with post workout?
I am currently training for a variety of races building up to a spring marathon next year. Long term, I would like to give my legs their best shot at getting me to the Rio Olympics in the Marathon. I’m not on anyone’s short list for the team at the moment but a lot can change in a year and a half!

Post workout refuel:
Ideally: Morning workout – Breakfast Burrito, Evening workout – Normal Burrito!

Thanks, Scott! We are rooting for you!

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Buying Guide 2014: Choosing Men’s Tights

November 6th, 2014

Alright guys, winter is coming, and you know what that means. Lots of annoying Game of Thrones puns, pumpkin spice flavored everything, lazy Sundays watching football, and that disconcerting noise (and smell) your heater makes when you turn it on for the first time in a while. Oh, and it also means that it’s time to toss those running shorts aside and reach for something warmer. One peek at all of the different tights out there can be disorienting, so I’m going to break it down for you. Tights are kind of like superheros. Bear with me as I explain.

You need tights that are going to empower you. Strengthen you. Keep your muscles from fatigue. Help you recover after an intense workout. Save you from freezing in the cold weather. You need something to illuminate you, make you visible, and keep the dangers of the road at bay. In other words, you need a hero. A hero to help you be the best runner you can be, no matter the conditions.

Also, food for thought: Did you notice that many superheros wear tights? Coincidence?! I think not.

That being said, there are a lot of different features to choose from, and knowing what you want and need ahead of time, will make tights shopping a whole lot easier. Allow me to introduce you to the five types of superheros tights you should know.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, it’s…

The everyday tight.

Clark’s Choice: adidas Men’s Response Long Tight (MSRP: $55)

adidas Men's Response Long TightThis is your basic running tight, good for daily training and armed with the essentials. The Clark Kent of tights: simple in stature, but when you put these tights on, your running experience is transformed. Built with moisture-wicking fabric to keep your skin dry and comfortable, features often include flatlock seams to prevent chafing, reflective details to increase your visibility, and sometimes ankle-zippers to help you get in and get out fast. This is the bread and butter of running tights, everything you need to keep your running routine lively as the temperatures drop.

The Dark Knight Night

Be seen with highly reflective tights.

Mr. Wayne’s Favorite: Nike Men’s Flash Tights (MSRP: $150)

Nike Men's Flash TightsIt’s always darkest just before the dawn… or just before you put on your high visibility tights. You prefer to run by the dark of night. You’re fast, but no matter how fast you are, you can’t outrun the dangers that you face while running in low-light conditions. Most tights have some form of reflective detailing, but some tights are a cut above the rest. These high visibility tights are ideal for you runners who embrace the darkness.

FLAME ON.

3/4 length, cropped, and short tights.

Torch’s Top Pick: Gore Men’s Essential 3/4 Tight (MSRP: $69)

Gore Men's Essential Tights 3/4You’re on fire. You run hot, and when you’re giving 110% during your run, full-length tights may be the wrong choice.  There are times when full-length tights are necessary, but not today! The smothering feeling of longer tights is enough to make you burst into flames. Cropped lengths are just the ticket – you still get great coverage and support, but thanks to the shorter length and ventilated panels behind the knees and lower back, you will finally be able to breathe and cool down.

You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

Tights for performance and recovery.

Dr. Banner’s Best: CW-X Men’s Revolution Tights (MSRP: $200)

CW-X Men's Revolution TightsLike the giant green rage machine, Hulk, you’re incredibly strong. When you get worked up and motivated for an intense run, you transform into a maniacal running monster. You embrace the hardcore running life, and your legs do their best to keep up with your intensity. Give your muscles and joints added support through various compression options, from zonal compression to graduated compression. Many high performance tights also help speed up your recovery, so you can bounce back quicker. Let’s pause a moment and be thankful that when you’re done with your run, you don’t wake up in a field naked.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Best value options.

Spidey’s Selection: Asics Men’s PR Tight (MSRP: $36)

Asics Men's PR TightScraping by on an up-and-coming freelance photographer budget? Saving up to move out of your aunt and uncle’s place? Plans to buy your sweetheart a modest engagement ring? It’s true that money can’t buy virtue, and for some, every penny saved has a purpose. After evaluating your needs, you should probably settle for the basic tights without the bells and whistles. Low-cost doesn’t mean low-quality, however – it’s just low financial commitment. As you sling webs run around the city, you’ll feel great about your run, and great about the money you saved for the next big purchase.

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Buying Guide 2014: Choosing Women’s Tights

November 3rd, 2014

It’s kind of like dating. Tights, like prospective dates, have personalities of their own, and getting to know what kind of traits you are looking for in your next pair of tights will help you before you purchase. It’s a crazy world out there, and there are a lot of options to look at, so let me break it down for you. Here are six types of tights that you will come across in your quest for this fine piece of leg apparel.

The Everyday

A Great Match: Nike Women’s Tech Tight (MSRP: $75)

Nike Tech TightI’m there for you on your daily run. I’m there for you when there is a little nip in the air and your shorts just won’t cut it. I provide you with that coverage you need, and in my simplicity I hug your curves for a comforting fit and additional warmth. I know that some tights have let you down in the past… they chafed your skin, they wore out quickly, and they left you feeling unprotected and unsure of your running future. But now I’m here. I’m loyal, I’ll stand the test of time, and you know that you can always turn to me for your day-to-day needs.

The Warmer

A Great Match: Sugoi Women’s SubZero Zap Tight (MSRP: $100)

Sugoi Women's SubZero Zap Tight

Baby, it’s cold outside. Cold enough to keep you indoors. Frosty enough to make you deny yourself your daily run. It’s not that you don’t want to run… I know you’re not lazy! Let’s be honest, if I wasn’t here to keep your legs warm, you probably wouldn’t even make it out of your comfy PJ’s. Don’t even get me started about running in sweatpants to keep warm… I shudder at the thought. I am so much better than those! Not only can I keep your legs warm, but my moisture-wicking fabrics will ensure that your skin stays dry and cool as your perspiration increases. My thermal properties will provide the toasty insulation so that your legs remain at a comfortable temperature throughout the entire run. No one loves to keep your legs warm more than I do.

The Supporter

A Great Match: CW-X Women’s Revolution Tights (MSRP: $200)

CW-X Women’s Revolution TightsWhere other tights fall short, I’m here to support you. I love going on long runs, trail runs, you name it. I would follow you to the ends of the earth. Graduated compression, zoned compression, targeted support… tights like me have a lot to offer. I’m complicated, but so are you. You need me. Muscle fatigue is a real thing, and you’ve experienced enough of that for a lifetime. You’re doing all that work, killin’ it out on the trail, and all I want is to help your strong legs stay strong. As soon as you try me on, you’ll instantly feel the difference, and you’ll realize what you’ve been missing. Simple tights are for simple runners, and you are no simple runner.

The Looker

A Great Match: Sugoi Women’s Linear MidZero Tight ($80)

Sugoi Women’s Linear MidZero TightYou stand out. You like being looked at. I’m not calling you vain… okay maybe just a little. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be the life of the party, but you’ve gotta look the part, and I can help you with that. Why would you wear boring tights? Every workout is an opportunity to make a fashion statement. Here’s the part where form meets function, and form wins. Let me provide you with pretty patterns, bright colors, bold shapes, and cute cuts, suitable for your run downtown… for exercise, or for your coffee date. My flattering, fashionable form can be as versatile as you want me to be, baby. I like the way you work it. (No diggity.)

The Shorty

A Great Match: Pearl Izumi Women’s Flash 3/4 Tight (MSRP: $60)

Pearl Izumi Women's Flash 3/4 TightYou tend to run hot, and full-length tights are just too much. Or perhaps it’s just that awkward season between warm weather and cold and you can’t justify the coverage that long tights provide. Here I am: the cropped, the capri, the short tight. I don’t like to brag, but I’ve been called “cute” before, it’s true. And yes, everyone does ask me that… “Crop It Like It’s Hot” is a song about me. I try not to brag though. I give you extra breathability, and I won’t smother you. I love showing some skin, but I want you to know that I still provide the chafe-free experience you are looking for, but I’m more versatile. When it comes to long tights, they give you too much coverage… they can be clingy, I’ve heard the stories. I give you what you need, and no more, I’m not pushy!

The Bright

A Great Match: Saucony Women’s Omni LX Tight (MSRP: $70)

Saucony Women's Omni LX TightYou’re an early riser. A night owl. Or maybe you’re just keenly aware of the dangers you face while you’re out on the busy streets. It’s a crazy world out there, and my primary concern is keeping you safe while you do what you do. I can help you be more visible to drivers while you’re out running in dark conditions. Reflective seams, logos, panels, glow-in-the-dark features, and brightly colored materials are all trademarks that I possess, and I promise I look just as good during the day as I do at night. You can wear me anytime and not have to worry. Other tights pale in comparison to my bright qualities, and you’re bright (pun intended)… you deserve a tight like me with some real street smarts.

The Penny Pincher

A Great Match: Asics PR Tight (MSRP $36)

Asics Women's PR TightsIt’s not all about money, and you’re a down-to-earth girl, so you get me! I’m frugal, I’m simple, I’m all you need. Don’t invest heavily in a tight that is looking for long-term commitment.. if you’re not sure you’re ready for advanced features, let’s just start simple and see where this takes us!  Some might call me “basic”, but there is nothing basic about the way I make you feel.

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