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‘Bootyful’ Short Shorts for Fearless Femmes

June 29th, 2012


We’re stoked on the longer days, warmer weather, and all kinds of trails, paths and races summer 2012 has to offer. And really, what goes better with a long, hot run than a pair of short, hot shorts? We’ve got quite the collection of toasty little bun huggers for bold runners who are ready to train hard and take names. You can see all our current styles above, but here are a few of our favorite itty-bitties:

Nike Legend Slim Short

The extra-wide waistband on this short sits snugly against your body without digging in at all. Bright contrast color at the waist adds even more style to these already awesome shorts. With their performance-forward design, these shorts are a great pick for training and race day alike. Ergonomic flatlock seamlines prevent chafing and allow for full freedom of movement.

Saucony LX Mod

Simple, sleek and ready for performance, the Saucony LX Mod Tight Short has a flirty silhouette and great aesthetics. Contrast color design waistband and side ribbon ruching details make this short is a great option for runners who demand performance first, but don’t want to skimp on feminine details.

Moving Comfort 4″ Compression Short

Sleek fabric hugs your curves, and wide waistband offers a flattering silhouette. A slightly longer inseam makes this piece a good option for women who want the extreme freedom of a boyshort, but don’t want to bare quite so much skin. This spring, Moving Comfort brought a pop of energy to these shorts with bright, fun colors.

Some of the ladies here at Running Warehouse live in these little numbers on the roads and trails…what about you? Do you dare to bare your gams in saucy short shorts, or do you opt for more coverage?

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New Balance RC5000 – Our Take

June 28th, 2012

New Balance RC5000 Men's and Women's Shoes

Our Tweet

An ultra-light racing flat, the New Balance RC5000 is the number to know for top athletes who want a touch of cushion for track training and races up to 10K.
(View Men’s MRC5000 and Women’s WRC5000)

Big Features

  • Lightweight Foam Midsole: The RC5000 uses RevLite, an innovative foam compound that provides lightweight, responsive cushioning.
  • Featherweight Upper: A skeletally engineered upper without overlays keeps the foot anchored in place while also flexing with the foot’s natural movement.
  • High Traction Outsole: Rubber grips are strategically placed to provide grip and added durability.

Track and Road Test

The RC5000 is a feather-light racing flat tipping the scales at just about 3 ounces in both Men’s and Women’s models. Testers found the shoe to deliver excellent performance in both track and road settings. The RC5000′s super light feel gives it plenty of get up and go, and it provides enough cushioning for harder surfaces without adding a weight penalty.

The upper of the RC5000 has a “barely-there” feel, and even though it’s on the narrower side, the materials are forgiving. Some testers did not like the thin laces, which can slip easily if they’re not double-knotted. Testers did like the clean look and the quality of materials used. They sized down a half size since the shoe runs a bit long.

The RC5000 is an extraordinarily light and responsive shoe. It’s a good choice for track workouts or road racing, particularly the 5k, and its form-fitting upper just helps you feel that much faster.

Runners Say

“The RC5000 is a racing shoe I get excited about. It’s snug yet supple with great traction, and it allows me to feel lightweight and aggressive on the road. Can’t beat the sweet colors too.” – Lindsay

“The New Balance RC5000 is a great choice to get the lightweight feel of racing spikes with a little added leg protection during early season long distance races.” – Daniel

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Nike Air Pegasus+ 29 – Our Take

June 28th, 2012

Our Tweet

The Nike Air Pegasus+ 29 cranks up the cushioning compared to prior versions, making it a top choice for runners who need shock absorption in a comfy package.
(View Men’s Air Pegasus+ 29 and Women’s Air Pegasus+ 29)

Big Updates

  • Engineered Mesh – Variably stitched upper provides lightweight structure and minimizes overlays.
  • Lateral Crash Cuts – Horizontal grooves in the heel of the midsole allow for easier compression and controlled motion.

Road Test

The latest Pegasus increases plushness compared to past models, offering a mountain of cushioning and a simple, structured upper for miles of comfort. If you enjoy a super-soft ride, you’ll feel right at home in the Pegasus.

The variable-stitch mesh in the upper minimizes overlays while providing support in key areas. We liked the Flywire fibers that tighten down the midfoot, and the lacing is easily adjustable. Testers also felt anchored in the heel, with a padded heel collar and supportive heel counter.

Even with all the cushioning, the Pegasus 29 is pretty light, both on the scale and on your foot. That lighter feel is helped along by a flexible midsole that produces a smooth transition.

Count on the Pegasus 29 for serious impact protection no matter how far your run takes you. The flexible midsole will keep you moving forward with ease, as the sleek upper hugs your foot right where you need it.

Runners Say

“I don’t remember the last time I was in a running shoe with this much cushioning. But the shoe works as a total package as well – comfortable, supportive upper and very good traction from the outsole rubber.” – Matt

“The Pegasus continues to be designed with the heel striker in mind. High-mileage comfort is what this shoe is all about.” – Alice

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Saucony Track and Field Sneak Peek

June 27th, 2012

Some pretty cool track and field spikes are on the way from Saucony for November 2012.

Showdown 2

This elite-level sprint spike is built for 100M-400M distances. The comination of a new FlexFilm upper and a Pro-Lock lace system makes this the strongest and lightest sprint spike Saucony has ever made. Weight: 5.9 oz (M) / 5.3 oz (W)
(View Men’s Showdown 2 and Women’s Showdown 2)

Soarin J

A multi-purpose jump shoe that features FlexFilm overlays, the Soarin J is built with supportive synthetics and a forefoot lockdown strap. A 3/4-length Pebax spike plate provides added rigidity for events including pole vault, long jump and triple jump. Weight: 7.8 oz (M)
(View Soarin J)

Uplift HJ

This high jump shoe has a lightweight upper featuring FlexFilm overlays and a multidirectional cross strap to lock the foot in place. A full-length plate and rubber outsole provide great propulsion and proper traction on a variety of surfaces. Weight: 9.9 oz (M)
(View Uplift HJ)

Unleash SD

This shot put, discus and hammer shoe is designed for a thrower, by a thrower. FlexFilm overlays, supportive synthetics and a robust cross strap combine with a high-density rubber outsole for a blend of traction and speed for the spin and glide techniques. Weight: 10.9 oz (M)
(View Unleash SD)

Lanzar Jav

A new shoe for the javelin thrower who needs great lockdown and support in a lightweight package, the Lanzar Jav features a 3/4 cut upper that provides proper support for the powerful motions of the event. The full rubber outsole with spike plate fits either spikes or cleats for track or grass surfaces. Weight: 10.2 oz (M)
(View Lanzar Jav)

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3 Benefits of Compression for Recovery

June 22nd, 2012

Break out some compression apparel like these Vitalsox compression socks for a quicker recovery.

You train hard and demand a lot of your muscles. Are you taking care of them afterward? Using compression gear can help decrease recovery time so that you’re ready for your next workout sooner. Check out some of the benefits of compression below.

1. Increased Blood Flow

Compression apparel for recovery puts consistent pressure on the muscles, which allows the arterial walls to relax. When the arterial walls relax, the diameter of the arteries increases, and more oxygen-rich blood is able to flow to the muscles. This increased oxygen flow speeds recovery time to get you ready for your next training session sooner.

2. Vein Support

The veins use a system of one-way valves to carry blood back to the heart to be re-oxygenated. When a runner is stationary for long periods of time, blood can begin to pool in the feet and ankles. Graduated compression (which is most compressive at the extremities and gradually becomes less compressive as it gets closer to the heart) helps move this blood back to the heart to be re-oxygenated.

3. Muscle Support

When muscles are engaged in activity like running, they vibrate as they absorb impact. Minimizing these vibrations during recovery can help the muscles to recover more quickly. Compression gear like graduated compression socks can help to minimize muscle vibrations during recovery so you’re ready to get back on the roads or trails with less muscle soreness.

See the Compression Apparel for Women and Compression Apparel for Men we carry at Running Warehouse to find the right products to help you recover and stay fresh.

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Adidas Adipure Collection Sneak Peek

June 21st, 2012


Looking for more options for lighter and lower running shoes? These three fresh models from Adidas will give you more choices for how low you want to go when it comes to a more minimal running experience.

All three shoes are built on the idea of providing less cushioning and a more streamlined fit than traditional running shoes. Heel-to-toe offsets have also been reduced on the lineup to encourage a more mid-to-forefoot footstrike.

The collection will be releasing in late August 2012.

The Models

Adidas Adipure Motion Women's Shoe

Adipure Motion
8mm Offset
Weight: 7.5 oz (M) / 6.3 oz (W)
The most traditional shoe in the Adipure range, the Motion is designed for heel strikers to take their first steps toward a midfoot strike pattern. The dual-layer midsole still provides a good amount of cushioning, and the mesh-sock upper provides a close, near-seamless fit that still gives plenty of room for your foot to flex. Additional structure in the upper is provided by the rubberized print overlay. The Men’s Blue/White Motion shown above at left and the Women’s Black/Purple Motion at right will be available at launch. MSRP $110.00

Adidas Adipure Gazelle Men's Shoe

Adipure Gazelle
6mm Offset
Weight: 6.0 oz (M) / 5.0 oz (W)
The intermediate shoe in the Adipure lineup, the Gazelle brings your foot a little more level with the ground. The upper construction is very similar to the Motion, with the mesh-sock upper, rubberized print, and minimal overlays. The platform provides some protection and a bit of cushion, with a ride that’s more on the firm side. Expect a very flexible and nimble experience. A Women’s Black/Purple Gazelle will be available at launch, in addition to the Men’s Red Gazelle shown at right and above. MSRP $100.00

Adidas Adipure Adapt Women's Shoe

Adipure Adapt
4mm Offset
Weight: 4.8 oz (M) / 4.0 oz (W)
A near-barefoot shoe with just 15mm of material underfoot in the heel and 11mm of material in the forefoot, the Adapt is just about as low as you can get and still have some protection from pebbles and debris. The laceless upper is easy to slip on thanks to the Velcro loops, and the mesh-sock upper keeps the shoe securely on your foot. The platform provides a good amount of protection for how little material it contains. Women’s Purple Adapt (right) and Men’s Blue Adapt (above) are available at launch. MSRP $90.00

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Refreshing Summer Foods

June 19th, 2012

It’s starting to heat up and if you’re anything like us, you still get just as excited about summer as you did when you were a kid (and it coincided with no school for two months). One of our favorite things about summer is the array of tantalizing refreshing dishes for pre- and post-run nom sessions.

We’d like to share one of our favorite fresh fixes with you: watermelon and feta Greek salad. Watermelon is packed with the vitamins A and C, antioxidants that may help protect your cells from free radical damage. This melon is also a great source of water. It has one of the highest water content/volume ratios of all fruit. This makes it a great post-workout snack or light meal, because it will help you re-hydrate. Take this recipe for a spin and let us know what you think.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup watermelon (1″ cubes)
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (1/2″ cubes)
  • 6 cups arugula or baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup red onion (very thinly sliced)
  • 3 tablespoons of your favorite extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of a rich balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a large Tupperware with a lid.
  • Place lid on Tupperware.
  • Gently toss to coat all ingredients with oil and vinegar.
  • Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Your turn! What are your favorite summertime eats for before or after a run?

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Running Sunglasses Guide

June 15th, 2012

Summer’s in full swing and if you’re rockin’ an old pair of shades for your runs, it’s probably time for an upgrade. Take a look at our top picks for running sunglasses.

Best Value

Tifosi Slip Sunglasses

Tifosi Slip
Sixty bucks doesn’t go all that far these days, but it still gets you a great pair of running sunglasses. The Slip offers core features many runners want: low weight, adjustable nosepiece and temples, high lens clarity and good lens ventilation. Count on the Slip to get the job done without breaking the bank. And for $30 more, upgrade to the Polarized version.

Smith Parallel
You: “How the heck can a $129.00 pair of sunglasses be a good value?” Us: “It’s all in the details. The Parallel offers an amazing fit that feels custom-made for the shape of your face. A special lens coating repels water, dirt and grease, and the lens offers top-notch scratch and impact resistance. And of course, the view is crystal clear and distortion free.”

Best for Changing Conditions

Tifosi Tyrant (Darkening Shown)

Tifosi Tyrant Polarized Fototec
How many times have you started out on a run with plenty of sunshine, only to find clouds rolling in by mile three? And how about those squinty days when it’s just a bit overcast? This model from Tifosi features a Fototec lens that adjusts to transmit between 9 to 29% of light based on the amount of UV light the lens is exposed to.

Smith Pivlock V90
Snap in the Ignitor Red interchangeable lens that comes with the Pivlock V90 for clearer vision on lightly overcast and hazy days when the sun’s rays are refracting all over the place. The open-top, rimless design offers maximum ventilation to prevent fogging as the temperature changes.

Read more…

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Saucony Fastwitch 6 Sneak Peek

June 14th, 2012

Saucony Fastwitch 6 Women's Running Shoe

The Fastwitch is a favorite race shoe for runners with a touch of overpronation. Those of you who like the light and fast feel of the current Fastwitch have reason to be excited – the midsole and outsole carry over unchanged, while the upper gets significantly lighter.

What to Watch For

  • New Upper: Like many of Saucony’s faster models, the Fastwitch now sports FlexFilm overlays on the upper, along with lightweight breathable mesh.
  • Lighter Weight: The changes to the upper are expected to drop an ounce from both the Men’s and Women’s Fastwitch, with weights at 6.9 oz (Men’s 9) and 6.2 oz (Women’s 8).

Launch Date
February 2013

MSRP
$90.00

Men’s Colors
Orange/Black/Citron Saucony Fastwitch 6
Slime/Blue/White Saucony Fastwitch 6

Women’s Colors
Blue/Orange/White Saucony Fastwitch 6
Purple/Slime Saucony Fastwitch 6

Saucony Fastwitch 6 Men's Running Shoe

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Merrell Spring 2013 Sneak Peek

June 13th, 2012

Merrell is expanding its running line next spring through a concept it calls “M Connect.” Its barefoot-inspired footwear now spans an even more minimal shoe than the company currently offers (the Vapor Glove) all the way up to a more rugged version of the road/trail hybrid Mix Master series (the Mix Master Tuff). Here’s the scoop, model by model:

Vapor Glove

Available in both Men’s and Women’s models, the Vapor Glove is Merrell’s most minimal running shoe, with just a 6mm stack height front and back. It doesn’t get more minimal than this, folks. You still get a Vibram rubber outsole, durable mesh upper and external TPU heel support. Launches February 2013 at $80.00 MSRP. Men’s Vapor Glove in Sulphur Springs (Green) and Women’s Vapor Glove in Pink shown below. The green sample color shown was not produced and we will be stocking the shoe in Orange instead.

Road Glove 2 & Road Glove Dash 2

The Road Glove 2 remains low and level, with just an 11mm stack height front and rear. With a fresh look from top to bottom, the Road Glove 2 (and Road Glove Dash 2 – the update to the Women’s Dash Glove) carries forward the Road Glove’s most popular features such as Vibram outsole and rearfoot sling while transitioning to a synthetic upper with minimal overlays. Launches February 2013 at $100.00 MSRP. Men’s Merrell Road Glove 2 in Black/Sulphur Springs and Women’s Merrell Road Glove Dash 2 in Yellow/Pink shown below.

Bare Access 2 & Bare Access Arc 2

A road-focused shoe, the Bare Access 2 adds a bit more material underfoot (15mm stack height front and back, compared to 13mm in the original version) and moves to an all-Vibram outsole, replacing the Vibram pods used on the first Bare Access. Overlays on the upper have been reduced as well. The Bare Access Arc 2, the Women’s model, also receives these updates. Launches November 2012 at $90.00 MSRP. Men’s Merrell Bare Access 2 in Sulphur Springs and Women’s Merrell Bare Access Arc 2 in Black/Silver shown below.

Mix Master 2 Waterproof

A waterproof version of the Men’s Mix Master 2 arrives in November 2012. The upper features a tightly-woven fabric treated with a waterproof membrane. We’ll carry the Black colorway of the Merrell Mix Master 2 Waterproof, which sports just a touch of Sulphur Green as well. MSRP is $120.00. We’ll circle back to post a photo here when it’s available.

Mix Master Tuff

Designed for the toughest conditions you’ll encounter on the trail, the Mix Master Tuff is a beefed up version of the Men’s Mix Master 2, with additional overlays and a gusseted tongue up top along with a shock absorption plate and more aggressive lug pattern for the platform. This trail beast arrives February 2013 at $120.00 MSRP. Men’s Mix Master Tuff in Black/Crimson shown below.

Mix Master Move Glide

Who says the Mix Master has to mix it up between road and trail? This road-specific model of the Mix Master Glide (the Women’s Mix Master) is tuned from heel to toe for top performance on tarmac. Look for a 4mm offset, highly breathable upper, and air cushioned heel. Merrell makes a Men’s version as well, but we’re not carrying it. The Merrell Mix Master Move Glide in Island Green arrives February 2013 at $95.00 MSRP. We’ll circle back to post a photo here when the shoe’s available.

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