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Today in Running History: Women’s 200-Meter World Record

September 29th, 2012

Florence Griffith Joyner sets world record and takes gold in South Korea (Photo Credit: Associated Press)

September 29, 1988: Florence Griffith Joyner – better known as “Flo-Jo” – sets the Women’s 200-meter world record at the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. She posted a time of 21.34 (+1.3 m/s), which no other female athlete has bested since. In addition to her mind-blowing performance in the 200-meter, Flo-Jo posted a Women’s world record time of 10.49 seconds in the 100-meter during the Olympic trials of the same year.

Of course, Flo-Jo’s insane speed and rock star-like style made her an international icon of athleticism, long after she ended her professional track and field career following the 1988 Olympics. Before her star performance on the world stage at the ‘88 Games, Flo-Jo was a standout sprinter first at Jordan High School in Los Angeles and then as a Bruin at UCLA. She passed away in her sleep from an epileptic seizure in 1998, but her world records live on.

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New Balance 1080 v3 Sneak Peek

September 28th, 2012

New Balance 1080 v3 Men's Running Shoe

New Balance gave their premium neutral trainer some serious style in its current version, and they’re pushing the design envelope further with the 1080 v3. Beyond a fresh look for the upper and midsole, changes are few – which is fine by us, considering how smooth and responsive the current model is on the road.

What to Watch For

New Balance 1080 v3 Women's Shoe

  • Lighter Weight: According to published weights from New Balance, the 1080 v3 drops a few tenths of an ounce compared to the current model, with Men’s size 9 at 10.2 oz and Women’s size 8 at 8.0 oz.
  • Premium Cushioning: The 1080 v3 continues to use N2 cushioning technology, which enables a lower offset (here, 8mm) without sacrificing a pillowy feel.
  • New Crash Pad: The 1080 v3 uses ABZORB foam in the crash pad for added cushioning.

Launch Date
January 2013

MSRP
$135.00

Men’s Color
White/Blue 1080 v3

Women’s Color
Pink/Lime 1080 v3

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You Need a Run Vest

September 28th, 2012

Look in the typical runner’s closet and you’re not likely to find a running vest. That’s too bad. Any runner who’s been out in chilly weather can tell you the benefits of a half zip or jacket, but many people just aren’t sure what to do with a run vest.

Running Warehouse has a large selection of Men’s running vests and Women’s running vests, and we’re big believers in the value of this apparel piece.

We know what you’re thinking: “If it’s cold and rainy, why would I want my arms exposed?” Certainly, a vest isn’t going to keep your extremities roasty toasty or dry when out in the elements. That’s just the nature of the design. But vests do offer five big benefits:

  1. Protect your core body temperature. Many runners find that even in colder weather, they feel comfortable as long as their core is protected. A run vest fits the bill perfectly.
  2. Provide warmth with full range of motion. This is where the lack of sleeves really comes in handy. You can move your arms freely and twist and turn without restriction.
  3. Block wind without causing overheating. Remember the wind and water-resistant jackets of yore that trapped sweat like nobody’s business? The technology has advanced in recent years, but many wind-resistant jackets still can’t provide the inherent breathability of a wind-blocking vest.
  4. Keep you dry. Some vests such as the Nike Men’s Shield Winter Vest (shown above) and Nike Women’s Shield Vest feature water-resistant fabrics or finishes. For the ultimate in wind and waterproof fabric, along with 360 reflectivity, check out the Pearl Izumi Men’s Fly Evo Vest.
  5. Help you be seen. Several running vests are made with high-visibility, brightly colored fabric that helps you get noticed and stay safe on the road. These vests include the Brooks Men’s Nightlife Essential Run Vest II, the Brooks Women’s Nightlife Essential Run Vest II (shown above) and the Saucony Men’s ViZiPRO NMD Vest.

Do you ever run in a vest? What features do you look for in a running vest?

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Find Your Strong: Saucony Kinvara NMD Jacket and Shoes Giveaway!

September 26th, 2012

Saucony’s ‘Find Your Strong’ Project calls on runners to tap into their strength, share it with others, and grow through the process. That’s a message Running Warehouse can get behind. We want to hear your story, and we’ve got some great Saucony gear to give out too.

In your life, who or what has helped you ‘Find Your Strong,’ and how? Tell us below for a chance to win both:

This contest is closed. Congratulations to our contest winners, Angie and Donald! Angie: You inspired us with your moving story about your husband and children. Donald: Seeing that example in your father and then passing on that same strong example to your children is so powerful. You’ve both helped the crew here at RW to find our strong. Thank you and enjoy your new gear!

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Saucony Mirage 3 Sneak Peek

September 26th, 2012

Saucony Mirage 3 Women's Running Shoe

So you want to run in a more stripped down shoe, but you need a bit of pronation support. Saucony has you covered in the Mirage series, launching its 3rd version in 2013. The 4mm heel-to-toe offset remains, but the package gets a top-to-bottom redesign focused on decreasing weight and adding flexibility. The Mirage 3 joins the Saucony Natural Series, which includes the award-winning Kinvara 3 and upcoming zero-drop Virrata.

Launch Date
February 2013

MSRP
$110.00

What to Watch For

  • Lighter Weight: Both Men’s and Women’s versions are expected to come in about an ounce lighter than the Mirage 2. Published weights from Saucony are 8.7 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 7.5 oz for a Women’s size 8.
  • FlexFilm Upper: The redesigned upper get the FlexFilm overlays first introduced in the Kinvara.
  • New Platform: The Mirage 3 now has a beveled heel like the Kinvara to encourage a midfoot strike pattern, and an added flex groove in the forefoot along with deeper flex grooves overall for improved responsiveness.

Men’s Colors
Grey/Red/Citron Saucony Mirage 3
White/Blue/Orange Saucony Mirage 3

Women’s Colors
Green/Pink Saucony Mirage 3
Pink/Citron Saucony Mirage 3

Saucony Mirage 3 Men's Running Shoe

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Today in Running History Two-Fer

September 25th, 2012

Today is no average Tuesday. September 25 marks the anniversary of not one but two notable events in running history:

September 25, 2011: Patrick Makau of Manyanzwani in the Eastern Province of Kenya sets a new Men’s Marathon world record at the BMW Berlin Marathon. His time of 2:03:38 smashes the previous record of 2:03:59 held by Haile Gebrselassie. The BMW Berlin Marathon has a reputation for producing world records, due to the flat and even nature of the course. The race is also typically held in late September (this year it will be on the 30th), when temperatures are mild.

September 25, 1981: The now-classic film “Chariots of Fire” is released in theaters. How many of you are humming the theme song in your head right now? The film recounts the true story of two track athletes – Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddel – competing in the 400-meter race in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, France. Abrahams is a Jewish man who runs to fight anti-Semitism, Liddel is a Scottish missionary who says that he runs for God. Both men must battle through challenges in the quest for the win.

How will you make your own running history today?

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Plantar Fasciitis 101

September 24th, 2012

Many runners have experienced the pain of plantar fasciitis. The condition, characterized by sharp pain or tenderness in the arch or heel of the foot, is typically most severe when standing first thing in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a strip of connective tissue running from the heel to the metatarsal heads at the base of the toes. This tissue plays a large role in shock absorption and support for the foot during the gait cycle. Plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of the plantar fascia, occurs when microscopic tears accumulate in this connective tissue due to excess stress and strain.

How Does Plantar Fasciitis Develop?

Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury caused by repetitive stress on the plantar fascia. Increasing the mileage or the intensity of your training too quickly, or logging a lot of miles on very hard surfaces, can lead to injury. Some sources suggest that shoes with too little cushioning or structure may also cause increased stress on the plantar fascia. Others feel that cushioned support shoes actually can contribute to plantar fasciitis developing, arguing that overall foot strength is negatively impacted by this type of shoe.

How Can You Treat It?

Most often, rest of the plantar fascia will be recommended. If you can’t avoid activities that may strain the plantar fascia, then make sure your footwear provides adequate arch support. Structured replacement insoles or custom orthotics can add support to the shoes you already have in order to keep the arch from becoming strained.

Icing, stretching and massaging the affected area with a ball or roller can help ease discomfort. Try the FootWheel, Pro-Tec Plantar Fasciitis Massage Balls or the Trigger Point Massage Ball.

Wearing the Pro-Tec Night Splint or the Strassburg Sock while sleeping can help reduce the onset pain of plantar fasciitis pain in the morning. These products keep the foot in a flexed position, stretching the plantar fascia and preventing its contraction.

Prevention: The Best Treatment

  • Wear shoes with sufficient cushioning and arch support to decrease the stress applied to the plantar fascia.
  • Limit your mileage on hard surfaces such as asphalt or concrete to reduce impact on your heel and plantar fascia. Try to stick to the trail or track for lower impact mileage.
  • Keep your training constant. If you’re increasing your mileage, try to stay within a 10% increase from one week to the next.
  • Stretch and strengthen the plantar fascia, Achilles tendon and calf using a massage ball or roller.

Have you had plantar fasciitis before? What type of treatment worked best for you?

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Asics Gel Noosa Tri 8 Sneak Peek

September 24th, 2012

Asics Gel Noosa Tri 8 Men's Running Shoe

A full redesign of the Noosa Tri is on tap for December, but don’t expect big changes from the core “party on your foot” design spec. The Noosa’s psychedelic confetti look remains intact, and the shoe drops some weight for improved responsiveness. Plus, if you were sorely missing the kangaroos from the Tri 6, they make a pretty snazzy comeback in this update (take a close look at the triangle by the midfoot).

What to Watch For

Asics Gel Noosa Tri 8 Women's Running Shoe

  • Reduced Weight: Asics lists weights of 9.7 oz (Men’s size 9) and 8.1 oz (Women’s size 8), down from their published weights of 10.6 oz and 8.5 oz in the current model.
  • New Support System: Dynamic DuoMax, being added to many of Asics’ most popular models, makes its first appearance on the Noosa Tri for a smoother, yet still supportive ride.
  • Reduced Overlays: Fewer stitched-on elements in the upper reduces weight, and the open mesh in the forefoot continues to offer plenty of water drainage.

Launch Date
December 2012

MSRP
$130.00

Men’s Colors
Black/Confetti Noosa 8
Yellow/Orange/Multi Noosa 8
Blue/Yellow/Punch Noosa 8
Storm/Lightning/Black Noosa 8

Women’s Colors
Black/Confetti Noosa 8
Yellow/Pink/Multi Noosa 8
Violet/Purple/Multi Noosa 8
Storm/Lightning/Mint Noosa 8

Women's Gel Noosa Tri 8 Yellow/Pink/Multi

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Race of the Month: The Naked Foot 5K

September 21st, 2012

OK, you got our attention with the word “naked” in the title. We fell for your tricks, race organizers. Turns out, the only thing that’s naked in this race (at least legally) is the bare feet of the runners who choose to go shoeless for a worthy cause.

This race, now in its second full year, encourages participants to bring a pair of gently used shoes and donate them to Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity that delivers shoes to people in need around the world. As the name suggests, it’s a 5K, covering a cross-country style course. Participants are free to choose whether to run barefoot or not.

You can learn more about The Naked Foot 5K at their site (http://thenakedfoot5k.com) or on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheNF5K). The footwear-optional race made a stop in Nashville last weekend, and it heads to Seattle on September 30. If you need a little more advance warning to make it to this race, sign up for the race stops in Austin on October 6 or Santa Barbara on October 27.

You also have an opportunity to learn more about improved running form, barefoot running, running nutrition, and other aspects of the sport at the mini-expos held at the Seattle and Austin events. Runnin’, learnin’, supportin’ charity – is it possible to have more fun than this while naked?

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New Balance MT10 v2 / WT10 v2 Sneak Peek

September 21st, 2012

New Balance WT10v2 Women's Running Shoe

The MT10 and WT10 were the original members of New Balance’s Minimus line, introduced in early 2011. This shoe paved the way for the expansion of the Minimus lineup, though the MT10/WT10 has remained unchanged until the release of this second version of the low profile trail shoe.

Not much has changed in this update of the longest standing Minimus offering, so fans of the original MT10/WT10 need not worry. Expect slight changes to improve trail performance and reduce weight.

What to Watch For

  • More Outsole Lugs: The addition of lugs to the medial side of the outsole increases traction on a variety of surfaces.
  • Increased Comfort: A foam layer built into the upper provides a relaxed fit, while a wrapped heel collar is designed to reduce irritation around the Achilles.
  • Lower Weight: New Balance claims a weight of 6.2 oz (Men’s size 9) and 4.9 oz (Women’s size 7), a drop of about an ounce for both.
  • Cool Colors: With bright new colorways usually reserved for road shoes, the MT10 v2 / WT10 v2 will certainly stand out on the trail.

Launch Date
March 2013

MSRP
$110.00

Men’s Color
Blue/Yellow MT10 v2

Women’s Color
Blue/Pink WT10 v2

New Balance MT10v2 Men's Running Shoe

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