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Introducing Soleus GPS Fit 1.0

November 19th, 2012


Soleus GPS FIT 1.0 Features

If you’re a Soleus fan like a lot of the staff here at Running Warehouse, you’ve got a new model worth checking out. The Soleus GPS Fit 1.0 is the update to the GPS 1.0. It’s being offered in fast colors this season, and is also sporting a much cleaner user interface.

The GPS Fit 1.0 is a streamlined, customizable GPS watch priced under $100.00. The watch has changed to a four-button set up, without losing any of the functionality of the original model. Soleus has added the ability to customize the screen display on this watch, so that you only see the features you want to see. The de-cluttered screen can help you focus on the info you need to maximize your workout.

We like the design of this watch, especially the ventilated band. You won’t find anything too fancy here, but that’s just the point – this is the watch for you if you want a no muss, no fuss way of recording your distance, speed and pace on a run using GPS technology. We think the Fit 1.0 will be a solid training partner for many runners.

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High-Tech Tights for Men

November 16th, 2012

Hey, Northern Hemisphere runners, notice that it’s getting colder? Your favorite split shorts just aren’t going to cut it anymore. It’s time to call in the heavy artillery of lower-body running clothing: Tights.

We’ve put together a list of five tights to keep you running warm this winter. Don’t worry – these aren’t the tights your girlfriend wears to yoga class. These high-tech running tights provide the best protection from winter that science currently offers.

2XU Sub Zero Run Tight

The name of the 2XU Sub Zero Run Tight pretty much speaks for itself. In case you don’t get it, these tights were made for sub zero (a.k.a. freezing) conditions. You know the scene in the movie Titanic where everyone is cold and frozen while sitting in lifeboats/lying on floating doors waiting to be rescued? You won’t feel like those people while running in these tights, thanks to a brushed interior and a front wind-proof panel.

New Balance NBx WindBlocker Tight

Ever notice how wind can have a funny way of taking a mildly cold day and making it feel downright frigid? Probably not, because you’re too busy rocking the New Balance NBx WindBlocker Tight. Thermal fleece lining throughout and front wind blocking panels will keep you running even when the cold and heavy winds try to say no. And who wouldn’t like the stretch mesh panels on the back to keep you super mobile?

Pearl Izumi Ultra Windblocking Tight

This winter, don’t let the cold hold you down. It’s time to make a stand against the oppression of low air temps and run a free man! The Pearl Izumi Ultra Windblocking Tight is the perfect weapon to rebel against winter conditions, with warm thermal lining and wind-resistant paneling. Waterproofing treatment on the lower legs guards from puddle splashing, and side holster pockets provide quick and easy access to your pistols energy gels.

Sugoi SubZero Zap Tight

Look outside. See that? That’s snow on the ground. Good thing you’ve got the Sugoi SubZero Zap Tight for this run you’re about to go on. This tight features a thick, thermal inner lining to protect you from the biting cold, and with a weather-resistant DWR coating, you won’t have to worry about kicking up snow all over your legs. Don’t waste your time sitting by the fireplace – you’ve got a run to tackle.

Salomon EXO III Tight

Think we can put together a blog post on high tech running apparel without mentioning Salomon? Puh-lease. Salomon is the frontrunner in futuristic, ultra-functional apparel for the serious athlete. The Salomon EXO III Tight does more than just keep you warm in cold conditions; EXO Sensifit Agility technology provides muscle and postural support to keep you upright and running, long after fatigue arrived thinking it could slow you down.

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Asics Kayano 19 Tester Diary

November 16th, 2012

Heading out for a run in the Kayano 19.

First Impressions
This has to be one of the best looking Kayano’s yet, especially in the Black/Red/Lime color of my test pair. It’s just a very sleek and streamlined looking shoe. Asics needs to patent their step in feel – it’s amazing how consistent the company can be with providing a very comfortable fit right out of the box.

From the couple strides I’ve done around the office, I’m not feeling the extremely cushioned feel I remember from the Kayano 15 and 16. I stopped running in Kayano’s a few years ago because I figured out I didn’t need that level of support and I’ve been happier in designs that are a little less plush.

First Run
Well, as expected this is a more responsive and less pillowy feeling Kayano. Certainly not going to be mistaken for a Gel Lyte33 or Kinvara or anything like that, but the extra squishy ride I’ve experienced on prior versions just isn’t there.

To me, the update is a good thing. There’s still a considerable amount of cushioning, providing more than enough shock absorption for a 160 pound runner like me, but the shoe just feels more focused and runnable.

As I said, I don’t need the amount of support the Kayano provides, but the Dynamic Duomax support system never gets in the way. The only penalty I guess would be the added weight, though this doesn’t feel like a heavy shoe.

This first run was a 6 miler over lunch, easy 8 minute pace.

Second Run
Kinda doggin’ it on this second outing in the Kayano 19. Not sure if it’s the time change or what, but just went out for 5 miles after work (arrg, the dark!) and I couldn’t get in a groove. I was definitely heel striking more than usual. That was due to several factors: one, being tired, two, it feels totally fine to heelstrike in this shoe, three, the shoe actually encourages your foot to land that way.

Disappointing 8:30 pace. That wasn’t really a shoe problem, more of a me problem. Though I’ve been in other shoes that give me a little more pep in my step when I’m not quite feeling in the groove. Still, I don’t want to be that guy who’s always blaming the equipment.

Many more runs to go before we shoot a video on these in mid December. Looking forward to seeing more strengths and weaknesses of the shoe as I tick off the miles.

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Flattering, High-Feature Tights

November 15th, 2012

Brooks Utopia Thermal Tight, Pearl Izumi Ultra Tight, The North Face Winter Warm Tight, and Nike Element Thermal Tight

When you’re shopping for running tights, chances are that the first thing on your mind is finding a tight that will handle the temperatures you need it to and offer the mobility, breathability, storage and other key features you want.

But right there in the back of your mind, of course, is that little angel/devil who wants to make sure you look good in whatever you choose. Nevermind that many of the miles you spend in these tights will be in dark, rainy, and let’s face it – unfashionable – conditions. The bottom line is you still need to look good!

If knowing you look like a million helps you charge the road or trail like the rock star you are, check out a few of the running tights we carry that bring on the tech without even a whiff of frump:

Simply Sexy

Brooks Utopia Thermal Tight – Warmth without weight and bulk means you can run fast and look good doing it. The tech here is all in the Vapor Dry fabric, a polyester/Spandex blend that’s on the lighter side for the heat retention it provides. The high waistline creates a pleasing shape, and several of us in the office here really appreciated the flattering cut of the panels.

High Feature Haute Couture

Pearl Izumi Ultra Tight – You’ll feel like a sexy action hero (think Lara Croft) in these high-tech tights. Why? For starters, you can store gels or other items in the trick “holster” pockets on the rear hips. Plus, waterproof calf and ankle panels and a gusseted crotch for increased range of motion mean you’ll be able to outrun the baddies no matter the terrain or conditions.

Stone Cold Fox

The North Face Winter Warm Tight - This tight is your friend if you want to look hot when the weather is anything but. A protective layer for your coldest runs, the Winter Warm Tight has thick fabric and a fully brushed interior, but it manages to avoid looking bulky. In fact, the thicker fabric on this tight actually does a nice job of shaping us in all the right places.

The Elements of Style

Nike Element Thermal Tight – It’s hard to look much more sleek and speedy than you will in this tight. The water-resistant lower leg also helps you look smart, not soaked, when you trudge your way through rain, slush and snow. This tight is available in lengths so you can get a more custom fit.

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NCAA Cross Country Nationals: What to Look For

November 13th, 2012

Photo credits (from left):pac-12.com; flickriver.com; Texastech.com; TrackTownPhoto.com; Runnersworld.com; Madison.com

Women’s Race

If excitement is what you want to see in a cross-country race, the women’s race is one you will want to keep your eye on. Both the individual and team races are promising to be close all the way to the finish.

Individual Race

After a dominant performance in last weekend’s west regionals, Jordan Hasay (a local favorite here in SLO) seems to be back in top form.  Hasay has improved every race after a shaky start and we hope this trend can continue into the weekend.

Still, one slip can change the outcome of the individual race and there are a handful of seasoned veterans and rising stars that could take the title. Laura Hollander, a true freshman running for Cal Poly, has a very no-nonsense racing style. She takes the pace out hard and forces other runners to run her race. Because of this tactic, Hollander has become a freshman phenom and is expected to place high at nationals with an outside chance of taking it all.

However, Jordan Hasay knows how to race in all conditions and last weekend Hasay delivered Hollander’s first loss of the year at western regionals.  Another runner expected to be in the mix will be Betsy Saina of Iowa state. After placing 2nd behind Hollander at Wisconsin, you can bet she won’t let her out of her sights this time around. Read more…

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Warming Winter Soup

November 12th, 2012

Yes, we know it’s still fall, according the calendar at least. But we got our first blast of cold temps over the weekend, which made us start to crave warm, hearty comfort foods after a brisk run in the cold. You can go the full-fat route if you want to indulge, or if you don’t mind tacking on some blubber, but we want to have our soup and eat it too (so to speak). To satisfy our taste for good grub and our need for performance, we whipped up one hearty and simple winter soup that has a more runner-friendly ingredient list.

Chipotle Chicken Soup

What you’ll need:

  • Six-quart stock pot
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Mixing spoon

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chicken, cut into 1” cubes (we cheated and used a pre-made rotisserie chicken, but you can grill or sauté raw chicken for your soup)
  • 1.5 quarts chicken stock
  • ½ can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ can sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 2 small fire-roasted tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • Cilantro, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Pour chicken stock into stock pot over medium heat.
  2. Remove 3-5 chipotle peppers with adobo (depending on how much heat you like) from can and crush, add to stock.
  3. Cube chicken and add to stock.
  4. Add black beans, pinto beans and corn to stock.
  5. Slice avocados and set aside.
  6. Dice tomatoes and add to stock.
  7. Chop cilantro for garnish.
  8. Simmer soup for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  9. Serve hot and top with a few avocado slices, a dollop of Greek yogurt and cilantro.
  10. Enjoy!

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Running Warehouse Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales

November 12th, 2012

We know we have more than a few “competitive shoppers” as customers. We’re talking about you if you plan weeks ahead of time to find the best deals and specials after Thanksgiving for your running needs.

If you’re strategizing now to take full advantage of sales happening at the end of the month, we want to give you a little insight into what to expect from Running Warehouse on these key holiday shopping days.

2 Days to Save
We’ll have sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Expect the Black Friday sale to be fairly limited, focused on select items. Even though we aren’t planning a huge Black Friday sale, we think it’s still worth stopping by our site to see the specials.

Cyber Monday is when the big deals are planned. Exactly what’s in the works? You’ll have to wait until the big day to find out, but we expect a lot of customers to be pretty jazzed about the deals they find.

Be the First to Know
Make sure you’re the first to learn about all our sales by signing up for our email list at the bottom left of our homepage. Also, Like us on Facebook and click on “Get Notifications” under the Like button on our page to make sure you see all our posts on sales and specials.

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10 Tips for Rain Running

November 11th, 2012

1. Be aware of motorists.

When it rains, most people will focus more on the weather than on people around them. If you’re running, consider it your job to make sure you’re safe on the roads.

2. Dress for the conditions – and not more.

When it’s blustery outside it can be tempting to pile on cozy layers, but remember that once you start moving, your body is going to heat up. If it’s raining but warm, a waterproof shell can create a swampy microclimate around your body. Wear only what you need for the conditions.

3. Wear a waterproof hat with a bill.

A waterproof running hat like the Asics Storm Shelter Cap or The North Face Stormy Trail Hat can help you see the road ahead clearly when you’re running through a downpour.

4. Watch out for painted lines and manhole covers on the roads.

Certain materials become super slippery when they get wet. Make sure you’re aware of the terrain you’re on, and watch out for things like painted lines on asphalt, manhole covers and storm grates.

5. Know when to turn back.

Like most of you, we enjoy a good rain run. But it’s important to stay alert to weather conditions, and to turn back when conditions change from adventurous to hazardous. If lightning, hail, high winds and torrential downpours are in the forecast, it might be good to stay inside, or at least not head too far from home.

6. Wear synthetic fabrics.

Cotton is comfy, yes. But when it gets wet, it gets heavy and clingy. Stick to a fabric that won’t stick to you, like polyester. It won’t hold as much water as cotton apparel or cause as much chafing.

7. Stuff your shoes post-run.

When you get home, stuff your shoes with a Shoe Dog or some rolled-up newspaper to help them dry out. This way they’ll be ready to run the next time you are, and they won’t develop a mildew-y funk.

8. In a pinch, a plastic garbage bag can serve as a makeshift waterproof poncho.

If you can’t find your favorite waterproof jacket, just grab a (clean) trash bag, cut holes for your head and arms, and slip it on over your running apparel.

9. Hit the trails.

Many trails hold up surprisingly well when it rains. A little light moisture can help keep dust down on trails, and running trails will give you a chance to avoid traffic. Even if it’s a little slick, just grab a seriously luggy shoe like the Salomon Speedcross 3 and go. All this said, if the trails by you are very muddy and slippery, you need to stay off them, both to minimize your risk of injury and protect the trails from degradation.

10. Realize that you’re going to get a little wet. Get over it, and have fun.

No matter how well you prepare, you’re going to get wet if you run in the rain. Embrace the adventure. Even if you’re hesitant as you’re heading out the door, you’ll feel invigorated by the time you finish your run.

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New Shoes Available at Running Warehouse

November 9th, 2012

The past month has been a busy one here at Running Warehouse, with many new footwear models arriving just in time for the impending madness that is the holiday season (and yes, we realize its only early November). For those of you spending more time running than constantly checking our inventory, here’s a brief overview of some of the more popular kicks that have recently appeared at our doorstep.

Asics Gel Kayano 19

Asics Gel Kayano 19 Men's Shoe

The latest Kayano treats fans to a lighter package, dropping half an ounce in both the Men’s and Women’s versions. It continues to provide plenty of overpronation support as well as plush cushioning for runners looking for a premium ride.
(Shop Men’s Kayano 19 and Women’s Kayano 19)

Read more…

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Overcoming Shin Splints

November 8th, 2012

Chances are high that you’ve either had shin splints sometime during your running career or know someone who has. “Shin splints” is an umbrella term for several different ailments affecting the lower leg, including tibial stress fractures and compartment syndrome. In this post, we’re focusing on the most common form of shin pain, medial tibial stress syndrome (or MTSS).

What Is MTSS?
An inflammation of the tendons along the shin, MTSS results in pain along the medial side of the lower leg. The pain is most severe in the morning after waking up, or during the beginning of a run. Pressing around the affected area will also result in increased pain.

How’d I Get It?
A number of factors can lead to the onset of MTSS. Many beginners get shin splints due to the lack of muscular acclimation to the stress of repeated impact on hard surfaces. Advanced runners who increase mileage or intensity too quickly are also at risk. Excessive overpronation can contribute to the development of shin splints, as can tight and inflexible lower leg muscles.

Should I Stop Running?
Generally, it is best to stop running or to decrease mileage while experiencing MTSS. If you do continue running, do so with caution – avoid hills and harder surfaces if possible. Using a shin splint-specific compression sleeve such as the Cho-Pat Shin Splint Compression Sleeve will support the inflamed tendons and may provide relief from pain.

For advanced runners experiencing mild shin pain during the beginning of a season, running limited mileage may help the body to acclimate to the stresses of increased training, though if the problem is persistent it is best to allow the injury to heal.

How Can I Treat It?
For an at-home remedy, you can begin by icing the affected area for 10-15 minutes several times a day. To make icing a bit easier and get the added benefit of compression, you may want a product such as the Runner’s Remedy Cold Compression Shin Wrap or the 110% Double-Life Shin/Calf Sleeves.

MTSS also can be treated by stretching the muscles of the lower leg to keep them loose and flexible. Massage can help as well. You can roll out the muscles of the lower legs with products such as the Trigger Point Performance Foot and Lower Leg Kit.

There are a few exercises you can do to strengthen muscles around the shin. From a sitting position, try tracing the alphabet with your big toe. If you have access to resistance bands, loop one end around a stationary object and the other around your foot, then while sitting, repeatedly dorsiflex your foot against the resistance of the band.

How Can I Prevent It From Happening Again?

  • Keep your training consistent. Avoid sudden spikes in mileage or intensity. If increasing mileage, do so by no more than 10% per week.
  • Keep the muscles of the lower leg loose and limber by incorporating regular stretching or massaging routines.
  • If you overpronate, wear a support or motion control shoe that will supply an adequate amount of stability. Replace shoes as they wear out.
  • Get your gait analyzed. You may be overpronating without realizing it. Running Warehouse offers a free gait analysis service – just send us a video of you running on a treadmill to info@runningwarehouse.com.
  • Avoid overstriding, which places additional strain on the lower leg and increases the likelihood of injury.

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