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The Results Are In: Tera Rocked Red Rock

November 27th, 2013

Normally we’d hate to toot our own horn, but we totally called this one: Tera rocked Red Rock this past weekend. OK, we may be a little biased, but she absolutely killed it on this 50 mile race! We caught up with her post race and picked her brain on how she felt the race went.

Overall, how was the race?  Did you get “gritty”?
In one word, amazing! We had to say an oath at the beginning of a race stating, “If I get lost, hurt, or die, it’s my own damn fault,” so considering I didn’t get hurt, lost (just confused at times), and lived to run another day, I think I fared well. In all seriousness, I’m thrilled with a finishing time of 10:09, second by 6 minutes (a young lady passed me with gusto about 12 miles from the finish) and 6th overall. I’m absolutely thrilled with the results. I also met my goals by finishing before it got dark and gained some grittiness out there for sure!

What was the hardest/most challenging part of the race?
Two things: 1. Heading downhill for 6 1/2 miles to the turnaround at the halfway point and knowing we had to climb right back up. That section had very technical footing with boulder-like rocks and sand. It never seemed to end. 2. Heading back up took an hour and a half, and my quads started cramping. That’s when I began pounding the salt, which seemed to help.

What was the best part of the race?
Again two things. 1. Having to get our handcrafted Hawaiian finisher’s award at the top of Montecito Peak around mile 22. It was a short scramble that took a total of 10 minutes, but just killer on the legs and we almost had to put our hands to the ground. We had to wear the medal the rest of the race and present it to the finish line personnel in order to stop the clock. 2. When my buddy, Scott, who was also racing, literally stopped in his tracks as we passed by one another and put his hands on his hips to ask me if I was enjoying the course yet! I was laughing inside and thinking, what a goofball, but only managed a wry smile and grunt.

Do you feel like you were prepared? Were you happy with your training?
I was so lucky to have a couple friends prepare me mentally for the climbs and technical footing that the race brought and to get me out on some brutal training runs. I believe I did what I could with the time I had. Working full time with a family only allows for so much in this spot. I don’t have a “normal” social life.

What did you learn from this race?
Always remember that it’s more than a race. It’s an amazing adventure with some of the best company around that I am lucky to be apart of. And there are some truly amazing sights in the Santa Ynez Mountains surrounding Santa Barabara. I definitely want to go back there with my family and do some camping.

What’s up next on the schedule?
Rest, eat turkey, and enjoy Christmas with my family. Western States lottery on Dec. 7th will be the deciding factor of many races in 2014, but regardless of that outcome, I’m seriously looking at Sean O’Brien 50M on February 1st.

Allie Running Sport

Employee Picks for the Holiday Season

November 22nd, 2013

Posted by Allie, Friday November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving is next week, Hanukkah starts on Wednesday, and Christmas will be knocking on our doors really soon. Christmas songs are on repeat on my ipod and my shopping is done, so basically Christmas is tomorrow in my mind.  You might say I’m crazy, but I say, have fun with those crazy crowds, and I’ll enjoy my hot chocolate by the fireplace!

For those of you who aren’t as holiday-nuts as I am, waiting for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, we’ve put together some of our top picks for 2013.

Taro, our resident blogger, tweeter and video personality, went for a footwear-apparel combo pack.

Nike Tailwind SS V-Neck – Once reserved only for the fashion elite, v-necks deserve to be more prominent in running apparel. The neckline of this Nike Tailwind tee sits perfectly – deep enough to give you some Euro-flair, shallow enough to be accessible to those switching from the lesser crewneck. In addition, the poly-cotton blend might be confused for the fur of a pubescent otter (though of course no otters were harmed in the making of this fine piece of apparel). Intelligently positioned air holes grace the armpits to keep you as a cool as a Klondike bar, and a rear zipper pocket gives you a place to store the compliments awarded when wearing this shirt.

Salomon Snowcross CS – Full disclosure: I don’t live anywhere near the snow. I’ve never lived near the snow, and because of my fragile and sensitive body (it truly is a temple), I will go out of my way to avoid the white stuff. But the Salomon Snowcross CS could make me reconsider. Dude, just look at it! This thing is a weapon. With the underfoot spikes, you will laugh in the face of ice. Look at the hightop design! All the snow will try to get in your shoe but the built in gaiter will block every attempt. This shoe is ready to do battle with snowmobiles, avalanches, and Santa Claus himself.

Tera, our retail store manager, took a little more, ahem, realistic outlook on her gift choices for 2013.

Hoka Kailua Trail – I have so many ultra-running friends that use and absolutely love Hoka trail shoes. I have a road shoe right now, the Bondi 2, but really want to experience the reduced pounding and less leg fatigue on the trails. This one in particular has a reduced midsole height compared to the other Hoka’s so hopefully it won’t make me feel so vertically challenged on the trails.

Nathan VaporShape 2L Vest – I’m in desperate need of a new pack for trail outings. My current Nathan Intensity has seen better days. I’m interested in the VaporShape for the comfortable fit and reduced bouncing of the 4-point strap system. Also, it’s pretty cool that it has a front holster for a water bottle if you need one. The little electrolyte compartment on the chest strap is also a plus! I’d probably go for the white one since it has a really fresh look.

Erik is a footwear buyer here at the ‘House and like Tera, his wish list has a couple trail goodies on it.

Petzl NAO – When you are heading out for a long night run and you want to light up the trails, the Petzl NAO will light the way and then some. Long lasting and high powered, the NAO is fully customizable to meet your needs. Among the many cool features of this headlamp, the REACTIVE technology automatically adapts light output while you’re running, turning down the brightness when you are focusing up close and cranking it back up when you need to see distance. It’s more efficient and improves battery life.

UltrAspire Alpha 2013 – With 70oz of hydration in a rear bladder and a minimal design, the Alpha will keep you set on the trails for the adventure of your choice. This pack is designed to disappear – they’ve added a sweatproof webbing this year so that the pack doesn’t absorb moisture and get heavy. There are also larger holes in mesh to reduce pack weight and increase breathability. I’ve been really impressed by how good UltrAspire products were right out of the gate and how much thought they put into making them better and better with athlete input.

Juli, one of our Customer Service Representatives and Live Chat operators, has her eye on an apparel/electronic combo.

North Face Impulse Active 1/2 Zip Hoodie – This is the perfect piece for San Luis Obispo winters. Because it’s rarely below 45 degrees around here, all you really need for fall and winter is a great long sleeve. (Yeah, we know. It’s awesome). The material is thin and breathable, yet still warm enough that you won’t dread setting out on an early morning run. The 1/2 zip allows you to remain cool when the temperature rises, and the hood adds a bit more protection from the wind.  But the best thing about this piece is the fit. It’s perfect for me. This also makes it an ideal piece for those of you who might need to put a bit more thought into layering than we do around here.

Garmin Forerunner 220What can I even say? This definitely goes without explanation. We are as excited about this update around here as you are. No one could knock the 210, and here Garmin comes along and introduces another revolutionary run watch. We’re talking about a lighter watch with fabulous functions such as a built in accelerometer, vibration alerts, autopause, personal record tracking, a hinged wristband and live tracking. Oh and it looks GREAT. Basically, this watch will do everything except run for you. Maybe that feature will be added to the 230!

Lastly, Dan, another of our Customer Service Representatives, is going for a footwear/apparel combo pack this holiday season.  He’s training for his first 50 miler; follow his training here: @DanHerronRuns

Merrell Ascend GloveSo, I’m a minimal guy. I’ve been looking for a zero heel-to-toe drop shoe with a little cushion underfoot! I’ve been a New Balance guy when it comes to my trail shoes…but it looks like I am going to have to cheat on New Balance with Merrell…sorry I’m not sorry! I really like how the shoe fits. The heel collar is snug, but the toe box is wide, allowing some room for my toes. I’m a big fan of the Vibram outsole, which provides solid protection and a decent amount of traction. The shoe is super nimble and will allow me to handle the trails pretty well.  Also, since I’m training for a 50 miler with Juli, I’ll need a new pair of shoes to train in.

Pearl Izumi Fly Reverse Jacket – If you haven’t seen this jacket in person, it’s kind of hard to comprehend how cool it is. You can’t beat the reflectivity for the price of the jacket. Plus, who doesn’t want a reversible jacket? The fabric is extremely comfortable and breathable, which is a big deal for me. Also, since I do my training runs at 5am, it would probably be a good idea for me to have a reflective jacket that hopefully prevents me from having a brutal encounter with a car. Even more, on the trails, the vibrant color will help me stay visible to other runners. It’s important to let people know you have style!

For more gift ideas, check out our complete Holiday Gift Guide (Men’s and Women’s) and our Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide.  If all else fails, give a Gift Card to your favorite online running retailer! Happy Holidays from all of us at the Running Warehouse!

Allie Running Apparel, Running Shoes ,

Tera’s Ready to Rock Red Rock

November 20th, 2013

With the 2013 nearing an end, our retail manager, Tera, rounds out race season this weekend for our RW employees.  We caught up with her to gather some pre-race thoughts and insights into this weekend.

What race have you been training for?
A: The Santa Barbara Red Rock 50 Mile.  It’s an out and back course starting at Rancho Oso heading to the San Ysidro Trail Head and back.

What are your goals going into this race?
A: First and foremost, to get “gritty”. Even though at this point in my career I consider myself a veteran ultra runner, I still have a lot of work to do as far as really digging deep when the going gets tough and overcoming negative thoughts that creep in. I chose this race because it’s an “old fashioned” hardcore ultra that doesn’t offer a lot of support and gains more than 15,000 feet. Just read the race description and it will probably scare the dickens out of you, as it did me. Race director, Luis Escobar, really tells it like it is. So I’m hoping I survive and become a mentally stronger runner for the effort. Considering the intensity of the climbing, I’m going to try and go out conservatively and see if I can negative split the second half. Overall, I expect a long arduous day on the trails and to hopefully be done before dark.

What type of training/racing have you done to prepare for this race?
A: My training weeks have ranged anywhere from 45 to 80 miles/week. I raced the Skyline 50k back in August and set a personal course record despite a short comeback after some down time. My long weekend training runs have been consistent; the longest being a 6 hour run with some tough vertical climbs just a couple weeks ago. I’ve added a bit more road runs with fartleks and intervals, simply because it’s too dark to run on the trails when I head out at 5:30AM during the work-week. Too many kitty cats in the SLO hills. So if the trail ever gets flat, watch out!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or meals that are a must come this weekend?
A: Nothing in particular. I’m camping out at the camp site where the race begins with my running pals. We’ll most likely eat pasta and salad the night before. I’ll try to put down a good amount of calories in the morning because I want to be well fueled for a run of that length, but nerves can get in the way. I’ll try eating a banana and bagel, and then a gel right before the start. Camping the night before a race will be a first for me, so I’m definitely bringing a pillow and earplugs!!

What gear do you plan on outfitting yourself with come race day?
A: New Balance shirt/shorts, Pearl Izumi Trail N2 shoes, Feetures Elite socks, Nathan Intensity 2L pack, Amphipod Hydraform Handheld, and Headsweats Go Hat.

Everyone here are RW is wishing you the best of luck this weekend Tera!  We know you’re going to rock it!

Allie Running Sport

14-Year-Old Runs a Marathon on Every Continent

November 19th, 2013

The motivation of a runner is uniquely personal.  For some, it is to maintain or improve health.  For others, it is an outlet to alleviate stress or a time for personal reflection outside of everyday life.

On a deeper level, some runners and athletes are motivated to take on physical challenges by the memory of another individual. In the midst of a physical and mental trial, some find a connection to their past and to those they have lost.

Winter Vinecki, at only 14 years old, recently completed her seventh marathon to set a world record as the youngest person to run a marathon on every continent.  Even further, her mother also completed each race. Together, they set a separate world record as the first mother-daughter duo to complete a marathon on every continent.  Completing one marathon is a feat in its own right, but to complete 7 at age 14 is remarkable.

Her motivation: the memory of her late father and the goal to raise awareness and support for the fight against prostate cancer, which claimed his life five years ago. Her efforts have raised nearly a million dollars for prostate cancer research through the non-profit she formed for the cause.

Where do you pull your inspiration from?

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Erik’s Rio Del Lago Recap

November 14th, 2013

As runners, we experience both highs and lows. Sometimes, in the midst of training and getting ready for a race, our health takes priority, and the race needs to take a back seat. Our footwear buyer, Erik, faced one of those times prior to his target race this past weekend. We took some time to check up with him and get his feedback on what happened and his future plans.

So we hear that race weekend did not go exactly as planned.  What happened?
A: Two weeks out from my target race (Rio del Lago 100) I started showing symptoms of a cold (stuffy nose, cough, etc.). I had already started my taper, so my training was already cut back. I focused on resting a little more, hydrating, and taking different supplements to fight off the illness. After a couple bad days I started feeling better and thought I was in the clear. The Monday before my race, after a relaxing weekend, I thought I was going to be fine, but by mid-day I was feeling a little worse than the previous day. By Tuesday I realized that a trip to the doctor was definitely in order. A quick trip revealed a case of bronchitis and a dose of antibiotics, along with a warning to not attempt my upcoming race.

At what point did you decide it was best to not run in the race?
A: I think deep down I knew that once I went to the doctor on Tuesday and got a prescription, that the race was not going to happen. I talked to a couple friends with running/medical backgrounds to get additional input, and by Thursday I made the final decision to not race.

It was a tough decision since it was my first DNS (Did Not Start) in 15 years of ultra racing. Also, knowing that I was fit and that it was going to be a great day at the race (which it was) didn’t help make the decision any easier.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering doing a race while sick?
A: I think it really comes down to two factors, how sick are you and what are your performance goals. A stuffy nose may not prevent you from starting and may have no real performance impact. But, on the other end of things, if you are really sick and looking to race, you may compromise your future health and have no realistic chance of finishing. In between those two extremes you have to decide what your level of sickness may be and what the potential results could be from racing. If you toe the line when sick you have to ask yourself if you are okay with a decreased performance and are you okay with the potential for a longer recovery period.

Do you have any futures races planned yet?
A: I’m taking a couple weeks off and then looking ahead to the Carlsbad half marathon in January. It will be nice to hit the roads for a couple months. After that I’ll be looking ahead to a full Spring/Summer racing season on the trails. That season will get fully planned after the Western States 100 lottery on December 7th (keeping my fingers crossed).

All of us here at RW are wishing Erik a speedy recovery and good luck in his future races!

Allie Uncategorized

Dan’s NYC Recap

November 12th, 2013

More than 50,000 runners ran the New York City Marathon this year, and one of our very own crossed the famed finish line in Central Park. Dan (Customer Service Representative) rocked the Big Apple, finishing in a swift 3:04:47.  We profiled Dan prior to the race, and upon his return to the office, we had a chance to check in with him and capture his thoughts after finishing.

Overall, how was the race? Did you meet your goals?
A: I was a little bummed out that I didn’t hit my goal of sub 3 hours, but I did finish the race with a Boston Qualifying time! Also, I got to check off the NYC Marathon on my World Major bucket list!

What was the biggest challenge?
A: The hardest part of the race was when all of my nutrition fell out of my pocket within the first mile, which made me realize that I probably wasn’t going to be able to obtain my goal. The race was handing out nutrition at mile 18, but at that point it was too late to recover.

What was the best part of the race?
A: Hands down the amount of fans throughout the entire course. Each borough had a different approach to cheering the runners on, which was awesome to see and experience.

Seeing the results of the race and after crossing the finish line, are you happy with your training? Do you feel like you were prepared?
A: I was happy with my training and somewhat happy with the result considering the situation. I definitely would have accomplished a better performance if my ‘wardrobe malfunction’ didn’t happen.

What did you learn, and if you were to run New York again, would you do anything differently?
A: If I were to do New York again, I would do it for a fun run, and not try to PR. The course was manageable for a PR, but I should’ve allowed myself to enjoy it more and get more connected with the crowd. NY has some great fans and really takes pride in that race.

We heard you were on The Today Show. Was the Big Apple everything you expected?
A: The Big Apple was an absolutely amazing place. There was so much to see/do that I wish I had more time to experience it all. Wicked was totally awesome! I definitely recommend that everyone check it out. Being interviewed for the Today Show was a great experience, but it was kind of awkward because I’m not one to talk about myself, so I got a nice chuckle out of it.

We heard you bought a new watch. Is there a story behind that?
A: So I run with a Garmin Forerunner 610, which just so happened to stop working the day before the race. I was at the expo and I came across the Garmin booth and they had the new Forerunner 620. I took one look at the watch and made the impulse buy! The purchase paid off…the Forerunner 620 worked perfectly in the race. Also, the RW peeps were jazzed to check it out when I got back to work, so it seemed like a win/win to me.

Any last thoughts for those just starting to get into marathon-ing and/or running in general?
A: If you have the ability to do the NYC Marathon as your first race, DO IT. The amount of encouragement and excitement created by the fans is definitely worth the price of admission.

See where Dan is off to next! Follow Dan on Twitter (@danherronrunns) or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DanHerronRuns.

Allie Running Sport

Introducing currexSole Insoles

November 6th, 2013

When looking to add cushioning and/or structure to your shoes, replacement insoles are a great option. Stock running shoe sockliners generally offer limited cushioning and support. Custom orthotics, though they are made to meet the runner’s individual needs, can be very expensive. The solution for many folks is to purchase a set of “aftermarket” insoles, and to our collection of structured insoles we recently added currexSole.

CurrexSole insoles are designed to provide structure and support in a lightweight, comfortable and breathable package. Each currexSole insole has a decoupled heel design, to reduce the velocity of pronation, and strategically placed rebound pads in the forefoot that provide optimal propulsion at toe-off. For support in the arch, a reinforced nylon stability plate adds structure, reducing foot and arch fatigue, and a triple-layer moisture management system helps to absorb moisture and prevent blisters.

In their RUNPRO line, currexSole offers three profiles: High, Med, or Low. To determine which profile is best for your particular feet, CurrexSole has developed a two-step process that looks at both foot type and leg axis (you can watch the product video to learn more about the process of selecting the right insole). The High profile tends to work best for neutral runners. The Med profile is the choice for slight overpronators, while the Low profile is best suited for runners with moderate to severe overpronation.

Tester Feedback

Several RW employees have had the opportunity to test these insoles. Here’s what they think:

Bonnie (Low profile): The insoles are responsive and a little “springy.”  I have a custom set of orthotics because I am an extreme overpronator, and I feel like I could trade out those prescription insoles for a run up to about 4 miles. Anything longer than that and I’d stick with my orthotics, but I’ve never been able to use a pre-packaged insole for even short distances before.
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Cortney (Low profile): The insoles were very comfortable upon initial step in. I can feel the structure, but I’m not sure if the insole itself is providing a lot of correction. It does give the appearance of an arch without feeling to invasive, which some runners with lower arches might appreciate. The rebound pads are definitely noticeable and are super soft and comfy.
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Juli (Med profile): I like them. They don’t feel as plushy or cushioned as other cushioned insoles that I’ve tried. To be honest, I couldn’t even tell that they were in my shoes! I put them in my Merrell’s, just for fun and see how they fit, and they actually worked out fine in such a low-profile shoe.
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Tera (Med profile): I haven’t had a chance to run in them yet, but I have been walking around a lot in them. I don’t even notice that I have them in my shoes. They don’t feel rigid and match my arch perfectly, which is pretty impressive for an out-of-the-box insole. I’ve been experiencing some arch pain lately due to too much running, and I’ve been wearing these at work and they’ve been helping to relive the pain.
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Nicole (High profile): I’ve only been able to test these out in one pair of shoes, and I didn’t love them. They fit well and were comfortable in the heel and forefoot, but when I was running in them I actually felt too much of the arch plate. On a run over 4 miles, the insoles would have bruised my arches.
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Countdown to Erik’s 100 Miler

October 31st, 2013

Fall race season is in full gear and here at the ‘House, November is chock full of races for our employees. One of our footwear buyers, Erik, will be toeing the line next weekend on a tough 100 miler. Let’s pick his brain on his training routine and goals for race day!

What race are you training for?
My next race is the Rio Del Lago 100-mile. The course is east of Sacramento, California and overlaps a little with the Western States 100 course. I used to live 2 miles from mile 31 and 47, so it will be nice to run on familiar trails.

What are your goals going into this race?
My primary goal is to finish no matter what happens out there. If I’m having a decent day, I should be able to go under 24 hours [a goal for many runners embarking on 100 mile races]. If I’m feeling really good and everything clicks, ideally I’d want to get this race done in under 20 hours.

How do you train for a race of this length?  Do you feel like you are prepared for it?
I think training for a 100 mile race doesn’t happen in the few months before the race, but rather a few years. I’ve been doing trail ultras for 15 years and learn something every time I put on a race number. Every year I have more experience to build on and try to execute my training and racing a little better. This will be my 11th 100 mile start and there is something I can take from each previous race that will help me in completing this race. I was a DNF at this race in 2006, and I’d like to think that in the past 7 years I’ve learned a bit that will prevent me from stopping before the finish.

As far as being ready, I feel like I’m as ready as I can be. Ask me the same question an hour before the gun goes off and I’ll probably say “no” and give a list of reasons why not.

Do you change your diet throughout your training and/or leading up to the race?
No real change in diet throughout the year. I try to eat healthy and always look for little things I can do to change things for the better. I still like to splurge every so often [editor's note: we've seen Erik put down three Tri Tip sandwiches in one sitting], but for the most part I eat healthy. I do work on hydration over the few weeks leading up to a race.

What gear do you plan on using during your race?
From the toes up:
Shoes:  Pearl Izumi Trail N1
Socks: Drymax Max Protection Trail socks
Shorts: Pearl Izumi Ultra Short
Shirt: Asics Core Tank (with a Team Diablo logo)
Hat: Brooks RW hat (blue)
Headlamp: Black Diamond Spot
Pack: UltrAspire Surge
Nutrition: Plenty of gels (whatever they have on course), water, some soda, some chips.
Additional beanie, gloves, and light jacket at night if it gets cold enough.

What are your pre-race/during race rituals?
I try to get a good early dinner and go to bed at a decent time. The race starts at 5:00am, so a 3:30 wake up call comes mighty quick. A good night’s sleep is usually hard the night before a 100 mile race, but I try. Then just relax the first 50 miles, don’t go out too hard and don’t get behind in my nutrition/hydration.

Good luck Erik! Check back the week of November 11 for a post-race recap!

Allie Running Sport

Dan’s NYC Countdown

October 25th, 2013

Dan at the 2013 Los Angeles New Years Run

His Twitter handle says it all: Dan runs. In addition to being a key member of our Customer Service team, Dan has been training for one of the world’s largest marathons. We caught up with him during some downtime to pick his brain on his training and thoughts going into race day.

What race are you training for?

A: The ING NYC Marathon. I’m excited, in addition to running the race I’m going to a Knicks game and Wicked.

What are your goals going into the race?

A: Well, I set my expected finish time as 2 hours and 55 minutes, but I’ll be stoked if I finish under 3 hours.  I’m also hoping to complete all of the World Marjors, so once I cross the finish line in New York I’ll be able to check this one off the list!

What has your training looked like?

A: It’s funny, my training never really stops (people tell me I’m a little nuts).  For the last 9 weeks or so, I’ve been focusing a lot on speed.  I know that I can easily run 26.2 miles, but I want to be able to do it as fast and as efficient as I can.  Most of my training has been on the track, focusing on maintaining sub-race pace throughout the workout.  In addition to track workouts, I’ve been doing some tempo runs and multiple trail runs with fellow RW peeps, which is always a blast!

We know you recently ran the Long Beach Marathon.  How did that race go, and are you feeling prepared for NYC after that finish?

A: In all honesty, I was really scared when I toed the start line.  Before Long Beach, I hadn’t attempted a road race since Boston (April 2013) and I was trying out my first pair of racing flats (New Balance 1400).  Despite the fact that I was dragging a little at the end, I think the race went pretty well.  Even though the course was flat (I’ve heard that there are hills along the NYC course), I felt confident in my overall fitness and it was a huge sigh of relief to know that my legs have still got it!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or meals that are a must?

A: The week prior to the race I gradually increase my carb intake (1 additional cup of quinoa or oats each day) and maintain a healthy level of protein and fats.  The day before the race I will have oatmeal for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and some sort of protein or carb for dinner.  Throughout that day, I’ll consume 3 liters of coconut water to ensure that I’m hydrated.  On race morning I eat 2-3 bananas and Justin’s Almond Butter (IT’S AMAZING!!).  I know this seems pretty regimented, but it’s allowed me to continue to achieve my goals, so it seems like it’s working.

Lastly, right before the race starts, I blast Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight; it might be odd, but it is by far one of the best pump-up jams out there!

Any insight on your race-day strategy?

A: While I stick to my plan of attack, I try to slap some high-fives with fellow runners and spectators, because when it comes down to it, at the end of the day, running is fun!

And while this isn’t part of my strategy, I always give my mom my finishing medal and a big hug, because she’s my inspiration for all of my hard work.  What can I say?  I’m a momma’s boy.

Here’s to wishing you a great race Dan!  Check back after the race for our post-race recap!

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Win the New Balance HI-VIZ Beacon Jacket!

October 22nd, 2013

Back in grade school, we had glow-in-the-dark everything. From silly putty and stickers to shoes, we rocked the stuff like it would never go out of style. In the New Balance HI-VIZ Beacon Jacket, glow-in-the-dark just got better. This wind- and water-resistant outer layer protects you from the elements while 3 levels of visibility to help you stand out to drivers while running.

  1. Low-light visibility comes from the bright green (Men’s) and bright coral (Women’s) colors.
  2. Oncoming-light visibility comes from the 360° reflective trim.
  3. No-light visibility comes from the revolutionary glow-in-the-dark technology on the sleeves and back. Just charge the Beacon Jacket under a light for at least 10 minutes before you run and you’re ready to go.

This contest is now closed. Congrats to our New Balance Beacon Jacket contest winners, Pat in West Virginia and Kelly in California! Thanks to everyone who entered.

Watch this video to see the Beacon Jacket in action!

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