For the past 10+ years, my wife and I have attended the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford University the first weekend in May. Over the years we have witnessed some outstanding performances. Race such as Meb and Denna setting American Records in the 10k and Shalane Flanagan setting the AR in the women’s 5,000. Additional highlights include Bob Kennedy’s 27:36 and Alan Webb’s 10k debut win, this on top of the great 1500’s, steeples and 5,000 that happen every year. Even though this meet has some excellent distance events, the highlight of the evening are usually the 10,000’s.
I was recently invited to attend the 101st running of the Drake Relays. Asics has been the title sponsor of the Relays for the past few years and each year they invite 1-2 Accounts to experience the event with them firsthand. This year it was myself and Bob Roncker from Ohio who were fortunate enough to attend.
Trail running shoes are generally broken down into two primary areas of focus. The first are what can be referred to as true trail shoes, those model designed to work exclusively on soft surfaces. The second are cross-overs, basically road shoes that are given a more aggressive outsole and a brown upper treatment that results in a outdoorsy version of a popular road shoe.
Another great update from Saucony this summer is the new Grid Type A4. Man, this is a nice update. Saucony’s 6.4 oz neutral racing flat with a great mesh upper that has a fast look with a cool flame treatment in the heel while maintaining the Saucony DNA. Add a SSL EVA midsole and a XT-Lite Outsole (very similar to the Asics Duosole) for grip and durability and you have yourself a flat that should speak directly to those who would likely be seen sporting a “O2DEBT” personalized plate on their ride. This should be a great flat for those looking at a minimal neutral racer suitable for 5k – 10k distances.
One of the most anticipated new models due in this summer is the Saucony ProGrid Kinvara: a lightweight, minimal neutral trainer that features a one piece midsole/outsole with carbon triangle lugs for added durability that look like they were taken directly from the outsole of the original Jazz. A three-piece upper provides a good amount of support, is breathable and sports a cool graphic treatment. A small, lightweight ProGrid Lite cookie is placed in the heel for a touch of extra cushioning.
Nike is universally praised throughout the industry for their racing flats and spikes. Across the board, Nike enters each new season with an exciting blend of updated features, stunning graphics and a few cool twists that cause people who use these type of products to salivate. 2011 will be no exception. In the past the top end spikes were the focus and caused the greatest stir. This year, it’s quite the opposite with the entry level product leaving the greatest impression.
Just in, 3 of our most popular New Balance men’s and women’s trainers from last season at a very nice price. Widths are available as is our free 2-Day Shipping and Free Returns on orders shipped to the 48 Contiguous States. As an added bonus, if you buy 2 or more pair at the same time, we’ll knock $10 off each pair. Hurry, supplies are limited.
The 769 is an excellent combination of support and cushioning, usually one of out best sellers regardless of brand. The 769 normally lists for $100, we have available at $59.88.
The New Balance 1011 is a heavy duty motion control model that provides maximum support. A high quality, full feature motion control shoe is extremely difficult to find under $100 and in fact, the New Balance 1011 lists for $120. We have it available for $69.88 each.
The 1063 is New Balance’s neutral cushioning model that has the top bells and whistles in New Balance’s stable of technologies. This maximum featured shoe normally lists for $120, we have it available for $69.88 each.
A boatload of hot, new road flats have arrived into the warehouse. Get ready to fly this Spring racing season with these great new offerings from adidas, Asics, Brooks, Mizuno and Nike.
Mizuno footwear updates for Fall ’10 follows the time proven formula of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and in keeping with the conservative fiscal climate we’re in, the introductions for next summer maintain Mizuno’s cautious, evolutionary approach. Mizuno shoes have an extremely loyal following which explains how the brand continues to sell a significant number of shoes with very little advertising. A Mizuno customer knows what to expect from a Mizuno shoe and that the ride and fit stays very consistent from year to year. Messing with either makes zero sense for this company. It’s a word of mouth brand that must maintain the characteristics that make a Mizuno shoe uniquely Mizuno.
We at Running Warehouse are always looking for ways to be motivated to keep running every day.
We recently joined up with the folks at Plus 3 Network who do an unusual thing – they turn every run, every day, all year long, into a charity run. That’s right, every run you log on their site raises money for a Charitable Cause. How do they do this, you might ask. Well that’s where we come in.
Logging your runs can be as easy as filling out web form on the website, or uploading from Garmin Forerunner, or even using their Free iPhone app, Plus 3 Mobile, available for download from the Apple store (click here for download).
We believe in supporting the community, and while we often make donations to various non profits, we have never involved YOU, our customers, in the process. Until now. With Plus 3 we make the donation based on YOU. For every mile YOU log a run, Running Warehouse will pay the City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department up to $0.21 a mile. You can learn more on the rates and the other sports (like walking, tennis, biking, skating) that we pay here on the Plus 3 site, but it’s
· a pretty cool way for US to donate money,
· a pretty cool way for YOU to move money for Good via your fitness, and
· a pretty cool way for the San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department to get funds that they turn into more programs and facilities that let people be active.
It’s all free to you. You may even find it fun, checking out the leader boards, seeing how your exercise raises money, and you can even get discounts and earn prizes on the Plus 3 site.
To check out our Plus 3 page and see how much we’ve raised, click here.
Sign Up now and start turning you miles in to Money for San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation! (http://www.plus3network.com/signup/slo-rw)