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Be Thankful You Can Run

November 28th, 2013

Maybe we’re just getting a little sentimental and starry-eyed here at the ‘House, but as we wrap up the year and start nestling into the holiday season, we can’t help but think how amazing it is that we runners are blessed with so many gifts.

No, we’re not talking about a new set of kicks or the latest Garmin (though of course either one of those can’t hurt). We’re going more…soulful than that. We’re talking about the ability to run itself, and the ability to have the time, resources and health to work on getting better and better at it.

It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in shaving a few seconds on your next race or beating yourself up that you logged 47 miles this week when your goal was 50. But take a second and simplify a bit here. Think about the joy you get from running and working toward your next PR. Now think about the basics that go into making that happen:

1. You have to be alive
2. You have to be physically healthy
3. You have to be physically able to run
4. You have to have the time to run
5. You have to have a safe place to run
6. You have to have some decent shoes and running clothes
7. You have to have the support of family, friends and fellow runners
8. You have to have motivation and mental toughness

We don’t know about you, but the fact that we can put all that together and experience the joy that running has to offer is pretty amazing. It’s something to be thankful for. So there you go. That’s our little metaphysical slice of happiness for today. We hope you have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving too.

What are you most thankful for this year? Share in the comments below!

Matt Running Sport

Running Warehouse Cyber Monday & Black Friday 2013

November 13th, 2013

There's No Need to Camp Out for Our Cyber Monday Deals...

Attention all RW shoppers: Holiday savings are on the way! If you plan your holiday shopping schedule like you’re training for your next PR, you should be well on the way to mapping out all the goodies you’ll score for family and friends. (And of course, the deals you’ll snag for yourself!) With that in mind, we wanted to give you a heads up about a few sales coming up in just a few short weeks.

Shop Cyber Monday here:
Men’s Sale
Women’s Sale

2 Days to Save
As we’ve done for the past few years now, we’ll have sales on Black Friday (November 29) and Cyber Monday (December 2). If you only have one day to shop our site, Monday’s definitely the day. Our Black Friday sale will be fairly limited and focused on a select list of products. The big deals will hit by 3:00 am Eastern on Cyber Monday, with all sale items priced at least 30% off MSRP. There should be something for every runner on your list!

How to Find the Sales
Links to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales will be posted on our homepage (www.runningwarehouse.com) as soon as the sales are live. We’ll also announce them on Facebook and our other social channels. If you have any questions about the sale or need any help, you can reach out to us at 800-606-9598 or info@runningwarehouse.com.

More Savings
If you still haven’t had your fill after these upcoming sales, keep an eye out for our annual 12 Days of Savings, starting this year on Friday, December 6 and running through December 18.

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Win currexSole Insoles!

November 7th, 2013

When was the last time you got excited about insoles? If your answer is “never,” that’s OK (and perfectly healthy). But we have a new insole brand here at the ‘House that’s getting quite a bit of buzz, and to help fan the flames we’re giving away a couple pairs for FREE!

CurrexSole RUNPRO insoles are specially designed to add structure and stability for running footwear. Key features include a decoupled heel to reduce the velocity of pronation, rebound pads in the forefoot for optimal propulsion, and a reinforced stability plate to reduce foot and arch fatigue. Several RW staffers have been testing out the insoles for the past month and you can read tester comments to learn more about what makes these insoles a cut above.

The currexSole Insole contest is now closed. Congratulations to our contest winners: Ryan K. from KS, Heather K. from CA, Jake C. from ND and Jennifer G. from IL.

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Saucony Guide 7 – A Fresh Take on Traditional

October 30th, 2013

When more “minimal” footwear was on top of runner’s minds just a few short years ago, Saucony delivered a powerhouse performer with their Kinvara. It stripped away a lot of structure and offered a nearly level platform, but was still enough shoe for runners coming from a traditional trainer who wanted to play around with the whole minimalism idea.

Now, the pendulum is definitely swinging, and while the Kinvara continues to be a go-to shoe for thousands upon thousands of runners, Saucony is investing their energy in polishing up their already-accomplished traditional running footwear models.

Earlier this year, we saw a well-conceived refresh of the Ride, Saucony’s popular neutral daily trainer. The new Guide 7, their traditional support shoe, officially launches November 1, and over on the Saucony Blog they have a great post detailing the nitty gritty of the changes from the prior model. We love the design highlight sketches that Saucony has been including in their blogs on recent product, such as the ones shown to the right.

Read the blog for more information and more sketches showing off what makes the Guide 7 such a flagship model for the Saucony brand.

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Stay Safe with Nathan Reflective & Illumination Gear

October 15th, 2013


Nathan
is known for a wide range of performance-driven products that help dedicated athletes run stronger and longer. Their laundry list of helpful accessories includes race vests, belts, bottles and waist packs. The brand has just introduced a new line of reflective gear and broadened their range of LED lighted accessories. These items can help you be seen and give you added peace of mind as the nights get longer.

TorchLight: Reflective to the Max


This collection uses highly reflective material to bring attention and added visibility to some of Nathan’s most popular products. According to Nathan, the line “uses the most badass, lightweight, and durable reflective 3M material that exists.” The result? Ultimate visibility.

LED Accessories: Shine a Little Light


Add these items to your reflective accessories to call even more attention to your presence on the side of the road. Adding to the Nathan Photon LED Vest (a bright, easy-to-wear piece that can give you up to 4 football fields of visibility), the new illumination products light you up beyond your core. Stay warm and bright with a headband, beanie or gloves, and extend your visibility up to 2,400 feet with the LightBender, which can be worn on the arm or leg.

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Win the New Mizuno Wave Sayonara!

October 14th, 2013

The Mizuno Wave Sayonara is a lightweight, neutral trainer that’s all about performance. This shoe takes over where the Wave Precision left off, introducing a light, cushioned and responsive experience all in one package.

This contest is now closed. Congrats to our winners: Beth in Florida, Shannon in California, Billy in Pennsylvania and Kevin in New York. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Matt Running Shoes

Joel’s Amazing Adventures in SLO

October 11th, 2013

Below is a guest post from Joel Stanford in Austin, Texas. Joel was the lucky winner of our New Balance contest to meet and run with Anton Krupicka in our hometown of San Luis Obispo, CA. We all felt fortunate to have Joel in attendance, and want to again extend a big thank you to everyone who helped to make this event possible – New Balance, Ultimate Direction, Joel Wolpert, and many, many others including Tony himself.

Day 1 – A Run, a Tour, and a Beer

Almost immediately when I met Jason (of New Balance) and Erik (of Running Warehouse) at the airport I was asked if I’d like to go for a run before touring Running Warehouse’s facilities. I’d just spent 3 1/2 hours sitting on planes and had been filled with deep runner-lust while looking at the golden brown mountains and hills surrounding San Luis Obispo as the plane dropped into the airport, so of course the answer was yes!

After donning a graciously supplied New Balance running tee, shorts, and fresh pair of 1400 V2s, Erik, Jason and I went for our first run together -  an 8 miler at Johnson Ranch. The mixture of singletrack and fire roads in a stunning setting really helped drive home how lucky and privileged I was to be on this adventure.

After we got back, nothing really prepared me for the tour of Running Warehouse. The facility is absolutely huge! Moving through the retail operations we went to to the warehouse (yes, Running Warehouse is literally a warehouse) where I was shown how the computerized inventory, packing process, and shipping process all tie together. I imagine that just about every runner could appreciate this paradise of the best running inventory on Earth stretching out before them. Shoes, accessories, apparel, and nutrition were neatly filed away across two floors with numbers guiding order fetchers to their goods.

Everything looked to be extremely efficient and it is no surprise that they are able to ship orders so fast. After visiting the warehouse we went upstairs to see the offices where all of the web magic happens. Buyers, designers, retail workers,and photographers alike – every single person was exceedingly friendly and clearly knowledgeable and passionate about what they do.

After work, I snagged a meal and an 805 beer at Firestone in downtown SLO with several folks from New Balance and RW. The perfect end to a busy day!

Day 2: Running Trail, Meeting Tony

Saturday morning, Jason and Erik took me out to Montaña de Oro State Park for a good bit of proper mountain and canyon running. Our run took us along Bluff Trail and Coon Creek up to the top of Oats Peak before we dropped back down gradually to our starting point for a total of about 11 miles.

The scenery was absolutely fantastic. I found myself transfixed by the tiny coves, sheer mountainsides, novel vegetation, and bird life. We simply don’t have scenery like that in Texas (but we have our own charms, of course!). It’s one of those places where, once you’ve filled your memory with the sights you want to close your eyes and go back there mentally. The only terror inducer was the constant lurking threat of Poison Oak which seemed to be not-so coyly looking to cop a feel of our thighs and ankles. Regardless, I can’t wait to make a return to the park to explore more of what it has to offer.

That evening when Jason and I arrived for the screening of In the High Country I finally got to meet Tony Krupicka and Joel Wolpert, who had arrived in town a bit earlier. I initially felt a bit in shock at meeting both the runner I find so inspiring and the filmmaker whose work on runners I have long deeply admired (if you haven’t already, check out http://thewolpertinger.com for a collection of his films). Over 150 people filled the screening room after they met Tony and had posters signed. Before the film started, I enjoyed talking with Tony, Joel, Buzz of Ultimate Direction, Monica (a New Balance rep), and Running Warehouse employees.

I also kept on finding myself drawn to a table of sample shoes where some pairs of New Balance 00 V2 Trail kept inviting me to indulge in shoe-lust and in dreams of utilizing that sticky rubber outsole for downhill bombs on scree-covered slopes. I noticed that Tony also seemed to be gravitating to that table and those shoes (he hasn’t been sent prototypes in his size yet).

Soon enough we all settled into our seats and the film started. It was really great to see it on the big screen. Not only is the footage of the Rockies and Anton ravishingly beautiful and compelling, but the film is meditative and almost impressionistic in its small exploration of what makes Tony tick. The film sheds light on how someone from Nebraska came to become so deeply emotionally and physically enmeshed with the wilds of Colorado. Following the film, Erik led a Q&A session, which included my own question (how he deals with failure) before opening it up to the audience. 

Day 3: Morning Run, Great Lunch, Bon Voyage

The next morning I got to indulge in the crowning event of my stay as contest winner – a morning run with Anton and a great group of people that included locals, Running Warehouse staff, and some who had driven in from more distant locales. The run took us down Poly Canyon Road, which was not only visually riveting but smooth and rolling – like the best bread and butter sort of running places are. Everyone moved about the packs to get a chance to talk to Anton and to Joel and after an all-too-short 4.3 miles, we were back at the start. Tony generously stuck around and signed more autographs and chatted it up with everyone, including me. Later in the morning Jason, Monica, and I joined Joel and Tony for a late breakfast/early lunch. I could not have asked for a better group of folks to have a meal with.


My happiness meters were essentially pegging into indescribable the entire time I was in San Luis Obispo. I’m still in shock that I won this and that I was able to partake in all the amazing events and sights and experiences that I did. Of course, getting to meet and hang out with the ever-inspiring Anton and the talented Mr. Wolpert just made it all the more special. Thank you so very much to Jason and Monica of New Balance (who generously sponsored my travel, stay and meals), Erik and Tera of Running Warehouse, and of course the entire RW crew for making me feel so welcome. It was some of the best fun I’ve had, and I owe all of you a debt of gratitude.

Matt Running Sport

Caffeine and Running – A Good Boost?

October 10th, 2013

Coffee, energy shots, energy drinks, sodas, tea…the list of products with caffeine is pretty close to infinite at this point. The question for runners is how caffeine affects our training and our race day performance. Is it a useful stimulant that can improve your running experience? Does it actually work to keep fatigue at bay?

The Good

The consensus is that caffeine can positively impact athletic performance in many ways. The stimulant increases the production of both dopamine and adrenaline, which can affect performance in runners by increasing endurance and attentiveness. Research has also confirmed that caffeine can:

  • Increase the strength of muscle contractions and the amount of work performed during exercise
  • Cause the muscles to use fat – not glycogen stores – as fuel, which increases stamina
  • Release calcium stored within muscles, which increases speed and aids endurance
  • Make you feel that you aren’t working as hard, so you can run longer without feeling exhausted

The Bad

Should all runners consume caffeine before and during their runs? Not necessarily. Every runner will have a different opinion about how caffeine affects their performance and how they feel with caffeine in their system. Caffeine can cause headaches, intestinal distress and good old fashioned jitteriness for runners who aren’t used to it. And of course, runners with heart conditions or high blood pressure may be told by their doctor to stay away from caffeine.

The Sources

If you find that caffeine improves your performance, you can get your fix in many of the nutritional products we carry at the ‘House. For easy reference, here’s a complete list of the gels, bars and chews we carry that contain caffeine. For reference, a cup of coffee typically contains about 100mg of caffeine.

Energy Gels
2nd Surge Ultra Energy Gel (100mg caffeine)
Clif Shot Energy Gel (0-100mg caffeine depending on flavor)
Hammer Gel (0-50mg caffeine depending on flavor)
PowerBar Gel (0-50mg caffeine depending on flavor)
GU Energy Gel (0-40mg caffeine depending on flavor)
Accel Gel (0-40mg caffeine depending on flavor)
GU Roctane Energy Gel (0-35mg caffeine depending on flavor)
Honey Stinger Classic Energy Gel (0-32mg caffeine depending on flavor)
VFuel (10mg caffeine)

Energy Chews
PowerBar Gel Blasts (0-75mg caffeine depending on flavor)
Jelly Belly Extreme Sport Beans (50mg caffeine)
Clif Shot Bloks (0-50mg caffeine depending on flavor)
GU Chomps (0-40mg caffeine depending on flavor)
Honey Stinger Energy Chews (0-32mg caffeine depending on flavor)
Hammer Perpetuem Solids (0-10mg caffeine depending on flavor)

Energy Bars
Clif Bar (0-50mg caffeine depending on flavor)

What do you think? Does caffeine enhance your running performance? Do you have a favorite way of getting your caffeine?

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Congrats to Our Saucony Strongest Moment Contest Winners!

October 8th, 2013

A few weeks ago, we partnered with Saucony to gather pictures of some of our Facebook Fans’ Strongest Moments. After collecting over 500 entries, several of Saucony’s top athletes personally selected the photos and stories they found most inspiring.

Below are the 4 winners of our Saucony Strongest Moment Contest. Each winner receives head-to-toe Saucony gear – 2 pairs of shoes of their choice along with a Saucony top and bottom.

Big thanks to everyone who entered – we appreciate you sharing your Strongest Moments with us!

Matt Running Sport

Get Your Asics New York City Marathon Gear

October 3rd, 2013

Fall is knocking on our door and that means cooler weather, shorter days, pumpkin spice lattes, and marathon season. The New York City Marathon, established in 1970, is one of the largest marathons in the world and one of five world marathon majors. There’s no better way to show off some Big Apple pride than with official 2013 ING NYC Marathon gear from Asics.

The 2013 NYC Marathon apparel is performance-oriented and looks good, so you can wear it while you train for race day and during post-workout activities around town. You can see the full Men’s NYC Marathon collection and Women’s NYC Marathon collection on our site, and also take a look at a few of our favorites below:

Marathon Storm Shelter Jacket

The Asics Marathon Storm Shelter Jacket (view Women’s) is a wind and waterproof full-zip jacket. The embroidered ING NYC Marathon logo on the front chest and across the back lets everyone know that you rocked in New York this year. A zip-off hood provides extra coverage while an internal mesh layer wicks sweat from your skin to keep you dry and comfortable. With ample storage room, this jacket is ready to tackle the winter weather and keep your essentials safe.

Marathon Course Map Tee

The Asics Marathon Course Map Tee is a great breathable, lightweight tee featuring the course map for the 2013 ING NYC Marathon prominently on the front. Polyester mesh provides lightweight breathability with moisture-wicking properties. The map on the front lets you show off the 5 boroughs you passed through on the way to the finish line.

JADE Thermopolis LT Hoody

The Asics Women’s Marathon JADE Thermopolis LT Hoody is all about warmth and functionality. The soft thermopolis fabric feels great against your skin and provides the extra coziness you want post-workout and pre-race.

A small zipper pocket on the front lets you easily store small essentials that you might need, and the silhouette is sure to flatter during your workout and while you’re out and about around town.

Gel Nimbus 15 NYC Shoes

NYC Marathon gear from Asics goes beyond apparel. The brand also produced a NYC Marathon Gel Nimbus 15 (view Women’s). The Nimbus 15 has an ultra-smooth and cushioned ride and plenty of protective Gel under the forefoot and heel. This neutral trainer has a flexible platform to ensure an effortless transition from heel to toe and a plush upper wraps around your foot for a personalized fit with an embroidered 2013 and NYC to let you show some big city pride.

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