If you’re a student athlete or school coach, 2013 is your year to get GPS-connected for improved training performance. Garmin’s going to help you do it with a $50 rebate offer on top-selling models. Until October 31, 2013, this leading GPS running watch maker is offering student athletes and school coaches a $50 mail-in rebate for the Forerunner 210 and Forerunner 610.
How do you get the rebate? All you have to do is purchase an eligible model from us and send in the Garmin Mail-In Rebate Form along with the product UPC barcode and copies of your receipt and student/school ID. It’s that simple to get a little extra cash in your pocket.
Rebate Model Rundown
Forerunner 210: The 210 is one of Garmin’s most affordable, easy-to-use GPS watches. It’s available on its own, with a heart rate monitor, or with a heart rate monitor and foot pod bundle. Big features include:
GPS with HotFix to sync up with the satellite quickly
Live pace and distance data with totals when your finish your run
Custom Interval Training for speed work
Ability to compare and analyze data with Garmin Connect and Garmin Training Center
Forerunner 610: In addition to all the features of the 210, the Forerunner 610 adds these key features:
Touchscreen interface that works when wet or when wearing gloves
Vibration alerts for time, distance, and run/walk breaks
Virtual Racer to compete against previous course PR’s
Virtual Partner feature to train alongside a digital person
Auto Pause stops/starts timer for you based on speed
Wireless data transfer to your computer with included ANT+ Stick
Garmin is known as a top name in fitness technology – and now you can wear some of that technology on your wrist for free! The Garmin Forerunner 10 is simple-to-use GPS run watch with all the core features runners need to train and race.
This contest is closed. Congratulations to Cheryl C. in Florida and Francis F. in Georgia, winners of our Luck o’ the Garmin Giveaway! Thank you to everyone who entered!
If you’re a serious Kinvara fan (and we know there are a lot of you out there), you’re already in the loop on the changes coming with the Kinvara 4. Back in January, we posted some sneak peek photos and info on the Saucony Kinvara 4, and we just uploaded two videos that preview the new model coming in May. Watch the videos below for a detailed look at the Men’s and Women’s upcoming Kinvara line!
This spring, zero-drop footwear is getting a boost – in terms of underfoot cushioning and protection. Once the exclusive domain of “minimal” footwear, zero-drop designs are growing up (off the ground, that is) with thicker platforms designed to provide more impact protection.
Three big brands – Brooks, Mizuno and Saucony – have introduced cushioned, zero-drop models this year. We took to the roads in all three, and here’s how they stack up.
Likes: Excellent ground feel, flexible platform that moves with the foot, wide forefoot allows for natural toe splay
Dislikes: Many runners will want more underfoot protection, midsole pods are noticeable, upper may be too generous for some
Verdict: The Brooks PureDrift delivers a near barefoot experience suited best for experienced minimalist runners
6.1 oz (Men’s 9), $100 MSRP
The PureDrift got a lot of buzz before its January release. Known for its close to the ground feel, this shoe maintains a touch of cushioning underfoot. One of the more minimal releases of the year, the PureDrift is a treat for those looking for an almost barefoot ride.
Not as cushioned as it may appear, the extra firm underfoot feel makes it best reserved for experienced minimalist runners. Removal of the sockliner allows for an even closer to the ground experience, though testers agreed that the difference in cushioning is small.
The PureDrift platform utilizes a pod construction that delivers remarkable flexibility, especially in the forefoot. The pods are noticeable underfoot when transitioning from landing to toe-off, though the effect on the overall ride is small.
The toebox is the widest in this test, and there’s a roomy fit throughout the shoe. Runners with narrower feet may notice scrunching of excess material over the top of the foot.
We recently previewed the upcoming Asics Gel Nimbus 15 and Asics Gel Cumulus 15. The updates certainly look good, and we think the added cushioning in the updated versions will be a lifesaver for fans of cushioned trainers.
“Lite-Show” colorways are another lifesaver – possibly literally – that will be introduced on these new models. What’s Lite-Show? As the images in this post suggest, we’re talking about some serious reflectivity in the upper along with glow-in-the-dark visible Gel units. For additional visibility, the Men’s models feature a “Flash Yellow” color on the upper, while Women’s models receive “Hot Coral.”
Lite-Show technology was first introduced last Fall in some of Asics’ apparel line. We appreciate the added safety offered by these apparel pieces and footwear options, and we’d recommend them to any runners who frequently find themselves training in the dark.
Did you know that Running Warehouse caters to team orders? We make it extremely easy to find the colors and brands you need for your team or club uniforms. More and more track coaches, cross-country coaches, and running club presidents are choosing us for all their team gear at the lowest everyday prices. Visit our Team Sales page or call our Teams Department directly at 855-798-3267 to see how we can help you.
We offer running uniforms from Nike, Asics, Brooks, adidas and more. Our selection includes singlets, tech tops, shorts, speedsuits, and track pants, along with a selection of sport bags, replacement spikes, and other accessories.
But we don’t just sell team apparel. We also go above and beyond with custom screen printing and embroidery options. That means that with just a quick phone call and email to us, you can be on your way to having custom uniforms delivered right to your doorstep. No need to track down a screen printer in your area. Screen printing from us can cost as little as $3 per shirt for quantities of 60 or more.
We also offer help designing logos and artwork, if you don’t already have your graphics ready to go. We’ve worked hard to make our Teams Department a one stop shop for your team uniforms and running accessories – let us know what you think!
Even if you’ve been living under a rock (and if you are, it might be time to see what other housing alternatives are available in your community), Nike has likely found you and let you know about the introduction of the Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ running shoe (now available at Running Warehouse). We first heard about this shoe, known then as the Nike Flyknit One, back in December 2012, and the finished product looks like one sweet ride.
Is Flyknit for You?
Flyknit technology is just a few months old, being first used on the Flyknit Racer and Flyknit Trainer models last Fall. There are three big benefits to Flyknit:
It provides a snug, customized fit, thanks to a variable-density weave that provides structure right where you need it.
It allows for a supremely lightweight shoe, because no overlays are needed.
It greatly reduces waste during the manufacturing process, with Nike claiming just a few threads are left over following construction.
The magic really starts happening when you attach this innovative upper to the pillow-soft Lunar platform. Together, you have a customized, sock-like fit along with a well-cushioned, lightweight platform that’s ready to rack up the miles. Is the Flyknit Lunar1+ the best of both worlds? That’s for you to decide – once you come out from under that rock.
Those of you who follow me a little too closely (hi there, stalkers!) will know that I’ve been a big fan of the DS Trainer series for quite some time. It’s basically been my go-to shoe for several years now (with some brief trysts in the Mizuno Wave Elixir as well).
Right now I’m testing out the latest (and loudest, in terms of color) Asics DS Trainer 18 and have found a lot to like so far:
Long Haul Comfort – I’ve taken this shoe on two 10 milers already, and didn’t have a single blister or bit of soreness.
Excellent Upper Fit – I was one of the folks who never really warmed up to the heel clutch collar in the last two versions of this shoe. The return to a “normal” heel collar is a welcome addition for me, and helps to make me feel just a bit more at home.
Transparent Control – I think Asics has a winner on their hands with the Dynamic DuoMax support system. It’s never intrusive but provides me with the touch of support I like, especially on longer runs.
I was expecting to be able to notice the lower weight of the DS Trainer 18, but so far it feels nearly identical to the prior model to me. Heel striking is comfortable in the shoe, but for my preferred midfoot strike, I’ve been experiencing a bit of scuffing in the heel as I land. That certainly can happen with higher offset shoes, though I didn’t notice it on the last DS Trainer and it hasn’t happened in the Elixir, with its 13mm drop. I’ll get some more runs in and see whether it’s a shoe problem or a me problem.
Last week I checked in with Kaitlin in our retail store, who’s also testing out the shoe for an upcoming video review. She’s struggling a bit to find the latest DS Trainer’s sweet spot. She’s felt beat up more than expected after longer runs of over 10 miles in the shoe. But she did agree that the upper has a pretty nice fit throughout. Stay tuned for our final thoughts on the shoe after we rack up more miles this month and next!
OK, so glycerin – what the heck is that? Before you say, “it’s a popular neutral, maximum feature running shoe from Brooks,” did you know that it’s also an essential ingredient in dynamite? Bet you didn’t. What this clearly means is that if you want a dynamite run, the Glycerin deserves to be on your list. Read more…
Stumbling more than you're running? Brooks' blog has suggestions to get back on track.
If you’re having trouble sticking with your running resolutions, check out this blog from Brooks on How to Reboot Your Running Resolutions. They offer up some fixes and suggestions for common training hurdles like sickness, exhaustion, and not being able to find enough time to get in all your mileage.
We’ve found a couple types of products are particularly helpful for people who are working on a training or race goal in 2013. The most obvious one is a GPS watch or heart rate monitor. After all, you can’t improve if you don’t measure how you’re doing. We’re also big proponents of massage and running injury prevention products, especially for more entry level runners who are working hard toward a goal.
For those of you who made running resolutions, how are they going? What other stumbling blocks have gotten in your way? Let us know and we’ll try to offer some creative solutions.