On Sunday, October 13, Running Warehouse sponsored the 18th annual running of the City to the Sea half marathon and Seaside 5k. The half marathon, a fundraiser for Cuesta College Athletics, takes runners from our hometown of San Luis Obispo, CA, down to nearby Pismo Beach for a picturesque finish along the Pacific coastline.
Our film crew was on hand capturing the event both on Saturday for the pre-race expo (held in the Running Warehouse parking lot), as well as on Sunday for the race itself and the finish line festivities, and put together a short recap of the weekend:
Salomon recently kicked of their third season of their web series, Salomon Running TV, and in the first episode, they explore a question that hits us all as runners: Why do we run?
For many runners, the reasons are simple: Running keeps us healthy. It’s fun. It’s a great way to compete against ourselves, our friends, and our rivals. Maybe it provides an escape from the stresses of everyday life. For others, though, the reasons for running go much deeper.
This episode features Bernd Heinrich, a bestselling author, retired professor, and accomplished runner. Heinrich, who now lives in a log cabin in the wilderness of Western Maine, explains how running provides a connection to the natural world often lost in modern society, and that, as humans, we are all runners. That is why he runs.
Check out the clip below (it’s worth the 5 minutes), and tell us, why do you run?
Be sure to view our selection of Salomon footwear, apparel, and accessories for Men and Women.
Followers of high school cross country know that Sarah Baxter’s career has been nothing short of phenomenal, highlighted by the the then-junior running 16:00 at last year’s Mt. SAC XC Invitational, shattering the course record by 16 seconds.
Baxter is set to defend her title in this year’s running of Mt. SAC this Saturday, and our friends at Flotrack will be in attendance. In addition to their live coverage of the event, Flotrack is giving you an opportunity to win a pair of Brooks racing shoes by correctly predicting Baxter’s time over the three mile course. You can enter Flotrack’s contest by clicking here.
Back in the day, a shoe offering maximum support typically translated into a clunky and sluggish ride. Saucony made great strides in changing this perception with the Hurricane 14 a couple of years ago, which offered more severe overpronators with a lower offset and a more responsive ride without losing its plush fit and feel. Since then, changes have been minimal in the Hurricane series, a trend that continues with the 16th version of the maximum feature, maximum support shoe.
What to Watch For
Increased Heel Support: A redesigned Support Frame around the heel offers a more secure fit in the heel as well as increased support upon footstrike.
Added Reflectivity: Reflective details around the heel increase visibility when running in dark conditions.
Upgraded Mesh: A more premium upper mesh is introduced in this update for a plush feel as well as increased durability.
Carryover Ride: The tooling of the Hurricane remains largely unchanged in this update, save for an added flex groove in the forefoot for a smoother toe-off. The shoe will continue to have an 8mm offset.
Unchanged Weight: We expect the new shoe to be practically the same weight as the outgoing model, with maybe a tenth of a ounce difference.
Running Warehouse was recently joined by famed ultrarunner Anton Krupicka as well as filmmaker Joel Wolpert for a screening of Wolpert’s latest production, ‘In the High Country.’ The screening was followed by a Q&A session with Anton, touching on wide-topics from the film making process to Tony’s preference in underwear. The following day, we went out for a short morning group run with Tony. Also in attendance were Anton’s sponsors, New Balance and Ultimate Direction, who gave runners an opportunity to try out their latest wares.
Many of you may remember our contest leading up to the event, in which a winner was flown out to our hometown of San Luis Obispo to spend the weekend meeting Anton and running the local trails. That winner, Joel from Austin, Texas, shared his account of the weekend last week on our blog.
Our video crew was on hand to capture the event, and put together a recap of the weekend:
For those who follow Anton Krupicka more closely, a video of the full Q&A session is also available for your viewing pleasure:
Need a fast shoe? Saucony delivers with the Type A6, the latest update to the speedy Type A series. This road racer receives a complete redesign in this update, but fans of prior versions can rest assured knowing that this version looks to continue its tenure as a lightweight and responsive shoe that delivers performance for anything from the 5K to the marathon.
What To Watch For
Reconfigured Platform: An iBR+ blown rubber outsole is introduced for a more responsive toe-off, while drainage ports are retained for moisture management.
New Upper Design: The modified placement of FlexFilm overlays should result in a more secure fit while keeping the interior seamless for minimal irritation on the foot.
Reduced Weight: We measured the A6 at 5.4 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 4.5 oz for a Women’s size 8, which makes it a bit lighter than its predecessor.
Over the past few months, we’ve shown you plenty to look forward to from Asics in 2014. Also included in their string of updates is a completely refreshed DS Racer, a shoe that has gone unchanged for several years.
We think Asics has done a great job redesigning their popular supportive racing shoe to give it a sleeker and more streamlined aesthetic that just screams, “fast!” And the best part? We measured the DS Racer 10 at an impressive 6.3 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 5.2 oz for a Women’s size 7, which makes this shoe among the lightest in the supportive racing flat category, and a great update that should make competitive runners excited.
What to Watch For
Entirely New: The platform and upper of the DS Racer 10 are all-new, but the design intent (a lightweight racing shoe offering a bit of pronation support) remains intact.
DuoMax Pronation Support: No fancy stability technologies here. Asics stuck to a traditional medial post design to deliver support for mild overpronation.
Reduced Offset: The DS Racer 10 incorporates Asics’ F.A.S.T. geometry, bringing the heel-to-toe offset down to 8mm to encourage a more efficient stride.
Low Weight: The DS Racer 10 is 6.3 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 5.2 oz for a Women’s size 7 according to our measurements.
Seamless Bliss: The use of welded overlays nearly eliminates interior seams for reduced irritations and hotspots.
Good news, American trail racers! The Asics Gel Fuji Racer is back in the US market. Though the second version of the shoe never made it Stateside, the Fuji Racer 3 looks to pick up right where the original left off without missing a step.
Inspired by the successful Gel Hyper Speed road racing shoe, the original Fuji Racer made a nice splash in the trail running world, delivering a quick and lightweight ride with off-road ruggedness. We expect many of the same qualities in the new Fuji Racer 3.
What to Watch For
New Outsole: Increased ground contact as well as more aggressive lug pattern should improve traction, especially over wet surfaces.
New Upper: The design is all new, but the shoe retains a look much like the original.
Water Drainage System: Water drainage ports at the top of the midsole allow for more effective moisture management while increasing shoe flexibility.
Slight Weight Loss: We measured the Fuji Racer 3 at 8.5 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 7.0 oz for a Women’s size 8, a few tenths of an ounce lighter than the original model.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Asics’ recently revamped Natural33 collection, with the Gel Excel33 2 being one of our top picks in running shoes this year. So you can bet we’re pretty excited for the third iteration of the Excel33, due in early 2014. All signs indicate that this shoe will continue to be a fast feeling and lightweight trainer capable of high mileage duty.
What to Watch For
FluidRide: The 3rd Excel33 utilizes a dual-layered midsole similar to that of the current Gel Lyte33 2 – which should result in a soft underfoot feel with a bouncy and responsive ride.
New Upper Design: A new engineered mesh design provides both structure and breathability in specific areas around the forefoot, while seamless overlays hold the midfoot and heel in place.
Weight Loss: We measured 8.9 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 7.1 oz for a Women’s size 8, about an ounce in weight savings for both genders compared to the previous version.
Royal/White/Flash Orange Asics Gel Excel33 3
Charcoal/Lightning/Yellow Asics Gel Excel33 3
Charcoal/Emerald/Hot Pink Asics Gel Excel33 3
Capri Blue/Orange/Black Asics Gel Excel33 3
Molly Huddle & Duane Solomon show off the Endorphin LD4 & MD4 (Image: Saucony)
Though Saucony may not be the biggest name when it comes to spikes, there’s no denying that their track & field offerings have been impressive as of late. Their most recent distance spikes, the Endorphin MD3 and the LD3, were freakishly light, barely registering on our scales and serving as very strong contenders against the likes of Nike’s Victory and Matumbo models.
This year, it seems that Saucony has accomplished the impossible, making their Endorphin spikes even lighter and faster than before. Mind = Blown! In all seriousness though, expect this update to bring minor changes, improving upon a couple of already excellent spikes.
What To Watch For
Reduced Overlays: The MD4 and LD4 will feature fewer overlays around the rear and medial side of the shoe while strategically placing remaining overlays to maintain a secure fit.
Carryover Platform: Not messing with a good thing, the MD4 and LD4 will feature the same 6-pin and 4-pin spike plate as their respective predecessors.
Featherweight Construction: According to Saucony, the MD4 is expected to come in at 3.2 oz for a Men’s 9 and 2.8 oz for a Women’s 8, while the LD4 is listed at 2.8 oz (Men’s 9) and 2.4 oz (Women’s 8).