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Osmo Nutrition is now available at Running Warehouse!

March 10th, 2014

We’re excited to introduce Osmo as the lastest addition to our fantastic range of nutrition products! Having seen significant success in the cycling world, Osmo is starting to gain traction amongst us runners as well. Created by Dr. Stacy Sims, Msc, PhD, a renowned nutritionist and exercise physiologist, Osmo is based on the latest and greatest in scientific research, designed to deliver the most effective hydration and recovery products available. Read more…

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It’s the Injinji St. Patty’s Day Toesock Giveaway!

March 6th, 2014


Hey, it’s March! The month of college basketball and the beginning of a slow progression out of the dark days of winter. Oh yeah, and St. Patrick’s Day! Break out that crock pot – it’s time to get some corned beef and cabbage going on in here!

In the spirit of this most joyful holiday, we’re giving away four pairs of Injinji’s special edition St. Patrick’s Day Toesocks! These socks are the perfect way to keep the blisters away during your St. Patty’s Day race, or for just keeping the pinchers at bay during your training run (or subsequent pub crawl). Yay! These will not be available on our website, so this will be your only chance to rock shamrocks on your socks. Read more…

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Introducing Osprey Hydration Packs

February 28th, 2014

The term Osprey conjures up three things. The first one is a glorious sea-bird, with a wingspan of nearly a yard, born to hunt and to strike awe upon any onlooker. The second, an airplane-helicopter hybrid that is clearly one of the most incredible flying machines to grace the skies, also striking awe upon any casual observer.

The third just might be the most awesome of the three, especially if you’re a runner like us. While they may not be able to achieve flight, we think Osprey hydration packs are nothing short of impressive. Read more…

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Using the Garmin Forerunner 620

December 12th, 2013

Posted by Taro, Thursday December 12, 2013

The new Garmin Forerunner 620 is one of the more hyped pieces of running tech to come across these parts this holiday season. Honestly, this GPS watch is so loaded with features that it’s hard to keep up just reading about it online – if you dare to try, you may read on its tech details here – it’s best to actually use it to get a full sense of its capabilities.

Luckily, our very own Dan, a key member of our customer service team and noted Phil Collins fan, had picked up a Forerunner 620 during a recent trip to the Big Apple and has been putting his new watch to good use. So I decided to hunt him down and get his thoughts on how his new watch has changed his running experience. Here’s how that encounter went down:

Hi Dan. Ooohh!! Look at that Garmin Forerunner 620 on your wrist! Mind if I ask you a few questions about it?

Taro! Absolutely dude. Fire away!

Word is you’ve had the 620 for a few weeks now. How much have you used your shiny new 620 so far?

So, I used it in the NYC marathon, and a half marathon on December 8th. It’s been with me on a couple runs in the last week or so, and I’ll be cranking up the mileage for a 50k in February, so it’ll get plenty more use soon.

How easy is using the 620? Could a toddler figure it out?

Well I haven’t handed mine over to a toddler yet. It all depends on how complicated you want the experience to be. If you want the watch to only track time, pace and mileage, it is as simple as pressing the run button. However, if you want to get hardcore and get your VO2Max, vertical oscillation, ground contact time and other heart rate-based metrics, the setup time takes a little while.

What is your single favorite new feature of your 620? Yes, you have to pick just one.

The coolest feature is the ability to track your friends when you run. People sometimes ask me if they can track me when I run, so now they have the ability to do so! The only drawback is that you have to carry your smartphone so that Garmin can use the phone’s signal to convey your position. For those who don’t want to carry very many things while they run, this could be a total bummer for them.

That’s pretty cool, but let’s not forget the most important feature of a watch. Does it tell time too?

Surprisingly, yes! Better yet, it even has a button that you can press to display time. Pure genius if you ask me.

How has using your 620 affected your training?

After doing a side-by-side comparison with the 610, I’ve noticed that the connectivity is better with the 620, which gives more accurate data readouts. The way the data is displayed is concise and easy to understand, which has allowed me to make changes to my training and workout routines.

Would you say that the 620 makes you a better runner?

I would say that the 620 could help those who really rely on data to improve performance. However, I rely on trying new running techniques to improve my efficiency.

How about a better person?

Well, the 620 did make me a pretty popular employee for a while since everyone wanted to check it out. However, since RW got them in stock, I’m not as cool as I use to be.

If you had to choose between running with a friend or running with the 620, which would it be?

This may be a toss up, but I’m gonna have to say running with a buddy.

Now that you’ve run with a 620, will you ever be able to go back to running without one?

Even though the 620 is pretty awesome, I still really enjoy running without a watch.

On a scale of one to awesome, what score would you give the 620?

Does awesome to the infinite power count?

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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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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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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 Zensah Tie Dye Leg Sleeves!

October 2nd, 2013

Zensah is a leading brand in compression and support running apparel. Their calf/leg sleeves just got a whole lot groovier thanks to the new tie-dye prints the brand recently added.

Now you can channel your inner hippie when you wear these popular calf/leg sleeves – for free! Choose from one of these 3 great colors:

This contest is now closed. Congrats to contest winners Kathy, Colin, Juwon, Meredith, Tonya and Joe. Thanks to everyone who entered!

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UltrAspire 2013 Vest Rundown

September 24th, 2013

Over just the past 2 years, race vests have become a top choice for carrying hydration and other essentials on longer runs. UltrAspire, an innovator in athlete-inspired hydration products and other running gear, has a complete line of light, fast and comfortable race vests.

For 2013, the entire line receives a few notable updates. The biggest change is the sweat-proof webbing with increased ventilation. This keeps the packs from getting bogged down with sweat as you run and reduces the risk of the vest causing overheating. In addition, packs with bladders and tubing get a new pull out/push in valve for better flow of liquid.

These new features add to the core features runners expect from UltrAspire, such as the contoured pack shape for excellent range of motion, fit that reduces pressure points, and hook strap closures that are more comfortable and durable than snap buckles.

Here are the key features of the UltrAspire vest lineup:

Reservoir Dogs

  • Spry – The lightest weight vest from UltrAspire with a bladder, the Spry gives you a 1L reservoir and plenty of small stash pockets for nutrition or small personal items.
  • Alpha – The Alpha considerably bumps up your hydration and storage capacity over the Spry. The reservoir doubles to 2L, a rear pocket is added, and a rear shock cord can stash packable apparel.
  • Surge – The Surge gives you 2L of hydration along with larger pockets front and rear compared to the Alpha, and still comes in at under a pound total weight with an empty reservoir.
  • Omega – This vest bumps up your storage capacity even more than the Surge, yet adds almost no additional weight. The rear stretch pocket is great for stashing lightweight apparel.

Bottle Rockets

  • Revolution – The lightweight racing vest for runners who prefer bottles. This is a great option if you don’t want to sip from a bladder but do need a comfortable place to stash a spare bottle. Front pockets and the left rear pocket provide several storage options for nutrition and small essentials.
  • Kinetic – Double your bottle storage with the unique design of this vest, which keeps bottles stable, in proper position, and easily accessible. As an added bonus, the Kinetic is available in Small/Medium and Large/Extra Large sizes for a more custom fit.
  • Fastpack – Do some serious haulin’ with this pack. As its name suggests, the Fastpack is designed for fastpackers who spend multiple days running trails. As such, it has enough storage volume for clothing and compact sleeping gear, while remaining light and efficient. You could also add a hydration bladder (not included) in back for maximum hydration on the go.

Midnight Run

  • UltraViz Spry – This nocturnal cousin of the Spry vest is designed for low-light conditions. The Neon Yellow UltraViz color is accented by front and rear reflective detailing for maximum visibility. This vest sports many of the same premium features on UltrAspire’s other vests, including the sweat-proof mesh webbing, hook-design strap closures, and easy-reach front mesh pockets. Though not included, an UltrAspire 1L reservoir can easily fit in the rear pouch of this vest.

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Running Shoelace Overview

August 20th, 2013

Running is beautifully simple: you just lace up and head out the door. But wait…what’s the deal with all the different types of shoelaces out there? Shoelace styles differ in more than just appearance, with each type offering a unique benefit. Figuring out which shoelace style is your favorite can enhance your training and racing experience.

Flat laces

Flat laces are the most common type you’ll find as standard equipment in your running shoes. They’re also one of the easiest styles to lace up, so if you’re putting a new set of laces in your trainers, you might opt for this style. Flat laces tend to stay very securely tied, which is why many of the runners here at the ‘House prefer these both for training and race day. The flat lace also spreads pressure more evenly across the top of the foot.

Round laces

If you’ve found that you have a hard time getting your stout double knot untied after your run, round laces might be just the ticket for you. Since the lace is round, the knot isn’t able to cinch down on itself as much as it can with flat laces. Round laces also tend to give a shoe a more “minimal” look, which is why you’ll find them on shoes like the Brooks PureProject line and the Nike Free Flyknit+. You can try a pair of round laces in your everyday trainers for easier on/off.

Specialty laces

For ultimate convenience try a specialty lace designed to give your shoe a more custom fit and provide easy on/off. For a lace that cinches down instead of tying, take a look at Yankz! Sure Lace System or Lock Laces. For an even more streamlined lace experience, grab a pair of Xtenex X300 Shoe Laces. Just lace up your shoes and pull these laces snug (no knot necessary). The laces stretch enough for you to slip your foot in without readjusting them, so your trainers will always be ready to go when you are.

BOA Laces
The BOA lace closure system is comprised of steel lace, nylon guides and a mechanical reel. You simply twist the wheel to find your preferred level of tightness, and then pull the wheel up to release the steel wire when you want to remove the shoe. There aren’t many shoes with this technology (Zoot is the only brand we carry that currently offers it), but for runners who want a quick, easy way to “dial in” the fit of their shoes, this system hits the spot.

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