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Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Runners

December 15th, 2014

It has been said that it is better to give than to receive. And…that statement is probably correct. In fact, the Science of Generosity Initiative, one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted on Americans’ giving habits, reports that there is a strong correlation between giving and happiness. Those who give of their time and resources are generally more happy than those who do not (The New Republic, 2014). And, regardless of the research, many of us can agree that the look of absolute surprise and sheer delight on the face of the recipient when opening a gift floods the gift-giver with deep satisfaction and a sense that (in that moment) all is right with the world.

But before we get too gushy about this whole thing, let’s not forget one very important detail. Gift giving is HARD (let me clarify; when I say gift giving, what I really mean is gift choosing). The choosing process has the potential to turn one of the most joyful experiences into a royal pain in the you-know-what. So, we are here to help. Every runner has different needs based on their experience level, athletic ability and personality type, and we have matched some of the year’s finest products to the appropriate runner type.

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What to Wear for Winter Running: A Head to Toe Guide

December 11th, 2014

Randy from A Christmas Story, like a tick about to popGrowing up in a small, snowy mountain town in the Sierra Nevada mountains, I was no stranger to dealing with inclement weather. I knew what it was like to be forced to brave the freezing conditions to and from school (and everywhere in between). Not unlike Randy’s mom from A Christmas Story, my mother would make sure that I was tightly bundled and layered before I ever left the house. I was going to stay warm, whether I could keep my arms down or not.

Running in a get up like Randy’s doesn’t prove successful, comfortable, or practical, though. When it comes to running in winter weather, staying warm isn’t the only thing that matters. Visibility, mobility, ventilation, and comfort are other factors to consider.

Let me take you through some appropriate winter running solutions, head to toe.

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Buying Guide 2014: Running Gloves

November 21st, 2014

The cold weather season brings a unique set of challenges. How much egg nog should I be drinking? How many days in a row can I wear my favorite sweater without anyone noticing? If I fuel up pre-run with hot chocolate and and candy canes, how much will I regret it later? Clearly, there’s a lot to think about this time of year.

Despite the myriad of decisions you will be making as the temperatures plummet, deciding to forgo your run shouldn’t be one. Let’s face it… you’re not “normal”, as my buddy Calvin pointed out. You’re a crazy committed runner, and not even the harshest winter weather can keep you from your daily run. Since not running is simply not an option, one thing that you should consider is how to keep warm on those chilly runs. Wearing the proper apparel is going to make a huge difference in your running experience, but apparel can only go so far in providing coverage. You’re hands often find themselves left out in the cold. I know what you’re thinking – “But I already have thumbholes and little hand mitts in my sleeves!” Sure, these features are pretty handy (pun intended) , but no matter how long your sleeves, they will always fall short. If you want sufficient protection, coverage, and warmth while running in this winter wonderland, you’re going to want gloves.

Now that we’ve determined the value of a good pair of gloves to keep you warm and protected, here comes the hard part. Which gloves to choose?

Cool Days

ASICS Everyday Liner GlovesFor cool day protection, these ASICS gloves provide moisture management, and a slip-free grip: ASICS Everyday Liner Gloves (MSRP: $12.00)

It’s your average winter day. Chilly, but not cold enough to warrant more than a thin layer of coverage. Think of these minimal gloves as an extra layer of skin. The purpose is to shield you from the cold air but not trap too much heat. Because the fabric of technical gloves for running is moisture-wicking, your sweat will be pulled away from your skin so that you can stay dry and comfortable while you focus your run. Since these gloves are relatively thin, you won’t have to sacrifice dexterity for protection. As an added bonus, you can wear them underneath a pair of heavier gloves in more extreme circumstances.

Cold Days

Brooks Adapt Gloves IIFor cold day insulation, these gloves, with an added water-resistant mitt to trap in the heat, will do the trick: Brooks Adapt Gloves II (MSRP: $50.00)

Some days are beyond “cool” but not quite extremely cold, and you need more features within your gloves to keep you warm. You’re either going to want to amp up the insulating layers in your glove, reach for a pair of mitts, or go for the convertible glove-to-mitten option. But why mitts? What makes them so great for keeping your hands extra toasty? Well, mitts provide more warmth than normal gloves because the trapped air between your fingers provides additional insulation. When wearing mitts, you may not have the dexterity you need to update your status on Facebook, but if you could, it would say something like “Killing my run! And OMG, my hands are so warm, and so not frostbitten!” Do not dismay, however; if you desperately need to update that status, the adjustable 2-in-1 glove to mitt option allows for an easy transition between mitten and glove. Boom. The best of both worlds.

Coldest Days

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB GlovesFor the most hardcore winter weather conditions, these gloves offer deluxe features and extreme protection: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB Gloves (MSRP: $100.00)

It’s snowy, rainy, freezing… you name it and winter is throwing it at you. You need gloves that are rated for the coldest temperatures around. These gloves are thicker, built with sturdy materials to keep the frosty wind out, and with features like an adjustable Velcro cuff, you can keep water and wind out. A fleece lining will make your hands feel toasty and warm. A waterproof and windproof shell blocks out the elements to provide your hands with additional shelter from the conditions. Oh, and don’t forget to update your Twitter followers about your crazy, wintery run… thanks to nifty touch screen-friendly fingertips you can still use your smartphone.

Darkest Days

Nathan SpeedShift Gloves w/LED 2014For low-light runs, you’ll be much more visible thanks to these gloves that have not only reflective design details but also built in LED lights: Nathan SpeedShift Gloves w/LED 2014 (MSRP: $50.00)

Along with the freezing temperatures comes shorter, stormier days, and this means that you will come across more situations where you are running in low-light conditions. Poor weather plus a lack of visibility is a recipe for danger, and it’s enough to make all runners want to stand out on the roads. Gloves that come with increased reflectivity, or even LED lights, will shed some light on the situation and keep you seen and safe as you run through the darkness.

So, as you carefully choose which gloves are perfect for your crazy normal winter running needs, remember to drink as much eggnog as you can, wear that favorite sweater as often as you please, and enjoy all of your wintery treats during this beautiful time of year.

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Timex One GPS+ Brings Next Wave of Innovation to Running Watches

October 21st, 2014

The colorful and functional touchscreen on the Timex One GPS+

Blogger Note: Unfortunately the Timex One GPS+ release has been delayed until Spring 2015

Timex, a brand with over one and half centuries of shaping our relationship with time, has partnered with telecom companies AT&T and Qualcomm to add the latest 3G technology to create a running product that allows for text and email notifications, social media and music usage, on the go, all without the use of a smartphone. Sounds flashy, right? Well, you might be surprised how practical it feels. Join us for a first look at the upcoming Timex One GPS+ Watch (optional HRM combo available).

3G Connectivity On the Go

Going for a marathon best and wish you could have your friends and family with you the whole time? Your child can send you a message right at mile twenty to get you through the wall. Coaches, do you wish you could help out on the big workout but can’t be two places at once? Tell your athlete to slow down when they start going a little crazy over the first few repeats. Get lost on a training run? Send an SOS with your location attached. Want to brag about your latest adventure? Upload to your favorite tracking platform right away. This is a glimpse of some of the ways this new watch will change how runners interact with each other while doing what they love: running.

Cautious runners might appreciate that friends and family can track you as you take on your favorite trail or city run around your office after work. While, the escapist types may prefer to be disconnected, you get to choose who has access to your location. Certainly, the One GPS+ watch creates an opportunity for runners to have it all.

More Features Than Ever

Timex wants to fit as many run-enhancing smartphone features as possible in the watch and for many people that includes music storage. The One GPS+ features 4GB of music storage that is audible through any Bluetooth headphones. Do you have that perfect playlist that helps you get through the toughest stretches of your training? Queue up Phil Collins!

Timex’ technological advances in One GPS+ aren’t limited to the unit’s ability to replace your smartphone. Partnering with Qualcomm has enhanced the usability of the watch further by creating a screen visible in direct sunlight with MIRASOL technology.

Screen display in direct sunlight. Photo: Timex

Of course, all of this innovation is in addition to the standard features of a top-of-the-line GPS watch. The speed and distance monitor has automatic alerts for personal records, the Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor lets you know whether you’re in the zone, and the watch is compatible with Strava, MapMyRun, and RunKeeper applications.

As with all Timex Ironman branded watches, this one comes with Indiglo for use at all hours, offers water-resistance to 50 meters, though GPS and 3G features will not work under water. The interval timer, when combined with GPS capability creates endless potential for programming different workouts.

3G: Yay! or Nay?

The Timex One GPS+ probably isn’t a tool to completely replace your smart phone while running. It isn’t capable of browsing the Internet or downloading the boundless apps that are available for running (there likely won’t be a watch with those capabilities for a while). But, if you need to stay connected on your run, but hate being tied to your phone, the Timex One GPS+ is the latest and greatest option.

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Introducing the New Garmin Forerunner 15

June 20th, 2014

Photo: Garmin

The Garmin Forerunner 15 takes a step forward in the Entry Level GPS watch department.  Utilizing the simplicity of the FR10 and the daily activity tracking features of the Garmin Vívofit, the Forerunner 15 is the perfect hybrid for the runner on a budget.

The Forerunner 15 receives a major upgrade in technology over its predecessor, the FR10, and is the perfect middle ground for someone who isn’t ready make the jump to the advanced FR220 model.  While the Forerunner 15 uses the same outer shell as the FR10 (both small and large options), the technology features are far greater.  One new improvement is the introduction heart rate monitor capability.  This addition allows you to further enhance your training experience by signaling when to push yourself a little harder and when to hold yourself back.  By applying heart rate features along with Virtual Pacer™, the user has all the necessary data to optimize performance.

Color options available from Garmin. Photo: Garmin

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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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