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Ashton Eaton – The World’s Fastest Shoe Lacer?

February 3rd, 2014

Nike sponsored decathlete Ashton Eaton has a fairly impressive resume. Gold medalist, world record holder, etc. It appears, though, that lately he’s been focusing on a title that will easily cast a shadow over his other accomplishments: World’s Fastest Shoe Lacer.

Ashton, seen with the soon-to-be-released Nike Flyknit Lunar2, has a lot of event shoes, and it makes sense that he wants to be able to switch these shoes quickly between events for efficiency’s sake. Therefore, his contention for the coveted shoe-lacing crown shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone.

What is surprising, though, is that being the world’s greatest athlete doesn’t mean you don’t have to tie your own shoes.

The Nike Flyknit Lunar2 will be available February 6th. For more about the shoe, check out this video featuring Nike’s Senior Design Director, Rob Dolan:

[Videos via Nike]

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New Balance Buyer Vs. Sales Rep Giveaway

January 21st, 2014

Update 1/21: Those of you who follow this blog were undoubtedly caught up in a recent runner’s duel that took place between our enthusiastic New Balance sales rep, Jason, and Erik, our very own footwear buyer.

In an intense half marathon in Carlsbad on Sunday, Erik put up a swift-footed performance, finishing in an impressive 1 hour, 27 minutes. As quick as Erik’s time was, however, it was not enough to match the 1:20 clocked by our New Balance sales rep, Jason.

Congratulations to all who picked Jason, the New Balance rep to come out on top in this intensely contested footrace, and special congratulations to Tyson in TX, the winner of the New Balance Buyer Vs. Rep Giveaway! Thank you to all who entered! Read more…

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Win an Entry to the SLO Marathon with FLUID

January 20th, 2014

Looking to come spend a weekend of running and funning on California’s beautiful Central Coast?

Our good friends at Fluid Sports Nutrition are giving you a chance to win a vacay weekend in our very own hometown of San Luis Obispo for the SLO Marathon and Half Marathon on April 26-27th.

Up for grabs is a prize package of 2 entries to the SLO Marathon or Half, hotel, dinner for 2, and wine tasting, all worth $1500.

Simply purchase either a 30-serving tub of Fluid Performance or a 16-serving tub of Fluid Recovery from Running Warehouse anytime between now and January 31st, and enter code FLUIDSM upon checkout. A winner will be drawn on February 14th.

Note that travel is not included within this promo.

For more info on the promotion and contest rules, please visit the SLO Marathon’s Promotions page.

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5 New Years Resolutions for Runners

December 23rd, 2013

Hit the trails in 2014. Be a happier runner in 2014.

So the New Year is around the corner, and for many, its time to think of how to be a better person in 2014 than in 2013. You know, New Year, New You and all that.

Fitness-related resolutions amongst the masses are typically short-lived (just look at your local gym on January 2nd vs. February 2nd), but as runners, we can do better. So we put together five small suggestions on what we think will make a positive impact on your running, your enjoyment of running, and/or your hardcore score over this next year. Read more…

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Happy 10th Birthday, Inov-8!

December 13th, 2013

Inov-8 turned a decade old this year, and to celebrate, founder Wayne Edy takes a look back at the first 10 years of the company and the inspiration behind their footwear.

It’s interesting to see that over the years, Inov-8 sticks true to their original design philosophies, allowing the company to carve out its spot in the running marketplace and find success as a niche brand. Since the beginning, Inov-8 footwear has been about allowing the foot to control the shoe and not the other way around, while also providing a strong emphasis on lightweight performance and confidence-inspiring grip on a variety of surfaces, traits that we still see in their shoes to this day.

Be sure to check out our selection of Inov-8 footwear and accessories for men and women.

[via Inov-8]

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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!

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The Inspirational Running Video to End All Inspirational Running Videos

November 27th, 2013

Followers of this blog may have noticed a number of recent posts on why people run (we should really turn this into a series), and this video by Anthony Nicolau does a great job of summing up the reasons. So whether you run for those who can’t, for the cure, or for year-round pumpkin spice lattes, take a look at the video and get inspired have a laugh.

[via Runnit]

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The Results Are In: Tera Rocked Red Rock

November 27th, 2013

Normally we’d hate to toot our own horn, but we totally called this one: Tera rocked Red Rock this past weekend. OK, we may be a little biased, but she absolutely killed it on this 50 mile race! We caught up with her post race and picked her brain on how she felt the race went.

Overall, how was the race?  Did you get “gritty”?
In one word, amazing! We had to say an oath at the beginning of a race stating, “If I get lost, hurt, or die, it’s my own damn fault,” so considering I didn’t get hurt, lost (just confused at times), and lived to run another day, I think I fared well. In all seriousness, I’m thrilled with a finishing time of 10:09, second by 6 minutes (a young lady passed me with gusto about 12 miles from the finish) and 6th overall. I’m absolutely thrilled with the results. I also met my goals by finishing before it got dark and gained some grittiness out there for sure!

What was the hardest/most challenging part of the race?
Two things: 1. Heading downhill for 6 1/2 miles to the turnaround at the halfway point and knowing we had to climb right back up. That section had very technical footing with boulder-like rocks and sand. It never seemed to end. 2. Heading back up took an hour and a half, and my quads started cramping. That’s when I began pounding the salt, which seemed to help.

What was the best part of the race?
Again two things. 1. Having to get our handcrafted Hawaiian finisher’s award at the top of Montecito Peak around mile 22. It was a short scramble that took a total of 10 minutes, but just killer on the legs and we almost had to put our hands to the ground. We had to wear the medal the rest of the race and present it to the finish line personnel in order to stop the clock. 2. When my buddy, Scott, who was also racing, literally stopped in his tracks as we passed by one another and put his hands on his hips to ask me if I was enjoying the course yet! I was laughing inside and thinking, what a goofball, but only managed a wry smile and grunt.

Do you feel like you were prepared? Were you happy with your training?
I was so lucky to have a couple friends prepare me mentally for the climbs and technical footing that the race brought and to get me out on some brutal training runs. I believe I did what I could with the time I had. Working full time with a family only allows for so much in this spot. I don’t have a “normal” social life.

What did you learn from this race?
Always remember that it’s more than a race. It’s an amazing adventure with some of the best company around that I am lucky to be apart of. And there are some truly amazing sights in the Santa Ynez Mountains surrounding Santa Barabara. I definitely want to go back there with my family and do some camping.

What’s up next on the schedule?
Rest, eat turkey, and enjoy Christmas with my family. Western States lottery on Dec. 7th will be the deciding factor of many races in 2014, but regardless of that outcome, I’m seriously looking at Sean O’Brien 50M on February 1st.

Allie Running Sport

Tera’s Ready to Rock Red Rock

November 20th, 2013

With the 2013 nearing an end, our retail manager, Tera, rounds out race season this weekend for our RW employees.  We caught up with her to gather some pre-race thoughts and insights into this weekend.

What race have you been training for?
A: The Santa Barbara Red Rock 50 Mile.  It’s an out and back course starting at Rancho Oso heading to the San Ysidro Trail Head and back.

What are your goals going into this race?
A: First and foremost, to get “gritty”. Even though at this point in my career I consider myself a veteran ultra runner, I still have a lot of work to do as far as really digging deep when the going gets tough and overcoming negative thoughts that creep in. I chose this race because it’s an “old fashioned” hardcore ultra that doesn’t offer a lot of support and gains more than 15,000 feet. Just read the race description and it will probably scare the dickens out of you, as it did me. Race director, Luis Escobar, really tells it like it is. So I’m hoping I survive and become a mentally stronger runner for the effort. Considering the intensity of the climbing, I’m going to try and go out conservatively and see if I can negative split the second half. Overall, I expect a long arduous day on the trails and to hopefully be done before dark.

What type of training/racing have you done to prepare for this race?
A: My training weeks have ranged anywhere from 45 to 80 miles/week. I raced the Skyline 50k back in August and set a personal course record despite a short comeback after some down time. My long weekend training runs have been consistent; the longest being a 6 hour run with some tough vertical climbs just a couple weeks ago. I’ve added a bit more road runs with fartleks and intervals, simply because it’s too dark to run on the trails when I head out at 5:30AM during the work-week. Too many kitty cats in the SLO hills. So if the trail ever gets flat, watch out!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or meals that are a must come this weekend?
A: Nothing in particular. I’m camping out at the camp site where the race begins with my running pals. We’ll most likely eat pasta and salad the night before. I’ll try to put down a good amount of calories in the morning because I want to be well fueled for a run of that length, but nerves can get in the way. I’ll try eating a banana and bagel, and then a gel right before the start. Camping the night before a race will be a first for me, so I’m definitely bringing a pillow and earplugs!!

What gear do you plan on outfitting yourself with come race day?
A: New Balance shirt/shorts, Pearl Izumi Trail N2 shoes, Feetures Elite socks, Nathan Intensity 2L pack, Amphipod Hydraform Handheld, and Headsweats Go Hat.

Everyone here are RW is wishing you the best of luck this weekend Tera!  We know you’re going to rock it!

Allie Running Sport

14-Year-Old Runs a Marathon on Every Continent

November 19th, 2013

The motivation of a runner is uniquely personal.  For some, it is to maintain or improve health.  For others, it is an outlet to alleviate stress or a time for personal reflection outside of everyday life.

On a deeper level, some runners and athletes are motivated to take on physical challenges by the memory of another individual. In the midst of a physical and mental trial, some find a connection to their past and to those they have lost.

Winter Vinecki, at only 14 years old, recently completed her seventh marathon to set a world record as the youngest person to run a marathon on every continent.  Even further, her mother also completed each race. Together, they set a separate world record as the first mother-daughter duo to complete a marathon on every continent.  Completing one marathon is a feat in its own right, but to complete 7 at age 14 is remarkable.

Her motivation: the memory of her late father and the goal to raise awareness and support for the fight against prostate cancer, which claimed his life five years ago. Her efforts have raised nearly a million dollars for prostate cancer research through the non-profit she formed for the cause.

Where do you pull your inspiration from?

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