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Two Weeks in Running: June 1-13

June 13th, 2014

Running Warehouse may have skipped a week but the running world has certainly not slowed down with elite athletes taking to all corners of the globe.

Comrades Marathon

Zola Budd, Still Fast, Still Ruffling Feathers (Image: SA Times)

This blog begins about as far away from our San Luis Obispo office as possible with South Africa’s Comrades Marathon. The race, which links the 56 miles between the cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban is the oldest ultra marathon in the world. The course alternates directions each year and this years race was a “down run” meaning it finished in Durban, the lower altitude of the two cities resulting in a net downhill, but the competition was in no way down.

On the men’s side, South African Bongmusa Mthembu crossed the tape first in a time of 5:28:34 beating the defending “down” champion Ludwick Mamabolo by almost 5 minutes. The ladies’ competition was equally exciting with Brit Ellie Greenwood besting Russian twins Elena and Oleysa Nurglaieva, which is no small feet considering that the former of the twins is a defending 8 time champion. It was a slow year for the ladies as Ellie’s time of 6:18:15 was almost 24 minutes slower than Frith van der Merwe’s course record. I mention that mostly as an excuse to acknowledge the existence of someone named Frith van der Mewre.

Also competing was legend and barefoot-runner-before-it-was-cool Zola Budd (apparently the 56 miles is a bit long to go barefoot and she did cover her feet for this one). Of course, no Zola Budd race is complete without some controversy, and she was apparently stripped of her age group win for not wearing the right tags.

Galen Rupp Win and American Record at Pre Classic

Pre Classic

There was far too much track over the last two weeks to cover here, with major meets in the NetherlandsItaly, and Norway, and notable performances happening in countless smaller meets. Out of all the great meets, the one that garnered the most attention from Americans and from Running Warehouse was much closer to home in Eugene, Oregon.

The Prefontaine Classic featured mind-numbing races from 100m to 10,000m in this year’s rendition, undoubtedly living up to its reputation. Shannon Rowury and Galen Rupp set American records in the 2-mile (9:20.25) and in the 10,000m (26:44.36), respectively. To close out the meet, Ayanleh Souleiman ran the fastest mile ever run on American soil with his 3:47.32 to win the Bowerman, while former Buffaloes Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn continue to be fast with personal records in the 1500m and steeplechase, respectively.

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Week in Running: News from May 24-31

May 30th, 2014

Week in Review: May 24-31

IAAF World Relays Debuts in the Bahamas

The story of the week undoubtedly came from the Bahamas where the IAAF World Relays were held for the first time and were hailed as a resounding success. The athletes apparently enjoyed the trip to the tropical island to run track in front of rabid fans. Yohan Blake was announced as the “Most Valuable Teammate” for anchoring Jamaica to 4 X 100 and 4 X 200 meter victories, but New Balance athlete Brenda Martinez deserves a hearty mention for her anchor legs on American Record 4 X 800 and 4 X 1500 meter teams that secured gold and silver medals, respectively. Overall, Team USA returned with medals in 8 out of 10 events (damn dropped batons).

Christian Taylor isn't just a Triple Jumper. (IAAF)

Oiselle Owner clashes with USATF

Oiselle stirred up some controversy by sharing a photo of the American Record 4 X 1500 ladies with the Nike Swoosh logos on the uniform replaced by the logos of their respective sponsors. While USATF often chooses to operate as though closing their own eyes makes them invisible to the world, protecting their biggest sponsor’s interests is not something they should be expected to take lightly. Nike funds the lion’s share of USATF’s operations (including athletes’ trips to the Bahamas for the World Relays) and the logo on the national team uniform is undoubtedly USATF’s most valuable asset to be sold. While Oiselle continues to make noise in the running industry by making great product, (certainly a favorite among women in the Running Warehouse hallways) and Sally Bergesen is by all accounts an admirable woman, they should know that intellectual property is not something to be trifled with.

Jon Sutherland Can't be Stopped! (Runner's World)

California Man Runs Every Day for a Really Long Time

Of course the rest of the World didn’t stop running while athletes competed in the Bahamas. In fact, for 45 years and 2 days (on Tuesday) nothing has stopped Jon Sutherland from his daily run as he now holds the record for most consecutive days run. Inspired by friend and former record holder Mark Covert, Sutherland has run at least one mile a day during a streak that started as a teenager. Through surgery and hurricanes he as averaged an incredible 11 miles per day logging over 190,000 miles total. Not all of those miles were at a leisure pace either; Sutherland boasts an impressive 28:51 10k personal record. Sutherland shows no signs of slowing down either, on Tuesday he ran twice, once for the local TV cameras and once for himself. (more from ESPN last year, here)

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Week in Review: May 17-23

May 23rd, 2014

Final Standings. Photo Credit: Emma Coburn

Emma Coburn wins Steeplechase at the Shanghai Diamond League meet

Many are calling the victory surprising and unexpected as an American has never won the steeplechase event at a Diamond League event. Running Warehouse is calling it electric! Emma Coburn showcased her talent on the world stage by posting a scorching 9:19.80 in the steeplechase at the Shanghai Diamond League meet this week. Her performance places her second in the all-time American record book, behind her training partner and fellow New Balance athlete Jenny Simpson (9:12.50). She finished nearly 6 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Sofia Assefo of Ethiopia. How did she do it? She got off the line quick to avoid getting stuck in the pack and then focused on the coaching plan set to hit the 200 and 400 split times discussed in practice. What’s next for Coburn? Hear what she has to say about her future in this interview with LetsRun.com.

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Runner vs. Nature: Dealing With Bears While Running

May 22nd, 2014

Image: MasteroFitness

Perhaps one of the more exciting forms of fauna a runner can come across while on the trails is the mighty bear. In our hometown of San Luis Obispo, California, we have our share of bear sightings, including one that recently terrorized the student population of our nearby university for several days. (Incidentally, this university happens to be close to one of the larger trail networks in SLO, so this is relevant).

Though a bear sighting is sure to startle many runners, we can take solace in knowing that most bears have little to no interest in attacking humans. Opting instead to feed off of berries or fish if you’re near a stream or find a quick snack in a nearby trash bin or automobile, most bears are simply looking for a bite to eat. That said, bears can be dangerous, and it’s important to exercise caution to make your bear encounter more bearable (sorry). Read more…

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Week in Review: May 10-16

May 16th, 2014

Week in Review: May 10-16: Volcanoes, Records and Relays

Welcome to our second installment of Week in Review. It was a fast week for the running world, covering distances from 800m to 84km. Whatever distance you prefer, it is certainly getting exciting as racing season begins to blossom. Let’s jump right in.

Luis Alberto Hernando and Anna Frost take first at Transvulcania 2014

This legendary ultramarathon race covers 83km and over 4,000m of elevation up and over volcanoes on the beautiful Canary Islands. The race begins early in the morning before the sun rises and the participants begin their ascent in the dark, relying on their headlamps and creating a sea of swirling lights that illuminate the country-side.

A sea of headlamps lights up the country-side as the race begins early in the morning

Photo credit: Saul Santos (http://www.santossaul.com)

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Week In Review: May 3-9

May 9th, 2014

Welcome to Running Warehouse’s first-ever week in review. We are excited to implement a new tradition here at the House and we hope it assists you in staying up on the latest running news. If you are unfamiliar with how this works, essentially, we provide an overview of notable happenings in the running world over the last week. We can’t promise the review will be comprehensive but content will be running specific and hopefully, informative. Don’t get me wrong, we love the latest LOLcats photos or trending hashtags, but this blog is dedicated to running and nothing else. So with no further delay, let’s begin.

The 60 year anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister breaking the 4-minute mile barrier

In an interview with the Guardian, Mr. Bannister stated “more people have climbed Everest than have run a four-minute mile.” Although both achievements are incredibly impressive, it’s like comparing apples and oranges. However, even for the avid runner, breaking 4 minutes is noteworthy.  Since Mr. Bannister’s day, this standard still holds weight in measuring the prowess of runners. Sir Roger, we pay you homage for your victory and forever changing the sport of running.

Commemorative plaque at Iffley Road Track, Oxford, England

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Runner vs. Nature: How To Deal With Snakes While Running

May 6th, 2014

Here on the Central Coast of California, the warmer days are upon us as the seasons turn towards summer. While this is a great thing for us runners who prefer a little heat, it also means that we will be sharing our trails with a few slithery friends. Read more…

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Employee Spotlight: Juli Looks Back At Boston

May 2nd, 2014

The 118th running of the Boston Marathon was one for the books. Not only did it result in an American breaking the tape for the first time since 1985, but it showed the stunning resilience of the running community and the people of Boston.

This year, our very own customer service ninja and ultramarathon stud Juli made an emotional return to Beantown after running the marathon for the first time last year. She crossed the line in 3:19:50. We chatted with her prior to her race, and caught up with her again afterwards to get a feel for how it went. Read more…

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Congratulations to Meb and Bob

April 28th, 2014

Meb Keflezighi has undoubtedly been stuck in the middle of a whirlwind of cameras and microphones for the past seven days – a whirlwind that is likely to continue for weeks to come. This is one of the side effects of winning the Boston Marathon and while this storm may carry more fury than others that Meb has experienced, he will enjoy every minute of it. He is happy not only to grow his own brand but to give attention to the sport that has woven its way into every facet of his life. Read more…

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The Boston Marathon, 50 Years Ago

April 21st, 2014

As you likely know, the 118th Boston Marathon took place today, resulting in the first American victory since 1985 (congrats, Meb!). You’ve probably seen your fair share of images from the race, or maybe even tuned into the livestream that captured the spectacle that causes the entire running world to stop and look every Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. The crowds, the production, and the glory of it all make the Boston Marathon a truly remarkable event.

It wasn’t always like this though. Rewind just 50 years to 1964, and the scenes of the Boston Marathon consisted of little more than an underground gathering of the sport’s hardcore. Sure, there were crowds to witness the top runners, but many were limited to running through traffic and finishing on a deserted street with only a line painted on the ground to greet them, all for their own sense of accomplishment.

If anything else it’s a cool video for you running nerds, well worth the 30 minutes. Footage from the race itself starts around 13:30.

[via Let’s Run]

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