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Common Wealth Games take over Glasgow

July 24th, 2014
Commonwealth games now running

The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth games began with a bang yesterday (Image: Getty)

While the sun may have set a while ago on the British Empire, much of the pomp and circumstances of the time endures to date. The Commonwealth Games, especially for sports fans, are the epitome of those traditions. Glasgow, Scotland plays host to this year’s edition of the quadrennial sports festival that mirrors the Olympics, albeit in a smaller scale for most of the English-speaking world outside of the United States.

Many of the world’s greatest track athletes are invited, making the event a significant fixture on the track calendar. With countries like Jamaica, Kenya, Australia, New Zealand, and India being represented, the competition is sure to be intense. Of course, the United Kingdom will also bring their best athletes to Glasgow as well. However, in this competition they represent their home nations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales instead of wearing the Union Jack.

While the withdrawal of Mo Farah is a big blow to the event, there is still enough great talent in the mix to create legacies and introduce new heroes. The most prominent name on the marquee is surely Usain Bolt, but he is only committed to Jamaica’s 4 X 100m relay team. Other prominent stories include Kenyan David Rudisha, world record holder in the 800, continuing his comeback from injury. New Zealand’s Valerie Adams is continuing her unprecedented winning streak in the shot put, and Englishman Greg Rutherford is hoping to add a matching Commonwealth medal to his Olympic gold in the long jump.

Rudisha Running World Record

David Rudisha has high hopes this year after recovering from a knee injury (photo: AP)

The Opening Ceremonies occurred yesterday and featured Rod Stewart belting out his hits and Scottish terriers leading each country in the parade. Also, during the opening ceremonies, £3.1 was raised for the charity Unicef to help children world wide with some of the participating countries being some of the neediest. While athletes don’t take to the track until Sunday, competition has started in earnest today with swimming, track cycling, gymnastics and many other sports already handing out medals. England’s Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonny did do some running today to win gold and silver (respectively) in the triathlon while Jodie Stimpson won for England on the women’s side.

The Commonwealth of Nations is, at best, a rough alliance of countries that share some language, culture, and an increasingly distant history under one monarchy (many times an unsavory history at that). The ability of the countries to come together and celebrate many of their greatest athletes is worthy of notice. Athletes like Bolt and Rudisha, choosing to travel to Glasgow and represent their countries instead of saving their legs for more lucrative meets in the months to come, is a testament to the games and their prestigious history.

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Runner vs. Nature: Skunks Stink

July 10th, 2014

Throughout the United States, skunks are hiding in cat-sized crevasses waiting to roam the night (or if you are reading this at night, they are roaming currently). These opportunistic animals are happy hunting insects and small rodents, foraging for berries, scavenging a convenient carcass, or making a mess of your trashcan. Over time, their versatility has allowed them to thrive in virtually every condition and take on urban sprawl with little impact on their population whereas other animals have been less successful at “fitting into society”.

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Skunks can't be missed (Image: Britannic)

Where most animals use camouflage to blend in, skunks are outsiders. If squirrels listen to Coldplay, skunks listen to Rancid and dress the part. Like our neighborhood punk rock aficionados, standing out is part of their visage and lets the rest of us know that they play by a different set of rules. Where their furry friends scurry to safety at the first sign of danger, skunks are more apt to mosey on brazenly until predators prove they are serious.

Despite their prolific presence in our environment, runner-skunk encounters are rare. Still, if you run enough miles, particularly at dusk or dawn, it is likely that you will see a skunk in your running career. If you get too close, you, and your social life will be immediately impacted.

While other mammals have the ability to create a musky scent for territory marking or mating purposes only skunks have the ability to spray their musk as a projectile. As anyone with experience can attest, their musk is by far the most potent. From glands in the skunk’s rear, the offensive fluid can be sprayed up to 12 feet with a good amount of accuracy.

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Pozo 5K 2014 Race Results

July 9th, 2014

What a wonderful day at the Pozo Saloon! We had the most participants in the history of the race. While we did not have any records broken, there were some speedy times. I will let you look at the results to see who ran what (see results below). We would like to thank all of our friends, who woke up extremely early on a holiday and drove out to the middle of nowhere, to help make this event such a success. We honestly could not have done it without your help. So thank you very much!

Another big thank you to all of the participants! You helped us raise over $4000 for Jack’s Helping Hand. That is amazing! For more detailed information on Jack’s Helping Hand, check out our blog post here.

Thank you to the Pozo Saloon for their continued support of the 5K. We really appreciate you support.

Thanks to Josh at J. Carroll for the screaming deal on the awesome T-shirts! They were very popular.

Thanks to San Luis Ambulance for providing medical response and care on the course.

It seems that this little race is quite popular, as we continue to see many of the same names year after year. A few of the names are Ivan Huff and his group from Paso Robles High School, the Hungerford Family, the Mackinga Family, Kevin and Mary Cooper, the Wilson Family, Matt Ruane, and Carol Sinsheimer.

Thank you also to many of the employees of Running Warehouse and Tennis Warehouse. Your help and enthusiasm was wonderful!

Erik and Marissa Dube, father and daughter tandem

I hope that everyone involved had a good time, and I truly appreciate all of your help in raising money for a wonderful cause!

See you next year!

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Q&A with Stephanie Nunes: A Look at Gluten-free Diets for Runners

July 3rd, 2014

Stephanie Nunes talks Nutrition

Stephanie Nunes of Rock Solid Nutrition is a San Luis Obispo native and Running Warehouse friend. She is a registered dietitian (RD) with over 15 years of experience and is certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) that has helped countless athletes, elite and beginner alike, achieve their goals.

Today she will be answering some nutrition questions that have become popular of late. Particularly, we will be discussing food allergies. Given the ever-expanding gluten-free section at many grocery stores and a strong push by many across the world to see more ingredients listed on restaurant menus, this surely a popular topic at the moment.

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Western States Race Recap with Tera Dube

July 1st, 2014

Tera enjoying the beauty of Robinson Flat

Racing is inherently unpredictable. It’s part of its charm. We can spend an eternity preparing for race day but any number of unforeseen factors can derail even the best-laid plans. Mastering the unpredictable is addictive and it is why we runners search ceaselessly for new challenges. It may be new personal records, more competitive fields, and longer distances over the most taxing courses.

This past weekend, Tera Dube, our retail manager and fountain of positive energy that helps this company thrive, reached the epitome of ultra running when she toed the line at the Western States Endurance run. As an automatic qualifier by virtue of  a fourth place finish at the Sean O’Brien 50 miler, she had her eyes on a top 10 finish and a sub 24- hour belt buckle. Her training lined up perfectly and she was confidently prepared for the journey from Squaw Valley to Auburn.

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Western States Endurance Run: 100 Miles of Prestige (and Running)

June 26th, 2014

A 24-hour Completion = Silver Buckle Award. Photo: TNF & Runner's World, 2006

Claiming one’s self as the most prestigious anything is a bold statement. It’s one that comes with the risk of backlash if expectations are left unmet. It generally takes years of experience, as well as talent and ingenuity, to back up such a claim. At that, the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, “the worlds oldest and most prestigious 100-mile trail race,” makes the claim unabashedly and accurately.

The race has set the bar for ultra running around the world over its 41 year history. The race started when Gordy Ainsleigh decided to complete the Western States Trail Ride, an event testing the endurance of our equine friends, sans horse. The race has been challenging the limits of runners ever since.

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Elite Oregon Club Teams Take to the Track

June 25th, 2014

Galen Rupp in an OTC uniform (photo: oregonlive.com)

Of late, American distance running is going through a bit of an identity crisis spawned from the fact that the athletes participating seemingly have no identity. When the best track athletes graduate from college and sign endorsement contracts, they join a team that in many cases spans the globe. While an endorsement deal is a momentous time for both brand and athlete, it is also a great feeling to be a part of something larger than one’s self. It is difficult for fans to grapple with these teams in the same way that they root for their favorite basketball team or university. At the same time, runners have always come together in training groups centered around coaches, but with endorsement deals taking precedence, they haven’t branded themselves as unique.

However, that started to change a little bit when Vin Lananna took over as the University of Oregon Track coach and dragged Frank Gagliano (later replaced by Mark Rowland) to Eugene to revive the Oregon Track Club. The Oregon Track Club has a tremendously successful history and its revival as an elite program was an integral complement to the community Lanana was trying to foster. This brought a wave of quality athletes to Eugene to sign with Nike, but instead of the generic Nike singlet, they wore an Oregon Track Club jersey, which was the first bit of differentiation among Nike athletes.

Meanwhile, Alberto Salazar created a group in 2001 in Portland. Seeing that Portland is also in Oregon, someone decided that his group was also the Oregon Track Club. Alberto Salazar had a heart attack in 2007 and recruited Jerry Schumacher as his replacement. Jerry brought a new crew while Alberto’s heart mended. There were three groups with three different coaches that hardly interacted with one another, wearing the same uniform.

In 2011, Oregon Project athletes started looking different. There was no formal announcement or marketing push, there was just a black uniform with a mysterious skull garnished with olive branches that Galen Rupp and company started wearing. Last year shoes and apparel with this logo became available through Nike catalogs to stores like ours. Enticed, we jumped on it instantly knowing that there is certainly a market for it.

Shalane Flanagan rocking her new kit (photo: entirelyamelia.com)

The process of differentiating the three Oregon groups completed earlier this year when Jerry Schumacher’s team became the Bowerman Track Club and Shalane Flanagan debuted their new uniform and logo at the Boston Marathon. The name originated from the local Portland team, Bowerman Athletic Club. The local youth and open athletes that were in BAC will be rolled into BTC with their new, very fast company.

So now, three of the premier track clubs in the country, each boasting Olympic medalists, finally have distinguishable brands and additional ability to cultivate a following. Hopefully, this inspires other premier clubs in the country, like the Brooks Beasts and Asics Mammoth Track Club, to produce gear for their fans as well.

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QUICKSTART Shoe Donation Program: Need Schools and Organizations

June 24th, 2014

It should go without saying that we at Running Warehouse love running. Runners with the goal of providing as many people as possible the tools to get out and run founded the company. With that same ethos in mind, we have started the QUICKSTART shoe donation program to provide gently used shoes to schools and organizations that encourage youth running.

Where do the shoes come from?

When their first home doesn’t work out, Running Warehouse willfully accepts the returned shoes back in our warehouse and collects them for donation. Every shoe is inspected upon return and the shoes selected for donation show slight wear and tear. We believe every shoe selected is still deserving of many more miles in the future.

How can you be involved?

Running Warehouse needs more schools and organizations to be involved! We believe there is great need for programs like this and we are blessed to be able to give back to the running community. Whether the shoes are going to the next generation track stars or simply kids who wouldn’t otherwise exercise, we want these shoes on their feet. So tell your friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbors, strangers, teachers and coaches about our program. We truly understand the value of a pair of shoes and we want to share the love.

As of right now we are only looking for schools and youth programs to donate to and are not accepting additional donated shoes.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Recipients must be a state or nationally recognized educational institution or registered 501(c) non profit organization which:

  • Has an official program which encourages running in the Middle to High School age group
  • Is seeking between 5-25 pairs of shoes per year
  • Is based in the United States

Please visit our website to fill out an application if you are interested in joining the QUICKSTART program

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Week in Running: June 14-21

June 23rd, 2014

Dipsea Runner Runs through Heart Attack.

USA’s oldest trail race and favorite Bay Area fixture, the Dipsea race, was held two weeks ago. The race was won by 56-year-old Diana Fitzpatrick, a feat made possible by the race’s unique handicap structure. Reported earlier this week, this storied race gained another remarkable chapter as 72-year-old Wolfgang Zech ran and finished the 7.5 mile race while enduring a heart attack. The Dipsea’s hardy terrain and flights of steps, totaling 672 stairs, is a challenge for any heart. Appropriately, the toughest section of the race is named “Cardiac Hill,” a name that has a whole other meaning to Zech Wolfgang. However, he plans to run next year and every year after as long as possible. Considering its beauty, it is hard to fault his enthusiasm and we applaud his commitment.

Dipsea Runner Battles More than Stairs (Image: Douglas Zimmerman)

Molly’s Run at the Mini is anything but Mini

On the opposite coast, 5,870 women took to the streets of New York City for The Oakley New York Mini 10k. The race, which started the year that Title IX became law, is fixture on the racing circuit for many of the best female runners in the world. In this year’s edition, Molly Huddle crossed the line first making her the first American Champion in 10 years. Huddle, the American record holder in the 5000m, added another American record to her resume by besting Mary Slaney’s women-only road 10k time of 31:38 by one second and beating a slew of great runners from around the world.

Electric Foam 5k’s Bubble is Popped

Electric Foam 5k as Advertised

Gone are the days when the only option for a local fun run or race meant lining up on a road with some friends and finish covered only in sweat.  Nowadays, there is something for all kinds of runners out there. If you are willing, you can cover yourself in color or mud, or you can take on obstacles or even zombies. The number of these runs has grown exponentially.

Electric Foam 5k in Reality (Images: Runner's World)

If foam is more your style, you may be disappointed that the Electric Foam 5k has gone out of business. The event, which marketed itself as the “Foamiest 5k on the planet,” did host a run in Madison that lead to headlines infused with wonderful puns like: More Bust than Bubble and More Duds than Suds as well as some calls to the better business bureau.

With any successful product, as obstacle racing certainly is, people line up to jump in with their own rendition.  The Electric Foam 5k was undoubtedly an ill-conceived attempt to join in the fun without putting in the work that it takes to put on a successful event. As someone with experience at countless events, both working and participating, the work involved to put on a good event is substantial. This serves as a good warning for organizers and participants alike: do your homework.

If you are inclined to run through some foam, the 5k Foam Fest appears to be the better answer.

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NCAA Track and Field Championships

June 17th, 2014

Who needs a Gatorade cooler when you have a steeple pit? (photo: Oregonian)

Another NCAA Championships is in the books and it turns out that the men of Oregon and the women of Texas A&M are really good at track and field. The collegiate championships, a favorite meet among American track fans, features many of the world’s future Olympic medalists. Despite the relatively young age of the competitors, it is one of the world’s most competitive meets every year. This year was no exception, with records falling across all distances.

Oregon won its first outdoor track and field title in 30 years in a dominant fashion and celebrated by throwing coach Robert Johnson into the steeplechase water pit (see image above). The always-dominant distance runners maintained tradition and thrilled the Eugene crowd by scoring in every event longer than 800m and winning the 1500m (Mac Fleet) and the 10,000m (Edward Cheserek). They secured the team title with help in other events, particularly a javelin title from Sam Crouser and a record setting high hurdle run by Devon Allen, a reinforcement from the Duck football team.

Laura Roesler is another Oregon legend with a promising Pro future. (Photo: Letsrun.com)

Meanwhile, the Texas A&M women won their fourth title in six years, bringing coach Pat Henry to a staggering 35 national track and field team titles. Where Oregon relied on its distance running men, A&M called on its swift moving sprinters and hurdlers to earn the bulk of its points on the women’s side. The Aggies won the 4X100m, finished second in the 4X400m, and took the podium in the 200m and 400m hurdles, along with many other strong finishes in events from the triple jump to the discus throw.

The individual event stories are certainly too numerous to recall here, but this blog would be remiss without mentioning the finales of a few of the greatest runners to ever grace the NCAA. Lawi Lelang of Arizona started his championships with his 8th national title, by handing 10k champ Cheserek his first loss at an NCAA championship, and backed that title up with a close second place in the 1500m. Laura Roesler closed out her University of Oregon career with a dominant victory in the 800m and points in the 4X400m, to bring her collection of All-American awards to 17.  Not all of the NCAA greats ended their careers in victory though, as Texas’s Marielle Hall and Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe upset Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino.

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