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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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The Pursuit

November 15th, 2013

Need a little inspiration to get out and run this weekend? We think this video will get your heart pumping a little bit. If not, at least enjoy some of the more visually pleasing running footage we’ve seen lately (though nothing in comparison to our very own videos, of course). Read more…

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Dan’s NYC Recap

November 12th, 2013

More than 50,000 runners ran the New York City Marathon this year, and one of our very own crossed the famed finish line in Central Park. Dan (Customer Service Representative) rocked the Big Apple, finishing in a swift 3:04:47.  We profiled Dan prior to the race, and upon his return to the office, we had a chance to check in with him and capture his thoughts after finishing.

Overall, how was the race? Did you meet your goals?
A: I was a little bummed out that I didn’t hit my goal of sub 3 hours, but I did finish the race with a Boston Qualifying time! Also, I got to check off the NYC Marathon on my World Major bucket list!

What was the biggest challenge?
A: The hardest part of the race was when all of my nutrition fell out of my pocket within the first mile, which made me realize that I probably wasn’t going to be able to obtain my goal. The race was handing out nutrition at mile 18, but at that point it was too late to recover.

What was the best part of the race?
A: Hands down the amount of fans throughout the entire course. Each borough had a different approach to cheering the runners on, which was awesome to see and experience.

Seeing the results of the race and after crossing the finish line, are you happy with your training? Do you feel like you were prepared?
A: I was happy with my training and somewhat happy with the result considering the situation. I definitely would have accomplished a better performance if my ‘wardrobe malfunction’ didn’t happen.

What did you learn, and if you were to run New York again, would you do anything differently?
A: If I were to do New York again, I would do it for a fun run, and not try to PR. The course was manageable for a PR, but I should’ve allowed myself to enjoy it more and get more connected with the crowd. NY has some great fans and really takes pride in that race.

We heard you were on The Today Show. Was the Big Apple everything you expected?
A: The Big Apple was an absolutely amazing place. There was so much to see/do that I wish I had more time to experience it all. Wicked was totally awesome! I definitely recommend that everyone check it out. Being interviewed for the Today Show was a great experience, but it was kind of awkward because I’m not one to talk about myself, so I got a nice chuckle out of it.

We heard you bought a new watch. Is there a story behind that?
A: So I run with a Garmin Forerunner 610, which just so happened to stop working the day before the race. I was at the expo and I came across the Garmin booth and they had the new Forerunner 620. I took one look at the watch and made the impulse buy! The purchase paid off…the Forerunner 620 worked perfectly in the race. Also, the RW peeps were jazzed to check it out when I got back to work, so it seemed like a win/win to me.

Any last thoughts for those just starting to get into marathon-ing and/or running in general?
A: If you have the ability to do the NYC Marathon as your first race, DO IT. The amount of encouragement and excitement created by the fans is definitely worth the price of admission.

See where Dan is off to next! Follow Dan on Twitter (@danherronrunns) or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DanHerronRuns.

Allie Running Sport