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
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
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…
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…
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…
As you likely know, the 118thBoston 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.
(Turn on the subtitles. Unless you speak both English and French. And if so, très bien!)
One of the joys of running is exploration. It’s a great way to see new things, take new paths and to take in new sights and sounds. But exploration isn’t just about going somewhere new. It’s about seeing something in a new light, in a way that you wouldn’t notice just in everyday passing. Running provides us with the opportunity to gain a new perspective on our surroundings and ourselves, and to fulfill the human need for discovery.
With its new CityTrail collection, Salomon, a brand deeply embedded in the mountains, turns its eye towards an entirely different kind of trail: those laid out in the city around us. Taking to the streets of Paris, Salomon explores the urban environment, showing us that sometimes all it takes to get away from things is to embrace and to rediscover the things around you.
Be sure to check out our selection of Salomon shoes, apparel and accessories for Men and Women.
As you’re undoubtedly aware, the 118th running of the Boston Marathon occurs this Monday. Juli, ultramarathon veteran and a key member of the customer service team here at the ‘House, will be making her way to Beantown again this year, running the race for the second time after making her Boston Marathon debut last year. We were lucky enough to pull Juli aside for a few minutes to capture some thoughts going into the race. Read more…
The Mt. SAC Relays are a lasting tradition in track & field. Dubbed as the meet “where the world’s best athletes compete”, the meet brings top high school, college, and elite talent to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA to what is one of the largest and most prestigious invitational track & field meets in the country. The 56th annual running of the event will occur this Thursday through Saturday (April 17-19), and Running Warehouse will be in attendance. Read more…
The Brazil 135 is one of four events within the Badwater World Cup. The 135-mile race covers the part of the Caminho da Fé (Walk of Faith) in São Paulo every January.
41-year-old Josh Spector took on the Brazil 135 this year, and he brought his GoPro along to document the journey.
In his narration, Spector explains the struggles of taking on a race of such distance, both physical – the blistering, the fatigue, the wear and tear on the body – and psychological – the loneliness and battling the will to just stop. Yet Spector endures on, and he does so for a simple reason – his love of running.
To this love, I think all of us runners can relate.