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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

City to the Sea Race Weekend Recap

November 5th, 2013

On Sunday, October 13, Running Warehouse sponsored the 18th annual running of the City to the Sea half marathon and Seaside 5k. The half marathon, a fundraiser for Cuesta College Athletics, takes runners from our hometown of San Luis Obispo, CA, down to nearby Pismo Beach for a picturesque finish along the Pacific coastline.

Our film crew was on hand capturing the event both on Saturday for the pre-race expo (held in the Running Warehouse parking lot), as well as on Sunday for the race itself and the finish line festivities, and put together a short recap of the weekend:

Our very own accessories and nutrition buyer, Randy, ran the half marathon. Check out Randy’s City to the Sea race recap.

For more information on the race, as well as for results, check out the City to the Sea website.

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Why Do We Run?

November 4th, 2013

Salomon recently kicked of their third season of their web series, Salomon Running TV, and in the first episode, they explore a question that hits us all as runners: Why do we run?

For many runners, the reasons are simple: Running keeps us healthy. It’s fun. It’s a great way to compete against ourselves, our friends, and our rivals. Maybe it provides an escape from the stresses of everyday life. For others, though, the reasons for running go much deeper.

This episode features Bernd Heinrich, a bestselling author, retired professor, and accomplished runner. Heinrich, who now lives in a log cabin in the wilderness of Western Maine, explains how running provides a connection to the natural world often lost in modern society, and that, as humans, we are all runners. That is why he runs.
Check out the clip below (it’s worth the 5 minutes), and tell us, why do you run?

Be sure to view our selection of Salomon footwear, apparel, and accessories for Men and Women.

[Video and banner via Salomon]

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Countdown to Erik’s 100 Miler

October 31st, 2013

Fall race season is in full gear and here at the ‘House, November is chock full of races for our employees. One of our footwear buyers, Erik, will be toeing the line next weekend on a tough 100 miler. Let’s pick his brain on his training routine and goals for race day!

What race are you training for?
My next race is the Rio Del Lago 100-mile. The course is east of Sacramento, California and overlaps a little with the Western States 100 course. I used to live 2 miles from mile 31 and 47, so it will be nice to run on familiar trails.

What are your goals going into this race?
My primary goal is to finish no matter what happens out there. If I’m having a decent day, I should be able to go under 24 hours [a goal for many runners embarking on 100 mile races]. If I’m feeling really good and everything clicks, ideally I’d want to get this race done in under 20 hours.

How do you train for a race of this length?  Do you feel like you are prepared for it?
I think training for a 100 mile race doesn’t happen in the few months before the race, but rather a few years. I’ve been doing trail ultras for 15 years and learn something every time I put on a race number. Every year I have more experience to build on and try to execute my training and racing a little better. This will be my 11th 100 mile start and there is something I can take from each previous race that will help me in completing this race. I was a DNF at this race in 2006, and I’d like to think that in the past 7 years I’ve learned a bit that will prevent me from stopping before the finish.

As far as being ready, I feel like I’m as ready as I can be. Ask me the same question an hour before the gun goes off and I’ll probably say “no” and give a list of reasons why not.

Do you change your diet throughout your training and/or leading up to the race?
No real change in diet throughout the year. I try to eat healthy and always look for little things I can do to change things for the better. I still like to splurge every so often [editor's note: we've seen Erik put down three Tri Tip sandwiches in one sitting], but for the most part I eat healthy. I do work on hydration over the few weeks leading up to a race.

What gear do you plan on using during your race?
From the toes up:
Shoes:  Pearl Izumi Trail N1
Socks: Drymax Max Protection Trail socks
Shorts: Pearl Izumi Ultra Short
Shirt: Asics Core Tank (with a Team Diablo logo)
Hat: Brooks RW hat (blue)
Headlamp: Black Diamond Spot
Pack: UltrAspire Surge
Nutrition: Plenty of gels (whatever they have on course), water, some soda, some chips.
Additional beanie, gloves, and light jacket at night if it gets cold enough.

What are your pre-race/during race rituals?
I try to get a good early dinner and go to bed at a decent time. The race starts at 5:00am, so a 3:30 wake up call comes mighty quick. A good night’s sleep is usually hard the night before a 100 mile race, but I try. Then just relax the first 50 miles, don’t go out too hard and don’t get behind in my nutrition/hydration.

Good luck Erik! Check back the week of November 11 for a post-race recap!

Allie Running Sport

Dan’s NYC Countdown

October 25th, 2013

Dan at the 2013 Los Angeles New Years Run

His Twitter handle says it all: Dan runs. In addition to being a key member of our Customer Service team, Dan has been training for one of the world’s largest marathons. We caught up with him during some downtime to pick his brain on his training and thoughts going into race day.

What race are you training for?

A: The ING NYC Marathon. I’m excited, in addition to running the race I’m going to a Knicks game and Wicked.

What are your goals going into the race?

A: Well, I set my expected finish time as 2 hours and 55 minutes, but I’ll be stoked if I finish under 3 hours.  I’m also hoping to complete all of the World Marjors, so once I cross the finish line in New York I’ll be able to check this one off the list!

What has your training looked like?

A: It’s funny, my training never really stops (people tell me I’m a little nuts).  For the last 9 weeks or so, I’ve been focusing a lot on speed.  I know that I can easily run 26.2 miles, but I want to be able to do it as fast and as efficient as I can.  Most of my training has been on the track, focusing on maintaining sub-race pace throughout the workout.  In addition to track workouts, I’ve been doing some tempo runs and multiple trail runs with fellow RW peeps, which is always a blast!

We know you recently ran the Long Beach Marathon.  How did that race go, and are you feeling prepared for NYC after that finish?

A: In all honesty, I was really scared when I toed the start line.  Before Long Beach, I hadn’t attempted a road race since Boston (April 2013) and I was trying out my first pair of racing flats (New Balance 1400).  Despite the fact that I was dragging a little at the end, I think the race went pretty well.  Even though the course was flat (I’ve heard that there are hills along the NYC course), I felt confident in my overall fitness and it was a huge sigh of relief to know that my legs have still got it!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or meals that are a must?

A: The week prior to the race I gradually increase my carb intake (1 additional cup of quinoa or oats each day) and maintain a healthy level of protein and fats.  The day before the race I will have oatmeal for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and some sort of protein or carb for dinner.  Throughout that day, I’ll consume 3 liters of coconut water to ensure that I’m hydrated.  On race morning I eat 2-3 bananas and Justin’s Almond Butter (IT’S AMAZING!!).  I know this seems pretty regimented, but it’s allowed me to continue to achieve my goals, so it seems like it’s working.

Lastly, right before the race starts, I blast Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight; it might be odd, but it is by far one of the best pump-up jams out there!

Any insight on your race-day strategy?

A: While I stick to my plan of attack, I try to slap some high-fives with fellow runners and spectators, because when it comes down to it, at the end of the day, running is fun!

And while this isn’t part of my strategy, I always give my mom my finishing medal and a big hug, because she’s my inspiration for all of my hard work.  What can I say?  I’m a momma’s boy.

Here’s to wishing you a great race Dan!  Check back after the race for our post-race recap!

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Flotrack Mt. SAC Prediction Contest

October 25th, 2013

Followers of high school cross country know that Sarah Baxter’s career has been nothing short of phenomenal, highlighted by the the then-junior running 16:00 at last year’s Mt. SAC XC Invitational, shattering the course record by 16 seconds.

Baxter is set to defend her title in this year’s running of Mt. SAC this Saturday, and our friends at Flotrack will be in attendance. In addition to their live coverage of the event, Flotrack is giving you an opportunity to win a pair of Brooks racing shoes by correctly predicting Baxter’s time over the three mile course. You can enter Flotrack’s contest by clicking here.

Be sure to follow Flotrack’s coverage of the 2013 Mt. SAC XC Invitational, including their live stream which starts around 10:00am PST today (a Flotrack account is required).

[Video via Flotrack]

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A Look Back: Anton Krupicka Visits Running Warehouse

October 23rd, 2013

Running Warehouse was recently joined by famed ultrarunner Anton Krupicka as well as filmmaker Joel Wolpert for a screening of Wolpert’s latest production, ‘In the High Country.’ The screening was followed by a Q&A session with Anton, touching on wide-topics from the film making process to Tony’s preference in underwear. The following day, we went out for a short morning group run with Tony. Also in attendance were Anton’s sponsors, New Balance and Ultimate Direction, who gave runners an opportunity to try out their latest wares.

Many of you may remember our contest leading up to the event, in which a winner was flown out to our hometown of San Luis Obispo to spend the weekend meeting Anton and running the local trails. That winner, Joel from Austin, Texas, shared his account of the weekend last week on our blog.

Our video crew was on hand to capture the event, and put together a recap of the weekend:

For those who follow Anton Krupicka more closely, a video of the full Q&A session is also available for your viewing pleasure:

We would very much like to thank both New Balance and Ultimate Direction for their efforts in making this event possible.

For more information on ‘In the High Country’ and Joel Wolpert’s other works, be sure to visit thewolpertinger.com.

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Randy’s Race Recap

October 21st, 2013

Last weekend, RW accessory buyer Randy ran in our hometown race, the City to the Sea Half Marathon. We profiled Randy a couple weeks ago, and we had a chance to catch up with him post-race and get the inside scoop on how it went.

Overall, how was the race? Did you meet your goals?

A: The race went well and I did meet my goals!  I ran 1:43:50, so I beat my time goal of 1:45. More importantly, I felt good the entire time and had a lot of fun!

What was the hardest/most challenging part of the race?

A: Going in, I thought the most challenging part was going to be keeping the adrenaline under control at the beginning of the race, but that actually wasn’t the case. Mile #1 was actually my slowest since my body was still waking up (I’m definitely not an early morning runner).

The toughest part of the race was a ½ mile stretch at mile 9 that was slightly uphill. Since this is our hometown race, I knew the course, but I definitely underestimated that section. It was a mental challenge to keep the pace slow and conserve energy. I was able to keep a cool head and have the energy to pick up the pace during the last 3.5 miles.

Were you happy with your training leading up to the race? Do you feel like you were prepared?

A: Overall I was happy with my training and looking back, I do feel like I was well-prepared to meet my goals. Before the race I questioned if I should have done more up-tempo work, but my IT band was bothering me the last month of my training. I was sick 2 weeks before the race, so I wasn’t able to train, but that gave my IT band time to rest and heal up before race day.

Any future races planned?

A: Nothing planned right now, but I’ve had fun running on the trails. I’m thinking I’ll be looking for a fun, mellow trail race to jump into sometime in the near future.

Allie Running Sport

Joel’s Amazing Adventures in SLO

October 11th, 2013

Below is a guest post from Joel Stanford in Austin, Texas. Joel was the lucky winner of our New Balance contest to meet and run with Anton Krupicka in our hometown of San Luis Obispo, CA. We all felt fortunate to have Joel in attendance, and want to again extend a big thank you to everyone who helped to make this event possible – New Balance, Ultimate Direction, Joel Wolpert, and many, many others including Tony himself.

Day 1 – A Run, a Tour, and a Beer

Almost immediately when I met Jason (of New Balance) and Erik (of Running Warehouse) at the airport I was asked if I’d like to go for a run before touring Running Warehouse’s facilities. I’d just spent 3 1/2 hours sitting on planes and had been filled with deep runner-lust while looking at the golden brown mountains and hills surrounding San Luis Obispo as the plane dropped into the airport, so of course the answer was yes!

After donning a graciously supplied New Balance running tee, shorts, and fresh pair of 1400 V2s, Erik, Jason and I went for our first run together -  an 8 miler at Johnson Ranch. The mixture of singletrack and fire roads in a stunning setting really helped drive home how lucky and privileged I was to be on this adventure.

After we got back, nothing really prepared me for the tour of Running Warehouse. The facility is absolutely huge! Moving through the retail operations we went to to the warehouse (yes, Running Warehouse is literally a warehouse) where I was shown how the computerized inventory, packing process, and shipping process all tie together. I imagine that just about every runner could appreciate this paradise of the best running inventory on Earth stretching out before them. Shoes, accessories, apparel, and nutrition were neatly filed away across two floors with numbers guiding order fetchers to their goods.

Everything looked to be extremely efficient and it is no surprise that they are able to ship orders so fast. After visiting the warehouse we went upstairs to see the offices where all of the web magic happens. Buyers, designers, retail workers,and photographers alike – every single person was exceedingly friendly and clearly knowledgeable and passionate about what they do.

After work, I snagged a meal and an 805 beer at Firestone in downtown SLO with several folks from New Balance and RW. The perfect end to a busy day!

Day 2: Running Trail, Meeting Tony

Saturday morning, Jason and Erik took me out to Montaña de Oro State Park for a good bit of proper mountain and canyon running. Our run took us along Bluff Trail and Coon Creek up to the top of Oats Peak before we dropped back down gradually to our starting point for a total of about 11 miles.

The scenery was absolutely fantastic. I found myself transfixed by the tiny coves, sheer mountainsides, novel vegetation, and bird life. We simply don’t have scenery like that in Texas (but we have our own charms, of course!). It’s one of those places where, once you’ve filled your memory with the sights you want to close your eyes and go back there mentally. The only terror inducer was the constant lurking threat of Poison Oak which seemed to be not-so coyly looking to cop a feel of our thighs and ankles. Regardless, I can’t wait to make a return to the park to explore more of what it has to offer.

That evening when Jason and I arrived for the screening of In the High Country I finally got to meet Tony Krupicka and Joel Wolpert, who had arrived in town a bit earlier. I initially felt a bit in shock at meeting both the runner I find so inspiring and the filmmaker whose work on runners I have long deeply admired (if you haven’t already, check out http://thewolpertinger.com for a collection of his films). Over 150 people filled the screening room after they met Tony and had posters signed. Before the film started, I enjoyed talking with Tony, Joel, Buzz of Ultimate Direction, Monica (a New Balance rep), and Running Warehouse employees.

I also kept on finding myself drawn to a table of sample shoes where some pairs of New Balance 00 V2 Trail kept inviting me to indulge in shoe-lust and in dreams of utilizing that sticky rubber outsole for downhill bombs on scree-covered slopes. I noticed that Tony also seemed to be gravitating to that table and those shoes (he hasn’t been sent prototypes in his size yet).

Soon enough we all settled into our seats and the film started. It was really great to see it on the big screen. Not only is the footage of the Rockies and Anton ravishingly beautiful and compelling, but the film is meditative and almost impressionistic in its small exploration of what makes Tony tick. The film sheds light on how someone from Nebraska came to become so deeply emotionally and physically enmeshed with the wilds of Colorado. Following the film, Erik led a Q&A session, which included my own question (how he deals with failure) before opening it up to the audience. 

Day 3: Morning Run, Great Lunch, Bon Voyage

The next morning I got to indulge in the crowning event of my stay as contest winner – a morning run with Anton and a great group of people that included locals, Running Warehouse staff, and some who had driven in from more distant locales. The run took us down Poly Canyon Road, which was not only visually riveting but smooth and rolling – like the best bread and butter sort of running places are. Everyone moved about the packs to get a chance to talk to Anton and to Joel and after an all-too-short 4.3 miles, we were back at the start. Tony generously stuck around and signed more autographs and chatted it up with everyone, including me. Later in the morning Jason, Monica, and I joined Joel and Tony for a late breakfast/early lunch. I could not have asked for a better group of folks to have a meal with.


My happiness meters were essentially pegging into indescribable the entire time I was in San Luis Obispo. I’m still in shock that I won this and that I was able to partake in all the amazing events and sights and experiences that I did. Of course, getting to meet and hang out with the ever-inspiring Anton and the talented Mr. Wolpert just made it all the more special. Thank you so very much to Jason and Monica of New Balance (who generously sponsored my travel, stay and meals), Erik and Tera of Running Warehouse, and of course the entire RW crew for making me feel so welcome. It was some of the best fun I’ve had, and I owe all of you a debt of gratitude.

Matt Running Sport

Congrats to Our Saucony Strongest Moment Contest Winners!

October 8th, 2013

A few weeks ago, we partnered with Saucony to gather pictures of some of our Facebook Fans’ Strongest Moments. After collecting over 500 entries, several of Saucony’s top athletes personally selected the photos and stories they found most inspiring.

Below are the 4 winners of our Saucony Strongest Moment Contest. Each winner receives head-to-toe Saucony gear – 2 pairs of shoes of their choice along with a Saucony top and bottom.

Big thanks to everyone who entered – we appreciate you sharing your Strongest Moments with us!

Matt Running Sport