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Randy’s Half Marathon Countdown

October 7th, 2013

Randy is our nutrition, hydration, accessory, and electronics guru. More officially, he’s our accessory buyer here at the ‘House. As of late, he’s been training and getting more into the sport we all love.  This weekend he’s toeing the line of his first half marathon.

We checked in with Randy today and here are his pre-race thoughts:

What race are you training for?

A: The City to the Sea Half Marathon. It’s our own hometown race and sponsored by Running Warehouse.

What are your goals going into the race?

A: My main goals for this race are to give my best effort, finish without getting injured and to just enjoy the race!  I also have an unofficial time goal of 1 hour 45 minutes, but if I’m not feeling good on race day I won’t be super bummed if I have to run slower.

What has your training regimen looked like?

A: For the last 2 months I’ve been running 4 days per week.  My midweek runs have been ranging from 4-6 miles, mostly at my endurance heart rate zone.  After the first month of training I added a few days of intervals to try and build up some speed.  My long run on the weekend is at my endurance heart rate, and I’ve been adding a mile every week, topping out at 11 miles this past weekend.

We know you have a cycling background, what made you decide to start running?

A: Well, I ran for years before I picked up riding my bike.  I always ran to stay fit and because I liked being outside.  I’ve had a lingering quad strain that has been keeping me off my bike, but it doesn’t hurt while running.  So, with the encouragement of some good friends, I started running more and decided to actually train for a race.

Any idea on what gear you’ll be sporting or what products you might use?

A:  I plan on rocking my current favorite road shoes, the Saucony Guide 6, the Nike Road Machine sunglasses, an RW Brooks running hat, and my Salomon Sense Hydro S-Lab Set Glove with a soft flask for water.  I’ll for sure take a Double Espresso Clif Shot Gel before the race and probably a Vanilla or Mocha gel around 45 minutes in.

OK, enough product plugs – now go out and have a great race, Randy!

Allie Running Sport

Juli’s Race Recap

September 19th, 2013

Last Saturday, RW employee Juli completed her first 50 miler. We profiled Juli last week, and now we’re delighted to follow up with her to get her post-race feedback and thoughts after a spectacular 10 hour and 2 minute finish. Congrats Juli on a great race!

Did you meet your goals?

A: Yes, I did. I was mostly just looking forward to the challenge and trying something new. The elevation made the race very challenging. I’m glad I chose this race, although it was a difficult one for my first 50M. Now I know a bit more what to expect for future races.

Are you running again yet?

A: I took a few days off and I’m ready to hit the trails tonight or tomorrow. I’m actually surprised that I’m not more worn out – but I’m not complaining!

What foods, if any, did you crave while out on the trail?

A: Oddly enough, I found that potato chips were amazing! I had eaten some pretzels at the beginning of the race, but when it warmed up I didn’t want anything that dry, so I stuck with the chips. Also, I would have killed for a corn dog at mile 42! I know, weird.

How many times did you throw up?

A: NONE! Go me! (But don’t ask me if I wanted to towards the end…)

What did you learn for your next 50 miler?

A: I learned a lot! I learned how my body reacts and what it needs after exercising for that amount of time. After a while, I couldn’t stomach much (liquid, gel or solid) so I didn’t consume as many calories as I would have liked. I think that contributed to my fatigue on some of the last hills. Next time I would focus on eating more solid foods at the beginning so that my stomach could handle more gels toward the end.

Even though I was a bit nervous, I think that you may never be fully mentally prepared for your first race at a new distance. I could definitely have practiced hills more, but that’s probably always going to be true. I also learned that it’s not necessarily the 10,000 feet of elevation gain that hurts, it’s just as much the 10,000 of descending that will get you! Overall, there’s not much that I would do differently, though.

Allie Running Sport

Employee Spotlight: Juli

September 13th, 2013

Juli is a big part of our Customer Service team. If you’ve called or emailed us recently, there’s a good chance that Juli took good care of you. In addition to being an RW employee extraordinaire, Juli is also getting more and more into ultrarunning. In fact, less than 24 hours from now, she’ll start ticking off mileage in her next big race.

Update! Juli finished her 50 mile race on Saturday in 10 hours and 2 minutes. Awesome job and we look forward to hearing more race stories when she’s back at work tomorrow!

We checked in with Juli earlier this week and here’s what she had to say:

What’s the race you’re training for?
A: It’s the Headlands Marathon, 50 & 100. I’m doing the 50 mile race.

What are your goals going into this ultra?
A: I just want to finish! I honestly don’t have a time goal; this is my first 50 miler, so I have very little expectation. This race is pretty hilly, so I just hope to finish and have a great time. It’s so beautiful out there, the views should make the hills more fun.

What has your training regimen looked like?
A: I’m usually in marathon shape, so its a decent place to start. My last marathon was Boston, in April, and I just started working up from there. I’ve run two 50K’s in training and done several back-to-back long runs, with 3-5 hours one day then 4 or so hours the next. I’ve tried to focus on integrating as many hills as possible into my runs.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or meals that are a must?
A: Not really. I try to increase my caloric intake prior to a race, and make sure to hydrate well beforehand. I mostly just do my best to eat and sleep and pray that all goes well! It may not necessarily be a ritual, but I have embraced my addiction to running gear and acknowledged that stocking up on gear always makes me feel more prepared. This time I bought The North Face Better than Naked Short Sleeve and I’m pretty excited to wear it at the race. Also, I make sure I pack everything I’ll need before, after and during the race a couple of days ahead of time. Although, that’s less a ritual than just plain common sense!

Check back Monday for an update on how Juli did! We wish her good luck and a great race!

Allie Running Sport

Running: Bad for Your Health?

September 11th, 2013

Are You Running Yourself into the Grave?

Pretty regularly here at the ‘House, we get a laugh from the absurd Debbie-Downer-ness of many stories on The Weather Channel’s website ( All too often, they focus on daily scares, dystopias, and doomsday scenarios that clearly have nothing to do with the weather, but apparently are enough to get people in a tizzy and keep coming back for more.

Yesterday we saw an article on 13 Healthy Habits That Can Hurt. For every runner who’s ever been injured (i.e., pretty much every runner), it should come as no surprise that running made their list, along with some pretty questionable inclusions like “drinking water” and “healthy eating.” (Seriously, people, when will you learn that 24-7 beer and Fritos is the way to go??)

So what’s the big deal with running? “Athletes can become addicted to exercise, and run through pain when they shouldn’t,” says James E. Muntz, MD in the article. And even if you aren’t an exercise addict, the article continues, runners are still at risk of heart problems, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal.

Well, duh, folks. Yes, exercise addiction is a real thing and a small minority of runners with this affliction may be harming themselves. And yes, you could cause yourself some serious cardiovascular problems if you’re continually overexerting when you run. We have no problem in calling running a “healthy habit that can hurt” sometimes, because we’ve pretty much all worked through the aches, pains, pulls, strains, tears and other discomforts that find their way into the lives of runners. But in our opinion (and of course we may be a little biased here), running is an enormous positive in the physical and emotional health of those who engage in the sport.

What do you think? Is running harming many people, and what does that mean in relation to the millions of people who feel that their lives are better because they are runners?

Matt Running Sport , ,

Win a City to the Sea Half Marathon Race Entry!

September 5th, 2013

Now in its 18th year, the City to the Sea half marathon is a hallmark race in the San Luis Obispo, California area. What’s better than running a nice, flat course from our beautiful small town to the Pacific Ocean? Doing it for FREE!

This contest is now closed. Stay tuned as we announce the winners soon!

Matt Running Sport , ,

Meet and Run with Anton Krupicka!

September 3rd, 2013

On October 5, Running Warehouse will host an evening with ultrarunner Anton Krupicka. We’re showing In the High Country, a new movie starring Anton, followed by a Q&A with him. The next morning, we’ll host a trail run with Anton in the hills near our headquarters in San Luis Obispo.

With the support of New Balance, we’ll fly one winner to San Luis Obispo to attend the events. The prize package includes a roundtrip ticket from any U.S. city to San Luis Obispo, one night’s lodging in an area hotel, and access to all events.

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Joel from Texas, our contest winner! And thanks to everyone who entered for a chance to win.

Matt Running Sport

Running Warehouse Event: Meet Anton Krupicka

August 26th, 2013

On Saturday, October 5, Running Warehouse will host an evening with ultrarunner Anton Krupicka. We’re showing In the High Country, a new movie starring Anton, followed by a Q&A with him. The next morning, we’ll host a trail run with Anton in the hills surrounding Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.

When: Saturday, October 5
Time: 7:00 pm, doors will open at 6:00 pm
Where: Cal Poly SLO Business Building (3-213)

If you’d like to attend the movie screening, you can purchase tickets at the door (cash only).


From 101 Northbound

Exit onto CA-1 N/Toro Street toward Morro Bay/Hearst Castle
Turn right onto Walnut Street
Take the 1st right onto CA-1 N/Santa Rosa Street
Turn right onto Highland Drive
Turn right onto California Blvd
Follow signs and parking will be on the left hand side

From 101 Southbound

Take the exit toward Santa Rosa Street
Merge onto Olive Street
Turn left onto CA-1 N/Santa Rosa Street
Turn right onto Highland Drive
Turn right onto California Blvd
Follow the signs and parking will be on the left hand side

Sunday Morning Run with Anton

When: Sunday, October 6
Time: 8:00 am
Where: Meet at Cal Poly Track, heading to Poly Canyon trail


From Northbound 101

Take the Grand Avenue Cal Poly exit
Turn left onto Grand Avenue
Turn left into Performing Arts Center; parking structure will be straight ahead

From Southbound 101

Take the exit toward Monterey Street
Take an immediate right onto Buena Vista Avenue
Turn left onto Loomis Street
Turn right onto Grand Avenue
Turn left into Performing Arts Center; parking structure will be straight ahead

Matt Running Sport

Footstrikes and the Elusive ‘Perfect Stride’

August 14th, 2013

Image: Dr. Iain Hunter / BYU Biomechanics Lab

It’s an age-old question: what’s the best running form?

Especially common in conversation among runners is the topic of footstrike: how much does part of the foot that comes into contact with the ground first affect your ability to run faster, and with reduced chance of injury? Though current theories suggest a mid-to-forefoot strike to be “ideal,” the science is still very much in the air.

Rather than just studying biomechanic models, why not come at this topic by taking a look at the actual strides of the top runners in the world? Aside from being the fastest, these runners have warded off injury enough to make it to their level, so if there is a “perfect” footstrike, surely it would be shared amongst the running elite, right?

This is what Dr. Iain Hunter of Brigham Young University wanted to find out. Using a high speed camera placed trackside, Hunter recorded the strides of the runners in a number of distance events at the 2012 US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

Olympic Trials Men’s 10,000m – Video: Dr. Iain Hunter/BYU Biomechanics Lab

Think a midfoot strike is the key to running success? The results may not be so conclusive. Though many of the runners do exhibit the coveted mid-to-forefoot strike, there is much variation in footstrike patterns from runner to runner. If anything, this shows us that there is no perfect stride – every runner will be a little different in what is most effective for them.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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Trivia Time: 25 Fun Running Facts

August 9th, 2013

For runners like us, geeking out on statistics is almost a form of cross-training: we track our mileage with GPS watches, log our training details and carefully plan to reach our next PR. So when a rest day rolls around, what do we do? We hit up our old friend Google to find some fun running stats. C’mon, did you really think we’d waste a day on something unrelated to running?

  1. The average men’s finishing time in U.S. marathons is 4:26.
  2. The average women’s finishing time in U.S. marathons is 4:52.
  3. 57% of runners purchase at least two pairs of running shoes each year.
  4. Four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers’ favorite pizza topping is mayonnaise. Yep, mayo.
  5. In 1990, only 25% of road race finishers in the US were women. Now the ladies make up more than half of road race finishers in the US.
  6. Speaking of ladies and gents: many studies show that couples who run together also do…um… other things together more frequently as well. We’ll leave it up to you to guess the activity.
  7. If that fun fact doesn’t light your fire, how about this one: your feet can produce a pint of sweat each day.
  8. Speaking of bodily fluids, when we run, our hearts create enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet.
  9. The first New York City Marathon was held in 1970, when 127 runners paid one dollar each to run a few loops through Central Park. Fewer than half of the entrants finished.
  10. You can store about 2,000 calories’ worth of glycogen in your body to fuel your running. But it’s important to replenish your stores, so chow down on the carbs post-run.
  11. Fauja Singh is the oldest person to ever complete a full marathon, finishing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2011 at the age of 100. So no, you’re probably not ‘too old to run.’ Read more…

Alice Run Training, Running Sport, Women's Running , ,

Funny Race Signs

July 26th, 2013

It can be so inspiring when you’re about to hit a wall to see the person on the sidewalk or family member near the finish line cheering you on. But then there are the people below, who aren’t into the whole “inspiration” thing. No, they just want to give you a laugh as you press on.

What is the most memorable race sign you’ve seen?

Matt Running Sport , ,