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Runner vs. Nature: Ticks

November 16th, 2014

Photo: A Mama's Corner of the World

As many of you hopefully know by now, our culture seems to be infatuated with obscenely large portions of food. Supersized meals, lattes the size of a human head, and the looming tryptophan coma that most Americans will experience later this month are all evidence of this pervasive lifestyle. Over-indulgence in food is a topic that has received a large amount of media attention in the last decade, most of which is fairly depressing.

But take heart. There is a silver lining, which happens to be the fact that we are not the worst offenders. That’s right, humans take second place in this twisted battle, to none other than our tiny nemeses – TICKS!

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Finish Line Friday: Competition

November 14th, 2014

Our goal is to help inspire you to keep going, train harder, dig a little deeper and cross the finish line. For this week’s FLF, Scott will be sharing his personal sources of inspiration.

Scott

Current Position: Marketing Manager

Favorite Part of the Job: Running with coworkers at lunch!

Running Background:
I started running competitively when I was 10 years old. After that, I ran for San Ramon Valley High School, Chico State, Mammoth Track Club, New York Athletic Club and now the ASICS Aggies. I’ve won a few races, recorded some fast times, and had a variety of really amazing experiences along the way.

Highlights: Three NCAA Division II titles, member of four World Championship Teams (two cross country, one half marathon, one track), personal bests of 3:59 mile, 13:28 5k, 27:48 10k, and 1:01:30 half marathon.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired anytime I think about my parents piling a bunch of smelly, annoying and skinny kids into a minivan to get to and from races throughout the state. My career kept going because I had the ability to race awesome people and travel the world. I don’t want to take for granted that I get to compete in a sport that I love, while also having a job that encourages me to keep getting better and improving in the sport.

What are you training for now, and what do you refuel with post workout?
I am currently training for a variety of races building up to a spring marathon next year. Long term, I would like to give my legs their best shot at getting me to the Rio Olympics in the Marathon. I’m not on anyone’s short list for the team at the moment but a lot can change in a year and a half!

Post workout refuel:
Ideally: Morning workout – Breakfast Burrito, Evening workout – Normal Burrito!

Thanks, Scott! We are rooting for you!

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Finish Line Friday: Role Model

October 31st, 2014

Our goal is to help inspire you to keep going, train harder, dig a little deeper and cross the finish line. For this week’s Finish Line Friday, Kelsie will be sharing her personal sources of inspiration.

Kelsie

Current Position: Retail Customer Service Representative

Favorite Part of the Job: That excited feeling when I have helped a customer find their “perfect shoe”. I can’t help but smile, and feel happy that I have contributed in a small way to their enjoyment of the outdoors and a sport I love dearly.

Running Background:
I started running cross country and track in high school based off a family friend’s suggestion. It was so hard for me, but giving up on running never crossed my mind! My high school coach, and all her friends in the area were ultra-runners, so it seemed completely normal to me to spend all day Saturday on the trails or running through the night. I would beg Mary, my coach, to let me join her group of ultra-running friends on the “ninja” runs (12 miles through the Marin Headlands, often in darkness, once a week). I was only 16 at the time and loved every minute. I even paced her in a 100miler and thought it looked pretty easy.

Kelsie Clausen during the Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix race.

Kelsie during the Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix race

As a wide-eyed, young, and impressionable lover of trail running, I knew I had found my calling. After my freshman year of college, I ran a 50k trail race. It was a humbling, learning experience, but I was addicted. The longer the run, the more I get to experience the outdoors and explore. Since that race, I have competed in other 50k’s. I just finished my first 100k, the Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix race around Mont Blanc in France at the age of 20 (youngest ever?!). These days, you can often find me jumping around on a trail, several wildflowers in my ponytail, and a big grin on my face.

What inspires you?
When I run, I am inspired by my surroundings. The beautiful weather, the next big hill, the allure of what is hiding behind a turn… these things push me forward. However, the biggest motivator for me is that I want to be a role model for other young female athletes.

I want to be the best I can be and gain a large audience in order to encourage other young females to pursue their dreams. I always want to have a positive attitude and put my best foot forward because I realize I am so incredibly lucky to be a part of the amazing, supportive community of ultra-running! On another note, when I went through a really low point in my Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix race, about 28 miles in, I started singing along to Taylor Swift & Mulan on my iPod. It boosted my spirits and I resumed running uphill; passing many, many men!

Rory Bosio & Kelsie after an epic loop in the French Alps

Rory & Kelsie after an epic loop in the French Alps

As far as inspiring mentors and heroes go, any woman that constantly changes the rules, breaks the barriers and has a smile on her face is someone I look up to. Women like Ann Trason, winning Western States 14 times, Rory Bosio, an American winning UTMB 2x AND finishing 7th overall one year, or women in their 50′s like Meghan Arbogast, who are rocking World 100k’s faster than I can run 5k’s!

What are you training for now, and what do you refuel with post workout?
I am currently training for The North Face 50-miler in December and the Bandera 100k in January. I’m trying to earn a spot in Western States 100-mile!

Post workout, I try to refuel with a balanced meal of protein (usually eggs), fats (like avocados), and veggies. And lots of dark chocolate.

Thanks, Kelsie!

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Mizuno Wave Rider 18 #PowerWithin Instagram Contest

October 15th, 2014

Hado is the life-force energy that exists in all living things which has the ability to create powerful transformations. This same energy was infused into the creation of the Wave Rider 18, inspiring runners to embrace their runs as opportunities to develop, grow, and improve. In support of these powerful transitions, we have an opportunity for you to transform your running shoe inventory by adding a free pair of Wave Rider 18′s! Running Warehouse is giving away 7 pairs of the new shoe. Yes, you read that correctly…7 pairs of the Rider 18! Here are the details:

  1. Follow us on Instagram (@runwiththehouse)
  2. Upload a picture of a time when you discovered that you had incredible power within. This could be setting a PR, a personal running victory or simply a revelatory moment on your daily run.
  3. In the caption, tell us where it happened, and tag it with #WaveRider 18 and #PowerWithin. Oh, and be sure to mention @MizunoRunning and @runwiththehouse in the caption.

Contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered! -RW Staff

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If you haven’t seen the new Wave Rider 18, we encourage you to take an in-depth look at the evolution of the model here.

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Runner vs. Nature: Mountain Lions

October 10th, 2014

Just like your household kitty, right? Photo: Larry Grayam

You’re running (duh!). And that automatically puts you on a mountain lion’s hit list. Not because these big cats love human snacks, or that they are innately vicious creatures, but rather because they have a mad instinct to chase. Most road runners won’t come across this natural hazard (and I say most because sometimes wild animals end up wandering outside of their natural habitat), but trail runners should be keenly aware that the danger is real. Let’s break it down.

The bad news: You are the intruder. You are running in their territory. This makes you automatically attractive to these predators because they don’t differentiate you from an animal that they normally stalk as prey. And since you’re running, you have already started off on a bad foot.

The good news: Mountain lions tend to go out of their way to avoid human contact. They won’t seek you out for the thrill of attacking a human, they would much rather find a deer for dinner.

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Does Shalane Have What it Takes? A look at American Women’s Marathon Record Holders

September 26th, 2014

Shalane will go for the American marathon record this weekend. How does she stack up with the past record holders? (Image: Olympic Pt)

As mentioned in Running Warehouse’s preview of the coming World Marathon Majors, Shalane Flanagan is waging an assault on Deena Kastor’s American record this Sunday at the Berlin Marathon. Shalane’s resume suggests that she has the talent necessary to attempt the feat, with her 10,000m record and medals at the Olympics and World Cross Country Championships. That said, the marathon record might be Deena’s greatest accomplishment in a spectacular career. Shalane may be the next in line of spectacular women holding the top spot on the list of American marathoners, but it is going to take a truly special performance. Deena reminded us last Sunday of the phenomenal athlete that she is the best way she knows how, by tearing up the roads.

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Scott Running Sport, Uncategorized

Americans Get Back on Track in Stockholm

August 22nd, 2014

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Jenny Simpson was one of 6 Americans who won their event in Stockholm.

After over a month of hibernation, Americans hit the track again at yesterday’s Stockholm Diamond League meet. In virtually every event of the meet, we got to see whether our American stars came in rested and ready to go or possibly stale from the time off. How they might fair against the rest of the world, many of whom were coming off of continental championships, added to the intrigue.

All told, USA won 6 of the 16 marquee events contested in the meet. These wins covered the whole range of track and field with Americans victories in the shot put, long jump, 200m, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, and 1500m. American women stole the show with four wins while men took the other two.

The shot put victory went to one of the elder statesmen of USA track and field: Reese Hoffa. Reese has been hurling heavy objects around the world for over a decade now and it is wonderful to see the former orphan still winning on some of the worlds biggest stages and continuing to build his legacy.

Tianna Bartoletta proved again that she is an incredible athlete with her win in the long jump. Formerly known as Tianna Madison, she was a world indoor and outdoor champion jumper but recently has seen more success in the 100 meters with her fourth place showing at the Olympics and the lead off leg on the world-record setting 4 X 100m in London. Her win in the long jump proves that she can still be a threat at multiple disciplines. Furthering her athletic resume, she also has international success in the bobsled.

Allyson Felix has been setting tracks around the world on fire since she was a high school student. She got another win in the Stockholm 200m to add to her endless collection and put her in the driver’s seat for the overall diamond league title in that event with the remaining competition.

Queen Harrison led a trio of Americans in the 100m hurdles. The Virginia Tech graduate was the youngest of the American winners in Stockholm and is truly finding her own this year with a big lead in the diamond league chase for the event four years after winning the Bowerman award (Heisman for track) in her senior year of college.

Tinsley Running over Hurdles

Michael Tinsley continues to impress over the hurdles.

Michael Tinsley has been running on the international circuit for a long time now but the late-bloomer hadn’t made a World Championships team until he was selected to run for USA in London in 2012. He made the most of his first global championship with a silver medal in London and clearly isn’t slowing down two years later with this win in Stockholm.

Rounding out the 6 American victors is Jenny Simpson. Furthering the notion that she may never run over steeple barriers again like she did in college at Colorado, she beat a stout field in the 1500m in Stockholm and is proving that her world championship success from Daegu, a race that seemed to come out of nowhere, was no fluke and she is one of the most talented runners in the world.

With these wins and some other solid performances in other events, Americans proved that for the most part, they were more rested than rusty after the break. With three Diamond League events left and then the Continental Cup, that break may pay off for many of our favorites.

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Runner vs. Nature: Sting Like a Bee

August 19th, 2014
Run! Bee!

Why do our pollinators have to hurt?! (image: Bee removal source)

I’m not sure who struck first, but I have a contentious relationship with bees. Generally, we try to avoid each other, but sometimes things get ugly. I suppose we have some overlapping interests: sweet things, summer, and parks. I’m not sure where everything got out of hand, but I’m prepared to call a truce.

Apparently bees are dying at alarming rates and that I should be concerned. I do like to eat many things that require bees’ pollination, but why must they pull a kamikaze on me once or twice a year? I suppose a few bee stings is a small price to pay given my yearly nectarine intake. Since I’m not allergic, my angst may be a touch over-dramatic. Still, I’d prefer to avoid the hours of pain followed by days of itching that the stings induce. Apparently, there are 10 things that I (we) can do to avoid this fate:

  1. Don’t wear perfume or cologne. I find it very hard to imagine that I could ever be accused of smelling like a flower on a run.
  2. Avoid wearing brightly colored clothing, especially floral prints. The running apparel trends of late are not helping me avoid bright clothing and this doesn’t look to change soon. Fortunately my closet is lacking floral prints though.
  3. Be careful what you eat outdoors, sugary foods attract bees and wasps. My short easy runs are pretty safe but those gels and electrolyte drinks may be making my long runs and track workouts dangerous, especially when I spill all over myself.
  4. Don’t run barefoot. My feet are safe here, sorry Born to Run fans.
  5. Try not to wear loose-fitting clothes (bees may accidentally end up mixed in the fabric). There’s not a lot of bee-trapping fabric in my life.
  6. Stay Still. That one may be a problem while running.
  7. Keep your car windows rolled up. I am a proponent for air conditioning but if my car was parked in the sun and I just finished a run… the windows are down while the AC catches up.
  8. Cover your trash. My aforementioned fondness for post-run air conditioning makes this mostly a non-issue when running from home. But, for the record, the trash is covered.
  9. Don’t hang out in the flower garden. Well, technically none of my current runs specifically include flower gardens, but I would certainly be kidding myself to think that my typical routes are devoid of flowering plants. Citrus trees and California Poppies are two prolific potential points of conflict.
  10. Call a professional to have unwanted bees, wasps, or hornets removed. Probably does not apply to the whole of Montana De Oro State Park.

With only 4 out of 10 of these recommendations accomplished, it looks like I have some work to do if I am ever going to fully mitigate my bee-sting risk. Considering a reported 1/3 of our food and 8 to 12 billion dollars worth of economic value depend bees, I should probably work to change my habits rather than wish ill upon bees (with one notable exception, Africanized bees are definitely worthy of our disdain.)

If you or people in your group are allergic or unsure, following the advice from this list a long with having an EpiPen available in emergency is important whenever participating in outdoor activities. Hopefully soon, bees will no longer be in the news for their decline and we can all enjoy the summer without conflict.

Bees running

Maybe bees aren't so bad after all. (image: clipart)

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Robin Williams Remembered: Possibly the Funniest Former Track Star

August 12th, 2014
Robin Williams Ran before he flew

Robin Williams had to learn to run before he could fly. (photo: Ancestry.com)

“Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death” (Patch Adams).

Robin Williams was a favorite of many, and like too many that give the world so much, he reached his own end too soon. Robin learned that sharing his authentic personality was the most valuable gift he could share. “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

Surely us runners relate to this: our hobby (lifestyle, passion, obsession) often starts before the sun rises, our toenails have been forsaken, and we will be perpetually sore and semi-injured for the rest of our lives. Williams said, “You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” Surely we can all relate to the never-doing-that-race-again-but-if-I-paced-myself-hydrated-trained-better-was-healthy…dialogue in our heads. But when the weariness has passed, we will pick ourselves up and let the madness resume.

Robin had troubles and his death is an extreme and unfortunate reminder of the “bad times” he may have been battling. He leaves behind a devastated family and a few unanswered questions, but more enduring, he gave us some of the favorite characters of our lifetime. From the man that taught us to love poetry in Dead Poet’s Society, the cross dressing dad-nanny that fooled everyone in Mrs. Doubtfire, the genuine mentor that worked to tame the insecure genius in Good Will Hunting, a voice of happiness for our troops in Good Morning, Vietnam (and in life, traveling to military bases around the world to entertain), a blue-opaque genie that demonstrated how putting others needs before your own is a far greater wish than personal wealth and fame in Aladdin, and the adult-ish version of Peter Pan who in saving his children rediscovers his own youth lost in Hook.

In his passing, we look back at his life and enjoy the gifts he shared even more deeply. Traveling farther back in time before any of these characters lived, Robin was a high school track runner. He was good too! With a sub 2 minute half mile to his credit, his skills extended beyond acting. While this is certainly only a tiny footnote in his biography, it highlights the diversity that the running world can call its own. If one can draw some unfounded causation from a correlation, it may show that the same patience it takes to weather his personal ups and downs translated into breaking barriers with his feet.

So while we all wish that our favorite Genie might have waited a touch longer to take his own Magic Carpet for a ride, we can certainly be grateful for what he did give us and that he too wore shorts too short at one point.

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Emma and Evan Leap over Barriers

July 21st, 2014

Trailed by long blond hair and many of the best steeplechasers in the world, Evan Jager and Emma Coburn have set the standard for Americans. With no big global championships available this year, it is the perfect time for Americans to run all-out with nothing to lose. Our barrier jumping compatriots have taken advantage of the opportunity to build on their legacy, fearless of the world’s best.

While the steeplechase may not garner equivalent attention to some other track events, its unique nature and potential for disaster makes for some loyal fans. When the best from each gender in the country’s history are reaching their peak at the same time, the event is doubly exciting.

Emma Coburn and Evan Jager dominating their discipline.

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