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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:

“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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Jack’s Helping Hand

July 10th, 2014

Jack’s Helping Hand is the inspiration behind the Running Warehouse’s Pozo 5k (held every Fourth of July at the historic Pozo Saloon, this year’s race recap can be found here).  While gathering for some holiday morning sweat has its benefits, doing so for Jack’s Helping Hand make the efforts to organize the event each year particularly rewarding.

Jack Ready, like many kids, learned to love watching cartoons and playing games. Unlike most kids, Jack needed assistance to do these things while he also waged a battle with a rare form of brain cancer.

In memory of their son, Paul and Bridget Ready started Jack’s helping hand in an attempt to make sure San Luis Obispo County’s children and their families, who are inflicted with the life’s unexpected circumstances, get the support they need to maintain a semblance of normalcy.

Jack’s Helping Hand helps these families with support from all angles. From support for treatment related equipment, technology, travel and other unique needs to community development and networking between families facing similar difficulties, Jack’s Helping Hand brings hope to those where hope might be otherwise lost.

In Jack's Memory, countless kids and families are helped.

Jack’s Helping Hand has also been instrumental in building an infrastructure within the county to support those with special needs. The organization has developed toy libraries so that families can find special toys for their kids while saving money for other essentials. They have advocated for expanded pediatric cancer treatment within the county so that less children have travel for their treatment. They are in the process of building The Jack Ready Imagination Park, a place for all kids to stay active with play structures, sports fields, and an equestrian center that is accessible to all.

If you are a San Luis Obispo County resident and your family or a family you know of can use Jack’s Helping Hand, applications are here.

If you can help support Jack’s Helping Hand in any way – information is found here.


All Tied Up: Bay to Breakers Centipede Experience

May 21st, 2014

World Champion has a nice ring to it.

By virtue of a running career that spans most of my living memory – My running resume includes some cool stuff. However, until this past weekend, World Champion was not on it.

On Sunday, I tied myself to 12 other runners and we ran faster than any other group of 13 runners tied together. The result: my 12 compadres and me became the victors of this year’s World Centipede Running Championships. The championships are held in conjunction with the Bay to Breakers Road Race in San Francisco, California.

Fellow Members of the World Champion Centipede

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Erik’s Rio Del Lago Recap

November 14th, 2013

As runners, we experience both highs and lows. Sometimes, in the midst of training and getting ready for a race, our health takes priority, and the race needs to take a back seat. Our footwear buyer, Erik, faced one of those times prior to his target race this past weekend. We took some time to check up with him and get his feedback on what happened and his future plans.

So we hear that race weekend did not go exactly as planned.  What happened?
A: Two weeks out from my target race (Rio del Lago 100) I started showing symptoms of a cold (stuffy nose, cough, etc.). I had already started my taper, so my training was already cut back. I focused on resting a little more, hydrating, and taking different supplements to fight off the illness. After a couple bad days I started feeling better and thought I was in the clear. The Monday before my race, after a relaxing weekend, I thought I was going to be fine, but by mid-day I was feeling a little worse than the previous day. By Tuesday I realized that a trip to the doctor was definitely in order. A quick trip revealed a case of bronchitis and a dose of antibiotics, along with a warning to not attempt my upcoming race.

At what point did you decide it was best to not run in the race?
A: I think deep down I knew that once I went to the doctor on Tuesday and got a prescription, that the race was not going to happen. I talked to a couple friends with running/medical backgrounds to get additional input, and by Thursday I made the final decision to not race.

It was a tough decision since it was my first DNS (Did Not Start) in 15 years of ultra racing. Also, knowing that I was fit and that it was going to be a great day at the race (which it was) didn’t help make the decision any easier.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering doing a race while sick?
A: I think it really comes down to two factors, how sick are you and what are your performance goals. A stuffy nose may not prevent you from starting and may have no real performance impact. But, on the other end of things, if you are really sick and looking to race, you may compromise your future health and have no realistic chance of finishing. In between those two extremes you have to decide what your level of sickness may be and what the potential results could be from racing. If you toe the line when sick you have to ask yourself if you are okay with a decreased performance and are you okay with the potential for a longer recovery period.

Do you have any futures races planned yet?
A: I’m taking a couple weeks off and then looking ahead to the Carlsbad half marathon in January. It will be nice to hit the roads for a couple months. After that I’ll be looking ahead to a full Spring/Summer racing season on the trails. That season will get fully planned after the Western States 100 lottery on December 7th (keeping my fingers crossed).

All of us here at RW are wishing Erik a speedy recovery and good luck in his future races!


Running Warehouse Cyber Monday & Black Friday 2013

November 13th, 2013

There's No Need to Camp Out for Our Cyber Monday Deals...

Attention all RW shoppers: Holiday savings are on the way! If you plan your holiday shopping schedule like you’re training for your next PR, you should be well on the way to mapping out all the goodies you’ll score for family and friends. (And of course, the deals you’ll snag for yourself!) With that in mind, we wanted to give you a heads up about a few sales coming up in just a few short weeks.

Shop Cyber Monday here:
Men’s Sale
Women’s Sale

2 Days to Save
As we’ve done for the past few years now, we’ll have sales on Black Friday (November 29) and Cyber Monday (December 2). If you only have one day to shop our site, Monday’s definitely the day. Our Black Friday sale will be fairly limited and focused on a select list of products. The big deals will hit by 3:00 am Eastern on Cyber Monday, with all sale items priced at least 30% off MSRP. There should be something for every runner on your list!

How to Find the Sales
Links to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales will be posted on our homepage ( as soon as the sales are live. We’ll also announce them on Facebook and our other social channels. If you have any questions about the sale or need any help, you can reach out to us at 800-606-9598 or

More Savings
If you still haven’t had your fill after these upcoming sales, keep an eye out for our annual 12 Days of Savings, starting this year on Friday, December 6 and running through December 18.

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Zensah ‘Dress to Compress’ Giveaway

July 16th, 2013

Zensah is a leading brand in compression and support running apparel. We’re giving you a chance to ‘dress to compress’ in some of the brand’s popular calf/leg sleeves – for free! Added bonus – check out all the great colors we stock:

How do you win? Just complete the entry form below and tell us what color you want. We’re giving away 6 pairs of sleeves on Friday.

This contest is now closed. Congrats to our Zensah Leg Sleeves winners!

  • Ken in Missouri
  • Matan in Illinois
  • Jeff in Pennsylvania
  • Amanda in Florida
  • Noah in Michigan
  • Kathy in Wisconsin

Thanks everyone for entering and look for our next contest soon!


Team Lifeline Promotion

July 2nd, 2010

image004Team Lifeline is a great organization that raises money for Chai Lifeline which is the international children’s health support organization that provides crucial emotional, social, and financial assistance to seriously ill children, their families, and communities.

Running Warehouse is partnering up with Team Lifeline by providing a free pair of running shoes for those that sign up and complete the program by raising the minimum fund needed to earn a free trip to the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon December 5, 2010 or the ING Miami Marathon January 30, 2011.  Online coaching is provided to help reach your goals.

Details of the organization and the program can be found here:

You need to enter RW10” in the coupon field to identify yourself as a Running Warehouse customer and thus eligible for the free pair of shoes.  Additionally, entering this code will grant you a $25 discount off the normal $75 registration fee. The offer is only available to new Team Lifeline Participants and expires July 31, 2010.

Additional questions about the program or this promotion can be directed to

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New Balance Blow Out Sale

February 5th, 2010

Just in, 3 of our most popular New Balance men’s and women’s trainers from last season at a very nice price.  Widths are available as is our free 2-Day Shipping and Free Returns on orders shipped to the 48 Contiguous States.  As an added bonus, if you buy 2 or more pair at the same time, we’ll knock $10 off each pair.  Hurry, supplies are limited.

The 769 is an excellent combination of support and cushioning, usually one of out best sellers regardless of brand.  The 769 normally lists for $100, we have available at $59.88.

New Balance Men’s 769 in Widths

New Balance Women’s 769 in Widths

The New Balance 1011 is a heavy duty motion control model that provides maximum support.  A high quality, full feature motion control shoe is extremely difficult to find under $100 and in fact, the New Balance 1011 lists for $120.  We have it available for $69.88 each.

New Balance Men’s 1011 in Widths

New Balance Women’s 1011 in Widths

The 1063 is New Balance’s neutral cushioning model that has the top bells and whistles in New Balance’s stable of technologies.  This maximum featured shoe normally lists for $120, we have it available for $69.88 each.

New Balance Men’s 1063 in Widths

New Balance Women’s 1063 in Widths


Doing Good with the Miles You Run

January 5th, 2010

We at Running Warehouse are always looking for ways to be motivated to keep running every day.

We recently joined up with the folks at Plus 3 Network who do an unusual thing – they turn every run, every day, all year long, into a charity run.  That’s right, every run you log on their site raises money for a Charitable Cause.  How do they do this, you might ask.  Well that’s where we come in.

Logging your runs can be as easy as filling out web form on the website, or uploading from Garmin Forerunner, or even using their Free iPhone app, Plus 3 Mobile, available for download from the Apple store (click here for download).

We believe in supporting the community, and while we often make donations to various non profits, we have never involved YOU, our customers, in the process.  Until now.  With Plus 3 we make the donation based on YOU.  For every mile YOU log a run, Running Warehouse will pay the City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department up to $0.21 a mile. You can learn more on the rates and the other sports (like walking, tennis, biking, skating) that we pay here on the Plus 3 site, but it’s

·      a pretty cool way for US to donate money,

·      a pretty cool way for YOU to move money for Good via your fitness, and

·      a pretty cool way for the San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department to get funds that they turn into more programs and facilities that let people be active.

It’s all free to you.  You may even find it fun, checking out the leader boards, seeing how your exercise raises money, and you can even get discounts and earn prizes on the Plus 3 site.

To check out our Plus 3 page and see how much we’ve raised, click here.

Sign Up now and start turning you miles in to Money for San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation! (