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Women’s Running Shoes: A Few Faves from 2012

January 9th, 2013

2012 came and went, leaving us with fond memories of the Games in London, epic moments at our own races, and a collection of exceptional running shoes. Here’s a spotlight on five of our best selling women’s running shoes from 2012.

Asics Gel Nimbus
If you’re on the prowl for a supremely cushioned, neutral daily trainer, the Asics Gel Nimbus 14 would definitely get a second date. And after a month you’ll probably want to elope. The shoe has that comfy Asics step-in feel, and the heel-to-toe transition is nice and smooth. The ample heel and forefoot Gel units offer premium impact protection, and the mesh upper is breathable and secure.

We also like: Saucony Triumph 10 and adidas adistar Ride 4.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS
You need support to correct overpronation, but you don’t want a heavy, super built-up shoe. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS deserves a look. It has maximum support and a nice dose of cushioning to keep your feet happy. This workhorse of a shoe is built to stand up to the long runs you’re ready to log.

We also like: Mizuno Wave Alchemy 12 and Saucony Omni 11.

Nike FREE Run
The Nike FREE Run+ 3 has been a popular choice for women who want something lighter and more flexible than a traditional trainer, but don’t want to take the plunge into the “barefoot” shoe world. This neutral trainer is designed to give you a more natural running feel, but still packs a cushioned platform for a bit of protection. Add in a seamless upper and a wide array of color choices and you’ve got a fun performance shoe for many occasions.

We also like: Brooks PureFlow.

Saucony Kinvara
For long epics or short jaunts at almost any pace, the Saucony Kinvara 3 can be your new running partner. Seriously. This baby can handle speedwork, racing and daily training with ease for all you neutral runners out there. The soft platform still provides the responsiveness you need to feel energized on longer runs. The upper remains light but still provides a secure fit thanks to welded overlays. And did we mention all the pretty colors?

We also like: Asics Gel Lyte and Brooks PureConnect.

Mizuno Wave Rider
If you want a firm, responsive ride in a traditional neutral trainer, then get stoked on the Mizuno Wave Rider. The open mesh of the upper is incredibly breathable to keep you cool, and hugs your foot with a close and secure fit. Mizuno’s Wave technology spans from heel to the midfoot, offering ample shock absorption. And the ride is so smooth it might just encourage you to log a few extra miles.

We also like: Saucony Ride 5 and adidas adizero Boston 3.

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Yes, Please: Women’s Sugoi Firewall 180 Pant

December 15th, 2012

Sugoi Firewall 180 Pant

Christmas tunes are playing in every store, Starbucks has brought back the Gingerbread Latte and Ugg boots abound. There’s no way around it… it’s wintertime! Every year winter brings us a season of hot tea, hot-tubbing and cold training sessions. We were hesitant to head into the chill this year, until we met the Sugoi Firewall 180 Pant. This pant seriously gives us the warm fuzzies. Here’s what we love:

Thermal Interior

The interior of this pant is fully brushed, which gives it a fuzzy, cozy feel reminiscent of your favorite flannel pj’s. The peached interior ups the warmth factor of this piece, so you’ll stay nice and toasty even in frigid conditions.

Waterproof Shell Fabric

The exterior fabric is windproof to keep the icy gales off your gams as you workout in wintry conditions. Although the fabric is highly technical, it maintains a very soft and flexible feel, giving you great range of motion.

Adjustable Waistband

The elastic waistband hits just below the natural waist, and has side Velcro tabs that allow you to get an extra-secure fit, so these pants won’t slide down as you run.

Pockets

Two large front zip pockets give you ample room to store an mp3 player, pair of gloves/arm warmers or other essentials on the run. Lockdown zippers with guards will keep zippers from bouncing up and down while you run.

Reflectivity

Winter means it’s not just getting colder, it’s getting darker, too, so we were stoked that Sugoi was generous with the reflectivity on these pants. Reflectivity around pockets, behind knees and down the sides and front of these pants will help you be seen by motorists when you’re running in low light.

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New and Cool: Shrug, Rundies and More

December 4th, 2012

OK ladies, we’d like to let you in on a few of our favorite new arrivals here at RW. And guys, if you’re already in the zone of holiday shopping, many of these hot new items will make great gifts for her (especially number four below, hint hint).

1. Pearl Izumi Infinity Shrug

Finally, fashion and clever function meet in the Pearl Izumi Infinity Shrug. This sassy little number is an excellent choice for brisk days when a tank top or tee isn’t quite enough at the start of your run, but you want a layer that’s easy to take off.

2. Oiselle Rundies 7-Pack

The super cute Oiselle Rundies 7-Pack of everyday undies will remind you what workout you have scheduled for today. Each pair has a running inspired graphic on the hiney, like “tempo” or “long run,” to get you fired up to work out or race. Or, flaunt your runner pride at an undie run (when the weather warms up, of course).

3. Saucony Kinvara 3 Girls Shoes

The Saucony Kinvara 3 Girls Shoes will let your mini-me look just like mom while she’s running. Her feet and joints will thank her for wearing a purpose-built running shoe on the playground or around the track. The bright, fun colors will let her make a bold statement every time she laces up.

4. I-Knead Medium Massage Roller

Who doesn’t like a great massage? The I-Knead Medium Massage Roller lets you give your tired muscles a treat any time. The massage ball can be removed to ice or heat before use, or by itself to massage a tight plantar fascia. It’s portable enough to fit into a purse or gym bag, so you have access to massage on-the-go.

5. Petzl Tikka 2

The Petzl Tikka 2 is a great entry-level headlamp if you’re looking to try night running, or if your next adventure might last past sunset. Simple to operate and very versatile, this little light has three lighting modes and 4 LED’s in one unit. The adjustable headband will help keep the light securely in place as you run.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her

November 20th, 2012

Having a hard time figuring out how to surprise that special runner in your life? Our holiday gift guide takes the guesswork out of giving. Choose the profiles below that fit the runners in your life for great gift ideas. Also check out our Men’s Gift Guide for more ideas. Read more…

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Flattering, High-Feature Tights

November 15th, 2012

Brooks Utopia Thermal Tight, Pearl Izumi Ultra Tight, The North Face Winter Warm Tight, and Nike Element Thermal Tight

When you’re shopping for running tights, chances are that the first thing on your mind is finding a tight that will handle the temperatures you need it to and offer the mobility, breathability, storage and other key features you want.

But right there in the back of your mind, of course, is that little angel/devil who wants to make sure you look good in whatever you choose. Nevermind that many of the miles you spend in these tights will be in dark, rainy, and let’s face it – unfashionable – conditions. The bottom line is you still need to look good!

If knowing you look like a million helps you charge the road or trail like the rock star you are, check out a few of the running tights we carry that bring on the tech without even a whiff of frump:

Simply Sexy

Brooks Utopia Thermal Tight – Warmth without weight and bulk means you can run fast and look good doing it. The tech here is all in the Vapor Dry fabric, a polyester/Spandex blend that’s on the lighter side for the heat retention it provides. The high waistline creates a pleasing shape, and several of us in the office here really appreciated the flattering cut of the panels.

High Feature Haute Couture

Pearl Izumi Ultra Tight – You’ll feel like a sexy action hero (think Lara Croft) in these high-tech tights. Why? For starters, you can store gels or other items in the trick “holster” pockets on the rear hips. Plus, waterproof calf and ankle panels and a gusseted crotch for increased range of motion mean you’ll be able to outrun the baddies no matter the terrain or conditions.

Stone Cold Fox

The North Face Winter Warm Tight - This tight is your friend if you want to look hot when the weather is anything but. A protective layer for your coldest runs, the Winter Warm Tight has thick fabric and a fully brushed interior, but it manages to avoid looking bulky. In fact, the thicker fabric on this tight actually does a nice job of shaping us in all the right places.

The Elements of Style

Nike Element Thermal Tight – It’s hard to look much more sleek and speedy than you will in this tight. The water-resistant lower leg also helps you look smart, not soaked, when you trudge your way through rain, slush and snow. This tight is available in lengths so you can get a more custom fit.

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Treat Your Twins: Bra Sale!

October 10th, 2012

The twins. The girls. Cha chas. Tatas. Gazongas. … alright, maybe we’re getting a little breast-obsessed. But when it comes to running, a properly fitting supportive sports bra just might be the most important piece of gear a woman can own, so the ladies here at RW have your, er… breast interests at heart.

We’re blowing out some of our favorite sports bras so you can set up your set with some security. Fit is one of the most important features in a sports bra, so start by learning how to find your fit. Next, you’ll need to think about the level of support you need. This will depend on your size and the impact level of the activity you’re doing.

Running is a high impact activity, and different styles of bra work better for women of different shapes and sizes. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we’ve reviewed a few top performers to help you out. We’ve even got a few great bras for nursing moms, so all you mommas (and mommas-to-be) can run in comfort.

Shop Our Sale to find the just right bra for you.

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Asics GT 1000 Pink Ribbon Edition

October 1st, 2012

GT 1000 PR Men's and Women's Models

We’re already sold on the new GT 1000 for it’s great fit and responsive ride for mild to moderate over-pronators. In this Pink Ribbon (PR) edition (available in both Women’s GT 1000 PR and Men’s GT 1000 PR), Asics gives us one more thing to love about the shoe by partnering with Christina Applegate’s Right Action for Women.

This foundation assists women who are at an increased risk for breast cancer. Not only does this special edition trainer offer a proud pink aesthetic (the Women’s version even has satin ribbon laces), but for every pair of GT 1000 Pink Ribbon shoes sold in October, Asics will donate $2 to the Right Action for Women foundation (up to $100,000 total).

Applegate created the foundation in 2008, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The actress started the foundation to help women who are at an increased risk for developing the disease, but who cannot afford the expense of certain types of testing. Get your pair of this pink performance trainers to get runnin’ and to join the fight against breast cancer.

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Today in Running History: Women’s 200-Meter World Record

September 29th, 2012

Florence Griffith Joyner sets world record and takes gold in South Korea (Photo Credit: Associated Press)

September 29, 1988: Florence Griffith Joyner – better known as “Flo-Jo” – sets the Women’s 200-meter world record at the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. She posted a time of 21.34 (+1.3 m/s), which no other female athlete has bested since. In addition to her mind-blowing performance in the 200-meter, Flo-Jo posted a Women’s world record time of 10.49 seconds in the 100-meter during the Olympic trials of the same year.

Of course, Flo-Jo’s insane speed and rock star-like style made her an international icon of athleticism, long after she ended her professional track and field career following the 1988 Olympics. Before her star performance on the world stage at the ‘88 Games, Flo-Jo was a standout sprinter first at Jordan High School in Los Angeles and then as a Bruin at UCLA. She passed away in her sleep from an epileptic seizure in 1998, but her world records live on.

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Top 3 Sports Bras for Nursing Moms

September 6th, 2012

Velcro Straps on Juno; Back Closure on Fiona; Front J-Hook on Grace II

It can be tricky for nursing mothers to find a sports bra that delivers on all fronts. Performance on the run, comfort and easy accessibility are all key features to look for when selecting a sports bra to use while you are nursing. To support your efforts to train hard through every stage of your life, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite bras for nursing moms. Check ‘em out here:

Modesty: Moving Comfort Juno Bra

The Moving Comfort Juno Bra has a substantial liner and a nice high neckline that adds a little extra modesty for the woman who wants to move seamlessly from her run to her life-about-town. This bra offers appropriate support for a DD cup size for high impact activities. If you feel that you need more support than usual because of fuller cups, reach for the Juno and head out for your run with security. The Juno also has adjustable Velcro straps that allow you to quickly and easily unfasten one side of your bra to nurse.

Easy On-and-Off: Moving Comfort Fiona Bra

We love the simplicity of the Fiona Bra. The back closure on this bra makes it easy to slip in and out of, so you won’t feel like you have to win a wrestling match to get your bra on. Soft adjustable Velcro straps and stretch fabric allow you to easily unfasten a strap and slip one side of this bra down to nurse. The Fiona is so soft and comfortable it can even be worn all day as an alternative to a nursing bra.

Front Closure: Moving Comfort Grace II Bra

Zip through your day – and your run – in the Moving Comfort Grace II. This update to the Grace Bra flaunts a slimmed-down, streamlined design and a new front j-hook closure that makes zipping this bra on and off even easier. When putting this bra on, fasten the j-hook in the front to hold the bra closed, and then zip the bra up. Front closure allows you to easily unzip and unclip to nurse. The Grace II has a slightly lower neckline, so it is ideal for smaller busted women.

Check out our complete sports bra collection at Running Warehouse.

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‘Bootyful’ Short Shorts for Fearless Femmes

June 29th, 2012


We’re stoked on the longer days, warmer weather, and all kinds of trails, paths and races summer 2012 has to offer. And really, what goes better with a long, hot run than a pair of short, hot shorts? We’ve got quite the collection of toasty little bun huggers for bold runners who are ready to train hard and take names. You can see all our current styles above, but here are a few of our favorite itty-bitties:

Nike Legend Slim Short

The extra-wide waistband on this short sits snugly against your body without digging in at all. Bright contrast color at the waist adds even more style to these already awesome shorts. With their performance-forward design, these shorts are a great pick for training and race day alike. Ergonomic flatlock seamlines prevent chafing and allow for full freedom of movement.

Saucony LX Mod

Simple, sleek and ready for performance, the Saucony LX Mod Tight Short has a flirty silhouette and great aesthetics. Contrast color design waistband and side ribbon ruching details make this short is a great option for runners who demand performance first, but don’t want to skimp on feminine details.

Moving Comfort 4″ Compression Short

Sleek fabric hugs your curves, and wide waistband offers a flattering silhouette. A slightly longer inseam makes this piece a good option for women who want the extreme freedom of a boyshort, but don’t want to bare quite so much skin. This spring, Moving Comfort brought a pop of energy to these shorts with bright, fun colors.

Some of the ladies here at Running Warehouse live in these little numbers on the roads and trails…what about you? Do you dare to bare your gams in saucy short shorts, or do you opt for more coverage?

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