Salomon S-Lab X-Series | First Look

January 9th, 2015

Salomon S-Lab X-Series Red/Black

Available February 2015 – MSRP $160.00

The Salomon S-Lab X-Series brings elite performance to the road.

Tech Specs

  • Stack Height: 23mm Heel, 15mm Forefoot, 8mm offset
  • Weight: 7.7 oz (Men’s size 9.0)

Competing Shoes

  • adidas adizero adios Boost 2- MSRP $140
  • Nike LunaRacer+ 3- MSRP $110

Happy New Year!

Salomon looks to kick off 2015 with a bang by introducing the S-Lab X-Series, the first road racing shoe and the pinnacle product of the CityTrail line. CityTrail is Salomon’s approach to encouraging road running within diverse urban landscapes of metropolitan areas. Whether you’re cutting corners, flying up stairs, dashing through the park, or maybe even racing the tube, Salomon CityTrail now has a solution for you.

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Food as Fuel: Recipes for the Runner

January 9th, 2015

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My dear friend’s wise father once said, “Food is fuel – nothing more.” I love the idea of his theory, and while experiencing many a post-dessert sugar-hangover, I may have wished that I could live by that simple mantra. But it just will not happen for me. Why? Although I wholeheartedly agree with the first half of the statement, the “nothing more” phrase just will not fly with my indulgent taste buds.

As runners, it is true that food is fuel. We need food to sustain and empower the activity that we love. But to many of us, food is also enjoyment, entertainment, and a social activity. Additionally, food is something that must be practical and fit between running, working, sleeping, family time, and personal time. Can all of the worlds – fuel, gratification and practicality – be merged?  That is what this blog series is about. We recognize that every runner is different. Some clock enough miles to merit constant hunger, and therefore need healthy, hearty, high calorie meals. Some people run to stay fit and lean, and prefer meals on the lighter side. Some people run so that they can eat anything they want – including (but not limited to) large bowls of ice cream with an entire pack of Oreos on the side.

As we share our favorite recipes with you, we hope to provide options for all types of runners and lifestyles. With every recipe we contribute, you’ll be informed as to why we chose it and our opinion on its practical purpose. And hopefully you’ll walk away with one more meal in your recipe book.

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Finish Line Friday: Just Keep Running

January 2nd, 2015

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, Nicole will be sharing her personal sources of inspiration.

Nicole

Nicole at her first RnR marathon

Current Position: Logistics Manager

Favorite Part of the Job: Finding ways to make our processes more efficient and problem solving – for the benefit of our customer service representatives! I love the people I work with. And on the other side, partaking in up-and-coming projects that benefit our customers. I guess I’m always looking for ways to improve things for everyone involved.

Running Background: I only ran as it was necessary for sports in high school. And I actually dreaded the running aspect. After college I needed something to fill my spare time so I signed up for the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon with Team in Training. Between their training regime and a whole lot of snowboarding I was in the best shape of my life and got hooked on running. That first marathon was a fantastic and rewarding experience. I have run several more half marathons since then, and now I really just enjoy anything off the road: beach, trail, running or hiking. I do some fun runs here and there, and would like to do a competitive trail run some day. But for now I just enjoy the outdoors and the company that joins me to stay moderately in shape.

Bishops Peak, Nicole and her husband

At the top of Bishop's Peak

What inspires you?
Most of the races or events I have run benefited something. I ran my first marathon with Team in Training in honor of a good friend (a now healthy cancer survivor!), the second for Team in Training to benefit ALS, and branched out from there. The people we run for are a huge inspiration, along with all the fantastic people running together for a cause. When I need simple thoughts for a long training run, I channel Dory – just keep (swimming) running, just keep runn-ing runn-ing runn-ing…  On an daily basis, my coworkers’ encouragement and the beautiful central coast of California inspire me to get out and run.

What do you refuel with post workout?
Ice cold milk and Chocolate Fluid. This is about the only time I ever drink chocolate milk. I’m a picky person, and its normally gross, but after a long run my body craves it!

Thanks, Nicole!

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5 Reasons to Start Running (and Continue Running)

January 1st, 2015

It almost goes without saying that it is socially expected for you to create a New Year’s resolution. Of course, there are always the cynics who pledge to eat more Cheetos and play more video games than the previous year. Some even take their apathy towards resolutions to a semi-sincere level by devoting the new year to avoiding road rage, accurately reporting their taxes and tipping better at their local coffee shops. But for every cynic, there is an avid proselytizer that can’t wait to let the whole world know about their resolution. However committed one is to this social phenomena of New Year’s resolutions, eventually the rubber meets the road and one must put their money where their mouth is. Enough idioms? It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. Chew on that.

Many people turn their resolution efforts towards exercise because they know that inherently, exercise is good for you. Of the long list of exercise methods, running is among the most popular choice. It is a great way to become healthier, happier and help anyone who watched their last pair of pants slowly turn into skinny jeans, make their way back to their desired physique. So, if you find yourself in the camp of resolving to run more in 2015, here are 5 reasons why your new commitment is a great choice. If you are already a dedicated runner, we hope this provides you with some additional ammunition for your next soap box speech to your non-running friends.

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2015 Resolutions: To Keep or Not To Keep?

December 31st, 2014

It has been said that an examination of history serves as a map by which one can see the patterns of the future. And I don’t know about you, but I would be a much happier human being if I knew what “patterns” my New Year’s Resolutions would follow for the next 12 months. For example, I would prefer to know now rather than in September if I will actually go to graduate school, bake all 14 variations of cheesecake in my recipe queue, and keep the rust off of my backpacking gear.

So, I deduced that it would be in my best interest to look at the “’15” years of the last three centuries in order to to get a glimpse of what my future may hold. What has humanity been able to accomplish in 1915, 1815, 1715? Here are a few highlights:

1915: The neon tube light (think NYC and Vegas) was patented, Alexander Graham Bell made the first transcontinental phone call from New York to San Francisco, and Edouarde Fabre won the Boston Marathon in 2:31:41.2.

1815: The world’s first commercial cheese factory was established in Switzerland (my personal favorite), and natural gas was discovered in the U.S.

1715: The total eclipse solar phenomenon was observed for the first time, and the French invented the folding umbrella.

My hypothesis? Several things. First, big things can happen in a year. Secondly, those big things could impact your life, and others, for years to come. And thirdly, the accomplishments above show us that successful endeavors have similar characteristics, themes, and disciplines that allow them to be achieved and sustained. Here are five filters that I will be running my 2015 goals through, and that we believe will assist you in choosing quality resolutions yourself.

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Saucony Breakthru | First Look

December 30th, 2014

Saucony Breakthru Men's Shoe Blue/Slime

Available January 2015 – MSRP $100.00

The Saucony Breakthru is a lightweight daily trainer and uptempo running shoe that can handle a wide range of mileage and speeds.

Tech Specs

  • Stack Height: 24mm Heel, 16mm Forefoot, 8mm offset
  • Weight: 8.6 oz (Men’s size 10.0), 7.3 oz (Women’s size 8.0)

Competing Shoes

  • Mizuno Wave Rider 18 – MSRP $120
  • Pearl Izumi EM Road N2 – MSRP $120
  • Nike Zoom Elite 7 – MSRP $110

What kind of shoe is the Breakthru?

While I’m tempted to make some sort of clever play on words about the name of this shoe, I’ll spare you of any terrible puns…for now.  All jokes aside, the Breakthru actually provides an interesting option for runners, which is tough to categorize.  With what is expected to be a more responsive ride and a weight of 8.6 ounces (for men in a size 10), this shoe could be likened to a lightweight everyday trainer like the Mizuno Wave Rider 18.  However, with an 8mm heel-toe offset, this shoe can also draw comparisons to performance trainers such as the Nike Zoom Elite 7.  In this way, the Breakthru seems to straddle the fence between a standard daily trainer and an uptempo running shoe.

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ASICS 33-DFA | First Look

December 29th, 2014

ASICS 33-DFA Men's Shoe Blue/Yellow/Black

Available February 2015 – MSRP $90.00

The ASICS 33-DFA is a natural, low stack height option ideal for everyday training or uptempo running.

Tech Specs

  • Stack Height: 19mm Heel, 15mm Forefoot, 4mm offset
  • Weight: 8.7 oz (Men’s size 9.0), 6.9 oz (Women’s size 8.0)

Competing Shoes

  • Brooks PureFlow 3 – MSRP $100
  • Saucony Kinvara 5 – MSRP $100

Why should I be interested about the 33-DFA?

Rounding out our first looks on the ASICS Natural33 collection, the 33-DFA will look to cater to the pseudo-minimalist market with a low stack design and natural running concepts in mind.  The name “DFA” stands for Deep FluidAxis, representing that the FluidAxis flex grooves cut deep into the midsole to allow for the natural rotation of the foot while running. For additional information regarding ASICS’ FluidAxis technology, check out our first look blog on the ASICS 33-FA. With a forefoot stack height of 15mm, the 33-DFA should provide the most ground feel of the series for an enhanced natural running experience.

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Runner vs. Nature: Mountains

December 23rd, 2014

If you’re a regular on our blog, you are well aware that a runner vs. nature post means that we will be offering helpful tips about how runners can best interact with some form of wildlife or force of nature. Sometimes our interactions are precarious and other times they are awe-inspiring, but they are always memorable because we as humans are intrinsically partnered with the world around us.

For this particular post, I’ve decided to draw inspiration and advice about Mother Nature from Mother Nature. My source? The mountain goat. This valiant, stately mammal can accomplish things on the face of a mountain that humans could only dream of doing. Scaling up, and descending down, steep and rocky terrain, surviving with ease at staggering altitudes, and leaping up to 12 feet in a single bound are abilities that would make our lives much simpler (and way more fun!). But alas, we are not the mountain goat. Our response? We humbly acknowledge our limitations, and press on into the challenges it presents. The mountain goat has adapted and thrived in its natural habitat. While humans have also learned how to survive the dangers of mountain running, it has been a long road of discovery. Follow us as we take a look at the majestic mountain and (hopefully) find something useful to take with you on your next run.

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Buying Guide 2014: Illumination Gear

December 21st, 2014

It’s impossible to see in the dark. Okay, sure, get yourself some night vision goggles and you’re set, but who wears those while running?! Until someone creates an awesome night vision solution for runners, we are stuck with the eyes we’ve got. It is for this reason that us runners run into (pun intended) a big problem in low-light conditions, and that is visibility. Not only our ability to see the terrain in front of us, but also the drivers or runners on the road who can’t see us.

Though visibility is an issue that is relevant year round, it becomes especially important to consider during the winter months. Daylight hours are at their yearly low (literally – today is the shortest day of the year!), and stormy weather cause our limited daylight hours to be darker than usual. But, you shouldn’t let that stop you from getting in your daily run. You need to see and be seen, and there is gear that you can use to help you increase your visibility.

I’m going to break this illumination gear guide down into these two categories: “See” (providing light to the path in front of you) and “Be Seen” (allowing others to see you). Read more…

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Nike Zoom Elite 7 Review

December 18th, 2014

At a Glance

  • 9.0 oz. (Men’s size 9.0) & 7.9 oz. (Women’s size 8.0).
  • 7mm heel-toe offset: 25mm heel, 18mm forefoot.
  • The addition of a lateral crash rail system creates a smooth heel-to-toe transition.
  • Springy Zoom Air unit propels runners effortlessly through toe-off.
  • Lightweight mesh upper provides a snug, glove-like fit. 

Verdict

The Elite 7 is a neutral trainer that provides enough cushioning to cater to both tempo runs and daily training. With a weight and drop that fits right in between standard and performance trainers on the market, this hybrid model is a perfect match for efficient runners who are looking for a shoe that can match their changing speeds.

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