Q&A with Stephanie Nunes: A Look at Gluten-free Diets for Runners

July 3rd, 2014

Stephanie Nunes talks Nutrition

Stephanie Nunes of Rock Solid Nutrition is a San Luis Obispo native and Running Warehouse friend. She is a registered dietitian (RD) with over 15 years of experience and is certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) that has helped countless athletes, elite and beginner alike, achieve their goals.

Today she will be answering some nutrition questions that have become popular of late. Particularly, we will be discussing food allergies. Given the ever-expanding gluten-free section at many grocery stores and a strong push by many across the world to see more ingredients listed on restaurant menus, this surely a popular topic at the moment.

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Western States Race Recap with Tera Dube

July 1st, 2014

Tera enjoying the beauty of Robinson Flat

Racing is inherently unpredictable. It’s part of its charm. We can spend an eternity preparing for race day but any number of unforeseen factors can derail even the best-laid plans. Mastering the unpredictable is addictive and it is why we runners search ceaselessly for new challenges. It may be new personal records, more competitive fields, and longer distances over the most taxing courses.

This past weekend, Tera Dube, our retail manager and fountain of positive energy that helps this company thrive, reached the epitome of ultra running when she toed the line at the Western States Endurance run. As an automatic qualifier by virtue of  a fourth place finish at the Sean O’Brien 50 miler, she had her eyes on a top 10 finish and a sub 24- hour belt buckle. Her training lined up perfectly and she was confidently prepared for the journey from Squaw Valley to Auburn.

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Western States Endurance Run: 100 Miles of Prestige (and Running)

June 26th, 2014

A 24-hour Completion = Silver Buckle Award. Photo: TNF & Runner's World, 2006

Claiming one’s self as the most prestigious anything is a bold statement. It’s one that comes with the risk of backlash if expectations are left unmet. It generally takes years of experience, as well as talent and ingenuity, to back up such a claim. At that, the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, “the worlds oldest and most prestigious 100-mile trail race,” makes the claim unabashedly and accurately.

The race has set the bar for ultra running around the world over its 41 year history. The race started when Gordy Ainsleigh decided to complete the Western States Trail Ride, an event testing the endurance of our equine friends, sans horse. The race has been challenging the limits of runners ever since.

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Elite Oregon Club Teams Take to the Track

June 25th, 2014

Galen Rupp in an OTC uniform (photo: oregonlive.com)

Of late, American distance running is going through a bit of an identity crisis spawned from the fact that the athletes participating seemingly have no identity. When the best track athletes graduate from college and sign endorsement contracts, they join a team that in many cases spans the globe. While an endorsement deal is a momentous time for both brand and athlete, it is also a great feeling to be a part of something larger than one’s self. It is difficult for fans to grapple with these teams in the same way that they root for their favorite basketball team or university. At the same time, runners have always come together in training groups centered around coaches, but with endorsement deals taking precedence, they haven’t branded themselves as unique.

However, that started to change a little bit when Vin Lananna took over as the University of Oregon Track coach and dragged Frank Gagliano (later replaced by Mark Rowland) to Eugene to revive the Oregon Track Club. The Oregon Track Club has a tremendously successful history and its revival as an elite program was an integral complement to the community Lanana was trying to foster. This brought a wave of quality athletes to Eugene to sign with Nike, but instead of the generic Nike singlet, they wore an Oregon Track Club jersey, which was the first bit of differentiation among Nike athletes.

Meanwhile, Alberto Salazar created a group in 2001 in Portland. Seeing that Portland is also in Oregon, someone decided that his group was also the Oregon Track Club. Alberto Salazar had a heart attack in 2007 and recruited Jerry Schumacher as his replacement. Jerry brought a new crew while Alberto’s heart mended. There were three groups with three different coaches that hardly interacted with one another, wearing the same uniform.

In 2011, Oregon Project athletes started looking different. There was no formal announcement or marketing push, there was just a black uniform with a mysterious skull garnished with olive branches that Galen Rupp and company started wearing. Last year shoes and apparel with this logo became available through Nike catalogs to stores like ours. Enticed, we jumped on it instantly knowing that there is certainly a market for it.

Shalane Flanagan rocking her new kit (photo: entirelyamelia.com)

The process of differentiating the three Oregon groups completed earlier this year when Jerry Schumacher’s team became the Bowerman Track Club and Shalane Flanagan debuted their new uniform and logo at the Boston Marathon. The name originated from the local Portland team, Bowerman Athletic Club. The local youth and open athletes that were in BAC will be rolled into BTC with their new, very fast company.

So now, three of the premier track clubs in the country, each boasting Olympic medalists, finally have distinguishable brands and additional ability to cultivate a following. Hopefully, this inspires other premier clubs in the country, like the Brooks Beasts and Asics Mammoth Track Club, to produce gear for their fans as well.

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QUICKSTART Shoe Donation Program: Need Schools and Organizations

June 24th, 2014

It should go without saying that we at Running Warehouse love running. Runners with the goal of providing as many people as possible the tools to get out and run founded the company. With that same ethos in mind, we have started the QUICKSTART shoe donation program to provide gently used shoes to schools and organizations that encourage youth running.

Where do the shoes come from?

When their first home doesn’t work out, Running Warehouse willfully accepts the returned shoes back in our warehouse and collects them for donation. Every shoe is inspected upon return and the shoes selected for donation show slight wear and tear. We believe every shoe selected is still deserving of many more miles in the future.

How can you be involved?

Running Warehouse needs more schools and organizations to be involved! We believe there is great need for programs like this and we are blessed to be able to give back to the running community. Whether the shoes are going to the next generation track stars or simply kids who wouldn’t otherwise exercise, we want these shoes on their feet. So tell your friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbors, strangers, teachers and coaches about our program. We truly understand the value of a pair of shoes and we want to share the love.

As of right now we are only looking for schools and youth programs to donate to and are not accepting additional donated shoes.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Recipients must be a state or nationally recognized educational institution or registered 501(c) non profit organization which:

  • Has an official program which encourages running in the Middle to High School age group
  • Is seeking between 5-25 pairs of shoes per year
  • Is based in the United States

Please visit our website to fill out an application if you are interested in joining the QUICKSTART program

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Week in Running: June 14-21

June 23rd, 2014

Dipsea Runner Runs through Heart Attack.

USA’s oldest trail race and favorite Bay Area fixture, the Dipsea race, was held two weeks ago. The race was won by 56-year-old Diana Fitzpatrick, a feat made possible by the race’s unique handicap structure. Reported earlier this week, this storied race gained another remarkable chapter as 72-year-old Wolfgang Zech ran and finished the 7.5 mile race while enduring a heart attack. The Dipsea’s hardy terrain and flights of steps, totaling 672 stairs, is a challenge for any heart. Appropriately, the toughest section of the race is named “Cardiac Hill,” a name that has a whole other meaning to Zech Wolfgang. However, he plans to run next year and every year after as long as possible. Considering its beauty, it is hard to fault his enthusiasm and we applaud his commitment.

Dipsea Runner Battles More than Stairs (Image: Douglas Zimmerman)

Molly’s Run at the Mini is anything but Mini

On the opposite coast, 5,870 women took to the streets of New York City for The Oakley New York Mini 10k. The race, which started the year that Title IX became law, is fixture on the racing circuit for many of the best female runners in the world. In this year’s edition, Molly Huddle crossed the line first making her the first American Champion in 10 years. Huddle, the American record holder in the 5000m, added another American record to her resume by besting Mary Slaney’s women-only road 10k time of 31:38 by one second and beating a slew of great runners from around the world.

Electric Foam 5k’s Bubble is Popped

Electric Foam 5k as Advertised

Gone are the days when the only option for a local fun run or race meant lining up on a road with some friends and finish covered only in sweat.  Nowadays, there is something for all kinds of runners out there. If you are willing, you can cover yourself in color or mud, or you can take on obstacles or even zombies. The number of these runs has grown exponentially.

Electric Foam 5k in Reality (Images: Runner's World)

If foam is more your style, you may be disappointed that the Electric Foam 5k has gone out of business. The event, which marketed itself as the “Foamiest 5k on the planet,” did host a run in Madison that lead to headlines infused with wonderful puns like: More Bust than Bubble and More Duds than Suds as well as some calls to the better business bureau.

With any successful product, as obstacle racing certainly is, people line up to jump in with their own rendition.  The Electric Foam 5k was undoubtedly an ill-conceived attempt to join in the fun without putting in the work that it takes to put on a successful event. As someone with experience at countless events, both working and participating, the work involved to put on a good event is substantial. This serves as a good warning for organizers and participants alike: do your homework.

If you are inclined to run through some foam, the 5k Foam Fest appears to be the better answer.

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Introducing the New Garmin Forerunner 15

June 20th, 2014

Photo: Garmin

The Garmin Forerunner 15 takes a step forward in the Entry Level GPS watch department.  Utilizing the simplicity of the FR10 and the daily activity tracking features of the Garmin Vívofit, the Forerunner 15 is the perfect hybrid for the runner on a budget.

The Forerunner 15 receives a major upgrade in technology over its predecessor, the FR10, and is the perfect middle ground for someone who isn’t ready make the jump to the advanced FR220 model.  While the Forerunner 15 uses the same outer shell as the FR10 (both small and large options), the technology features are far greater.  One new improvement is the introduction heart rate monitor capability.  This addition allows you to further enhance your training experience by signaling when to push yourself a little harder and when to hold yourself back.  By applying heart rate features along with Virtual Pacer™, the user has all the necessary data to optimize performance.

Color options available from Garmin. Photo: Garmin

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Team Garmin-Sharp takes New Balance to the Podium

June 18th, 2014

At the surface, New Balance seems an odd sponsor for a professional cycling team.  Perhaps, the Running Warehouse blog is an unusual place to find a blog about a professional cycling team. That said, we’ve got these shoes in our warehouse and we are pumped for this year’s Tour de France.

New Balance 890 Garmin Race Team Shoes

Sponsors Garmin and Sharp adorn the blue jerseys. Check out the socks!

With one of the younger stars of the peloton, Andrew Talansky, coming off of his win at Le Critérium du Dauphiné, the NB logo on the left breast of the team uniform is primed for some exposure in July’s Tour. The American’s rise to prominence is well timed for New Balance, a company that regularly boasts about the footwear that they create in American factories.

That said, sports sponsorship is a lot more than logo exposure. Ideal partnerships add value to the sports property beyond a check and the company gets to tell a story about how they help the team to glory beyond putting food on their table. So what is the story that New Balance is creating? New Balance makes shoes and apparel for several sports, but Cycling is not one of them and Team Garmin-Sharp already has an apparel sponsor in Castelli.

Officially, New Balance is the “exclusive off-bike footwear and athletic clothing supplier” to the team. They will provide shoes, like those above, as well as apparel for the team to wear when they aren’t tearing up the streets on their bikes on the pro tour. The argyle infused 890v4 has already graced podiums around the world and there is a good chance that the shoes will be leaving footprints on podiums in France. The team is certainly adorned in New Balance when they hit the gym or trails for cross-training. They did just that when some of the riders traveled to Boulder to run with New Balance’s Jenny Simpson, Emma Coburn and Anton Krupicka.

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NCAA Track and Field Championships

June 17th, 2014

Who needs a Gatorade cooler when you have a steeple pit? (photo: Oregonian)

Another NCAA Championships is in the books and it turns out that the men of Oregon and the women of Texas A&M are really good at track and field. The collegiate championships, a favorite meet among American track fans, features many of the world’s future Olympic medalists. Despite the relatively young age of the competitors, it is one of the world’s most competitive meets every year. This year was no exception, with records falling across all distances.

Oregon won its first outdoor track and field title in 30 years in a dominant fashion and celebrated by throwing coach Robert Johnson into the steeplechase water pit (see image above). The always-dominant distance runners maintained tradition and thrilled the Eugene crowd by scoring in every event longer than 800m and winning the 1500m (Mac Fleet) and the 10,000m (Edward Cheserek). They secured the team title with help in other events, particularly a javelin title from Sam Crouser and a record setting high hurdle run by Devon Allen, a reinforcement from the Duck football team.

Laura Roesler is another Oregon legend with a promising Pro future. (Photo: Letsrun.com)

Meanwhile, the Texas A&M women won their fourth title in six years, bringing coach Pat Henry to a staggering 35 national track and field team titles. Where Oregon relied on its distance running men, A&M called on its swift moving sprinters and hurdlers to earn the bulk of its points on the women’s side. The Aggies won the 4X100m, finished second in the 4X400m, and took the podium in the 200m and 400m hurdles, along with many other strong finishes in events from the triple jump to the discus throw.

The individual event stories are certainly too numerous to recall here, but this blog would be remiss without mentioning the finales of a few of the greatest runners to ever grace the NCAA. Lawi Lelang of Arizona started his championships with his 8th national title, by handing 10k champ Cheserek his first loss at an NCAA championship, and backed that title up with a close second place in the 1500m. Laura Roesler closed out her University of Oregon career with a dominant victory in the 800m and points in the 4X400m, to bring her collection of All-American awards to 17.  Not all of the NCAA greats ended their careers in victory though, as Texas’s Marielle Hall and Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe upset Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino.

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Two Weeks in Running: June 1-13

June 13th, 2014

Running Warehouse may have skipped a week but the running world has certainly not slowed down with elite athletes taking to all corners of the globe.

Comrades Marathon

Zola Budd, Still Fast, Still Ruffling Feathers (Image: SA Times)

This blog begins about as far away from our San Luis Obispo office as possible with South Africa’s Comrades Marathon. The race, which links the 56 miles between the cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban is the oldest ultra marathon in the world. The course alternates directions each year and this years race was a “down run” meaning it finished in Durban, the lower altitude of the two cities resulting in a net downhill, but the competition was in no way down.

On the men’s side, South African Bongmusa Mthembu crossed the tape first in a time of 5:28:34 beating the defending “down” champion Ludwick Mamabolo by almost 5 minutes. The ladies’ competition was equally exciting with Brit Ellie Greenwood besting Russian twins Elena and Oleysa Nurglaieva, which is no small feet considering that the former of the twins is a defending 8 time champion. It was a slow year for the ladies as Ellie’s time of 6:18:15 was almost 24 minutes slower than Frith van der Merwe’s course record. I mention that mostly as an excuse to acknowledge the existence of someone named Frith van der Mewre.

Also competing was legend and barefoot-runner-before-it-was-cool Zola Budd (apparently the 56 miles is a bit long to go barefoot and she did cover her feet for this one). Of course, no Zola Budd race is complete without some controversy, and she was apparently stripped of her age group win for not wearing the right tags.

Galen Rupp Win and American Record at Pre Classic

Pre Classic

There was far too much track over the last two weeks to cover here, with major meets in the NetherlandsItaly, and Norway, and notable performances happening in countless smaller meets. Out of all the great meets, the one that garnered the most attention from Americans and from Running Warehouse was much closer to home in Eugene, Oregon.

The Prefontaine Classic featured mind-numbing races from 100m to 10,000m in this year’s rendition, undoubtedly living up to its reputation. Shannon Rowury and Galen Rupp set American records in the 2-mile (9:20.25) and in the 10,000m (26:44.36), respectively. To close out the meet, Ayanleh Souleiman ran the fastest mile ever run on American soil with his 3:47.32 to win the Bowerman, while former Buffaloes Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn continue to be fast with personal records in the 1500m and steeplechase, respectively.

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