Saucony Triumph ISO | First Look

October 2nd, 2014

Available November 2014 – MSRP $150.00

A new ISOFIT upper, new PWRGRID+ cushioning technology and 3 additional millimeters of midsole foam come together in the Triumph to deliver an improved, premium neutral running shoe.

Updates

  • ISOFIT upper combines a plush sock liner with a flexible internal cage to allow the foot freedom to move as it pleases.
  • PWRGRID+ is a one-piece platform that uses grid shaped cushioning materials to aid in shock absorption and durability while adding 20% more cushioning.

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Dennis Kimetto Creates History in the Marathon

October 1st, 2014

Kimetto on the podium with his official record time. Photo: The Telegraph

For the fourth time in six years, the men’s marathon world record has a new owner. Dennis Kimetto followed in the footsteps of the phenomenal athletes before him by blazing through the streets of Berlin and into uncharted territory. While recent trends might indicate that his hold on the record may only be temporary, his time of 2:02:57 gives him the right to claim first under the 2:03 barrier for eternity. Dennis wasn’t the only runner that came prepared for the record assault as second place finisher Emmanuel Mutai also surpassed the previous world record, finishing in 2:03:13.

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Nike Zoom Structure 18 | First Look

October 1st, 2014

At a Glance:

  • Weight: Men’s 10.1 oz (size 9.0), Women’s 9.2 oz (size 8.0)
  • Stack Height: 27mm (heel), 18mm (forefoot) – Drop: 9mm
  • Tri-density Dynamic Support adapts to varied levels of overpronation
  • New Zoom Air cushioning dissipates shock in forefoot
  • Flymesh Upper provides exceptional flexibility and durability
  • Competing Shoes: ASICS 2000 3, Saucony Guide 8, Brooks Ravenna 5

Gone are the days when substantial support and speed were impossible to reconcile in running shoe designs. Technology has progressed to the point where many shoes are managing to successfully correct overpronation while staying adaptive and quick. The Nike Structure 18 is an example of a shoe that’s leading the pack due to significant updates to the Dynamic Support, Zoom Air, and Flymesh upper materials. This shoe definitely warrants some attention so let’s take a deeper look.

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Salomon Trail Run Giveaway – September 29, 2014

September 29th, 2014

The heart behind Salomon’s vision as a brand is a pure love and obsession for being outdoors. With the alps as your landscape, it’s difficult not to be inspired by beauty and majesty of nature. In an effort to inspire all athletes, Salomon is calling us to get outside and start an adventure. One way to start an adventure is to enter to win a free pair of Salomon shoes. Sounds awesome? It is!

First off, if you are located in the central coast of California, we would like to personally invite you to join Running Warehouse tonight, September 29, 2014 for a group trail run hosted by our friends at Salomon. The event will begin at 6:00 P.M. at Johnson Ranch trail head. Salomon will be providing demo shoes to take on the trail for a 3 mile run. Our generous friends will also be giving away two pairs of Salomon shoes after the run so please consider stopping by.

For those of you who are unable to make the run, have no fear, we did not forget you! During the hours 9 AM PST – 5 PM PST, you can enter to win a free pair of Salomon shoes by commenting on Facebook and sharing your most epic trail run experience with us.

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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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World Marathon Majors Light Up the Fall

September 19th, 2014
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Shalane Flanagan looks to add the marathon to her portfolio of American records in Berlin (photo: Runner's World)

Within the next few months, new history will surely be written in the marathon event. Three of the world’s biggest cities are going see their roads taken over by some of the world’s best athletes along with thousands of other runners as the World Marathon Majors 2014 season resumes. Perhaps some of you will be joining the crowd in Berlin, Chicago, or New York?

The BMW Berlin Marathon, scheduled for September 28th, is home of the past five world records at the distance. Last year, Wilson Kipsang covered the course through the German capital in an astounding 2:03:23, breaking his countryman Patrick Makau’s world record by 15 seconds and cementing his name at the top of the legendary distance. With Kipsang racing in New York this year, the men’s champion is sure to see a new face at the top of the podium in Berlin. That face could belong to Dennis Kimetto, the favorite who boasts the strongest personal best in the field with his 2:03:45 victory from the Chicago Marathon last year. Kimetto faces stiff competition from the likes of former Marathon Major winners Emmanuel Mutai and Tsegaye Kebede as well as the World Half Marathon Champion Geoffrey Kamworor Kipsang. With the pace always set to break the world record, this men’s race in Berlin is sure to be fast and furious.

The women’s race in Berlin does not have as many former major champions as the men’s but is particularly interesting to Americans with Shalane Flanagan taking her first attempt at a flat fast course in a non-championship race. She will surely be targeting Deena Kastor’s American Record of 2:19:36 along with her first World Marathon Major victory. She will not be alone on the German roads though as Paris Marathon champion, Feyse Tadese, and last year’s Berlin runner-up Tirfi Tsegaye will be looking for the win as well.

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HOKA ONE ONE Clifton Review

September 10th, 2014

Men's & Women's Clifton models

At a Glance:

  • 7.8 oz (Men’s size 9), 6.8 oz (Women’s size 8 )
  • 6mm Heel to Toe Offset
  • 29 mm heel, 23 mm forefoot
  • With a soft and quick feel, the Clifton delivers maximum cushioning with HIP CMEVA Midsole.
  • At faster speeds, transition to the forefoot feels effortless due to the Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry
  • With a full Ground Contact design, a stable ride is achieved without feeling overly bulky
  • The SpeedFrame upper design offers a snug fit during runs no matter what pace you run

Verdict: The HOKA Clifton is in a class of it’s own. This ultra-lightweight shoe partners well with efficient runners looking for a suitable tempo shoe while the large midsole shape and high ride height provide a soft forgiving experience on the roads at any pace.

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Diamond League Finishes in Style in Brussels

September 5th, 2014

Brenda Martinez Runs Fast

World Champs medalist Brenda Martinez won today but is she even the best American 800m woman? (photo: gobrendamartinez.com)

With the Diamond League season coming to a close today, the track season is effectively over. Sure, there is the Continental Cup serving as the true end to the season, but after the exhausting season and most of the storylines already written: the Continental Cup serves more to figure out who’s minds and bodies went on vacation early than figuring out who the best athletes are. So, as far as this blog is concerned, the season’s over.

Running Warehouse caught on to some of track and field’s great narratives early and today’s meet served as a fitting end to some of them. Nothing feels better than a good “I told you so,” and that is exactly what I’m going to do with this blog.

Most recently we told you that the American middle distance running crew are the best in the world and Brenda Martinez’s 800m win today emphatically confirmed that. She ran a blazing 1:58.84 and showed the world that she is still a force to be reckoned with after a disappointing USA Championships and a midseason break to regroup. This means that no less than 3 Americans look like they could be next year’s women’s 800m World Champion and several more Americans aren’t far behind. With our previously mentioned success in the 1500, it is an exciting time for our middle distance fans out there.

Jager Runs over Barriers

Evan Jager broke his own American steeplechase record today.

Back in July, we told you that there is a pair of great steeplechasers representing the United States with fast times and beautiful hair. Admittedly, I wrote the blog about Emma and Evan in anticipation of Evan breaking the American steeplechase record in Monaco and had to make some alterations after he missed the mark. Well, earlier today he did break his American record with a third place finish in the event. This year of fearlessly chasing the best in the world over the barriers is hopefully a perfect juncture to next year’s World Championships and the 2016 Olympics, as he is still so new to the event.

Christian runs and jumps

Christian Taylor is Superman.

Our final story started way back at the beginning of the season but a picture in one of our “week in running” blogs didn’t do Christian Taylor justice. Christian is one of the greatest athletes on the planet, who proves time and time again, that he can do almost anything he wants with his legs. The triple jump gold medalist defended his hop, skip, and jump territory last week by winning the Diamond League title and went after the long jump title today. Beginning the season with a spot on the world’s best 4 X 400 meter team at the World Relays and ending the season with Diamond League titles at both horizontal jumps would have been truly super-human. As it turns out, he is human and had to settle for 3rd in today’s long jump and the Diamond Chase. He is certainly still an amazing athlete to follow and it will be interesting to see which event he chooses to conquer next.

With the track season ending, our focus will turn to the major fall marathons and the races leading up to them. The Berlin Marathon is at the end of the month and world records are always at risk when that gun goes off. This weekend’s Great North Run will serve as a great appetizer for marathon fans as Mo Farah takes on Olympic bronze medalist Tariku Bekele and one of the fastest half marathon courses anywhere. There will be plenty of great races to come while we wait for tracks to heat up again next year.

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ASICS GEL-Kayano is 21 and Running Warehouse is Celebrating!

September 1st, 2014

Happy Birthday Kayano!

When the lead footwear designer at ASICS, Toshikazu Kayano, made ASICS’ most advanced running shoe in 1993, he could hardly imagine how his creation would look 21 years later. While shoe concepts often start within a shoe company’s product development department, with thought toward reaching different customers and filling holes in the existing product line, this shoe was unique as the original concept came from Mr. Kayano himself. Naming the shoe in his likeness was originally a temporary plan as a placeholder during the development phase, with a different name intended to be created to take its place as the shoe came to market. However, the name Kayano became popular among the developers and the GEL-Kayano was born. To date, this is the only ASICS shoe ever named after a designer.

As with any 21 year old, the GEL-Kayano has gone through many changes to get to their current state. With every trend setting innovation that the GEL-Kayano brought to the industry, great care was taken to ensure that the shoe’s legendary ride persists undiluted.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 1 Running Shoes

The ASICS GEL-Kayano is born!

The GEL-Kayano Trainer was born in 1993. From birth the Kayano, broke barriers for comfort and support in the industry. With GEL units in the heel and forefoot and supportive elements in the midsole and upper, the shoe delivered a premium experience that ASICS didn’t offer in other models. The first Kayano was the most expensive running shoe in the industry and many people doubted ASICS’ ability to sell a shoe at its price point. “Trainer” was initially included in the name to reflect runner’s lexicon for high mileage running shoes but the shoe came out right as cross-training became popular and the word “trainer” was dropped from subsequent models.

ASICS GEL-Kayano was definitely advanced at age 5. The age many of us first went to school!

By its 5th generation, the GEL-Kayano had started to excel among its running shoe peers. Sales exploded with the 3rd rendition when ASICS included the first Trusstic System included in that model. The Kayano reached its 5th year in style as it started really showing off with more exposed GEL units than before and a bold logo on the side. 5 is the age that many of us experienced our first day of school, the Kayano was certainly prepared to be the coolest kid in class.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 10 Running Shoes

Big innovation to the upper came when ASICS GEL-Kayano hit double digits.

By the time the Kayano reached double digits, it had taken comfortable support to the next level. With four years of refining its impact guidance system the shoe’s ride grew ever smoother. For the first time ever the GEL-Kayano X (the shoe had been showing off its age in Roman numerals in the title from VII) featured Biomorphic Upper Fit, with upper materials that give an equivalent custom fit experience to the GEL units underfoot.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 13 Running Shoes

Teenage years for the Kayano would be very fruitful. The 13th generation was improved above and below the foot.

When the Kayano became a teenager it gave up on Roman numerals and took on more GEL in the midsole than ever. This GEL was added without making the shoe heavier thanks to lighter materials in the upper. The updates included in the GEL-Kayano 13 would lay a foundation for some very successful subsequent years.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 16 Running Shoes

ASICS GEL-Kayano's sweet sixteen came on the heels of 2 Runner's World Editor Choice Awards for best shoe.

When the Kayano reached its sweet 16 it was coming off of consecutive Runner’s World Editor’s Choice awards. The GEL-Kayano 16 introduced the Guidance Line, a groove that spanned the shoe from heal to toe to encourage an efficient stride without sacrificing support. As many of us did, the Kayano certainly passed its driving test on its 16th birthday.

ASICS GEL Kayano 18 Running Shoes

The 18 year old ASICS GEL-Kayano graduated from high school at the top of its class.

The GEL-Kayano 18 celebrated its status as a legal adult by shedding over an ounce to be the lightest Kayano to date and with out losing any of the innovative features that made the shoe so successful. With the drop in weight the Kayano became more flexible but managed to stay incredibly cushioned.

ASICS Gel-Kayano 21 Running Shoes

ASICS GEL-Kayano is 21 and is ready for everything that comes with such the milestone!

And that leads us to the Kayano’s 21st birthday. The GEL-Kayano 21 retains everything that has made it great and, coming in at 11.5 oz is the lightest yet. The FluidRide midsole compliments the FluidFit upper perfectly to conform to the unique needs of every foot while keeping the foot springing toward each stride. GEL cushioning units continue to provide the lasting protection from the road and this generation has the most gel yet. While the Kayano is a shoe that accommodates all footstrike points, a larger portion of the additional gel is in the forefoot, upping the protection for forefoot and midfoot strikers. A new heel crash pad engages the Guidance Line earlier in the ground contact cycle and the Guidance Line has been reshaped to bring the foot through the optimal movement and waste as little energy as possible when toeing off to the next stride.

Kaizen is a Japanese word that refers to continual improvement.  Perhaps no other shoe in the industry embodies this philosophy like the GEL-Kayano. The 21st birthday is the ultimate coming of age moment for Americans and signifies that one is finally entrusted with virtually all rights and responsibilities of an adult. It provides and opportunity to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to future improvement and success.

Whether you are a Kayano faithful or have never tried the shoe, join Running Warehouse in celebrating a shoe that continues to set innovative trends for the industry and keeps runners around the world hitting the pavement for mile after mile.

We will have a more detailed review of the new Kayano when we can thoroughly test the shoes.

Pre-order the ASICS Gel-Kayano 21 and buy other ASICS shoes here: Men / Women

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American Women Own the Middle Distances for 2014

August 28th, 2014
Jenny Wilson New Balance Running

Jenny Simpson capped off her historic year today by winning the Diamond League title.

Today’s 1500-meter race at the Zurich Diamond League has tipped the scale for American middle distance women. The ladies in Red White and Blue can justly claim to be the best in the world in the 800-1500 for 2014.

Run Fast Get this sweet trophy

The Diamond League trophy is almost as sweet as the $40,000.

In Switzerland Jenny Simpson dove to the line to earn the win in the Diamond league final by a mere hundredth of a second over countrywoman Shannon Rowbury. This feat earned Jenny the overall Diamond League trophy, the accompanying $40,000, and an automatic entry into next year’s World Championships (meaning Team USA will have 4 women at next years World Championships). The race also adds to an amazing season for Shannon who bettered her personal bests at 1500m and 5000m and broke the American Record in the 2-mile.

Jenny and Shannon are running so well that it is easy to overlook women like Brenda Martinez who notched a solid 4:01.36 season best today. Brenda started the season well by anchoring USA teams to American records and gold and silver medals in the 4 X 800 and 4 X 1500 at the IAAF World Relays but has mostly flown under the radar since.

Equally impressive to the Americans’ success in the women’s 1500m is their American peer’s success in the 800m. Beginning with the indoor season where Chanelle Price won the World Indoor Championships in that event, American women have repeatedly held their own in the two-lap event this year.

800m women run fast

Chanelle Price was the best in the world indoor and Ajee Wilson has shined outdoor.

Chanelle backed her indoor championship up with her second place finish in the Doha Diamond League event and her first ever sub 2-minute performance. Brenda Martinez was the next athlete to perform internationally with her own sub 2 minute 800 to win the Hangelo World Challenge meet in the Netherlands. Laura Roesler finished her dominant final collegiate year with a win at the NCAA championships and a second place at the USA Track and Field Championships. Beating Laura at those championships was the phenomenal 20-year-old Ajee Wilson.

Hindsight shows that Ajee Wilson’s win at the USA championships was only a tune-up for her race at the Monaco Diamond league a few weeks later. In Monaco, Ajee ran a world leading time of 1:57.67 to end Eunice Sum’s 14 win unbeaten streak.

So far there are 6 American women under 2 minutes for the 800 this year, 2 more than the next best country Russia, and there are several other Americans that have run 2:00 or 2:01. With the Diamond League final for the women’s 800m being held next week it will be interesting to see if any American women can mimic the success of Jenny Simpson with a win there. Either way, American success at next week’s 800m in Brussels would only add to the middle distance success that USA has seen this year, but after today, American’s have already done enough to claim dominance for the year.

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