Week in Review: May 10-16

May 16th, 2014

Week in Review: May 10-16: Volcanoes, Records and Relays

Welcome to our second installment of Week in Review. It was a fast week for the running world, covering distances from 800m to 84km. Whatever distance you prefer, it is certainly getting exciting as racing season begins to blossom. Let’s jump right in.

Luis Alberto Hernando and Anna Frost take first at Transvulcania 2014

This legendary ultramarathon race covers 83km and over 4,000m of elevation up and over volcanoes on the beautiful Canary Islands. The race begins early in the morning before the sun rises and the participants begin their ascent in the dark, relying on their headlamps and creating a sea of swirling lights that illuminate the country-side.

A sea of headlamps lights up the country-side as the race begins early in the morning

Photo credit: Saul Santos (http://www.santossaul.com)

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New Balance Minimus Zero v2: Trail Test

May 13th, 2014

Over the past year, we’ve seen New Balance’s Minimus line shift away from their near-barefoot offerings. The new focus? Shoes that offer a low profile, yet retain a touch of protection from the ground.

The New Balance Zero v2 embodies this change in the Minimus ideology. While the Zero v2’s predecessor, the 00, was about as little shoe as you could get without venturing into ‘it’s just a sock’ territory, New Balance’s latest addition to the line packs more than a little bit underfoot. It really is a different shoe. Read more…

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Week In Review: May 3-9

May 9th, 2014

Welcome to Running Warehouse’s first-ever week in review. We are excited to implement a new tradition here at the House and we hope it assists you in staying up on the latest running news. If you are unfamiliar with how this works, essentially, we provide an overview of notable happenings in the running world over the last week. We can’t promise the review will be comprehensive but content will be running specific and hopefully, informative. Don’t get me wrong, we love the latest LOLcats photos or trending hashtags, but this blog is dedicated to running and nothing else. So with no further delay, let’s begin.

The 60 year anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister breaking the 4-minute mile barrier

In an interview with the Guardian, Mr. Bannister stated “more people have climbed Everest than have run a four-minute mile.” Although both achievements are incredibly impressive, it’s like comparing apples and oranges. However, even for the avid runner, breaking 4 minutes is noteworthy.  Since Mr. Bannister’s day, this standard still holds weight in measuring the prowess of runners. Sir Roger, we pay you homage for your victory and forever changing the sport of running.

Commemorative plaque at Iffley Road Track, Oxford, England

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Runner vs. Nature: How To Deal With Snakes While Running

May 6th, 2014

Here on the Central Coast of California, the warmer days are upon us as the seasons turn towards summer. While this is a great thing for us runners who prefer a little heat, it also means that we will be sharing our trails with a few slithery friends. Read more…

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Employee Spotlight: Juli Looks Back At Boston

May 2nd, 2014

The 118th running of the Boston Marathon was one for the books. Not only did it result in an American breaking the tape for the first time since 1985, but it showed the stunning resilience of the running community and the people of Boston.

This year, our very own customer service ninja and ultramarathon stud Juli made an emotional return to Beantown after running the marathon for the first time last year. She crossed the line in 3:19:50. We chatted with her prior to her race, and caught up with her again afterwards to get a feel for how it went. Read more…

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A Look At The 2014 Nike Free Collection

May 1st, 2014

For 2014, the Nike Free collection takes on a new look, in what is one of the more significant updates since the debut of the Free in 2004. Despite numerous changes in the line, however, the goal of the collection remains constant: to deliver a natural running experience. Read more…

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Congratulations to Meb and Bob

April 28th, 2014

Meb Keflezighi has undoubtedly been stuck in the middle of a whirlwind of cameras and microphones for the past seven days – a whirlwind that is likely to continue for weeks to come. This is one of the side effects of winning the Boston Marathon and while this storm may carry more fury than others that Meb has experienced, he will enjoy every minute of it. He is happy not only to grow his own brand but to give attention to the sport that has woven its way into every facet of his life. Read more…

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The Nike Zoom Streak 5: High Mileage Performance

April 24th, 2014

Look at the feet of any Nike-sponsored athlete at the starting line of a major marathon and you’ll likely see one of two shoes. The first is Nike’s Flyknit Racer, one of their innovative marvels of the past two years, a shoe that Nike has been sure to pump plenty of marketing dollars into. The other – a bit of a cult classic, a shoe that flies under the radar yet remains a contender for the podium. The Nike Zoom Streak has long been a favorite of competitive marathon runners, and for good reason. Read more…

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A Chat With Brendan Murray, Product Manager Of The New Balance 101 Re-Issue

April 23rd, 2014

New Balance 101 Trail Re-Issue

Brendan Murray is a product manager for New Balance, and is currently leading the charge on the re-issue of the now classic Trail 101, which is expected to become available in 2015. As some of you may remember, the NB 101 was one of the first lightweight trail shoes to hit the market. Originally released in 2010, the 101, along with its predecessor in the 100, helped pave the way for an entire movement of lightweight and low profile footwear, affecting how we envision trail-specific running shoes today.

We were lucky enough to get Brendan to answer a few questions about the upcoming re-issue of the Trail 101, the production process of the shoe, and about the design process of new footwear in general.

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The Boston Marathon, 50 Years Ago

April 21st, 2014

As you likely know, the 118th Boston Marathon took place today, resulting in the first American victory since 1985 (congrats, Meb!). You’ve probably seen your fair share of images from the race, or maybe even tuned into the livestream that captured the spectacle that causes the entire running world to stop and look every Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. The crowds, the production, and the glory of it all make the Boston Marathon a truly remarkable event.

It wasn’t always like this though. Rewind just 50 years to 1964, and the scenes of the Boston Marathon consisted of little more than an underground gathering of the sport’s hardcore. Sure, there were crowds to witness the top runners, but many were limited to running through traffic and finishing on a deserted street with only a line painted on the ground to greet them, all for their own sense of accomplishment.

If anything else it’s a cool video for you running nerds, well worth the 30 minutes. Footage from the race itself starts around 13:30.

[via Let’s Run]

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