Posts Tagged ‘2012 running trends’

2012 Running Trend Predictions

February 10th, 2012

We got out our crystal ball, gave it a good spit shine, and came up with 10 running trends to watch in 2012. What do you think will be hot in the wide world of running this year?

Click on each trend to read all about it!

1. Olympic Fever

2. Minimalism…with a Twist

3. Streamlined Trail Shoes

4. Record Race Turnout

5. Bold Shoe and Apparel Colors

6. Crazy Races

7. Personal Coaching

8. High-Tech Apparel

9. Fitness Apps

10. Focus on Recovery

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2012 Top Running Trends – Color!

January 29th, 2012

Here at Running Warehouse, we’re all about offering products that give our customers the performance features they need to achieve their best on the road, trail or track. But if you can do all that with a little flair, then why not? That seems to be the thinking of a lot of our manufacturers too, who have stepped up their color combos big time for 2012.

Shocking Shoe Shades

For many years, we’ve been fans of shoes that make a big first impression on your foot. Think Asics Gel Noosa Tri, Brooks Green Silence, Nike Zoom Victory and some of the other lively track spikes that have come out in recent years.

Apparently we were just ahead of the curve, because now every manufacturer is ramping up color across their line. We mentioned this last week with a sneak peek of Asics Fall 2012 shoes, but expect to see a rainbow of colors from New Balance, Nike, Brooks, Mizuno and pretty much every other shoe manufacturer this year as well.

Taste the Rainbow of Shoe Colors

Fantastically Flaming Fabrics

Bright, bold colors can help to keep you safe on the road, so it’s no surprise to see neon greens, yellows, pinks and oranges in the Brooks Nightlife collection and the ViZiPro line from Saucony. But color’s not stopping there, with popping apparel pieces in the Spring lineup for Brooks, Nike, and more.

Look for many saturated colors this spring, along with some fun pastels and some bold Men’s color combos too.

Fashion Show?

We’ve been toying with the idea of showing off some of the colors, along with some of the latest designs and fabrics, in a Spring 2012 Fashion Show. What do you think? Would a video intro to some of the colors on tap this Spring help you decide whether this season’s color choices are a fave or a flop?

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2012 Top Running Trends – Fitness Apps

January 18th, 2012

So you’ve got an iPhone or smartphone. And you’re really trying to kick your addiction to Bejeweled, Words with Friends, or another must-have game. Well you’re in luck – there are a bunch of fitness apps for runners that can help you turn your phone from a time waster to a time chaser.

We think the many app stores and markets will be selling oodles of apps in 2012 to help runners perform a little bit better. Here are just a few of the many worth a look:

  • RunKeeper Pro: The cream of the app crop in our opinion. See real-time stats on your run distance, speed and calories burned, plus monitor your progress with saved run stats. (Free – $9.99 depending on version)
  • iMapMyRun: The popular MapMyRun site goes mobile, helping you track pace, distance, calories and more while viewing a live route map. (Free)
  • Nike+ GPS: This popular app allows you to track your run, record your pace, and analyze your performance. A Nike+ sensor is not needed. ($1.99)
  • Runstar: A top running app in the Android Market, runstar gives you four run modes, audio feedback, and the ability to upload your workout to or so you can track your progress. (Free – $4.99 depending on version)
  • miCoach: Providing you personal coaching through real-time motivational audio feedback and daily planned workouts, this app also supports intervals. (Free)
  • iTreadmill: Turn to this app for a highly accurate measurement of step count and distance. It works using the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer. ($1.99)
  • Fitnio: Display time, pace, distance and calories burned. Cool feature: Emergency Contact button to speed-dial a friend ($4.99)

We think a lot more people will be downloading these apps in the coming year. Which app keeps you motivated on your runs?

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2012 Top Running Trends – Focus on Recovery

January 11th, 2012

For the rest of the month, we’ll be counting down the top running trends we see taking shape in 2012. Feel free to check back at the end of the year to see where our crystal ball was a bit cracked and where it was “crystal” clear!

We’re starting off with Trend #10: Focus on Recovery. Sure, runners have been icing injuries, using compression and spending some well-earned downtime on the couch for years. But now, more runners are integrating recovery into their training regimen. One big trend in particular that we see continuing is the use of foam rollers for self myofacial release.

For the initiated, foam rollers may seem heaven sent. But if you’ve never used a foam roller, you’re probably wondering how a few feet of foam can make much of a difference in your life. Here’s a brief glimpse into what you could be missing:

  • Increased Flexibility: A layer of connective tissue wraps and connect the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body. Tightness and restricted range of motion can develop when this tissue, known as the superficial fascia, adheres to the underlying muscle. Foam roller exercises break down adhesions (more commonly known as muscle knots) and soften the superficial fascia through the application of targeted pressure and traction (rolling).
  • Improved Comfort: People using a foam roller often experience that “hurts so good” feeling that comes along with a professional massage. The roller can help your body to flush out metabolic waste and re-oxygenate your muscles, both of which keep muscle pain to a minimum.

But using a foam roller certainly isn’t the only recovery technique out there. And recovery’s not just something you deal with or go through after a run anymore. More coaches this year will be integrating recovery techniques such as massage therapy, chiropractic treatment and water therapy into their workout plans to help athletes reduce pain while improving mobility and flexibility. Runners who plan for recovery and diligently follow through will have a leg up (a more flexible, healthy leg, we might add) as they train and race in 2012.

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