Archive

Posts Tagged ‘running’

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…

Rachel Running Accessories, Running Apparel , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

ASICS 33-M | First Look

December 15th, 2014

ASICS 33-M Men's Shoe Khaki/Coffee/Orange

Available February 2015 – MSRP $140.00

The ASICS 33-M is a low offset, maximal neutral trainer in the revamped Natural33 collection.

Tech Specs

  • Stack Height: 31mm Heel, 27mm Forefoot, 4mm offset
  • Weight: 10.9 oz (Men’s size 9.0), 8.9 oz (Women’s size 8.0)

Competing Shoes

  • Altra The Paradigm – MSRP $130
  • HOKA ONE ONE Conquest – MSRP $170

What’s in a name?

The M stands for “maximal”, as this shoe features a significantly higher stack height than its brethren in the 33 series, and rivals other maximal shoes on the market, most notably the HOKA ONE ONE Conquest.  With HOKA spearheading the movement towards more maximalist footwear, the 33-M is meant to cater to the runner looking for a shoe that will provide substantial amounts of impact protection without feeling clunky. With a weight that mirrors most standard daily trainers, this shoe looks to make a statement in the industry among the growing trend of lightweight, highly-cushioned trainers.

The 33 designation in the ASICS 33-M refers to the flexibility the shoe provides for the 33 joints of the foot. With a 4mm heel-toe offset, this model offers a more natural running experience compared to traditional trainers such as the Kayano or Nimbus, which have drops of 12mm.  This shoe, alongside the 33-FA and 33-DFA, will be the face of ASICS’ Natural33 series heading into 2015.  For a little more information on the 33 designation and the series as a whole, check out our first look at the ASICS 33-FA.

Read more…

Sean Running Shoes , , , , , , , ,

Finish Line Friday: Push Yourself

December 12th, 2014

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, Erik will be sharing his personal sources of inspiration.

Erik

Erik Dube

Current Position: I’ve worked at Running Warehouse for the past 7.5 years and am currently a footwear buyer.

Favorite Part of the Job: The best part of this job is seeing and testing all of the latest footwear before it arrives on the shelves.

Running Background: I’ve been a runner for 27 years. I ran cross country and track & field in high school and college. Right after college, I switched to trail ultras and have been doing that for the past 16 years. I also had the opportunity to coach at the high school level for 8 years.

What inspires you?
I can’t point to a single person who inspires me the most but it is a collection of people, events, and experiences over many years. I’ve come into contact with great people and have witnessed some extraordinary races over the past couple of decades. Combine those events along with the opportunity to run on scenic trails around the country and there is no lack of motivation to get out and push myself with training on a daily basis.

Erik Dube getting ready to cross the finish line of the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 miler in 2011.

Tahoe Rim Trail 100 miler, 2011

What are you training for now?
I just won a lottery spot into the 2015 Western States 100. It will be my 6th trip from Squaw Valley to Auburn. I hope to build on my streak of five sub-24 performances with a solid performance in June. Everything over the next six months will build to that race. The next race on my list is the Sean O’Brien 50k down in Malibu in February. I’m looking to a solid start to my 2015 schedule. I’m also hoping to get picked in the February lottery for the Wasatch 100 that takes place in September.

What do you refuel with post workout?
For post workout refueling I don’t have a strict routine. I try to get hydrated and get some nutrition quickly. After longer runs (above 15 miles) I usually make a smoothie with some Fluid Recovery Drink, Chocolate Wave.

Thanks, Erik!

Rachel Run Training, Uncategorized , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

What to Wear for Winter Running: A Head to Toe Guide

December 11th, 2014

Randy from A Christmas Story, like a tick about to popGrowing up in a small, snowy mountain town in the Sierra Nevada mountains, I was no stranger to dealing with inclement weather. I knew what it was like to be forced to brave the freezing conditions to and from school (and everywhere in between). Not unlike Randy’s mom from A Christmas Story, my mother would make sure that I was tightly bundled and layered before I ever left the house. I was going to stay warm, whether I could keep my arms down or not.

Running in a get up like Randy’s doesn’t prove successful, comfortable, or practical, though. When it comes to running in winter weather, staying warm isn’t the only thing that matters. Visibility, mobility, ventilation, and comfort are other factors to consider.

Let me take you through some appropriate winter running solutions, head to toe.

Read more…

Rachel Running Accessories, Running Apparel , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Running Alone or Running with Others

December 2nd, 2014

Running is like shopping. Not because it is socially acceptable to run down the aisles of your local Costco at a 7 minute pace (although a small percentage of you with shopping phobias wish that were the case). Not because dodging other Black Friday bargain-hunters can feel like the first five minutes of a marathon. And not because glancing at your receipt after checkout conjures up similar feelings of either horror or relief, as does looking at your watch when you cross the finish line.

No, running is like shopping because of the internal battle we all face when our friend, partner, or sweet 75 year-old neighbor asks us, “Would you like some company at the store today?”. We, as runners, are all faced with a similar dilemma throughout the entirety of our running careers. Do I run solo, or do I log my miles with a group? You most likely have some sort of leaning in one direction or the other. The question is – have you taken time to consider both sides?

Read more…

Jen Run Training , , , , ,

Women’s Apparel Spotlight: Oiselle Joggings

November 25th, 2014

One of the many wonderful things about being a woman is that we have a community of sisters to which we automatically belong. Just by being female, we are a part of this club in which we can share our secrets, our finds, our inspirations. Did you stumble upon a scrumptious new recipe for gingerbread? Attend the best yoga class of your life? Read a book that rocked your world? When you find something good, you want to share it. Especially when it comes to clothing.

Well, that’s pretty much what this is, girlfriend. The ladies here at Running Warehouse are looking out for you, and we want to pass on our favorite finds.

So, here we are. Sharing the joy. Spreading the good news. A few times a month, I will be highlighting a new piece of clothing in women’s running apparel and telling you all about it. We have a lot of stand-outs here, and I hope to help you find a new favorite item or two (or three or four!) for your running wardrobe.

Oiselle Women’s Charcoal Joggings

Get them now! (MSRP: $82.00)

The Women of Running Warehouse have spoken:

Oiselle Charcoal JoggingFavorite features:

  • Comfy, soft, slightly compressive fabric
  • Substantial material (not too thin), yet you still feel like you hardly have anything on
  • Super comfy!
  • High quality, durable
  • Secure, spacious, well-placed pocket
  • Flattering cut, looks good on all shapes and sizes
  • True to size
  • Wide waistband, provides security and hits at a flattering place on the waist

I would wear these…

  • on a short run, and then to coffee afterward!
  • around the house or out on errands.
  • light workout at the gym – maybe like a Pilates class, or cool-temperature yoga class.
  • under a long sweater or a short dress.
  • on a cold, dry run. Maybe early morning trail run.

Oiselle Charcoal JoggingDescribed in one word:

  • Essential.
  • Comfy.
  • Easy.
  • Contour.

Verdict:

  • Juli: I really love these! I wouldn’t get that much wear out of them, though, since I’m not much of a tights-runner. If I was, I would buy them right away!
  • Kristin: Overall they are great, and if I had them I know I’d enjoy wearing them. I can resist buying them right now, though, in order to save money for tights I’d really use for running!
  • Jen: I want ‘em!!!
  • Kaitlin: I would not buy them, because I am too short. I do think these would still work for most women who are just over 5 feet.

Check out some more behind the scenes photos of our gals sporting the Oiselle Charcoal Joggings:

Rachel Running Apparel, Women's Running , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Buying Guide 2014: Running Gloves

November 21st, 2014

The cold weather season brings a unique set of challenges. How much egg nog should I be drinking? How many days in a row can I wear my favorite sweater without anyone noticing? If I fuel up pre-run with hot chocolate and and candy canes, how much will I regret it later? Clearly, there’s a lot to think about this time of year.

Despite the myriad of decisions you will be making as the temperatures plummet, deciding to forgo your run shouldn’t be one. Let’s face it… you’re not “normal”, as my buddy Calvin pointed out. You’re a crazy committed runner, and not even the harshest winter weather can keep you from your daily run. Since not running is simply not an option, one thing that you should consider is how to keep warm on those chilly runs. Wearing the proper apparel is going to make a huge difference in your running experience, but apparel can only go so far in providing coverage. You’re hands often find themselves left out in the cold. I know what you’re thinking – “But I already have thumbholes and little hand mitts in my sleeves!” Sure, these features are pretty handy (pun intended) , but no matter how long your sleeves, they will always fall short. If you want sufficient protection, coverage, and warmth while running in this winter wonderland, you’re going to want gloves.

Now that we’ve determined the value of a good pair of gloves to keep you warm and protected, here comes the hard part. Which gloves to choose?

Cool Days

ASICS Everyday Liner GlovesFor cool day protection, these ASICS gloves provide moisture management, and a slip-free grip: ASICS Everyday Liner Gloves (MSRP: $12.00)

It’s your average winter day. Chilly, but not cold enough to warrant more than a thin layer of coverage. Think of these minimal gloves as an extra layer of skin. The purpose is to shield you from the cold air but not trap too much heat. Because the fabric of technical gloves for running is moisture-wicking, your sweat will be pulled away from your skin so that you can stay dry and comfortable while you focus your run. Since these gloves are relatively thin, you won’t have to sacrifice dexterity for protection. As an added bonus, you can wear them underneath a pair of heavier gloves in more extreme circumstances.

Cold Days

Brooks Adapt Gloves IIFor cold day insulation, these gloves, with an added water-resistant mitt to trap in the heat, will do the trick: Brooks Adapt Gloves II (MSRP: $50.00)

Some days are beyond “cool” but not quite extremely cold, and you need more features within your gloves to keep you warm. You’re either going to want to amp up the insulating layers in your glove, reach for a pair of mitts, or go for the convertible glove-to-mitten option. But why mitts? What makes them so great for keeping your hands extra toasty? Well, mitts provide more warmth than normal gloves because the trapped air between your fingers provides additional insulation. When wearing mitts, you may not have the dexterity you need to update your status on Facebook, but if you could, it would say something like “Killing my run! And OMG, my hands are so warm, and so not frostbitten!” Do not dismay, however; if you desperately need to update that status, the adjustable 2-in-1 glove to mitt option allows for an easy transition between mitten and glove. Boom. The best of both worlds.

Coldest Days

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB GlovesFor the most hardcore winter weather conditions, these gloves offer deluxe features and extreme protection: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB Gloves (MSRP: $100.00)

It’s snowy, rainy, freezing… you name it and winter is throwing it at you. You need gloves that are rated for the coldest temperatures around. These gloves are thicker, built with sturdy materials to keep the frosty wind out, and with features like an adjustable Velcro cuff, you can keep water and wind out. A fleece lining will make your hands feel toasty and warm. A waterproof and windproof shell blocks out the elements to provide your hands with additional shelter from the conditions. Oh, and don’t forget to update your Twitter followers about your crazy, wintery run… thanks to nifty touch screen-friendly fingertips you can still use your smartphone.

Darkest Days

Nathan SpeedShift Gloves w/LED 2014For low-light runs, you’ll be much more visible thanks to these gloves that have not only reflective design details but also built in LED lights: Nathan SpeedShift Gloves w/LED 2014 (MSRP: $50.00)

Along with the freezing temperatures comes shorter, stormier days, and this means that you will come across more situations where you are running in low-light conditions. Poor weather plus a lack of visibility is a recipe for danger, and it’s enough to make all runners want to stand out on the roads. Gloves that come with increased reflectivity, or even LED lights, will shed some light on the situation and keep you seen and safe as you run through the darkness.

So, as you carefully choose which gloves are perfect for your crazy normal winter running needs, remember to drink as much eggnog as you can, wear that favorite sweater as often as you please, and enjoy all of your wintery treats during this beautiful time of year.

Rachel Running Accessories , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Runner vs. Nature: Ticks

November 16th, 2014

Photo: A Mama's Corner of the World

As many of you hopefully know by now, our culture seems to be infatuated with obscenely large portions of food. Supersized meals, lattes the size of a human head, and the looming tryptophan coma that most Americans will experience later this month are all evidence of this pervasive lifestyle. Over-indulgence in food is a topic that has received a large amount of media attention in the last decade, most of which is fairly depressing.

But take heart. There is a silver lining, which happens to be the fact that we are not the worst offenders. That’s right, humans take second place in this twisted battle, to none other than our tiny nemeses – TICKS!

Read more…

Jen Uncategorized , , , ,

Finish Line Friday: Competition

November 14th, 2014

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, Scott will be sharing his personal sources of inspiration.

Scott

Current Position: Marketing Manager

Favorite Part of the Job: Running with coworkers at lunch!

Running Background:
I started running competitively when I was 10 years old. After that, I ran for San Ramon Valley High School, Chico State, Mammoth Track Club, New York Athletic Club and now the ASICS Aggies. I’ve won a few races, recorded some fast times, and had a variety of really amazing experiences along the way.

Highlights: Three NCAA Division II titles, member of four World Championship Teams (two cross country, one half marathon, one track), personal bests of 3:59 mile, 13:28 5k, 27:48 10k, and 1:01:30 half marathon.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired anytime I think about my parents piling a bunch of smelly, annoying and skinny kids into a minivan to get to and from races throughout the state. My career kept going because I had the ability to race awesome people and travel the world. I don’t want to take for granted that I get to compete in a sport that I love, while also having a job that encourages me to keep getting better and improving in the sport.

What are you training for now, and what do you refuel with post workout?
I am currently training for a variety of races building up to a spring marathon next year. Long term, I would like to give my legs their best shot at getting me to the Rio Olympics in the Marathon. I’m not on anyone’s short list for the team at the moment but a lot can change in a year and a half!

Post workout refuel:
Ideally: Morning workout – Breakfast Burrito, Evening workout – Normal Burrito!

Thanks, Scott! We are rooting for you!

Rachel Uncategorized , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Buying Guide 2014: Choosing Women’s Tights

November 3rd, 2014

It’s kind of like dating. Tights, like prospective dates, have personalities of their own, and getting to know what kind of traits you are looking for in your next pair of tights will help you before you purchase. It’s a crazy world out there, and there are a lot of options to look at, so let me break it down for you. Here are six types of tights that you will come across in your quest for this fine piece of leg apparel.

The Everyday

A Great Match: Nike Women’s Tech Tight (MSRP: $75)

Nike Tech TightI’m there for you on your daily run. I’m there for you when there is a little nip in the air and your shorts just won’t cut it. I provide you with that coverage you need, and in my simplicity I hug your curves for a comforting fit and additional warmth. I know that some tights have let you down in the past… they chafed your skin, they wore out quickly, and they left you feeling unprotected and unsure of your running future. But now I’m here. I’m loyal, I’ll stand the test of time, and you know that you can always turn to me for your day-to-day needs.

The Warmer

A Great Match: Sugoi Women’s SubZero Zap Tight (MSRP: $100)

Sugoi Women's SubZero Zap Tight

Baby, it’s cold outside. Cold enough to keep you indoors. Frosty enough to make you deny yourself your daily run. It’s not that you don’t want to run… I know you’re not lazy! Let’s be honest, if I wasn’t here to keep your legs warm, you probably wouldn’t even make it out of your comfy PJ’s. Don’t even get me started about running in sweatpants to keep warm… I shudder at the thought. I am so much better than those! Not only can I keep your legs warm, but my moisture-wicking fabrics will ensure that your skin stays dry and cool as your perspiration increases. My thermal properties will provide the toasty insulation so that your legs remain at a comfortable temperature throughout the entire run. No one loves to keep your legs warm more than I do.

The Supporter

A Great Match: CW-X Women’s Revolution Tights (MSRP: $200)

CW-X Women’s Revolution TightsWhere other tights fall short, I’m here to support you. I love going on long runs, trail runs, you name it. I would follow you to the ends of the earth. Graduated compression, zoned compression, targeted support… tights like me have a lot to offer. I’m complicated, but so are you. You need me. Muscle fatigue is a real thing, and you’ve experienced enough of that for a lifetime. You’re doing all that work, killin’ it out on the trail, and all I want is to help your strong legs stay strong. As soon as you try me on, you’ll instantly feel the difference, and you’ll realize what you’ve been missing. Simple tights are for simple runners, and you are no simple runner.

The Looker

A Great Match: Sugoi Women’s Linear MidZero Tight ($80)

Sugoi Women’s Linear MidZero TightYou stand out. You like being looked at. I’m not calling you vain… okay maybe just a little. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be the life of the party, but you’ve gotta look the part, and I can help you with that. Why would you wear boring tights? Every workout is an opportunity to make a fashion statement. Here’s the part where form meets function, and form wins. Let me provide you with pretty patterns, bright colors, bold shapes, and cute cuts, suitable for your run downtown… for exercise, or for your coffee date. My flattering, fashionable form can be as versatile as you want me to be, baby. I like the way you work it. (No diggity.)

The Shorty

A Great Match: Pearl Izumi Women’s Flash 3/4 Tight (MSRP: $60)

Pearl Izumi Women's Flash 3/4 TightYou tend to run hot, and full-length tights are just too much. Or perhaps it’s just that awkward season between warm weather and cold and you can’t justify the coverage that long tights provide. Here I am: the cropped, the capri, the short tight. I don’t like to brag, but I’ve been called “cute” before, it’s true. And yes, everyone does ask me that… “Crop It Like It’s Hot” is a song about me. I try not to brag though. I give you extra breathability, and I won’t smother you. I love showing some skin, but I want you to know that I still provide the chafe-free experience you are looking for, but I’m more versatile. When it comes to long tights, they give you too much coverage… they can be clingy, I’ve heard the stories. I give you what you need, and no more, I’m not pushy!

The Bright

A Great Match: Saucony Women’s Omni LX Tight (MSRP: $70)

Saucony Women's Omni LX TightYou’re an early riser. A night owl. Or maybe you’re just keenly aware of the dangers you face while you’re out on the busy streets. It’s a crazy world out there, and my primary concern is keeping you safe while you do what you do. I can help you be more visible to drivers while you’re out running in dark conditions. Reflective seams, logos, panels, glow-in-the-dark features, and brightly colored materials are all trademarks that I possess, and I promise I look just as good during the day as I do at night. You can wear me anytime and not have to worry. Other tights pale in comparison to my bright qualities, and you’re bright (pun intended)… you deserve a tight like me with some real street smarts.

The Penny Pincher

A Great Match: Asics PR Tight (MSRP $36)

Asics Women's PR TightsIt’s not all about money, and you’re a down-to-earth girl, so you get me! I’m frugal, I’m simple, I’m all you need. Don’t invest heavily in a tight that is looking for long-term commitment.. if you’re not sure you’re ready for advanced features, let’s just start simple and see where this takes us!  Some might call me “basic”, but there is nothing basic about the way I make you feel.

Rachel Running Apparel, Women's Running , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,