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Runner’s High: How Coffee Affects Running Performance

January 23rd, 2015

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I’m about eight sips into my second cup of joe, and the world is beginning to look like a good place again. Am I addicted? Debatable. I like to say that the caffeine is not what I really crave, but rather the hot mug against my eternally cold hands, the warm, perfectly scented steam wafting up into my face, and the companionship that this dark liquid provides for my 6:00 a.m. reading sessions.

But whether or not I am addicted is not the main issue here. As runners, we should be asking ourselves what effects, good and bad, drinking coffee has on our bodies in relation to how it affects our performance in the sport. How do we best go about enjoying this glorious gift to mankind as we also strive to stay healthy, reach our goals and improve upon our performance? Here are four things that you as a runner should know about the liquid gold in your mug. Read more…

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7 Reasons Why I’m a Morning Runner

January 12th, 2015

“Why, oh why, do you run that early in the morning?!”

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This is a common question that I find myself faced with after admitting that I log my miles before the sun comes up. There are arguments to be made for running early or late, but I happen to be a person that is well suited for early morning runs. Here are the main reasons for my devotion to hitting the pavement in the A.M.

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Food as Fuel: Recipes for the Runner

January 9th, 2015

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My dear friend’s wise father once said, “Food is fuel – nothing more.” I love the idea of his theory, and while experiencing many a post-dessert sugar-hangover, I may have wished that I could live by that simple mantra. But it just will not happen for me. Why? Although I wholeheartedly agree with the first half of the statement, the “nothing more” phrase just will not fly with my indulgent taste buds.

As runners, it is true that food is fuel. We need food to sustain and empower the activity that we love. But to many of us, food is also enjoyment, entertainment, and a social activity. Additionally, food is something that must be practical and fit between running, working, sleeping, family time, and personal time. Can all of the worlds – fuel, gratification and practicality – be merged?  That is what this blog series is about. We recognize that every runner is different. Some clock enough miles to merit constant hunger, and therefore need healthy, hearty, high calorie meals. Some people run to stay fit and lean, and prefer meals on the lighter side. Some people run so that they can eat anything they want – including (but not limited to) large bowls of ice cream with an entire pack of Oreos on the side.

As we share our favorite recipes with you, we hope to provide options for all types of runners and lifestyles. With every recipe we contribute, you’ll be informed as to why we chose it and our opinion on its practical purpose. And hopefully you’ll walk away with one more meal in your recipe book.

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Finish Line Friday: Just Keep Running

January 2nd, 2015

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, Nicole will be sharing her personal sources of inspiration.

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Nicole at her first RnR marathon

Current Position: Logistics Manager

Favorite Part of the Job: Finding ways to make our processes more efficient and problem solving – for the benefit of our customer service representatives! I love the people I work with. And on the other side, partaking in up-and-coming projects that benefit our customers. I guess I’m always looking for ways to improve things for everyone involved.

Running Background: I only ran as it was necessary for sports in high school. And I actually dreaded the running aspect. After college I needed something to fill my spare time so I signed up for the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon with Team in Training. Between their training regime and a whole lot of snowboarding I was in the best shape of my life and got hooked on running. That first marathon was a fantastic and rewarding experience. I have run several more half marathons since then, and now I really just enjoy anything off the road: beach, trail, running or hiking. I do some fun runs here and there, and would like to do a competitive trail run some day. But for now I just enjoy the outdoors and the company that joins me to stay moderately in shape.

Bishops Peak, Nicole and her husband

At the top of Bishop's Peak

What inspires you?
Most of the races or events I have run benefited something. I ran my first marathon with Team in Training in honor of a good friend (a now healthy cancer survivor!), the second for Team in Training to benefit ALS, and branched out from there. The people we run for are a huge inspiration, along with all the fantastic people running together for a cause. When I need simple thoughts for a long training run, I channel Dory – just keep (swimming) running, just keep runn-ing runn-ing runn-ing…  On an daily basis, my coworkers’ encouragement and the beautiful central coast of California inspire me to get out and run.

What do you refuel with post workout?
Ice cold milk and Chocolate Fluid. This is about the only time I ever drink chocolate milk. I’m a picky person, and its normally gross, but after a long run my body craves it!

Thanks, Nicole!

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2015 Resolutions: To Keep or Not To Keep?

December 31st, 2014

It has been said that an examination of history serves as a map by which one can see the patterns of the future. And I don’t know about you, but I would be a much happier human being if I knew what “patterns” my New Year’s Resolutions would follow for the next 12 months. For example, I would prefer to know now rather than in September if I will actually go to graduate school, bake all 14 variations of cheesecake in my recipe queue, and keep the rust off of my backpacking gear.

So, I deduced that it would be in my best interest to look at the “’15” years of the last three centuries in order to to get a glimpse of what my future may hold. What has humanity been able to accomplish in 1915, 1815, 1715? Here are a few highlights:

1915: The neon tube light (think NYC and Vegas) was patented, Alexander Graham Bell made the first transcontinental phone call from New York to San Francisco, and Edouarde Fabre won the Boston Marathon in 2:31:41.2.

1815: The world’s first commercial cheese factory was established in Switzerland (my personal favorite), and natural gas was discovered in the U.S.

1715: The total eclipse solar phenomenon was observed for the first time, and the French invented the folding umbrella.

My hypothesis? Several things. First, big things can happen in a year. Secondly, those big things could impact your life, and others, for years to come. And thirdly, the accomplishments above show us that successful endeavors have similar characteristics, themes, and disciplines that allow them to be achieved and sustained. Here are five filters that I will be running my 2015 goals through, and that we believe will assist you in choosing quality resolutions yourself.

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Runner vs. Nature: Mountains

December 23rd, 2014

If you’re a regular on our blog, you are well aware that a runner vs. nature post means that we will be offering helpful tips about how runners can best interact with some form of wildlife or force of nature. Sometimes our interactions are precarious and other times they are awe-inspiring, but they are always memorable because we as humans are intrinsically partnered with the world around us.

For this particular post, I’ve decided to draw inspiration and advice about Mother Nature from Mother Nature. My source? The mountain goat. This valiant, stately mammal can accomplish things on the face of a mountain that humans could only dream of doing. Scaling up, and descending down, steep and rocky terrain, surviving with ease at staggering altitudes, and leaping up to 12 feet in a single bound are abilities that would make our lives much simpler (and way more fun!). But alas, we are not the mountain goat. Our response? We humbly acknowledge our limitations, and press on into the challenges it presents. The mountain goat has adapted and thrived in its natural habitat. While humans have also learned how to survive the dangers of mountain running, it has been a long road of discovery. Follow us as we take a look at the majestic mountain and (hopefully) find something useful to take with you on your next run.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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