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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:

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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.

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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…

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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!

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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.

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Finish Line Friday: Strength

October 17th, 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 Finish Line Friday, Kaitlin will be sharing her personal sources of inspiration.

Kaitlin

Current Position: Customer Service Representative

Running Background:
It all started in 1986 in Texas….kidding! I was born in Texas, but I grew up in California with my Mom in the Bay Area. I started competing pretty young, with “track” in elementary school. They gave out “Best in Show” ribbons. It was a very small public school. It sparked my interest and I grew to love running as I got older. I ran Track & Field in Middle School and High School, but not consistently. I still enjoyed running, but I focused more on Softball while in High School.

My Freshman year at San Francisco State, I was a walk-on for the Women’s Track Team, competing in the 100 and 200 meter events. I competed for 3 years and then joined a local club team for my Senior and Super Senior year of undergraduate studies. I eventually got into longer distances and participated in some coaching as well as leading Run Club.

What inspires you?

Kaitlin at the Giants Race

Kaitlin finished in 46.50 for 10k at the Giants' Race in September, 2014.

I don’t have a specific quote, but often times, I run through my head the mantra of “strength.” When a race or workout is really tough and I think about slowing down, I will usually push myself to finish the last mile or hill strong. What usually motivates me during training is picturing myself running people down in past or future races.

I do not have a hero in the running world, however my mother has always been a great support in my life and one of the strongest people I will ever know. She has always encouraged me to be self-sufficient and to try and be the best person that I can be, within my running career and in all aspects of my life.

What are you training for now, and what do you refuel with post workout?

I am not currently training for anything right now. I am trying to finish my Masters degree and my schedule has been limited. While I run frequently throughout the week, I haven’t really picked up my mileage, but I am hoping to do so in November. However, I did race in City to Sea and I plan on running the Montana De Oro 25k in January. My favorite post-race recovery is beer and cheese burgers. I generally can’t do that throughout the week, so post-workout, I will go for some chocolate milk or Clif Shot Recovery Drink.

Thanks, Kaitlin!

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Runner vs. Nature: Mountain Lions

October 10th, 2014

Just like your household kitty, right? Photo: Larry Grayam

You’re running (duh!). And that automatically puts you on a mountain lion’s hit list. Not because these big cats love human snacks, or that they are innately vicious creatures, but rather because they have a mad instinct to chase. Most road runners won’t come across this natural hazard (and I say most because sometimes wild animals end up wandering outside of their natural habitat), but trail runners should be keenly aware that the danger is real. Let’s break it down.

The bad news: You are the intruder. You are running in their territory. This makes you automatically attractive to these predators because they don’t differentiate you from an animal that they normally stalk as prey. And since you’re running, you have already started off on a bad foot.

The good news: Mountain lions tend to go out of their way to avoid human contact. They won’t seek you out for the thrill of attacking a human, they would much rather find a deer for dinner.

Read more…

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The Running Jargon Cheat Sheet

October 6th, 2014

We’ve all been there. New to the running world and embracing it with open arms… and ears. You try to socialize with a seasoned pro, but as soon as a “fartlek workout” comes up, or perhaps “bonking”, you just nod your head and secretly look up these terms on your carefully hidden iPhone. Runnerspeak can be flat out disconcerting when you’re not hip to the vocab.

Runners have a language of their own, and sometimes it just doesn’t cut it to Google (or Bing!) the word… a dictionary doesn’t often provide great context. Oh, and please don’t use Urban Dictionary. Trust me on this one.

Image via quickmeme

So, for those of you who may need a little “cheat sheet”, or maybe just a quick refresher course on running jargon, check out this short list of 10 words that we’ve compiled.

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Finish Line Friday: Because I Can

October 3rd, 2014

As you probably know, the staff here at Running Warehouse consists largely of runners. We range from recreational runners, who use running as a tool by which to get (and stay) fit to Olympic qualifying competitive runners who are always looking for their next PR. It’s a beautiful spectrum.

Every other Friday, I’m asking one member of our staff: What drives you? What motivates you to be the best runner you can be? What keeps you going when you feel like calling it a day? What gets you to the finish line? Our goal is to help inspire you to keep going, train harder, dig a little deeper and cross the finish line.

Today, Tera will be sharing her personal sources of inspiration.

Tera

Current Position: Retail Manager

Running background:
I began running in middle school doing track in the spring. In high school, I ran on the XC and track team for Campolindo in Moraga, CA. Got a bit burned out after high school and decided to take college off. I did, however, get motivated to jump into the occasional 5k/10k during that time. Post college, I ended up being an assistant coach for a few years and became more and more motivated to run competitively again. Did my first 1/2 marathon at (I think) age 24 and first marathon at 26.

After meeting Erik (who is now my husband) and he was doing ultras, I figured a 50k wouldn’t be much different than a marathon and seemed much more enjoyable on the trails. So I did my first 50k shortly after being married, at the age of 29. After that, I was hooked! I had found my calling and much preferred the trails over the roads and the overall community of the ultra world. Though there is something about running fast and getting a personal best that still has me coming back. The year after I ran my first 100 miler (with my first daughter in utero!) I set a PR in the marathon 2:59 at CIM. Since then, I PR’d again with a 2:57 at the age of 39 (I think and that was after having daughter #2).

Tera and Dusty at the Western States 100 miler, June 2014

What inspires you?
Well, a lot has to do with just pushing myself to see what I’m capable of and not being complacent or settling for less than what I think I’m capable of. I do look up to women that are in their 50′s and still kicking butt, like Meghan Arbogast (ultra runner) and local, Linda Somers Smith. I feel fortunate that I can pull from a ton of inspiration. Here are just a few: I have a father with Parkinson’s, I lost a really good running buddy this year who also happened to be my pacer at Western States in June, I have two really awesome daughters, a great job with great people, a bunch of running partners that are willing to run with me at all times of the day/night, and a supportive husband that constantly keeps me focused and grounded.

All these things, and many more, are what I think about when the going gets tough. If I can’t put one foot in front of the other to just cross a finish line, then I feel like I’m not only letting myself down, but all those people in my life, or those that are no longer here. It’s not just a personal accomplishment, but a whole lot of support from so many people that goes into it. If I can’t make it to the finish line, it’s going to be because I am physically unable, not for a lack of determination.

One silly motivational quote I’ve used lately is “the faster you run, the sooner you’re done”. It works and it’s really true. When you are running 100 miles, it’s really hard to keep the negative thoughts out of your head. It’s pretty much impossible. I usually question why I’m doing this a million times. It’s a really simple answer though, I do it because I can. I’m just fortunate that way I suppose.

Tera Dube

Tera atop Cuesta grade while training

What are you training for now, and what do you refuel with post workout?
My next 100 miler. I’m extremely motivated to master the 100′s, even if it puts me in my grave, ha ha. I know I have more to contribute to this distance and I’m not willing to give up yet. After almost every run I do, I use FLUID recovery (chocolate) with half a frozen banana and rice milk.

Thanks Tera!

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Americans Get Back on Track in Stockholm

August 22nd, 2014

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Jenny Simpson was one of 6 Americans who won their event in Stockholm.

After over a month of hibernation, Americans hit the track again at yesterday’s Stockholm Diamond League meet. In virtually every event of the meet, we got to see whether our American stars came in rested and ready to go or possibly stale from the time off. How they might fair against the rest of the world, many of whom were coming off of continental championships, added to the intrigue.

All told, USA won 6 of the 16 marquee events contested in the meet. These wins covered the whole range of track and field with Americans victories in the shot put, long jump, 200m, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, and 1500m. American women stole the show with four wins while men took the other two.

The shot put victory went to one of the elder statesmen of USA track and field: Reese Hoffa. Reese has been hurling heavy objects around the world for over a decade now and it is wonderful to see the former orphan still winning on some of the worlds biggest stages and continuing to build his legacy.

Tianna Bartoletta proved again that she is an incredible athlete with her win in the long jump. Formerly known as Tianna Madison, she was a world indoor and outdoor champion jumper but recently has seen more success in the 100 meters with her fourth place showing at the Olympics and the lead off leg on the world-record setting 4 X 100m in London. Her win in the long jump proves that she can still be a threat at multiple disciplines. Furthering her athletic resume, she also has international success in the bobsled.

Allyson Felix has been setting tracks around the world on fire since she was a high school student. She got another win in the Stockholm 200m to add to her endless collection and put her in the driver’s seat for the overall diamond league title in that event with the remaining competition.

Queen Harrison led a trio of Americans in the 100m hurdles. The Virginia Tech graduate was the youngest of the American winners in Stockholm and is truly finding her own this year with a big lead in the diamond league chase for the event four years after winning the Bowerman award (Heisman for track) in her senior year of college.

Tinsley Running over Hurdles

Michael Tinsley continues to impress over the hurdles.

Michael Tinsley has been running on the international circuit for a long time now but the late-bloomer hadn’t made a World Championships team until he was selected to run for USA in London in 2012. He made the most of his first global championship with a silver medal in London and clearly isn’t slowing down two years later with this win in Stockholm.

Rounding out the 6 American victors is Jenny Simpson. Furthering the notion that she may never run over steeple barriers again like she did in college at Colorado, she beat a stout field in the 1500m in Stockholm and is proving that her world championship success from Daegu, a race that seemed to come out of nowhere, was no fluke and she is one of the most talented runners in the world.

With these wins and some other solid performances in other events, Americans proved that for the most part, they were more rested than rusty after the break. With three Diamond League events left and then the Continental Cup, that break may pay off for many of our favorites.

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