A Runner's Mind-the place we arrive when we finish, come to rest, and see life for all its possibilities

1199 Howard Ave., Burlingame, CA 94010 (650) 393-5952
Hours: M-F 10am-7pm; Sat. 10am-5pm and Sun. 12pm-4pm

Monday, December 19, 2011

ATTENTION RUNNER'S, WALKERS AND OTHER A.R.M. FRIENDS: We moved. Run with us HERE: http://arunnersmind.wordpress.com/

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Looking for a job in the fun and exciting running specialty industry?

A Runner’s Mind Sales Associate

A Runner’s Mind is founded upon our love of running and walking, our commitment to our community, and our passion for superior service.
Key skills / talents and requirements:
• Learning the art and science of fitting shoes that are customized to a customer feet and needs in order provide extreme client satisfaction and service to all Runner’s Mind customers and partners
• Selling shoes and related accessories, where appropriate
• Supporting store operations by assisting with inventory, restocking, and other
• Assist in conduct marketing activities such as online research and communications with customers such as assisting with mailings and promotions
• Minimum 2 years retail sales floor experience
• Fit and active runner, walker, or exerciser
• Proven ability to excel in a job and undertake increasing responsibility
• History and passion for service including experience as a volunteer for non-profits, charities, mission trips, the environment, or similar
• Experience selling shoes, in particular, athletic shoes
• History participating in running / walking events such as marathons, racing in high school / college / amateur/ professional / similar events, and / or running / walking in charity events or similar
• Experience conducting competitive analysis, in particular, for evaluating online capabilities
Location: Burlingame, California
Opportunity: Initially part-time at 20 to 30 hours per week
Begin asap. Send resume to jenny@arunnersmind or come in to the store in person:
A Runner's Mind, 1199 Howard Ave., Burlingame, CA

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The First Run After a Marathon

The first run after a marathon is certainly a run in it's own category. It may be the day after (only advised if it's less than 3 miles!) or it might be weeks since the feat. Either way, it's almost guaranteed that in those first few hundred yards the memories of the marathon will come flooding back...and probably a few goosebumps too!

As you reflect on how you felt when you saw your friend at mile 18, or the tidal wave of emotions as you crossed the finish line, you realize it would be impossible not to enjoy this run! Because that is all this run is for: the fun of it all (and maybe to get the blood flowing through your legs again). There is no time to hit, pace to consider (you didn't bring your watch did you?), and there is no demanding training schedule looming ahead. This run is about why you picked up running and stuck with it -- it's the feeling you get during and after. And the bonus is that on this run you can't help but think all about your recent accomplishment. It doesn't matter whether it was your toughest race to date or how you nailed that PR, because there is no doubt that you will have something to reflect on.

Sure, after your mind has run through all of the best parts of the race you may start to think about how you'll need to put in more speedwork during your next training session or you might think "why did I go out so fast!?" What is great is that neither of those thing matter right now. That first run after the marathon accomplishes so much without all of that. You can go as short or as slow as you please. Walk that next hill; obey your calf when it tells you it's still a little tender. So let your mind wander all it wants -- look up, smile, and enjoy this run!

By Team ARM member Tommy:)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Diary of a Team ARM runner: Motivation, confidence, training + friendship= Boston Qualifying, PR-smashing experience!

*Tommy was one of the first members of Team ARM- he’s been a great leader and inspiration to the team! Thanks for sharing your story, Tommy!

“From the evening of my very first run with Team ARM, I knew I would be racing the marathon at The Oakland Running Festival. Sure, it was all part of my training in prep for the Ironman, but it was still an "A" race for 2011; and I wanted to qualify for Boston. It would take a 3:10 to do it, and a 3:05 if I wanted to register on day 5 instead of Day 7 (if you're curious about the new registration process for 2012 go to http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/register.aspx.). My marathon PR was 3:25 was on a flat course and Oakland would not be the easiest race to do it. But it was the race I chose, and I was going to make sure I was ready.

I ran with Monte and Liz from the beginning of training. In December, we ran in the dark, the cold, and the rain. We ran through the dim streets of Hillsborough, being led only by the biggest houses with the best Christmas lights. In January, we did track workouts with no lights at Burlingame - only the thunder and lightening making us run faster. We ran Crystal Springs every Saturday morning with the Team. One morning, we did an eighteen miler - Monte's longest run to date, and my fastest at that distance, we ran at a blistering 7:20 pace, the last in 6:50.

In February, I was taking minutes off my mile splits every week; Monte was always a step and a half ahead. On the day I did a 5:30 mile (the last in a set of three), I knew I was headed toward something special. We saw new faces at the store every week. Whether it was during Tuesday night track workouts, the Thursday morning runs with Julie and Katherine, or Saturday afternoons just shooting the breeze with Faisal, Jenny, or Todd, it was great to be part of a Team, a running family.”

Race day came with a quiet confidence. The day was all mine, and I just had believe in my training (and in Monte's coaching). The plan was to run the first 16 and Monte would be there to pull me in. I went out fast (as usual), running a couple of 6:10's. The Oakland hills came and forced me to a 7:30 pace - good. I hit Mile 10 - the highest point of the race and it was time to fly. Feeling oddly strong, I did the next 3 at a sub-6 pace - uh oh. "Keep it together Tommy - just get to Monte, just get to Monte".

Monte and the crew (Julie & Liz) appeared at mile 16 where they had taken over the aid station. Monte joined me and we were on our way to the finish, 10 miles ahead. Me, at a sub-3hour pace, Monte always a step and a half ahead. I felt good up to mile 20,and held on through mile 23. Then, the wheels started to come off. I was almost at blackout for the last 3.2 miles. I knew Monte was coaching but I could barely listen and keep my body moving forward at the same time. I saw two of my friends and mile 24 and I couldn't so much as muster a grin - I was in pain. Checking my watch all too often, my footfall was not much more then a shuffle. I don't remember feeling my legs or being able to look ahead more than 20 yards. The city center seemed to stand still and I was barely making any progress toward it.

The last few city blocks were the long, crowded, and seemingly endless. I barely remember seeing the finish line. But I ran through and then came to. My family was there! My running crew was there! My two best buds were there! I crossed at 3:01:51 - a Boston Qualifier and more than six minutes off of my goal. I cried as I hugged my mom and thought about all the hard work I had put in with Monte and Team ARM leading up to this moment. I was going to Boston.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Coffee/Caffeine....it's all good!

Here is an article from a recent magazine... should I be embarrassed to say I read it in the AARP Magazine??????? Hey, the cover had headings like, "Slash Your Cell Phone Bill!" and "GO WILD! 6 Insane Adventures (and a few tame ones)" and "How Bob Dylan Helped Me Grow Up, by Bono" so who COULDN'T pick it up?

Painkillers in Your Pantry

Coffee/Caffeine: Ever wonder why so many over-the-counter cold and headache medicines contain caffeine? Studies show it enhances the effects of common painkillers such as aspirin and acetaminophen. But recent data suggest caffeine has pain-lowering powers of its own-at least when it comes to the pain associated with exercise. University of Georgia researchers showed that moderate doses of caffeine-equivalent to two cups of joe-reduced post-workout pain by almost 50 percent.

And a caffeine buzz may boost your workout. Caffeine seems to raise your pain threshold, making it easier to keep exercising or work out harder than you would have otherwise. Just don't overdo it. "If you are going to work out, get a cup of coffee on the way," Black says. "There's good evidence it makes your muscles feel better."

Friday, June 3, 2011

GREAT Splash N Dash Series!

Hey everyone- it's Liz. I found a great Splash N Dash put on by Threshold Racing at the Stevens Creek Reservoir. They have an evening series and a weekend series and it's really well-organized and fun! They had plenty of people in and out of the water organizing and a well-marked course... even pizza and beer afterward! They also put on other races, including a triathlon and kids tri. Check it out!

I used this as an open water training swim for the Silicon Valley International Tri on 6/12. I had a BLAST! The swim was a lot warmer than I anticipated, but I was still very happy to have a wetsuit. Minus almost losing my timing chip in the water and not eating enough beforehand (I bonked on the hilly trail run toward the end), overall it was a really good experience. BIG thanks to Monte for coaching me through the whole thing- including pushing me to pick off some runners and makeup some time! If you're interested in doing one of these in the future- let me know! It would be a great event to get a group together for.

Hope to see people at the Hillsborough Fun Run Sunday! :) Liz

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sunday Trail Run

Our Sunday trail running series will start on May 29th!