Supporting A Runner’s Mind & Get California Moving

Run Local Wednesday 2021 Week #10

Over the weekend, one of the Bay Area’s specialty run retailers, A Runner’s Mind (ARM) in Burlingame, was broken into for a second time. That sucks. Big Time.

Specialty run retailers are often called the lifeblood of the running industry because they are so much more than just a place where you go to buy shoes. They support local events, groups and so much more.

📺 Watch J.T. and ARM’s Director of Operations, Nick Kovaleski on @RunLocalEvents IGTV.

Our friends at Salomon have purchased 10 x $100 ARM gift cards

👉 Check out @RunLocalEvents on Instagram

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ Tag a friend in today’s contest post AND follow @a.runners.mind

🥇 You and your tagged friend could win a $100 ARM gift card

Want to support ARM right now?

📣 Share with us your #RunLocalWednesday running route, post-run coffee shop, restaurant, or other local favorites on social for a chance to be featured in an upcoming newsletter and win Run Local gear.

Get California Moving

California’s endurance sports industry has experienced a complete shutdown as a result of COVID-19, with no end in sight. Any further delay in re-opening threatens not only the short-term viability of upcoming 2021 events but the long-term viability of the businesses that produce these events.

Of the nearly 8,000 annual endurance events (including runs, walks, bike rides & triathlons) produced in the state, 95% represent smaller events (less than 6,000 participants) that largely operate as family-owned businesses.

This is your opportunity to challenge yourself to 12 distinct distances from Half Mile to Half Marathon. Each distance honors a California Region as well as a State Park while supporting Leave No Trace’s wildfire education initiatives. 

🏃‍♀️ Repeat each distance as many times as you wish to keep improving.

🏃‍♂️ Manually add or auto-sync a GPS device to our interactive leaderboard to unlock all 12 Challenges and earn a variety of digital badges and rewards.

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ Form teams to support one another and compete across other Challenge squads.

Shamrock Run Prices Increase! Register by Thursday, March 11 @ 11:59pm PT

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by running or walking a 10K or 5K from anywhere in the world and earn a locally designed medal, custom bib to commemorate your achievement and a free Guinness at O’Flaherty’s in downtown San Jose from March 18 – March 31.

Don’t Skip the Stretch: Dynamic and Static Stretching

Stretching is key to keeping muscles mobile and flexible. Muscles that are able to reach their full state of stretch will allow for better and improved physical performance. Stretching should always be done before and after a workout, but can also be done outside of your specific workout routine to improve function. Below are the two most common methods of pre and post-workout stretching, along with some videos to guide you through the dynamic and static stretch routines.

Dynamic stretching is a form of stretching which incorporates movement. It is considered the best way to warm up, especially when doing high-intensity workouts. Moving while stretching not only activates muscle groups but also stimulates activity in many other muscles of the body. As you recruit multiple muscles through stretching and movement, it helps increase the heart rate, delivering blood flow and the oxygen and fuel needed to increase flexibility.  

Static stretching is the most common and familiar form of stretching. It involves stretching a specific muscle and holding it in a lengthened position for an extended period of time, typically between 15-30 sec. Although it is not uncommon to do some static stretching at the beginning of a workout, we recommend an aerobic warm-up of 4-5 minutes pre-workout to get the blood flowing to the muscles. Static stretching should be saved to the end of the workout when muscles have been thoroughly worked.

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