Sponsored Summer Fun Runs

We have a great Summer schedule inline with our weekly running/walking group so be sure to check it out and come on out for the fun!  Village Runner has some sponsored runs coming up with Brooks, Saucony, Asics, Nike, and Newton, enabling you test out some new running shoes, win some cool prizes, and make new friends in the community!

 

Check out the upcoming schedule here:

Upcoming Store Events Summer 2013

 

Upcoming Store Events Summer 2013

20th Annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K Festivities Grow

20th Annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K Festivities Grow

         by Don Franken  

            The 20th annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K Run/Community Walk, and Firecracker Dash for Kids celebrates America’s birthday.  A July 4th, 20th birthday celebration for the event would not be complete without a Pre-Event Party, a post-event Celebration, and prizes!

Hennessey’s Tavern, H.T. Grill, and Mickey Finnz in Riviera Village will have food, and drink specials going for the event. The Pre-Event Party will begin at noon on July 3rd to coincide with the start of packet pick-up at Village Runner.  The Hennessey’s pre-race party will continue into late into the evening.  The Post-race Celebration will begin immediately following the race.  There will be special offers for everyone, including the kids, so the entire family can enjoy these festivities.

South Bay Galleria is the latest to sign up as a Village Runner 4th of July 5K race partner.  They will have a Text-to-Win contest at the event.  Runners and walkers at the event can text to win a total of $500 in gift cards.  There will also be two $100 gift cards as raffle drawings for adults attending and also two $50 gift card raffle prizes for Youth participants in the Firecracker Dash as well as for kids running the 5K.  The South Bay Galleria Kid’s Club will be partnering with the Village Runner 4th of July 5K to promote health and wellness for kids at the event.  CPK in the South Bay Galleria will be donating a free kid’s meal to each kid participating in the Firecracker Dash or in the 5K.  The families of the kids are required to be present while the kids are dining.

Entry is now officially open for the 20th annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K Run/Community Walk, and Firecracker 5K in Redondo Beach.  Early Registration Prices for adults and kids running the 5K are $30. For additional information and registration, please visit www.villagerunner.com.

Land Rover South Bay came come aboard as a major race partner for the event. theRemedyPharm, Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital Torrance are all new sponsors of the event.  Hennessey’s Tavern is a long-time sponsor of the race. The Sound 100.3fm will broadcast live from the race.  They are a new presenting media sponsor of the Village Runner 5K Run.

The Village Runner 4th of July 5K has other new festivities for the 20th annual edition including hosting a two day Health and Fitness Expo at Riviera Village in Redondo Beach.

The 4th of July 5K Run/Community Walk and Firecracker Dash will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year with an expanded “Red, White, and Blue” Costume Contest.  There will be a Parade at the race of the previous 20 years men and women’s 5K winners.  All runners who have run all 20 editions of the event will be recognized on stage with a special ceremony.

The race takes place on July 4th at 8 a.m., starting and finishing across from Village Runner at Riviera Village in Redondo Beach, CA. The race has become one of the largest races here in Southern California, with over 4000 runners expected for the start of the race.

Senator Ted Lieu will serve as honorary race host and official starter of the 5K. Senator Lieu, a Torrance resident, represents nearly one million people.  L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, leader of largest Sheriff’s Department in the United States, has entered the 5K run.   Baca is long time runner and physical fitness enthusiast.

“The course for the event is fast, flat, and scenic,” states race director Mike Ward. “Runners come here to set PR’s in our event. Put on your most fun 4th of July outfit and celebrate by running the race and coming to our post-event party,” added Ward.        A portion of the proceeds will benefit local cross schools cross country and track and field programs.  The Redondo Beach Firefighters Association is also a race beneficiary. Leading up to the race, weekly training runs and running socials will be held. All participants will receive a 4th of July Run T-shirt. There will be chip timing, age division awards and cash prizes to the top three overall male and female runners in the 5K run.

Registration for the race is now open. Packet pick-up, along with the new, pre-race Expo, will be on July 3rd from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Village Runner store in Redondo Beach. ###

 

Thank you to our 2013 Race Sponsors!!  

 

 

South Bay Race Calendar

June Races
June 1st: Manhattan Beach – Grand View Gator Run 5K
Register Here



June 1st: Torrance – Legends Youth Track Meet
Information Here

June 8th: Manhattan Beach – 1st Annual Roundhouse Aquarium Fun Run for the Oceans

Register Here 

June 15th: San Pedro – Life Rolls On Hey Day 5K
Register Here 

June 29-30th: Hermosa Beach – The Hermosa Beach 24 Hour Ultra Marathon
Register Here    ***
Event Cancelled***

July Races 
July 4th: Redondo Beach – 20th Annual 4th of July 5K and Leprechaun Dash for the Gold
Register Here

July 20th: Dockweiler State Beach – 2nd Annual Zero Prostate Cancer (formerly “Dash for Dad”)
August Races
August 10th: Rolling Hills Estates – 2nd annual “The Hills Are Alive 10K/5K Run – 5K Walk” 

September Races 
September 2nd: San Pedro / Port of Los Angeles – Conquer the Bridge Run 5.3 Mile and Half Marathon (pending approval)


November Races
November 16th: Palos Verdes – Palos Verdes Half Marathon
The PV Half Marathon has moved from May to November.  The race director plans on getting registration info online and forms in stores by April, but in the meantime, please stay tuned for more updates to their Facebook page.
Upcoming In Store Events

We are lining up some fantastic events this Spring so stay tuned on our Facebook Page or check out the information below. 
 

 

May 28th: Redondo Beach Village Runner
May 30th: Manhattan Beach Village Runner
Join us for a New Balance Fun Run and test out a pair of their super lightweight Minimus running shoes!  Arrive between 5:30 and 6PM to get fitted for a pair of shoes and to fill out a raffle ticket for the chance to win some fun prizes! The running group leaves promptly at 6:15PM from our stores. 

 

June 4th: Redondo Beach Village Runner 
June 27th: Manhattan Beach Village Runner
Join us for an ASICS Fun Run as we test out the new ASICS GEL-Lyte33 2!  Arrive between 5:30 and 6PM to get fitted for a pair of shoes and to fill out a raffle ticket for the chance to win some fun prizes! The running group leaves promptly at 6:15PM from our store. 


June 13th: Manhattan Beach Village Runner

Are you curious about “natural running form” or have you ever wanted to try a pair of Newton running shoes?  Join us for a Newton Fun Run! Arrive between 5:30 and 6PM to get fitted for a pair of shoes and to fill out a raffle ticket for the chance to win some fun prizes! The running group leaves promptly at 6:15PM from our store.  




June 18th: Redondo Beach Village Runner
July 11th: Manhattan Beach Village Runner
Redondo Beach: Join us for a Nike Fun Run! Arrive between 5:30 and 6PM to get fitted for a pair of shoes and to fill out a raffle ticket for the chance to win some fun prizes and Nike apparel! The running group leaves promptly at 6:15PM from our store.  You’ll have the chance to demo your choice of Nike’s newest Structure, Vomero, Lunarglide, or Free Run 5.0!


Youth Track Meet this Sunday – All Welcome!

Calling all Southern California youth runners!  Lace up and come out to the Legends Youth Track Meet this Sunday at West High School in Torrance!  This meet is open to all youth from grades K through 8th grade.   For more information, please visit: http://legendstrack.com/
 
 
There are some great youth track and field and running programs in the South Bay so please take a look at the information below and sign your child up today!
1.  South Bay Speedsters at West High School:  http://legendstrack.com/
2.  No Limit Sports at RUHS: For more information or to register, contact anthony@nolimitsports.com.
3.  Wave Runners at Parras Middle School: http://greater-redondo-youth-running-club.com/
4.  Girls on the Run in Manhattan and Redondo Beach:  http://gotrlosangeles.org/
 


Upcoming In Store Events

Join us any of the dates listed above for a fun run with our running group and the shoe company of the day! You can test out a pair of their latest running shoes and get entered into a fun raffle at the end of the run!  

For information on the weekly routes, please visit here: http://villagerunnerracing.blogspot.com/p/local-running-routes.html

Thank you ladies!

Thank you to all the ladies who were able to make it out to our ladies night event last night in Manhattan Beach!  I hope you all learned a lot and had a great time with our vendors!  


Thank you Moving Comfort, Brooks, Rock n Roll Marathon Series, and Chyette Sports Therapy


 
Big thanks to My Fit Foods!

For more information on our almost new neighbors (June 1st), visit Chyette Sports Therapy

Tami from Chyette Sports Therapy

A big thanks to Barry from the Packaging Store in Redondo Beach for helping me with my ridiculous over-sized box request.  You’re a superstar and I really appreciate the help!  South Bay… this guy rocks so please show your local small businesses some love!  


Ladies Night with Moving Comfort and Brooks – Lots of Goodies – RSVP Today


For active women, a good sports bra is just as important as a good pair of running shoes.  Making sure to get the proper fit is absolutely key in finding adequate support and comfort.  Unfortunately, the majority of women are wearing the wrong size and style for their figure.  With so many options to choose from, I can see how the task may seem a bit overwhelming.  But have no fear ladies!  We’re hosting our third annual Ladies Night at the Village Runner in Manhattan Beach next Thursday, May 9th from 5:30-8pm.  Above are images of some of the sports bra styles that we currently carry and are bringing in, along with the help of our Moving Comfort representatives.  

Brooks Running will also be in attendance for any ladies (or gentlemen) interested in testing out a pair of Brooks running shoes with our Thursday night running group!  We’ll also have some other local ladies in next Thursday to talk about healthy eats from My Fit Foods and staying fit and healthy with Chyette Sports Therapy!  Please join in on the night for great advice, free goodie bags, appetizers, and raffled prizes!  To RSVP or find out more details on the night, please check out the official event website to RSVP. There are limited spots available and limited goodie bags so be sure to RSVP soon!

1. Fiona – America’s #1 Running Accessory – available in 32B-40DD
2. Luna – flattering and supportive – available in 32B-38DD
3. Vixen – flattering racerback (Available in A/B or C/D)
4. Serena – comfy and seam free
5. Juno – Featured in O Magazine and winner of the 2013 Women’s Health Fitness Award
6.  Urban X-Over A/B – Flattering cross-back style for the petite girls
Great Tip for new moms:  The Fiona and Juno have a convenient velcro-adjustable strap on the front strap of the bra making it easier to get in and out of!

Proprio-what??

Proprioception
(pron.: PRO-pree-o-SEP-shən), from Latin proprius, meaning “one’s own”, “individual” and perception, is the sense of the relative position of neighbouring parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement.[1]

Say What? Say it With Me: Pro-pree-o-sep-shun
This has been a big buzz word in the running industry lately as barefoot running has spawned a league of unshod runners or at least minimal runners, trying to achieve “natural running form”.  We use it at the Village Runner all the time when helping runners find the right shoe for their foot, but we especially use it when someone is interested in a lighter, more minimal running shoe.  These shoes don’t force you to run any differently than you already do; however, with lower heel-to-toe drops, forefoot lugs, active/reactive technology, toe flex, et cetera, all these elements in shoes are there to help runners and their proprioception while running. They’re all there to encourage a mid-foot or flush landing rather than a heel strike-to-toe off gait. 

New Ankles Please
While training for the Long Beach marathon last year, I unfortunately injured my ankle so badly that I had to take four months off from running since any type of weight bearing activity including walking up and downstairs caused pain. Boo 🙁  I went to an ortho doc and PT to no avail (apparently I’ve been cursed with very flexible ankles and therefore led to messed up ligaments).  I tried kinesio tape, athletic bandage wraps, and neoprene sleeves with no pain alleviation.  In the end, I was prescribed this beefy ankle brace from a gem of a store in Torrance called See the Trainer.  I started using it religiously while walking and working out, and a lengthy four months later (with no running), I was gingerly back up and running…er, jogging.  


Fast forward to now.  Our GM Jeff has been taking me on beautiful trail runs in Palos Verdes the last couple of months with very rolling and unsteady terrain.  I lose my footing all the time and he’s always so encouraging saying, “This is great training!  All this unevenness is going to really help your proprioception and make your ankles stronger!”  While I believe him, and I’ve noticed an improvement in my footing and recovery to ankle rolls, I still can’t help but wonder if there’s more that I’m missing.  Google searches and running website trolling provide several tips to help ankle proprioception, so if you share this curse… let’s take a journey together and hope that some of these tips work. 

Ankle Sprain Tips from Runner’s World

Balance Exercises Outlined by Runner’s World
1.  Single-Leg Balancing – Easy exercise on the ground and can be practiced while brushing your teeth… or washing dishes!  There’s always time!  Make it advanced by using the Bosu ball.


2.  Single-Leg Hops – This can be a great exercise, but not wise if you’re currently experiencing pain in the ankle as it will likely aggravate it further.
3.  Single-Leg Squats – This is an absolutely fantastic exercise, but can be rather difficult for beginners.  You can work from this beginner version, to this advanced version.


Beginner Single Leg Squat
Advanced Single Leg Squat


4.  Single-Leg Reaches – Another easy-to-perform-anywhere exercise while concurrently working out your core, balance, and ankle instability.  

www.fitnessmagazine.com


Ankle instability / Balance Training Study
This 2008 study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise concluded that “four weeks of dynamic balance training led to improved ankle stability and function. The researchers found that the balance training helped participants improve sensorimotor objectives, which in turn allowed them to overcome chronic ankle instability.”  I’m always leery of research based upon super small sample sizes, but at this point, I think it’s worth a shot.   Have any of you tried any other ankle proprioception exercises with successful outcomes?  Please share in the comments below!  

Sources:
http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-prevention-recovery/ankle-sprains-uphill-battle
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18799992
http://www.menshealth.com/powertraining/cms/publish/knee-dominant-uni/Partial_Single-Leg_Squat_Using_a_Bench_or_Box.php
http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/hotwire-your-muscles/page/2
http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/abs/exercises/ab-exercises/?page=5
http://www.eriktaylorsfitness.com/

South Bay Race Calendar

May Races
May 11th: Hawthorne – 11th Annual Healthy Hawthorne Run and Walk 
Register Here 

May 27th: Manhattan Beach – Manhattan Beach 5K
Register Here 

June Races
June 1st: Manhattan Beach – Grand View Gator Run 5K
Register Here

June 8th: Manhattan Beach – 1st Annual Roundhouse Aquarium Fun Run for the Oceans
Register Here 

June 15th: San Pedro – Life Rolls On Hey Day 5K

Register Here 

June 29-30th: Hermosa Beach – The Hermosa Beach 24 Hour Ultra Marathon
Register Here    ***
Event Cancelled***

July Races 
July 4th: Redondo Beach – 20th Annual 4th of July 5K and Leprechaun Dash for the Gold
Register Here

September RacesSeptember 2nd: San Pedro / Port of Los Angeles – Conquer the Bridge Run 5.3 Mile and Half Marathon (pending approval)

November Races
November 16th: Palos Verdes – Palos Verdes Half Marathon
The PV Half Marathon has moved from May to November.  The race director plans on getting registration info online and forms in stores by April, but in the meantime, please stay tuned for more updates to their Facebook page.
 

Upcoming In Store Events:
We are lining up some fantastic events this Spring so stay tuned on our Facebook Page or check out the information below. 
 

May 9th: Manhattan Beach Village Runner: Ladies Night with Moving Comfort and Brooks Running! Ladies join us for a night of expert bra fittings, goodies, food, and more! There will be raffled prizes and lots of fun! Arrive as early as 5:30pm if you’d like to test out a pair of Brooks shoes with our running group. Awesome discounts on Moving Comfort Apparel and AccessoriesRSVP Required: http://vrladiesnight.eventbrite.com 

 
May 14th: Redondo Beach Village Runner: Join us for a Saucony Fun Run! Arrive between 5:30 and 6PM to get fitted for a pair of shoes and to fill out a raffle ticket for the chance to win some fun prizes including a free pair of running shoes! The running group leaves promptly at 6:15PM from our store.

May 21st: Redondo Beach Village Runner: Join us for a Newton Fun Run!
Arrive between 5:30 and 6PM to get fitted for a pair of shoes and to fill out a raffle ticket for the chance to win some fun prizes! The running group leaves promptly at 6:15PM from our store. 

 

Village Runner Celebrates Earth Day!

If you’re a runner and have ever wondered how you can participate in Earth Day, there are a few things to keep in mind.  

1.  Recycle.  Reuse.  Both Southern California Village Runners collect new and used running shoes, casual shoes, and dress shoes which get donated to the Los Angeles Mission!  The LA Mission comes every two to three weeks and picks up anywhere between 8-12 large boxes full of donated shoes due to the generosity of the South Bay Community!  

2.  Reduce.  Try a Brooks Running Shoe or Newton Running Shoe!  

Did you know that Newton Running shoes often last twice as long as your typical running shoe as you become a more efficient runner?  That means fewer running shoes ending up in landfills!

Speaking of landfills, have you ever tried a Brooks Running shoe?  They use proprietary technology in their shoes called Brooks BioMoGo.  Once these shoes are used up and make their way into a landfill, they break down 50 times faster than the average running shoe!!!  The traditional EVA midsoles in running shoes can last up to 1000 years in landfills, whereas Brooks BioMoGo shoes break down in about 20 years!  That means in the span of 20 to 25 years, nearly 30 million pounds of waste are saved from our landfills.     Don’t worry though; that doesn’t mean your kicks will break down faster while you’re using them. The breakdown process only occurs when a pair of Brooks running shoes are introduced to the “triple convergence of high microbial load, low oxygen, and adequate moisture found in landfills”.  


Upcoming Demo Runs with Village Runner
If you’re interested in testing out a pair of Brooks or Newton Running shoes, please join our running group these respective dates and times, to test out a demo model!

Brooks – May 9th, 5:30pm Manhattan Beach Village Runner
We’ll be hosting a ladies’ night as well this evening so any lady interested in sport bra advice and other girlie goodness, please RSVP here.  http://vrladiesnight.eventbrite.com/#
 
Newton – May 21st, 5:30pm Redondo Beach Village Runner
Newton – June 13th, 5:30pm Manhattan Beach Village Runner

Our running group leaves promptly at 6:15pm so please arrive as early as 5:30 to get fitted with a pair of demo models to try on the run.  We hope to see you soon!  

Last, but not least, this has nothing to do with Earth Day, but, we’d just like to wish our very own, Bob “5K” Wolstein, a very, very happy birthday!  Here’s lookin’ at you Bob!