Entire Line of Gu – now at Runner’s Block!!

Runner’s Block is excited about the addition of our new Gu tower!!  The entire Gu line is now available in the store.  Here is a brief rundown on a few of the products:

Energy Gel - lots of flavors to choose from! May I recommend Expresso Love?

Simple to take, simple to digest, GU Energy Gel provides just what you need for premium exercise fuel and none of the extras that slow you down. GU takes you where you want to go, fast.


Roctane  is Gu Energy Gel to a Higher Power!  It comes from years of testing scientifically-proven formulas with thousands of elite athletes training for and competing in the most physically-demanding sports in the world. Roctane’s advanced formula amplifies GU’s original Energy Gel recipe and adds new ingredients to boost your chances of success. Now it’s your turn to fill your tank with premium Roctane and compete like a pro.

Gu Brew

GU Electrolyte Brew is water’s new best friend. The fact is, when you work out you sweat more than just water. So when you drink you gotta have a special Brew with the right amounts of sodium, potassium and carbohydrates to bring your system back into balance. Used consistently, GU Brew will help you perform better and go longer.

Gu Chomps

GU Chomps offer a change of pace from gels and an answer to that moment in your run, ride, ski, swim, hike…. when you just gotta have something to chomp on.

Runner’s Block has the best selection of Gu locally.  Also, the more you buy, the more you save!  Get a whole case of Gu (24 packets) for just $32.99!  

Plus, if you stop in at Runner’s Block between now and June 1, 2011 and MENTION THIS BLOG or CHECK IN using the facebook application on your smartphone, you can get a FREE SAMPLE of Gu Energy Gel!!  Try a flavor you haven’t had before on us.


Tarma Designs – Now at Runner’s Block!

New to Runner’s Block – the Tarma Running Collection! 

Celebrate your running spirit with these lightweight and easy to wear pieces.  They are crafted from recycled 316 Stainless steel and poly card and have incredible detail.  Tarma designs and manufactures a variety of unique, hand-crafted, earth-friendly and fair trade jewelry for both men and women.

A variety of pieces including charm bracelets, necklaces and earrings are now available at the store.  With sayings like “Love to Run” and “5K,” they make a great gift and are a fun way to celebrate an accomplishment or show off your passion for running. 

I plan to reward myself with a necklace after I successfully complete my marathon in May…..I just have to decide which one I want first!  🙂


Feetures! Giveaway

Thank you all for your great comments about our Feetures! socks.  I was disappointed that I didn’t draw my own name….but excited for Michelle Madsen, winner of a pair of her very own Feetures! from Runner’s Block!!  I hope you love them as much as I do, Michelle!

I was walking around my house in a pair of my old cotton socks, thinking about my “cheap” comment.  I noticed that they were starting to get holes in the bottom!  While they are cheaper to start with, I didn’t think about the fact that they need to replaced every couple of months.  While Feetures! have a lifetime guarantee!  

You can get Feetures! socks right now at Runner’s Block buy 3 get 1 free.  They are SOOO worth it! 

Again thank you for all of your comments, and I am glad I could enlighten a few of you.  I appreciate that no one’s comment said, “DUH!”  🙂

Got Blisters?

I have always had blisters.  They move to different parts of my feet and toes based on the shoes I am wearing and how much I am running.  Most of the time they don’t bleed very much or hurt TOO badly.  I have learned to live with them.  It’s just part of running, right?  Or….is this something that qualifies me as an ignorant runner?
Well, let me just say, after nearly two decades of running, I may have learned a little something that has saved my toes.  It’s not the shoes….it’s the SOCKS!! 

I have tried several kinds of running socks.  However, I have not enjoyed wearing them because they are too thin and irritate my feet.  I wear cotton socks, usually Nike or Adidas.  Well, a few weeks ago I was at Runner’s Block discussing socks with running expert Joel.  He asked me what kind of socks I run in and when he found out I wear cotton, I think his exact words were “Bite your tongue!”  I didn’t understand the problem……cotton socks are comfy!  They fit fine.  And they are cheap.  🙂  His next question, “Do you have blisters?”  Uh…….

I was convinced that I had to try their Feetures! socks.  They felt like the thin socks I usually don’t like much….but ah ha! There was a thicker pair too.  I was willing to risk it and try them.  After running in them a couple of times, I already knew that they were doing their job.  I did not switch shoes, just socks, and my blisters were…..healing?!?  No way.  For my long run that week I literally waited an extra 30 minutes for my new Feetures! socks to come out of the dryer.  Note that I am also a bit impatient, so they may have even been a little damp when I put them on.  😉  Not to worry though, they were awesome!!  Since then, I have purchased another pair….and will be back for more.

Feetures! socks are uniquely designed to fit the individual shape of each foot.  They have SnugFit Tecnology which hugs your entire foot for maximum support which eliminates movement to prevent blisters.  And a Seamless Perfect Toe means no irritating toe seam.  The iWick fibers wick moisture away to keep feet dry and odor free, and mesh construction on top of the sock provides ventilation for added breathe-ability.   

My favorite part – they have a lifetime guarantee!  If your socks don’t maintain their fit and feel you can return them for a full refund! 

Got Blisters?  Suffer no more!!  Go to Runner’s Block to get your Feetures! socks.  Right now they are buy 3 get 1 free (good idea so you don’t have to wait for them to come out of the dryer!).  Yes, they do cost a little more than cotton socks, but seriously, your feet are worth it! 

AND….if you add your COMMENT to this blog, or LIKE or COMMENT on our Facebook page regarding this blog, you will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE PAIR of Feetures! socks of your choice!  Don’t worry, I won’t put my own name in more than a few [hundred] times….  🙂

My foot after the Twin Cities Marathon - Oct 2010.

My foot just ONE WEEK after wearing Feetures! socks. Totally healing!!

Same as previous....after my 6 yr old daughter helped me "paint" my toe nails (Microsoft paint). 🙂

My left foot was a little jealous of the picts of my right....so here it is being "hugged" by my new Feetures! socks!

Something for everyone - different cuts (no show, low, quarter, etc), thicknesses (thin or regular), even colors!

OK, so I am told that this one has coconut woven into it...apparently good at wicking moisture! Don't take my word for it, try them!

And the Winner Is….

I recently asked our loyal Facebook fans to weigh in on the Great Shoe Debate.  What is their favorite shoe for running or walking?  Here are the results:

Asics – 9
Brooks – 3
Mizuno – 3
Nike – 2
New Balance – 2
Saucony – 0 – where are all those Saucony lovers???

I was not surprised that Asics won our little Facebook poll for favorite shoes….they certainly make some good ones.  Note:  Asics’s fans also won for the most exclamation points with 8.  🙂

The first time I went to Runner’s Block, I was diligently searching for a specific pair of Asics that I couldn’t find anywhere else.  I bought them, but then I ended up trading them in for a pair of my new favorite shoes…Mizuno Wave Alchemy!  Yep….now you can finally rest knowing my vote.  🙂  Read on to find out why I love my Mizunos!

Background:  I wear a motion control shoe because of flat feet and a pesky stress fracture in my right foot.  I am a little picky when it comes to shoes, but even with a small break in my foot, I have completed a marathon!  Here is why my Mizunos are working for me…… 

  1.  WAVE technology – maximum shock absorption puts less pressure on my feet and helps prevent other injuries.  From sound waves to tidal waves – the engineers at Mizuno studied how waveforms spread and dissipate energy incredibly quickly .  The result?  The world’s first and most effective mechanical midsole!   Wave actually reduces and redirects impact forces away from your foot. Wave acts much like your car’s suspension, offering cushioning and keeping your foot centered in your shoe throughout your stride.
  2. They are LIGHT – Mizuno’s are noticeably lighter than other motion control shoes I have owned.  I did a short run in my old Asics recently and I felt like I was lumbering in comparison.  🙂  Wave’s compact form keeps the shoe sleeker and lighter than competitive systems.
  3. They are FLEXIBLE – Most motion control shoes seem stiff.  Mizuno got the job done while remaining bendy!  🙂 
  4. LONG LASTING – I have literally run hundreds of miles on my current Mizunos and they are still going strong!  The material used in the Wave midsole does not break down over time.
  5. They’re CUTE–OK, guys, I know I probably lost most of you on that one, but I think this is important, too!  This may be a matter of opinion, but I do like the way they look.  🙂

Everyone’s foot is different, but I was very surprised to find my new love for Mizuno after years of faithful dedication to Asics. 

Disagree with me?  Post a comment to make a case for
YOUR favorite running or walking shoes!

Not sure what shoe is best for you?  Let the experts at Runner’s Block help!  Whether you are a walker, a runner, or you are on our feet all day, we can help you find a shoe that fits your needs. 

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These are my current shoes - Ride the Wave, baby!