Monday, October 19, 2015

Virtual Winter 2015 RUNway Show

If you missed our 2015 Winter RUNway show check out all the fashions (and personalities) that rocked our RUNway right here. Thanks to Carly Danek for her incredible photography! Additionally, we are going to continue collecting new deodorant, underwear & socks (men's & women's, large sizes best) for YouthLink at Mill City Running through Saturday, so there is still time to donate!  Now, on to the show ... 

Kid Fun - Sylvie & Cora Clark


Our first two models are the incomparable Sylie & Cora Clark, junior friends of the store!  

Core is 4, loves to eat carrots, and is in pre-school at Neighborhood Children’s House in North East. Her favorite animal is the pig because it’s pink, duh!  In her free time Cora enjoys singing, playing pirates, and delighting the customers at Mill City Running, where she purchases all her favorite t-shirt fashions!

Sylvie, her big sister, is 7 and in second grade at Yinghua (ing-wah) Academy in Northeast Mpls. A whiz on the monkey bars, she came in second in her class’s half-mile popsicle run. Sylvie enjoys drawing, writing stories, and repping her Dad’s favorite store, Mill City Running! Thank you ladies! 


Rainy Day Woman – Gabe Grunewald


When you’re a professional distance runner, you don’t take the day off because it’s crappy outside.  So it is for our first model Gabe Grunewald, the 2014 Indoor National Champion in the 3000 meters and a member of Team USA Minnesota. She’s agreed to slow things down to a walk for us tonight, modeling looks from her sponsor Brooks. When the forecast calls for the dreaded “wintery mix”, Gabe runs her 800m repeats under the cover of her Brooks Drift Shell constructed with water- and wind-proof materials to keep her dry, and featuring hidden waterproof pockets to keep her gadgets dry.  Full of reflective strips, any oncoming cars will be sure to spot Gabe on dark & stormy nights, even as she zips along faster than the unaided eye can see.  While her shell keeps her warm enough to be worn alone, every woman on the run knows you can’t go without the most important apparel piece of them all – a sports bra. Gabe models Moving Comfort’s newest addition, the Uplift Crossback combining wide, flat shoulder straps with a flattering cut for a comfortable, stable & cute package. This isn’t your Granny’s sports bra!  (Though shout out to any grannies in the house in sports bras!) Moving along here, Gabe sports Streaker Capris by Brooks for just the right amount of warmth for fall, and the Greenlight Headband to protect her ears from strong gusts of wind on a blustery fall day. Finally, Gabe doesn’t circle the track in less than a minute lugging around bricks for shoes.  Her Pureflows weigh just 7 ounces and help keep her on her toes – and ahead of the competition.  

Rainy Day Man - Mark Mallman


Our next model goes by many monikers. Known to some as Mall Man, Mall-borg, or Mr. Serious to others, tonight he’s the Marathon Man.  This indie superhero is famous across America as a recording artist and also for his musical marathons, playing up to 180 hours of music non-stop. His upcoming album is titled “The End Is Not The End” will be released early in 2016 and you can support it on kickstarter in the coming weeks.  Please welcome to the stage, Mr. Mark Mallman!

Like any elite performer the Marathon Man knows there are no days off, that includes when a hard rains gonna fall.  Mallman keeps his guns dry in the Mizuno Breath Thermo Windtop jacket.  Boasting a wind and water resistant Impermalite shell and Breath Thermo interior, this top generates heat when you sweat and wicks the moisture away to keep you dry. Mark lets it all hang out in the Fast Track Short, part of Saucony’s new Life On the Run collection, exclusively found at Mill City Running.  Featuring a wide set leg opening and constructed of four way stretch warp knit fabric, this short is versatile enough for everyday runs or to wear on ‘leg days’ at the gym.  Keeping his feet dry and adding a sought after splash of style are his Stance fusion socks.  This wicking sock brings together style and function in an unlikely place. That hat that Mallman is doffing to the crowd is the Ciele GoCap.  This lightweight, fast drying COOLwick cap keeps the rain out of your eyes while providing reflective detailing for those late, post gig runs.

Cool - Heather Kampf

Please welcome former NCAA National Champion and current Queen of the road Mile Heather Kampf to the runway!  Tonight Heather is featuring exclusive looks from her sponsor Asics.  A native Minnesotan, Heather knows the value of staying warm when the temp beings to drop.  That’s why she relies on the Asics Thermopolis half zip jacket to keep out the chill.  With its soft brushed fabric and mock neck Heather is protected from the elements.  The Thermopolis half zip features a back zip pocket, thumb holes at the cuffs, and reflective details to keep runners safe in low light conditions.  An elite middle distance runner is only as good as her legs, and with that in mind Heather keeps hers warm and loose in the Asics PR tight. This versatile everyday tight has Heather going the distance with ‘stay put’ grip tape leg openings and featuring a reflective logo for added visibility. Heather’s shoe of choice for all her daily mileage is the Asics Gel Cumulus 17.  Featuring a seamless upper and Asics famous Gel cushioning the Cumulus has been a runner favorite for nearly two decades. What’s that dance party on her shoe you ask? That’s Nathan’s Light Spur, keeping her visible to cars at all hours no matter how quickly she zips by. When you move as fast as Heather things heat up quickly. Asics Everyday Liner Glove offers just enough warmth to keep her fingers protected & dry, and feature rubber grips that make logging her mile splits effortless. 

Cool - John Storkamp         

Next to the runway is Trail and Ultrarunning institution John Stormkamp!  John wears multiple hats, including 3 time champion of the brutal January sufferfest, Arrowhead 135, and also as race director of the state’s most iconic trail races, including Superior, Endless Summer and Afton Trail Runs.  Tonight we’re putting John through a different kind of anguish, having him strike a pose at our 2015 RUNway show! When not winning 135 mile races in January, John also likes to run in more moderate temperatures between 32 and 50 degrees.  Tonight, he represents our ‘Cool’ look.

As the saying goes, the devil’s in the details, and John applies this to his accessories of choice.  To keep his extremities warm John relies on the ultrasoft Prana Organic Cotton Headband in Black and Merino wool Smartwool liner gloves, which happen to be tech compatible. Because John likes to race for days – literally – he needs to take his hydration along for the ride. In winter months Nathan’s Icespeed Insulated bottle keeps his hands warm but his water cold. Perhaps the most important extremity of them all, John keeps his toes toasty with SmartWool’s light cushion mid-crew socks. John sports the Brooks Dash ½ zip top, with a soft, heathered tech fabric that provides an extra layer of warmth on a chilly run.  The half zip allows for customizable ventilation as temps change throughout any upcoming 22 hour, 100 mile runs. When you’re the type of runner who finds marathons just 14 miles too short, you need the targeted muscle support of the CWX pro tight.   Offering the patented support web, these half tights offer not only warmth, but a suspension system for the hamstrings, reducing workload during runs. Finally, John wears the Adidas Energy Boost 2 as his race day shoe.  This highly cushioned trainer performs as well at Afton State Park as it does on the sidewalks of the North Loop. Be sure to support John’s races, found at Rocksteadyrunning.com. 

Cold – Kate Raddatz

We all know Minnesotans pride themselves on toughing it out in cold weather, and runners are no exception.  But when you’re a TV reporter who needs to get her run started well before the sun rises, sometimes your safest bet is to hit the gym’s dreadmill. Such is life for this model & WCCO reporter Kate Raddatz, who sports Oiselle’s KC Tights, a full-length tight that’s lightweight enough for indoor workouts.  Her Newton Motion shoes have “pop” technology that encourages a midfoot strike and keeps bulk to a minimum.  Their low profile that makes them easy to pack into her convertible Lole “Lily” tote, which boasts a specific compartment for your running shoes! What else can you pack into this bag? Your laptop, yoga mat, lunch, and a puppy named Joanie. When her workout is over Kate snuggles into this super cozy hooded sweatshirt from Lole and heads back out into this frigid tundra we call home.  Speaking of frigid tundra, those contraptions on Kate’s feet are NOT Skechers Shape-ups but rather the new  high-cushioned, lightweight boot from Hoka. The “Tor” is designed for hiking but with its grippy Vibram outsole and waterproof Gore-Tex upper it’s also perfect for trudging through the slushy streets of a mid-winter Twin Cities.  Completing Kate’s look are Lole’s Ski Down Mitts, the warmest, softest mittens you’ll find, and the Burnout Headband by Prana, which holds back her hair at the gym but can cover her ears when she heads outside to scope out her next scoop. 

Cold – Jose & Johnnie

Please welcome our next models, Youthlink Street Outreach workers Jose & Johnny.  Along with reaching out to young people on the streets of Minneapolis, Jose is the coach for a soccer team made up of homeless youth called UP TOP Street Soccer Minneapolis. Keeping in great shape is crucial to soccer success, so during winter months Jose wears Saucony’s Nomad Jacket to shield him from the bitter winds and Mizuno’s Breath Thermo Wind Pant, which not only protect from the wind but actually heat up along with Jose’s moves.   While Minneapolis is a long way from Jose’s birthplace of Costa Rica, things can get pretty tropical beneath his jacket with Craft’s Active Comfort  baselayer, which keeps Jose nice & toasty. Everyone knows soccer players have a flair for the flash, and Jose is no exception in his Craft Brilliant Hat in green.  He matches it to his Salomon Speedcross trail shoes, whose soccer-cleat-like lugs are perfect for gripping the icy roads of winter, and water-resistant upper protects Jose’s feet from the winter elements.


Jose is joined on the streets – and on tonight’s runway – by Johnnie, a 23-year old peer outreach worker at Youthlink. Johnnie offers young people on the streets resources AND advice from someone who has “been there, done that” . But one thing that Johnnie has NEVER done? Worn tights! So let’s all give it up for how great he looks! (woohoo!) Those tights Johnnie is sporting are Asics Light Show tights, which will help keep Johnnie not only warm but highly visible when he’s running around at nighttime. On top Johnnie wears the Pearl Izumi Fly Softshell Hoodie, a lightweight but extremely warm run jacket with built-in convertible mitts perfect for those in-between temps.  When the weather calls for something more drastic, Johnnie can snuggle into Smartwool’s neck gaiter which, when paired with its matching wool headband, transforms into a full-on balaclava, protecting his nose from frostbite & warming his breath for easier breathing.  Because the young kids like to move fast, Johnnie models the just-released New Balance 860v6, a highly-stable ride that is both lighter & more cushioned than its previous versions.  Let’s make some noise for our men in tights!

Minnesota Cold - Jana Shortal

Our next model is known as one of the most versatile television personalities in the Twin Cities, what you might not know is she was once a collegiate distance runner for the University of Missouri Tigers. Please welcome to the stage, Ms. Jana Shortal! This Missouri native now calls Minneapolis home and she’s here to show you how to dress for “Minnesota cold”.Jana stands out in the urban jungle with the Nike Lotus Epic Run Tight.  The all over animal print provides a bold look while the soft brushed dri-fit fabric wicks away moisture and keeps out the chill.  Three pockets provide ample storage and subtle reflective hits keep you visible in low light.  But why stop with just one animal print when you can have two? Never one to back down from a fashion challenge, Jana rocks this look down to her toes with Nike’s newest print on the classic cushioned Air Pegasus. Jana plays the role of officiant in the marriage of style and function shown in the New Balance Heat Hybrid quilted jacket.  This lightweight jacket combines New Balance HEAT Technology with Polartec insulation to capture warmth and wick moisture.  Sleek quilting and stylish seams offer a figure flattering silhouette.  Keeping Jana looking hot when temperature is cold. Whether out on a sub-zero run or out on assignment this reporter keeps her digits warm in the Saucony Run Mitt, a wind and water resistant mitten that’ll keep your hands toasty on the coldest of Minnesota mornings.  Don’t look past those soft fleece nose wipes! Frosty weather is no sweat for Jana with the Saucony Drylete neck gaiter, featuring a vented panel for ultimate breathability. Her look is topped off with the ultra-techy Hi-Fi Smartwool headband, keeping her dry & visible even in blizzardy conditions. 

Jacob Frey


Let’s welcome to the catwalk a man who’s represented the US at the Pan Am games and now represents the City of Minneapolis’ 3rd ward, your City Councilman: Jacob Frey!   The unrepentant cold of his adopted home state of Minnesota doesn’t keep this Virginian hiding in the skyways in January.  Jacob has a plan to defeat the incumbent ‘old man winter’, and he hopes he can count on your support. As any elected official knows, it’s all about covering your ass.  Jacob keeps his bottom toasty with the Saucony Nomad pant in true black.  The wind and water repellent FlexShell coating keeps the nasty weather at bay.  A soft, ultra-breathable fleece liner wicks moisture and is soft to the touch.  Reflectivity on the front and back keeps Jacob visible in the bustling streets of Minneapolis. A native of the east coast, Jacob knows nothing says ‘hey buddy outta my way!’ more than a vibrantly colored jacket.  The New Balance Heat Hybrid jacket in Gold Rush keeps Jacob visible with a quilted ripstop nylon shell with a subtle reflective detailing.  Minnesota cold stands no chance as Polartec Alpha insulation puts an immediate end to any cold streak. Jacob keeps the chill off his neck with the versatile Craft multi-function neckwarmer.  With the ability to transition from a turtleneck, to a neck gaiter, to a full on balaclava, this is a tool that no Minnesota runner should be without. When one’s job duties include shaking hands and kissing babies, you need to keep your hands warm and protected.  The councilman keeps his toasty with the Craft Keep Warm glove.  Hi-Viz detailing and a terrycloth nose wipe on the thumb are two ‘must haves’ in the midst of any cold weather run. The final ingredient in Jacob’s five-point plan to taking back winter are his Gore-Tex Brooks Ghosts.  This popular neutral-cushioned shoe gets the winter treatment by wrapping itself with a high-performance gore-tex membrane. The same great shoe but with a waterproof, breathable upper gets Jacob’s vote this winter. 

Brent Nelson & Mari Steinbach – Athleisure

Last but not least we present our final models, celebrities in the world of the Mill City Race Team and our resident sweethearts, Brent Nelson & Mari Steinbach.  While these two can be spotted repping their Mill City Singlets at just about every road race in town, today they’re testing out their gear to cheer! Both Mari & Brent are rocking the comfiest pants known to man which are so new we don’t even have them in stock yet! From Saucony’s exclusive Life on the Run series, the Speed Demon Jogger Pants may be technical enough to run in, but we’ll be honest – slip into these babies and all you’ll want to do is relax on the sidelines. 

Because the sideline is not a place Brent is content to be he tops his look with the New Balance Heat Hybrid Jacket in black, a sleek & sexy piece that grabs attention both on a run and on the runway.  Brent layers the jacket over the Nike Element hooded long sleeve, made with the softest of fabric for extra warmth on those days when you just don’t want to sacrifice style for substance. Even in wintertime bright sun rays can be blinding. Brent wears Tifosi sunglasses with mirrored lenses that repel water & sweat to ensure he'll spot his sweetie on the race course. And on days when his primary activity is supporting his runner Brent kicks around in a pair of Saucony Originals. The Grid 9000 offers a throwback to 1990s style but with the cushioning you need when you’re, er, not a teenager anymore.  Thank you Brent!


Now let’s head back to Mari, whose long-sleeved Fitsana top by Asics has a cut that’s flattering enough for casual wear, but whose breathable mesh panels cool her down when this cheer squad starts to heat things up.  For standing on the sidelines of mid-winter races, Nike’s superlight Polyfill vest keeps Mari’s core toasty warm while allowing her arms the freedom to set a High-5 PR.  Need a mid-race gel handoff? No problem! Mari’s warmed one up for you in her Flip Belt,  so light and flat you don’t even notice you’re wearing it, but with enough space to store your phone, keys, and cash so you can keep both hands free for fist pumps. As she races around dishing out high-5s and Mill City love Mari fears no patch of ice nor hairpin turn thanks to her Pearl Izumi M3 Trail shoes, a favorite winter running shoe thanks to characteristics that are a lot like Mari herself - soft in the sole but aggressive where it counts!  Finally, Mary never misses an opportunity to rep her team no matter the temperature, and this Mill City pom hat makes that easy!

Now at the end of the day, you can have the hat, you can have the fist bumps, but the real key to being a successful cheerleader is having someone special to root for – and a killer sign. So you two - let’s check out that sign:


Looks like a successful sign – and another successful RUNway show! Thanks to Fulton Brewery for hosting this event, to our community partner YouthLink, to all of tonight’s volunteers – especially model coordinator Jered Tucker - and all our models for your help in making this happen. See you all in the spring!


-Mishka & Jeff

Friday, March 6, 2015

Spring '15 Virtual Fashion Show

Missed this spring's fashion show? Don't get your bun-huggers in a bunch! Scroll through our virtual runway show & get the 411 on the hottest looks for warmer weather.

Rainy Day Woman modeled by CINDY

Please welcome Cindy ... and Cindy’s awesome pants! Sure the Nike Epic Lux Eternity Pant will keep Cindy warm & visible in inclement weather, but the real clincher here is their softness. There are just no words to describe the feel of these run pants, but she’ll be sticking around after the show so if you’re real nice she may let you touch them.  Up top Cindy sports Nike’s Packable Impossibly Light jacket which she’s layered over the uber-supportive Rebound Racer Bra by Moving Comfort, and Mizuno’s Tamyu Tank in Lake Blue.  “Tamyu” means excellent jewel in Japanese, and I think we can say the same for Cindy tonight! Finally, Cindy’s Nike Air Pegasus Flash kicks made with weather-resistant fabrics & reflective elements make Cindy shine even brighter.  
Rainy Day Man modeled by MJ


Mike understands that real men wear tights, so in nasty spring weather he chooses the Nike Dri-Fit Essential Tight to keep his legs warm & dry oh so svelte!  To keep his chest hair dry Mike wears the Impossibly Light jacket - the front pocket keeps those dollar dollar bills dry while on a blustery run then stores the entire jacket when the sky clears up. When the drops are really pouring down Mike wears a Nike graphic-print hat so he can see where he’s going and a Nathan strobe light so cars can see where he’s going!  Finally, Mike’s Asics DS Trainer lightweight stability shoes really don’t help much in the rain, but how cute are they with his outfit!?!?!




You may have heard of the ‘rules of the road’, tonight we present ‘RULES of the TRAIL’.
Trail Woman modeled by SARA
Rule #1 on the trail, look good!  With that in mind, Sara wears the Asics Fit-Sana Graphic Tee with cutout back in hyper peach. Her Asics PR crop tight not only look fresh but keep Sara’s legs protected as she flies through the brush and bramble. Any hard core trail runner knows Rule #2, that being that a bottle in the hand is worth two in the bush.  With that in mind, Sara sports the Nathan Speed-draw plus which provides 16oz of liquid courage along with a reflective call outs and a pocket large enough for your smart phone and the epic selfies you’re bound to take on the Superior Hiking Trail. Sara tops it off with her Prana headband, pairing fashion with a lightweight tech fiber sweat soaking headband. For the undulating and rocky trails she’s bound to cross Sara only trusts the ultra aggressive outsole and cushion of the Salomon Speedcross. Finally, Sara never races without her Oiselle Fly Necklace for good luck!
Trail Man (GRRR) modeled by GARY
There is no one fussier than a trail bro. With that in mind we present Rule #3: It better be comfortable! We start from the bottom up with this mountain man: Gary sports his favorite low profile trail shoe, the lightweight Saucony Peregrine 5.  With it’s 4mm offset, split rock plate, and opposing heel/forefoot lugs, Gary feels as secure in his shoes as he does in his manhood (ba-doom-ching!). Moving on up, CEP compression sleeves bring a pop of color to those dusty trails and drab forrests. Gary's ASICS short offers the support needed at mile 72 of Superior 100.  A 7-inch split provides a touch of modesty in an otherwise colorful package! Onto Rule #4, NOTHING IN MODERATION! Sometimes 16 ounces just won’t cut it. Gary is notorious for his man sized thirst. To keep him hydrated - on the trail or on the town - Gary wears the Nathan Grit Hydration Pack which holds a whopping 2 liters of liquid. Gary tops it off -literally - with the Long-sleeved crew in Air Force Blue by Asics, with a soft breathable fabric that says “catch me if you can”! Finally, Gary goes ‘all night long’ with the The Petzl Tikka headlamp. Providing 80 lumens of light and multiple brightness settings, this is truly a beacon in the darkness.


Training Day Man modeled by JEREMY
Jeremy is starting off his long run look with a Nike Miler Short-Sleeved Shirt, screen printed with the name of his favorite place on earth! He's also wearing the Nike 2-in-1 short –while they look chill enough for the beach these bad boys provide miles of sweat-wicking support, with a surprise inside - boxer brief liner offers support & a chafe-free ride. For those warm spring days Jeremy carries a Nathan Mercury 3 Hydration Belt - with not one, not two, but THREE 10oz flasks to really go the distance ... plus a pocket for goodies! Jeremy refuses to go more than a few miles without an iphone filled with his favorite podcast, Minneapolis Running, so he uses a Sonic Mount arm band & Yur Buds slip-free headphones for hours of listening pleasure.  On his feet Jeremy is wearing his favorite long-distance brand Hoka (holler!), with maximum cushioning to soften each step of the way. Finally, Jeremy’s Nike Racer Sunglasses complete his fashionable AND functional look.


Training Day Woman modeled by ADELHEID
Adelheid warms up for her big run wearing Nike’s Neon Fleck Lightweight Fleece Epic, cozy but lightweight with a back pocket for functionality and tapered sleeves for cuteness.  After a few miles - when she’s ready to really rock - she can throw that top to her adoring fans and feel the cool breeze in the Wazelle Halter by Oiselle, a fun twist on the classic run tank.  Peeking out is Oiselle’s Go Time Bra, which has a zippered back pocket - because how many times have you exclaimed "Why doesn’t my bra have any pockets!?!?" Dressing those long (distance) legs of Adelheid’s is Oiselle's Meter Tight in the color of Money, boasting three large pockets in the waistband for stashing gels, chews, or glazed donuts.  Adelheid sports the Saucony Triumphs, a high-cushioned neutral shoe offering tons of comfort & protection over many miles.  Finally, Adelheid tracks all those miles with a Garmin 220, which will wirelessly connect to her smartphone so she can easily watch her progress as she ramps up her training. Thank you Adelheid!
Athleisure Man modeled by WILL


Will rhymes with chill, and that’s what he’s doing tonight in this ensemble. Up top Will’s rocking the Nike Element Half-zip  - it’s soft like suede, with underarm dri-fit gussets for ventilation if he decides to pick up the pace. Peeking out from underneath is the Nike Tailwind Striped Crew - feels like a vintage tee, wicks like a race-day tech shirt, looks like innocence. Will’s legs are cloaked in  easy-breezy Nike track pants, breathable enough for a workout OR a cookout.  Even Will’s toes are maxin’ & relaxin’ in our newest Altra addition, the Provision - same wide toebox we love but with a touch of stability for all those over-pronators in the hizz-ouse!  




Athleisure Woman modeled by ALLISON
Running is Allison’s #1 activity, but sometimes she likes to borrow random dogs like Lucy & go for walks.  Whether she’s running or walking Allison always uses a Stunt Puppy leash for hands-free fun.  But back to the fashion. Allison’s wearing the Oiselle Flyte 2000 Crew in Money & doesn’t she look like a million bucks? This cap sleeve number has seamless construction for super softness but sharp geometric lines literally wrap you in wicking.  Allison strutting her stuff in Nike jogger pants that look good enough for every day wear but are made with ventilated dri-fit material that will keep you roomy & cool on your runs if you’re not into 24/7 spandex. Just as comfy & cool as the rest of her are Allison’s Adidas Glide Boosts made with stretchy, sock-like uppers & their signature high-cushion boost midsole for intense comfort while running and intense cuteness for livin'.  

Race Day Woman modeled by FREYA

The moment we’ve all been waiting for, the unveiling of the 2015 Mill City Race Team uniforms!  Let’s hear it for FREYA in the women's MCR Race Team Singlet – the Strider Tank from Saucony - which has a long, fitted silhouette with an eye-catching strappy racer back design. Layer this lightweight tank over you favorite sports bra for a workout or race day. In the mix for that bra should be the Nike Compression Bra in Volt. Long a staple of the ladies - no matter the bust size - this bra keeps you supported without fear of chafe! The Nike 4” Rival short in orange combines coverage with mobility, with a wide waistband for comfort & zippered back pocket for your race-day gels. Sweat-wicking support from mile 1 til done! Oiselle' Herringbone arm warmers in “pop” - known to men as ‘orange’ - keep Freya’s wings toasty on those early spring races.The Asics DS Trainer 20 is a cult favorite of Marathoners who love the perfect blend of moderate stability and lightweight cushion. Freya's Garmin 620 is the must-have watch for the spring.  With distance, pace, cadence, ground time and and Heart Rate Monitor, this GPS unit is a coach & scientist in one.



Race Day Man modeled by JACK
As Jack sets out for his pre-race warm up, he only trusts the Mizuno Kato Shell. This jacket not only repels the chilly spring rain but it’s impossibly light and packs back into itself. Slung over his shoulder is the locally-printed and American-made MCR duffel. You’ll find Jack using it pre-race for stuffing in his sweats, and post-race for hauling home his trophies!
Now for the big reveal ... the men's MCR Race Team Singlet!  This Hydralite singlet from Saucony is - like Jack - fueled by Fulton Brewery.  Saucony’s lightest-weight singlet is equally comfortable on trail or on the track.The uniform top pairs perfectly with the Mizuno 1.5 inch“Outlaw” Short – a handy zippered pocket and split leg pattern for full movement is exactly what this man looks for on race day. Jack's race-day shoe-of-choice is the Mizuno Wave Sayonara.  A neutral shoe with Mizuno’s famous lightweight and responsive ride.  Doron Clark’s marathon racing flat of choice! Finally, Jack's Garmin 10, provides the pace and distance when Jack needs to be sure he’s hitting the splits on his way to a new PR!

A big thanks to all our divas models who strutted their stuff on the catwalk & brought us dreams -if not temps - of spring!





Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Everyone loves a good comeback story...

You can call it a comeback 
          
I was warned.  As Bekah and I began to circulate the news that we were planning to open a running store of our own, friends in the running industry told me the funny part about owning a store is you’ll never run less in your life.  They happened to be right. 

Bekah and I opened Mill City in the first week of July 2013.  My last truly competitive effort was a fast 8k in Chicago sometime in April 2013.  So despite making the business of running our livelihood, our personal running goals were largely put on hold. 

That was until October. 

A combination of envy and excitement that brought me back from my self-imposed competitive exile.  I spent most of the last two years cheering on races from the sidelines.  I watched Get in Gear 10k and TC 10 Mile, two of my favorite races, from the comfort of my Levi’s.  I loved the opportunity to see the entire MCR team as they would run by, but I wasn’t able to share in the post-race excitement with the same fervor as those who had competed. 

My turning point was a low key, non-timed, and somewhat ‘underground’ trail race in October.  Although I didn’t realize it at the time, it was the necessary elixir that broke me out of my funk.  In hindsight, the race was a way to be competitive without worrying about mile splits, racing tactics, or bag drop.  It was hilly, it was loosely organized and it was perfect.  The race ended up being an opportunity to see how hard I could push myself off of little consistent training and no usable knowledge of trail running.  Turns out I can still crank a little when it’s called for.

                            Codswallop '14 - Previously unseen photos of Bigfoot

Since October I’ve strung together 18 solid weeks of base mileage.  I’ve put up 60-80 miles per week for the last 4 months and I’m (mostly) having fun doing it.  As they say, winter miles bring spring smiles.

I would like to thank the following for keeping me going during this resurgence: Lemon Lime Nuun, the Hoka Clifton, Bekah, and my CorrectToes.  This is in no particular order.

Jeff   

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

On Community

‘Tis the season for gift guides, cookie eating, twinkle lights, and parties, and although I love these holiday-ish things as much as the next person, I also think such social + sensory overload has the tendency to overshadow the greater meaning of the holiday season. SO, in the spirit of slowing down and reflecting on the things in my life I’m most thankful for, I’m writing this post about why I think my (our) running community is so great.

I’ll begin by pointing out that running, at its very core, is an individual thing. You don’t need anyone else to do it. You don’t need anyone to round out your roster, no one to throw the ball back to you, no one to pass you the puck—it’s really just you and the road. On a day-to-day basis, whether you get out and run is solely your decision. You are responsible. And while this may be one of the deepest and most fundamental truths of the sport, there is just nothing quite like being part of a team. Running, like most things in life, is just better with others.



The running community in the Twin Cities is pretty incredible. I suppose I am pretty biased, having never lived in another major city, but I am still convinced that what we have here really is something special—I just know it’s not like this everywhere. I can't say what it is about this area that creates such an atmosphere, but I see it everywhere. I do most of my running on the trails that run along the Mississippi River—right through the heart of Minneapolis--and I am positively surrounded by my community. If I’m out for a long run, it’s rare I don’t see someone I know by name and can greet with a smile or a wave. And what’s more, I see people every day who I've never met personally, but I feel like I really know just because we run the trails together so often.

One of the reasons I have been so drawn to this store—other than the fact that I love Jeff and Bekah, of course—is that Mill City Running so deeply embraces the idea of true community and fellowship. The enthusiasm here is positively contagious, and the commitment to welcoming every person who walks in the door, runner or not, is impossible to resist. And the group runs! Come to a group run and see for yourself—the feeling of this community is tangible. No one can stay away, and it’s because deep down, everyone wants, and really needs to belong to something. When that’s provided, we’re drawn to it. Mill City Running embodies the value of fellowship, and the idea that we as humans are better together, both in running and in life.



I’ll leave you with Merriam-Webster’s definition of community, which is the following: 

“community, n. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”

This is exactly what I’m talking about—running connects us, and there’s a kind of mutuality we share, an understanding. It’s seen in a subtle nod of the head as you pass one another, acknowledging that you’re both out for your run despite the bitter cold. It’s the smile you share as you run by the sweet old man you see every day with his black lab. It’s the message of encouragement you shout at the marathoners as they will themselves through their final miles. These are all little things, but they are the foundation of why being a runner is so great. We’re really all in it together—no matter how fast we are, who we train with, where we run, or how it fits into our lives. We’ve all discovered or re-discovered running and made it a part of who we are, and this simple fact binds us together, whether we’d like to believe it or not. I was lucky enough to discover running and develop a love for it, and it has afforded me countless incredible experiences and opportunities. But at the end of the day, I have to say that the single best thing running has given me has absolutely been the people. And for that—for all of you—I’m exceedingly thankful.

--jt