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Trainic-World Ogose・Tokigawa 50KM & 30KM


Trainic-World
OGOSE・TOKIGAWA
SAITAMA-PREFECTURE
50KM & 30KM
Sunday, July 8th 2018

This weekend ALTRA JAPAN went to the Trainic-World Ogose・Tokigwawa 50KM & 30KM race. This race is hosted by the Non-profit Organization COEDO OEDO Trainic-World.

This organization also has 4 other races ranging up to a 230KM race! Check out their website for more information.
http://trainic-world.org/

List of their other races (click for more info) :

SEPTEMBER SOTOCHICHIBU 50KM & 43KM

SEPTEMBER COEDO KAWAGOE 24-Hour Run, 12-Hour Run, 6-Hour Run & 2-Hour Run

MARCH COEDO OEDO 230KM, 200KM, 113KM, & 91KM

MAY SAINOKUNI 100 Mile & 100KM

ALTRA JAPAN set-up a try-on event with both the TIMP and SUPERIOR 3.5 available for try out.

Many people were able to try-on ALTRA shoes for the first time and gave many good reviews. The 50KM race started out on a warm humid morning at 7:30AM.

The course starts out on the road before heading into the beautiful trails in Saitama.

Below is a course profile of both the 50KM & 30KM.

As you can see, the first section has a large climb to almost 900M.Despite it being warm an humid, the runners seemed to be having heaps of fun on the trails!

This race is environmentally friendly and implements a “my cup” policy where  participants each bring their own cup to reduce the amount of waste from the race.

It was very fun watching both the 30KM and 50KM finishers come in to the finish line. There was several customers from STRIDE LAB who participated in the race. Nice job!

There was also a large showing from the TOKYO TRAIL RUNNING club and they all made it to the finish line successfully.

https://www.facebook.com/tokyotrailrunning/
Fun, goofy group of foreigners and locals exploring trails around TOKYO.

The cut-off time for the races are pretty lenient leading to a high finish rate of:
50KM-90.3%
30KM- 97.6%

All of the participants received DRYMAX socks as a gift from the race. Nothing better than DRYMAX socks with your ALTRA shoes!Participants also enjoyed being able to hop in the hotel hotspring right next to the finish.

Thanks to the race directors for putting on an awesome race and great job participants!!

This race even has an information page in ENGLISH! Feel free to check it out!
http://trainic-world.org/ogose-tokigawa/racer-information

Thanks to Takumi Ishiyama for the great pictures!
Link to all of the photos he took at the race!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/144398384@N04/albums/72157693106122170/with/29452026408/

Sign up for one of their races in the future!

New LUNA SANDALS arrived to JAPAN!

Finally STRIDE LAB received a new shipment of LUNA SANDALS and they can now be purchased online or at our shop in TAMA-City, TOKYO!

We carry up to size 13!

New models being held:

VENADO 2.0The Venado 2.0 (previously named the Original Luna) represents the best fruits of our experiences and experiments with old-school footwear and gleanings from insights that we have gathered from both our ancestors and our customers. LUNA Venado 2.0 is lightweight, comfortable, and has excellent ground feel. This sandal is great for running or walking on paved surfaces.

OSO FLACOTake the Oso 2.0 and shave it down to its “bear” essentials and you have the Oso Flaco (“Skinny Bear” in Spanish). This sandal is for those who want the most aggressive tread pattern for crazy grip, but also want super flexibility and full ground feel.

ORIGEN FLACO

Rooted in the Mexican leather-topped, tire-treaded tradition of huarache sandals, The LUNA Origen Flaco, “Skinny Origen”,  is a thin-yet-rugged sandal for those who want the perfect blend of tradition, style, quality and robustness.

MONO 2.0
The Mono [Moh-No] 2.0 (Monkey in Spanish) is our do everything, go everywhere adventure sandal. Whether you’re hiking, traveling, lounging, camping, running, spelunking, or anything else-ing, this is your go-to footwear.

We still carry our MONO GOAT and our LUNA GORDOGive us a call/email to assist with ordering online.
050-1229-1339
info@stridelab.jp

Order online here!
http://mfxtreme.shop-pro.jp/?mode=cate&cbid=1341717&csid=0&sort=n

Where will your LUNA SANDALS take you?!

Mountain Nutrition


Stride Lab lab carries lots of nutrition of products for Trail-Runners, Ultra-Runners, Hikers, ect who are moving for long periods of time.

The ability for the body to be able to convert fats to energy is very essential.

Normally at rest, basal metabolism is maintained by the efficient use of sugars and fats as energy.

However,  comparatively, there are individual differences depending on the person and unfortunately even at rest, sugar metabolism is predominant, stored up fats are unable to be burned, the fat metabolism’s system is difficult to use and the clearance of lactate can be delayed.
Oppositely, if at rest your body can metabolize fats well, your body then has the ability to get constant energy from accumulated fat cells and your body becomes able to do aerobic exercise easily.

Carbohydrates (sugars) can be a major source of energy and upon intake, they are quickly converted to energy so for nutrient (energy) replenishment we want to say thank you but the amount of sugars that are stored inside of our body is limited and we have to incessantly continue to replenish them.

Additionally, there are a lot of fats stored inside of your body and even with a small amount, (fats) can become a large source of energy so its not as necessary to intake fats as often as it is to sugars.

However, the absorption of fats are slow so it takes time after consumption to become energy.

To use an analogy:  sugars are the [money] inside of your [wallet]
=When you want to use your money, you can take your wallet out of your pocket and use it even immediately but, the amount of money inside of your wallet is limited to a certain extent and you are unable to use more money than you currently have inside of your wallet. 

Using this analogy, fats would be your money in the [bank]
=you have a lot of money stored away in the bank but even if you need the money immediately, you are unable to use it.

If you are skillfully able to manage both of these types of money, you should be able to smoothly get by life, right?  lol

Also the same goes for during exercise:
When you run up a steep hill at a high intensity you use those necessary sugars at hand as quick energy.  That energy you have is limited so if you continue to run at a high intensity, you will become exhausted and your legs will stop.
Compared to that, when you run long distance races like the full-marathon and ultra-marathons,  your sugars (your wallet) and fats (the bank) contribute to having a well balanced output of energy and you are able to continue running with stable energy for long periods of time.

How can we make our bodies be  “well balanced” and able to use use energy like this ?

The first thing that is essential to do is to increase the amount of fat metabolism that is being regularly used for energy!

In the case that you only eat sugars, also the energy that you will be using is only sugars and no matter how much fat you take during exercise, it is very difficult to utilize these fats.

So, STRIDE LAB recommends taking fats from the morning(6g-20g) to make your body be able to metabolize fat on a regular basis.

At the beginning, first start out by taking about 6g of fat and continue gradually increasing that once you get used to it.

☆Depending on the people, taking too much fat too quickly can lead to digestive problems in some cases so start out by increasing the amount little by little.

Our STRIDE LAB staff had no problem taking 20g from the start.

Nisshin MCT Oil Supplement Jelly
Nisshin MCT Powder
(Try starting with Nisshin MCT Oil Supplement Jelly)

Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT)easy to eat, yogurt flavored jelly product
1 pack is only a mass of 15g but there is 6.2g of MCTs containing 60 Kcal.

Recommended points:
1. easy to eat yogurt flavored
2.  light weight and high calorie
3.  doesn’t become sticky and easy to carry

*What are MCTs?*
1 Carbon Chain and 8-12 fatty acids
After MCTs are absorbed by the gut, they are taken via the hepatic portal vein to the liver where they are converted into energy within the  bloodstream.

After long chain fatty acids are absorbed by the gut, they take time and pass through the veins and are stored as fat cells.

MCTs are fatty acids that reach the liver quickly and are easy to be utilized as energy.

Why you should take MCTs every morning:
-increases fat metabolism
*by increasing ketone bodies in the blood, the absorption of sugars is slowed down
-running out of glycogen is delayed
*With the continuous intake of MCTs, the usage of glycogen is decreased and endurance sports performance is increased.

The reason for recommending MCTs to customers at specialty sport shops:
1. with regular consumption of MCTs, you are are able to make your body highly energy efficient at using energy
-Within the ratio of nutrients consumed, by increasing the quantity of high quality fats, you are able to use body fat as energy at rest and during exercise as well as being able to maintain steady performance.
2. as a nutrition supplement during exercise
-Generally the supplements on the market are high in sugars (carbohydrates) which lead to high spikes in insulin levels and compared to fats, the the volume of intake for sugars (carbohydrates) is more than double that of fats (it is easier to consume calories of fats that it is sugars).
-1 gram of Carbohydrates = 4 Kcal whereas 1 gram of Fat=9Kcal so by lowering your consumed volume by more than half, you decrease the stress on internal organs (it’s easier to continue moving quickly with less digestive stress). Also, with fats being calorically higher density foods than carbohydrates, you don’t need to carry as much nutrition weight with you.

This time we will cover up until here.

Thanks for reading the long/dense sentences in this article.

The shop manager told me to write a short and easy to understand but this was all I was the best I could do! Next time it will be written a bit easier to understand!

Nisshin Oil
http://mfxtreme.shop-pro.jp/?pid=130869377

Nisshin Powder
http://mfxtreme.shop-pro.jp/?pid=130872660

ALTRA JAPAN LARGE SIZE SHOES

Here at STRIDE LAB we try our best to fit our friends/customers in shoes that fit their foot properly.

In Japan it can be difficult to find shoes over the size of US10/28cm at your normal shoe shop. Fortunately for you larger feet folks, we carry up to size US12/30cm in some models.

We also understand that many ALTRA users have large feet so we carry  relatively large size shoes.

Here is a breakdown of the ALTRA shoes and sizes we carry:

Up to Size US11/ 29cm

VANISH-R
VALI
KING-MT 1.5
Superior 3.5
Lone Peak 3.5
Instinct 4.5
Paradigm 3.0

Up to Size US11.5/29.5cm

ESCALANTE RACER
ESCALANTE
DUO
Superior 3.0

Up to Size US12/30cm

One V3
Timp Trail
HIIT XT

Here is a link to the shoes and give us a call to check in about sizes!
http://altrazerodrop.jp/
STRIDE LAB
050-1229-1339

ALTRA BOSTON ESCALANTE RACER

A new ALTRA shoe hits Japan!

ALTRA BOSTON ESCALANTE RACER

The Escalante received the EDITORS AWARD as the top shoe by RUNNERS WORLD in 2017 so ALTRA decided to make a BOSTON MARATHON MODEL.

Lighter, faster, and more responsive than the original Escalante, the Escalante Racer is supercharged for peak performance on race day.

In order to create an even springier ride, the shoe now features a firmer EGO midsole that is stripped down to offer a low to the ground design. Paired with an Inner Flex system and zero drop platform, the shoe delivers a natural running experience with enhanced flexibility. To further reduce weight, the shoe receives a thinner, race oriented upper. The snugger design helps create optimal midfoot lockdown at faster paces while a wider mesh improves overall breathability. Finished off with a stickier blown rubber outsole, the Escalante has all the essentials when you decide to go fast.

This shoe feels much more quick than the regular Escalante and can accommodate faster runners looking for more responsiveness in their shoe.

Words from users:

“Completely different than the regular Escalantes”
“Can really pick up the pace with these”
“My new marathon go-to shoe”

We have up to size US 11.5 here at Stride Lab!
Also check our online website!
http://mfxtreme.shop-pro.jp/?pid=129087891

STRIDE LAB ENGLISH BLOG IS HERE!!

Hello Everybody!

STRIDE LAB is starting an English Blog to update all of you English speakers about Stride Lab information.

Here is a link to our current blog updated daily by our shop manager in Japanese:

http://blog.stridelab.jp/

First of all, STRIDE LAB is a specialty running/outdoor shop located in Tama-City, Tokyo sitting right off of the Tama river about 30 minutes from central Tokyo near Seiseki Sakuragaoka station.

It is a cute little shop Japan’s largest selection ALTRA shoes/Luna Sandals, various running products and outdoor apparel brands such as ICEBREAKER, TETON BROS, and HOUDINI.

Our mission statement at STRIDE LAB is:

“Our purpose at STRIDE LAB is to increase the level of lifetime sports and health at the local/community level. Whether it’s walking, running, or hiking, we support the local community in the lifelong ability of being able to happily enjoy and continue these activities.”

We carry many recovery products and are always happy to offer/suggest advice for running ailments.

We have weekly group runs and have a nice community here in Tama-city.

All of the staff have a conversational level of English and enjoy chatting with foreigners!

We look forward to meeting and running together!

Stay tuned for future blog posts!

http://www.stridelab.jp/
MAIL:info@stridelab.jp
TEL:050-1229-1339

Hours:
Tues/Wed/Fri- 3PM-8PM
Saturday- 11AM-7PM
Closed- Sun/Mon/Thurs