Angela M: Grief Brought Her to Running

7 04 2015

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Angela has been a part of our Fleet Feet training programs, and we wanted to share her running journey with you.

When did you start running/walking? I began running/walking in January of 2014. I ran/walked my first 5k in March 2014.

What was your motivation? My motivation to make a lifestyle change came with the passing of my mother in 2013. Her last words to me was that she wanted me to take care of myself now that I had taken care of her for so many years. Grief consumed my life and I struggled to get moving. I decided in October of 2013 I needed to honor my mom’s last wishes, and I started this journey.

What’s your greatest running/walking accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment, has been completing my training for my first half marathon. When our group ran our longest distance of 11 miles, I felt I had conquered a huge fear of failure. I want to thank Marcia Scott for a fabulous training program and wonderful pacers. I will be completing my first half marathon on April 11, 2014.

What’s next with your training? I would like to work on improving my pace. I hope to continue running with the friends I have made through the Fleet Feet Program.

Do you have a bucket list of races? What’s on it? My bucket list of races would include running the U.S. Marines Corps Marathon in D.C., any race at Disney World, and a race in Hawaii.

Do you prefer running/walking in a group or by yourself? I definitely prefer to run/walk with a group.

What’s your favorite race you have completed and why? My favorite race thus far has been the St. Jude 5k because I knew that I was helping to make a difference in finding a cure for cancer.

What are some of your must-have running accessories/apparel? The only running accessory that I must have would be having the right shoes.

Know someone we should feature? E-mail us at lovetorun@fleetfeetmemphis.com.





Diva Night at Fleet Feet Sports

23 03 2015

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We’re hosting our 2nd annual Diva Night– a ladies-only shopping experience in the store– and we would love for you to attend! The event will be April 14 from 7-9pm. It’s {FREE} and open to everyone.  Grab a girlfriend and come on out!

Some of the highlights include Sports Bra Fittings with Moving Comfort, Chair Massages with Robert Kyle, Wine Tasting made possible by Wine Market/Star Distributors and cupcakes from Frost Bake Shop…plus Mona Day Spa, Results Physiotherapy and several other local businesses will be present with demos/information available.

And the best part? The more you spend, the more you can win! For every $10 you spend in the store that evening, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win one of our fabulous raffle prizes. You don’t want to miss it!

To RSVP, e-mail lovetorun@fleetfeetmemphis.com.





Rita J: Boston Bound!

5 03 2015
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Rita is a regular of our Monday Night Fun Runs and Thursday Night Workouts and recently qualified for the Boston Marathon for 2016! She also coaches the White Station Cross Country and Track team. Keep reading to learn more about this awesome runner and friend of the store!
– When did you start running?
  I started running competitively in sixth grade cross country.  My first meet was the last meet of the season.– What’s your motivation to keep running?

Overall health and camaraderie with running friends.  I feel better physically and mentally when I run.– What’s your favorite exercise besides running?

I love to do yoga.  It helps me with running.  One of my favorite classes is the free class at Fleet Feet on some Sunday nights.– Do you prefer running alone or in a group?

I prefer running in a group.  It makes running easier and more fun for me. I like to run at the Fleet Feet Monday and Thursday night group runs.– What are you training for now?

I’m planning to race 3-milers and 5k’s this spring and summer.  I will start with the Oak Hall 3-miler in May.– What’s one of your bucket list races?

I’ve always wanted to race the Boston Marathon.  I have my BQ for 2016.– What are your running gear must-haves?

 When it is very cold outside, I wear my Brooks glove/wind-proof mitten combo.  My favorite socks are SmartWool and Balega (the thick ones).
Know someone we should feature? Let us know at lovetorun@fleetfeetmemphis.com




Benefits of Strength Training

2 03 2015

For most runners, strength training or weight training is not the first thing that comes to mind in order to improve performance. However, picking up some weights and hitting the gym can greatly increase your speed, endurance and help to burn fat and increase energy. Even as little as 10-20 minutes of strength training per day can make a big impact in your training and help you overcome a plateau or reach a new level of fitness.

Reduce Injury

Stronger muscles and joints mean less risk of hurting yourself. By improving structural fitness, or the ability for your body to withstand the impact of running, you’ll position yourself to stay healthy and on the pavement. The stronger your body is, the stronger you’ll be as a runner.

Get faster

No matter if you’re a sprinter or a marathoner, strength training can help you gain speed by improving your body’s efficiency to use energy and oxygen. Using oxygen efficiently is a big component of endurance training. If you can decrease the amount of oxygen needed to run at a specific speed, your pace for a certain distances or even in your overall training will improve.

Decrease body fat

Each pound of additional weight that you carry with you on a run can affect your pace and performance. Strength training and building lean muscle helps the body burn more fat. Muscle and lean tissue improve your metabolism making you lighter and faster. You’ll also be burning more calories during activity and rest, making you leaner and more efficient on the road.

Strengthen your core

One of the most neglected areas of a runner’s body is their core. A stronger core can help prevent back pain and other issues with running. Certain exercises such as squats, deadlifts, lunges and chin-ups will improve core strength and ultimately make you a faster runner.

Avoid the Bulk

Worried about bulking up? Consider doing lighter weights but more reps in order to gain muscle tone but not bulk up.





Saucony Demo Run

2 03 2015

Want to test drive the ISO series from Saucony? Come to our Fun Run on Monday, March 9 at 6pm. Saucony will be at the shop with shoes to try, raffles and giveaways. Arrive a few minutes early to snag a pair of shoes to demo!

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Billy Moore Paint Party Spring 2015

23 02 2015

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You’ve seen his artwork around the shop and at local art festivals. And now we’re offering an opportunity to create your own Billy Moore running-inspired art! We’ll provide all the materials you need to create your masterpiece, and Billy will lead the class in creating a one-of-a-kind piece. Bring your own beverages and get ready for a fun night at Fleet Feet Sports!

March 24

7-9pm

Fleet Feet Sports

Cost: $40

Space is limited, so sign up early. To register, click here.





The Benefits of Weight Training for Runners

19 02 2015

For most runners, strength training or weight training is not the first thing that comes to mind in order to improve performance. However, picking up some weights and hitting the gym can greatly increase your speed, endurance and help to burn fat and increase energy. Even as little as 10-20 minutes of strength training per day can make a big impact in your training and help you overcome a plateau or reach a new level of fitness.

Reduce Injury

Stronger muscles and joints mean less risk of hurting yourself. By improving structural fitness, or the ability for your body to withstand the impact of running, you’ll position yourself to stay healthy and on the pavement. The stronger your body is, the stronger you’ll be as a runner.

Get faster

No matter if you’re a sprinter or a marathoner, strength training can help you gain speed by improving your body’s efficiency to use energy and oxygen. Using oxygen efficiently is a big component of endurance training. If you can decrease the amount of oxygen needed to run at a specific speed, your pace for a certain distances or even in your overall training will improve.

Decrease body fat

Each pound of additional weight that you carry with you on a run can affect your pace and performance. Strength training and building lean muscle helps the body burn more fat. Muscle and lean tissue improve your metabolism making you lighter and faster. You’ll also be burning more calories during activity and rest, making you leaner and more efficient on the road.

Strengthen your core

One of the most neglected areas of a runner’s body is their core. A stronger core can help prevent back pain and other issues with running. Certain exercises such as squats, deadlifts, lunges and chin-ups will improve core strength and ultimately make you a faster runner.

Avoid the Bulk

Worried about bulking up? Consider doing lighter weights but more reps in order to gain muscle tone but not bulk up.








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