Just for ladies? Nope! Everyone Can Benefit From Yoga

13 05 2015

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Cross training is a great supplement to a running routine, and with small studios popping up, and with gyms and even churches adding classes to their schedule, yoga is quickly earning its place at the top of supplemental fitness options.

Yoga is not just a “stretching” class.  Its goal is to create an integrated, balanced body.  Running is a repetitive motion sport of forward movement that uses the same sets of muscles over and over.  Over time, this repetition creates crowding at joint sites, overuse injuries, and nagging “conversations” in the runner’s legs that just don’t go away.  The concepts of strength and stretch help the runner overcome these issues, and a regular yoga practice accomplishes this brilliantly.

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Yoga is no trend.  It’s been around for a few thousand years.  But the approach to its teaching has modernized and evolved into something that runners can relate to.  The strength and flexibility gained from several yoga poses help the runner find space around those beautiful quad muscles and allow them to use their full potential.  Range of motion is increased.  Hamstrings become flexible. Lateral hips gain strength.  Posture is improved.  When these things happen, the runner may find balance and speed.

Much of the practice of yoga is in breathing.  Deeply breathing.  Breath is energy, and learning to access a deeper breath increases capillary exchange which is a major benefit for any runner.

As runners, though, we have goal-driven and competitive minds.  We have busy lifestyles that always say “go.”  Yoga trains the brain to stay mindful and present.  This wherewithal can be the runner’s secret weapon of focus in any event – one more mile, one more hill, one more breath.

Just for the ladies?  Oh no!  Many pro sport teams travel with yoga instructors and talk about it being part of their training.  Watch the guys warm up before many games – those are yoga poses!

So, runners, race to your nearest class and make yoga part of your well-rounded – and balanced – training.

Happy yogi?  Happy runner!

 Lisa Warmuth

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Lisa grew up doing ballet and soccer and is a runner of distances from 5k to ultramarathons.  Her yoga practice is born out of her own discovery of the benefits that yoga brought to her running.  She can be found teaching classes at Pike Yoga and Hot Yoga Plus in Germantown, and she teaches two, free runner-centric classes each month at Fleet Feet Sports here in Sunny Memphis.





Running Through Life: Jill Amos

12 05 2015

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Jill Amos is a great help to our Fleet Feet Training Programs! Running since the age of 9, she has some great running goals ahead and has been a tremendous help to our training program participants.

– When and why did you start running/walking?

I started running at the age of 9 for an AAU team in Albuquerque and essentially ran competitively throughout my childhood and teenage years.  I discontinued running consistently for several years, but picked it back up about 6 years ago in order to get in shape and recapture that important aspect of my life.

– How did you feel after your first race?

I remember when I ran my first mile without stopping.  I was in 4th grade and really proud of myself.  Can’t recall my first race, but can say that I was mighty relieved when I finished the last race in the 2014 Winter Off Road Series!

– What keeps you motivated?

Seeing the health and weight management benefits is motivating, but developing running-buddy friendships through Fleet Feet’s training groups, led by Marcia Scott, has allowed me to recapture some of that “team” feeling that I love and have missed.

– What’s on your bucket list as far as races?

Would like to run a half marathon out of state at some point.  Just not sure which to pick since there are so many good ones out there.

– Are you training for anything?

I am currently training for the M-town series and the NM10.

– Do you prefer running alone or with a group?

A mix of running alone and with others is best for me –  keeps running from getting routine.

– What are some of your must-have running items?

I have to have a good hat and sun glasses on.

– What’s your next running/walking goal?

My next goal is to complete the MRTC Road Race Series, and I’m debating going for the Road Warrior.  Hard to say “no” to a challenge!

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





Summer 2015 5K Program

11 05 2015

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Is it time to get off the sidelines as a spectator and complete your first 5K? Or are you looking to improve your 5K time? Train with us for the Forrest Spence 5K of the Chick fil A 5K!

 Training program includes:

– Two group runs per week

– Pacers/mentors on every group run

– Customized training plan

– Online, interactive workout log

– Clinics on various running topics

– Traning tech shirt

– Experienced coaching

– Much more!

The group will meet Mondays and Thursdays at 6pm for the group run beginning June 22. We will usually meet at Fleet Feet, but we may venture to other places around town.

Interested in joining our training program? Click here to register or e-mail lovetorun@fleetfeetmemphis.com for more information!





St. Jude Half Marathon Training Program

11 05 2015

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It’s that time of year for St. Jude Marathon Weekend registration to begin! If you want to run your first half marathon or maybe get a PR this December, train with Fleet Feet Sports, and we’ll help you cross the finish line healthy and strong.

Training program includes:

– Two group runs per week

– Mentors/pacers on every group run

– Customized training plan

– Online, interactive workout log

– Clinics on various running topics

– Training tech shirt

– Experienced coaching

– Much more!

We will meet Tuesdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 7am for our group runs. Most of our runs will be from Fleet Feet, but we may venture to other places around town. Interested in joining our training program? Click here to register or e-mail lovetorun@fleetfeetmemphis.com for more information!

* Registration in the program does not include race entry fee.





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







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