Runner Spotlight: Christian Lemon

5 08 2015

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– When did you start running? I’ve always ran some, but never anything really focused until after college. My father was a runner, so he would drag me along when I was in junior high and high school to get in shape for soccer. I hated it.

 – What keeps you motivated? A lot of my motivations are somewhat fleeting depending on where I am at that moment in my life. However, one thing that constantly motivates me is my belief that a healthy body is a gift from God. I’ve been blessed with good health to this point in my life. I feel guilty wasting that gift. So, I like running, yoga, and generally being active. Plus, I’m kind of ADD, so after sitting at a desk most of the day, I’m usually ready to break a sweat.  

 – What’s your biggest running accomplishment? Running 36:30 for a 10k. The course was true (I checked it about 8 times!)

– Are you currently training for something? What’s your goal? Honestly, right now I am not training for anything specific. There are a few marathons in late fall that I’ve got my eye on. Also, I’m thinking about doing a trail ultra. I’ve never gone further than a marathon. However, nothing confirmed.

– What’s on your race bucket list? I would love to do a trail race in Colorado someday. The NYC Marathon is also up there.

– Do you listen to music when you run? If so, what kind of music? Yes, the mix is really anything and everything from Classic Rock, Hip Hop, alternative. However, my biggest guilty running pleasure is definitely Katy Perry.

– Do you prefer running in a group or solo? Both. Running is an individual sport, so I love running by myself, especially on the trails. It really gives me a chance to re-center, collect my thoughts, and just be free for a bit. However, the camaraderie of group running is like nothing else. Running with others keeps you honest. There have been many a Thursday Track workout or Saturday morning long run, that had I done by myself, would not have been completed. I’ve become such a better runner since I began consistently with a group. I love getting to share in other’s successes. 

– What does your current training plan look like? Right now, I’m just trying to get through the summer running around 40 miles a week. Should I target a race in late fall, I want to have at least a small base from which to begin training. I also like to keep at least a little running fitness; however, the Memphis humidity can wear on me, so I usually tailor down the training a bit in the summer and pick it back up after Labor Day.

– What’s your favorite post-race meal or treat? Beer if it is hot outside, Coffee if it is cold outside. On the very rare, occasion, a maple-bacon donut from Gibson’s.

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





RiverFIT Walk

4 08 2015

Come down to the river for a RiverFIT Walk August 16 from 8-9am!

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We’ll do an easy walk through Tom Lee Park and check out the new RiverFIT.

Visit the RiverFIT website for more information.

August 15

8am

Tom Lee Park





Kroger Fun Run

4 08 2015

Join us Sunday, August 16 for a 3-mile Fun Run from the revamped Kroger in Germantown! Kroger will have goodies to celebrate its grand opening, and we’ll go for an easy 3 through beautiful Germantown. Hope to see you there!

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August 16

7am

Kroger

7735 Farmington

Germantown, TN





Tax Free Weekend 2015

3 08 2015

It’s that time of year again…tax free weekend in Tennessee! Enjoy saving 9.25% on most items at Fleet Feet Sports from shoes to sports bras*! See you this weekend, August 7-9, 2014.

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*Fleet Feet will pay the sales tax for items that would qualify but are excluded because of price. There will be no combining of discounts (Memphis Runners Track Club/High school cross country and track) on items that would normally be exempt.





The Power of Running Supports the Church Health Center

31 07 2015

Correct_TPOR_FacebookCoverFleet Feet loves giving back to our local Memphis community through charity races and other initiatives. Beginning August 1, we have a new way to benefit our local community thanks to the support of some great running companies that we work with.

Gear That Does Good

Each weekend throughout August and September a portion of proceeds from select products will go to a local charity. Due to their commitment to health and wellness and the huge part they play in our city, we have chosen to partner with the Church Health Center. The Church Health Center seeks to reclaim the Church’s biblical commitment to care for our bodies and our spirits by providing care to low-income Shelby County residents in a midtown clinic, and offering employers an affordable health care facility option.

Below are the highlighted products that will be featured throughout August and September. Help us contribute to the mission of the Church Health Center through the purchase of these products, and thank you to our vendor sponsors for your dedication to our local community.

August 1-2: Nathan Hydration Products ($2 Donation Per Piece)

August 8-9: Superfeet Green Insoles ($2 Donation Per Paid)

August 15-16: Balega Hidden Comfort Socks ($1 Donation Per Pair)

August 22-23: Adidas Glide and Sequence ($2 Donation Per Pair)

August 29-30: New Balance Models 880 and 860 ($3 Donation Per Pair)

September 5-6: Asics Gel Kayano ($3 Donation Per Piece)

September 12-13: Addaday Rollers ($1 Donation Per Piece)

September 19-20: CEP, All Products ($1 Donation Per Piece)

September 26-27: Nathan Visibility Products ($1 Donation Per Piece)

Fleet Feet Sports is excited to be able to draw support from some of our national and global running brands and to include them in benefiting a local cause right here in our hometown of Memphis.





Support Your Girls: The Importance of Sports Bras

7 07 2015

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Ladies, listen up. Aside from your shoes, a sports bra is one of the most important pieces of gear to have for running and walking. You want to be comfortable and confident on your runs to make them more enjoyable and fun.

So, how do you pick the right sports bra? Here are a few things to consider:

COMFORT

A good sports bra should feel comfortable, stay in place, and not chafe. The straps should not dig into the shoulders, and the band should be comfortably snug to offer support but not feel restrictive. Do jumping jacks, run in place, or swing your arms side-to-side to make sure the sports bra is comfortable and supportive when you’re in motion.

SUPPORT

If you’re a small- or medium-breasted woman (A to C cup), a compression bra will offer support and comfort. Or, if you prefer, you can choose a bra that offers encapsulation for shaping as well as support. If you’re a larger-breasted woman (C to DD cup), encapsulating styles that separate and support your breasts are more comfortable and more supportive than compression bras. Choose a sports bra that does both for maximum support.

MOISTURE CONTROL AND BREATHABILITY

A good sports bra will wick sweat away from the skin, dry quickly, and be breathable, allowing perspiration and excess heat to pass through. A good sports bra will keep you cooler and drier when it’s hot, and drier and warmer when it’s cold.

So, when do you know it’s time to replace your bra? Here are the five reasons you should break up with your sports bra.

1) The bottom band starts chafing. Over time the elasticity will wear out, and the slack will create friction on your body.

2) You can’t read the tags anymore. If the tags are faded to where you can’t read the size anymore, it’s time to look for another sports bra.

3) It’s too big or too small. Your bra size is constantly changing, which is why 8 out of 10 women wear the wrong size bra. A supportive sports bra relies on a perfect fit.

4) You need more than one. If you need to wear more than one sports bra at a time, you’re not getting what you need. We can help you find a more supportive style or brand.

5) You need new shoes. Just like your shoes need to be replaced with wear, your sports bra should also be replaced every 6-12 months. Consider replacing them together.

FUN FACTS

• 80% of women wear the wrong bra size.

• Replace your sports bra when you replace your shoes.

• Women should be fit for a bra at least once a year.

• The average life span of a sports bra is 6-12 months.

• Not all bras are created equal.

Stop in and let any of the ladies on staff fit you for the perfect bra. Trust us, the girls will thank you.





Inspiring Story: Katie French

6 07 2015

This month’s runner feature is of Fleet Feet Supporter Katie French.photo

A lifelong athlete, Katie has always been a passionate runner. From her first impressive 5k in 18:36 to her first full marathon, she loved running and was an avid racer. However, health complications forced her to take a 6-year hiatus from the sport, and she is just now getting back into her number one hobby.

Katie was pregnant with her daughter in 2008 when they found a cyst on her brain and had to do a c-section right away. She started seeing a neurologist, and found out the cyst was benign. However, running was now out of the picture. The heat, the jarring motion– it all irritated the cyst. Katie soon discovered kettlebell workouts and found a love for them as well as enjoyed walking.

She later became pregnant in 2011 with a baby boy, but when she went in for a routine ultrasound at 19 weeks, she learned he had no heartbeat and was stillborn. In 2013 she became pregnant with another baby boy, who again was stillborn at 24 weeks.  In 2014, Katie had to have a hysterectomy, from which she had a lot of complications. However, by February of 2015, she was able to get off her cyst medications because her hormones had changed, and by March 2015, she was back to running.

Katie’s journey has been filled with heartbreak, devastation and pain, but she has been able to find light at the end of the tunnel. After 6 years of no running, she is happy to be back on the pavement and has realized how precious both life and the ability to run are. Katie and her husband are enjoying getting back to distance running, and she recently won 3rd place in her age group at the Civitan 5k. She also plans to run the Greenline Half Marathon in October, which will be her first half marathon.

If you see Katie during the race, she’ll have her sons names on the back of her shirt– Cooper and Eli– and her goal is to finish the race in 2:00:00. Never before has running meant so much to Katie, and she hopes her story can inspire others who are going through tough times.

Good luck, Katie, and may you run like the wind!








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