My favorite place to be on Saturday mornings is Fleet Feet. Some people might call it chaotic or loud, but I love it. The atmosphere is electric as runners come and go – smiling, laughing, high-fiving, hugging. It’s like a family reunion – only everyone gets along!
While there is something special about a solitary run, the power of the run lies in the community it builds. Running connects people. It fosters friendships, allowing people to connect in real life and live richer lives. By our very nature, it’s instinctual to want to belong to a small group of people – a tribe - who understands you.
Kevin, who leads our Run Club, found an old saying that states you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. It continues that motivation, or lack thereof, is contagious. One study titled “Is Poor Fitness Contagious? Evidence from Randomly Assigned Friends” found that up to 70% of your fitness level may be explained by the people you train with. Surround yourself with people who embrace fitness and a healthy lifestyle, and it will likely rub off on you.
Whenever someone asks what Fleet Feet is, I answer that we are a starting line. A place for people to not just get the right shoes, but also education, coaching, motivation, inspiration and, most importantly, become part of a tribe of amazing people who become like family. People who make your life better physically and mentally.
It reminds me of one of the closing scenes in the movie Finding Forrester when a cranky old Pulitzer-Prize winning author tells the young man who befriended him: "Family isn't always what you're born with -- sometimes it's the people you find, sometimes it's the people who find you."
Come be a part of our tribe. Come run with us!
REEBOK SPEED TR
Don’t let its sleek lines and good looks fool you. Reebok’s next-generation Speed TR is a super versatile cross-trainer designed for high intensity interval workouts, agility drills, weightlifting and more.
Cordura upper provides durability & support
Low-cut design for freedom of motion & quicker transitions
Neoprene collar for superior comfort
High-performance rubber outsole for sticky traction
Flex grooves for weightlifting stability
RopePro technology for maximized grip
Whether you are competing in The Open, crushing it at Boot Camp or just looking for a super comfortable shoe to wear to the gym, this cross-trainer will make your feet happy (at $100, your wallet will be happy too)!
BROOKS x FLEET FEET
With colors and energy inspired by The Big Run, the Brooks x Fleet Feet collection includes our favorite pieces that will take you from training to race day!
Make every run a performance with the all-new Forerunner 645 from Garmin. With everything from advanced running dynamics reporting to a contactless paying solution (leave the wallet at home)—not to mention the 645 Music, which allows for offline music streaming and downloading up to 500 songs. This sleek new smartwatch is ready for anything. Are you?
Join Kevin & the FFRC pacers for a run from the store. Wed runs are 3-5 miles; Sat runs feature two routes of 4-6 miles & 7-10 miles. Join the e-mail list here.
FREE INJURY ASSESSMENT: Saturday's @ 9:30-11am
Injured? Don't know whether you can run/play sports or if you should really see a doctor? Select PT hosts a FREE Injury Assessment Clinic every Saturday. No RSVP necessary.
ENCHANTED FOREST ULTRA
April 21 @ 8:30am
Runners, joggers, hikers and walkers are invited to participate in this friendly event. You have 6 hours to do as many miles as you wish on a 3.5 mile circuit consistenting of single and double track trail. Register Here.
JOIN US FOR THE BIG RUN
Once again we'll be celebrating Global Running Day with a fun 5k. After "a bit" of flooding on the course last year, we're moving to higher ground: beautiful Auer Farm in Bloomfield, CT!
In addition to the 5k run/walk through some of the farm's 120 gorgeous acres, there will be music, food, medals, shirts and awesome prizes like Brooks shoes and treats from the farm.
ALL proceeds from the race will be donated to Auer Farm to help keep this working farm a wonderful community resource open to all!
Like numbers? Amby Burfoot & Ray Charbonneau have created a cool web site devoted to the mathematics of running (like which age group has the "easiest" Boston Marathon qualifying time). Check it out here.