As if the wrath of Mother Nature hasn’t been enough, the massacre in Las Vegas is horrifying. So much pain. So much evil.
As I heard about the shooting, I flashed back to October of 2002. I was living in Washington, DC and training for my first marathon. For 21 scary days, two snipers drove around the DC area, randomly targeting innocent people going about their daily lives – pumping gas, waiting for the bus, coming out of Home Depot and getting dropped off at middle school. They shot 13 people – killing 10 and terrorizing millions.
Public events were canceled. Gas stations hung big blue tarps so no one could pin-point your location while you filled-up your gas tank. Pedestrians were instructed to zig-zag erratically while they walked or ran. The Marine Corps Marathon officials were considering canceling the race. I was scared, but even more so, I was angry. How could these people steal our freedom and kill innocent people point-blank? Why?!!
Even though the snipers were captured and the Las Vegas shooter turned his gun on himself, we are still left asking “why?”. Why do people feel the need to terrorize, bully or just plain be rude or mean?
Like you, I feel helpless and sad, but I am not hopeless. I believe that Ana Grace Marquez-Greene was right when she told her mom “Love Wins”. I believe that kindness and compassion have the power to spread like wildfire and can soften pain and overcome evil and devastation. But like all fires, it needs a spark. That spark needs to come from you and I.
As my friend Schuyler Schuster so wisely said when our running community came together after the Boston Marathon bombings, “One act of violence was met with a thousands acts of compassion. And that makes all the difference.”
Now more than ever it is important for our community to come together. Come together to help others, but also to celebrate life, goodness and the power of perseverance in the face of ugliness. Together we can bring a little joy and laughter back to the world.
I encourage you to lace up your sneakers and join us for some fun on the run this month beginning with our Run Happy Scavenger Hunt & Marathon Send-Off Celebration this Sunday (October 8) at 10am. You don’t need to be fast, just observant, to win (you will definitely want to win because the prizes include a tandem skydive(!!), Timbuktu backpacks and a special coffee blend designed to give you infinite energy).
Later in the month, we’re hosting a Run Your World event with Saucony to raise money for the American Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts and a cool runner-friendly event called “The Storm & The Fury” with our friends at CrossFit Hartford to raise money for families in Puerto Rico who have ties to our community. Scroll to the Events section of the newsletter for details.
Remember that our human spirit cannot be squelched so easily. I find great comfort and pride that in humanity's darkest moments we put our differences, be it race, creed, political persuasion, nationality, social status or pride, aside and unite to support each other. Only together can we conquer adversity and accomplish great things. Together, our spirit can never be defeated.
TIME FOR NEW SHOES!
Fall is a popular time for shoe releases including the brand new (and fabulous-feeling) Brooks Levitate, Mizuno's new Wave Rider 21, Saucony's Ride Reflex (lights up when car lights hit it) & winterized/Gore-tex versions of the New Balance 880, Brooks Ghost and Nike Pegasus. All available in store now.
Later this month, favorite shoes like the Brooks Adrenaline and Asics Nimbus & 2000 will get updated which means we've put the current versions on sale right now (Adrenaline & 2000 are $90 and the Nimbus is $120). Stock-up before they sell out!
NANCY'S PICKS FOR FALL
Time to clean out your closets and get ready for new fall gear – especially if you run outside in the dark! Cool-weather apparel is arriving daily from favorite brands like Nike, Mizuno, New Balance, Brooks, Saucony…and soon, Kari Traa! Colors range from bright neon (great contrast in low-light conditions) to a super-rich cranberry that is stunning.
I’m especially loving all the pieces with covert reflectivity (you can only see the reflective design when car lights or a flash hit it), crop-length tights, joggers & cozy tops with oversized hoods that look great with denim.
FALL TRAINING PROGRAMS:
Get up and go this fall! Grab a friend or make new ones. We take pride in being with you every step of the way whether it's offering encouragement, high-fives and camaraderie, proven training plans, expert coaching, cool shirts, race discounts or those tips and tricks that make running just a bit easier.
NO BOUNDARIES 5k
Our nationally recognized training program for beginners will help you conquer the Blue Back Square Mitten Run in December. Make new friends and become the runner you've wanted to be! Choose from three options: Walk-Only, Run/Walk & Run-Only.
THE NEXT STEP 10k
More miles = more smiles! If you have successfully run a 5k in the last 6 months and are ready for your next challenge, this program is for you. Over 10-weeks we will steadily increase your mileage so can conquer our homemade graduation 10k race on Dec 9.
WATCH EPISODE 3
Join us as we explore the heart of Ohio in the latest episode of Run This Town. Columbus is home to a burgeoning fitness scene, thanks to over 150 miles of connected multi-use trails in and around the city and numerous training programs. Often described as the biggest small town in America, Columbus offers up a cocktail of homegrown creativity with a twist of forward-thinking entrepreneurialism.
Join a great group of FF Peeps for a 3-5 mile jaunt through the neighborhoods of West Hartford. All abilities - including walkers - are welcome. Please wear a reflective vest and bring a light so you can see and be seen. FREE!
Thursday's at 6:30pm
Join Coach Amanda at the Hall High School track for a great workout focusing on improving your speed and form. All ages and abilities welcome - workouts are scaled so everyone can do them. FREE!
TRACK WORKOUTS at ECSU: Monday's @ 6pm (Mansfield)
Join Coach Manizza, coach of the Eastern CT State University track and cross country teams for track workout. All ages and abilities invited. FREE
You've trained hard all summer, now it's time for fun (& a toast to those running Hartford) with a unique scavenger hunt around town. First place wins a tandem sky dive(!), 2nd-5th a Timbuktu backpack and 5-15th a custom coffee blend + duffle bag.FREE!
THE STORM & THE FURY
Saturday, Oct 21 @ 10am:
CrossFitters & runners unite to raise money for families in Puerto Rico. Choose from two WOD's (including a runner-friendly workout), a kids-only mini-WOD and an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast (with beer) to wash it all down all for a $25 donation. Details coming soon
RUN YOUR WORLD
Oct 26 @ 6pm
We're partnering with Saucony to deliver a metaphorical marathon of sweat-infused fun featuring a run-workout and a no-shower happy hour with a paintbar, refreshments & giveaways. Just $10 - with all proceeds being donated to the American Red Cross in support of hurricane relief. Register Here
KT LADIES LOPE
Oct 28 @ 9am
Kari Traa, one of the hottest brands in Europe will soon be at Fleet Feet! To celebrate, we're hosting a Norwegian fun run ("lope") for ladies. The first 50 ladies to RSVP for this FREE event get a cozy gift from KT. RSVP here.
COOKING WITH AUBREY:
Garlicky Kale w/Raisins Nourishing your body with healthy foods helps your immune system. A good place to start is with the nutritional powerhouse, kale, which, when cooked right, is tender and slightly sweet tasting.