And just like that, summer is over. It’s getting progressively harder to get out of bed in the morning as the later sunrise and crisp temperatures have me wanting to hit the snooze button. But there is something special about starting a run in darkness and being part of the sunrise.
I love the hushed tones of the world waking up and watching homes come alive as I run by. Even on the most routine of mornings, the sun rise is spectacular. Plan your route to have an unobstructed view of the horizon and experience one of my favorite "meteorological moments": the green flash in the sky the moments before the sun crests. In an instant, the sun's rays start speeding westward, lighting everything in its path. Day has begun.
Just be sure you dress more like a firework display on the 4th of July than Johnny Cash. That means making sure you can see AND be seen. Carry a light source like a flashlight or headlamp so you can see those bumps in the road/sidewalk and wear reflective gear to enhance a driver’s ability to see you. Add blinking lights in front and back as well as high and low on your body to boost your ability to be seen.
If you run in low light conditions (dawn, dusk and cloudy days), you aren’t off the hook. Dress like a human highlighter by wearing bright colors. The key is to stand out from your surroundings.
Remember too to always be on the offensive when you run. Don’t zone out and let your mind wander. Run facing traffic and keep your head up. If you must listen to music, consider wearing just one earbud or use Aftershokz wireless bone-conduction headphones so you can still hear the ambient noise around you.
The same rules apply when you take your dog out for a walk.
Need to update your gear? Check out our “brilliant” safety and high visibility products. We’ve got everything from the basics to super fancy rechargeable optic vests that weigh less than 3oz.
Light it up this fall!
SPORTS BRA & SHOE FIT SPECIALIST
Looking for a new career - or a part-time job? Have a high school dipolma, as well as evening and weekend availability?
We have openings for two Sports Bra & Shoe Fit Specialists. No experience necessary - we have a great training program that will teach you everything you need (and want!) to know.
We offer a competitive retail wage, great perks and discounts, opportunities for growth, 401k and health insurance (full-time staff), monthly schedules and a fast-paced work environment with fun colleagues.
End the year on an empowered note by joining one of our training programs. 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 and fitness just a bit easier.
NO BOUNDARIES 5k
Our nationally recognized training program for beginners will help you conquer the Blue Back Square Mitten Run. Make new friends and become the runner you've always wanted to become!
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 "Wandering Woodpond" homemade 10k on Dec 14
This non-competitive program is designed to instill a love of running in kids - and their parents! Sunday afternoons from 3-4pm at the Conard High School track.
Register for the Standard Program HERE-- and the Zoomerangs on the Spectrum for kids with Autism program HERE.
FUNdamentals Of Fitness
Cross-training makes you stronger, faster and less susceptible to injury. It can also be a lot of fun and less intimidating in a group.
Purchsae 4, 8 or 12-class packs. Classes offed Sunday's at 9:30am & Tues/Thurs @ 6:30pm. Learn More
NORMATEC RECOVERY SESSIONS
Take your recovery to the next level with a NormaTec recovery session.
The patented and proven NormaTec Recovery system uses compressed air to massage your legs, mobilize fluid and speed recovery - helping you recover faster between training runs, workouts and after race day.
Sessions are available in-store for $1/minute – call to make your appointment (860-233-8077).
Want your own NormaTec system? Use promo code FFHRT19 to receive free shipping + $50 off when you purchase from the NormaTec store.
As new running shoes promise improved efficiency through technology, ASICS is doing it through shape.
The brand-new GlideRide from ASICS uses their proprietary “Glidesole” technology that features two layers of foam that curve sharply upward at the toe. This rocker shape helps propel you forward and allows you to move smoothly and efficiently through your stride. It also reduces ankle flexion which decreases the amount of work your other leg muscles have to do to keep you moving.
Officially the GlideRIde is a neutral running shoe with a 5mm heel-to-toe drop, but the mechanics of the shoe helps create a stable platform so those who wear stability shoes may find this shoe to work for them as well.
This shoe is expected to arrive in-store on Thursday, but you can call to reserve your pair now (860-233-8077). $150
Balega's special edition Words of Grit & Grace socks have arrived!
Every sock is embroidered with an inspirational message—each a positive reminder of inner strength and enduring support from the running community. This year’s socks include You are Enough, Graceful Warrior and Kindness Wins.
One dollar from the sale of each sock is donated to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, who works to eliminate environmental causes of breast cancer.
FLEET FEET RUN CLUB:
Join us every Wednesday evening (6:30pm) and Saturday morning (8:30am) for free group runs from the store.
Wed runs are 3-5 miles; Sat runs feature two routes (4-6 miles & 7-10 miles).