Inspired by Frank Shorter’s Olympic Marathon victory in 1972, my dad switched from playing chess during his lunchbreak at work to running. Forty-six years and over 50,000 miles later, my dad still enjoys his lunchtime runs. Along the way he inspired me, his grandkids and hundreds of others (especially our Zoomerangs!) to join in the fun!
Like my dad, running became about more than just winning to me, it became a guide to living life to its fullest. And while our running gear has been significantly upgraded since he rocked cut-off jean shorts and Converse shoes back in the 70’s, those life lessons that running taught us have remained just as true today:
The most-rewarding things in life require effort. Don't be afraid of a little sweat.
A (training) plan and the right tools always increase your chance for success - and enjoyment.
There are hills in life. You can get over them. You will get over them. Just take it one step at a time and focus your eyes in front of you.
Enjoy the company on your run. Even if you run alone.
Life is not a sprint. Go too fast and you risk burning out. Not to mention, you might miss out on many of the little things that make life meaningful and fun.
Life isn't a race. Slow and steady still earns you the same medal the first-place finishers received.
Life is more like an endurance event in the Alps. There are many miles to travel with multiple peaks and valleys. Some roads are smooth and fast, other twisty and exhilarating, and still others incessantly uphill. Embrace the terrain and enjoy the journey.
Sometimes the side roads and detours lead to awesome adventures that enrich your life.
Don't exhaust your body so much that you can't enjoy the celebration at the finish line.
You are never too old for new challenges. In fact, the later you take up running in life, the fresher your knees will be!
Just go. Standing still won't get you where you want to go.
Thanks for sharing your love of the run with me and so many others, Dad – and here’s to enjoying many more miles. Happy Father's Day!!
Have you ever dreamed of running a 5k, 10k or even a half or full marathon? Stop dreaming, this is your year to actually DO IT! Grab a friend or make new ones when you join in one of our summer training programs. We have options for the true beginner through experienced runner and take pride in being with you every step of the way whether it's offering encouragement, high-fives and camaraderie during your long runs, proven training plans, expert coaching, cool shirts, race discounts or those tips and tricks that make running just a bit easier.
SOFTER THAN EVER
Brooks Glycerin 16
Super-soft cushioning and mile-after-mile plushness—the new Glycerin 16 was designed with breathability, flexibility, and structure in mind. From short to long runs, experience real luxury to each step.
All-new, sponge-like DNA Loft foam beneath your feet for ultimate cushion.
We’re excited to host representatives of 10 of our favorite brands for an evening of learning, socializing…and great raffle prizes!
ASICS, BALEGA, BROOKS, HOKA ONE ONE, MIZUNO, NEW BALANCE, ON RUNNING, SAUCONY, SUPERFEET & TRIGGER POINT
FFRC MEET-UPS (FREE):
Wed evenings (6:30pm) &
Sat morning (8:30am)
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: In-store assessments begin again on Saturday, June 23. In the meantime, to schedule a free assessment at a Select clinic closest to you, call 1-877-MOBL-MED.
POWDER HOLLOW BREWERY MILE - Friday, June 29 @ 7pm
Test your mile speed at this USATF-sanctioned race followed by a fun evening at the brewery. Registrants get a pint glass, beer and a hot dog. Register Here
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