Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fun on the Pub Run.

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for our Pub Run despite the scorching heat and the ash falling from the sky! Together we raised over $200.00 for two great causes. The Lesedi Project and Girls on the Run of Deschutes County! I hope everyone that joined us at Brother Jon's Public House enjoyed the run and refreshing brew after. Also sending a hearty thank you to the folks at Brother Jon's for hosting this group of sweating and sipping runners. Your hospitality, venue, brews and, that tasty french dip I scored, were all greatly appreciated.

Stay posted for more details about Pub Run #2: Tentitively planned for Thursday September 16th.

- Marci K.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Why a running store is a nice resource of bikers, triathletes and all active types.

Although Fleet Feet is a store designed for runners, there is also good reason for endurance athletes of all types to make a trip into the store and enjoy the Gu's, glides and gear that will please every athletes palate.

Bikers, hikers, skiers and all other types of lovers of long distance can find something to help them with their adventure of choice. Let me provide some of you who need a reason other than "Will Run for Beer" t's and shiny Garmin watches to drop by the store.

Hikers: Hikers and runners both depend on good socks to keep us moving. Friction from cotton socks can go beyond irritation to blisters comparable to Keiger Gorge (If you haven't been to Keiger, you need to make a trip to the Steens Mountains before it starts snowing so you can relate the magnitude of such an abrasion.) We have a solution: Drymax Socks. Featuring flat seams among moisture wicking fabric with venting and breathable mesh for padded protection and comfort. These socks let you enjoy the view from the summit instead of feeling the pain of the summit.

Triathletes: Body Glide is great for preventing self induced strawberries for runners but TriSlide is a great aid for triathletes trying to fly through transitions and minimizing the potential risk of straining a muscle while your yanking and stretching your suit over extremities. Slicker up with Body Glide and TriSlide products for personal records and personal safety.

Bikers: Whether you are covering the trails on two feet or on two wheels it's always essential to carry some quick energy for those long rides. Endurance athletes often react to our wall of performance nutrition products with the bright eyes of a kid in a candy shop. If you prefer Margarita Shot Bloks or Blueberry Pomegranate Chomps, or any other combination of chewy or guey energy, we have what you need.

Whatever your style is and no matter what blows your hair back we have products for every type of endurance athlete. So please come by the shop and find you next best purchase.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bend: In the eyes of a newbie.

As a very fresh new comer to the Bend area I have been on the accelerated learning curve as to what is "Bend, Oregon." I am from a town in another part of Oregon that I now recognized as both significantly smaller and significantly less active than Bend. Although my home town is also surrounded by trees, mountains and rivers just like Bend I could go on a run any time, any day and bump into fewer cars in an hour at home than the number of i-pod packing runners, baby-stroller joggers, trail-worthy bikers and doggy tag-a-longs during 10 minutes in Bend. Everyone is active and everyone is an athlete!

Also, note worthy: Bend is infested with trails! Not just deer trails and irrigation ditches, but real trails designed and constructed for bikes and runners. There are the urban trails like the Deschutes River Trail and Larkspur Trail, and the mainstays like Phil's trail and Shevlin, but also countless unnamed or unmarked treasures weaving and linking and tying Bend together. I am always glad to find new trails when I run with those locals who are more accurate in their use of round-about art for navigation. If you have a secret trail to share please post it!

Last but certainly not least, Bend has replaced the countless wineries of my home town with an extremely exciting number of breweries and businesses that provide beautiful selection of brews! I have not been able to visit many of them but have been using my resources (co-workers, acquaintances and The Source Weekly) in combination with a quick peak in the window as I run through town to develop "to do" list of venues. So far I have 10 barrel, McMenamin's and Cascade Lakes... again suggestions are appreciated.

In return for any advice and insight, I will provide you with a tip to meet some new faces and potentially an undiscovered brew while supporting a good cause. Join us Wednesday August 25th at 6:00 for a Pub Rub to benefit two great causes the Lesedi Project and The Girls on the Run Deschutes County. We have partnered with Brother Jon's Public House & Balega Socks to sponsor a 3 or 5 mile run. We will meet at the Fleet Feet store and finish at Brother Jon's where you can fill your free pint glass with any beer for $2.00.

Sign up by sending me an email ( or giving us a call at 541-389-1601. We are accepting a $10.00 donation to support our causes and the first 50 to register will receive a free logo pint glass. Hope to see you there and hope to get plenty of good tips.

- Marci K.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Xterra National Championships Highlights 2009.

We’re your Xterra Cxn!

Bend has been labeled “America’s Best Trail Running Town” by the editors of Outside Magazine and fondly referred to as home by defending Xterra Champion Max King, with only a month remaining until the September 18th race day it’s not too late to represent the home-grown talent and provide yet another reason why the Xterra National Trail Running Championships belong in Bend.

For as little as $35.00 you can toe the line with the elites in the national championship race. Cover the 21km course and climb a 1,000 feet against the best for your shot at a nice prize purse for the top 5 male and top 5 female finishers.

If you are not tempted to challenge the elites, bring your friends, co-workers, siblings and neighbors and battle for one of 15 age group Xterra national crowns. Titles are awarded to each 5 year age division from 9 and under to 80+. If a half marathon is not in your range of interest there is also 10k, 5k and kids sprint races offered. (All at discounted prices on the August 27th special sign-up day.)

If you are not familiar with the course drop in at 12:30 on September 17th and learn a few tricks at Xterra University. Get to know the course, aid station locations and learn about race day nutrition and hydration when you drop in to pick up your race packet.

If the scenic course and rock-bottom registration fee doesn't get you going maybe the 9:00 start time will do the trick. You don't even have to be up before sun-rise to compete.

- Marci K.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Look to your Insole for happy feet.

Runners know how important it is to keep your feet happy. There is nothing worse than a big, bad blister or an achy arch to slow your roll. As you run an 8 minute mile 350 strides a minute will assuredly remind you that those cotton socks are still bunched under your toes. Repeated foot fall after foot fall may cause you to seriously weigh the pros and cons of stopping mid-race to re-tie that lace that is lashing out. Minor mishaps are repeated 6,000 times during your average 5k fun run and to 90,000 times during a grueling 5 hour marathon.

The key to the happiness of your feet is a good relationship with their dear, close-friend; the shoe. Just like any good relationship your shoe should complement the natural strengths of your feet and compensate for their weaknesses. Now reach deep down into the heart of your shoes and you will find the insoles. Go ahead pull out the manufacturer’s flimsy plastic or rubber insole; find how highly pliable and foldable it is. Not too much in the way of shock absorption or stabilization… there is the potential for Nike, Brooks or Mizuno origami-swans under your feet.

Although some feet and shoes are happy and healthy in this minimalistic relationship, some relationships require a little additional guidance and this is where premium insoles come in. Specialists in biomechanics have created premium insoles to improve shock absorption fit, comfort and performance of existing shoes. They improve posture and balance which makes for a more efficient stride and reduces runner’s pains such as plantar fasciitis, bunions and heel spurs.

For as little as $40.00 and a few ounces you can enjoy all the added benefits of a substantial insert, and your feet can live happily ever with your existing shoes… but if you aren’t ready to commit to a more rigid and controlled fit just yet then join us September 2nd at 6:00 to take a pair of Superfeet insoles for a test run and see if their the right match for you… plus free snacks and a group run will keep your legs and belly happy too.

Check out these links for more information:
Superfeet Insoles Walking & Running Website
Montrail Insoles
Sole Custom Footbeds
Spenco PolySorb Insoles

- Marci K.