Mentor Profile: Maddie

Madeline, a.k.a. Maddie, is a first time mentor with Fleet Feet this season, and we are extremely lucky to have her!  (Maddie, we are glad that you haven’t been able to shake your love of running.)  Maddie trains at the Wade Avenue store.

Note: As this season winds down, there will be a break in the Mentor Profile series. However, it will be back in full force again soon, so stay tuned!

To learn more about Maddie, read on . . .

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The Closer Bra . . . by Handful

Disclaimer:  I received “The Closer Bra” by Handful to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!”

I was very interested in trying out a sports bra made by the company Handful after hearing many of my BibRave Pro friends raving about this brand. Many of them had the opportunity to test a Handful bra at the the end of last year, and they had a ton of good things to say. 

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Mentor Profile: Lauren

Mentoring half marathon training!

I learned A LOT about Lauren through these interview questions! She’s well versed in fitness and personal training, a mom to four children whom she raised to be runners, and she started running in one of my favorite places on Earth, New York City.  She always has a smile on her face and a crowd of participants around her. Lauren mentors at the North Raleigh store.  Read on to find out more about Lauren.

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Mentor Profile: Tedrick a. k. a. TK

TK is a runner for whom I have a lot of admiration. He posts recaps of his race experiences and his personal running ups and downs on social media, and I love that he provides us with that window. He is insightful and intuitive about many a running thing, both the physical and mental aspects. Anyone who trains in the pace group that he mentors should consider themselves to be lucky and should soak up as much knowledge from him as possible! This season, TK is a mentor for the Fleet Feet PR Squad program.

I’m really excited to pass on to you this week’s mentor profile, TK. Click below to keep reading.

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Mentor Profile: Lisa

Lisa mentors at the Wade Avenue store, and she also mentors for the Trail Running program.  For Lisa, it’s a family affair! Her husband Scott, daughter Victoria, and even the family pup takes part in Fleet Feet runs. It’s fitting that the family who runs together runs with the Fleet Feet Family!

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Mentor Profile: Renee

Renee has been a mentor with Fleet Feet for as long as I can remember. She’s taken a season or two off here and there to train in a different way, but I’m so happy she returns to us. She’s a valuable mentor and role model for our participants, has a good head on her shoulders, and has a lot of heart for running, the program, and helping others to be successful. (It’s also super satisfying to know we have a knowledgeable nurse in our midst during training runs!)

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Mentor Profile: Jen

This week another Jen is featured in the blog, and she’s another of my favorites. Jen Edwards was one of the mentors of my pace group during my first Fleet Feet training program when I was training for the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Half Marathon. This gives me firsthand knowledge of how much she cares about her program participants. I learned a lot from her that season, including how to fuel with Gu and what #BAMR means. I’ve benefited from her concern at the end of one the hottest half marathons in Raleigh, Race 13.1, where she showed up with a bucket of icy towels at the finish line. I have laughed over hundreds of her Facebook posts over the years and relish her sense of humor. I aspire to visit a brewery with her after a long run one of these days! Read on to find out more Jen, one of our mentors with the longest running tenure at Fleet Feet.  Her answers in this interview remind me that we truly have the best, most caring mentors in our programs.

Jen trains out of the Ridgewood store on Wade Avenue.

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Mentor Profile: Jen

I know I’m not supposed to say I have favorites, but I’m going to do it anyway. Jen Blum is one of my favorite mentors. She and I, along with Gina, are the only ones who’ve been involved in the Half Marathon Training Programs at Fleet Feet Morrisville since the first one in the Spring of 2016. Jen is truly one of our most dedicated runners, concerned about all participants, wants the best for everyone, and is a leader amongst our mentors.   Continue reading