Why go trail running?

Everyone has different reasons, but yours may include some of the following:

  • Cross training: Running on variable surfaces and hilly terrain forces you to use stabilizing muscles and strengthen connective tissues (ligaments and tendons) that aren’t normally recruited when running on roads, sidewalks, and greenways.
  • Increase fitness: Trail running can burn up to 10% more calories than running on a road or track for the same time or distance (Jhung, 10).
  • Trail surfaces are softer than road surfaces and thus create lower overall impact and reduced aches and pains while running.
  • Trail running promotes a better sense of balance and coordination.
  • An escape from the hot sun and concrete surfaces of NC in the summer. An escape from the sounds and fumes produced by traffic.
  • Stress relief: nature, fresh air, natural light, beautiful scenery and sounds, camaraderie.
  • A change of pace, a way to avoid road running burnout, and a way to gear up to fall race training.

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Favorite Springtime Local Races

I love it when March hits, and my first race of the spring is here.  All those January and February weeks of running in the dark after work and in the cold pay off when I can finally run in a t-shirt. When our clocks spring ahead and the daffodils start to bloom.

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Race Recap: Tar Heel Ten Miler and Fleet Feet Sports Four Miler, April 13, 2019

Disclaimer:  I received free entry to the Tar Heel Ten Miler as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Being a summer weather loving girl, I love it when my favorite spring races arrive, announcing the end of winter. The Tar Heel Ten Miler is one of my favorites. I was super excited that it became a partner race of BibRave this year.

Click here to read this review and others at BibRave.

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Mentor Profile: Clair

Clair has been running with Fleet Feet for quite a few years, first at Wade Avenue, and now (luckily for me!) at Morrisville. She’s super athletic, and she’s one of the most supportive, encouraging mentors that we have.  I’m happy to wrap up this season’s mentor profile series with one featuring Clair.

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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 BibRave.com 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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