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Welcome to Fit to Run, the SHOES-n-FEET Blog!

We are eager to share what we know about active living and healthy feet with you and aim to be a trusted resource for all your running, walking and general fitness needs. We strive to help you achieve your goals and be a place that you visit often to feel inspired.

New Brand Alert: Topo Athletic

True innovations from athletic shoe brands are few and far between these days. We are excited to bring in a new brand, called Topo Athletic, that we think is creating innovations in both fit but also manufacturing that might be the next flash point to change the footwear industry. 

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Winter Running Equipment Guide Head to Toe

Rainy season is almost upon us here in the Pacific Northwest.  Starting soon, and for the next few months, our days will turn wetter and darker. Having the proper equipment is key to winter running and walking happiness.  Below is a head-to-toe guide to thriving in the PNW winter.

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Four strategies to combat excuses to not run

In thirty years of running, I have personally made every excuse in the book to skip a run. To combat my excuse making, I have come up with my personal workarounds that help me with my particular barriers.

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Brooks Beast/Ariel 2016 Model Review

The Brooks Beast and Ariel just received their once every other year update.  These models are perennial best sellers, year after year, in the motion control category of athletic running and walking shoes.  Updates to such consistent models are always a little scary, but the product people at Brooks do their best to keep the changes to the Beast/Ariel as minimal as possible. 

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4 Massage Tools & Exercises

Massage is a staple recovery and injury prevention activity for runners, walkers, athletes and exercisers. Many (perhaps too many) consumer product companies have flooded the market with many variations of self-massage tools. In working with customers at SHOES-n-FEET, it's clear that customers are overwhelmed with the large volume of options to assist in their day-to-day self-massage routines. I suggest my four favorite tools and my four favorite exercises that I use on a regular basis. 

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Trail Shoes: Facts & Myths

The “trail” designation for a running shoe is helpful because it might describe the purpose of the shoe. However, not every “trail” running shoe is appropriate for every trail, and many shoes marketed as road running shoes are also appropriate for many trails and can also be more versatile that a “trail” shoe. Here are four areas to consider when thinking about trail friendly shoe.  

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Moran Constitutional Relay Preview

Northwest Trail Runs just announced a brand new trail relay raced called the Moran Constitutional Relay, scheduled for October 22 and 23 on Orcas Island.  Named after Moran State Park and its signature landmass

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The importance of the Fick Equation

I can see why Vigil thinks the world of the Fick Equation.  If you think about it, it’s essentially what gives us life.  It’s the system that keeps our cells happy and alive by transferring the food we eat and oxygen we breath into energy.  It helps us fight illnesses in the bad times, increases our endurance in the good times. 

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Training While Vacationing

Summer is upon us and folks everywhere are taking their annual vacation. Vacation is typically a time to relax, but, if you’re like me, that doesn’t mean you want to throw your training plan out the window. Vacation can be a great time to push reset on your training cycle and spice up your typical routine. You can easily maintain fitness while having fun. Here are some general tips based on my experiences.

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Ravenna Run the Ravine Review

Some days running is a struggle and I don’t like it very much. You know the days I’m talking about – time passes slowly and it is hard to put one foot in front of the other. You question the activity. Other days I love running so much that when it’s time for me to stop I just want to keep running and I feel like I’m on top of the world.

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The Importance of Being Flexible

I’m one of those people that likes routine and structure in everything I do. As a runner, it can be a huge benefit. It keeps my training intensity and mileage consistent, it keeps my nutrition and sleep habits optimal, and it’s easy to continue with a lifestyle that I’m used to. Unfortunately, if I’m not careful, it can also be my biggest downfall.

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SNF Racing Athlete Feature: Meet Maia

Favorite Race: St. George Half Ironman. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I was proud of myself for choosing such a challenging goal and for following through on both my training and the race.

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