Welcoming Spring with True Runner

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and True Runner. All opinions are my own.

Hi there!

Remember little old me? Yea, I’m still around, still slightly limping but mostly running! I found some things that work for me (maybe before I jinx it, I’ll write a post for it) and it’s been helping me gear up for Boston. So much… that dare I say I am dreaming bigger? Yes, I think, if the stars align and I do enough meditating, I might even have another BQ in me for 2017! I don’t know yet which race will be it, so if you have recommendations, let me know! I’ll try to re-qualify during the Boston marathon, but historically, I just never perform well in that race. I get excited and go out too fast, the headwind in the final 10K makes me whiney, and the whole wait to start drains out about 30 seconds of each of my miles. I’ll try, but plan B race needs to be found before September. I don’t know if my foot will ever love me enough to run daily marathons again, but I think there are hopes of me completely this list

If you’re a runner, Boston is probably one of the best cities to call your home, despite the drama and craze that comes from the Boston Marathon. With that large demographic, there’s no really no shortage of running stores, running groups, and running events. Especially once the sun starts to shine!

Recently, I’ve been exploring some new hoods and stumbled upon True Runner in Chestnut Hill Mall area (shopping mecca as I explored the new Wegman’s that opened up). True Runner  carries a wide range of shoes, apparel and gear to support all your running needs that you can come up with and more.

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Not only is True Runner a store created for runners, by runners, it’s also a community. To celebrate rising temperatures and the start of running season, True Runner is hosting their annual Spring Gear-Up event on Saturday, March 19 & Sunday, March 20.

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Spring Gear Up Event

March 19 | 9:00 AM

The Gear-Up Event will have a bunch of delicious nutritional samples to try and be sure to stop in and take a picture in our photo booth. Share your photo and your “Why I Run” story with us socially for a chance to win great prizes. On-site brand reps will have countless giveaways and don’t forget we will have True Runner freebies all weekend long.

March 20 | 10:30 AM

The Gear-Up Event will have a bunch of delicious nutritional samples to try and be sure to stop in and take a picture in our photo booth. Share your photo and your “Why I Run” story with us socially for a chance to win great prizes. On-site brand reps will have countless giveaways and don’t forget we will have True Runner freebies all weekend long.

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Additional Event details:

    • Photo booth: share your picture and your “Why I Run” story on social media for a chance to win great prizes
    • Face painting
    • Prize wheel: spin the wheel for a chance to win prizes from top brands
    • Nutrition sampling
    • Brand reps on-site offering product expertise and demos

For more information visit True Runner and join fun kids like the ones below!

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Come join me on Saturday for a fun run at 9AM and to welcome the new spring collection at True Runner!

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Running with Deena Kastor

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Okay so correction, I am running and Deena Kastor is doing her jogging pace…

Yes, the other day I got to do one of the pretty much coolest things I could think of. Run a fun 5K with America’s all star runner Deena Kastor…

Last week Asics hosted a party in their spankin’ new story on Newbury and they invited Deena Kastor and me to it, cause you know I’m as cool as Deena.

Deena just shattered the masters half marathon record as the 41-year-old clocked in a 1:09:36 to finish third at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon. She is also the American Record Holder in the marathon (2:19.36) and half marathon (1:07.34). And the list goes on and on.

The night started with a 5K around Back Bay, starting from 328 Newbury (Asics’ store) going up Mass Ave to the Charles, down the Charles to the Arlington bridge with a little dip into the gardens and return up the Commonwealth Ave Mall. Not my typical route that I take, but I liked it!

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(Dan, I tried to take a photo of you & Deena running but that was about as good as a broken Iphone can do)

I’m not quite sure what pace we ran but I would say somewhere between 8:30-9 minute miles that seemed to keep everyone engaged. I didn’t wear a watch and I was already sweating profusely from running to get to the event in time, so my normal pacing clock was all out of whack and in a different pace zone. I really need to start adding events to my calender 15 minutes earlier to make up for lack of timeliness!

On the run we chatted a little about marathons and running and how the most memorable races are the tough ones that you battle and grind your way through.

After the run we regrouped back in the ASICS store with a nice Boloco spread.

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Me and Deena, being BFFs

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I am still glowing red from my four minute mile adventure earlier.

After parting with Deena and letting others make friends, I went to get my feet analyzed.

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Basically they put these sensor stickers on me and I stuck one foot at a time into this machine (one of 18 in all of Massachusetts) that I think measured my foot from every dimension possible and basically told me I have two different feet.

After the getting my feet measured, I ran on a treadmill for about 20 seconds in neutral shoes.

The consensus is that I over pronate on one foot and under another. What that means? The guy wasn’t sure… but I am a unique butterfly for sure. Maybe my fear of injury again is making me run a little funny?

After realizing this must be the reason reason why I will never be epic (I blame my freak of nature feet), the Q & A of the evening started where Deena answered all sorts of questions from the audience.

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She’s been with the ASICS brand for over 14 years and pretty much sees herself running through her 90s and ever. I forget the exact numbers but she mentioned how she went from running 120+ mile weeks in her younger days to 70-80 miles now. And rather than focus on one workout, she tries to get in three solid workouts from mile repeats, to a tempo run and a long run all within her training week.  To be honest, I expected Deena to be very intense after seeing her in the Spirit of the Marathon movie, but she was super easy going and very personable and relatable despite the fact that she can run circles around me while I run my pace. Or maybe it was the fact that she said post races she refuels with a bottle of wine and a chocolate bar. I think that was a joke, but I took it to heart.

After the Q&A, ASICS showcased it’s current line with a fashion show.

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I myself ended up walking away with some stellar new winter gear and lucky for me, I didn’t have to wait long to test it out. It snowed most of Sunday afternoon and since there was no way I was going to run long on a treadmill (since I’m pretty sure that was the cause of my injury), only thing left to to do was zip up and run out.

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Thermo Windblocker Jacket ($125) that has become one of my favorite items and a new pair of tights Thermopolis LT Tight ($60). The tights are soft and have minimal compression which is something I personally look for in tights. Compression tights and extra seam lines make me feel very uncomfortable so I prefer yoga style tights.

ASICS is currently running (no pun intended) a buy one get one free on their website, so if you’re looking for some winter gear, check it out.

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