The local running store really is the holy land for me. It is a must for anyone first getting into running or returning to running. The key is no wear else do I believe that you can get fitted properly and really learn about if you pronate and what type of shoe you need. Once that bond is established they have a great understanding of not only your needs, weaknesses and goals but what is available community (race) wise as well.
What do I continue to buy from the local running store now? I believe I still buy around a third of my running gear and running related items at the store. Maybe a little more in a given year dependent upon if I am changing shoes brands or models. These purchases fall into a handful of categories. They are:
Some of the blog’s readers have thought I am not a big supporter of the local running store. I guess they thought that by my comments about how to look for the best deals in non-traditional locations or online. I actually am very supportive of the local running store(s) as they are the heart that the running community relies on. It helps to pump the life blood of running in the community and ensures that the running community stays alive. I honestly believe that without such a location in your community it is difficult to have a strong running spirit for runners to
I have to admit that I have a really good relationship and friendship with the Fleet Feet store here. I really like the owners and the staff. It is a great place for me to turn to when I have questions or looking for the next “must have”. They have been with me every step of the way on my running journey over the last few years. They have also been very supportive of this blog. So for me they will always be an important part of my growth in the sport and my achieving any future goals I may have. So please support your local running store as much as you possibly can.