Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dirty Half Going Forward

As most of you have heard the Footzone Dirty Half as we know it is done, over, never to return. After a few really good meetings with the Forest Service we think we have come up with a great alternative. If this has perked your curiosity come join us for a preview of the new digs on Sunday the 21st of November. Meet at Breedlove guitars at 8am. If there is buttloads of snow we will not go so keep checking with the FZ if is going for sure. No aid on this one so bring your water, gels, left over Halloween candy. Or if your running is like mine and you don't have the miles get a last mountain bike ride in before the snow piles up. I will get a map up ASAP so if you can't make the preview you can head out on your own.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Learn to Run - Wrapping Up and Starting Again

Last night was great watching this latest Learn to Run group finish a 5K. Drake Park was spectacular with leaves all changing and some great light. To say that this program has exceeded all expectations would be an understatement. Perhaps even more impressive is the community of running buddies and friends that has developed and continues to build. Yes, this is a program we should have done a decade ago but sometimes you just don't know what you don't know. The groups we're huge in the beginning (probably too big) but have become much more manageable going forward.
Certainly the program provides support and motivation but it also offers up the appropriate tangible info to get people going. Connie leads the group through running form and helps create the body awareness that will help make running comfortable and less prone to injury. The "running manual" alone is filled with worlds of running info Huge kudos to Connie for making this program what it is. Her energy and passion for getting folks started is contagious and helps keep everyone going.

So, what happens now? Well the next program starts up on Saturday at 9am right here at FootZone. It's a 6 week program to get folks ready for the Jingle Bell Run. The Wednesday group run will continue. This group meets at 5:30 for a run every Wednesday that an LTR session isn't in session. All are welcome. Since there won't be another evening LTR session until Spring, you can count on seeing some Learn to Runners at FootZone for all foreseeable Wednesdays. This is a great way to get in an after work run with a group during the darker months.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Comfort Sale

The Annual Comfort Sale is here. This is a yearly sale on all the footwear we carry other than running and walking shoes. Why do we carry those, some might ask? There are a few reasons. Originally it was because we needed something to help carry us through the winter months when we don't sell as many running shoes (back when Bend was only 30,000 people) Anymore, it's because Teague just can't help himself and it's fun to have some perspective on "other" shoes. The two sides actually complement each other quite well and now lots of running specialty stores have branched out into the casual shoe world.
We have great lines including Dansko, Merrell, Vibram FiveFingers, Keen, Terra Plana, Bogs, and Chaco. Some are just for fun but others meet the rigors of standing on your feet all day or traveling the world.
Running and walking shoes are still where our heart is but great footwear is great footwear and there's a lot of options for 20% off over the next 4 days.