Monthly Newsletter

September 2014


It's September?  Really?
It's hard to believe how quickly the summer has gone by.  BUT, there's so much to look forward to this fall.
Fleet Feet Sports is proud to be sponsoring the EQT 10 Miler this November 9th, and we have a great training program to get you to the finish line.  This race is another world class event produced by Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (the same people who bring you the Pittsburgh Marathon) and we're going to have a record crowd this year.  Whether you're training to "run" or training to "race", we've got a plan for you.  See the details below; there's still time to sign up!
Now that we have a beautiful renovated and expanded store, we have also expanded our assortments in apparel.  Deb (our General Manager and apparel buyer) has brought in some of the best apparel that the industry offers. 

Please read below for some of the fantastic events and happenings that are going on at Fleet Feet Sports this September, and.......
I look forward to seeing you on the roads and in the store!

Stay FIT,
Fleet Feet Sports Pittsburgh + EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler
Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Fleet Feet Sports is proudly sponsoring the
2014 EQT Pittsburgh 10- Miler and invites YOU
to train with the marquis-sponsor team!

Your $39 training program fee includes an exclusive 

$20 EQT 10-Miler registration discount*


Fleet Feet Sports has a plan for all runners! 

Train to Run

Perfect for newer runners interested in safely increasing their long-run distance to 10 miles.  Interested participants should be able to complete a long distance run of 5 miles at the start of the training program. 


Train to Race

This program provides differentiated weekly workouts to maximize performance for runners interested in racing the 10-mile event or preparing for half or full marathon training this winter. 




Register by September 13th to reserve your customized

race-day event shirt!



Upon registration for this training program, you will receive a special discount code from Fleet Feet Sports via email to use for a discounted race registration fee. Discount code cannot apply to previous race registrations.



With The Great Race, EQT Ten Miler and other fall races quickly approaching its that time again to think about your bra fit. Has it been more than a year since your last fitting? Are you sore after - or worse even during the workout? Are you letting the thought of discomfort limit your workouts?


If you answered 'Yes' to any of these questions, it's time to visit us! Like your running shoes, sports bras should be replaced every 6-12 months in order to perform their best. It's not just painful, the multi-directional bounce effect of a good workout and bad sports bra on the breasts can actually have a detrimental effect on your breast health. There are no muscles in breast tissue - only ONE ligament supports the breast tissue on it's own. For a pair of DD's, that can be up to 12 pounds of weight to support. FYI a gallon of milk weighs 8 pounds....


So come on out, by shopping local your helping us support The Pittsburgh Women's Center & Shelter!  We are donating 10% of Bra Sales on September 20th & 21st! Strap'em in ladies and remember sports bras shouldn't celebrate a birthday!  We can't wait to help empower your next workout! 


For details see our Facebook Event or on our Website

Hoka One One Wear Test Run!


Come Meet our Hoka One One Rep. John and take the Clifton out for a fun run from the store!  Click here for details! 


Fall is rapidly approaching! 

This is my favorite time of year to run!  I love the crisp air, falling leaves, and cooler temperatures.  And, I can't lie, I love fall running apparel!  There is something about the deep, colorful hues and soft, comfy fabrics that keeps me motivated.  We are receiving shipments weekly from Nike, Brooks, New Balance, Craft, Saucony, and Sugoi!  Stop in often to check out the newest styles, and pick up your favorite pieces while we still have your size.

Save the date!  We would like to invite you to join us for our Fall & Winter Apparel Preview Night on Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00pm.  Check out the Facebook event & stay tuned for details.  I look forward to seeing you there!


 - Deb Doyle, General Manager, Fleet Feet Sports Pittsburgh




Threshold Training


Threshold training is a runner's secret for building endurance.


The point during a run where lactic acid accumulates faster in the muscles than it can be removed by the bloodstream is called the lactic threshold, and this is the point when fatigue and muscle burn brings a productive run to an end. 


Threshold workouts increase speed and push out the time at which lactic threshold is reached, developing a runner's ability to maintain a faster pace for a longer period of time. 


For runners with 10K race experience, threshold is your current 10K pace, although during training you will not hold it for this distance. You can speak briefly during a threshold effort (i.e.: "yes", "no", "much longer?)", but not easily converse.   


Incorporate threshold running into one workout per week, not to exceed 10% of your total weekly mileage.  Threshold pace should be incorporated into a workout and - at a minimum - bracketed by one mile each of easy warm up and cool down.  The Threshold portion of your workout can be broken into intervals or done as one long piece (not to exceed 20 minutes).


Sample Threshold Interval Workout (5 miles)

Run Easy for 1 mile

Alternate 5 minutes on / 5 minutes off (Threshold pace / Easy) for 3 miles

Run Easy for 1 mile


The Essentials of Long Distance Training Program beginning this October features 10-weeks of coached, quality Threshold and hill workouts supplemented with a weekly plan of speed and distance workouts designed to get you faster over the long haul.  Participants will be assigned VDOT scores and pace or heart rate training benchmarks based on past personal race data.


- Karen Harr

Training Director, Fleet Feet Sports Pittsburgh


Saturday, September 20th at 3:00

While many runners train to hit a certain pace in an event, it would be nearly impossible to train at a steady, predictable pace at every workout. Factors including terrain, weather, wellness and stress all affect the heart rate an athlete brings to every training session. To learn how to effectively train with heart rate and determine your individual training zones, RSVP here for our in-store clinic.



Join us and our friends from Brooks for a Superhero-themed

fun run complete with a costume contest and the

necessary identity-concealing masks!!

3 & 6 mile map options.


 When: Wednesday, September 17th at 6PM

Where: Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh

Parking: Parking garages and limited street parking

Sign in: Please sign in upon arrival!


Join the event on Facebook here!


FINAL Summer Pub Run!!


Join us this summer for our Summer Pub Run Series with Saucony! We'll meet one Thursday a month, June through September, at a location with great food and microbrews to do a 3 or 6 mile run. 
Come to 2 out of the 4 runs and get a FREE Fleet Feet/Saucony Pint Glass!
When: Thursday, September 18th at 7PM 

Where: Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh, 2705 S Water St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Parking: Parking garages and limited street parking. 


Sign in: Please sign in (or a waiver if it's your first run with us) upon arrival!

Join the event on Facebook here!


FREE 2-Day Nike Home Delivery from Fleet Feet Sports!

Fleet Feet Sports Pittsburgh announces our new FREE Nike Home Delivery Service. Looking for your favorite Nike running shoe in a specific style or color that we do not carry in our store? Fleet Feet Sports now offers a FREE 2-day shipping service to your home on any Nike running shoes available to us from the Nike Warehouse

With Nike Home Delivery, we can place your Nike special order on all in season Nike running styles and colors that qualify for the home delivery program. Orders for the program are subject to Nike's warehouse availability. Ask your FIT Professional or read more on our website

- Jen Haffner

Footwear Buyer, Fleet Feet Sports Pittsburgh


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