PITTSBURGH: PRIVATE & PAROCHIAL
DON THE UGLIEST HOLIDAY SWEATER CONTEST
Sunday, December 8th
Coffee Tree Roasters ~ Bakery Square
MEET: 7:15 am
RUN: 7:30 am
Although not as renowned as the city’s world-class universities, Pittsburgh’s 129 non-public primary and secondary schools offer a diverse selection of impressive crests and an array of architectural styles. Many are secular, at least two buildings are recognized as historic landmarks, and all are pretty expensive.
The Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Central Catholic High School on Fifth Avenue is a Flemish Gothic castle with soaring towers, buttresses and stained glass and could easily be mistaken for Hogwarts. The Victorian Waldorf School in Friendship calls to mind twelve little girls in two straight lines from Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline children’s books. And, an optional extracurricular trek winds through Pitt’s upper campus to the Falk Laboratory School: a Tudor-style, gray-stone building with an Old English slate-shingle roof.
Notable alumni from Pittsburgh’s private schools include: Dan Marino, August Wilson (Central Catholic); Elsie Hillman (Ellis School); and Mac Miller (Winston Thurston).
The ugliest holiday sweater worn after the run won’t get you a date to the holiday formal but will score a Fleet Feet prize!!! Wear an ugly sweater, take a picture with you wearing it at Coffee Tree Roasters, and post it to the Flyers page. Winner will be announced on Monday.
Schools on the Flyer Field Trip include:
The Ellis School
Winchester Thurston School
Waldorf School of Pittsburgh
Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School
Shady Side Academy
FLEET FEET ANNUAL HOLIDAY LIGHTS RUN
Tuesday, December 17th @ 6:30pm
PPG Place Wintergarden
Our Holiday Lights Run just got even better. This year we're brightening someone else's holiday by adopting a family at the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh! The Women's Center is a local non-profit that provides shelter and support for women and families who have recently left abusive situations. Our donation will empower mothers in need to give their children gifts this holiday season. We encourage our runners to consider making a donation and no amount is too small! In the spirit of giving, Bob will match the runners' collective donation! Every woman and child deserves a holiday. With your help, we can give those in need the sparkle that we all look forward to every year.
Indoor warmth, restrooms, the annual gingerbread house competition and train displays will be in full force at the PPG Place Wintergarden along with a stunning 32-foot indoor tree.
Wednesday Speed Work and Form Drills will return to a 6:30pm start time.
Check out our new products page for information on some exciting shoe updates from Asics, Saucony, and Nike!
Garmin 210 & 610 Mail-In Rebate! September 1st - October 31st
Purchase a new Forerunner 210 and receive $25USD via mail-in rebate. Purchase a new Forerunner610 and receive $50 USD via mail-in rebate. Offer is valid for purchases made from 09/01/13 through 10/31/13. Submissions must be postmarked by 11/30/13. Limit 2 rebates per customer. See coupon for additional terms and conditions.
Download the rebate form here.
Read more on this deal on the Garmin website: http://garmin.blogs.com/promotions/2013/08/garmin-forerunner-210-610-rebate-offer.html#.UiX83xZXHFI
Try-on events are a special service we offer at Fleet Feet Sports. While we realize that customers may not be shopping at a try-on event, we believe many of you appreciate being able to experience the various fits, models, and features of the products we offer, first-hand.
For this reason, we invite vendors to our store for the sole purpose of allowing our customers to take their products on a run for a realistic experience rather than simply walking a few feet in a pair of shoes or modeling apparel in front of a dressing room mirror.
There is truly only one way to know how reflective a jacket is, how light a new minimalist shoe feels, or if you prefer hand-held bottles to a hydration belt.
If you've ever wondered how one brand's fit compares to what you are wearing now, or thought about how much time you might shave off your run with the latest mid-sole technology, this is where you learn risk-free.
Fleet Feet sports Try-on events. Try one.
Many people wonder why we don't use a "foot scanner" that you can step on to determine what shoe or insole is right for you. These computerized scanners, which can be found in drug stores and superstores, show your foot's pressure points and arch type. It's a fancy way of doing the "Wet Test": wet your feet and stand on a surface, like a brown paper bag, that leaves a visible footprint. The wider the band that connects your heel and ball, the lower the arch you have.
Your arch type affects your biomechanics and is an important component of choosing the right shoe for your foot, but it is only part of the FIT story since at least 20% of people's arches act differently than they "should". Here at Fleet Feet Sports, our FIT Process has three main components that help us define your foot and make the best shoe recommendations for you: foot morphology, biomechanical assessment and "other".
Foot morphology is a fancy way of saying that we analyze your foot size, shape and arch type. This is done by visually looking at the foot statically and dynamically (important since you are in motion when you run!) and taking multiple measurements with an old-fashioned Brannock device. This helps us to choose the right size shoe and shoe brand since each shoe company fits a certain shaped foot better. That is why your friend may swear by his Asics shoes, but they cause you pain.
Next, we examine your biomechanics by determining your arch flexibility and doing a gait analysis (either watching you walk barefoot or with our video gait analysis software). This tells us if you overpronate, supinate or are naturally efficient which in turn, governs what type of shoe (neutral, stability or motion control) you need, as well as the curvature of your shoe's last. Key here is arch flexibility since a rigid arch needs extra cushioning to help attenuate the shock produced when the foot hits the ground at forces of 2-4 times body weight. Whereas, a flexible arch disperses shock better, all that flexibility in the mid and fore foot can exacerbate overpronation which stresses and torques your feet, shins, knees, hips and back causing its own host of problems.
Finally, we take other special considerations into account like your gender, weight, training surface, weekly mileage, injury status, orthotics and structural deviations in the foot like bunions and extra bones. We put all this data together and bring out 2-3 pairs of shoes that we think will fit you best. Don't be surprised if one of those first shoes feels amazing - it means that we did our job right!
When you think about it, the foot is a marvelous structure. It has 28 bones (including the sesmoids), 33 joints, 112 ligaments, plus tendons, nerves and blood vessels that work in unison to support, balance and propel your body. No two feet are exactly the same nor do they always fit into a specific category. Don't cheat your feet and let a computer scan recommend an orthotic or running shoe for you. An injury is going to cost you a lot more, monetarily and mentally, than a good pair of shoes. Invest in your feet. Let our FIT Professionals teach you about your feet and help you find the perfect fit. We guarantee it!
Check out this article on Winter Running in Whirl!
Check out this recent article about the Fleet Feet Flyers in the Upper St. Clair Patch!