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Welcome to Fit to Run, the SHOES-n-FEET Blog!

We are eager to share what we know about active living and healthy feet with you and aim to be a trusted resource for all your running, walking and general fitness needs. We strive to help you achieve your goals and be a place that you visit often to feel inspired.

5 Hydration Tips for the Summer

As the temperature goes up, so does the danger of dehydration.  Dehydration is common for athletes, but can happen to anyone spending time walking or hanging out in the sun.  Here’s some tips to stay properly hydrated over the summer.

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Success & Failure

Sometimes one of the best things you can do as a runner is put yourself out there and test your limits.

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Proven methods to getting faster (and healthier)

One question that I get asked by runners often is “how do I get faster.” The short answer is always, “run faster” i.e. do interval training. Sometimes it takes a fancy new acronym and a pop culture influencer such as Tim Ferris to get the word out the world.  

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Don't be cheap or too cool to be safe outdoors at night

One stat I saw recently was that 70% of pedestrian fatalities happen when its dark.  Why wouldn’t one take every safety precaution when exercising outside? 

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Tempo Mode vs Race Mode

This fall I entered my first collegiate cross country race in nearly two years, but it would be my first healthy cross country race in almost three years. The week leading up to the race was filled with nerves, excitement, doubt, and a whole host of other feelings.

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Introducing Samuel Hubbard - The Un-Sneaker

If an athletic shoe and a running shoe fell in love, got married and starting having babies the result would be the shoes made by new brand Samuel Hubbard. 

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New Brand Alert: Topo Athletic

True innovations from athletic shoe brands are few and far between these days. We are excited to bring in a new brand, called Topo Athletic, that we think is creating innovations in both fit but also manufacturing that might be the next flash point to change the footwear industry. 

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Winter Running Equipment Guide Head to Toe

Rainy season is almost upon us here in the Pacific Northwest.  Starting soon, and for the next few months, our days will turn wetter and darker. Having the proper equipment is key to winter running and walking happiness.  Below is a head-to-toe guide to thriving in the PNW winter.

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Four strategies to combat excuses to not run

In thirty years of running, I have personally made every excuse in the book to skip a run. To combat my excuse making, I have come up with my personal workarounds that help me with my particular barriers.

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Brooks Beast/Ariel 2016 Model Review

The Brooks Beast and Ariel just received their once every other year update.  These models are perennial best sellers, year after year, in the motion control category of athletic running and walking shoes.  Updates to such consistent models are always a little scary, but the product people at Brooks do their best to keep the changes to the Beast/Ariel as minimal as possible. 

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4 Massage Tools & Exercises

Massage is a staple recovery and injury prevention activity for runners, walkers, athletes and exercisers. Many (perhaps too many) consumer product companies have flooded the market with many variations of self-massage tools. In working with customers at SHOES-n-FEET, it's clear that customers are overwhelmed with the large volume of options to assist in their day-to-day self-massage routines. I suggest my four favorite tools and my four favorite exercises that I use on a regular basis. 

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Trail Shoes: Facts & Myths

The “trail” designation for a running shoe is helpful because it might describe the purpose of the shoe. However, not every “trail” running shoe is appropriate for every trail, and many shoes marketed as road running shoes are also appropriate for many trails and can also be more versatile that a “trail” shoe. Here are four areas to consider when thinking about trail friendly shoe.  

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