Reach the Beach Run with New Balance

Who Are We?

This past weekend our store’s shoe buyer, Mecque, was invited to join New Balance on a trip to the East Coast where she visited New Balance headquarters in Boston and ran a race in New Hampshire! The race was the New Balance Reach the Beach Relay that wIMG_1914as a 200 mile relay race from Bretton Woods to Hampton Beach. Reach the beach is the oldest and longest running relay in the United States. Her team consisted of 12 people packed in to two vans that ran for 24 hours!

How was the Reach the Beach Relay?

My legs were 3.3 miles, 9.1 miles, and 4.1 miles. The 9.1 mile leg had 702 ft of climbing, and was definitely the most challenging, but most reIMG_1917warding leg of the race. I had 15 kills (runners passed) and conquered every single hill (no walking up). My right foot fell asleep around mile
3, but my team met up with me, gave me water, and that solved my problem. My biggest victory was averaging a 9:02″ pace the entire time.


What was the route for the race?

Our race started in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire near Mount Washington in the White Mountains. From there it wound down through Carrol, Laconia, Tamworth, and a bunch of other small towns. We slept in a campground for 2 hours under the stars and started up again at 4:45 am on Saturday morning. Our first runner had 20 minutes to wake up and get ready to run.
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Day 2, we ran through Candia, Danville, Kingston and finally ended at Hampton Beach around 12:30 pm. We were the first New Balance team to finish and placed 21st overall.
What was New Balance headquarters like?
We toured the new Corp headquarters in Brighton, MA. It had a museum of all the shoes release by NB and the history of the brand. Afterwards, we headed to the New Balance and took a tour of the innovation lab and fIMG_1916actory floor. It takes 9 minutes for the entire floor to make a case of shoes and the process is crazy fast! Each day they focus on a different shoe.
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Meet the Crew: Jessica

Who Are We?

The crew at Fleet Feet Sports SF are unique individuals who love to share their enthusiasm of living in the city and helping out the running community of San Francisco.

Today, we talked to Jessica, our Bra Buyer and Apparel Merchandiser who is responsible for organizing all the store’s clothes. She is also currently helping to coach the Nike Women’s Half Marathon Training Group here at the store. She moved to San Francisco just a little over a year ago from Oregon and has fallen in love with the city’s beautiful California landscape ever since!

What is your favorite running spot in the city?

My favorite running route is a 10-miler from my doorstep. It winds through the Sunset, Stern Grove, around Lake Merced, next to the Zoo, and down Great Highway, ending on a trail through Golden Gate Park. It’s simple, never crowded, and so beautiful! (Okay, and pretty flat!)

What shoe are you running in these days?

My current favorite shoe is the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante. It is everything I want a running shoe to be: light, quick, fits my foot well, and looks cool, too. It has a pretty fitted arch that supports my foot better than a lot of shoes in the neutral, lightweight category.

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Are you training for any races at the moment?

I am currently training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, and am helping coach a great group of women achieve their goals with that race. Down the line, I have the California International Marathon lined up for December, which will be my fifth marathon.

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Jess running the San Francisco Marathon!

What got you interested in running?

I actually started running in middle school to stay in shape for soccer. As I got older, I grew more serious with my running and it became more of a lifestyle rather than a “sport” to me. I also had a pretty awesome high school track coach that I attribute a lot of this change in mindset to.

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Where’s your favorite place to grub in the city?

Geez that is tough! I place equal value in an overstuffed breakfast burrito as I do with a fancy dinner spot and a view, so for this reason I am going to say I can’t answer. SF offers many great places depending on my mood and hunger status.

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What does a day off of work look like for you?

I love exploring SF on my days off, especially the outdoors. Usually there is always something my friends and I want to do, whether it’s a sunrise bike ride to Hawk’s Hill or laying out at Ocean Beach. And of course there is always food involved, too!!!

Let the Lights of the City Skyline Guide You Along the Embarcadero

Running in San Francisco

Everyday one can find flocks and flocks of runners racing each other pier by pier along the concrete stretch between Fisherman’s Wharf and AT&T Park. With the iconic view of the historical  Ferry Building and a flat stretch of concrete that extends for miles without a stop light disturbing your training, the Embarcadero tends to be a huge favorite amongst the San Francisco running community. Yet with all its attractions (weekly Farmer’s Market and Giant’s games), it can get pretty hectic along the bay making the traffic so dense that many runners are put off by the constant dodging.

So rather than clipping countless shoulders while out on a run, how about soaking in the city skyline after the sun sets?

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Ferry Building

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Burning Man Light Sculpture

After all the young professionals file out of the Financial District and the tourists make it back to their cruise ship, the street lamps turn on and brighten up an empty path of miles and miles for you to conquer. As you race towards the ball park you have the city skyline lit up on your right, the Bay Bridge light show on your left and nothing blocking you as you keep moving forward.

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Pier 7

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AT&T Park

Nighttime at the Embarcadero is an ideal opportunity to get in some speed work or a peaceful long run. There are plenty of checkpoints along the way like the light sculpture from Burning Man or Cupid’s Span buried right off the Bay Bridge that remind you of the beautiful city you are so lucky to be running in.

And if you’re eager to catch the game you can even take a little break in the park’s standing room. Most people forget about this opportunity to watch the game free of charge. You’ll feel like you’re standing in the outfield with the team as you face the stadium from underneath Levi’s Landing.

So with all these perks, what are you waiting for?