Meet the Crew: Sean

Who Are We?

Today we met up with Sean, an enthusiastic runner who is currently training for his 11th marathon. Sean used to come to join Sean Profile Picour weekly fun runs when he was in high school and now he leads them! Join him every Saturday morning at our Marina location to log in some miles around the Bay.

What is your favorite running route in the city, why?

I love running down into the Presidio and out along the Marina Green and Crissy Field. There are so many great views, especially on clear days. You also always get a great hill workout if you come back up Divisadero. The corner of Broadway and Divisadero is one of my favorite panoramic views in the city. The view from the top is worth the climb!

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What is your current/favorite running shoe, why?

I love running in the Brooks Launch 2. It fits my foot like a glove and it’s lightweight while still providing enough support and cushioning for long runs. On the days where I want a little less shoe on my foot for tempo runs, I love the Adidas Boston. The snugness of the upper paired with the responsiveness of the Boost makes it feel like a fast shoe, perfect for those quicker runs.
Are you training for anything at the moment, which race?sean

I’m currently training for the Los Angeles Marathon on February 14th. In my last marathon up in Portland, I hit my first ever qualifying time for the Boston Marathon (3:04:36), so I’m hoping to shave some more time off on the downhill course in Los Angeles. I’m shooting for a time of around 3:02, but if everything goes perfectly, I’m really hoping to run my first sub-three hour marathon. It will be an exciting weekend, with the US Olympic Marathon Trials the day before, so I’m hoping that watching the fastest marathoners in the country provides me with some inspiration and good mojo for my own race!

sean3What got you in to running?

When I moved to San Francisco in high school, I saw that my new school had a cross country team. My sister ran in high school, so I figured it’d be a great way to try out running and make some new friends. To this day, I consider it one of the best decisions of my life. Working here at Fleet Feet San Francisco is extra special for me because it was at our Chestnut Street store that I was fit for my first ever pair of running shoes back in 2007, so you could say that now, the shoe is on the other foot. (See what I did there?)
What is your favorite restaurant in the city, why?

Oh man, I have to pick just one? In that case, I’m going to have to give that honor to Tacolicious right here on Chestnut Street. Their tacos are incredible, and they always have a taco of the week to try. Last time I went, I mixed it up between steak and grilled salmon. The margaritas are on point, as well, which is a must when chowing down mouth-watering tacos.

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What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?

As cliche as it sounds, I love to just get out and explore the city. Being able to call San Francisco home is such a blessing as I get to live in one of the most unique and diverse cities in the world. I’ve also found that running in different neighborhoods is a great way to discover new places in the city that I didn’t know of before. I went running at Lands End the other week on my day off and definitely stopped a few times to take in the views.

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Meet the Crew: Keaton

Who Are We?

Today we talked with Keaton, our manager for our new SOMA location on Mission & 4th Street. Keaton is a recent graduate of the University of San Francisco and has challenged himself with many races in the past. He has coached our San Francisco Marathon Training Program and is now leading our Thursday night fun runs which include a night of running towards different breweries in the city and ending the workout with a nice cold beer! keaton

What is your favorite running route in San Francisco?

My favorite running route in the city is through Golden Gate park to the beach and back from my house in the Inner Richmond. I like it so much because the park is one of my favorite areas in the city, it’s relatively flat, and it’s a great 6-mile loop.

What is your favorite running shoe?

keatonblog5My current favorite running shoe is the Mizuno Inspire 11. The new update makes it a little different than the previous editions, but it is still my favorite running shoe at the moment because of how stiff it can be. A close second would be the Asics Kayano 22, followed by the Nike Odyssey.

Are you training for anything at the moment?

I am currently training for my Thursday runs at our SOMA store: Blood, Sweat & Beers!

What got you into running?

My mom got me into running when I was in the 8th grade, starting with 5k and 10k’s. I did my first half marathon my freshmen year of high school and loved it. It’s a great mental sport, and a great way to meditate or just have “me” time 🙂 keaton2

What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?

I don’t have a favorite restaurant in the city because there are so many places I would immediately say yes to going to for the night. But if I have to choose, I would say Brenda’s French Soul Food in the morning/afternoon or YakiniQ at night.

What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?

My favorite thing to do on my day off… Boy what a question. The sheer possibilities are truly limitless. I would have to say my favorite thing to do on my day off is having an absolutely open day to do whatever I want. If that means staying in and getting laundry done, or playing Xbox, or watching Netflix, or going to the park because it’s sunny, or running over to Land’s End, relaxing on Baker’s Beach, the taste of salt with the crunch of sand in my mouth. Those are the days I long for, the days of reading any book I desire, falling into another world head first with no intention of leaving.

Meet the Crew: Dan

Who Are We?

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This week we interviewed the General Manager of Fleet Feet Sports San Francisco, Dan! Dan is very passionate about helping people out with all their running needs. He has just finished the New York Marathon and loves to challenge himself. He enjoys running all over the bay so he can eat as much pizza from Hole in the Wall as possible. Dan will be leading his weekly lunchtime fun runs at our Fleet Feet Sports SOMA location so don’t forget to stop by and chat with him!

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1. What is your favorite running route in the city?

My favorite place to run in the city is the Presidio. It’s where I lived when I first moved to the city and it still feels like home.
2. What is your current/favorite running shoe?

My favorite running shoe is the Mizuno Inspire 11 because it got me to the finish line at the New York City Marathon.

dan43. Are you training for anything at the moment, which race?

I just finished a race and I don’t have anything else on my schedule yet, I’d like to take part in a team relay or an ultra in the next few years.
4. What got you in to running?

I grew up in England and they have a really strong grassroots running culture that got me into the sport and I stuck with it through high school and college.

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5. What is your favorite restaurant in the city, why?

House of Prime Rib because they give you second servings.
6. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? 

I like to get across one of the bridges and be outdoors as much as possible.