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: Adam

Who Are We?

adamThis time around we met up with Adam, our accessory buyer as well as our Under Armour Brand Ambassador here at the store. Adam has been working at Fleet Feet San Francisco for a little over a year now and has a great passion for running. He is currently also one of the coaches for our Nike Women’s Half Marathon Program and a former team member of University of San Francisco’s track and cross country team. Come by the store and say hello!

1. What is your favorite running route in the city?
Out of the various routes in the city that I enjoy, my favorite is the “Lands-End Loop.” It starts at University of San Francisco then cruises down to the beach via canopied trails in Golden Gate Park, passes the Sutro Bath Ruins, ventures through Lands End where you can catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge, climbs through the secluded Presidio and returns to city blocks that all make an 11-mile loop. IMG_1997This path allows me to start downhill through familiar trails, to see the beach on a flat stretch and then climb up hills along a range of cliffs. It’s a tour of the city with both easy and challenging options.
2. What is your current/favorite running shoe?
I typically enjoy a Mizuno Wave Rider but right now my current favorite pair are the Nike Lunartempos. Both Nike and Mizuno offer me a lightweight feel with just a bit of cushioning for a springy stride. I’ve found good success in the LunarTempo and have been able to put a surprisingly high number of miles into each pair I’ve had.
adam23. Are you training for anything at the moment?
Currently, I’m not training for anything major, but I run consistently in case a certain race catches my eye. I may end up doing a race or two during the holiday season. I typically enjoy sticking to a 5k, 8k or 10k on the roads for a race situation as opposed to half or full marathons. I also help out with our shop’s Nike Women’s Half-Marathon training crew, so I guess you could say I’m training to help this large group achieve their goals and have fun along the way!
4. What got you in to running?
I ran my first road race when I was five years old in my hometown of Redondo Beach, California. Since then I’ve always enjoyed being active and testing my limits with how fast I could go. When I was in elementary school, running events were held every week. Students could rack up miles on the track and every accumulated 25 miles we would get rewarded with prizes. This harvested a competitive edge amongst me and my friends which carried into middle-school, high-school and even college where I continued to run competitively while building strong relationships with teammates and coaches. I really enjoy the skill sets and strengths that running can teach people.

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

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Adam after a long day’s work.

My favorite spot is Umami in The Marina (not to be mistaken with Umami Burger). It’s hard to choose as I’ve got so many places I’d love to share here, but for me Umami has overall the top food items and vibes I enjoy. It can be a busy spot but for good reason as they have some of the best ribs I’ve ever had, incredible sushi rolls and they mix some smooth cocktails as well. It’s worth the trip if you haven’t been.
6. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?

On my days off I find myself running, playing soccer, exploring new music selections and exploring San Francisco with friends. I enjoy being around people and soaking up the sun at a park if the weather permits. I also try to stay productive and get some chores done around the house.