Footprints Newsletter / December 3rd 2013
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Holiday Running

The holiday season, a shortened version this 2013, is now upon us. We had a bit of snow, some cold and that has contributed to the wonder of a winter holiday. December is an interesting month. A transitional month into our much maligned Buffalo winters. A month of family gatherings, holiday parties, late shopping nights, too much eating out, and often not much time left in the busy schedule to work out. I have always looked at December as a month to rest a bit - give the body a break before jumping back into training in January. Just don't let it be too much rest or you could face some extra pounds and a dip in your level of fitness.


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We have many opportunities in December to get you out on the roads. The Wednesday night group run this week is one of our best - the Jingle Bell Toy Run. We love seeing the mound of toys donated at this run - all benefiting the Response to Love Center in Buffalo. Then Mizuno is back in the house at Fleet Feet Sports. Join us for the Mizuno re-Launch run. And we even have a Special Saturday morning group run with Adidas. Check out all the details and get out for a run - burn some of those holiday cookie calories off.



running up stairsWant to try something totally different in 2014? Fleet Feet Sports is proud to once again partner with the American Lung Association and the Buffalo Fight for Air Climb. I was part of the Fleet Feet team last year and that climb up 38 floors was one of the toughest things I have done. But I loved it and will be back again in March. Check out the details on a practice climb this month and watch for how to be part of the Fleet Feet Team - don't climb alone, climb with Fleet Feet!


What are your running goals moving into 2014? Get started with running, go a bit faster or go the longer distance? Fleet Feet Sports training programs get started in the 1st quarter of 2014. Our proven Marathon and Half Marathon training programs start in January with an exciting, new partnership with Adidas and our commitment to providing the best coaches, schedules, and support. Our Beginner and Intermediate 5K groups begin in March.


Think you can't do it, afraid of taking that first step, not sure it will really make a difference? There are so many success stories from Fleet Feet Sports training programs - inspiring stories and transformations. One of our training group participants. Tim - starting with No Boundaries and moving to the Distance group - told us his story which we hope will give you the courage to take that first step!

Click the picture to read his whole story and be inspired too!




~ Alice and Dan Loncto and the Fleet Feet Sports Buffalo Team

Stuff those stockings!
How exciting! You get to hear from me two newsletters in a row! 
I just wanted to share my Holiday Gift Guide with you. In case your someone special doesn't make up a Holiday Wishlist you can refer to our handy holiday gift guide! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

See the Fleet Feet Holiday Gift Guide here!
Spring Training group is OPEN for registration!

adidas logo We are happy to announce that our Distance group is now sponsored by Adidas!!!! 


Beginner? Veteran? Scared to run your first half or full? 




With our new official sponsorship by Adidas, each group member will receive a custom Fleet Feet Racing printed Adidas SMT running jacket and "Adi-bucks" to spend on Adidas products at Fleet Feet. Members will have two coaches available by email anytime, weekly newsletters, planned routes with water/Nuun stops for every group run, occasional group runs at Chestnut Ridge Park, products samples at many group runs, and other perks!

  • Complete training schedule for full 18 weeks
  • Two trained coaches available by email anytime
  • Weekly group long run each Saturday
  • Detailed maps and directions for all training group runs
  • Occasional group runs at Chestnut Ridge Park
  • Water and Nuun provided on the course for every group run
  • Samples of nutrition and other products at many group runs
  • Weekly newsletters with full of advice and information
  • Discount on selected Adidas products
  • Complimentary Adidas running jacket (an $80 value)
  • Optional addition of Nutrition Counseling
  • Optional addition of Good Form Running clinics

We are also very excited to offer a new Boston365 Program for the VIP Boston Marathon experience! This sub-group is for those who have already qualified and registered for the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. This exclusive opportunity is limited to 8 people. The experience includes: Access to the VIP Lounge, VIP Bus to the starting line (with bags returned to VIP lounge), VIP access to the race Expo, VIP party at McGreevey's on Friday night, VIP party with Competitor Group, Fleet Feet Sports, and Adidas on Saturday night, VIP tour (venue TBD, either Sam Adams Brewery or Fenway Park!)


Registration Fees:
$100 for returning distance group members
$120 for new distance group members
$350 for Boston365 VIP Boston Marathon experience (includes training program)

Program Breakdowns By Goal Race:


Pittsburgh Marathon & Half Marathon (Sunday 5/4/14)

  • 18 week training program
    • Veteran: having completed 2 or more marathons and currently able to run 30 miles per week
    • Rookie: running first or second marathon, or returning to marathon running and currently running less than 30 miles per week

BOSTON 365: Boston Marathon (Monday 4/21/14)   

(Only 7 spots left)
    • 18 week training program
      • Veteran training program for runners who have completed at least one marathon
      • Qualified and registered for the 2014 Boston Marathon
      • Currently running at least 20 miles per week
Paper Application or Register Online

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Show up and run with us! We will have 2 and 4 mile routes. The new Adidas Glide BOOSTs will be on hand and available to take for a test drive. Experience a different shoe and get a good workout in.

Practice Climb
Wednesday December 11th 5:30-6:30 PM
Try something NEW!  Not sure you want to run up 38 floors?  Try the practice climb, then register and become part of our team.   Fleet Feet Sports will field a team at the 2014 Fight for Air Climb.  Join the Fleet Feet Sports team and run to the top with us.  No need to do it alone.   Watch for more details on how to be part of our team as we race the tower!  
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Fleet Feet Sports Buffalo is thrilled to announce that The Biggest Loser Half Marathon/5K is coming to Buffalo! Dan has been working with the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission to make this happen for our community.
The race will be run on Sunday 8/31/14 and will bring in runners from across the area as well as former contestants. The Biggest Loser Half Marathon/5K will replace the Fleet Feet 15K-Run into Buffalo which has run on Labor Day for 7 years. What will not change is Fleet Feet Sports commitment to our community and Shoes on Students (SOS)! A donation from The Biggest Loser Half Marathon/5K will benefit Shoes on Students and continue to provide new training shoes for young runners in our community.

Mark your calendars - 8/31/14. Visit the race website - register for the Half Marathon, the 5K, and bring the kids out for the 1 mile run - run on Labor Day weekend. Watch for more details from Fleet Feet Sports on training programs to get you ready to challenge the Biggest Loser Half Marathon/5K.

Fleet Feet Sports is committed to FIT, fitness, training and bringing the best to you - every day! Visit our website, Facebook page, Twitter and YouTube to get the latest on what is happening at Fleet Feet Sports every day. We appreciate your confidence in and support of Fleet Feet Sports and look forward to your feedback.    

Run Steady, Run Strong, Run FIT, 

Alice and Dan Loncto & the FIT experts at Fleet Feet Sports
Fleet Feet Sports Buffalo

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