It’s the experience: The Boston Marathon® adidas RunBase

by Marathon Sports
on July 02, 2015

IMG_0233Back in April, Marathon Sports entered uncharted waters with a new partnership. Together with adidas and the Boston Athletic Association, we opened the Boston Marathon® adidas RunBase at 855 Boylston Street. This store is the first of its kind in America and only the sixth worldwide.

Equal parts museum, running store, and runner’s clubhouse, RunBase is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. When you...

APPAREL REVIEW: The Under Armour ColdBlack S/S

by Marathon Sports
on July 02, 2015

by Joe Moscariello, Store Manager – Marathon Sports Plymouth

under-armour-coldblack-run-short-sleeve-t-shirtOver the course of the last two weeks, Massachusetts has dished up some very unpredictable weather – from 50 degree nights to 90 degree humid afternoons and everything in between (fortunately I missed that Tornado in Wrentham by about an hour). With the weather variability that can take place over the course of a long run, adaptability...

SHOE REVIEW: Asics Gel-Pursue 2

by Marathon Sports
on June 30, 2015

by Rafer Dannenhauer, Marathon Sports staff member

pursueI feel particularly qualified to review the Asics Gel-Pursue 2, because I ran last year’s model into the ground! So far this shoe has far exceeded my expectations. After about 50 miles of running, including a 5K road race, a major improvement of note has been the introduction of an engineered mesh upper, with the removal of some seamed overlays,...

Hit the trails: The Middlesex Fells Summer Trail Series

by Marathon Sports
on June 24, 2015

Marathon Sports has partnered with the Department of Conservation & Recreation and 0600 Conditioning Bootcamp to launch the inaugural MIDDLESEX FELLS SUMMER TRAIL SERIES! Starting MiddlesexFells-Medford-PineHill-BostonSkyline3-5-5-02-JBtomorrow night, the series will take runners on a 5K fun run through this often overlooked gem just five miles outside the concrete and chaos of the city. We will periodically have vendors join the group to demo their...

Free Post-Boston Marathon® Medal Engraving - April 21st

by Stride Longley
on April 09, 2015

Run a Personal Best? Completed your 10th Marathon? Running for the first time?

 

Come down to Marathon Sports "At the Finish Line" on Boylston St. the day after the Marathon (Tuesday, April 21st) between 10:30am and 2:30pm to get your Finisher's Medal engraved for FREE. 

 What do you need to bring? 

  • Your Finisher's Medal (Medal's will NOT be provided. We didn't run the Marathon enough times to have extras.)
  • Your lovely self

That's it!

The engravers will not be there after 2:30pm and won't be coming back, so get there early. These guys travel all over the country and said that Boston is BY FAR their busiest set up.

Can't wait to see all of you there!

Saucony Speed of Lite Jacket Review

by Stride Longley
on April 07, 2015

by Marathon Sports Staffer Kyle Northrop

 


Stan Fields: Miss Rhode Island, please describe your idea of a perfect date.                                                                               

Miss Rhode Island: That's a tough one. I'd have to say April 25th. Because it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket. “ 

-Miss Congeniality

 

 

You know it’s been a really rough winter when we look at a 40 degree day and call it a heat wave. But still, we find those first signs of spring: Commonwealth Ave crowded with people training for the marathon, daylight savings, and our spring apparel orders arriving on our doorsteps.

            The funny thing is, we start getting our spring apparel about a month and a half early. And we look at our spring jackets wondering, “When will we ever need this?” But as of late, the temperatures have been creeping higher and I have finally found my jacket of the spring: the Saucony Speed of Lite jacket.

            The Speed of Lite jacket is a year-round jacket because it is what we consider a “lightweight shell;” it works well through the windy days of March, performs exceptionally well during a light summer rain, and can handle the colder months with layering.

            It took the jacket for a run on the Charles and it was two degrees out. But, because I had very warm layers under the jacket, the Speed of Lite jacket’s wind proof layer kept my core warm. But when the weather gets warmer, I am sure that it will work well with a simple t-shirt.

                  That’s the best part about owning a versatile piece such as this jacket: it’s a great piece by itself but can be paired to withstand all elements.

Here’s the rundown:

    -The back of the jacket and under arms has mesh that allows ventilation that prevents overheating.

     -Anywhere the wind is not directly hitting the jacket will be breathable.

    -Lightweight, DWR-coated front panel and sleeves provide water resistance and breathability

    -Super stylish thumbholes for when you accidentally forget your gloves/want to look like a neon ninja.

    -Lacks a front pocket but has a zipper stash pocket on the back.

    -Super bright neon with reflective accents keeps you safe in low light conditions.

 

I have been wearing this jacket for 3 weeks now and I just wanted to show you the range of outfits and weather conditions I wore it with:

 

February 25th:

5 miles. 7am on the Charles -1 Degrees with windchill

    Tracksmith Base Layer, Brooks Essential 1/2 Zip, Saucony Speed of Lite Jacket with Craft Gundie Shorts and Saucony Nomad Pants.

 

February 28th:

10 miles. Noon in Springfield MA. 24 Degrees, Heavy Snow over the last 4 miles.

    Craft Active Extreme Crewneck, Sugoi Midzero 1/2 Zip, Saucony Speed of Lite jacket Tracksmith Bislett Pants, Craft Gundie Shorts.

 

March 4th:

7 miles. 3PM in Newton Lower Falls. 42 Degrees and Sunny

    Adidas Supernova 3/4 Tight, Brooks Uptopia Long Sleeve, Saucony Speed of Lite Jacket

 

NO matter the weather, No matter the miles, this jacket will keep the wind from your core and a light rain from seeping in. THUMBS UP!

 

 

TomTom MultiSport Cardio GPS Product Review

by Stride Longley
on April 07, 2015

by Marathon Sports Staffer Jamie Norton -

The TomTom Multisport Cardio GPS packs a ton of cool features into a slim and affordable watch. Perhaps its most intriguing characteristic is its ability to detect heart rate without the use of a cumbersome chest strap, utilizing a Mio optical HR sensor. I will explore this feature as well as many others in this brief review of my experience using the Multisport Cardio.

Right out of the box, I was pleased to find the watch extremely easy to use. A single 4-direction button is used to navigate through a few simple screens where you can view your history, start workouts, and adjust the settings. Two presses of the button get you straight from the home screen into run mode. The watch is designed with functionality for indoor and outdoor running, cycling, and indoor swimming. From there, you can break it down into preset auto laps, interval workouts, pace or heart rate ranges, and race mode where you can match up against previous runs or races. Once you are in an active workout mode, the screens are customizable to show 3 different metrics at any given time, one of which can be changed easily by pressing up or down on the button during your workout. Overall, the watch interface was certainly intuitive and user friendly.

The main question we get in the store with any GPS watch is: does it work well? Especially with the optical HR sensor, I was eager to test how this watch stacked up with its competitors as far as accuracy. I had no problems at all with the GPS functionality of the watch. The “Quick GPS” feature keeps a cache of satellite locations stored when you connect the watch to a computer (or to the TomTom mobile app via Bluetooth), and on most days it took no more than 5-10 seconds to connect. For me, this was a huge asset to have in a GPS watch. There’s nothing more frustrating than being ready to run, stepping out into the cold, and having to stand there and wait for 2 minutes to connect to satellites. Most of the time I would get fed up and start running without the GPS connection, which of course defeats the purpose of owning the watch. I also found the distance measurements to be consistent and accurate, which I was pleased to see out of a non-Garmin GPS unit.

For the most part, I also was pleased with the optical heart rate functionality. I am certainly not a hard core HR person, and would never use a strap, so being able to access that data in a non-invasive way was a huge plus; I have started to incorporate it into my training and been pleased with the results. It took me a few times using the watch to figure out the exact position that worked with the HR sensor, but now that I’m used to it I can usually quickly troubleshoot when the sensor gets out of place. When it is locked in and working it seems to be totally accurate. In addition to simply displaying your heart rate, the watch has several screens geared towards HR training. Using the TomTom web interface you can customize the heart rate zones as you would like them to appear on the watch, and then it will tell you what “zone” you are in at any given time. This is useful for people looking to target certain kinds of intensity levels or workout benefits, be it tempo runs or burning fat or recovery. Once you’re done with a workout, the web interface will tell you how much time you spent in each of the HR zones.

All in all, the TomTom Multisport Cardio, along with the rest of their line of GPS watches, provide an excellent option in the ever expanding GPS watch market. Come by your local Marathon Sports and we’d be happy to show you the lineup and talk about how they would fit into your specific training needs!

Boston Edition Kinvara 6

by Stride Longley
on March 19, 2015

Update 4-17-2015:

We have the Boston Edition Kinvara 6 available to ship now!

 

 

Want a pair of the most sought after limited edition Boston Marathon® shoes? How about getting your hands on them before their international release?  This is your opportunity!

 

For the 3rd year in a row Marathon Sports is proud to be the exclusive retailer of the Limited Edition Boston Kinvara. This year's version--the 2015 Saucony Boston Kinvara 6--features a bold palette of Beantown-approved colors that will help you stand out from the crowd on Marathon Monday. The latest edition of this fan favorite has lightweight and responsive POWERGRID cushioning that combines with an improved PRO-LOCK lacing system to deliver an optimal fit for race day. 

In order to secure your pair, simply purchase a ticket and join us at the 2015 Boston Kinvara 6 Launch Party on April 13, 2015, at 7:30 PM.

Click here to purchase a ticket now

Event Details:

 

If you are not able to attend the Launch Party, you can still take advantage of this opportunity.  If you do not make it to the Launch Party, we will ship your shoes to the address you entered upon checkout (sorry USA addresses only).   Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will receive your shoes prior to the 2015 Boston Marathon® on April 20, 2015.  

 

When: Monday, April 13, 2015, at 7:30 PM

Where: Marathon Sports at the Boston Marathon® Finish Line (671 Boylston St, Boston MA 02116)

What is included: Refreshments and a pair of 2015 Boston Edition Saucony Kinvara 6 running shoes (in the size you chose).

 

Instructions:

  • Select your desired gender and size
  • Place your order
  • You will be emailed your ticket with details
  • Bring a copy of your ticket to the Launch Party or send it along with a friend (if you can't make it yourself)
This is your chance to guarantee that you receive a pair of the 2015 Boston Marathon Kinvara 6 in your size--don't miss out! 

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A PAIR AND TICKET TODAY

The Best Recovery Chili

by Marathon Sports
on February 10, 2015

Much like the comfy cushion of the Saucony Hurricane, we have a delicious meal that will comfort your appetite, rather than your feet! Enjoy this delicious, nutrition-packed meal after your next run to speed up recovery and to satisfy your ravenous side. The blizzard of the year has arrived, bringing with it freezing temps and slick sidewalks. Also known as not the most pleasant weather for...

Healthy Running Tips: 3 Easy Ways to Strengthen Your Achilles Tendon

by Marathon Sports
on February 05, 2015

Mike Silva, Owner of FOUNDATIONperformance Sports Medicine, joins us in Marathon Sports Mansfield to show you three very easy exercises that you can do each day to help strengthen your achilles tendon.

Check them out below:

Learn about this and other injuries every other Thursday in this 12 part Healthy Running Tips series with Mike Silva. Make sure to check out his website here as well: http://w...