>9/10/14: Register today to run the 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund!

by Stride Longley
on September 10, 2014


Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to join Dana-Farber’s fundraising team, and participate in the B.A.A. Half Marathon® on October 12.  Challenge yourself to complete the 13.1 mile course AND raise incredible funds to support groundbreaking cancer research and extraordinary patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute! 

Register as an individual team member, or make an even bigger impact on cancer patients and their families by creating a fundraising group with family and friends.

Click here to register for our B.A.A Half Marathon team.

We hope you will join us as we race to the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer!


Link: http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/waiver.asp?ievent=1108400

>8/11/14: Monday Morning Shoe Review - Asics Gel-Pursue

by Stride Longley
on August 11, 2014

by staff contributor John Silvia


With today’s running shoe industry awash with splashy neon characters, braggadocio over heel-to-toe drops, and two-hundred dollar whopper-sized, winnebago lookalikes that promise the “ultimate ride,” it’s reassuring to know that a small and understated handful of calm and quiet, do-their-job type running shoes has survived and thrived. They’ve been reliable in their fit and ride, and they’ve been the kind of shoes that while running you’ve often forgotten you had them on. Over the past fifteen to twenty years this small and understated handful of shoes has grown and steadily evolved into quite the tight-knit group of perennial best-sellers. More recently however, the catch has been that their simple-seeming nature and not-at-all-unusual looks allowed them to be overlooked by many runners, as their eyes all too easily became distracted by the new, brightly embellished and unabashedly exuberant, here-today-but-gone-tomorrow flights of fancy, more than a few of which promised something about natural running but more often than not delivered a sugary bucketload of rainbow colors instead. 

The Gel-Pursue however, Asics’ newest release, avoids all that and seems instead destined to join that tight-knit group of perennial best-sellers. The Gel-Pursue serenely and deftly entered the running shoe scene with decidedly little to do in the way of loud announcement, attention-seeking bombast, or promises of “revolutionizing” the running industry. It has gone almost completely unnoticed by anyone unacquainted with run specialty, yet within run specialty the Gel-Pursue is already garnering its fair share of attention and appreciation.

Women's Asics Gel-Pursue






The concept behind the design of the Gel-Pursue is deceptively simple--Asics removed the medial post of the stability-oriented GT-2000 and renamed the now postless shoe the Gel-Pursue. Asics then distinguished this newborn Gel-Pursue from its cloud-like older siblings, the Gel-Cumulus and Gel-Nimbus, by giving it a slightly firmer midsole and more responsive ride. Asics then complimented this simple design by giving it a simple appearance. The upper is mostly silver, with the men getting a little bit of black and red to boot and the women a little bit of purple and green. That’s it. No space-age neon, no twisty lacing system, and no whopper-sized midsole. Also no advertising, either. Asics deserves a tremendous amount of credit for releasing a shoe that functions so well while doing virtually nothing via advertising to support its release. In a way, that alone speaks louder than any neon ever could. Featuring a major star athlete wearing a flamboyant shoe on the inside cover of every sports-oriented magazine on the newsstands is one thing; quietly producing a terrific shoe, releasing it into the market, and letting the runners see (or run) for themselves and discovering how terrific the shoe really is determinedly another.





Men's Asics Gel-Pursue

At $109.99, Asics' Gel-Pursue is one of the best values on the market. It's on the low-end of the price range, yet its performance easily out strides many of its price aggressive contemporaries. In searching for a marathon training shoe, any neutral-footed runner seeking a snug fit and responsive feel would be wise to give it serious consideration. Moreover, the Gel-Pursue pulls double-duty as an excellent and effective marathon race-day shoe, as its smooth, quick, and almost effortless heel-to-toe transition renders it a fierce competitor against many would-be rival race-day shoes.

In the world of run specialty, sometimes the running shoe that is actually outstanding is the running shoe that makes no effort to stand out at all, remaining quiet while performing well for the sake of performing well. Some runners enjoy the quick splash that’s here for today, and there’s nothing wrong with that--there was a long, long period during which white and odd shades of blue were all a runner ever got. For those keen on performance however, know that the Asics Gel-Pursue is a runner’s running shoe and after that, little else needs to be said.

The Asics Gel-Pursue is currently available at ALL Marathon Sports Locations. Click here to find the closest location to you!

>8/5/14: 880V4 Launch Party with New Balance

by Stride Longley
on August 05, 2014

Join Marathon Sports and New Balance Thursday, August 14th @ 6PM at our Boston store for the Nationwide Launch of the newest addition to the New Balance neutral family, the 880V4. New Balance will be on site taking pictures of our guests on the Red Carpet leading into the premiere. We'll have the chance to ask New Balance employees direct all questions relating to the 880V4 and any other NEw Balance product. Can't forget about the short webcast LIVE from NB Headquarters that will be going out to only 6 stores across the nation speaking to the Product Team at NB on #RUNNOVATION and what's going on inside New Balance. Webcast will be complete with popcorn and 3D sunglasses (kidding on the 3D sunglasses, but they'll actually have NB Sunglasses to giveaway).


No need to be here the entire time! Sneak in after work to check out the new shoes and get your questions answered by your favorite New Balance employees. Come on in for the webcast with the Product Team, or join us for the Group Run. Check out the anticipated timeline below:


Launch party- 6pm EST to 9pm EST

6:00pm to 6:30pm: Try On/Wear Test the new 880V4, or other great product

6:30pm to 7:00pm: Photos on the Red Carpet

7:00pm to 7:25pm: Live webcast from NB Headquarters with the Product Team         

7:25pm: Wear test/Fun Run

8:15pm: Post Run Red Carpet Photos/Snack & Drinks





>8/5/14: Apparel Review - Nike Dri-Fit Knit Tank

by Stride Longley
on August 05, 2014

by staff contributors Susannah Mazer and Zach Mione


Holy knit, this shirt feels so good!


Made of a polyester/nylon knit, this tank is one of the best running tops available. The knit material is extra soft and helps wick sweat away from the skin to the surface where it evaporates to keep you cool and dry. The seamless design reduces chafing and irritation in areas where the shirt rubs against the skin.  Enhanced breathability in spots where our bodies produce the most heat, make it the go-to top for runners who plan on running through the hot and sticky New England August.   



In addition to its high performance on the run, the durable Dri-Fit knit material holds up wash after wash, never shrinking, pilling, or losing shape.

We love that the top is soft, durable, and flattering!



  • Soft, synthetic fabric wicks moisture to keep you dry
  • Front, side and back mesh panels for ventilation
  • Reflective back logo
  • Reflective swoosh on front left chest
  • Dri-FIT (56% Polyester/44% Nylon), combining next to skin comfort and moisture wicking

>8/5/14: Shoe Review - Nike Lunarglide 6

by Stride Longley
on August 05, 2014

by staff contributor Susannah Mazer 


Testing out a shoe that Shalane Flanagan has called her “ride of choice” and even her “dream shoe” is not a task that I take lightly. Needless to say, I had very high expectations for the LunarGlide 6. From my first step in store through two weeks of training runs, the LunarGlide 6 is without question the best LunarGlide yet. I thought the shoe had a nice, soft step-in feel yet I felt responsive and smooth while running thanks to the re-engineered Lunarlon foam.


Unlike many of its competitors, the LunarGlide 6 is not designed to counteract over pronation with a stiff medial post. Instead, it’s designed to correct inefficiencies using opposing wedges of foam in different densities that are essentially constructed like a ramp to guide the foot and ankle into alignment from the initial heel strike. The Dynamic Support platform thus provides a stable ride for runners who over pronate without the added bulk of a traditional medial post.Nike Lunarglide 6


The upper has also been completely reconstructed to conform more naturally around the foot as it transitions through the gait cycle. The Dynamic Fit technology uses Flywire to wrap the midfoot while strategically placed perforations in the upper foam allow improved breathability, which is great for those mid-summer runs.


Also featuring a reconstructed outsole, the LunarGlide 6 is designed to map the pressure on the foot while running and allow for a more natural motion as the foot moves through the gait cycle and prepares to toe off.


For anyone looking for a stability shoe without too much bulk or an everyday trainer that’s soft and supportive enough to withstand some serious mileage, look no further than the LunarGlide 6. 

>7/25/14: The 39th Annual Marathon Sports 5-Miler - Recap and Results

by Stride Longley
on July 25, 2014



After a few years of rain and unbearable heat, we FINALLY got a day with perfect conditions for the 39th Annual Marathon Sports 5 Miler, on Thursday July 24th 2014! A heat wave followed by a few brief showers cooled everything off just enough to get us in to the high 60’s for race time. It also lead to some tremendous competition overall and across all age groups. Full results are up and finish line pictures can be found here courtesy of Marathon Sports (photo credit to Audra Norvaisa).

Congratulations go out to all 851 competitors who crossed the finish line this year. With your participation each and every year, you personally have contributed to helping Marathon Sports raise over $140,000 over the past few years for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Massachusetts, our primary race beneficiary.


This year held some very quick times across the board, with races coming right down to the wire. We had new overall winners for both the men and women this year! On the men’s overall side, Marathon Sports’ own Rob Gibson took the crown with a winning time of 24:55. Not only was Gibson quick, but second place finisher, John Murray, was able to squeak under 25 minutes, having an unbelievable kick to squeak by third place finisher David Melly.




On the women’s side, we had another Marathon Sports’ employee coming in first. Audrey Gould of Somerville finished in 29:11, 31 seconds ahead of second place finisher Stephanie Wilson. Rounding out the top 3 was Laura Brustolon in a time of 30:21.


For the 5th Annual Brooks Coed Team Challenge we had some great performances, but it was the Lesley XC Alumni who stole the show. The team comprised of Francis Cusick, Brian Axelrod, Keryn Thorzaldsen and Leah Miller finished with an overall time of 1:58:34. We love to see your college team spirit carry over on to the streets of Weston. Keep it up!


Lastly, our sincere thanks also go out to all the sponsors and vendors: Brooks, Poland Spring, Dominos Pizza, When Pigs Fly Bakery, Health Warrior Chia Bars, Milestone Pod, DRINKmaple, Larabar, Core Power, Cascadian Farm, Fuel for Fire, ZICO, Joint Ventures PT, Tri Jake, Feetures and Wegmans; without you all, none of this would be possible. 
Also, the Town of Weston, its residents, and its schools: we sincerely thank you for letting us run rampant through your streets, trails, and fields each year. While we pledge to leave the place looking better than we find it every time, we appreciate your continuing support, and we couldn't ask for a better place for our little race to call home.
We're extremely grateful for you all, and we look forward to seeing each and every one of you again next year for our 40th Anniversary!


by Stride Longley
on July 01, 2014

by staff contributor Dan Soleau


Several months ago Garmin debuted it’s first fitness tracker – the vivofit.  The market was already fairly saturated – Nike Fuelband, Polar Loop, Jawbone, an array of FitBits, not to mention the countless apps available for smartphones.


There were a number of things that drew me to the vivofit.  I’ve been a loyal Garmin customer since the days of the bulky and unwieldy Forerunner 205.  Garmin products have always been reliable, easy to use, and generally the more sophisticated option on the market.


And so I became the proud new owner of a vivofit.  And the love affair began…


I have tested several of the other fitness trackers on the market – Fuelband, FitBit, and a couple of the smartphone apps – but I have not purchased any of them.  After testing them, I usually found some sort of fault that I knew would drive me crazy further down the line.  The three faults that seemed to be universal were:  the product was not waterproof, the product needed to be recharged every few days, and the display was either non-existent or very small.  These aren’t necessarily big issues, but I appreciate it when gadgets and gizmos are as hassle-free as possible.


The vivofit is waterproof, and boasts a (non) rechargeable battery life of 1+ year.  It is so convenient that I almost never have to take it off.  In the past 3 months I’ve only taken it off to go through airport security.  Other than that, it has stayed on my wrist through workouts, work, sleeping, showering, running, and every other daily activity.


After downloading Garmin Connect – Garmin’s Fitness Software – to my iPhone, I was able to activate, personalize, and sync my vivofit using Bluetooth.  There are a number of interesting features beyond the traditional counting of steps and calories. 


Vivofit has a component that tracks how restful your sleep is.  You can either set your sleep and wake time in Garmin Connect, or you can manually put the vivofit in and out of sleep mode with the easy to use single operating button on the unit.  You can also adjust your sleep/wake time for a specific day if you had a particularly late night out, woke up early, etc.  The vivofit will sync wirelessly with the app on your smartphone and you can look through the data and see just how restful your night’s sleep was.  I almost always have a spike in movement around 2am – right in the middle of my sleep cycle.


The step counter is bad news if you are OCD.  I obsess over my steps.  OBSESS.  Based on my level of activity, age, gender, height, and weight, Garmin has determined that my daily steps goal should be about 16,000.  When I was training for the Boston Marathon, I would crush that goal every single day and usually end up around 30,000 steps.  Now that I’m not training for anything I usually come in somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 steps a day.  Based on the accelerometer metrics in the vivofit, that’s somewhere between 12 and 17 miles a day – not too shabby, especially considering that the guard in “Orange is the New Black” has a daily goal of 10,000 and will march in place while working to try to hit his goal.


The metrics that Garmin uses to convert steps into mileage seems to be fairly accurate – within about 5%.


There are two different screens that show your steps.  The first is your total for the day – it’s constantly counting up.  The second is how far you are from your daily goal – it’s constantly counting down until you hit your goal, and then it starts counting up to show you how much you’ve crushed the day.  It’s very satisfying to watch the daily goal countdown go the other way.


Another feature that will drive the OCD a bit mad is the “Move Bar”.  The vivofit features a foreboding band of red that pops up at the top of the digital display when you’ve been inactive for an extended period of time – around an hour.  The longer you are inactive, the longer that ominous red bar becomes.  It only goes away when you get up and move around for an amount of time that the vivofit has predetermined is enough to reward you by making the red bar go away.


Vivofit has been durable.  Over the past several months it has logged hundreds of miles of running, hundreds of weight workouts, and hundreds of hours of manual labor while I lifted and hauled boxes.  My vivofit has even been to Dublin, London, and Paris =)  It has popped off my wrist a couple times, but usually because I caught it on something like a car door or jacket sleeve that opened the closure.


What I love:

-       Long battery life

-       Doesn’t need to be recharged

-       Waterproof

-       Step counter/goal counter

-       Sleep metrics

-       Wireless Bluetooth syncing with smartphone

-       Durability

-       Big giant display


Now – here’s the things that I don’t love about vivofit (I feel so unfaithful typing that).


I wish the band were thinner.  The tan line is pretty noticeable.  But – to have a nice big display, you need to have a sturdy bulky-ish band.


I wish the accelerometer (which is pretty accurate throughout the course of a day) didn’t count my showers as steps.  Seriously – I’m not sure if it’s the motion of shampooing or scrubbing, but something about showering tricks the vivofit into thinking you’re walking around and will add steps to your total.


That’s it.  The bulkiness of the band, and the unreliability of the step counter while showering.  Not too shabby considering the list of what I love about the vivofit.


Another great feature, which I haven’t personally used, is that the vivofit is heart rate strap compatible.  If you’re on a long bike ride, the vivofit will not be counting your steps and understand that you just biked 50 miles over the course of 2 or 3 hours.  In fact, the “move bar” would probably pop up despite your level of activity.  If you wear a heart rate strap, it will capture that activity – not in the form of steps, but in heart rate.  This is great for any activity where the hands/arms aren’t used as much – stairmaster, walking with a stroller, spinning, weight-lifting.


Vivofit’s $129.99 price (without HRM strap) falls right in the middle of comparable units from other brands.  Most of the wearable bands will fall into the $100 - $150 range.


At the price point, vivofit is by far the superior product on the market.  Ease of use, wireless syncing, no need to charge, waterproof – it’s time for you to begin your own love affair with vivofit.

>7/1/14: SPORTS BRA'S 101

by Stride Longley
on July 01, 2014


Sports bras are not much different than sneakers, getting fit is essential to comfortable runs!

What works for one woman is different than what will work for another.  That is why it is best to pick a sports bra based on specific activity. 

Sports Bra Technology

How does a sports bra provide support?  Most sports bra’s use compression and/or encapsulation.  Compression is the spandex that you will find in the fiber content of most sports bras.  The spandex helps press the breasts against the chest wall.  Encapsulation on the other hand is what separates each breast, enveloping them, this is what prevents the dreaded uni-boob from happening.  The most supportive sports bras provide a combination of both of these technologies.

In addition, many sports bras are now being made with contouring.  The contouring or molded cups help restrict movement. Also, they provide a level of modesty so that when the bra gets sweaty you won’t have to worry that you are totally exposed. 

Racerback vs Open Back

Open back sports bras provide easy on and off back closures, which is ideal after a good workout.  They have adjustable straps as well, so you can really customize the fit.

While racer backs will provide additional support (think like a harness), they are not always the easiest to get on and off especially if you have had a recent injury to your neck or shoulders or had breast surgery; that is when a supportive bra with a back closure may be a better option. However, some newer racerback styles now come with adjustable straps and back closures.

Right Fit is Key

When you first purchase a sports bra the band should be tight enough that you can only fit a finger or two under the band, but still breathe comfortably.  Ideally if it has an adjustable back closure it should be fastened on the loosest clasp so that as you wear it and it stretches out you can clasp it tighter so that you get the support you need throughout the life of the sports bra.  Also, if you feel that the support is coming from the straps, the band is likely too loose, the support should come from the band. 

When it comes to the right cup size it’s all about making sure that you don’t have cleavage showing (if this is happening try a bigger cup size) and the cups should not be wrinkled (too big of a cup).

Replacing Your Sports Bra

A sports bra lasts approximately the same amount of time as a pair of shoes, so when you purchase your next pair of shoes add on a bra and get rid of one in your closet.  This way you are ensuring that you are getting good support and are not needlessly stretching your Cooper’s ligament, the connective tissue that gives your breasts their uprightness. 

A Few of our Favorites!

Hot Shot by Moving Comfort-We love this bra because of the patterned straps, if they suddenly show from under your shirt it looks totally fine!  Also, if you are active throughout the day it is nice to have a sports bra on that will give support, without feeling completely strapped in!

Stow-n-Go by The NorthFace Ever looking to stash a credit card, hotel key, money or energy gel?  This bra has a hidden pocket that you could even stuff a pair of running socks in, but don’t worry it is situated in a way that you don’t have to be concerned about chafing. 

Vixen A/B & Vixen C/D by Moving Comfort- An easy over your head sports bra that gives great support; you can choose between the A/B cup version and the C/D cup version.  This bra has S.Cafe molded cups, which provide modesty when it is wet or sweaty.  S.Cafe is a fiber that is made from coffee grounds and is naturally antibacterial and odor resistant.  The Vixen is great if you have issues with straps falling down on you.

Juno by Moving Comfort-Moving Comforts most supportive racerback style sports bra.  This bra is difficult to get on, but it is the go to bra if you want to be reassured that your sports bra is not going to be what holds you back from being able to complete your next workout.  This bra comes in B-DD cup. 

Fiona by Moving Comfort- Our go-to-bra!  This bra is great because it fits so many women.  It has adjustable straps and back closures. It is one of our favorites!  This bra is made in B-DD cup and is ideal for someone who is nursing, has had a recent surgery, narrow shoulders, and uneven breasts or just wants a comfortable sports bra.

Jubralee by Moving Comfort- The Jubralee has more of a precision fit, so when you try this one on lean forward and scoop each breast into place.  This is an ideal option if you have uneven breasts because it has great adjustability. it’s Moving Comforts most supportive open back sports bra, making it a great option if you are used to wearing two bras instead of one.

>6/30/14: Shoe Review - Saucony Ride 7

by Stride Longley
on June 30, 2014

written by staff contributor Dave Welsh

With so many great neutral trainers in the run specialty market, it becomes challenging for vendors to differentiate their product from the competition without pushing themselves into a smaller or niche market. We’ve all experienced the difficulties of finding a shoe that both fits our foot and feels comfortable enough to make us want to get out there and pound out some serious mileage. Well have no fear neutral runners! Behold the Saucony Ride 7, boasting a set of updated and new features that propels it to the forefront of the neutral trainer market.

The 8mm drop, the standard heel-toe offset of Saucony trainers, is just one of the features that distinguishes the Ride from its competitors in the neutral trainer category. In addition, Saucony’s patented PowerGrid cushioning system runs from the heel to the toe of the Ride, ensuring a lightweight (9.4 oz. for men and 8.5 oz. for women) and comfortable feel without overbearing firmness. A new component of the Ride 7 is the implementation of full ground contact, complemented by two SRC crashpads located in the medial heel and midfoot of the shoe. Full ground contact allows for greater torsional flexibility, and consequently a smoother transition while running. The upper of the Ride 7 is laced with seamless overlays that provide a more consistent fit than its predecessor and help to hold the foot in place. Moreover, Saucony’s RunDry material lines the upper of the shoe, ensuring that your foot stays cool and dry even on the hottest Boston summer days.

After taking the Ride 7 out for a few runs this past week, I was impressed by the changes made by Saucony to improve upon the previous model. Over time, we all accumulate wear and tear, mine being the effects of eight years of football on my lower body, so having a shoe that is lightweight yet comfortable enough to ensure that previous injuries and persistent problems do not keep you off the road is crucial. The combination of these features delivers a streamlined, smooth, and lighter ride (haha…get it?) that is sure to keep you a happy runner!


To purchase the Men's Ride 7….CLICK HERE

To purchase the Women's Ride 7….CLICK HERE




>6/2/14: Accessory Review - Tifosi Optics Sunglasses

by Stride Longley
on June 02, 2014


I’ve worn sunglasses most of my life. In my younger and more vulnerable years, it was in an effort to look cool, you know, Tom Cruise in RISKY BUSINESS, Tom Cruise in TOP GUN, Tom Cruise in RAIN MAN… you get the point. Later in life it was a mix of form and function. Sure, I wanted to look cool, but I also wanted to be sure that I was protecting my eyes from all of those harmful UVA and UVB rays that you hear about.


When I started running and training more I knew that I needed to find a solution that would first and foremost function well for all of the hours that I spend out on the road and hopefully have a form that was appealing. I mean who doesn’t want to look badass in their race photos?! Would a cheap $7 pair of glasses meet my needs? Perhaps. Would a $300 pair of glasses cut it? I’m sure they would. I was hoping to find a pair somewhere in the middle. That’s when I learned about Tifosi.

Tifosi Optics is a leader in technical sports eyewear. Styles range from cost effective single lens frames starting around $40 up to Polarized and Polarized Fototec lens options that can cost around $100. They also make a wide range of interchangeable lens options, which is what first caught my attention.


As you probably know, living in New England, you need to be prepared for all conditions. From the hot August sun glaring off of the roads in Falmouth, to the February sleet blowing sideways in Newton, to the black flies swarming at dusk on the back roads of Maine in May, Mother Nature can throw a lot at your eyes. Having one case with three options to meet all of those challenges sounded very intriguing; having that option cost between $60 and $70 sold me.


After trying on a few different models, the Slip seemed to fit me and my needs best. The glasses felt secure but not tight or pinching. I liked how they wrapped around my face a bit, providing protection for the corners of my eyes. Knowing that no two noses are exactly alike, a number Tifosi models come with adjustable nose pieces and ear pads. The lenses, which block 100% of UVA and UVB rays are constructed from a scratch resistant, shatterproof polycarbonate material and the frame is constructed from Grilamid TR-90, a nylon material known for extreme flexibility, light weight, and resistance to chemical and UV damage. Overall the glasses felt light but sturdy.


On the run the glasses don’t budge, even when I wear them on the top of my head. The hydrophilic rubber ear and nose pieces made for no-slip fit, even when sweating heavily. The lenses are slightly vented which allows greater air flow and reduces the risk of lens fogging. Rarely have I had a problem with fogging, and if they do it seems to dissipate immediately.


As mentioned earlier, these glasses come with a set of interchangeable lenses, a dark lens for full-sun conditions, a rose tinted lens for cloudy conditions, and a clear lens for low light. Why would I need a clear lens? Ask that question the next time a bug flies into your eye during an evening run. The lenses and frame come in a hardshell case so I don’t have to worry about them being crushed at the bottom of my gear bag. My one improvement or wish would be that the case had a foam bed that I could set the frame and lenses in. Otherwise, if you are looking for a high end, technical pair of sunglasses that are of solid quality and won’t break the bank, I suggest you slide on down to your nearest Marathon Sports location and pick up a pair of Tifosis. Not only will you have a solid, versatile pair of shades, you’ll also look badass in your next race photos.