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...

5 Tips on How to Keep You Running Through the Winter

by Marathon Sports
on February 03, 2015

When there’s snow on the ground, it’s hard to convince yourself that a run outside won’t be “that bad.” We know it’s super tough to muster the motivation to jump out into the cold to stick to your training runs, so that’s why we’re going to share with you the top 5 ways on how to keep you running through the winter!

1: Plan out your weekly workouts using the 10-day forecast. 

If you know there’s...

>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