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!



>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.