Why Everyone Needs A Local Running Store

Photo: James D. DeCamp

Everyone has their favorite store. That place where you know you can get exactly what you need, receive good service and walk out completely satisfied. In my running-obsessed life, of course my place is a running store! More specifically, it’s my local running store, Fleet Feet Sports in Gaithersburg, Md.

I’ve been running for almost 12 years. When I started I was totally clueless. I picked out shoes off of the sale rack at a store and called it a day. I embarked on my running journey with what I hoped were running-specific shoes and trained for my first 5K. Soon thereafter, I decided to sign up for a 15K race with a friend. I took an online questionnaire and self-diagnosed my running style. Soon after I ordered what I felt were the correct shoes online.

After shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and multiple other issues, I finally learned my lesson. I wandered into a running-specific store to get fitted for shoes for my first marathon. Finally my shoes that fit right and are suited towards heavy mileage!

When I moved home to Maryland nine years ago, I quickly sought out Fleet Feet Sports. And over the years, I’ve been a regular customer—from shoe fittings to bra fittings to advice on gifts for family members. I’ve always received excellent customer service that keeps me coming back.

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Even though I’m not a beginner anymore, I still get fitted for each new shoe. Many things can change over years of running. What kind of mileage I’m doing now, how my feet may have changed with pregnancies and the impact of running long distances over the years all factor into the choice of a new shoe.

Recently I went back into the store with fairly new shoes on my feet. I had been fitted for the shoes at Fleet Feet that had just taken me through the Philadelphia Marathon. I asked a question about a seam fraying on the shoe. According to the store, the shoes should not have fallen apart so quickly. They replaced my shoes immediately with a fresh pair. That’s great customer service.

Fleet Feet has grown their training programs, becoming a part of the fabric of the running community here in Maryland. They have always offered a couple of “fun runs”, but through the years I’ve seen them expand their training programs. It always seems as though something new is popping up on their calendar. In fact, they served nearly 900 participants in their training programs in 2014. How impressive is that?

The advice at Fleet Feet Sports Gaithersburg flows freely. The time they’ve spent with my hard-to-fit feet has been impressive. And after I lost 50 pounds, a bra fitting was a life-saver too!

I’ve noticed them become a part of the community and a go-to resource for all things running and athletics. I found my my go-to place for all things running.

Read about Cynthia’s running and other adventures at You Signed Up For WHAT?! 

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