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The Go! Breakfast Club

The Go! Breakfast Club – 

It’s the end of a long run; sweat pouring, feet pounding, and stomach growling. Your body says you’re finished, but your appetite is just revving up.

Since September is Better Breakfast Month, we asked a few of our family of runners to share their favorite post run breakfast or recovery meal – something that gets them through and/or what they treat themselves to.

Here’s what they had to say:

“I like to make a recovery breakfast: omelet with lots of chopped onions, peppers and mushrooms and sometimes feta cheese.” Lisa Mullis

“After a long run I immediately crave a good Pale Ale or IPA. When we run downtown we all like the Sausage, egg and pepper jack on an everything bagel at Andina’s Coffee Shop on 3rd St. My next go-to is an omelet and pancakes from either IHOP or Cracker Barrel. Then when we run from the heights I like the b-fast pizza at US Pizza brunch with a Bloody Mary.”Chris Ho

“One of my favorite breakfasts after a good run is a slice of gluten free, Salba Chia sandwich thin (toasted) with avocado smashed on it, and topped with a slice of tomato, a few leaves of spinach, and the tofu breakfast strips from the no meat athlete cookbook. As a vegan, I love that I get a good bit of protein to help rebuild my muscles with no animal byproducts or meat. I like to bake enough tofu strips for a few days to be able to make it a fast breakfast.”Andi Stracner

“My favorite post-run breakfast is scrambled eggs with avocado and a big cold glass of 2% milk. And when the need strikes, I add wheat toast.  Yum.”Monica Ritchie

“A killer long run for me is a fast, hilly 30 mile run in the National Forest.  Because of the distance to get there I have to be creative in finding things I can carry in my cooler that won’t spoil before I get finished.  I try to ensure that I have a good source of protein and healthy carbs.  Usually that is a wrap with avocado, lettuce, tomato, and a chickpea burger with fruit on the side or a quinoa salad either homemade or purchased from a specialty grocer and a good craft beer.  My theory is that I can splurge on a little junk food after a long run but I typically don’t because I honestly enjoy the healthier stuff.  Every now and then I do crave a cheeseburger and I almost always indulge when the mood strikes.”Stacey Shaver-Matson

What is your favorite post-run meal? We know something just popped into your mind. So share it! We’d love to hear from you. Drop a comment below or on Facebook.

‘Walk a Mile in Their Shoes’ – Shoe donation drive the month of September 

Give Your Running Shoes New Life 

The fall weather is on the way, school has started and with that, we begin to look in our closest to pull the warmer gear forward.  And right in front of you are a line of running shoes on the floor. Wondering what to do with your old used running shoes? Donate them. Bag up your running shoes and bring them to us!

Since we opened our doors in 2010, Go! Running has been recycling running shoes to those in need. We collect them every day of the year, but each year, we bring attention to the need to help others with  ’A Mile in Their Shoes’,” which is an annual month-long running/walking shoe donation drive, inspired by the understanding that even if you’ve run the last mile in a pair of running shoes, these shoes still have a long life and can go to someone in need to live out the rest of their miles.

Special Thanks to the gals who got it all started: Mary Wells and Sarah Olney –

We have to give special thanks to two amazing Little Rock Road Runners, Mary Wells and Sarah Olney, who started recycling running shoes in their garage to help others. They shared their passion, time and community need, and when we opened our doors, we offered to help. What started out as a drop off location has turned into a daily community-giving program. Today, we give to as many groups in need as possible: Our House, CASA, The Van, Homeless Shelters and other charities contact us when they are in need.

Help a Child – NEED Kid’s shoes.

The shoes we need the most are kids shoes. Over 13 million children are living in poverty in America and don’t have access to new clothes or shoes to go back to school. And there are many kids in our area who need help. So instead of throwing those shoes away or putting them in a yard sale, donate them to a great cause. It could make a child’s day! We believe in helping others, and the shoe drive is one way we can do that. Let’s help others in need in our community. We can’t fill this need without you!

Running Shoe Recycling and Donation Drive

What: “A Mile in Their Shoes”

When: All September

Where: Go! Running, 1819 N Grant St, Little Rock

Cross Country Season is here… Go!!

The nerves and excitement grow, the racers tow the line and a few strides later, the gun goes off as 400 runners come rumbling and thundering down the start – elbow to elbow- toward a rapidly narrowing path. It’s an exciting time of year because cross country season begins! 3.1 miles of unbridled countryside. Sometimes it’s muddy. Sometimes it’s hot and hard. But always Fabulous! Go Running loves supporting our local cross country teams, and we can’t wait to hear all your war stories, help you find the right spikes and shoes, and cheer you on through your cross country journey.

“It’s about the experience,” said Erin Taylor, xc runner & enthusiast, and owner of Go! Running. “To me there was nothing like it. Every race was different. Ever course a new challenge. Champions are made on the cross-country fields and it’s all about strategy and overcoming the factors that are always unpredictable. It’s not about your time. It’s about how you and your team run that particular course on that particular day. And I love being part of the team”.

Go! Team

We caught up with a couple of our local cross-country coaches to hear why they love cross country:

“I love seeing young athletes improve over the course of a cross country season.  It’s always fun to see hard work rewarded, whether it’s a team victory in a meet or an individual athlete’s personal best performance.  Also, I really enjoy getting to know the athletes that I coach.  We have about 180 cross country athletes in grades 7-12 in Bryant. Some of them are very talented and may have a chance to compete in college. I would hope that all of our athletes, regardless of ability level, come out of their high school cross country experience with a love for running, which they take with them for a lifetime of fitness.” – Steve Oury

“There are no bench warmers in cross country. It is a great team sport. It rewards athletes who have or develop a strong work ethic and self discipline.” – Karl Koonce

“I really love the way our team becomes a family.  We encourage and support each other because we understand the hard work and sacrifices we are all making.  It doesn’t matter if you are the fastest or slowest person on the team, everyone can get better with hard work.  I love watching my slower and less confident runners improve and surprise themselves with what they accomplish!” – Christy Nipper

Photo Credit: Arkansasonline.com

Time to Spike it up!!

High School Runner’s Discount

We have the XC spikes from Nike, Brooks, Saucony, and NB for all ages. Nothing better than the mud, the guts and the hills – except maybe racing in your new shoes!

As always, Go! Running offers high school team runners:

  • 10% discount for Spikes or Racing Flats
  • 20% discount on a Shoe + Spike combo purchase

Like the sound of it? Come Run a XC Race:

And, if you need an extra race to run, come see us at the Minute Man 5k on September 9th. There’s an open division, so adults can sign up too! Really, don’t miss it! And Cheer on our awesome HS Runners. Here’s the link to sign up: http://bit.ly/2uKOlIE

This Saturday, Shop Tax FREE!

It’s sales tax holiday… and that’s good news! While everyone is fighting over pencils and binders at discount stores, you can come into Go! Running and pick up some great deals on running gear and shoes AND pay no sales tax on qualifying items (such as shoes, accessories, bags, apparel, and more) – in a far more relaxed, friendly environment!

Skip the lines & Get a little Extra.

Skip the lines and hang out with us. Surprisingly, there’s a lot of things you can save on! Go! Running has everything you need. Since some items must be under $100 or $50 to qualify for the tax discount, we are giving an additional discounts up to 15% on some of these items. And, this will include several of our shoes. Is there a pair of shoes at the store you’ve had your eye on? Now is the time to get in the shoe of your dreams.

Save BIG

In addition to these discounts, you can also still get your club or military discount with your purchase, which means you can save even more! And all purchase go towards your Run Rewards, where you can earn a $25 credit on a purchase.

A lot of the store is on sale, but not everything. Here’s what you can get a discount on this weekend.

 

Qualifying Items

· Clothing under $100 including tops, tanks, shorts, hats, insoles, sandals, rainwear, socks, underwear and bras.

· Clothing accessories under $50 including hair bands, jewelry, sunglasses, and spibelts.

· School Supplies including bags and backpacks.

If you come to the store and aren’t sure if a certain item qualifies for the sale, just ask! We can also place special orders and qualify you for the tax break, but you must make payment this weekend. Shoot us a message if you have any questions and we hope to see you this Saturday! Tell us about your fall plans with all your “back to school” freedom!

Go! Running with Meghan Lewis

If you are a part of the Little Rock running community, or have been to one of our Thursday night runs or Sunday trail runs, you have probably met Meghan Lewis. As soon as we met Meghan back in 2010, we knew we had to hire her to be on the Go! Team. Now she is the Manager of our little community running store and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We sat down with Meghan to ask her about her life in Little Rock and at Go!

Why did you start running?

I started running when I was 25. I grew up doing all sorts of outdoors activities with my family so being outside running just seems natural for me. And, at the time, it was a great way to take my mind off of things and de-stress. I really fell in love with running a couple of years later when I started trail running. I love hanging out in the woods, so running the trails is even better.

What brought you to Little Rock?

Before I came to Little Rock, I had just found out I was pregnant. My husband Nick and I were living in Oregon at the time, but we wanted to move to be a little closer to family in Memphis. A friend of Nick’s worked at a cycling company here in town and had a job available, so we chose Little Rock.

Tell us a little about running Go! Running (pun intended!)

When we moved to Little Rock, I knew I wanted to get a job at one of the running stores since I love to run. I heard about Go!, so I took my resume in and Erin called me that night to set up an interview. When I met Erin and Gary, we instantly clicked and I fell in love with them and the store. So I got the job! Gary and Erin are one of my favorite things about working at Go! And, I just love sharing running with other people in our community. I love my job.

How did you meet your husband?

We actually met through running! I was going to the University of Memphis getting my Bachelors in Fine Arts and met Nick through trail running. Our first date was a midnight run and then we went camping. Now, we have a 6 year old daughter, Nour.

What do you and your family like to do together?

We are an outdoorsy family. We run together and like going camping, going out for walks, hiking, canoeing, going to the trails, kayaking, or just anything outdoors. Nour and I also like to take photographs, garden, and paint together too.

What was your best run ever?

I truly do love running and I like to run whenever I get the time. In the heat, the snow, whenever! Every race is a different experience and a great way to explore different parts of the country.

What do you love MOST about running?

I don’t know how to describe it. Running began as something that was just mine, just for me, and a way to get away, decompress and de-stress. Running is just a part of me and who I am.

If you would like to meet Meghan, we invite you to stop by the store to chat with her. We welcome runners and walkers from all paces and walks of life. Come and be part of our running/walking community. Remember, every run begins with Go!

It’s a Full mOOn in the Ouachita National Forest

This Saturday is the 25th anniversary of the Full mOOn 50 & 25k, which is a race and as well as a celebration. The race is set on forest service roads in the Ouachita National Forest and the proceeds go to a good cause. “It’s easy to see why the Full mOOn is known as a good time that runners of all abilities look forward to all year,” said Gary Taylor, a many time Full mOOn finisher.” Starting in late in the evening, the balmy(!) weather, Susy’s unique pre-race instructions, running through the woods at night, and ending in a sudden oasis of light, music, food, and friends all makes this a run to remember. I love this race.”

The Best Night Run of the Year!

First of all, this race is no frills, fun and funky with an all night afterparty until 4 a.m. If you haven’t been to a night race with blaring music and disco balls, then you’re missing out on a really good time. The Full mOOn also brings it with food and drinks. Each aide station is like a golden corral buffet with water, gatorade, sodas, sandwiches, and even ice to put in your shirt or your bra when it’s 95 degrees outside. They bring in 300 lbs of ice just for the event! And, at the finish line, you will find a giant after party where there are people cheering you on at the finish line, music blasting, people dancing, and to top that, the Williams Junction Volunteer Fire Department fixes breakfast like bacon, eggs, hash browns, coffee, and pancakes until 4 a.m.

Photo credit: Arkansas Outside

Rocking Aide Stations

One of the best points of this race are the aide stations. According to race director, Susy Chandler, “It’s dark, hot, humid, and hilly as hell when you’re running then all the sudden you see disco balls and the aide station, which is a lot of fun and a bit of a relief!” Here, they have everything you need! Water, food, and aides to help with anything you need. Each aide station is staffed by an ultra runner who knows everything about running. If something is wrong, they will help you fix it. Susy also mentioned she loves how the trail race community is full of people who want to help. They want everyone to make it to the finish line, no matter what.

You won’t get lost, promise! 

Are you wondering how they keep up with all the people running around the forest in the dark? 6 words sum it up: The Faulkner County Amateur Radio Club. The club mans the race and checks in at the aide stations to keep track of runners. They track all runners at three different points to make sure nobody gets lost in the woods. They can also radio back for help if they find anyone who is in trouble or can’t make it to the finish. To add to that, Go! Running puts the trail map on the bibs so everyone knows where to go. If you haven’t crossed the finish line by 4 a.m., a course sweeper will bring you back to the finish line.

Blind and Visually Impaired Division

We also asked what she’s most proud of about the race. Susy told us she is proud that the Full mOOn has a BVI division for Blind and visually impaired runners, which you don’t see a lot of in the running world. There are 3 runners in this year’s race in this division. How does this work? It’s easy! Each runner is assisted by a guide who tells them about the best place in the road to run and when another runner is ahead or approaching. This is such a wonderful thing! Special thanks to all the runner partners!

 

Sleep in on Saturday

We hope to see you Saturday at 7 for the race (be sure to sleep in as late as you can)! Registration is closed for this year’s event, but there are still volunteer opportunities available. If you need volunteer hours to get into a race or ultra miles for the UTS series, it’s not too late to sign up. Or, if you’re just ultra-curious or have friends and family that will be at the event, come party with us! You can visit the volunteer page or email susy@fullmoon50k.com

Stick around for the Afterparty

One of the best parts of the race is the afterparty. And, with restrooms and showers on site, there is no reason not to stick around. Susy said one of her favorite parts of the race is at 2 a.m. where most of the 25k runners are finished and we’re still waiting on some 50k runners to finish. It seems like is a sea of sweaty runners, out in the middle of the forest, talking, eating, and sharing running war stories. And the talking is interrupted suddenly with an outburst of cheers when a runner comes across the finish line.

You don’t want to miss this race, even if you aren’t signed up. And if you are, Susy said to be sure to bring salt, a water bottle, and bug spray. And, if you don’t want a blister in the middle of your forehead, bring a bandana too! Look for Stacey Shaver at the aide station and give her a high five!

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