For many of you around the city, other than rooting on the Buckeyes (especially this week!), the fall means it’s race season. The Columbus Marathon is a few weeks away, and there are enough warm up races, trail runs, and unique “fun runs” to keep your calendar full of ways to keep up with your need for speed! If you need some ideas, check out our blog on some of those races.
The end of summer is the official start of race season, and as you begin to figure out which race you’ll PR in this year, you need to make sure you get the right gear to not only look good, but to be safe and prepared for the upcoming season.
Road Runner Sports is one of the best stores focused on runners in the city. But to be totally honest, when we were planning the 5k and expo, we didn't even consider reaching out to them because we didn't think they did much locally. We were very, very wrong! Road Runner supports many local races and searches for ways to connect with the local running community.
They have a state of the art system called “The Shoe Dog” that will evaluate your stride, arches, and natural impact when you run. An expert will evaluate the results from the Shoe Dog and help you pick out the perfect pair of shoes. Personally, I always thought that I had flat arches, so I always wore shoes that were made for flat-footed runners. After evaluation, I learned that I actually had high arches that “collapsed” when I ran, and a high arching shoe was a better fit for me. I changed shoes and have already noticed a better overall feeling in my feet, knees, and IT Bands when I run.
Road Runner also has the latest gear you’d expect from a running store. They carry everything from hydration packs to trail shoes, and there is always plenty of options and sizes in the sale section. If you’ve never been, we’d highly encourage you to join their loyalty program, which basically pays for itself on the first purchase and you’ll get future discounts on everything in the store. If there is something you want and Road Runner doesn’t have it, they’re happy to order it to the store at no additional charge to you, which is always better than ordering from Amazon and “hoping” for the right fit.
Whether you’re trying to become a better runner, or you just want to un-retire and get back into it this season, getting a proper fit from someone who knows what they’re talking about is probably the single best thing you can do for yourself. Road Runner is an easy drive from anywhere in the city, and 30 minutes in the store might be just what you need to have your best race season yet!
Sweat Local Columbus is all about the places that get us moving and sweating, but we’re also about the places that fuel our bodies so that we can perform our best. Local Roots is a restaurant in Powell that features a menu full of locally-grown produce, herbs, and all sorts of other healthy menu items. And when we say locally grown, we mean either from the local farmers or just a mile down the road at their own farm.
Local Roots’ menu has something for everyone. With plenty of vegetarian options to go along with a gluten free menu (as well as traditional favorites like pizzas, ribs, and sandwiches...seriously, try the Turkey Bacon Avocado). The bread they use on most of their sandwiches comes from Beehive Bakery, which you could hit a golf ball to from their back patio.
What’s great about Local Roots is that they have a feature menu that changes weekly. The kitchen is given a lot of freedom to experiment with seasonal flavors and they always come up with something creative. This summer, Local Roots raised honey bees. With the honey that was produced, they’ve been able to make salad dressings and it’s made its way onto the feature menu on a number of dishes. It’s also available to take home!
The honey is just an example of what Local Roots does so well, and by the way the place fills up every day of the week, you can tell the community is behind one of its favorite restaurants. Owner Jessi Iams is also a big supporter of an active lifestyle, as there are regular fitness classes that she hosts in the beer garden. From spinning to yoga and barre classes, you’ll see it all. If there isn’t a class going on, you’ll likely see some live music outside when the weather is nice (and a live jazz band indoors on Tuesdays when the weather cools).
Local Roots has been thriving since it opened seven years ago thanks to Jessi’s vision of making quality food from the heart and really caring about the people that walk in the door (you’ll probably see her behind the bar or helping out in the beer garden). If you haven’t already, make a point to check out Local Roots and see why it’s one of the best places in Columbus to enjoy a meal.
Ryan and Kelly of Sweat Local Columbus