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This summer, we’ve offered you a plethora of opportunities to run in, around and through Miller Park.
From the Brewers Community Foundation’s Famous Racing Sausages 5k Run/Walk which was held earlier this month to the Brewers Mini-Marathon +10K in September, there’s something for athletes of every level.
And, speaking of the Brewers Mini-Marathon + 10K, you have until this Friday (July 31) to sign up and save on the registration fee.
And, if you’re on the fence and concerned you won’t be ready in time, don’t fear. Thanks to Performance Running Outfitters (PRO), our official training partner of the Brewers Mini-Marathon + 10K, we’ve got training programs designed to help you hit your stride.
Performance Running Outfitters is locally owned by Trae and Jessica Hoepner, who together we have over 20 years of coaching and 30 years of running expertise. Once again, PRO is offering two different training programs, one to help you train for the Brewers Mini-Marathon (13.1) miles and another to help you tackle the 10K distance.
While the Brewers Mini training program is already underway, you still have until this Saturday (August 1) to sign up for the Brewers 10K Training Program, which begin at PRO’s locations in Brookfield and Shorewood.Here’s what that entails:
Brewers 10K Training Program
The Get Fit 10k program is geared towards the moderately fit runner, former runner, or beginning runner who has already finished a 5k and wants more of a challenge with weekly motivation. This is a progressive course which will focus on completing a longer distance each week. Performance Running Outfitters will provide a training program, weekly emails with motivation and necessary information for runners.
It is recommended that you can run a 5k before beginning this program and have an “ok” from a medical professional with a clean bill of health. The program will begin on Monday, August 3 (Shorewood) or Tuesday, August 4 (Brookfield) and meet for 8 weeks. Runners looking for additional group support are encouraged to attend PRO’s Thursday fun runs.
For a $75 fee (which does not include race registration), program participants will receive:
- Tech Tee and Running Socks
- Weekly emails with advice from coach
- PRO Coupon – 20% OFF
- Video gait analysis with footwear recommendation
- Seminars on cadence & speed, nutrition & hydration, etc.
This year’s training program is also supported by Turbana. They are providing training tips relating to hydration and nutrition in weekly newsletters as well as coupons for runners to save on bananas at their local Sendik’s store.
“It’s all about getting knowledge and information to help you become a smart and healthy runner,” said Micaela, one of PRO’s friendly folks who helps run the program.
“Most people are more successful in a group setting. It’s all about camaraderie and having fun while you’re out there. Training by yourself can become mundane, especially in the summer when it’s hot out. Here, we have new topics every week. We cover everything from hydration and nutrition to proper running form to good shoes, etc., so the goal in the end is to prepare them to run the race, so they also have a good mindset of what they’re getting into.”
Michaela says the folks who participate in the program run the gamut from beginners to people who participate every year because they like the camaraderie and accountability.
For more information, or to register for this program, click here. You can also register in person at one of the PRO locations.
Speaking of training… you can now pick up these special “in training” shirts,, along with official Brewers Mini +10k hoodies, new ½ zips and other merchandise at BrewersMini.com. Items may also be available at packet pick-up on September 24 and 25, while supplies last.
Running not your thing? Don’t forget we’ve got our “Hitting 4 the Cycle” Bike to Miller Park event coming up in less than two weeks!
19 weeks to go until the Brewers Mini-Marathon!
This week, we visited Performance Running Outfitters in Brookfield, to get geared up so we can officially begin training.
If you’re unfamiliar with it, Performance Running Outfitters is a store that specializes in high quality performance shoes, fitness apparel, and accessories. Besides Brookfield, there are two additional locations–one in Shorewood and another in Oconomowoc. The company, which will have been open 6 years this July, is locally owned by Trae and Jessica Hoepner, who together have over 20 years of coaching and 30 years of running expertise.
Performance Running is also the official training partner of the Brewers Mini. They will be providing the pace team for the race and they have developed an official training program for the it! Beginning on Saturday, July 7 and going for 12 weeks leading up the race, participants can meet at the store in Brookfield for training runs. [For more information on the program, or to register, click here.]
When we arrived today, Jessica and Trae took great care of us to properly fit us with the best shoes and apparel for our individual running styles. Read below for individual descriptions of our experiences and check out our photo gallery!
We are also pleased to announce that Performance Running has teamed up with us to offer a special savings to John and Cait…Plus 9 readers! The first 50 people to come to Performance Running and mention the coupon code “Brewers Mini” will receive 20% off their purchase. (This offer is only valid once per customer.)
We had a great visit to the store and now we’re ready to start our workout. We highly encourage you to start shopping for your gear and to visit Jess and Trae….And tell ’em John and Cait sent you!
It was quite a treat to be properly fitted for my new running shoes today. Trae Hoepner helped me learn about how my feet were built and what needs I have for the proper fit. This is a very important part to running and training–especially when you are doing long distance like a half-marathon. He started me in a “neutral” shoe and from that he was able to tell the pronation of my foot from watching a video he determined I was an “overpronator” especially in my left foot.
I tried a couple different shoes all of which had a stronger “post” to keep my leg and foot straighter. Getting back on the treadmill was great because I could instantly feel a difference. I tried three different pairs of shoes and finally settled on a pair of Nike’s.
The customer service was outstanding. Trae and his wife Jessica are not only extremely knowledgeable about running, but they also cared about making sure your shoe had the right fit (they even made sure they had the right color!). The whole experience from start to finish was first class. I can’t wait until their new store in Shorewood opens, sounds like they are very excited about it as well.
As John mentioned, the customer service at Performance Running was simply amazing. While Trae was working with John, Jessica helped me pick out the best shoes for my gait. I was very impressed by the level of detail and care she took in making sure I had the most comfortable shoes. She started by measuring my feet and then, as Trae did with John, she started me in a “neutral” shoe and got me actually running on the treadmill that they have in the store. She videotaped me and from that, she was able to show me that I tend to “supinate,” but overall, I have good form, landing on my forefoot.
She then took me outside to try the shoes on the pavement. From there, I tried on several different styles and brands (including a cool pink pair of Newtons that had special lugs in them) until I settled on a pair of purple and blue Brooks, which was actually the first pair Jessica had me try on (she’s obviously good at what she does–nailed it on the first try!).
While I was at the store, I also purchased some Nike running capris and Jess threw in a pair of her favorite socks that she wants me to try.
She also introduced me to the world of running belts, power gels and foam rollers–foreign territory to me as a fairly novice runner. I’m not quite ready for those things yet, but I know where I will be shopping for them when I am!
It may be accurate to call me a shopaholic. So, when I discovered the next step in getting ready for the Brewers Mini-Marathon was to get “geared up,” I was all in, despite the fact I own a closet full of running gear and am not due for new shoes until at least late June!
Here’s a little motivation secret, something as small as a new t-shirt or even a new pair of socks may get you out the door when the urge to run has reached a low point.
I took seven whole days off from running last week. My legs did not feel like they were recovered after Boston and the frustration and discomfort was a sign I needed to slow down. I hit the pavement this week, with the weather helping push me out the door.
Until I hit up Performance Running Outfitters this afternoon.
I would be lying if I didn’t say I’m dying (no rhyme intended!) to get out in my new gear. Not only is it nice to look halfway decent while sweating up a storm on the east side streets, it is important to have the right stuff. Yes, it is perfectly OK to run in any pair of tennis shoes, t-shirt and shorts, but it can lead to problems. If you’re shorts don’t fit quite right, the chafing can not only cause some pain, the raw skin can be pretty unsightly. If you are wearing a plain, old cotton t-shirt as the weather gets warmer, your body can’t properly sweat and breathe, which causes you to dehydrate and tire out much faster.
But if there is one piece of “equipment” that matters the most, it is without a doubt your running shoes. Caitlin emailed me earlier this week complaining of some knee discomfort and my immediate response was in regards to her shoes. Caitlin had been running in the same sneakers for a year, which is far too long to keep a pair or running shoes. When the soles and structure deteriorate, your feet have to make up the difference. Your body begins to make adjustments to compromise and the next thing you know, you are on the couch instead of the treadmill.
I’m sure you’re next thought is, “how do I know which shoe is best for me?” Great question! The best thing to do is visit a running specific store like Performance Running Outfitters and give a number of pairs a try. I have been buying my shoes from Performance for more than a year for one, main reason–the staff is knowledgeable and will not rush you through the process. When I was having issues with my previous style of shoe, the folks at Performance spent nearly an hour with me as I tried on NINE different brands and styles on the treadmill.
I run in two different shoes during my training seasons–a long distance and speed shoe–alternating days to keep my legs fresh and different muscles working. If you are a more recreational/novice runner, this certainly isn’t necessary, but something to think about as you progress!
So, I left Performance today with a new pair of shorts, two new tanks, and some great advice from Jessica about how to gradually ease into a minimalist shoe I bought this winter. The clothes cost a few bucks, but the advice and post-purchase running glow were free!
-John and Cait (& Trenni!)