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2013 Breakaway Running Winter Sale

Saturday, February 09, 2013 - Monday, February 15, 2016

Location : Both Breakaway Running Locations

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Kathleen Thayer Inducted Into the Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - Thursday, December 25, 2014

Kathleen Thayer was recently inducted, (Hilton Hotel on December 3rd, 2012) into the Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame. She is the first MRTC female to receive the honor.

Katherine Thayer Induction

Congratulations Kathleen! We are proud to have you as a member of Breakaway Running's race team! 

Location : Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame

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Running In Memphis | Breakaway Running November 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - Friday, November 14, 2014
Some Lead, Some FALLow, and some Breakaway!
Running in the Fall
There's an endless list of why running in the fall is so great; the beautiful changing color of the trees, cooler temperatures (near perfect), our long runs can burn enough calories to make up for the delicious feast of left over halloween candy and Thanksgiving dinner....
What ever is at the top of your list, we encourage you to lace up your shoes and get out and enjoy the beauty of running in the fall. 

In this issue of our Breakaway Running newsletter you will find some helpful information on running shoes, apparel, nutrition and accessories, as well as races we are sponsoring, our November runner of the month, and more. 
Happy Trails, 
Running Shoes
Memphis running shoes
When should I get my new pair of running shoes for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon or any marathon for that matter? 
The answer (for St. Jude): NOW
If you have been training for a marathon then you probably know that your shoes wear out
When it comes to your actual race, we don't recommend running in old worn outrunning shoes, nor brand new ones. What we do recommend is getting at least one of your long runs into your planned race day shoe. 
That means if you are in training in accordance with the Breakaway Marathon Training group, then we would suggest shopping for your next pair of running shoes within the next few weeks

Typically, the average running shoe wears out at about 300-400 miles and can vary from one person to the next. 
In other running shoe news: 
Great news!! Asics has just redesigned the Asics 2170, it's most popular selling shoe, from the ground up including its name - the GT 2000 series, which was just launched this past October. 
Thus far we have heard great reviews, including "Great cushioning," "More Support, I love them," and "I can tell it is slightly lighter!"
Also in the Asics family, we have decided to bring in the Asics GT 1000 which has been a popular shoe in our store thus far as well. 

Not sure which pair of shoes you should get? No worries, our experts offer aFREE gait analysis and running shoe fitting at both of our specialty running store locations. 

Breakaway Running has been professionally serving the running community of Memphis since 1981. Come see the experts. 

Shop Local. Run Global. 

Running Apparel
Running Jackets from Memphis running store
You begin your run freezing and return burning up!
What DO you wear when you are heading out for a run in the cooler temperatures? 
Partially, it is a comfort thing, however you can be safe with the the 20 degree rule. That is dress 20 degrees warmer that what your thermometer says. Make sure you have a wicking base layer.
See below for some additional tips on running gear in cooler temperatures. 

Tips for dressing for cooler temperatures:
  • Wear Bright, Especially at Night! In many cases you can see them(traffic & pedestrians), but they can't see you. Safety First! 
  • Did you know you lose nearly 40% of your body heat from your head and hands? It's important to keep your head, hands, neck and ears covered to protect your skin and body.  
  • Avoid cotton and NEVER wear cotton socks (in cold or warm weather) when running because they won't wick away the moisture which, in many cases, leaves blisters and damaged toenails.  
HOT NEW ITEM!  CW-X Stabilyx Compression Tights - $100
Optimum targeted support to the core and knees. 
The patented CW-X Support Web™ bands together the muscles and ligaments of the lower leg to stabilize the knee and redu
compression tights in memphis
ce vibration for increased efficiency. 
The CW-X Support Web™ also harnesses the midsection, supporting the lower abdominals, hips and back to channel power through the core. Variable compression facilitates circulation during and after activity, minimizing lactic acid build-up so that you can be active longer and recover faster. These tights are also great for night with its six
reflective flash strips and reflective logo providing 360-degree visibility for nighttime activities.
Visit either one of our two stores for more tips and advice on running apparel.
Running Nutrition
We mentioned a lot of the below in our last Newsletter, but want to make sure that you understand the importance of proper nutrition especially before, during and after your runs. 

To get the best out of your running performance, endurance and recovery, it is very important you are getting the proper nutrition that your body needs. 
Did You Know? You burn roughly 100 calories for each mile you log. 
Fueling up with energy bars, gels, supplements and sports drinks can be very beneficial to your runs. We highly recommend experimenting nutritional preferences on your long runs and prior to the "big race day."  The rule of thumb with recovering from a long/hard effort is 1 gram of carbs per pound of body weight. If you weigh 145, you need 145 grams of carbs. Those are numbers the pros live by, so why not recover like they do!  
GU, Hammer & Clif Energy Gel:Popular among many of our runners due to the energy gels being quickly and efficiently absorbed by the body. Also, we have a variety of yummy flavors. 

New Flavors! Clif Shot Bloks & GU Chomps: Great way to replenish the carbs and electrolytes your body needs. Very similar to gummy bears! Again, offered in our stores in a variety of flavors. 
Jelly Belly Sport Beans: Convenient and delicious way to get carbs and electrolytes on the run! Great alternative for those athletes who do not like the texture and taste of gels and Clif Shot Bloks and GU Chomps. 
PocketFuel: Portable whole food fuel you can take with you anywhere and use anytime. This yummy nutrition is All NATURAL, refillable, and easy to digest providing a natural energy boost! 
Water:  Don't let the cool temperatures fool you. There is nothing your body needs more than water, well other than oxygen. The more you are exercising, the more important it is to drink the right amount of water before, during, and after your workouts. It is highly recommended that you drink at least 2 liters or eight cups per day.
Visit either one of our two stores for more tips and advice on running nutrition. 
Running Accessories
Night Reflection Gear
amphipod reflectorsRemember "Bright at Night!" 
That means bright clothing and reflective gear, as well as bright lighting so that not only are you guided down your running path, but moving vehicles are guided as well to not hit you! Win-win situation. 
One of the most popular lighting we offer right now is the Petzl Nao, which we released last month.  
Getting into our longer runs, we wanted to preview and update you on the injury prevention products we offer at our stores.   
NEW! Injury Prevention Products
As marathon season progresses, so do injuries that can very easily be avoided. In addition to the many injury prevention and recovery products that we offer (Foam Roller, The Stick, Pro Stretch, etc.), we would like to introduce you to our newest line,Trigger Point

Trigger Point Features:
  • Compact, easy to bring with you when travelling
  • Great for daily workout routines
  • Helps achieve a comprehensive core body workout
  • Great for athletes and people of all types
  • From crunches to bicycles to pushups - use it to challenge core muscles
  • Innovative design allows for targeted massage
  • Distrodensity allows for more realistic massage experience 
Visit either one of our two stores for more tips and advice on injury prevention and the many running accessories we offer to assure you have the perfect run!  

Location : Memphis, TN

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Tips For The Beginner Runner

Monday, January 09, 2012 - Monday, January 19, 2015

Tips for Starting a Running Program

By Joel Lyons PT, OCS Physiotherapy Associates

Many people have good intentions to get into shape this time of year. A common resolution is to begin a running program. Great idea! But don’t let little mistakes trip you up. Here are some thoughts to head you in the right direction.

1.Get medical clearance. If you have any question that you might have medical issues that put you at risk, then consult your doctor first.

2. Start easy. Be realistic about your fitness level and start at a level that is VERY easy for you. This may mean walking for your first dozen or so outings. Then begin phasing running into your walks. You might walk for 5 mins and run for 2 mins. You could repeat this 3 times, and you’ve finished for the day.

3. Shoot for time goals rather than distance goals. At least initially, don’t worry about how far you go. 30 to 40 mins is a minimum you should aspire to, 3 to 4 days a week.

4. Be patient. It takes time to get in good shape. Don’t get discouraged that you can’t run a 10 K after 2 weeks of training. Give yourself a good 2-3 months to notice the real changes.

5. Be consistent. Try to start a routine that you can be consistent with every week. Whether it is in the morning on a weekend day or after work on weekdays, commit to these days and times. Schedule other responsibilities around these times. You should begin with a minimum of 3 days a week.

6. Surround yourself with people who are encouraging. It’s tough to do alone. Even if you can’t find someone to run with, talk with people that can be supportive. Let them know what you are doing so they can give you positive feedback. Join the MRTC. Just getting the newsletter can inspire you.

7. Set a goal. Whether it is completing your first 5K or just run/walking a full hour, choose a goal that is a bit of a reach, but not out of this world. Once you make it then set a new goal. Consistent runners are usually goal-setters.

8. Invest in a decent pair of shoes. You don’t need all the fancy watches, clothing, or hydration systems (not yet anyway). What you do need is some good shoes. Go to a running specialty store where the employees are actually runners and have the interest and knowledge to find the right pair for you.

Good Luck and see you on the roads!


420 S. Germantown Pkwy, Ste 112, Cordova TN 38018

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24 Hour Relay: Tour D' Esprit

Saturday, October 01, 2011 - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Congratulations to our Breakaway Running "A Team" for finishing first overall in the 24 Hour Relay for Haiti Medical Missions of Memphis breaking the record with 242 miles and the "Fun Team" for finishing 7th overall with 160 miles.

Thanks to all who ran and helped out this weekend! We want to give a special thanks to Olaf Schultz for being the driving force behind our teams! A big congrats also to James Holland (overall winner, 101 miles), David Topham (100 miles) and Sara Harris (perennial women's winner)! A great time was had by all.


Location : Memphis, Tennessee

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