Each January, many of us vow that this year we’ll exercise and eat our veggies. Yet the best-made resolutions taper off in the face of shin splints or pulled muscles. Get the correct apparel and running gear at one of these local running shops before you hit the pavement.
Pair your sneaks with some moisture-wicking athletic apparel such as the Groove Pant, $84; Power V Tank, $44; and She Bop Jacket, $89, all by lululemon. (See page 32 for more on lululemon.)
Charlotte Running Company
Here, each customer is treated to a full gait analysis before purchasing a pair of sneaks. By observing your movements on a treadmill and then analyzing video feedback, trained in-store professionals can pinpoint which brand and style of shoe is right for you. They also carry all the basic gear (think shoes and apparel by New Balance and Adidas) and some advanced accessories, like the handy one-bottle Fuel Belt (starting at $17.95).
1412 East Blvd., 704-377-8786
Run for Your Life
With three convenient locations (University, Dilworth, and Stonecrest), Run for Your Life has become a prominent fixture in Charlotte’s running community. For those who need a little motivation to get moving, take a class at the University location, which offers group running courses—101 for beginners building up their endurance and 201 for roadsters looking to better their 5K times ($59 for a six-week session). Plus, enrollment includes 15 percent off all in-store purchases for the duration of the class.
TrySports offers name-brand running shoes like Saucony, Fila, and Asics, plus GU & Hammer nutritional snacks and eSoles custom foot beds. TrySports also boasts some serious athletic apparel for swimming and biking, which can double as running gear. Plus, go online and check out the store’s TryAdvice column, where you can find tips on staying hydrated and a pretriathalon race checklist.
Blakeney Village, 9830 Rea Rd.,