As you might recall, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to complete a triathlon this summer. I’ve begun training, and have a couple potential races picked out, but I’ve been extremely underwhelmed by the presence of a triathlete “community” in Arkansas. Luckily, I have found one great resource: Go! Running, a new local running store here in Little Rock.
I was surprised when I stopped in at Go! Running several weeks ago for a look-around. I found one corner of the store stocked with triathlon apparel, and tri racing shoes winked at me from the middle of the well-stocked shoe wall. Turns out that the owners, Gary and Erin Taylor, are both phenomenal runners who ran at the collegiate level for University of Arkansas. Gary is a certified USA Triathlon coach, and is very passionate about the sport. Go! Running’s mission is to help people find success and happiness in a healthy lifestyle. They have great brands including Nike, Asics, Brooks, Mizuno, Saucony, K-Swiss, and my new favorite, Moving Comfort. More importantly, they have expertise, and truly strive to support all levels of runners, walkers, and triathletes.
Last weekend, LUNA Moms Club had a moms night out at Go! Running. Owner Erin Taylor graciously hosted us with refreshments, a full-on fashion show, and great information on running and fitness gear. In addition to showing us the latest fashions, gear, and technology for our workouts, Erin taught us how to pick out, put on, and properly fit our sports bras. Afterward, there was a retail-therapy feeding frenzy, with moms hunting down the “perfect run skort” they had seen in the fashion show, getting fitted for shoes, overflowing the dressing room and two restrooms in the stock room, crowding one another at the full length mirror, and even a few brave ladies who tried on clothes right out in the middle of the store.
Last weekend was also Go! Running’s “Triathlon Weekend”, and Erin invited any LUNA Moms interested in triathlon to arrive early for the moms night out event so they could meet with Gary. I thought that was super thoughtful of her, and also very generous of Gary to stay after hours for us. I learned more about the different resources that Go! running offers runners and triathletes in addition to gear. Gary coaches an open-water swim every Friday morning at Spring Valley Lake, as well as various seminars and workshops (he was teaching a workshop on transitions the morning following our moms night out). Gary also promised to get me on the local “triathalon email list” which
apparently is an organic sort of thing, and the closest Little Rock gets to a triathlon club. Go! Running also has a Tuesday night run that is open to all ages and paces (jog strollers welcome!). With the two kiddos, it will be hard to fit in the Friday swims and the Tuesday runs on a regular basis, but I certainly do hope to get out for both every once in a while.
Erin, whose career background is in Marketing, likes to sponsor community fitness events. I first met Erin at the Dino Dash, a huge 5K event benefiting the Museum of Discovery. She told me how she remembers bringing her kids to the very first Dino Dash years ago when there were just 50-some participants. Now, she’s happy to see the event has grown to 1200 participants, and proud that Go! Running is a part of that success. I have a feeling that Go! Running is going to be part of many successful athletic endeavors (for both individuals and community-wide) in the coming years.