Got some last minute HOLIDAY shopping to do for the runner on your list?
Do you buy online, from a big box store, or shop at a local running store?
The clock is ticking on your holiday shopping deadline (FYI...there's just 4 shopping days left until Dec. 25).
🎁If running shoes and gear are on your HOLIDAY shopping list, what are you gonna do?
You might think online is the only way to go, but...
If you haven't been to a local running store recently...or ever...you're missing out on some pretty sweet stuff you'll never get from an online order.
😲In fact, there’s 3 BIG SECRETS every runner needs to know about shopping at a local running store.
And you can’t put a price on this.
👉In this article, WeeViews co-founder and runner Nathan Reyes reveals the 3 BIG SECRETS about local running stores that can simplify holiday shopping for running shoes and gear.
I’m “that guy.” You know…
These are some of the first things that popped into my head when someone asked the question…
If you’re a runner, chances are pretty good you belong to a running club, and run local routes, trails and races.
Maybe even cap off some of those local runs at a restaurant or cafe. Yes?
There's going on here than just running, right?
It's an experience.
Here are some things I like most about holiday shopping for shoes and gear at local running stores:
For some reason, we can all rally around the buy-local idea. I mean, who doesn’t love the Main Street shops decorated for the holidays?
It’s a comforting feeling to see a town square with store fronts decorated and open for the holidays and no vacancies. It signals a strong community and bond to each other...that we support our own.
Not all Main Street stores are selling 100-percent locally-made products.
Maybe half operate this way. Most also sell items imported from overseas.
Local running stores fall into this category, and it raises some questions:
Let’s say you’re looking for a pair of running shorts for the runner on your gift list. And they gave you a few specifications for the perfect pair of shorts like:
Your chances of finding these shorts made by a local running store are pretty small. And the same goes for finding locally-made running shoes.
But this doesn’t mean you should skip the local running store during the holiday shopping rush and just buy online.
There’s 3 BIG SECRETS about the local running store every runner and holiday shopper in search of shoes and gear needs to know....
On a recent visit to the Achilles Running Shop in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, I was looking for a new trail shoe.
And I had a lot of questions.
Shopping for running shoes or gear during the holidays?
Visit a local running store and ask:
At a local running store, you can talk face-to-face with experienced runners who live the lifestyle and know how to help you find the perfect fit. And you typically won’t get that online or at a big-box store.
My advice: Shop local.
Guess what you won’t find at a local running store?
Your local running store has to be smart about inventory, stocking their shelves with vetted shoes and gear, and making sure they provide better customer service than their so-called competitors.
My advice: Shop local. I find the condensed product lines at a local running store to be an advantage by helping me to avoid pitfalls. Less can be more!
The third BIG SECRET about the local running store...and the most important.
It’s a community. A local running store can transform a community. How? Running stores:
When you’re part of the running community, you see smiling faces at races, events, and in the store.
You get to celebrate the achievements of other runners, and benefit from their motivation and encouragement to help you keep going.
We’re neighbors, fast friends, and competitors brought together to accomplish the same thing...self-improvement. That’s the running community.
Shopping for new running shoes or gear during the holidays?
Walk into your local running store, chat with employees, swap stories about upcoming races, the latest race results, or get advice on how to be a better runner.
Buy your shoes or gear from a local running store. And wear it with pride. I do, because it’s part of the lifestyle I love.