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Striding right: On Your Mark's group runs offer multiple benefits


Photo By: Elliott Burr/Town Crier
Photo Elliott Burr/Town Crier Run leader Mary Hamilton, above left, and On your Mark employee Josh Teck, above right, stretch prior to a Thursday evening group run hosted by the store at 387 Main St.

On Your Mark owner Adam Kemist has a simple question for Los Altos residents: “Want to go for a run?”

Kemist, a board-certified pedorthist and avid runner who averages 25-30 miles per week, recently began hosting regularly scheduled group runs based out of his store.

The outings are open to anyone with an interest in making new friends, learning some of the finer points of running or simply to fulfill a New Year’s resolution, Beginners and advanced runners are welcome to participate.

“It’s definitely for someone who wants to get into it on a regular basis,” Kemist said. “If there’s somebody new to running who doesn’t even know where to start, they can participate as well.”

The group outings are posted near the rear entrance to the store at 378 Main St. Currently, group runs are scheduled 6 a.m. Mondays, 6:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursdays.

By taking participants into Los Altos Hills, Kemist said they avoid traffic hazards, enjoy the scenery and add the challenges of uphill running. The scheduled runs offer two routes – one approximately 3 miles and another at 5-6 miles – catering to advanced runners and those just starting out.

Each outing includes discussions on a variety of topics related to running, from nutritional needs and proper hydration to running mechanics. For those working to improve their overall physique, the runs offer the convenience and benefits of regular scheduling. That holds especially true for beginners.

“When (new runners) know they’re meeting their friends and it’s an organized event, they’re more likely to keep going with it as a regular regimen,” Kemist said. “The big thing is consistency. That’s what will change your body more drastically.”

He added that the outings are ideal for anyone in need of new running partners as well as Los Altos newcomers looking to make new friends.

“Some of it’s just for conversational purposes, to give everybody a little something to talk about,” Kemist said. “But it’s also to learn something new.”

During the outings, runners will have opportunities to learn about a burgeoning trend – barefoot running. Participants will be provided opportunities to learn and train their bodies for the new trend.

“There’s a big trend toward barefoot, minimalist footwear,” Kemist said. “To go from something to nothing, there needs to be some buildup, some transition.”

The discussions will include new products available at On Your Mark, which opened in October.

“The runs are based out of the store so that people new to the area learn about the products the store has to offer,” Kemist said. “Products are constantly changing and new things are coming in, so it gives people a regular opportunity to check some things out.”

At present, Kemist said, participation is small but growing, with most outings in “the single-digit range.”

He expects to see the groups expand to 15 or 20 runners of all abilities.

On Your Mark is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 209-5526 or visit www.onyourmarkperformance.com.

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