I can never pass up an opportunity to try to score freebies. So when I received an invitation to Girls Night Out at my local Road Runner Sports ( www.roadrunnersports.com
), I am pretty sure I was the first one to RSVP. I was way excited to see what they had planned last night:
Sorry the sign is so hard to read - the Grand Prize of the evening was an entry for a chance to win entry into the San Francisco Marathon. Yes, you read that right - a chance to win a chance to win. For a Marathon that is three time zones away from where my running store is.
So that's not really why I - or anybody else for that matter - was there. The real draw of Road Runner Sports Ladies Night? The open bar:
I love that my running store feeds me wine and cookies.
For someone that is trying to go wheat-free, this was problematic. I immediately developed what I thought would be a fool-proof game plan:
Step 1: Take only some cheese and a bottle of Wood Chuck Hard Cider (Ok, and a glass of sparkling wine).
Step 2: Check out what swag I could pick up (A Free asics tech t-shirt and drawstring backpack! Score!).
Step 3: Buy some running gear at an additional 10% discount (Anti-chafe: a must have for distance races).
Step 4: Get a free chair massage. (And subsequently schedule a future appointment with the masseuse for after my upcoming race on Saturday. It felt AWESOME).
Step 5: Hang around to see if I could repeat some of last year's success I had with their raffle prizes (A friend of mine won a Road Runner gift card and I won free torture in the form of body waxing. FYI - I don't think the body waxing had any impact on my speed).
A pretty well-thought out plan, right? Except Steps 1-4 took me all of about 20 minutes to do, and the raffles were taking place over the course of 2 hours.
I was bored. The snack table beckoned to me. COOKIES.
Yup, I ate them. Oatmeal Raisin. Chocolate Chip. I probably had more cookies than everyone else present at Girls Night Out combined. So here's where I stand today:
- I have to start over with a new wheat-free day 1 streak.
- I'm also back to a binge-free day 1.
- Definitely feeling bloated.
- BOTH my knees hurt. Not sure if it's related to wheat consumption, but it is odd that I didn't run last night and I usually only feel knee pain immediately after running.
- I didn't win the chance to win entry into the San Francisco Marathon.
So, in retrospect, Girls Night Out should have been Nicole's Night In. BUT as far as Road Runner goes as a store, here is my "official" review:
- It is a cool place to learn more about how you run using their "Shoe Dog" treadmill analysis. I didn't do the Shoe Dog this time around - I've done it in the past, but am probably due for an update.
- Employees are generally knowledgeable and provide good advice about the types of shoes and gear you should consider. One of the fun things about Ladies Night is they offer professional sports bra fittings - important for comfort during those long runs!
- I like that they cater to the social aspect of running. They're always hosting some kind of fun, relevant event with good discounts on their merch.
- They have great return policies - IF you are a member (more in the cons section). This enables you to return shoes, socks, whatever - even after an extended period of time. I have switched sneakers frequently in the past due to blisters, knee issues, etc. (I've finally settled on the Brooks Adrenaline brand - for now).
- Their prices are on the higher side, unless you become a member. Membership is $25 - sometimes they offer promotional rates to join. Even so, you'll only get a 10% discount, so you will need to shop frequently to make membership worthwhile.
- They push these very expensive insoles, which can add $75 or more to your already expensive running shoe. I have not heard from anybody that the insoles are worthwhile.
Overall, I like the store and I do take advantage of membership by buying stuff for my husband and for friends. Just need to figure out a better strategy for Girls Night next year - perhaps it will be to make sure I bring friends to keep me under control!