Originally Posted by clarinetplayer
Over the weekend, a new running store opened in what we call the "midtown" section of Detroit. On a whim, I visited the place. It is in one of the few booming areas of the city. Later, this week, a Whole Foods is opening nearby. Here is the website for RUNdetroit: http://www.run-detroit.com/about/
The owner of the store moved to Detroit from
Seattle. (That's gotta be a first!) And, so far, he's loved every minute of his new home. He is also restoring a grand house in the city.
Justin, the owner, is an accomplished runner and, what peeked my interest, has a background in orthopedic sports medicine. I had specially made orthotics and a heel lift to compensate for hip problems and pain. In a short period of time, the pain in hip is mostly gone. But, due to the thickness of the orthotic, I was not able fit into my shoe properly. I was not able to run.
Justin spent a good part of an hour analyzing my gait, offering frank advice, and asking the right questions. We ended up with a shoe wasn't too cushy: Saucony Progrid Ride 5. It's a good fit for me, right now, and in spite of recurring stiffness in the hip, I want to run. I was very much impressed with his genuine concern and knowledge. Uncommon service!
I'm writing all this because there is so much bad news from Detroit. Did you hear? We might be selling the art work from the Detroit Institute of Arts to pay the city's debt! In spite of all the bad stuff, there are pockets of good such as this new running store, RUNdetroit, and it's dedicated owner. There are running stores everywhere, but few, in my opinion, match the quality of this place. And, to think that it is Detroit, of all places!
I hope all runners who live in the Detroit metro area will have the chance to visit this store. (It is right next door to the Traffic Jam restaurant.)