By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: August 2008
The Fleet Feet team is here to help you get fit this fall. (L to R): Joel Stansloski, Kasey Adams, Rachael Arrington, owner Lori Dreiling, Devon Fox and Melinda Obal.
Summer is winding down, vacations are ending, and school is starting soon – it’s a prime time for people to reestablish their daily routines, including getting back on track with a fitness program. Fleet Feet Sports, located in KingsPointe Village at 61st and Yale, is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to get in shape through walking or running. The store, celebrating five years in business this month, offers a variety of fall training programs, in addition to specialized apparel, shoes and accessories. “Fall provides the best weather of the year,” says Lori Dreiling, owner of Fleet Feet. “Now is the perfect time to get signed up for a training program, get outside and get fit.”
The staff at Fleet Feet aims to build and nourish a healthy, active community. “Oklahoma has the image of being a couch potato state,” says Lori. “We are working hard to change that. There are so many avenues to get involved and live a fit, healthy lifestyle.”
“Our training programs are an excellent way to get started,” Lori continues. “Many people simply don’t know where to begin. We will guide you step by step in achieving your fitness goals. We also offer programs to take already active walkers and runners to the next level.”
The 10- to 12-week programs require a one-time fee and include coached and organized runs or walks, a product package, weekly emails and handouts, attendance incentive awards, special clinics, and interaction with local people who share your fitness level and goals. The programs offered are Walking, No Boundaries: Running 101, Next Steps: Running 201, Half-Marathon, and Marathon. Each group focuses on a particular goal, such as the Mayor’s 5k Run of the Route 66 Marathon in November. Orientation meetings for Fleet Feet’s fall training programs are scheduled in August. The store also offers various informational clinics on gear, nutrition, stretching, cross-training and more. Orientation meeting dates and other details are available on their website: www.fleetfeettulsa.com.
The Fleet Feet team has what they call their own “Fitlosophy.” They’re all about getting customers the right fit with their shoes and apparel, as well as with their fitness aspirations. “Our team is extremely customer-driven. We take multiple measurements to find your ideal shoe, and for ladies we offer a sports bra fitting. People get tune-ups for their cars, but they don’t think about the importance of changing out their shoes or sports bras,” says Lori. “Shoes need to be replaced after about 500 miles, and sports bras lose elasticity within six months to one year of use.” Fleet Feet Sports also offers a Personal Fit Process for shoes, where they measure your feet and put you on the treadmill to assess your biomechanics. This is a free service to all customers.
Fleet Feet specializes in providing high-quality technical shoes, socks, and clothing for walkers and runners. “We offer all of the top brands: New Balance, Brooks, Asics, Saucony, Mizuno, Adidas, Nike, Keen, and Montrail. We have shoes you’re not going to find in other stores,” says Lori.
Another thing that makes Fleet Feet truly unique is its close interaction with the medical community. “More people are exercising during the fall, so there is an increase in injuries this time of year,” says Lori. “Podiatric and orthopedic doctors trust us with their patients, and we know who to send our customers to with their injuries. We also collaborate to provide free injury screenings to the public.”
One of the doctors Lori works with is Dr. Ronald S. LaButti, an orthopedic surgeon with Central States Orthopedic Specialists in Tulsa. Dr. LaButti is fellowship trained in lower extremity and joint reconstruction. “We have a partnership in caring for the patients,” says Lori. “We act as a team to assure their optimal joint health.”
For more information about Dr. LaButti, call (918) 481-2767 or go online to
Fleet Feet’s motto is encouraging people to “Live Fit.” Find out more about their fall training programs by visiting their website or stopping in the store.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.