New Balance Tour

Hello from Boston! This CA girl feels like she’s jet-lagged and on the other side of the world. But, I am running off adrenaline and have a ton to share about today!

New Balance was very generous and is sponsoring our Reach the Beach team. Hence our name – Off Balance!

Our company contact organized a day of pre-race fun so we met in Boston for lunch and van decorating.IMG 0946 800x600 thumb New Balance Tour

There were a bunch of different lunch bags and we chose based on names. I picked the Farmer’s Market with Turkey. IMG 0936 600x800 thumb New Balance TourIMG 0937 800x600 thumb New Balance Tour

It was a wrap filled with turkey, cheese and a bunch of veggies – including edamame! IMG 0942 800x600 thumb New Balance TourIMG 0939 600x800 thumb New Balance Tour

We’re not done with the van decorating just yet. More to come wlEmoticon smile15 New Balance TourIMG 0948 800x600 thumb New Balance Tour

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Then we piled into the van and headed to the New Balance factory.IMG 0956 800x600 thumb New Balance Tour

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There is a camera crew following us around all weekend, so that’s kinda fancy huh?!IMG 0959 800x600 thumb New Balance Tour

I grew up in a family where I was taught the importance of buying American. So, I really love that New Balance is the only athletic shoe manufactured in the US. IMG 0976 600x800 thumb New Balance Tour25% of their shoes are made in the US. That accounts for over 2000 jobs!

We got a tour of the manufacturing floor. IMG 0974 800x600 thumb New Balance TourIMG 0967 600x800 thumb New Balance Tour

We saw how the shoes are made from cutting the leather uppers…IMG 0966 800x600 thumb New Balance Tour

and getting the layers addedIMG 0970 600x800 thumb New Balance Tour

To getting sewn into shapeIMG 0965 800x600 thumb New Balance Tour

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Then we headed to talk to their Biomechanics expertsIMG 0983 600x800 thumb New Balance Tour

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The group split up into 3 and we got a ton of great information on how they study biomechanics and shoes. (It’s Sarah Fit!)

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The Smash Lab tests things like how much cushion a certain foam has…IMG 1005 600x800 thumb New Balance Tour

and how quickly a shoe wears.IMG 1008 800x600 thumb New Balance Tour

They lab had competitor shoes to test too. I think Theodora wishes this was a banana.IMG 0995 800x600 thumb New Balance Tour

We all got the chance to run on a treadmill and watch our gait. IMG 1015 800x600 thumb New Balance TourIMG 1017 800x600 thumb New Balance Tour

Mid-day snacks. That green cookie is pistachio…IMG 0985 800x600 thumb New Balance Tour

Jenny Simpson!IMG 1025 800x600 thumb New Balance Tour

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After the tour we headed to Watchusett (where the race begins). It was a drive that required snacks. Good and bad.IMG 1032 800x600 thumb New Balance Tour

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We just got back from a team dinner and photo shoot!IMG 1040 thumb New Balance Tour

I’m dying of tired-ness (yes, that’s a word). Good night!

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Comments

    • says

      I actually was borrowing Theodora’s shoes which are too big, so I’m not sure my analysis was super accurate. But, it seems like I’m heel striking A LOT! Need to work on that.

  1. says

    Girl I’m worried for you! Hoping you can get a little sleep before the race starts… you won’t get much during the race!!

  2. says

    Looks like a fun trip! I don’t think I could run in front of other people who are specifically watching me, but it’d be interesting to know how I run.

  3. Desiree says

    Go to Wachusett Brewery and have a Country Ale – Best Beer all over the country! Good Luck at the race.

  4. says

    I did not know that NB was an American company. I do wish they fit me. It seems like no matter what style I try in NB they just don’t work for me. :( What a great experience you had!

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