Like many new runners, Crawford says she was looking for a way to improve her fitness when she started running in her mid-40s. But she admits she didn’t have a clue how to begin. She didn’t know anything about running shoes or what clothes to wear, and was concerned that most running apparel brands weren’t size inclusive.
“It was nerve-wracking because I really didn’t know where to start,” she recalls. “Back then, I didn’t run at all, and I was a lot heavier than I am now. It was definitely stepping out of my comfort zone to even want to get started.”
With all of the courage she could muster, Crawford walked into Fleet Feet Gaithersburg with the intent of becoming a runner. To her pleasant surprise, her anxieties were immediately put to rest as she was greeted by a warm and hospitable atmosphere in the store.
“It was the most welcoming and easy experience I could have imagined,” she recalls. “That’s how it started for me. Without that, I wouldn’t be a runner today. I tell people I started with Fleet Feet.”