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Tuesday Night Run Series 2016 FINALE

September 27th – BLOCK PARTY


Tuesday the 27th is the last day of the 2016 Tuesday Night Run Series! To celebrate, we are inviting ALL of our vendors and shutting the street down for a good old-fashioned block party! Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with our regular fun run/walk following at 6:00 p.m.

After the run there will be a raffle with lots of cool prizes and socializing with some pretty cool people. Come check it out!

Suunto 80th Anniversary Sale

Suunto Ambit3 Family (2)

Now through June 19th, all watches in the Suunto Ambit3 family are on sale!

  • $50 off Ambit3 Run
  • $75 off Ambit3 Sport
  • $100 off Ambit3 Peak

If you purchase an Ambit3 with heart rate monitor, get a free VO2 test, a $220 value!

Want to check out these great watches and heart rate monitors before you decide to buy one? Suunto will be at our Tuesday Night Run on May 31st! Sign in starts at 5:30, run/walk starts at 6:00. See you there!

Tuesday Night Run with Joe Gray

We have a very special Tuesday Night Run coming up on May 17th! Champion trail runner and Global Merrell Ambassador Joe Gray will be joining us to talk about his experience preparing for the 2016 Olympic Trials, and you’ll be able to demo one of his favorite Merrell shoes during our all-ages, all-paces group run. We hope to see you then!

Merrell Joe Gray 2016

Seahawks 12K Updates

Seahawks 12k Race Day Info

Arrive early and hang out, parking will be bad!

We’re open at 6:45 a.m. and we will have free gear storage!

12k race starts at 9:00 a.m., and 5k starts at 9:20


Race Weekend Deals

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only, buy 3 socks get 1 FREE!

Darn Tough, Injinji, Smartwool, Feetures, Saucony, Swiftwick, and Fitsok


Gels and Hydration 12% Off!

GU, Hammer, ProBar, Amphipod, Nathan, Ultimate Direction, and more!

Track and Field

The 2016 Track and Field season is upon us! The Balanced Athlete is the only store in the area to be carrying the Hoka One One track spikes. The Rocket MD is perfect for the 400m to the 1600m, and the Rocket LD is ideal for the 1600m and up. The Rocket LD has a unique, flexible horseshoe spike plate and the Rocket MD has a flexible, responsive plate. Don’t believe us? We have demo shoes you can try to see how great these are!

All high school athletes receive a 10% discount on footwear.

Upcoming Tuesday Night Runs

  • March 29th: We will have the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and Wave Inspire 12, Polar watches, and Superfeet insoles
  • April 5th: Pearl Izumi will be bringing the road M3 and road N3
  • April 12th: Hoka One One will be here, and they’ll be bringing the new Hoka Clayton

For more details, see our Tuesday Night Run Series page!

Upcoming: Tuesday Night Run Series 2016

Announcing the return of the Tuesday Night Run Series in 2016!

The series will begin on Tuesday, March 1st, and will be every Tuesday night through September 27th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with sign in beginning at 5:30. Try products, run with friends, and earn raffle tickets for prizes. See you there!


Interested in our free group runs? Details here.

Getting into the Rhythm

So what exactly is heart training? We’ve all heard about it. But what does it actually mean? I want to know too! Follow my adventures as I discover more about how to train, differently…harder…or smarter? It has been almost 7 weeks since I have started training using my Suunto Ambit 2R heart monitor and watch, which are available at The Balanced Athlete. Let me give you a bit of my background. I was a competitive runner in high school and college. Now, I am just training on my own. I was initially hesitant to try training based purely on effort rather than pace. For me, I was always told, run this pace, this split and it didn’t matter if I was hungry, tired or sick. My average pace on my first heart rate run was 90 seconds slower than what I had been running, which greatly irritated me. I could drop a sub 7 minute mile right now and not even be winded! But according to my watch, I had hit a 3.0 Training Effect, which is what Eric advised me to hit. I noticed that near the end of my runs I was at 2.6 or 2.7, and I realized my effort was too easy, so I decided to sprint the last half mile or so to land a 3.0. Eric explained that you need to think of your heart like an engine in a car. You can hit 60 mph by going over 5,000 rpm but you can also hit 60 by never going over 2 or 3,000 RPM. The point was, while I was hitting the correct number, I was putting on too much strain to achieve it. So despite running slow, there was more to it than that! Instead Eric suggested, try to go an even effort on every run you do, so that you hit a 3.0 right near the end. It has certainly been a crazy start!
Happy training!

Clothing Review: Gore Winter Wear

Hi Everyone – I’m Claire! You can find me on the floor at the balanced athlete selling shoes or marveling over technical details on the latest running apparel. I’ll be writing regular posts about our latest clothing out on the floor. I can guarantee my honest opinion without getting carried away with confusing technical talk. I’ll keep things simple and real.

Here’s the thing about my style; I like simplicity. I prefer solid colors over pattern and I’d rather wear black than a flashy blinding neon. But when neon is the most comfortable thing in what I’m looking for, I’ll take it any day. Above all, warmth rules all material in my boat.

GORE has been my go-to brand lately. If you haven’t heard of them you better stop stocking up on Nike and North Face and get educated.

(Air zip shirt, sunlight lady 3.0 3/4 tight)

Seasons Change

Cooling temps, rain falling from the sky, darkness in the mornings and evenings. Yep, Fall is here. This is a great time to be running, provided you are equipped with the gear that keeps you protected from the elements. Our fall selection of clothing has been arriving and is going fairly quickly.

Time to re-think your clothing choices to Be Comfortable.

Keep it simple and remember VIP
Ventilation – allowing you body to breather and move sweat away from you.
Insulation – keeping yu warm enough, but not to over heat.
Protection – keping the elements from getting to you.

Stop in to see how comfortable you can be.

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