“Our running shoes have magic in them. The power to transform a bad day into a good day; frustration into speed; self-doubt into confidence; chocolate cake into muscle,” from author Mina Samuels of Run Like a Girl.
A passion for running began for Fleet Feet Sports owner Christi Beth Adams in the fourth grade, after watching her brother win the 800m in the state track meet. Unlike most sports, she recognized that running was something that came naturally for her. Not only that, but Christi Beth was and still is very good at it. “I envy people who hae the patience to learn something new. Once I find something I’m good at, I just want to keep doing more of THAT”, she laughs. I totally agree! When you find that certain “something”, whatever it may be, it builds this strength and self-confidence from within. It sets you apart and gives you the reassurance that you’ve got this!
This avid runner and mother of two, started working at Fleet Feet Sports eleven years ago as a sales associate. Through the years, Christi Beth learned invaluable lessons in business that have helped shape her into the kind of store owner and influencer she is today. She wants a healthy work environment for her staff where they can grow and develop. “The success of my business is the success of my employees”, Christi Beth said.
At Fleet Feet Sports, you will find a welcoming environment where runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts of all abilities receive unparalleled service and support. Fleet Feet Sports’ mission is to help you find the right ”FIT” in every facet of your active lifestyle. Whether you walk, run, or simply need a good fitting pair of shoes, the educators at Fleet Feet Sports will work with you to evaluate your foot’s gait and natural biomechanics to help you select a shoe that offers the best fit and function for you.
Through Christi Beth’s strong work ethic and determination, she is now the small business owner to three Fleet Feet Sport stores in the Nashville area; Brentwood, Hendersonville and Green Hills. When asked what success means to her now, Christi Beth’s response is “something I’m trying to reshape. In the past, the metric was solely financial, but it is much broader than that now. For me, it is something I’m perpetually working on, but aren’t we all? I’m content and try to be content right where I am. Over the past year, my favorite and most challenging quote is, ‘our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at all things in life that don’t really matter‘”. That quote speaks truth and life into what is important in our lives. What a perspective.
Listening to Christi Beth talk in her strong southern accent, what you hear is her love for people and the gratitude she has each and every day. She recognizes the blessings in her life, and wants to go out and bless the community around her. Whether it is by helping someone find the perfect fitting shoe, snuggling with her kids or encouraging young girls that they are capable of reaching their dreams, she does it. Christi Beth has this passion to help young girls and women nonprofit groups. Her love for fitness is a gift that she shares and inspires in such a positive light with so many people.
“One more step, one more lift, a little bit higher, a little bit faster…pushing your limit a little more every time until you forget you have limits. And that’s when the fun begins. That’s when you start doing things you thought you never could. That’s when you stop caring about what you can’t do, because what you can do is better every day. All because you took that extra, little step”. – Nike