Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle is tough to keep up with on and off the track. We caught up with him at 6 a.m. on the Independence High School track where he runs nearly every morning before the city opens for business and the sun heats up the sidewalks. A husband, father, business owner and community leader, David Belle Isle was sworn into office as Alpharetta’s mayor in 2012 and has been a champion for the city ever since helping reinvent the Downtown. Food trucks, new construction, and music-centered events have begun to transform Downtown Alpharetta. Where there was once empty storefronts, there are now nearly a dozen restaurants with new shops opening every month. Ideas and inspiration come to him when he’s running and he depends on a few fitness tools to make his mornings brighter.
1. A muscle roller stick gets out the kinks, massages sore spots and is easy to carry to and from the track and even to the office. Available at the Sports Authority at Mansell Crossing and online.
2. The Garmin Forerunner GPS running watch tracks distance, time, pace and calories burned. Plus, it looks super cool. Check out the selection at Road Runner Sports in Avalon for all the toys.
3. If you’ve got a favorite running or fitness app, keep it handy in an adjustable armband that allows you to track and store routes and stats and (if you must) check messages. Big Peach Running Co. on Windward Pkwy has more than a few.
4. The Mayor loves his Mizuno Wave Rider 19 shoes for neutral runners who want soft yet responsive daily trainers. Cool, moisture wicking socks just just a bit of cush adds to the perfect foundation. Alpharetta Outfitters can help with the socks and rain gear and look for the shoes at REI on North Point Pkwy.