Shortly after running store RunTex closed in 2013, Scott Hippensteel, an employee since 1993, opened Ready to Run with his wife, Karla, in the same building.

Scott and Karla met at The University of Texas, where Scott was on the cross country team. Aside from owning Ready to Run, Scott is a teacher and cross country coach at Lockhart High School, and Karla works for the Office of the Attorney General of Texas.

“Our owners are awesome and make everyone feel very valuable,” Ready to Run General Manager Rory Tunningley said.

Ready to Run sells running shoes and accessories and hosts free weekly running groups on Mondays and Wednesdays for runners of every pace.

“We help all ranges of people; just someone who’s trying to move more frequently, or someone who’s training for the Boston Marathon,” Tunningley said.

Tunningley said the shoe-fitting process at Ready to Run is more involved than at an average running store. Other stores may take a video of a customer running from the shins down, but staff at Ready to Run pay attention to a runner’s entire body to get a better feel for gait, balance, foot variations and bone structure.

“When you don’t look at the whole body, you’re kind of doing [the customer] an injustice,” Tunningley said. “A lot of times people think you should just be able to put on a pair of shoes and run, but a lot of times you need a little extra guidance, because everyone’s body moves so differently.”

Ready to Run also has an unofficial mascot: Tunningley’s bulldog Chunky. Some customers call ahead to see if Chunky will be in.

“It’s funny ... people ask me if she runs with me,” he said. “On a good day she’ll go on a mile walk.”