It's one of the most innate, natural things that we do as human beings. Putting one foot in front of the other. So how can it be hacked? Can running evolve? It has in my life.Read More
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Here's a (not really a secret) secret. I like winter or wintery conditions until January 1st. So that means I like the early dark nights, falling snowflakes, twinkly lights and pepperminty things of the holiday season. Then I am done. The problem is there is a whole lotta winter (if you live where I do, about 3 more months) to deal with the cold and damp and windy and generally unfriendly weather that goes with it. How do I deal? ........Read More
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Yesterday I had the chance to preview the amazing Nike Women Village at Toronto's Harbourfront. You may recall that this massive Nike party of sorts is in town for the Nike Women 15K race being run on Toronto Island this Sunday June 14th. In addition to that, there are over 40 Nike Training Club classes being held in the Crystal Coliseum (pretty much a beautiful floating workout studio right on Toronto's Waterfront, an Expotique where you can shop Nike to your heart's content (including an early look at Fall '15 gear, and many Nike Running Club runs in advance of the main event on Sunday. There's so much going on, so head on down to Harbourfront or check it online here at Nike.com/Toronto. These pics show off just some of the fun I had at the sneak peek NTC class yesterday lead by Nike Master Trainers Eva Redpath and Marie Purvis.
When it comes to high intensity gym workouts, I'm always looking for something with that perfect mix of cushioning and support. This is especially important considering how much I love plyometrics and how easily a nagging left ankle injury of mine flares up. So when I find a shoe that does all that AND looks superfine, I am very excited. Exhibit A: the brand new Nike Flyknit Zoom Agility. Super lightweight, supportive, cushy and flexible all at once. These babies are designed for interval training, Boot Camp, or whatever gym workout you are doing that requires you to be fast and light on your feet. The one-piece flyknit upper is breathable and provides seamless training support - in fact, they feel a little tight at first around your midfoot than other Nike trainers might, but don't let that throw you off. Go with it. It's the flywire cables doing their thing. The extra spring (for things like my beloved jump squats and ninja burpees) comes courtesy of independent Nike "zoom units" on the sole (check them out - they're little hexagonal pillows of delight, really). I can't get over how much I love this shoe, seriously. They're my current go-to for all my NTC workouts - either with my weekly meetup group, or with the NTC App.
The Nike Women's Race series is finally landing in Toronto. Not really surprising - this is a city that LOVES fitness, and the surge in running crews in the past few years (Parkdale Road Runners, , Nike Queen West Run Club, The Food Runners, Nike Gridlock Runners, etc) has been nothing short of a phenomenon. Torontonians love fitness and, it seems, especially running - whatever the weather.
It only makes sense then that we are now a stop on the Nike Running Event tour, amongst a lineup of cities that reads like my to-do list (or been there, done that, like Taipei, London and San Francisco) of travel. On June 14th, women from around the world, and right here in the 6 will take on a 15K route on Toronto Island(s). If you're interested, check out the Nike Women's Race Series page because registration starts on Monday, March 9, 2015! (that's real soon, btw).
I've been training with Nike for a while now, at weekly Nike Training Club meetups with Nike Master Trainer Eva Redpath, and some pretty amazing running events as well. I love their focus on functional athletics for women, and really applaud them for that. As someone who is passionate about fitness and overall health and wellness (I'm also a Stott Certified pilates instructor), I love to see women learning how to get strong, and supporting each other in the process. I also am a big believe in mixing it up - and running is one of many ways to achieve fitness goals.
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