Posted in Chicago fitness, Nike, Uncategorized

Whose Haus? Brahaus

I’ve been meaning to write about my experience at Nike’s Brahaus which I was pretty excited to attend because I am a girl and I wear bras and Nike. Since it was a week ago… let’s be real… most of those memories are gone already. So here is what I do remember. Nike very awesomely set up a social event that included freebies from Rx (which I LOVE – dark chocolate sea salt, mint, and coconut chocolate are my faves so far), pressed juice, customized bras with purchase and a HIIT class based on a workout inspired by Simone Biles.

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So… the bra fitting. I was a bit early and I am awkward so of course this was slightly awkward. The lovely fitter guessed my size (she was wrong) and then when I told her my size she assumed I was wrong but after measuring, turns out I was actually right. Who thought that was going to happen? Definitely not me. She then brought me a bra in a size up with the same cup size and I know very little about bras, but I do know that if your band goes up your cup goes down. Sad for me as the Pro Bra was pretty great, but the cups were too big. I did end up buying my very first Nike Bra, but I realized that when I wear it with a tank top you can see completely down me…. soooooo high necks only. Otherwise, reports of working out in the bra are excellent. The support is really great for those of us with boobs. And sorry to Greg who reads my blog and doesn’t want to know this much information about bras.

The workout… was fun! Though the room was sweltering so my normal amount of sweat was only maximized. Sorry to everyone involved. We did some bear crawls, deadlifts, med ball slams and squat jumps led by the completely delightful Betina and Gina. I always find their workouts interesting because I am a gal who likes heavy weights and likes to move it, move it, but of course they have to teach to a slightly lower level as the experience level at these events is all over the place. I do highly recommend NTC workouts. The workouts are just as good as you get in a lot of gyms and are free (says the girl who pays for her gym but whateves, I love my instructors).

Moral of the story? If Brahaus is hitting up your city then you should definitely attend. Nike makes all of their events look like events you want to be attending. They are hip and cool.

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In other random news, this skeptical lady bought the Kayla Itsines workouts/meal plans on ebay for $5 because I am curious and fully plan on reporting back. Thus far I have discovered that almost every meal involves cheese or yogurt which is awesome, but not when you are lactose intolerant.

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P.P.S I am trying to sell a pair of very gently used 7.5 Women’s Mizuno Wave Rider (18 I believe) so if you know anyone whose interested please let me know!! Apparently all this running has greatly expanded my feet and I am now a monster.

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Posted in Chicago fitness, Chicago running, Health and Happiness Movement, Healthy Chicago, Marathon, Nike, running, working out

This Weekend I ran 1 Mile

I did not run in high school. I did not run in college. I did start running until three… oh maybe it was four now… years ago. Which means the last time I ran just one mile was three, maybe fours years ago because at the time, I physically could not run one mile. This weekend, I ran the Humboldt Mile inaugural race (put on by Three Run Two) and the idea was to run your fastest mile.

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I have no clue what my fastest mile is. Well, I have a clue now and it’s 8:03 minutes. Though I am quite convinced that I could have run faster. The funny thing about a mile is that it is just long enough where if you don’t know what pace to go you find yourself thinking can I go faster before I give out (the answer is yes) but it’s just short enough where you don’t want to go to too slow. I was running… not necessarily uber speeding but running fast and towards the end I thought oh god, my legs are tired already but then I saw the finish line and was like oh hellz no I can sprint through this.

How does one prepare to run their fastest mile? I have no clue. I just did my usual runs. I suppose one could actually run a mile and figure it out that way. Or one could do something like Nike’s Find Your Fast program. Or one could just throw their hands up and say who really cares and hope for the best. Next time… if there is a next time, I know I can go faster, but at least this time I know what my fastest mile is.

If you are wondering if I would recommend this race for next year, the answer is absolutely. The course is through the gorgeous Humboldt Park which I am never around. It starts at a very reasonable and happy time of not 6am. It’s fun, it’s quick and how often do you get to run just one mile?


And no, I didn’t take any of these pictures. I stole them from the very talented Three Run Two photographers. Personally I forgot to take any pictures that day.

Posted in Chicago fitness, cross-training, Enrgi, Fitness, Healthy Chicago, Nike, Uncategorized, Warrior, working out

Bucktown 5K and Adventures in Nike

If you are signing up for the Bucktown 5K make sure you use my code RAMSWGAG3 for a little something extra in your goodie bag.

Last week and continuing into this this week I have been trying to step outside of my box and have had some adventures with Nike. Nike is huge in Chicago. They offer free classes at their training center, free group runs with their running club and free events. Quite frankly if I didn’t love my gym so much I would ask myself why I am paying when I can do all these great workouts for free. 

Speaking of my gym, last week Nike rolled into Enrgi to let us try their new cross training and running sneakers: I am not quite sure if I loved them or not but they are nice and light which is delightful! They stopped by for a special warrior class at Enrgi where we got to try both sneaks.


Saturday I finally joined NRC for a long run. The efficient side of my brain has a hard time traveling south just to run back north and then south again but since I have more flex in my schedule I figured why not. We headed south from Nike for an 8 mile run and views I don’t always get to enjoy. I definitely enjoyed this run (especially since a friend joined me) though we ran a bit faster than the anticipated 9:30 pace… So by the end I was trying to focus on other things so I wouldn’t slow down.


Last night I attended a football Inspired class designed for draft week (sliders, med balls, farmer walks, superman push ups, deadlifts, sprints and all the fast feet you never knew you wanted). The class was part of an Instagram contest and while I didn’t make it to the final round I did get a nice lil draft week tee (which I quickly sweated through) and got some nice sprints in! The downsides to this event was that we had to be at the new Michael Jordan store (apparently they use their workout area upstairs to train high school athletes in poorer neighborhoods…thumbs up!) by 6:30 but the class didn’t start until closer to 7:30. I had to get a friend to cover my class that night and I could have actually taught it. They did win me over though with their locker room which was loaded with our tshirts and the frees to wear. 


I said I probably wouldn’t do this type of thing again, but let’s be real… I would!

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I’m On A Boat

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Why am I incapable of rotating photos? Since I can’t… rotate your head to look at this properly.

OK You guys…. Chicago is cool. I am just going to go ahead and say it. I know, people are like but it’s the Midwest? Well I am here to tell you that it’s cool. So Nike is really pushing there #getouthere campaign to get people working out outside, and while they didn’t chose me as one of their beastly winners to take part in the competition, I was lucky enough to sign up for one of their NTC classes that was held in a barge along the Chicago River. And since it’s Nike… it’s an experience, not just a class.

You roll up and the indoor area is swanky as all heck with some purply mood lighting. Some lovely gals check you into class and then you head to the desk where you can get a locker for your belongings, a Nike sweat towel and you can test out some Nike sneaks. I grabbed a pair… whose kind I could not tell you. I don’t necessarily think I loved them as they have these pods on the bottoms and I am used to flat footed shoes. I found myself a bit off balance at times, but the material of the shoes was soft and light and lovely. Inside this area is also a place to take pictures galore (hello Insta famous) and you can grab hot chocolate, hot cider, water and cliff bars. Since it’s actually 60 degrees today (what, what?) I passed on the hot beverages but thanks for the water and post-workout fuel.

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Class itself was taught by the awesome Jeana Anderson Cohen and Emily Hutchins. Jeana I have taken class with before and she runs A Sweat Life. She is the bomb. If you are in Chicago, find her at Nike, CTF or the Sweatworking events and get on board. This was my first experience with Nike Master trainer Emily… and I have a girl crush. We also have the same hair cut… soooooooo spirit animal? This was a HIIT class and since you have different experience levels they did a great job of setting up a class anyone could do: burpees, lunges, skaters, some ab work, tuck jumps, more burpees, partner work involving lots of high fives and much more.

 

Classes for this week are pretty full so I think it’s near impossible to get in, but in case you want to check it out go here.

And in not Nike news I team taught my third class at Enrgi this past Wednesday. Teaching is hard. When you go to class with amazing instructors you probably don’t think it’s difficult, because they make it look easy, but I am going to tell you, it’s definitely not easy. If you want to try my class on your own, because why not… here is my class plan (and my awesome friend Michelle who wrote on the board for me because her board writing is on point and mine needs some help).

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And finally, here is a video of Brittany rocking the Assault Bike… in all her glory.