Now that the weather has finally smartened up, my body has been craving an almost-daily run. There’s nothing I love more than lacing up my running shoes and heading out to enjoy nature’s finest offerings: fresh air, sunshine, serenity and stillness. Running is a cleansing ritual to me – it tidies up any residual stress from the work day and leaves me feeling calm, present and re-focused on ‘the bigger picture’ in life.
How was your Easter?! I visited my family for a few days and managed to get in a few great workouts, fantastic meals and relaxation. Good Friday began with a nice little outdoor run.
A few people have asked me how Adidas Ultra Boost X’s are for running/working out and I’m going to review my pros/cons in a sec. Apparently ‘more serious’ runners are on the fence about them as they’re more of a minimalist shoe.
What I like:
-They definitely live up to the hype of being incredibly comfortable. Despite the minimalism, they’re soft and supportive. The soles are light and airy and you can still feel the connection with the ground, without the hard impact on your feet and shins. Think running barefoot on foam padding.
-Running with a more natural form seems to come easier to me when I’m in the Boosts. I just feel so FREE and light! Haha
What I don’t like:
-They’re not the best gym shoe. Their low profile causes my heel starts slip out when I’m doing things like mountain climbers, burpees, etc. The bulky sole gets in the way a bit too.
-You can’t wear them out in the rain and cold because the fabric is thin. They’re definitely a summer shoe.
-I’m not sure how these would hold up for distance running. I ran a speedier 10k in them last week and developed a hot spot on the pad of my big toe.
-There isn’t much arch support. But then again, I have abnormally high arches
-The laces feel a bit too constricting against the top of my feet. The shoes are intended to fit very snug – like a glove. If you have wide feet, they may not be the best fit for you.
The bottom line:
The best brand and shoe design out there is what works for YOU. Just because I experience great results doesn’t guarantee you will too. Don’t get too caught up in all of the techy lingo that comes with running gear and instead pay attention to how your body feels when moving in it. I currently rotate between three pairs of my favorites: the Boosts, Saucony Mayhems and Mizuno Wave Riders. I couldn’t even tell you the supposed benefits my running shoes are supposed to offer. If they feel good, that’s all I need to know! 🙂
While visiting my parents, I snagged a free pass to the Y so I could take a couple classes. Back in 2011, I used to take a low impact functional movement strength class called “Abs, Core & More”. It was when I truly embraced strength training and fell in love with group exercise. When I saw they still offer it, I hightailed to their Saturday morning class. It’s been shortened to 45 minutes instead of an hour, which made me happy because I forgot how great of a slow, painful burn it is. Plus I wanted to take a HIIT style class after ON THIS FRICKEN THING:
When I walked into the gym with 15 other attendees I wondered how in the hell this could possibly work, but was pleasantly surprised by how fun and effective it was! We partnered up and took turns rotating between 45 second intervals on each work station. For instance, one person would hold a bicep hang, while the other did mountain climbers, then we’d switch. Atomic TRX pushups + TRX bridge hamstring curls. High knees while holding a 15lb medicine ball overhead + plank rows. Landmines + bosu burpees. SO MUCH SWEAT. (It’s been three days since those classes and I’m still sore – everywhere)
That was pretty much the extent of my Easter weekend. We did our family dinner on Good Friday and I spent the rest of my free time packing, eating leftovers and doing some adult coloring. I also watched four episodes of Real Housewives of Toronto.
My #1 food request to my parents was to check out a new soft serve ice cream shop that just opened up. My mom got a marshmallow sundae, dad went with a triple berry parfait and I was in the mood for a classic twist cone. Love me some soft serve.
Back in the mountains, Nick and I enjoyed an evening with City & Colour at The Banff Centre. It was such a great concert – if you ever have the chance to see him – go!!!
Shit is getting real this week: Nick and I are furiously packing up our lives and getting ready to move into our condo next week! He’s also starting a new Edmonton-based job that will have him dividing his time between there and Calgary. IT’S HAPPENING!!!
Over to you:
Last concert you went to? Who would you like to see? I’m dying to see the Backstreet Boys in Vegas!!! I’d also love to see The Weeknd, Madonna and Daft Punk.
Highlight of your Easter weekend?