Running Through Winter in BC

Running through winter means you need to be prepared for all the elements, especially in BC. There are three key things that I look for when choosing my running gear for winter. All of my running gear needs to be:

1 – Waterproof – because rain is definitely often in the forecast during the winter in BC so you don’t want to be running and feeling completely drenched.

2 – Reflective – because the sun goes down so early every night, reflective stripes or designs on your gear are so crucial so that cars and other pedestrians or cyclists can see you when you’re running.

3 – Warm – because even if the weather doesn’t get to be that cold in BC, it’s still important to pick pieces that will keep you warm especially during your longer runs.

I like shopping for my running gear at Sport Chek because they always have such a great variety of products. I’ve definitely been a big Nike Running fan for the last couple of years. They’ve got great technical pieces that not only fit really nicely but that work well. My latest running finds include the Nike Air Zoom Pegagus 34 Shield Running Shoes, Nike Women Power Epic Lux Flash Running Tights and Nike Women’s Essential Flash Running Jacket. These items will be perfect to keep me dry, visible and warm for the next couple of months training in BC for upcoming races!

Photos by: @Offner

This post was written in collaboration with Sport Chek, but all opinions are my own. 

Go Camping with MEC’s Gear Rental Program

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Looking to start camping this summer or in need of some extra camping gear to make your travels more epic? If so, check out MEC‘s camping gear rental program.

Before moving to British Columbia, I had never really gone camping as an adult. There are many reasons why I had never done so but the major reason being that I did not own or know anyone that owned good camping gear. The few memories I have camping as a kid are that it was always uncomfortable, that our old tent would always get wet, that we didn’t have the proper cooking gear, etc. So camping was definitely not one of my favorite activities growing up!

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Now with mountains and the ocean in my new backyard, I’m making it a point to rediscover camping and give it another shot. Since I don’t own any camping stuff and am not ready to buy a ton of gear without knowing if this is something I will like doing, I was thrilled to find out that MEC has an easy to use camping gear rental program. Their gear is available to rent out in most stores located across the country including those in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Even as a long-time MEC member, I had no idea MEC rented some of their great gear out. They rent anything from camping gear to snowshoes and even SUPs!

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What’s awesome about this program is that not only is it incredibly inexpensive to rent gear, it’s also a great solution for those who like myself, don’t have a lot of storage space or aren’t ready to make that investment just yet.

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Thanks to the help of MEC, we put together a great pack for our first camping weekend in Tofino that included sleeping bags (they even have double sleeping bags for couples!), sleeping pads (that can be velcro’ed together to make a double pad) and a tent.

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The gear is of utmost quality and super easy to transport. The MEC tent is also fast to set up. Sadly, it did rain on one of the days we were camping but unlike my experiences as a kid, the tent did not flood and all of our gear stayed dry!

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Camping last weekend turned out to be so much more pleasant than I remembered. I know now that it’s all about the gear you bring (and also the company!). So whether you’re a seasoned camper or a total newbie like myself, camping is one of the coolest things you can do during the summer to spend time surrounded by nature. I highly recommend giving it a try, if you haven’t already!

For more info on MEC‘s camping gear rental program, go here.

This post was written in collaboration with MEC but all opinions are my own.

Live Out There

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Life is too short to be indoors. If I could, I would spend every single minute of every day outdoors, exploring the beautiful world around me.

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I recently discovered an amazing Canadian company called Live Out There. Their philosophy immediately resonated with me. The reason why the company started is to provide great gear for those wanting to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors. In addition to providing great gear, they also focus a lot on local Canadian brands, making sure that was is made right here gets out.

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Live Out There recently started their personal shopping program who’s goal is to inspire people to get outside. With so many of us spending our days in offices and in front of computers, we could all use a little extra help to get out there. What’s great about their personal shopping is that you can shop based on budget, style, comfort and performance. What’s also neat is that you’ll connect with one of their specialists who will guide you along the way of your purchases and who will suggest some pieces that could be fitting for your needs. The service is free and offered by real outdoors-folk who truly walk the walk. An additional detail I particularly like is that there is no obligation to buy.

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To celebrate the launch of their personal shopping program, I’m giving you the chance to win $500 worth of gear and apparel from Live Out There. Check my post on Instagram today here for all the details! The winner will be notified by June 30th 2016. Must be a Canadian resident to win.

Photos & hair by: Cabello by Carolina

Nike Pro Bra

Yesterday I had the lovely opportunity to attend the exclusive Nike Pro Bra Collection launch event taking place in Toronto at the NTC Studio located at 548 Richmond Street West. After years of testing, Nike has finally developed a sports bra using a new 360 degrees fit system that you can get in 5 styles and 25 sizes. Until July 31st, you can book an appointment with one of Nike’s Fit-System Concierge who will help you find your perfect Nike Pro Bra size. At the same time, you can also get a complimentary intimate NTC Session at their amazing new studio.

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photo 4 (5)Last night I was able to do just that! Not only was it super fun to try out these new bras and all the colorful Nike Pro gear, but little did I know, I would also be working out with a Nike Master Trainer Eva Redpath (yea, they had forgotten to mention I’d be working out for 45 minutes, oops!). Luckily, the fine folks from Bolt Fresh Bar (my favorite place to go for snacks, smoothies & breakfast!!) were there for some post-workout treats!

photo 2 (29)Last night’s event was a great place to meet wonderful ladies from all walks of life who also have a love for working out and Nike. Over the past couple of years, running has really become important in my life, never thought I would say this, but I can honestly say that I enjoy my runs. Though not always easy, they always feel so rewarding in the end. Each time I run and feel like I can’t run any longer, I try to remind myself, that I run because I am lucky and grateful that I can! And if you’re also someone that works out, you know that it’s always exciting to try out new gear. I’m very stoked to be able to work out in this new Nike Pro Bra!

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If you’re interested in dropping by the NTC Studio for a NTC Session and a Nike Pro Bra fitting, go here: www.548richmond.com.

A big thank you to So Sasha for the invite, Eva Redpath for kicking my butt and all the lovely ladies from Nike present last night. Great times!

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Back At It #DailyOutfit

After having spent the last couple of months cooped up indoors because of the cold, I couldn’t be more excited to officially kick off my running season this evening. Though I know the cold isn’t behind us just yet, I took advantage of the “warmer” temperature today to whip out my Nike running gear and go for a beautiful sunset run. It was slippery, wet and tough but so worth it! I’ve always loved Nike’s motto and it rings true to me now more than ever. JUST DO IT!

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Forever 21 Aztec print long sleeve tee

Zara diagonal zip studded green blazer

Front And Company Firebird ring

Uranium Lois Lane necklace 

Je voudrais être une princesse boots

H&M classic skinny blue jeans