Road to Nike Women’s 15k – Week 7

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Week recap:

This past week has been pretty rock n’ roll to say the least! Even if Monday was a holiday last week, the #betterforit ladies and I got out early to clock a 7km run. It being a holiday allowed for a nice peaceful run along the streets of Toronto. Tuesday was my only day off but it was much needed one since I had lined up a double workout on Wednesday. I joined a small group of ladies on the rooftop of the Thompson Hotel (the raddest rooftop in the city!) for a #NTC workout as the sun rose. This was my first #DoneBeforeDawn class and boy was it memorable! That night, I also went to the Nike Running Club for a fast 5k run. I was up bright and early the next day for my routine NTC morning class with Eva Redpath, which was a lot harder than I was expecting. I was still sore from the previous morning so my work out was less than stellar. This past weekend, I went up to Blue Mountain for a special fitness retreat and the 1st #BowerFitxKalola with three lovely ladies (thanks for the invite Sasha!) who are also currently training for the 15k. The retreat was organized by Nate Bower, a boxer that I’ve had the chance to meet when I took his boxing class at Equinox (check out my special blog on his class here), as well as Kalola Spa at Blue Mountain. It was really neat to take my training to a different location and switch it up a bit. We had the most awesome weekend hiking up Blue Mountain, playing beach volleyball, doing yoga, boxing, doing some strength training, stretching and also getting a lovely massage at the end of it all. I didn’t get as much running in this past week but it was a nice change of pace!

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How I’m feeling:

Though I don’t feel anything major aching, my knees definitely seemed to still be inflamed a little so I’ve been trying my best to stretch properly, apply cream and not push too hard when training. With only 3 more weeks to go, there’s no time for injury.

What I’ve learned:

Injuries can occur at any moment. This weekend I witnessed one of my friends get injured while training and it was incredibly scary to see. Luckily, her injury wasn’t too serious but it made me realize that injuries can occur at any moment in time. As a result, I’ve become a little more careful with all of my training.

Training in nature is so different. Spending time at the mountain this weekend really gave me a new perspective on training in nature. Training in the city has been wonderful but sometimes seeing new sceneries and changing the location of your training can really help motivate and inspire you, especially when you’ve been training for so many weeks consistently.

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Distance is less intimidating. When I started training, running 5 or even 10km seemed incredibly daunting but with so many runs under my belt, these distances don’t nearly seem as far anymore. There are only a few more weeks to go but having already run 15km three times now, I’m a lot less apprehensive about race day. Yay! 😀

Only 2 more weeks to go!!

The Good Fight

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Earlier this week, one of my fitness inspirations and Toronto blogging maven SoSasha, invited an amazing group of women to fight “The Good Fight” at Equinox. We had the privilege of working out with Nate Bower, a personal trainer, a fitness expert and most importantly a 4-time provincial boxing champ.

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I’ve never boxed before but I got to throw my fair share of punches when I was a teenager in karate. I was therefore pretty thrilled to get to try a new sport. We got to participate in Nate’s super high intensity boxing class. We learned how to wrap our wrists, did a boxing warm up, learned some boxing technique and did a bunch of drills with the bag and with a partner. It didn’t take long before I worked up a sweat! I was surprised by just how much footwork is involved in boxing and how athletic you need to be in order to complete drills.

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What I enjoyed most was that it was a great stress relief because let’s be honest, throwing punches on a bag always feels good! What I found out is that it’s also a great complimentary workout for us runners. It’s a full body workout and also great cardio. It was also a ton of fun!

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If you’re looking for a new workout, with a rad coach and in the most beautiful gym in the city (they have the most luxurious facilities, the best post-workout smoothies, kind staff and a rad choice of classes), make sure you check out the Equinox 50 minute boxing class with Nate Bower!

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To know more about Nate Bower and his Bower Boxing, go here and for more info about Equinox, go here. Thanks again for the invite Sasha! #SSFitxEquinox #EquinoxMadeMeDoIt

**Photos by Dirk Teunissen.