Hi and welcome to another edition of the MELSAYS PODCAST! I hope you’ve been well! I just got back from a few weeks of travels and seeing family, so im excited to buckle down and get some more great episodes of the podcast recorded and out for you guys this fall.
My guest for today’s episode is Filsan Abdiaman. She is a fitness instructor, a Reebok ambassador, an ultra runner as well as the founder of the amazing community called Project Love Run. It’s a women’s only run and brunch that aims to teach women how to “love themselves” and form friendships with other women in this modern world. She has such a beautiful presence, which I hope you will be able to feel even through this podcast. It’s always a pleasure to chat with her so without further ado, here’s Filsan.
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Staying active while on the road is easy. All it takes is just a little extra planning ahead and organization. Over the last little while I’ve come up with a simple formula and a few simple tips that can help you also keep moving while you’re on the go.
1) Whenever I know I have a trip coming up, I always make some time either the night before I leave or even at the airport the morning of (because we all know we spend lots of time doing nothing at the airport), to look up local running routes in advance that are close to where I’ll be traveling to and evening staying. I will then map out a few different runs or at least some key points of interests that I want to visit while I’m running and make a quick list on my phone. I sometimes even record the actual route itself on my phone via one of my running apps so that I am ready to go when I arrive.
2) I always pack my Reebok Floatride Run shoes with me so that I can easily take them out of my suitcase when I get to my hotel room or Airbnb. After a long flight or long day of travel, I’ll usually go for a run immediately when I get to my new destination. The Reebok Floatride Run shoe is cushioning without compromise, it is soft and also responsive, making me feel like I’m floating through my runs. The new shoe comes in new colour options and combines performance and aesthetic all into one.
3) I try to find unique local run clubs or even fitness studios to book some drop-in classes. I make sure to mark off some time in my schedule, even if it’s just 30 minutes to work out and also meet new people. Traveling gives you access to different workouts you may not even have at home as well as a whole new crew of people to meet, which is awesome!
4) If I don’t have the chance to make it out anywhere, I will use the environment around me; so either the gym in my hotel, my hotel room or even a nearby park to get a little workout or some drills in. It’s easy to just take your phone with you and either write down a few exercises or follow a video or an app.
5) If I know I’ll be traveling with friends or going to see family, I try to get them to take me out for a run or organize a little workout together. It makes it that much more of a fun experience for everyone and great memories to share while on the road.
Running and being active has become my first priority while traveling and as a result I’ve seen so many benefits in both my overall mood, stress levels and well-being while away from home. Therefore, I highly recommend giving these tips a try!
The Reebok Floatride Run shoe is available exclusively at Running Room and Reebok.ca.
This article was written in collaboration with Reebok but all opinions are my own.
If you’ve been following my fitness adventures, you know that I took part in my first ever ReebokSpartan Race last summer. I also recently visited Pursuit OCR (you can see my post here), the first Canadian indoor obstacle course to train for this summer’s Spartan Race. The Spartan Race is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done physically in my life but also one of the most fun I’ve ever had during a race. I’m thrilled to share with you today my interview with an inspiring woman and athlete, the 2013 Reebok Spartan Race World Champion, Amelia Boone. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to be the champion of one Spartan Race, let alone be the world champion. What a feat! I’m thrilled that Amelia agreed to answer a few questions on her journey thus far. Hope you’ll enjoy!
1) What first got you interested in fitness? When did you start being really active?
Fitness has always been a part of my life from a young age. I was a year-round athlete, shuttling from one sport to another my entire childhood. Even in college and law school, when I didn’t play any formal sports, I still would go for runs and hit the gym for stress release. It wasn’t until I graduated law school when I started really focusing on athletics (late in life, I know!) – I ran my first obstacle race with fellow attorneys at my law firm, and then just got hooked. Doing obstacle races made me realize I needed more strength work in my routine, so I added CrossFit to running, and found a nice balance.
2) You are the 2013 Reebok Spartan Race World Champion, what kind of training is required to obtain such a title? What is your training regimen like?
Reebok Spartan Race is a great mix of endurance and strength. You need to have a great aerobic capacity and a strong running background, but you also need to balance that with upper body strength. So training is always a balancing act finding the perfect mix of the two. I generally run or do longer endurance workouts 5 days a week, and then add in CrossFit or other strength training 3-4 days a week. I take one full rest day a week (though I will do some mobility work and go for a walk or do a light spin on a bike for 15 minutes or so to keep blood flowing).
3) There seems to be more and more women interested in races like the Reebok Spartan Race, why do you think that is? How are women seen in the circuit?
I think women are looking for ways to push themselves physically and mentally. And women more and more are seeing that being strong is pretty awesome, and there’s no better mix of strength and athleticism than a Reebok Spartan Race. The numbers of women in the circuit is growing, and more and more, we are beating men. While I love to compete against other women, I always check the overall standings at the end of the race – I love to see how I stack up against the field as a whole.
4) For those interested in getting into these kinds of races/obstacle courses, what advice would you have for them?
I always tell people that anyone can get through a race. You may fail some obstacles, may have to walk some, but you learn what you need to work on and come back stronger. A great introduction is to get together with a group of friends and do one as a team. There are all ages and abilities out there conquering a course – you’ll always find a helping hand.
5) What are your next fitness goals? What objectives have you set for yourself?
I’m always kind of looking for the next challenge and the next way to push my physical limits. I’ve had great success in Reebok Spartan, and will continue to run those, but I’m looking at venturing into doing more ultra marathons this year – I have a few 100k’s and a 100 miler on the race calendar.
For more information on Reebok’s latest campaign and their #BeMoreHuman campaign, go here. For more information on the Spartan Race, if you want to join me this summer, go here.