Wild About It:Vazee Agility v2 Trainer

For my segment on CH Morning Live in February I was sent the Vazee Agility v2 Trainer to wear on set. These have quickly become my favourite training shoe for lifting weights and conditioning.

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The first thing that caught my eye was the unique lace mesh upper and mix of vibrant lime green and black and white (pink/purple and grey/white colour combinations are available from the New Balance website). The upper is supportive and with it’s no-sew overlays, which are strategically placed to help prevent the foot from rolling over while being minimal and light. nb-shoe

These light weight training shoes are perfect for quick, lateral movements, and are built with superior sole traction for training on any surface. I’ve been wearing them multiple times a week for my YFit classes at Yyoga and it’s easy to feel grounded and strong through my feet when performing squats and lunges. Also check out the detailed perforations along the outer sole which help your feet breathe while revealing the contrast of popping lime underneath.

Some other features include:

  • Odor management with a treatment that resists odors.
  • Rubber outsole
  • Synthetic upper

These shoes retail for $109 CAD in store and online. Definitely check them out if you’re looking for something stylish and light to up your strength training game in.

Road to 70.3: Week 16

This was my final week of full on training because as I write this I am starting my two week taper. It’s crazy to think I’m only 14 days from my goal race, something that I started training for 16 weeks, 4 months ago. Time has flown.

Here’s how last week went down:

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MONDAY: Heading into the final stretch this week I decided it was important to cut out all of my extra workouts – well as many as I could – which meant I sat out on my usual Tribe sprint workout. The crew headed down to Remembrance Park for some intervals of strength with sprints and it was a blast. I began this as my first day of hamstring focus and during the time strength training with the crew put extra attention on my hamstring which has still be giving me grief. Time is ticking and I need to sort this out.

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TUESDAY: Our pool has been closed all weekend, so I took this as a sign from the universe to get out and open water swim more. I headed down to Cherry Beach just after 8am and got in a 30 minute swim. As I had missed a longer swim/run brick last week I had planned on running 80 minutes. While coming back from the Leslie Spit, I tripped on loose gravel and went down hard.

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It killed. I sat on a rock (cried) and collected myself. Then (covered in dirt and blood) had to run the 3km back to my car. I was brutal and painful and actually worse then it looked as all the dirt was covering some serious gravel rash. But luckily for me it was just my skin, no strains or sprains, so training continued the next day.

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WEDNESDAY: Today was a hot one. I stayed indoors on a bike and then got in our Tribe 5km crew run in the evening. Following our run we did our annual August trip to the CNE. It was a blast. We ate trash (I had a hard scoop ice cream cone) and enjoyed the sights and sounds. A blast. (Note you can see the road rash in the photo – yes, I’m wearing the same top).

THURSDAY: For strength and flexability tonight a did a 40 minute routine using the NTC app. What I like about this app is that you can pick the focus and length of the workout. Most of the workouts require minimal equipment. What I don’t like is they pretty much do the same exercises repeated for the entire duration – so it does get boring. I added my hamstring exercises at the end and spent a great deal of time stretching using my band and roller.

FRIDAY: With the pool fixed I kept today’s swim indoors. My scabby leg was feeling better so I followed the swim up with a quick 50 minute ride. Last month I had decided to schedule a training race, the Wasaga Olympic triathlon, which will be happening tomorrow, so this workout also acted as my shake out.

All week I had to keep reminding myself that although I have a race Saturday, it’s not my goal race and I need keep my training in full form, so I did.

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SATURDAY: Race Day! I had a blast. Things went better than I anticipated and I finished the race feeling confident for my goal race in 2 weeks. More to come on this day in my race recap.

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SUNDAY: Our final outdoor yoga jam. Say whaaat! How is the summer – dare I say it – over (eeek). All I did today was our leading our Tribe Yoga Jam. I had the intention to ride, but decided that I would recover from the race instead. I actually felt surprisingly good, but still thought the break was best.

With two weeks left, I’m going to continue to focus on strengthening my hamstrings and getting my stretch and roll on every night. The end is near, and I’ve feeling great.

Missed a week of my training?

Week 14   Week 13   Week 12  Week 11  Week Ten   Week Nine  Week Eight

Week Seven  Week Six  Week Five

Week Four   Week Three  Week Two  Week One

I’m in to Finish: NYC Marathon Class of 2012

While I know it is just over 4 months away, I am so excited to take on NYC again! I think it likely has something to do with my sister demolishing her goals last weekend in the Welland Half Iron Distance Triathlon, that I can’t wait to conquer mine head on.

In 2010 my sister had the joy of together rocking this race as our first marathon ever – hey, go big or go home. So I’m excited to take on the challenge again. This time with 2 more years of running and racing under my belt.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to the most:
1. Racing the 26.2 miles with my sister again. Finishing together – strong, smiling, holding hands like the cheese balls we are, and likely shedding a few tears too. This time as an added bonus our superstar coach, Kim Agostino, will be racing with us as well – No doubt she’ll be singing, dancing, and referencing random motivational quotes – which is why we love her – can’t wait!

2. Sticking to my training plan. I love racing because I love the routine and schedule training provides. Knowing my workouts months in advance and being able to plan and stick with them. This would be the part of me that loves crossing those goals off a list and my training plan is one thing to cross after another.

3. Sticking to my race plan. I can honestly say this did not happen our first time in NYC. We got caught up in, well, racing NYC! So I’m really looking forward to putting the race lessons I’ve learned over the past 2 years into action. Setting a plan for success and sticking with it – to me that’s what makes a great marathon.

4. Enjoying NYC. Although we frequently visit the Big Apple, it’s definitely a city I adore and never take my visits for granted. I am very excited to enjoy the race this year, as well as the city. To not be so nervous, to relax, and to have fun with it. There were times that I know I checked out of the race mentally, and that definitely won’t happen this time.

So my training will be starting soon enough, and I don’t doubt that come October my friends and family will be feeling a little like this:

But in the mean time, I’m enjoying reflecting and remembering on being part of the class of 2010, and hoping for the joys and experiences of what being part of the class of 2012 will bring.

Check out this 2010 time lapse, I think you can see Nanc and I at 0:25 😉