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nike flyknit experience

Anyone want to come with me to try out the new Nike Flyknit running shoes? The ladies over at Lunges & Lycra already love them and I personally can’t wait to try out the new steaming technology that will fit them specifically to my (usually too narrow for Nike) feet.


Nike is hosting a 2 day pop-up at Somerset House on March 5th & 6th where you can go and try a steamed-just-for-you pair of Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+. For more info check out the Nike Running UK Facebook page.

Nike Flyknit Experience
Tuesday March 5th & Wednesday March 6th
9:00am – 6:00pm
Somerset House Courtyard


Next week the answer will defo be yes.

Wednesday is our usual RUNch day so I might swing by for a trial pair and then embark on my perfect run #RUNch 5k around Tower Bridge.



I do a lot of great things with Nike Training Club and Nike Running here in the UK. They’ve asked me to set some goals with the other ladies in the Nike Community as a part of their #makeitcount campaign.

I’ve got loads of goals for 2013, but in the interest of keeping it Nike+ based we’ve set out to achieve 1,000,000 fuel points in 2013. 

So it will be more NTC Live classes…

And more yoga classes…

And more Running Clubs…

And especially more races with good friends and husbands…

I really do believe in a lot of what Nike has been promoting to get everyone (especially women) out and more active in easy and fun events. I don’t work for Nike nor have I been asked to promote anything in return for freebies or cash.

what should I wear?

This is how my workout gear usually looks:

In the interest of blogging though – here’s a much friendlier view of my favourite workout gear:

1. MEC T1 Long-Sleeved Crew $19 on MEC.ca (Canadians only)! 

This is a tried/tested/true piece of outdoor gear. It gets me through running/skiing/hiking/camping/apres ski at the bar/you name it.  Best item I’ve ever owned).

2. Lorna Jane Maxivate Top £56 at Lorna Jane 

When it’s really cold I’ll put on this extra layer (and look extra pink). Currently online only available in Australia but check out their pop-up shops at studios around London.

3. Nike Pro Capri II – Sunburst/Bright Peach – £22.50 on SheActive.co.uk 

They run large, I’m usually a 12 in leggings but if I was to buy these again I’d go for a 10). They’re comfortable and flashy for the dark nights of running. Only downside is no pockets.

4. Lululemon Run: Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve – £52.00 on Lululemon.co.uk 

I love this top so much I’ve worn it to it’s death.  It’s the perfect running/bootcamp top as it is light and airy but still has sleeves! It’s trendy and cute in a studio, but also holds up to the outdoors. Mine is neon yellow (ish) but am looking at the grey for my next purchase.

5. Domyos Spots Bag £6.99 on Domyos-fitness.com

How cute is this bag? I saw it while on vacation in France and had to buy it. It comes in a million different colours and patterns and even a backpack version. I want them all.

6. Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 £90 on Sweatshop.co.uk

I’ve flirted with Nike but I keep coming back to these Adidas shoes. They’re good for my little left ankle wobble when I run and (unlike Nike) are narrow enough to actually hold my foot.

7. Domyos Run-in Socks £3.00 on Domyos-fitness.com
These are my first pair of thin socks for running and are great with my above shoes that are sometimes a bit too tight in the toes (peril of having narrow feet means shoes sometimes have to fit a bit more snug in the length). They’re awesome and as I learned on Saturday, when they get soaking wet they do not cause blisters!

8. Deuter Bike One 20L Rucksack £52.40 on Wiggle.co.uk 
This rucksack has revolutionized my run-commute home. It’s big enough to fit boots (which I wear almost every day in the winter) and a full outfit and it’s so comfortable on that even if it feels heavy lifting it, once it’s on your back you don’t even feel it. PLUS it’s technically a bike bag (all the running specific bags were too small) so it has a neon rain cover that works so well when running in the dark and a helmet holder which, now that I’ve started biking to/from bootcamps, holds my helmet well while I’m trying to fix my helmet hair.

9. C9 Champion Sports Bra $16.99 at Target.com
This is my one import item I always get my friends to pick up for me in America. This is the best bra that comes in the best colours (I currently have a great purple/blue dip-dye one) and lasts forever.
10. SweatyBetty Waterbottle £5 at Sweatybetty.com 

I love  a good sweat and this waterbottle is great for taking to classes. Get it online or free if you go to one of Sweaty Betty’s in-store events (Run Britannia for me!).

(me as a seemingly dressed as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle for a night run in most of the above gear)

Sorry Nike, I’m back with Garmin

I just treated myself to a new GPS watch.  For a few months now I’ve been moaning about the high price and massive size of GPS watches for running. They’re all ugly expensive bricks – and may do wonders for tracking your runs, but who can drop a couple hundred pounds on something you truly don’t like.

Then Garmin came out with the Forerunner10. In green, pink (US only) and black it’s finally a small-ish GPS watch under $100. It has all the basics you need to track your runs. It times the laps, provides a lap pace estimate and you can also see your calories and stuff.  But if you’re like me you just like to know how far you’ve been running and for how long.  (Sometimes I wish it would yell out LAURA WOW YOU’VE ALREADY RAN 12K BEFORE 9AM?!?!? but I’ll have to wait for the Humble Brag edition….) It connects to your computer via usb and uploads to the Garmin connect site like all their other watches and you can track all your stats from there.  The battery is better than my Husband’s Forerunner110 and the GPS picks up pretty quickly except when I’m trying to run in Central London under all the big buildings.

Check out my Forerunner10 watch being awesome on my teeny wrists at Le Grand Classique Paris to Versailles race last weekend.

So it’s great, but why did I buy it when I had the Nike+ (not GPS but pretty accurate and most importantly free) fitness app on my iPod that tracked my pace and distance on the Nike+ running website? Because Nike hasn’t convinced me with their new fuel measurement. Essentially they’ve made up a unit of measurement that tracks all exercise during the day and adds it up to an arbitrary number called fuel. I didn’t want to invest in an upgrade to my Nike+ setup to include GPS just to know how many fuel points I had. I want KMs and time. And Nike has less than stellar reviews on their ability to collect those on their watches.  They have great apps for people with iPhones and such, but I’m not one of those people nor do I like to run with weird looking arm bands to hold large phones. 

So, I’m back with Garmin and still keeping track of my progress on the Daily Mile which I like so much more than any other tracking site (both Garmin & Nike+ have pretty mediocre tracking sites). I still have a lot of love for Nike Running but just didn’t love their GPS/tracking aps.

old shoes new shoes

I love my Mizuno running shoes that were the last pair on a sale rack at R.E.I in Bellingham and fit like a glove. Unfortunately, a year of running on the hard London streets was causing some serious knee pains and the January sales here in the UK seemed like a good enough reason to trade them in. 

I did some research (read: google for 45 minutes) and these Nike Lunar Eclipse+ shoes seemed like a pretty good balance for my current needs (read: cushioned enough for constant road running and bright coloured for my #ridiculousrunningoutfits).

We’ll see how the next couple of days go of training runs and hopefully they become my new best friends helping me get to the finish line of the Brighton Half in just over a month. (#yikes).