The Nike Training Club studio located in Lincoln park (833 w Armitage) had a special event going on for this "virtual" race with special guests Jeanette Jenkins "The Hollywood Trainer," Niena Drake who is an awesome DJ, and 2008 olympic gold medalist in Gymnastics, Shawn Johnson! How could I turn something like that down?!
All virtual racers got this cool Nike Dryfit long sleeve.
(Back of shirt)
The studio was bright and fresh. Classes are offered here every day... FOR FREE! I'll definitely be back to get my butt kicked by the trainers!
Before the run, we listened to Shawn and Jeanette talk about training and life. One of the things that resonated with me was Jeanette's response to a question from the audience. A girl asked "what is the one exercise that we should be doing, that we are probably not doing currently? -like push-ups, lunges..."
Jeanette answered: "look at yourself in the mirror everyday and tell yourself I love you."
After a quick warmup we were off on our "fun run" of 6.2 miles along the beautiful lakefront. I stuck with Jeanette and Shawn as they clocked 8ish minute miles. The effects of the rain and snow really showed because my favorite ice pancakes were nearly all melted and the path was freaking flooded! It reminded me of my high school cross country days- running through really deep- 6"+ puddles!
My feet were soaked by the time we finished our 6.2, but it was a seriously fun time!
Shawn was so nice to take a photo with me post run. She is all muscle!
It was a fun event, and I'm lucky to live in a city where events like this are possible. Of course if I lived in the middle of a corn field, I still could have participated in the run an received the shirt by registering and logging my run on the Nike + app.
Post run there were mimosas, coffee and delicious appetizers to be had.
I'm looking forward to going back to the studio to take some Nike Training Club classes in real life soon- I use the app at home and it kicks my butt!