Black Girls RUN! 2014 Preserve the Sexy Tour: Chicago recap

A group of dedicated women arrived early to City Point Loft over the weekend to Preserve the Sexy with Black Girls RUN! The Preserve the Sexy Tour is a one-day workshop for female runners of all levels to expand their knowledge of running.

The group was welcomed by BGR! Co-founder, Toni Carey before diving into the day’s workshops. First, we learned about proper running form with Newton Running Chicago including foot strike and shoe types.

We practiced a few running drills, then hit the pavement to try out Newton Running shoes.

Next, we covered the importance of stretching in our fitness routine while actively learning foam and stick rolling best practices.

For me, the highlight of the day was the BGR! Fitness Party. We were led in several African dances with origins in various regions of the continent. I loved this so much! There was a lot of side to side motion using the muscles on the outer thigh that don't get worked very hard in running.

The Preserve the Sexy tour is still on the road. Check the website to find a city near you and join the fun!

Dark and Lovely® & Black Girls RUN! team up for the Preserve the Sexy Tour

Dark and Lovely® and Black Girls RUN! will team up this weekend for the Preserve the Sexy Tour, which hits Chicago on Saturday, July 26th!

This conference is open to runners of all levels, from beginners to veterans. The tour will feature fun, informative sessions including coaching on running anatomy, form, and muscle assessments from experts, and concludes with a celebratory fitness party! Dark and Lovely will also be offering product sampling and raffles. Black Girls RUN! Co-founders Ashley Hicks and Toni Carey will also be in attendance.

I was a Black Girls RUN! Chicago Ambassador between 2011 and 2013 so the group holds a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to Preserve the Sexy with Chicago this weekend! Get all the details about the Dark and Lovely and Black Girls RUN! partnership and the Preserve the Sexy Tour here.

2014 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge mini recap

This post is way past due! I finished the 2014 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Chicago a little over a week ago. This was my company's first year being involved with this race. I had know idea what huge participation the has. Over 20,000 runners finished 3.5 miles in Grant Park. The route is a little unusual. Most of it is partially underground on Lower Wacker Drive. There are a few out and back turns, and the finish line isn't visible until you turn a corner. From there, it's only about a tenth of a mile to finish.

I ran with a coworker who is much faster than I. She slowed down for me, but I still finished faster than I thought I would in 44:44. Post race, most companies had there own tent where employees could refuel. It was fun to break out of my cubicle a little early and run an evening race!

Running with Ollie Furry Friday Feature

Each Friday, Lea over at Running with Ollie highlights runners and their furry running companions.

This week, my dog-child, Bosley and I are the Furry Friday Feature! Lea’s blog has great tips on running, nutrition, and fitness in general. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

Race recap: Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon - Orland Park

Lifetime Fitness opened their indoor triathlon racing series over the weekend. The first of 10 races being held around Chicagoland was in Orland Park, IL. I have been eyeballing indoor tris for quite some time. I instead leaped right ahead into outdoor racing. With triathlon season still being a while away, this was the perfect way to get a triathlon fix.

Indoor triathlons are perfect for anyone that may be little tri-curios. Because the time is capped, everyone can go at their own pace and do what they can within 10 minutes for the swim, 30 minutes for the bike, and 20 minutes for the run.

On the way to the club I got lost, ran out of windshield wiper fluid and could barely see the road ahead of me, then crashed my car into pile of snow in an empty parking lot while trying to make a U-turn. So you can probably guess I was late to my wave start. Thankfully there was ONE more wave after mine that I was able to join.

The pool was downstairs and the bikes and treadmills were upstairs. Being spaced out, the set up actually simulated transition in an outdoor tri. There was a 10 minute transition between the swim and bike and a 5 minutes transition between the bike and run.

The swim (10 laps): I was worried because I had not been in the water since August. After a couple of warm-up laps I felt comfortable. The pool being only 4 feet deep helped. I swam freestyle and took rest breaks when needed on the wall. The swim went pretty quickly.

The bike (7.7 miles): This was the longest and most boring part! There’s nothing like riding a bike outdoors with the wind whipping by. The great thing was that music was allowed on the bike and treadmill. So it became a game of pedaling to the beat of each song.

The run (1.60 miles): I started off strong; going hard for the first mile but quickly hit the wall and took two walking breaks before finishing up 20 minutes. The run also seemed to go by in a flash.

Post race there were protein bars, Gatorade and coconut water on hand for replenishment. The staff was great, friendly and helpful. Our wrangler, Coach Julie (I think), guided us through transition and was a great motivator during each discipline. There are zero pictures of myself, but several ladies from my run group completed their first triathlon in an earlier wave and documented the race well!

The indoor tri was a great experience; I hope to complete at least one more before the series ends. If you’re interested in a triathlon but are intimidated, an indoor tri is a great introduction to the sport.