Thursday, February 28, 2013

Adidas Boost Shoe Launch at Fleet Feet Chicago

Wednesday night I headed over to Fleet Feet Chicago in Old Town for one of their weekly fun runs.  There was special event this Wednesday to launch Adidas's new running shoe-Boost.  

This shoe is pretty darn cool!  Honestly, before this event I never really thought about Adidas as a running shoe brand I would be interested in.  The brand reminds me of soccer, which I loved playing when I was younger, and the shoes everyone had in middle school (everyone but me, I didn't think I could pull them off) white with the signature Adidas stripes that came in a variety of colors.  
This event totally changed my mind and I would definitely recommend checking out this new shoe.  So what's different?  The shoe has new Boost cushioning, which is made to be both responsive and soft.  Boost is said to maintain its cushioning better and a little longer than traditional shoe cushioning   The shoe is comfortable, but not too cushy that you sink into the shoe.  

I invited Alexandria to come along and we each got to do our three mile run in the new Boost shoes to try them out.  The first thing I noticed about them is the fit.  The shoe has a soft upper so it was nice and snug on my foot.  It kind of fit like a sock and formed to my foot.  The shoes are also really light weight and comfortable.
We braved the winter elements and ran along the inner trail for about three miles.  Alexandria were at the very back of the pack, but that's OK, we had a fun time chatting and testing out the new shoes.

After the run Adidas and the Fleet Feet staff were there to ask us what we thought about the shoes.  I'm not a running shoe expert or anything, and I don't know all the right jargon, but I really liked the shoes.  The comfy and responsive Boost cushioning was great on the run.  Plus the shoe held up well in the below freezing temps and wet weather we were running in.

Everyone else seemed to like them too and plenty of people bought a pair.  Alexandria even grabbed a pair for herself!  I couldn't decide that night, but I am considering buying a pair for myself.

Some fellow #RunChi Fleet Feet Cheer Team members were also at the event so I got to meet and hang out with them at the event too.
Kate, me, Sonja, John, and Carly - photo from Anjelica
Adidas also had free beer, soda, and food for us to enjoy after our run.  I had half of a crab cake sandwich and a tasty cup of clam chowder - a pretty nice post run meal!  

There was also a raffle for a variety of Adidas gear.  There were lots of winners.  I ended up winning an Adidas hat which is perfect, because I was just thinking about buying another one.  Alexandria got a hat herself and pair of shorts.
New Running Hat!
I'm so glad I had the opportunity to attend this event and to be among the first to try out such a cool shoe!  Fleet Feet Chicago always has great community running events so if you are in the Chicagoland area you should check out the event calendar and join in on the fun.  If you live in another area find your local running store and ask if they have weekly run groups or events you can attend.  It's a great way to meet other runners in your community and have a fun! 

Have you ever run in Adidas shoes before?  Are you intrigued by their new Boost running shoes?  Have you ever attended any run meetups in your area?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Five for Friday {Feb 22nd}

1.  I joined a gym earlier this month and am loving working out on the rowing machine.  I had only tried it once or twice before but it is such a great form of cross training.  It works your arms and legs and is so much fun!  I have been adding it into my cross training days.

2.  I know I'm late, but over the past few weeks I have been watching Downton Abbey and absolutely love it!  It is so smart and complex and pretty.  I have been watching it slowly because the seasons are so short.  I am trying to savor it as long as possible.   I am almost finished with season two right now.  

3.  I made a pretty tasty breakfast last week that I thought I'd share.  I posted a picture on Instagram, but here is the "recipe."  

Organic Apple - (I used a pink lady apple)
Peanut Butter
Frozen waffles (I used the multigrain Trader Joe's ones, but the Kashi or Nutrigrain ones are great too.)
Ground Cinnamon
Syrup (I used the Trader Joe's Short Stack Pancake Syrup)

While toasting the waffles I sliced the apple into thin pieces.  After the waffles were toasted I smeared peanut butter on each piece and then arranged the sliced apples on top.  To top everything off I sprinkled some cinnamon on top and put just a drizzle of syrup across.  
This breakfast was super tasty and easy to make.  It has a little bit of everything in it and it kept me full until a late lunch later that day.  
I was going to eat it with a fork and knife, but it was easier to just pick it up and eat with my hands.

4.  My lovely sister, Caroline, and her boyfriend came to visit for a day this past weekend.  It was short visit, but it was great to see them.

She is a vegetarian and he is a vegan so I took them to Native Foods Cafe and the Chicago Diner.  The meals at Native Foods were huge, but delicious.  I ordered the Ensalada Azteca Salad which was full of veggies and quinoa.  The salad was really tasty and quite filling.    
The next day we went for brunch at the Chicago Diner, which we had all been to before.  I have heard great things about their milkshakes, so we knew we were going to get one.  We decided on the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough.  It was delicious!  You would never know it was vegan if you weren't told so.  

5.  I was watching the Today show a few weeks ago when they showed a clip of this amazing pep talk from Kid President.  They are videos made by Robby (Kid President) and his brother in law Brad and are all about spreading happiness and being awesome.  I love them!   If you haven't seen them yet go watch them now- they are sure to put a smile on your face and brighten your day.  

Do you have a favorite piece of equipment at the gym?  Are you a Downton Abbey fan?  Don't you love Kid President?!?