Tribe Tunes: January 20th

Tunes Tuesday2Just because we are 20 days into January doesn’t mean it’s to late to get started on those New Years resolutions for 2015. Last week Tribe very excitedly announced the start to our next learn to run clinic to help those looking to learn to run, or return to running an opportunity to get started. So in celebration,  today’s #TribeTunesTuesday is all about getting started. no matter your goal! To learn more about our partnership with Canada Running Series and how YOU can join our “My First Race” Mentoring Program, click here! Here are three songs to motivate you to get started!

The Black Eyed Peas – Let’s Get It Started

P!nk – Get The Party Started

Drake – Started From The Bottom (Explicit)

What music inspires you to get started and crush your goals?

Leave it in the comments!

Winter Running Basics

photoThe weather this past week has certainly been frightful. A huge drop in temperature makes that couch seem a lot more pleasing then a chilly, windy run. But for my run crew at Tribe Fitness, hibernation is not an option.

Last week I was invited to speak at the first of four runners workshops at lululemon Queen St. West, leading a 5km run and then highlighting some important winter running basics.Here are three things you should keep in mind when heading out for a winter run:

1. Motivation: What’s going to get you out the door? Is it near gear? Signing up for a race? Keeping your New Years Resolution or promise to yourself? Or what about a friend or Tribe to run with? When that warm couch is calling your name, you need to find something greater to get you outside. For me it’s always my Tribe. Confession: I would stand myself up, but never my crew. Find something or someone that will motivate you to get out there and stick with it.

2. Safety: Nights are longer which means visibility is at an all time low. Be sure you dress bright and have reflectivity or lights to see and be seen. Be aware for the conditions on the road, knowing that cars won’t be able to stop as quickly, and tread carefully while running through ice and snow. Winter running is typically a time to focus on strength vs speed. If you are headed outdoors, be sure to run smart, and stay safe.

3. Gear: Having the right running gear during the winter months can make or break your run. It’s a fine art finding the perfect amount of layers for you and your body temperature. Be sure to stick with technical fabrics. Consider a moisture wicking bottom layer, something that will pull sweat, or slush from the body. Next is your warming layer, something to help insulate and keep you warm. Top that off with a protective layer depending on the specific conditions. If it’s windy or rainy, you’ll need something to either cut the wind or keep you dry. And make sure that top layer is bright, yes I already said this point, but it’s an important one. Gloves and hats are always a must, and for me wool socks are where it’s at. They keep your feet toasty and wick away any snow and slush that might make it through your shoe. Shoes with a more lather upper vs a mesh upper are ideal, and consider a trail show which has a great tread for when conditions are snowy and icy.

The Winter Running Basics series continue every Thursday for the month of January at Lululemon Queen St West. it’s free and open to all levels of runners.

What are some of your winter running musts? Post them in the comments below!

Tribe Fitness “My First Race” Official Mentoring Program for Harry’s Spring Run Off 8K

tribe 1My runcrew, Tribe Fitness, is proud to team up with the Canada Running Series to offer a 9 week ‘Couch to 8K’ Virtual Training Program, consisting of email based mentorship support as well as optional in-personal weekly training runs from our Tribe Fitness Headquarters at City Place located at Spadina and Fort York, in Toronto.

This beginner-friendly, 9-week training program is designed to prepare YOU to reach a distance of 8K, in order to complete Harry’s Spring Run-Off in High Park on Saturday April 4th. The Couch to 8K program is based on a run/walk progression and no past running experience is required.

Weekly in-person sessions will consist of a 10 minute class covering training basics and technique, followed by a 25-50 minute group run/walk session. A training plan will be provided to you at the first in person session, outlining the entire 9 weeks. Participants are encouraged to attend the weekly workouts in person, however if that is not possible, participants can follow the training plan online, at their own convenience as a member of the #VirtualTribe. Participants must be able to walk 60 minutes continuously at the beginning of the program.

Participants will also be invited to participate in an organized training run on Sunday March 15th in High Park. Participants will have the option to run 5K or 8K along the actual race route, from start to finish.

To apply for this program, click here to complete the form. You will be contacted by Canada Running Series to confirm your acceptance into the program, no later than Friday January 30th. For questions, please email jenna@canadarunningseries.com.

For more information on Tribe Fitness, please visit facebook.com/TribeFitnessToronto or email info@tribefitness.ca.