some people get all hyped up in anticipation of a NASCARtv-watching party or a wine-and-cheese-tasting soirée. moi? invite me to a running-themed get-together, and i am grinning from ear to ear and bouncing on my toes.
this past wednesday, new balance hosted an information event for staff at the store, theOTHERstore, and yetANOTHERstore! i rearranged the aunti wednesday schedule a little so that i could be in attendance.
i had two super-secret wishes, going into the evening. number one: i was really hoping new balance would bring in this celebrity runner for a special guest appearance – after all, he trains just down the road in guelph:
hmmm, you’d think the guy was busy prepariing for the olympics or something…i really would like an updated photo, though!
dream #2: to go home with a pair of new balance shoes (rumour had it there would be a free draw happening…).
in order to better my chances of having goal #2 actually occur, i
sucked up big time got into the spirit of the evening:
we had a chance to view some of the NB shoes before our evening officially started:
our host for the evening was dave from new balance:
dave was awesome – his presentation to us was informative yet fun at the same time. dave gave a power point presentation that included some videos and also allowed for some interaction from us.
we talked quite a bit about minimalist footwear since that is the huge trend, right now (we just got the new balance minimus [zero drop heel], road version, into our local stores). i will share with you what dave told us about good running form in minimalist footwear – you want to focus on these four key points:
- posture (i need to work on shoulders back!)
- midfoot strike (as opposed to slamming your heel)
- cadence (3 steps per second)
- lean (slightly forward! stand tall!)
by improving your form in each of these categories, you will help prevent injury and enjoy a more positive running experience.
i must say i feel a lot more confident in my knowledge about the different models of new balance shoes and the numbering system used to classify them. dave gave us a great line in reference to the new balance shoes that could be called an everyday training shoe – they’re the “dude, i just wanna run!” type shoes!
next, it was time for the draws (shoes and clothing)!
not me, that’s who! luck was not on my side, this evening [maybe that was karma biting me back for this post where i gave my impression of the new balance 890V2 - cringe!]. i’m super happy for nicole, though – she won an item of clothing of her choice!
no party is complete without:
many, many thanks to new balance and the store for organizing this event! i had a wonderful time!
30 day photography challenge:
day #24: animal
our official picture:
i took a tour through the waterloo park animal area for today’s photos. meet one of the llamas:
here is sandy’s companion:
if we had a sign category for this photography challenge project, here is what would receive my vote:
that sign reminds me of the time in moab, utah when we saw the admonition, “parents control your children” sign and laughed about that for years!
i like visiting the waterloo park zoo very much…now if they could just build an expansive sanctuary for all the roaming geese – there is poop everywhere!
coming up tomorrow: we are back to a colour photography assignment!…