new balance party!

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:

sadly, reid was a no-show

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:

i dug this ancient tshirt out of the depths of my closet: i know i kept it because it is ORANGE!

we had a chance to view some of the NB shoes before our evening officially started:

me and my bosses, haha! manager paul and manager nicole! and bright shoes!

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 learned some nb history, product info, and got the inside scoop on what is coming up!…

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)!

who will it be, who will it be??

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:

a party favour!

party treats!

many, many thanks to new balance and the store for organizing this event! i had a wonderful time!

and – you were expecting this, i know – i now have my sights set on adding the minimus – and/or the 1400? – to my footwear collection….

the 1400 (mens version) – good for racing!


30 day photography challenge:

day #24: animal

our official picture:

just how i like my four legged-creatures: safely behind a protective barrier!

i took a tour through the waterloo park animal area for today’s photos. meet one of the llamas:

liking the chain-link border effect for today’s pics!

here is sandy’s companion:

the runner-up photo of the day…would have been the #1 shot, but he wouldn’t turn around!

if we had a sign category for this photography challenge project, here is what would receive my vote:

you don’t have to tell me twice!

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!…

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  • Johanna B  On June 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Sorry you didn’t win any NB swag. Our zoo is having a penguin exhibit for several months. I will go see it – hoping Rachel will bring Ivan over and we can make it a family affair. I love penguins and the exhibit is being kept cold which will feel good since we were 101 in the shade yesterday.

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      did you see “march of the penguins,” the movie narrated by morgan freeman? that is neat that your zoo has the exhibit. i would love your heat – i know you are not such a fan! you’d love our cool temps here, today!

  • Zo  On June 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

    ooh..I have many/long comments for you.
    1. The llamas are so cute…I love the gray/black tails…and I’m proud of you for your animal encounter.
    2. The minimal shoe thing is interesting. I know someone with pretty severe rheumatoid arthritis who is having a really hard time finding sneakers because she needs a lot of cushioning/support and she’s finding that nothing she tries on /out has enough because of the “minimizing” trend.
    3. Speaking of running…thanks so much for your advice on pacing myself for my long runs. When I did my run yesterday, I slowed the pace to 5.2 mph and for the first time ran an hour straight through (the treadmill is back to being set to stop at an hour), once I started hour number 2, I ran without stopping for about another 50 minutes to hit my 9.5 goal. Expect to see a post about this in the next week or two!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 24, 2012 at 11:23 am

      zo, i am THRILLED to hear about your successful long run – way to go!!! 9.5 miles – wow, can you believe how you have progressed over the months?! this is just really great, and i would love to read more details! if you know this person well enough to recommend shoes, you could suggest that she try the NB840 (since our theme is NB today!). seriously, that model is well-received by people who need a supportive, cushioned neutral shoe. yes, the llamas are a hit with kids at the park, that is for sure!

      • Zo  On June 24, 2012 at 11:25 am

        Thanks. I will definitely tell you more about the longer run…but since I figure it takes several paragraphs to explain it all…I decided it was post worthy (with lots of links/credit to you!).
        I will definitely mention the NB840s…if she finds a sneaker that works, she’s likely to buy multiple pairs…the bigger issue is finding one that works!

      • 1970kikiproject  On June 24, 2012 at 11:29 am

        oh yea, that lsd accomplishment is definitely blog-post worthy!! it DOES take time to find the shoe/brand that works…not a fun process but once you find “the shoe” it’s easier after that (unless the brand changes the model a lot!!).

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On June 24, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Hey, Girlie…they’re You’re geese and the seem to like to live Here!! Just teasing! I think they’re beautiful and I don’t mind them. A lot of people complain…not me. The party sounds like such fun! Too bad you didn’t win. I Never had any idea there were so many “specifics” about sneakers until I met you. Love the photo…llamas are pretty…the sign…Duh! Of course animals may bite. Sheesh!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 24, 2012 at 7:43 am

      i know – that sign is too funny. what you don’t have to tell people!… the geese look nice, it’s the poop all over the lovely boardwalk that bugs me! geese are regal in their bearing, aren’t they!

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