I was very excited to see Nike come out to LA and challenge us for almost a month. I am still new to attending Nike events, however, I developed a quick and deep love for Nike Training Club and Nike Run Club. It was time to step up my training even further, step up the frequency, and set that bar even higher. This entry is all the events I attended that were part of the Unlimited Los Angeles.
Nike + Training Club:
August 6, 2016: A workout with Nike+ Training Club under the lights at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. It was a unique experience, and we tackled a soccer inspired workout, we tackled Alex Morgan’s Fast Forward workout.
This workout sure did give me a run for my money. The walking push-ups put my strength to the test, and I wasn’t able to hang by the last set. We did a lot of sprint workouts also, and my favorite was the end. We had to stay in plank position until it was our turn to run up the stadium stairs, back down, and get back in line, in plank position until our entire section finished. It was a fantastic workout, and it showed me just how strong I truly am. NikeLA told me on Twitter to raise the bar next time, and I completely agree. I raised the bar.
Unlimited Los Angeles: Kids Version 🙂
August 12, 2016: My son had to opportunity to participate in an event as well. At the Nike in East Los Angeles, they had a running workshop and workout. The trainers worked with kids through various exercises; hurdles, sprints, jumping, and I think I saw some fast feet in there. The trainers educated the kids by informing them that “If they have a body, they are an athlete.” That it takes 2,500 steps to complete a mile.
It was great to see my son interact and workout with other kids, and it was so great to see Nike and MarathonKids come together to get the kids active and off the video games. My son absolutely had a blast. He came down with a little heat exhaustion at the end, as it was very hot that day, but the trainers were so there for him. They even had an EMT check him out to make sure he was ok.
One of many reasons why I love Nike, they take care of and give back to all athletes. I’ve realized just how Nike, as a company, goes above and beyond.
Nike + Run Club and CicLAVia:
August 13, 2016: Nike+ Run Club joined with CicLAVia to run Iconic Wilshire Blvd. It is 3.5 miles one way. The starting point at Wilshire and Western in Koreatown, and ended on Wilshire and Figueroa in Downtown L.A. I had a quick cup of coffee at Tom Tom’s, hung out with friends before settling in with the Sexy Pace (Orange) group. For the first 2 miles, I felt great. I was staying right next to the pacer, and the pace felt slow to me, but it was hot as hell. It was 75 degrees with 80% humidity.
I got stopped at Wilshire and Alvarado (at MacArthur Park) to let cars cross. That’s when I really started to feel the heat. When we started to continue on, I made two more quick walking breaks, I didn’t want to get heat exhaustion again. I heard the pacer say we had only a quarter mile to go, I started running again. I saw the 110 freeway, and knew it was all downhill from there. I didn’t stop, and I focused on those Nike+ Run Club flags. I saw Eloisa, and told her that I’d race her to the finish. I slowed down so I could encourage and support her to the finish.
I waited until I saw my friend Wendy cross. When I saw her, I was screaming as loud as I could, cheering her on. She came in about 5 to 10 minutes after I did. She did fantastic! We hung out with friends in the shade, took a lot of pics, talked, laughed, congratulated each other before walking back.
This was not a race, it was a fun run. After this run, I felt like I was back. I felt so damn good. It was just what I need to bring me back from the dead. I walked back with my friend Sandra, and during the walk I realized why CicLAVia was celebrated Los Angeles, past, present, and tomorrow.
We walked by Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park, which sits in front of the building that houses Robert F. Kennedy Community School, UCLA Community School, and Los Angeles High School of Arts. This building is where the Ambassador Hotel use to sit before it was demolished. As some may know, the Ambassador Hotel is where Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated on June 6, 1968 in the hotel’s kitchen. He was assassinated after he had won the California Presidential Primary.
There is also MacArthur Park which sits in the Westlake neighborhood. The park was originally named Westlake Park, and dates back to the late ninetieth century. In the 1940s it was after General Douglas MacArthur. It is a Los Angeles Historical Landmark.
These are just some of the highlights along the route. I enjoyed the walk back as I talked to Sandra, we had such a fantastic conversation, and the walk flew by quickly. I had such a blast.
August 18, 2016: I had a fantastic speed run with Nike+ Run Club in Orange County two days prior. Today, its all Nike+ Training Club. The event was held at Rancho Cienega Park in South Los Angeles, and speed run for Nike+ Run Club was being held at the same time. It was great running into people whom I saw and talked to at previous events. It felt like one big happy family reunion. It was great.
Nike+ Training Club did a workout based on Ashton Eaton’s workout thats on the Nike+ Training Club App. This workout was killer, especially on my abs. Some of the exercises were challenging, mainly with the coordination. I slowed it down to make sure that the coordination was on point. I was working out with my sole sister Wendy, and I kept pushing her to keep going. By the end, I felt I got a fantastic workout, and I raised the bar high. I did more reps than I did previous, I didn’t alter the exercises, I held a side plank longer than I have before, and all around I felt better.
My hamstrings, glutes, lats, abs, and lower back were all very sore. Even as I write this, they are still sore, sore in a good way. When I’m sore, that’s proof that I raised the bar, I pushed myself, worked harder, and I know I’m that much stronger than I was when I started.
Personal Reflection: I was thrilled and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to participate in numerous of the Unlimited Los Angeles events. The turnouts were huge. The people I talked to were so glad that they had these events, for everyone of all ages to get out of the house and be active. They also loved how they had events for kids as well. I agree and think it’s great for kids to be able to try different sports, and to learn about fitness from Nike Trainers.
While I was doing Unlimited Los Angeles events, I was also doing speed runs with Nike+ Run Club in Orange County. Let me tell you, those workouts are killer. I love the Run Club, and I also love the Training Club. I love doing workouts with the Nike Coaches, and meeting new people. I hope that Nike decides to bring back the Training Club to once weekly, just like the Run Club. I really enjoy doing the Run Club and Training Club during the week; both leave me feeling sore, and I feel fantastic about myself afterward. Nike, please bring the weekly Training Club back to Los Angeles. In the meantime, I’ll be using the Nike+ Training Club App.