1. Guesssssss what I’m doing this winter??
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My brother texted me the day Broadway in Chicago announced that Hamilton would set up camp in Chicago to inform me that we would be attending the show. At that point (early December), I had never even heard of Hamilton, but figured my brother, being the Broadway aficionado that he is, knew what he was talking about. I, of course, did plenty of soundtrack listening and got all aboard the Hamilton train soon after that. (Fun fact: I had a roommate from August-April of this past year who was born and raised in New York. Lin-Manuel Miranda went to her high school [not at the same time – she’s only a couple of years older than I am], and when she was in school, he would occasionally substitute teach there. She legit knows him as Mr. Miranda. This also makes me I believe only two degrees of separation away from Lin-Manuel Miranda?!) Since my brother works at summer camp and doesn’t have access to a computer during the day/ever, I was deputized with attempting to get tickets for him, his friend, and myself. I planned to go full-out Lollapalooza on this, but quickly discovered that Ticketmaster, unlike Lolla, won’t allow you to have more than one tab open per browser without losing your place in line (Lolla operates on a lottery system, not a line system, so you can open as many browsers and tabs as you want because order doesn’t matter to them. Some men just want to watch the world burn, I tell ya.). So I opened a tab on each of the browsers I have on my laptop and one on my phone, and waited.
And then got through! I really did not at all expect to get tickets, so this was a FABULOUS surprise. We even have floor seats! (Though they’re pretty close to the back of the theater.) Now I just need to wait for about five months haha.
2. When I got home from my run last Wednesday, I noticed I had a bunch of app updates available, so I went through and downloaded all of them. One update affected the Nike+ Training Club app, which I started to use somewhat regularly starting in December of 2014 and got really into during marathon season last year and this past February. I noticed that the app’s icon had completely changed, and the update notes mentioned a “New design featuring 100+ great all-new workouts designed by Nike Athletes and Trainers,” which made me nervous, but I downloaded the app anyway.
Goodness gracious! It’s a whole new app! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such an enormous app overhaul before. All of the old workouts are gone (which, if I’m being honest, bummed me out big time. I had found probably half a dozen or so workouts that I really loved, and now I can never do them again, and that makes me sad 😦 ), and the new workouts are WAY different than the old ones. The old workouts never required more than equipment you could expect to find in the free weights section of your average gym: dumbbells, medicine balls, an exercise mat, maybe a jump rope. The old workouts also definitely appeared geared towards women, with exclusively female models and narration.
Not any more! Workouts use male and female models, and you’ll need a lot more of the gym to complete most of the workouts now, including a rowing machine and a pull-up bar. Not all workouts require that equipment – in fact, the app now has a whole new category for no-equipment workouts.
I haven’t used the app yet (#marathontrainingproblems), so I can’t really compare the new version to the old version. But man, do I hope the update version impresses me as much as the old one, because I don’t know how on earth I’m going to do strength training in the future if it doesn’t.
3. On Monday, I attended a really cool event at the Nike store downtown, the LunarEpic Flyknit preview. I don’t know how close of tabs all of you keep on Nike’s shoe designs, but a few months ago, Nike released the LunarEpic Flyknit, and it looks…a bit different from your traditional running shoe.
Several features of this shoe make it unique, though at first blush, the most obvious difference comes from the way it fits your foot. The extended upper is meant to make your shoe fit your foot like a glove would fit your hand – you don’t pull a glove halfway up your hand, so it doesn’t make sense to have a shoe that doesn’t go all the way up your foot to your ankle, is Nike’s reasoning. The shoe has a much tighter fit than I’m used to, and part of that is due to the lacing. Any other running shoe (or laced shoe in general) that I’ve worn in the past has had laces strung through holes, and you pull those laces tighter to adjust the fit of the shoe. With these shoes, the laces actually go down the side of the shoe, leading to a snug fit from the get-go. And finally, there’s the sole. You can kind of see it in the picture, but Nike had a heat map at the event to show the sole in greater detail.
This kind of design aims to create a unique cushioning experience – a “moon-like” experience, if you will. I have not had a chance to actually run in these shoes yet, but I’m looking forward to taking them for a spin. Tonight, Nike+ Running Club will host a late-night run with 3.5, 5 and 7 mile options through the streets (yes, streets!) of the North Side/downtown, and while I can’t make it (#marathontrainingproblemsagain), if you’re interested in attending, you can RSVP for the free event here. (And while Nike did provide me with a free pair of shoes and a really fun event on Monday night, no one told me to say anything, or even asked me to blog about it, so all opinions are my own, etc.)
4. Bonus #4 based on an email I was really surprised to receive on Tuesday! Apparently, there will be a 5K held in conjunction with Chicago Marathon weekend this year. The first ever International Chicago 5K will take place on Oct. 8, the day before the marathon, which I think is such a cool way to get more people running that weekend, especially since a 5K is a bit more attainable than a marathon. I expected it to be insanely expensive, but it’s only $35, which I also found really surprising. So! There you have it. If you’re not running the marathon but want to run that weekend, you now have an option.
Who else got Hamilton tickets?!
Has anyone run in the LunarEpic Flyknit? I’m curious what other people think of them!