RunDisney's First Virtual Race Was Magical

This summer, RunDisney debuted their first ever virtual race, RunDisney's Virtual Running Shorts Series (try saying that five times in a row). Consisting of three 5k races and the choice to complete all three or a single event, RunDisney's Virtual Running Shorts Series began May 15th and ran until June 30th. Each 5k event lasted a total of 2 weeks each, giving runners plenty of time to complete at their own pace.


Virtual runs are a flexible way to choose when you run, where you run and for how long. For those who are not ready for a full RunDisney race at the parks - or who live too far to visit - the RunDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series gave beginner to advanced runners the perfect opportunity to participate in a one-of-a-kind event. I signed up for all three 5k events, receiving an extra Series Finisher medal and drink tumbler. 


The RunDisney Shorts medals were huge! With each consisting of it's own unique design, the extra Series Finisher medal included features from all three 5k medals to create one magical Mickey Mouse. I especially liked how 'Summer 2016' marked the top of the Series Finisher medal, commemorating a specific time period.


My favorite part of RunDisney's Virtual Running Shorts Series was having flexibility. My first RunDisney race, the 2016 Princess Half Marathon Weekend's Enchanted 10k, was back in February. Since then, I have been dying to participate in another RunDisney race before the 2017 Princess Half Marathon Weekend - read all about my collaboration with Autism Speaks for the 2017 race here. This virtual race gave me the chance to indulge in RunDisney excitement without breaking the bank to fly to a Walt Disney park. 

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The 2016 RunDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series may be over, however there are many RunDisney races coming up at Walt Disney World and Walt Disney Land. View all of the fun events here!

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Fashion Meets Fitness at Nike+ Chicago's NikeWomen BraHaus Event


Who doesn't love fashionable athletic wear?

The Nike Training Club on Michigan Avenue held a week-long NikeWomen BraHaus event, featuring the new and improved Nike Pro Bra Collection. Attendees enjoyed personalized bra fittings, a 30-minute NTC workout, refreshments and more. 


I attended the event's last day, Thursday the 11th, during a 5:30-6:30pm time slot. After checking in with the new Nike+ app and walking through a "Take Care of Your Girls" hallway, I made my way up to the bra-fitting party. 


The Nike Pro Bra Collection recently added new sports bras, ranging from low to high support. Using a special Nike fitting app, NTC employees performed personalized bra fittings to find the best fit and support customized for you. I was measured at 31 inches around and 8 inches from breast to side, resulting in an estimated 34B or size Small. 


I tried on the Nike Pro Indy Cool for low support (pictured above in white) and the Nike Pro Hyper Classic for medium support (pictured above in Black/Hyper Pink). While both were temptingly comfortable, I decided to go with the Nike Pro Indy Cool due to it being a new style that I do not yet have in my closet.


Free customizations were offered for those that purchased from the Nike Pro Bra Collection, as was a special goodie bag including a $20 Nike gift card and bra case. Out of 5 motivational sayings, I choose "I Run My World" to be applied to my new Nike Pro Indy Cool. Perfect inspiration! 


Aside from personalized bra fittings and swag, Nike+ Chicago featured a special photo booth from Sharingbox brought in just for NikeWomen BraHaus. As someone who's always eager for a photo op, I thought this was a great touch to make the event stand out as one of a kind.


I'm not going to lie, I was a little worried about what the NTC workout was going to entail after hearing it was Simone Biles inspired. While I have done some intense training in my past, I was a bit rusty. Luckily, the two Nike Trainers who taught the 5:30pm class - Gina Caifano and Betina Gozo - spent the 30 minutes motivating everyone to do their best and encouraging teamwork. 


Attendees ranged in form of athletic background, making it even more crucial to stress the importance of motivating each other and giving it your all. This was by far the best part of the night that I took away with me. 


After sweating up a storm and enjoying complimentary refreshments, I happily took my Nike swag and already-sore body home. The length of the workout was perfect, elements of the event were unique and I found a new level of comfort in the Nike Pro Bra Collection. Great event, Nike+ Chicago!

The Color Run Chicago: 2016 Tropicolor Tour


Summer 16' has been crazy busy, full of adventure and COLORFUL. One highlight was participating in my very first color run with one of my best friends. 


The Color Run's 2016 Tropicolor Tour stopped at Grant Park this past June. The event was full of fun photo ops, an even better goodie bag - I especially like the sparkly HAPPY temporary tattoo that came in it - and a colorful course. Did I mention that a person dressed up in a unicorn costume - Runi the Runicorn - greeted each corral at the Start line?


This year's Tropicolor Tour gave runners a 5k vacation in their city. New features included tropical scented powders, inflatable palm trees and lots of bright color.


The 5k course wrapped around Grant Park, creating an easy, yet fun experience. Volunteers threw powder in the air at different color stations leaving a rainbow on each runner by the time they reached the Finish line. 


The best part about The Color Run 5k was that it was a fun run. Bibs were not chipped and time was not taken into account on the course. The experience was all about enjoying the #Happiest5k on Earth with friends, family and Runi and Runicorn.


Post-race festivities included live music, more powder throwing, refreshments and prop photo opportunities with Alcatel. This event was a great way to celebrate summer with a friend and enjoy the beautiful city. The company was very well organized and everyone - including the volunteers - seemed to be having the time of their life!

Did you know that the same creators as The Color Run are also responsible for Soul Pose, a blacklight yoga experience coming to Chicago this coming October? Read my recent post about the event to discover 3 reasons why you should attend the Happiest Yoga on the Planet. Register early and receive $5 off with my promo code POSECHIC2!