How do you decide what to wear when you’re working out?
When picking out workout outfits, I still try to look cute. Picking items that are both athletically fashionable and functional are key. Colour coordinating plays a huge role on my workout outfit of the day. I like doing monochrome (black & white) with a little splash of colour. Pairing pastels with pastels is also very cute, light, and airy.
How often do you run/train each week?
I typically run and/or train about four times with a balance of cardio and muscle training.
Have you always been a runner?
I haven’t always been a runner per se, but I’ve always been big on cardio when hitting the gym. Now I’ve just brought my cardio sessions outdoors. Staying active and living a healthy lifestyle is something I have always lived by. As the race is fast approaching, my runs are now no shorter than 10K. I’ve worked myself up from being comfortable at 5K to being comfortable at 8K and now, I’m steadily working on carrying myself comfortably for 10K plus. I have certainly found that I’m able to carry myself faster for longer. The progression is evident. I can run 10K and beyond without getting overly tired. I’m still in control of my breathing and panting is none existent. I’m getting more and more confident in myself for race day.
What sneakers are you wearing right now?
When picking a sneaker to run in, it all depends on the distance I plan on crushing that day. When running a 5K verses a 10K, my running shoe preference differs. For instance, for my shorter runs, I either pick the Nike Free 5.0’s or the Nike Flyknit Lunar 3’s. For my longer runs which range from 8K to 15K, I usually go for firm and responsive sneakers like the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10’s or the Nike Zoom Pegasus 31 Flash runners.
Do you use any apps or wearables to track your running distance?
When training, I use the Nike+ Running App and the Nike+ Training App religiously on my iPhone. When tracking my running distance and speed, I use the Nike+ Running App and when muscle training with high-intensity workouts, I use the Nike+ Training App.
What’s your favourite piece to work out in and why?
Recently, I’ve been obsessed with Nike Elite Compression OTC Running Socks. Not only do I like its look and aesthetic, it’s unbelievably helpful during my runs. It’s basically fancy, Dri-Fit, high-knee socks with the benefits of athletic functionality. My leg muscles, especially my calf muscles, tend to tighten and I find the advanced compression technology in the socks help a great deal with keeping my blood circulating along with the overall support and comfort. In addition to its support, my left runner’s knee pain hasn’t been bothering me.
Have you adapted your diet for training? What do you eat before a run?
I’ve definitely adapted my diet for training purposes. Despite already eating clean for the most part, I’ve certainly heightened my awareness and become more health conscious with what I decide to eat. Fuel food is key. I’m big on snacking and especially with training, my appetite has risen. With that being said, I’ve become accustom to raw vegan snacks (currently obsessed with spirulina bites/energy balls) and energy/protein bars. Salads, quinoa protein bowls, and fruits are typical in my diet. I’m also a huge fan of fruit and veggie smoothies and fresh pressed juices. Before a run, I try to keep it light to carry myself longer and faster.
What are your favourite indulgences on a cheat day?
I have Wine Wednesdays with my girlfriends!
Wishing Christina and all the runners a great day on Sunday!