On Saturday, June 13, Nike Women's media community gathered for their last run together before their big 15K race on the following morning. Their trusty itinerary suggested a Shake-Out Run for 9:30 a.m. where they met and departed from the Nike Loft. Leading the run was Nike+ Running Global Head Coach, Chris Bennett; along with Nike+ Running Toronto Head Coach, Rejean Chiasson; and a supportive handful of Nike+ Running Pacers. In addition, Canadian triathlete, Paula Findlay, also joined the shake-out run.
After a solid three days of Nike+ Training Club workouts and Speed Runs at the Nike Women's Pavilion, a nice and easy shake-out run was much needed pre race day. The pace was nice and easy, the route was short, sweet, and scenic, and the energy as a whole was beautiful. The crew shared a sense of unity and family as they ran in unison. The anticipation and adrenaline for race day during the shake-out run was at an all time high. The energy didn't lie. They were eager and ready.
Post shake-out run, the Nike Women media crew were treated to a surprise brunch at the Trump Toronto Hotel's American Restaurant on the 31st floor where they enjoyed a three-course meal alongside their running coaches and pacers, and fellow olympians and athletes who would be running the Nike Women's 15K race with them. The athletes include: Paula Findlay, Canadian Triathlete; Marlen Esparza, American Professional Female Boxer; Spencer O'Brien, Professional Snowboarder; Sarah Reinertsen, Paralympian and Triathlete; and Lakey Peterson, Professional Surfer.
Words of encouragement, wisdom, informative tips and pointers; and many smiles, laughter, happy stomachs, and positive vibes filled the space. The ladies were feeling good, antsy and ready for race day!