Friday, 2 February 2018

Warm Jackets are key for winter fun!

Hi there!

Just before Christmas I was sent this wonderful Holden jacket by Altitude Sports.  It was a size medium and fit just right.  With an unseasonably warm January and a trip to the coast, I had been waiting for the right time to test it out.

Here are some of the features I love:

  • Thumb holes so that the sleeves don't ride up.
  • Contrasting zipper for style (that can reverse up when you need a bit more mobility)
Great colour combo!
  • Removable snow skirt that zips right out. I found the fit to be a bit better with it removed.
  • Faux fur lined hood with enough length to keep your head covered.
  • Water resistant finish for damp snow (and the accidental hot chocolate spill)
  • WARM! It was actually a bit too warm until it was below -10 (but I am also quite accustomed to cold Canadian winters)
  • PLENTY of pockets (inner and outer)

Snow gaiter zips right out!
So many pockets!
This hood!!
I would say to size up in this brand if you are looking to add layers (and you probably are if you plan to do outdoor activities).  I found the sleeve length to be ideal and the hips to be just roomy enough in a size M.  note: I am usually a size small but this can vary quite a bit from brand to brand).

If you are looking for a warm, stylish winter coat for more casual adventures definitely check this one out!  When perusing Altitude Sports a bit more I came across this other Holden coat.  Doesn't it look perfect for a chilly fall/spring!

As always, it is a great opportunity to partner and try out products and lines that I haven't seen or heard of before.


Friday, 8 December 2017

The Holidays are coming

It has been a long time since I posted a fitness related update, but I wanted to share a little about what has changed for me over the past year or so.  Last January, I did my first fundamentals series in crossfit and was instantly hooked.  Rehabbing my hamstring by then had been more than a yearlong venture, and I just wasn’t feeling the level of improvement I needed to continue (scheduled) running.

Enter crossfit.  The classes and heavier weights allowed me a way to unload the constant stress on my hamstring I was seeing running and cycling and focus on a new for me dynamic: Strength.  I am by no means as strong as other women in my classes, but I do believe I have improved considerable over the past year or so.  The mix of routines also allows me to continue long(ish) runs on Sundays without feeling too attached to a training plan or race goal.  I really love this new approach. 

For the most part, I enjoy my runs much more and the variability of WODs helps me avoid the boredom I get in other fitness classes.   In January, I will be doing my first scaled team competition and I cannot wait! New Year, new goals, new plans.  I have actually sussed out a box in BC for the first week of January when we will be vacationing with my parents.

The main reason I feel a urge to post this, is to emphasize that over time, your fitness goals evolve and change and that is just fine.  Through injury, I felt very disconnected from my running community.  This feeling was not dissimilar to my initial post-partum months.  Over time, I have come to realize that it is ok to step back from running. The community I have found through crossfit is proof that fitness can open so many social doors for you (as can book clubs, wine clubs or whatever fills your boots J)

If you are feeling down on yourself for taking a step back or away from a sport you love I hope this resonates with you.  As we enter the busyness of the holidays it can be hard to stay on top of all the things (fitness, family, friends, etc).  It is ok to let things slip in any direction.  Take a “me night” in lieu of an outing if you are feeling the pressure.  Skip the am class if you were out late the night before.  Put yourself up there with everything and everyone else demanding your attention.

Much love!

Monday, 27 November 2017

Winter Run Gear with Altitude Sports

This month I had the chance to partner again with Altitude Sports to review some new active wear.  I received the Craft Storm Tights 2.0.   You can view the full collection here.

My first test for the pants was an hour long run in -9 (celcius).  I have never owned any wind blocking run pants so I was interested to see how they would hold up.  Fore reference, I was sent a size Medium.  While there was some bunching in the crotch area, I think a small would have been too tight on my calves so I was happy with the fit.  Another pro: in the really cold winter temps layering a good pair of thermal tights underneath would be possible.  There is a draw string at the waist, but surprisingly I didn't feel I needed to adjust at all during my run compared to some of my other run tights.  It is a slightly different aesthetic to get used to but I really think it is worth it.

There are a number of really great features on the pants: 
  • Reflective detailing to show up in dark or dusk running hours.
  • A split at the knee for improved movability.
  • Ankle zips, which while I think this is for x-country skiing, was handy when pulling the tights on and off.
  • A small inner pocket for keys
  • Wind blocking panel down the front of the leg and back calf up to about knee height.
  • Good length so you don't have your ankles exposed on cold days (this is a real problem!)

My second test run was -12 and very windy and my legs did not get chilled at all. I now won't leave for a long run in the cold without them. One of my running partners commented that brands she has tried have been way to tight in the leg. I think the stretch in the back panel on the craft tight allows for that extra bit of give and comfort.

Also in my winter running gear test, these Lole run mitts. At first glance I was sceptical that they would be warm enough but I was pleasantly surprised.  I typically layer mittens over liners and these were a much thinner option (and style points too). 


You can read more about the history of Altitude Sports here. I really appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with this great Canadian company!