Reebok reached out to me and invited me to come to a track workout they were hosting. I was super excited to go and test out my post Boston legs.
Chris Hinshaw ran the workout. He specializes in endurance training for crossfit and has worked with some amazing athletes in the crossfit community. He posts a new workout once a week on his website that you can get for free. He does this workout normally in the community on Monday and Wednesday nights and anyone can go, free of charge. There were about 20 people in total who came.
When I got there, we met up with the folks from Reebok and they were generous enough to bring some gear and shoes for us to try. For the track workout, they gave me these Harmony Racers. As someone who runs distance, I usually wear a shoe with more stability and more cushion, so I didn’t think the shoe would be enough for me. But they told me I could try them and put something else on if I didn’t like the way it felt.
Part 1: 2 sets: 800 with 2 minutes rest, 400 with 1 minute rest
Part 2: Then: 4 x 200 meter with 100 meter walk recovery between
Part 3: Final: 800 with 2 minutes rest, 400 with 1 minute rest
The shoes felt super light and bouncy, and surprisingly floaty for how thin they were. My form stayed solid throughout, and I didn’t have any issue with my knees collapsing in. I think that speaks to the progress I’ve made with squatting and strength work. It made it extra rewarding to be able to try out and super light shoe and not have to worry about my form failing when I got tired. Overall, I really liked the shoes and would use them again for speed workouts on the track. I wouldn’t do a road in them however.
As you can see from my splits I went out WAY too fast HA! Then my body reminded me I just ran a marathon, so I pulled back. When Chris initially told us the workout, I was excited for the 800s, because those are my favorite, but unsure about the third part of the workout. That ended up being the sleeper in that it was much more challenging. You had to pace it out correctly so that you weren’t phoning it in halfway through. Chris was super encouraging though and it was a lot of fun. It is so nice to have someone else make up a workout for you.
After the workout, myself and a girl named Colleen stayed to take some photos with the team. The girl in the middle is Kelly, who works for Reebok. She ran Boston too! Most the Reebok team that was there were from Boston. As the sun quickly set, they got out a huge light to make the pictures come out. The guy holding it (you can see him just behind my head in the photo below), had to get quite the workout because it was huge.
Colleen is just as kind as she is beautiful and a badass crossfit competitor too! It was so much fun taking photos with her and talking fitness. It was super interesting learning about her lifestyle, nutrition, & competitions.
After the end of a long day of meetings, I had a snack (wafel from Rip Van Wafels), and chewed a piece of Run Gum to give me a little pep in my step. Afterward I ate a Picky Bar to hold me over on the drive home.
Walking up to the workout, I was a little intimidated. I didn’t know what the workout would be, or who else would be there. I never do workouts at night, and yesterday was about 96 degrees (we know how well the heat situation went in Boston). Per the usual, I was so glad I went and got out of my comfort zone. It was an absolute blast. The people from Reebok were wonderful, it was SO COOL to get to talk about shoes with them and try out what they are working on. Colleen and Chris were both kick ass people too. It was fun to feel like a real fitness model for a hot minute.
Thank you Reebok & Chris for this great opportunity and workout!