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Nike Unlimited Chicago Decathlon: Olympics for the Mere Mortal [Fitness Friday]

Fitness

Last Thursday evening I rode a Divvy bike over to Soldier Field to partake in a Nike-sponsored decathlon-type event. Nike hosted this event so we could all get a taste of what their sponsored decathlete, Ashton Eaton, had to do as he competed for Olympic gold that same evening!

I knew very little about the decathlon other than an article I’d read about a week earlier. I wasn’t even sure what the actual 10 events were! And I had no idea what the 10 events Nike chose were going to be. Pretty sure they weren’t going to let us throw a real javelin, though.

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Not me! But this is a photo from the event.

Anyway, I was one of a team of five Windy City Blogger Collective members and two boyfriends who gamely agreed to be the male part of our co-ed team. Our team of seven was assigned a “pacer” who would make sure we got from event to event and that our scores were recorded.

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From L to R: Caitlin, Zachary, Emily, me, Ali, Sheena, and Aleisha

And what were our events?

In order we did:

  1. 100 meter dash
  2. Standing long jump
  3. Shot put
  4. Vertical jump
  5. 400 meter run
  6. 60 meter hurdles
  7. Medicine ball throw
  8. Sled pull
  9. Javelin
  10. 1500 meter run

I totally forgot to take a picture of my final scores! Actually, I forgot to take pictures of a lot of things. Honestly, I was having too much fun! Well, up until the javelin where my lack of dinner and the almost 9PM hour were making me grumpy.

Each person on the team got to attempt each event at least once and our pacer recorded our best scores. Each team had 10 minutes to complete each event so for some of them we got to try more than once. My personal favorite was the hurdles. Leaping over things while running is probably as close to flying as you can get.

Emily is doing a great recap of each of the events so if you want more detail I suggest you check out her blog! For me, I just want to focus on the highlights and lowlights.

Highlights

  • Free shoes! Seriously. As a “media” participant I got free shoes, a free duffel bag, and a free pin. The pins are allegedly even the same ones that Team USA took to the Olympics to trade with other countries.

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  • My fastest 400 meters ever (probably)!
  • Second best vertical jump on my team
  • Not knocking over a single hurdle

Lowlights

  • Feeling really strong until I saw how awesome other people were! In the end, though, this just made me realize that we’re all good at something and, for not having any previous track and field experience, I’m not bad! That’s right. I never ran track and I never ran cross country!
  • Hitting myself in the head with the javelin. Thankfully it was a plastic toy javelin. Still, it hurt!
  • Getting tired, hungry, and grumpy by the 8th event. Now I know why real decathletes break their events up into two days!

The event ended with all the participants doing the 1500 meter run and ending on the field in Soldier Field. Then we took a bunch of photos before watching the awards ceremony while eating pizza in the stands. They put the Olympics up on the Jumbotron but I was way too tired to stay and watch.

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I promise I’m in this photo. I’m actually in the second row hidden behind a sea of raised arms.

After this event I have so much more respect for decathletes! You have to be super well-rounded and have lower body, upper body, and core strength galore. So, props to Ashton Eaton for winning the gold in Rio this year! You have my utmost respect.

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5K PR Training

  • Monday 8/15 – Leg strength workout
  • Tuesday 8/16 – 3 mile run & upper body strength workout
  • Wednesday 8/17 – 6×400 run
  • Thursday 8/18 – Leg strength workout and Nike Decathlon event
  • Friday 8/19 – Upper body strength workout
  • Saturday 8/20 – Rest
  • Sunday 8/21 – 6.4 mile run
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SIA Round Up: The Door Within

Style Imitating Art

I’m loving the comments on my SIA post where I unveiled this week’s choice. I’d love to know the story about why someone threw this painting away, but I suppose we’ll just have to make up our own stories!

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Many of you were inspired to create outfits based on this painting, too.

First we have my friend Emily who chose a very colorful top and paired it with white capris.

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Next we have Jen in her AMAZING teal dress and pink accessories. And her purple background. She always finds the best places to take photos. Even more amazing to me since she just moved to Tacoma and is still exploring!

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Next is Karen from She Thought She Could, So She Did (which is currently one of my favorite mantras). Karen says she wore blue and coral since they were two of the main colors of the painting and found some stairs on which to pose to mimic the stairs in the artwork.

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Xat wore a dress with a brushstroke pattern and many of the same colors of the painting.

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Kezzie’s dress and shawl were perfect for this week! Kezzie said that she never knows what to do with this shawl so I’m glad this painting inspired her to pair it with her colorful dress.

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SIA co-host Salazar was worried that she wouldn’t be able to participate since she doesn’t have a lot of abstract prints or bright colors in her closet. Thankfully she found a great outfit to put together! She says the “print on my shirt can recall the brushstrokes in the painting. I added my house pendant to mimic ‘the door within’, and wore my burgundy heels because there is a quite a bit of purplish red in the painting.” This is totally an outfit I would wear, too!

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Leslie found a very colorful top and pants that bring in quite a few colors from the painting.

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Finally, there’s my outfit.

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Thank you to everyone who participated this time around! We had a great turnout and some wonderfully bright colors.

Stay tuned for next week’s pick which will hopefully inspire you just as much!

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SIA: Colorful and Abstract

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I fully admit that when I saw this painting in the dumpster I was drawn to it because of the bright colors and the abstract nature of it.

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Turns out, I’m drawn to that combination in some of my clothes, too! When I picked “The Door Within” for this week’s Style Imitating Art, though, I honestly didn’t even think about my watercolor print top! But when Jen mentioned it in a comment I knew it was the piece I was going to wear.

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Top – French Connection (same print in a dress) | Skirt – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar)

I also admit that I have not yet worn this outfit anywhere but for these photos. However, I do plan to wear it to work this week. I just had a really busy week last week and wasn’t able to get my act together to wear it and take pictures. Last Tuesday night I went on a lake cruise with the Windy City Blogger Collective and then on Thursday I participated in a Nike event where we did their version of a decathlon. I plan to post about that on Friday, if you’re interested.

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On Friday we drove down to Urbana, Illinois to visit my parents which is where these photos were taken.

Oh, and the biggest thing we did last week? On Wednesday we bought a new car! We bought a 2016 Mazda CX3 and, believe it or not, I haven’t even driven it since we’ve owned it.

So, yes, a busy week last week! This week’s a little quieter, thankfully. As much as I love doing so many awesome things I also need a few nights of sitting on my couch, you know?

Anyway, I’ll be posting the round-up of all the awesome outfits that were inspired by this week’s art choice on Wednesday. If you’re still wavering, I encourage you to put on something colorful, take a selfie, and send it to me!

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Something new on race day

Fitness

The rule of thumb for racing is, of course, nothing new on race day. Meaning that you should wear clothes you’ve worn before, eat foods you’ve eaten before, and don’t try anything you haven’t practiced.

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Well, I had to throw a big piece of my triathlon “training” out of the window on Sunday at the Iron Girl Pleasant Prairie Sprint Triathlon. You see, the water temperature in Lake Andrea was 82 degrees. According to USA Triathlon,

When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards.

So, yeah. I mean, I probably wasn’t going to get an age group award anyway, but the announcement that wetsuits weren’t technically legal freaked me out. See, I’d never done any open water swimming without my wetsuit. And I’d never done swam in a pool longer than 25 yards. And now I was going to swim a half a mile without a wetsuit in a lake?

Gulp.

But, you know what? I did it. I swam that half a mile without a wetsuit. Sure, it took me 16 minutes longer than the world record (that means it took me just over 20 minutes for those of you who aren’t watching the Olympics) but I did it.

And I felt really strong on the bike. The run was tough but I think that was because of the lack of shade.

Overall I finished 22nd out of 113 in my age group. But I think the biggest takeaway is knowing that I CAN swim half a mile without a wetsuit. My mantra for the day was “she thought she could, so she did.”

And I did.

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5K PR Training

  • Monday 8/8 – Leg strength workout
  • Tuesday 8/9 – Upper body strength workout & 3 mile run
  • Wednesday 8/10 – 30 minute tempo run (on treadmill)
  • Thursday 8/11 – Leg strength workout
  • Friday 8/12 – Upper body strength workout
  • Saturday 8/13 – Rest
  • Sunday 8/14 – Iron Girl Pleasant Prairie Sprint Triathlon