Update – December 20, 2011

Nik’s Chicks is only a time and place to meet & a program to follow.  I cannot join you on every run.  If you are new to exercising, it is advisable to have a doctor’s OK prior to beginning. Please  sign my waiver (in “About”) and fill out the contact info sheet prior to your first run.

Quote of the Week:

Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Hello ladies, here is the latest news from the “nest”!

Weekly Chirp: Firstly, I must congratulate the Chicks who ran their first 10km on Saturday – so happy to have been there to experience it with you!

Secondly, I mentioned that I would put together a list of Stocking Stuffers for you to pass along to your last minute shopping husbands!  Here it is:

Gels (1.75 each) Running Company or Room – my faves are GU Chocolate Outrage and Car-Boom Vanilla Orange. Both have some caffeine for and extra energy boost. Car-boom   GU

Blistex (2-3.00) avail. anywhere! – protect your lips from the elements

Auclair glove/mitten liners (11.00) MEC – good for warmer days or use inside a shell on the colder ones Mitts

MEC Glide mitts/gloves (24.00) – made for cross country skiing but awesome for running. Mitts and Gloves

Mistral balaclava at MEC (19.50) – run like a ninja on those really cold days! Balaclava

Hot shots hand warmers (1-2.00) avail. at MEC – pop these little guys into your mitts or gloves and stay toasty. Hot Shots

Saucony rechargable light (10.00) Running Company – has a USB slot and LED light for long lasting brightness. Rechargable Light

Joe Fresh base layer top and bottom (10.00) Superstore – a technical layer that keeps you warm and wicks the moisture away from your skin without breaking the bank. At this price buy more than 10 set!!

Fuel Belt (40.00-60.00) Running Company – Opt for 6 bottles just in case a marathon may be in your future!!!! Never know….Fuel Belt

Reflective Bracelet (3.00-10.00) Running Company or MEC – be seen on those dark, snowy nights. Reflective Bands

Running sunglasses (various $) – If you invest in these look for venting in the upper outside corner, rubberized arms to wear on outside of your toque, rubberized nose pad to prevent slipping.

180s Ear warmers – I love these little guys on the windy days! Lightweight, warm and packable. 180s Ear Warmers

Over the Ear Sport Headphones (15.00 – 60.00) – for those of you with tender ears, try this style for more comfort, good sound and no earaches! Sport Headphones

Lastly, I want to wish you all a wonderfully happy holiday season and healthy 2012.  It has been my pleasure to help you along on your personal fitness journeys and I look forward to witnessing many more personal achievements from you in the new year.  Enjoy your time with your loved ones and be thankful for all that you have!!

This will be the final post of the year. I will be back to writing January 9th.

Don’t forget to bring along your Santa hats on our Saturday morning run.  Not only will we look sharp in our jackets…but festive too!

Website: Now that the website is here, there will not be any weekly emails.  Please remind your friends to type in their email address on the right and click follow to get the latest Nik’s Chicks news.

New Learn to Run 5km: I will wait until the first week of March to begin another 5km program – unless there are some brave new souls who want to start in January!!.  That’s not to say that you cannot join or come back to the group until then.  You are welcome to meet with the rest of the runners and follow the 5km program at your leisure.

Jackets: Are ready to be picked up from me.  Printing charge is 20.00, due upon pickup.

Shirts: Could be a great Christmas gift!! The shirts have arrived! You can try one on pre-run if you wish.  Total cost will be 52.00 each, taxes in (similar styles sell for 70.00 – 80.00). I have 3 smalls, 2 mediums, 4 larges, and 3 x-larges in stock).  Sam has a medium, worn once, to sell for 30.00 in case you are interested. Check out the Wasaga Beach Triathlon photos for a peek at the shirts in action. 

Races: There aren’t any5km or 10km races in the very near future on the Nik’s Chicks calendar!  If you find one or register for one before the Frosty 5 and Chilly 1/2 in March – let me know.

Pre-Mapped Runs: I have added the link to Map My Run – Nik’s Chicks into the “Links” header. Check it out! http://classic.mapmyrun.com/community/groups/505786885967

YMCA: There is a contingent of us who meet at the Y to workout and you are welcome to join us. M-9:30 weight training (new interval pgm starts in January on the 9th) and 10:30 swimming/W-12:00 spinning and 1:30 yoga/F-9:30 weight training and 10:30 swimming

This week’s workouts (Meet 1438 Redwing Court)

Tuesday – Dec. 20 8:15pm (I will not be out tonight due to 10pm hockey game, Brogan will be though!)

Holding on 5km – 5km

Learn to Run 10km – 5km

Holding on 10km – 5km

Chilly 1/2 and ATB – 7km

Thursday –   Dec. 22 8:15pm

Holding on 5km – 5km hill x 2

Learn to Run 10km – 5km with hill x 2

Holding on 10km – 5km with hill x 2

Chilly 1/2 and ATB – 6km with 30 sec sprints x 5

Saturday – Dec 24 8:00am – Wear your Santa hat over your toque!!!

Holding on 5km – 5km

Learn to Run 10km – 10km

Holding on 10km – 10km

Chilly 1/2 and ATB – 15km (recovery week)

Have a wonderful week! Niki