Update – March 8, 2017 – New Programs begin March 25th/Ottawa Half/Shirts

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Nik’s Chicks is a FREE ladies only running/triathlon group. It is only a time and place to meet & a program to follow.  I cannot join you on every run/workout.  If you are new to exercising, it is advisable to have a doctor’s OK prior to beginning.  Any information or products represented on this site are for educational purposes only and are not a substitute for any advice given to you by a medical, nutritional or fitness professional. Please sign my waiver (in “About”) and fill out my contact info sheet when you arrive for your first run.  Please park on West Oak Trails Blvd, Nightingale or at Bloomfield Park to avoid congestion, locking beeps and car doors closing around my neighbours’ houses – especially on Saturday mornings! We run Tuesday and Thursday evenings 8pm and Saturday mornings 8am from the corner of Redwing and Blackbird Courts.  Check out Weekly Workout section for specific times and distances.

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Quotes of the Week: 

News from the “Nest”:  I feel like it’s time for me to get “serious” about my running:) I like having a goal – a program to follow so my accountability goes up.  The half marathon program will have an 11km run this Saturday and mentally I am like “I need to stay on track now” …it’s not just a Saturday 10km maintenance run.  Who’s with me?!

 A Video That Can Inspire…:  This Hamilton swimmer has chosen to have a positive outlook in the midst of hitting his lowest point http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/7175429-local-heroes-a-swimmer-who-will-not-let-a-broken-neck-sink-dreams/#.WL9E2mtRlyA.facebook

Ottawa Half Marathon:  And so it begins! We have nine ladies registered for Ottawa 1/2 and I am really looking forward to the girls’ weekend it will be.  If it’s anything like PEI, we are bound to have a blast!!  The Ottawa Half Marathon Program is officially underway and we will run 11km Saturday morning. Here is your program ottawa-half-may-2017.  We will be following it more closely now:) The link to register is http://www.runottawa.ca.  Registration for the 1/2 looks to be still open.  You can try code 95916 to register as a Chick but I am not sure if it will still work! I have already reserved 5 rooms at the Residence Inn for us – we can sort out room arrangements in the next few weeks. Let’s think of good spots to eat on Friday and Saturday nights so we can make reservations and relax.  Let me know if you have decided not to run and are thinking about joining us in a supporting role.

Registered: Niki, Christine G, Shelley, Christine A, Anca, Joanne W, Anabell, Tania, Lisa

New Shirts in Time for Ottawa:  I am waiting on sizing samples for the tops and will let you know when they arrive.  We have 300.00 in sponsorship thanks to WellLife Center, Balance Point Health Center and Cyclepath.  These will be avail. to all ladies, not just those participating in Ottawa!screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-10-00-45-am

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NEW Programs:  Spring is around the corner and so is the start dates for new Learn to Run 5km and 10km programs.  I have had some inquiries from new ladies in the past couple of months and I encourage “old” Chicks to come back to us!  You will be training for either the MEC race 3 https://events.mec.ca/node/145716 on May 20th.  Here are your programs learn-to-run-5km-training-program-tths  and 10-km-program-from-5km-base-tths.  These two programs will begin on March 25th!  Spread the word among your friends and co-workers – don’t forget to tell them it’s FREE!!  If you are interested please email me so I have an idea of numbers and complete this Nicole McLaughlin Waiver and Release and bring it to your first group run.

Lights:  I have blue arm band lights for sale – only 7.00 will buy you a lot of visibility!   See me at the next run. 

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This weeks workouts (Meet at 1438 Redwing Court):  

Saturday – March 4 8:00am

Holding on 5km – 5-6km

Holding on 10km – 10-12km

NEW Ottawa Half – 9km or hold on 10km

Tuesday –  8:00pm March 7 8:00pm

Holding on 5km – 5km

Holding on 10km – 5-8km

Learn to Run 10km – 6km

NEW Ottawa Half – 8km

Thursday – March 9 8:00pm 

Holding on 5km – 5km 

Holding on 10km – 5-7km

Learn to Run 10km – 5km w tempo 8 min.

NEW Ottawa Half – 5km w hill x 2 (Ravine?  Bring your headlamps)

Saturday – March 11 8:00am

Holding on 5km – 5-6km

Holding on 10km – 10-12km

Learn to Run 10km – 10km

NEW Ottawa Half – 11km

Tuesday – March 14 8:00pm

Holding on 5km – 5km

Holding on 10km – 5-8km

Learn to Run 10km – 5km

NEW Ottawa Half – 8km

Thursday – March 16 8:00pm (I will be away until late Saturday)

Holding on 5km – 5km 

Holding on 10km – 5-7km

Learn to Run 10km – 5km

NEW Ottawa Half – 5km w 400m repeat x 4 (Garth Webb Track bring your head lamps)

Saturday – March 18 8:00am

Holding on 5km – 5-6km

Holding on 10km – 10-12km

NEW Ottawa Half – 13km

Tuesday – March 22  8:00pm

Holding on 5km – 5km

Holding on 10km – 5-8km

Learn to Run 10km – 5km

NEW Ottawa Half – 8km

Have a wonderful week! Niki

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