Update – June 1, 2018 – Marathon review/Custom Clothing Order/Naples Half/Running in Heat


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! 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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News from the “Nest”:  Ahhhh it’s summer…or at least it is starting to feel like it:) This is a great time to get yourself moving before the real heat hits.  Be sure to follow the Nik’s Chicks FB group to see who will be running.  Once July hits and vacations start it becomes more important to communicate with each other – kind of a nudging system!  Remember to slow down, hydrate and find shade when you are running in the heat.

I know November seems a long way off, but consider joining us for a Chicks Road Trip to Naples Florida – only catch….you have to do a half marathon:) Details below.

Mississauga Marathon: Somehow with Anca’s initial leap of faith, 8 of us completed the Mississauga Full Marathon on May 6th.  It was a beautiful day! We left Oakville at an ungodly hour and headed to the Carmen Corbassen Community Centre where Tania called Stan for her Garmin delivery.  We shuttled up to the start at Celebration Square where we used portapotties, geared up, saw Eric, dropped bags and were off and running….for a long time:)We had plenty of smiles and laughs along the way…and maybe a few choice words;) With a little bit of a breeze on the homestretch and a windy finish we all did it. Congrats to Shelley, Joanne, Lisa, Jenn, Anca, Christine G on their first Full! Pretty sure that none of them were considering it in 2017:)

Nik’s Chicks Jackets and Long Sleeve Shirts: Thanks to everyone who took the time to try on the sizing samples! The order was placed and now we wait.  It’s their busiest time of year so will be a bit of a wait (4-6 weeks).  The good news is we will be set for Fall races! If you would like some Nik’s Chicks merchandise in the meantime, see me post run. I have hats, various tops and I believe one jacket avail. for purchase.  If you missed the boat on these beauties and there is more interest (at least 10 units) in September, we can place another order.

November Half Marathon:  The date of the Runner’s World Half in October didn’t work with many of the ladies.  We are instead, looking at a November 18th Half in Naples, Florida:) http://www.napleshalf.com/  One of our Chicks owns a home in Naples that she rents 195/nt https://www.vrbo.com/617040 and flights right now are 450-525 return. There is a second house avail. to rent across the street in the event there is a lot of interest.

Timeline: Learn to Run 10km begins July 7 (from 5 km base) 10-km-program-from-5km-base-tths  Learn to Run Half Marathon program begins September 1 (from 10km base)  Half Marathon Training Program  

Lots of time to 1) Wrap your head around this and 2) Do the training!!!

Let me know if you are “in”! Niki, Shelley, Lisa, Tania, Jo W,  Jenn,  Christine G?, Christine A?, Myriah?, Anabel?, Jo D?, Danielle?, Christina B?, Cristina C?, Lisa A?, Michelle B?, Alison C?

Running in the Heat:  Summer running brings new challenges.  Here is a great article with things to consider! https://blog.mapmyrun.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-running-in-heat-humidity/  Stay cool!!

Triathlons?: If triathlons or duathlons are of interest to you, then let’s look as a group to do a race in June.  Welland is June 24th, before kids get out of school. Here is your program Sprint Triathlon (14 week pgm) June 2018 Triathlons and Duathlons are a way to change up your training and have fun with a new challenge.

Road ID:  It’s a great tag to have on your shoe in the event of a medical emergency! Just get one!!!!)

Sprint Stainless Velcro ID

Facebook:  If you are new to running with Nik’s Chicks, you may not have signed up to join our Facebook group.  Ladies can chat with each other about who will be showing up for workouts or attending races and it is a place to share photos of the group. It is a closed group – invite only.  Message me on FB Niki Gallant McLaughlin ahead of requesting to become part of the group please so I know you are a actual participant and local runner:) https://www.facebook.com/groups/132984713404930/

This weeks workouts (Meet at 1438 Redwing Court):

Learn to Run 5km and 10km begin July 7, Half Marathon begins September 1

Saturday – June 2 8:00am

Sprint Triathlon Welland – 23 run/24 swim

Holding on 5km – 5-7km

Holding on 10km – 10-12km

Holding on 15km – 12-15km

Tuesday – June 5 8:00pm

Sprint Triathlon Welland – 46 bike/10 run

Holding on 5km – 5-7km

Holding on 10km – 5-7km

Holding on 15km – 7-9km

Thursday – June 7 8:00pm

Sprint Triathlon Welland – 23 swim/45 run

Holding on 5km – 5-7km w hill x 1

Holding on 10km – 5-7km w hill x 1

Holding on 15km – 5-7km w hill x 2-3

Saturday – June 9 8:00am

Sprint Triathlon Welland – 25 run/20 swim

Holding on 5km – 5-7km

Holding on 10km – 10-12km

Holding on 15km – 12-15km

Tuesday – June 12 8:00pm

Sprint Triathlon Welland – 37 bike/10 run

Holding on 5km – 5-7km

Holding on 10km – 5-7km

Holding on 15km – 7-9km

Thursday – June 13 8:00pm

Sprint Triathlon Welland – 21 swim/42 run

Holding on 5km – 5-7km with 400 m repeat x 3

Holding on 10km – 5-7 km with 400 m repeat x 3

Holding on 15km – 5-7km with400 m repeat x 3

Saturday – June 15 8:00am

Sprint Triathlon Welland – 18 run/14 swim

Holding on 5km – 5-7km

Holding on 10km – 10-12km

Holding on 15km – 12-15km

Find your happy pace!   Niki


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