I’ve had the pleasure of having Heather in my life due to cheerleading and now because of a love for the fitness community. We met in 2004 as Hamilton Ticat Cheerleaders (cue embarrassing photo). We called these outfits our snowsuits
A few years ago we reconnected when she moved to Toronto as well and she started leading the run club at the Lululemon Queen St W location. Her mission is to open a home base for Tribe Fitness in 2014. I couldn’t be more happy or excited for her. She is an amazing leader, motivator and has a great passion for fitness. Join the tribe movement all winter as hibernation is not an option and run club will be happening every Weds at 7pm. The events are posted on the fb page which I link to above. The tribe meets at the fishing lure art display at canoe landing amongst the city place condos.
Last night we had a treat though and paired up with Oakley Active for an Ugly Christmas Sweater run through the streets of Toronto. We started at Queen & University, got outfitted in safety vests and was asked to introduce ourselves to at least 2 other people we didn’t know. This always fixes the cliques that happen from comfort of knowing a few others only and loosens everyone up. We then took off running up University and ran up to the ROM, then over to Holt Renfrew to see their store windows, down Yonge (we got the best looks & hoots and hollers) to Yonge & Dundas where we had to take advantage of the 4 way pedestrian walk to pose for a picture.
We finished up by looking at the Christmas windows at the Bay and then over to Nathan Phillips to see the big tree and the skaters. The night was full of laughs, I could barely take a serious picture and my heart was full of love for this community.
We finished off in Starbucks for some treats and pictures. Tribe had the newest Clif Bars out for us. I grabbed a bar and headed back to the gym nearby where I had left my suitcase & 6 pack bag. On the way, I passed a homeless man and stopped hard in my run (this is something I never do, stopping during a run or giving money to the homeless) and gave him the bar. He needed it much more than I did and I had food readily in my hand vs. change. Needless to say this season (all year) should always fill our hearts with community and giving. Selfless acts will instantly warm any cold heart.
To change gears, I’ve been very blessed with all the love I receive from Mizuno Canada. I recently was gifted with a pair of the new Wave Riders! I got to try out the new 17s on my run and I’m in love! I trained all last winter in the last version of the shoes and ran my first half marathon in them. I love love them. They are white, purple with yellow laces. Great for night running and hopefully they won’t get too dirty from the winter slush in Toronto.
Thank you Tribe Fitness for being a bright spot in the lives you touch. It’s not just a run club it’s a Tribe.