Fitness Swelless: 5 reasons you should light up the night and do the Ultra Night Run

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The best part about running is completing a race—for me, anyhow. It’s a huge sense of accomplishment, after all of that training, to cross the finish line. Throw in some post-race festivities and that’s a winning combination. Which is just one reason why you should also do the Ultra Night Run.

Let’s get into why this is the race you should add to your fall goals:

  1. It’s the first year of the Ultra Night Run so you can forever brag about how you took part in the inaugural one. The race is happening in six cities across Canada including Toronto (where I’ll be taking part on September 8th), Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal. Find out about each city’s race here.
  2. There’s a 5k and a 10k distance. So you’ve got options. Maybe one of those is your preferred race distance, or maybe you’re new to running and want to stick to a 5k distance to get your feet wet.
  3. It’s a night run. These are more rare and hey, you don’t have to get up at 4 or 5 a.m. like you do for most races. The temperature will cool for the evening, and running at night is a different experience. Every runner will get an Energizer LED headlight you must wear for safety (but that’ll add to the fun of racing the course in the dark).
  4. It’s a chip-timed race. OK, now I know this race will definitely be more on the fun side rather than nail-a-PB type of race, but if you’ve got a personally competitive streak like I do, you know how important a race being chipped is!
  5. Did I mention the post-race celebration? After the race, you’ll get an ice-cold Michelob Ultra to toast with the other runners, along with some food and music. Picture a beautiful early fall evening, you’ve all got a runner’s high from the race you just completed and you have a refreshing beer in hand. Maybe getting to that party will push you to run even faster? Sounds like a pretty perfect way to party after a great workout (Bonus: Ultra is only 90 calories and 2.6 grams of carbs!). That’s what #liveultra is all about.

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I’ll be there, headlight on and ready to light up the night. See you at the start line!

To register (all runners must be legal drinking age, btw) or for more info, visit Ultra Night Run. Don’t wait too long to register, though, as the number of participants is capped in each city!

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Leave a Comment August 8, 2018

Foodie Swellness: Grey Goose Marché

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Um, can someone explain to me how it’s almost August? Geez. This summer’s flying by, which is giving me all the more reason to enjoy the rest of the season to its fullest, including some amazing cocktails like the Le Grand Fizz (recipe below!).

With my friend Amanda Phuong

With my friend Amanda Phuong

Not that I’ve wasted the first half of summer. For one, I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Grey Goose event in Toronto twice: first to an exclusive lunch with Michelin-starred chef Christophe Dufau, and then the next day for cocktails.

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While last year’s theme was a sunset soiree picnic, this year’s theme was Grey Goose Marché  held on the grounds at Campbell House and they had some of Toronto’s food purveyors (such as Fifth Town Artisan Cheese (which I’ve visited in Prince Edward County), Nadege Patisserie and Thobors Boulangerie, to name a few) at the charming market set-up. It made me ache to be back in the south of France…

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Chef Christophe Dufau was very stylish and charming and his food was dreamy. My favourite course was probably the Provence-style smoked fresh cheese. My only regret was not being able to eat enough of it…I wasn’t familiar with Chef Dufau or his restaurant Les Bacchanales but now if I ever find myself in Vence I’ll have to go.

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When I returned the next day for cocktails, I took this as my opportunity to shop the market, and picked up some Truffalino cheese, a baguette and some of the best strawberries I’ve had in ages.

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Shopping done, I said bonjour to a few cocktails. I love the Le Grand Fizz and now that I’m stocked with a limited-edition bottle of Grey Goose, I’m all set to enjoy these through the rest of this summer.

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Thank you Grey Goose Canada for yet another memorable meal. It’s truly one of my favourite events of the summer (and in the fall, the Grey Goose events for TIFF aren’t too shabby either!)

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Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz

1 1/2 parts Grey Goose vodka

1 part St-Germain elderflower liqueur

2 parts chilled soda water

1/2 part freshly squeezed lime

Method

Build ice into an oversize cabernet wine glass with lots of ice. Add Grey Goose vodka, then squeeze fresh lime and discard. Top with St-Germain and chilled soda water. Garnish with fresh lime wedges.

Cheers!

Photos (with Amanda, flowers, table setting): Ryan Emberley

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Leave a Comment July 28, 2018

Travel Swellness: The Porsche Experience

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Um, drive a Porsche on a track? Hell, yes! As I’ve only ever been in a Porsche once before, when I was invited out to a track day with Porsche Canada at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, I couldn’t pass up the chance because this isn’t an opportunity many people get to have!

We arrived bright and early on an surprisingly windy and somewhat chilly day. I was glad I’d grabbed an extra layer before I left the house (from my last day on the track—getting on a track appears to be a regular thing for me now!—I recalled it being rather drafty on there track. Maybe I need a full-on racetrack jumpsuit…does Tibi make one? I’d want an ultra chic one…must research…

We started with some lessons on what we’d be putting into practice that day. I found out what a friction circle is (the amount of grip a tire gives you) and that we would be learning how to get the most out of the driving dynamics by managing how the vehicle’s weight is transferred. Don’t forget that the track conditions and also that water, snow or ice affects the tires’ grip, too.

I also learned what oversteering and understeering is: understeering is when you turn the steering wheel and the front loses traction and slides, and oversteering is when the rear loses traction. When you oversteer, the idea is to countersteer and turn into it, and to look in the direction of where you want to go.

When driving the track, you should be looking to make the track as wide as possible for yourself; always be looking ahead to connect the dots (which on the track is indicated by orange cones) and this way, by looking ahead, you have more time to be in control of the stability of the vehicle.

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This all makes sense when they’re explaining it, but putting this into practice once on the track is a challenge for me. For our first drives through a course outlined with cones, I was never quite able to manage coming to a hard brake sufficiently enough that the hazard lights came on as we were instructed to do (I was pretty nervous to be going hard on the gas with one of the instructor’s right in front of me, and braking hard when he indicated to go left or right—this little exercise is daunting, you feel like you’re going to run him over!). Also, maybe it’s just me but when a course is outlined with traffic cones, I don’t find it that entirely obvious (you may recall I have gone the wrong way on such a course in the past).

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My favourite part of the day was when we drove a Porsche with easy drift tires on. It’s funny because you feel as though you’re driving a decent speed in a circles but it’s actually only about 10-15k an hour. I’m not sure if this experience will help me if I were to ever oversteer in real life (but hopefully so!), and I definitely won’t be starring in the next Tokyo Drift flick but it was hella fun.

We did another challenge in which our goal was to make it through the course as quickly as possible without knocking any cones down, and I didn’t even check the results as I’m sure I was last! This just simply isn’t my forte.

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I skipped doing my last few individual laps around the track because I felt a bit nauseous from the track time and I also had my glasses on for the day (rather than contact lenses), and this always makes me generally feel less at ease plus having my glasses on with the helmet is also not comfortable.

I’m not a car geek but I think doing exercises such as these all help to making me feel more comfortable behind the wheel and builds my knowledge of how to be in control of a car. Now having a chance to regularly test drive different cars, I enjoy the experience of seeing and feeling what one vehicle feels like over the next. Even if I may not know the technical driving terms, I think it rounds out my understanding of how to evaluate a car’s performance in my own way.

Thank you Porsche Canada for the informative and fun day on the track in your beautiful cars!

 

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