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Fitness Swellness: Reebok Fast Flexweave


Marathons are usually my go-to race distance, but what’s this runner doing this spring? Focusing on shorter distances, and I need all the help I can get to go fast.

Running full-out is not my preference. Even though the 42.2k of a marathon is grueling, part of the reason I enjoy them more is the fact that you have to go at a  slower pace, one you can complete that distance in. But with 5k or 10k, you have to go faster (OK, you don’t have to, but when you’re competitive with yourself like I am, you do!).


Cue the Reebok Fast Flexweave. For my training this spring, I’ve been using this new running shoe. I want technology on my side if I’m aiming to be fast. Its specifically designed for agility and speed. Think quick-burst workouts and speed work…AKA my life right now (…what have I gotten myself into?! I kid, speed work is a necessary evil when you’re training for a marathon, too).

The Fast Flexweave features an upper made of Flexweave, which is an open, figure-8 weave that results in the upper being ultra lightweight. This helps my feet feel weightless and makes it all that much easier to lift my feet and keep on moving forward. Also, there are tailored zones within the Flexweave fabric for extra flexibility and breathability; I love this because running with feet that feel like they’re roasting inside your shoes that feel stiff is so uncomfortable and distracting.


I prefer a fair bit of cushioning in my shoes, and while these are lighter, they do offer a comfortable amount of stability and durability through the midfoot; I think they strike just the right note in terms of delivering the stability and comfort of the type of sole I usually gravitate toward for a longer run, but in a more nimble and lightweight design for the shorter distance I’m focusing on. And that’s also likely thanks to the design incorporating pressure-mapping technology, so that the Fast Flexweave is flexible where you need it to be and stable where you need it. If only finding a partner to be just precisely flexible and stable when needed were as easy!

Stay tuned as to how my training goes, and I have it on good authority that you may be able to win yourself a pair of Reebok Fast Flexweave yourself! (Keep your eye on this post and my Instagram!)


UPDATE: You can WIN a pair of Reebok Fast Flexweave!

“Aaaand, you get a pair of Fast Flexweave!” I wish I could be Oprah and give all of y’all a pair…but the good news is I do have one pair of women’s Reebok Fast Flexweave (valued at $130) to give away!  

The giveaway is open to Canadian residents. You can enter in four different ways (enter all four ways as each way counts as an entry — and on Instagram you can enter multiple times!):

INSTAGRAM: Follow me on Instagram (@healthandswellness), and LIKE  the photo related to this giveaway , and then tag friends who could use a pair of Reebok Fast Flexweave themselves. One tag per comment, each tag equals one entry.

TWITTER: Follow me on Twitter (@healthswellness) and tweet:

I like to go fast! I’d love to #win a pair of @reebokcanada Fast Flexweave from @healthswellness! http://bit.ly/RbkFastFlex #fastflexweave #reebokcanada #bemorehuman #giveaway

FACEBOOK: “Like” the Health and Swellness Facebook page, and reply on the photo on the page — tell me what season is your favourite for running!

BLOG COMMENT: Comment right here on this post and share with me if you prefer to run on a track, the street or trails.

This giveaway is open until 11:59 p.m. ET, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. The winner will be chosen at random on May 16, 2018 and contacted via the method they’ve entered to provide their shoe size, shipping address and contact info.

Photographer: Sean Pollock, @seanpollock




50 Comments April 30, 2018

All talk, no fitness improvement

During long, slow runs, I’ve always been told you should be able to talk to someone during your run; it’s a simple test to gauge your intensity (known as the talk test, you’ve probably heard of it). And I almost always tend to cheat — usually I can chat a little with a friend, but with some difficulty (a sign according to the talk test that I should slow down, but well I like to push harder and go faster, even though I know that’s not the point of the long, slow run).

(or I also cheat by asking questions and making my running partner talk, ha ha!)

Anyhow, there’s a new study that shows that by sticking to the talk test, we may be cheating ourselves when training. The study conducted by the University of New Hampshire foudn that fit people start to have difficulty talking when they are nearing their lactate threshold.

But…if you want to improve your speed and endurance, you need to be exercising occasionally just about at your lactate threshold. So if you’re gabbing away, well, you ain’t improving your fitness.

(your lactate threshold, in case you need a refresher, refers to when the level of lactic acid produced by your muscles during exercise exceeds  your body’s ability to remove it from the muscles).

Leave a Comment October 3, 2011

Seeing red

Well, I know what colour my nails will be for the next half-marathon (or full???) I run: red. According to a new study published in Emotion, seeing this shade makes us become faster and more forceful.

The researchers say this might have implications for sporting events for when you need a burst of speed and energy.

Which makes me think Tips Nail Bar is onto something when they suggested I make a pitstop in the middle of my next race for a polish change :)

Nail polish, Essie in Too Too Hot.

Leave a Comment June 7, 2011

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