Nike offers a free run club in major cities with their stores and during big events like the Trials, hold more elivated runs. Luckily, Jr and I knew exactly where to be tonight.
This company loves to connect their bit of heritage with the consumers any chance they get so people understand how products are continuously rooted in developing athlete performance after all these years. Last night, NRC Eugene gave us an opportunity of a lifetime.
It wasn’t much of a surprise that they were taking us to Hayward Field, however, I still had butterflies in my stomach because the Nike team always has something up their sleeves.
Why Lane 8? When Bill Bowerman was still developing the waffle sole shoes, he would grab athletes out of the 8th lane of the track to put his new prototypes on and test them out. It was our turn to be those athletes tonight.
And then the real action started…
…Suprise number 2, Nike Athletes, Collen Quigley and Courtney Frerichs who made second and third in the Women’s Steeple!! Who doesn’t want a second victory lap?
Quick 7 minute run warm up and staring into each other’s souls while stretching to make things awkward. All fun and for better form, according to Coach.
400m x 3 10k pace
200m x 3 10k pace
400m x 2 5k pace
200m x 5k pace
400 m mile pace
200m x 2 best pace
*side note* today we saw Phil Knight after Trials today and he gave this statue a little visit and a handshake before going upstairs to the suites. It was the most magical moment I could have ever witnessed beyond anything that was happening during trials today.
But back to last night…
…did I mention how wet it was? Yea, pretty epic.
What I love about NRC and Nike is that they emphasize that anyone can be an athlete. We always support our fastest groups to our sexist paced groups through the line.
After the workout, they sent us back to the bleachers, for of course, suprise #3…
What better way to take a piece of The Olympics home. Thank you Nike for the experience of a lifetime and the ZAOs!!! I also got to change out of my wet shoes!
Can’t wait for the next NRC!!
Photos courtesy of Nike Run Club Eugene
Photographers: @fredgoris & @jordan.beckett