Sunday night I was at an event that had me more nervous than the Ironman swim, my heart pounding and my legs weak. This was the ultimate test my my will power and courage.
I was a model(Ashley Bond and Ginger Zee must have been busy!). Walking the catwalk for the Fleet Feet Sports Fall Fitness Fashion Show. Fleet Feet Sports does a lot for the community of runners and the community in general, when I was asked to be a part of this event to benefit the American Cancer Society, I jumped at it, the cause is near to my heart.
As I stood back stage with Mary Kay Kleist- Metrologist from CBS2 and Gino Izzy from the National Weather Service, I realized "OMG, I have to walk out there, by myself and model! Not race, not write, model!" I thought I was going to pass out. Me passing for a fitness model, is like me passing for a...well, a writer.
Then I heard the story of the fourth model back stage with us, Christine. Christine is a small, fit beautiful woman, she looks like a model. She is runner, a mother and a cancer survivor with an amazing story of hope, strength and love that was an inspiration to all of us in the room.
When she bounced out to show off her duds, we all followed along with smiles on our faces, strutting our stuff, fear mostly gone. Though you can see in the picture Mary Kay was rocking it much more than Gino and I.
The 250 people in attendance were not only lucky enough to see my large bedunka dunk strut the cat walk. They were treated to complimentary drinks and appetizers and the Fleet Feet Sports personal rewards customers shopped for items they saw on the runway. Though they couldn't buy my actual outfit, because I sweat right through it.
Not sure if I will be invited back for their Spring Fashion Show, but that doesn't mean you can't go. This is just one of the many great things Fleet Feet Sports has going on every week. Here are a few more to look out for.
1. If you were not at the fashion show but want to see what is hot for fall fitness we are inviting all women to come to the free women's night run in October where they will feature fall fashions a seminar given by Fleet Feet Sports buying manager Catherine Moloznik.
When: Tuesday October 27th and Wednesday October 28th are Women's Nights at Fleet Feet Sports.
Where: Piper's Alley on Tuesdays and Lincoln Square on Wednesdays at 6:30pm to run or walk.
Change and leave your gear at the store. All paces and levels are welcome and encouraged. It is all FREE!
Log your miles every Tuesday and Wednesday and earn great gear!
2. Come and join Fleet Feet Sports marathon morning at Fleet Feet Sports Corner! They have a huge cheering section complete with entertainment and refreshments. Corner of North and Wells. Fleet Feet Sports will be handing out noise makers and other goodys so come and join us to cheer for the Chicago Marathon runners. I will be with the last runners and we will need your encouragement.
3. If you are inspired by friends or family running in the marathon, or if you just go out to cheer runners on and catch the running bug Fleet Feet Sports is hosting a seminar for people who want to run their first marathon.
When: October 18th (one week after the marathon) Chicago Endurance Sports coach Brendan Cournane will be running the seminar will be at
Where: 5:30 p..m. at Pipers Alley (1620 N. Wells)- Free and open to the public.
Brendan has been coaching runners in the Chicago area since 1996. He
has worked with several groups over that time and has assisted
thousands of runners, run/walkers and walkers of all ability and skill
levels achieve their goals of successfully completing running events
from the 5K distance up through marathons, including helping others
qualify for the Boston Marathon.
He is the Head Running Coach for Chicago Endurance Sports and has
developed running programs to improve the speed and endurance for many
participants. He is also an avid runner and can often be seen on the
running path and at races around the country. Brendan recently
completed his goal of completing a marathon in each of the 50 States
(plus D.C.). He has completed over 80 marathons.
Brendan has developed the Advanced Speed Training Program for CES and
trains runners to improve their speed with the motto "If you want to
run fast, you have to Run Fast".
Brendan has qualified for the Boston Marathon in over a dozen races and
has completed Boston six times. A devotee of the run/walk method of
endurance racing, he often completes marathons following a run/walk
technique and has qualified for the Boston Marathon utilizing his
He was recently featured on ABC 7 News in Chicago as Someone You Should Know, by Harry Porterfield.