A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in a charity fashion show. For my local running store. As a model. As a pre-teen in the hey-day of supermodels and before shows like America’s Next Top Model, I did think that the models were cool. As an adult who appreciates real, healthy people, I think models are less cool. However, I LOVE running clothes so this was the perfect chance for my 13 year old self and my 31 year old self to both have a great time.
Runwell is my local running store. They have a lot of great products that tempt me on a regular basis to blow my paycheck. My favorite part though, is the workouts that they offer. Each week there is a minimum of three group workouts offered: a long run, a track workout and a mid-week mid-distance run. Though I don’t make it to as many of the group workouts as I would like to, it is always nice to have the option and the support in a tough workout.
The show took place (and profits benefited) this great local theatre. It has a really cool, old time atmosphere, originally an opera house in 1909. Eventually it closed and fell into disrepair. A few years ago, a group of local people set out to renovate and re-open the old theatre. Now it hosts all sorts of events from concerts to classic movies.
For the fashion show, Runwell was first. We started at the back of the dark theater, running down the aisles with our headlamps on, showing off the reflective properties of all of the new fall gear. Then each person had a turn on the stage to show off the features of his or her outfit. To be completely honest, it was one of the most nerve-wracking things I have ever done. I feel like I’ve done quite a few things that would make a person nervous, both in a group and solo, but walking out on that stage definitely made me nervous!
For the show I was in gear from Craft. My shirt was a super comfy base layer. I definitely want one of these to wear under long sleeves in the winter. Then my long sleeve was so warm! For an early September night, it was a bit too warm, but for a winter run it would definitely be perfect. The material was nice and soft too. The tights I wore were fun too, I loved that they weren’t just plain black like most tights.
As a runner, one of the most important pieces of gear is definitely the shoes! The shoes I was in that night were Hokas. This is a newer brand of shoe that I haven’t personally run in before or seen before 2014. They are a very cushy shoe. In February, during a trip to Breckenridge, CO, I stopped into the local running store and they couldn’t say enough positive about Hokas. A lot of their customers were ultra-marathon runners and absolutely loved the cushy feel of the Hokas.
I’m pretty sure I was the most awkward model out there that night, but I had a great time and got to meet some new running friends too. Here are a few of the pictures of the whole group.
And to cap off the experience, some of Runwell’s vendors donated items to the models. My name was drawn for a pair of Newtons. I went into the store, tried on a few different models and ended up choosing these. I’m really liking them so far!
Overall, it was a great experience. You never know what kind of connections you’ll make through running and exercising!