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RYU High Tech Fitness Wear

RYU – Made By Athletes For Althetes

What’s Canadian and rhymes with “You”? Well RYU active wear of course, a new brand that takes athletic technology to the next level.

I first experienced RYU in bag form with their Daily Duffle, billed as “The Gym Bag, Reinvented”, which keeps its shape whether empty or full and opens wide for easy access. It’s surprisingly roomy, given the small size and there’s even an external zippered pocket to put frequently used items in and four internal pockets to organize all that stuff.

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RYU stands for “Respect Your Universe” and there are lots of recycled elements used in production, even coffee grinds which enable the material to dry faster.


As I ramp up my running this fall I’m going to invest in their functional sports bras, some outer ware and perhaps a pair or two of the  TriLayr™ hi-rise fit toughtights that wrap around the waistband for 360° core support. At the moment things are jumping around too much and I need too must adjusting, which completely distracts me from my speed training, as I’m sure you’d imagine! Plus I’m told the bacteriostatic carbon mesh lined diamond gusset will allow me to go commando. Don’t look too closely please as I run by, but then again, I’m likely going to be going too fast for you to determine what’s on under there.

Find the storefront at 1745 West 4th, Vancouver or online.

Please not these are not pictures of me. I’ll get there soon though. :o) Happy sprucing up y’all!

Bagel Chase

The Bagels are ready .. are you?

Bagel Chase combines two of my favourite things; running (well sort of) and bagels (TOTALLY). I did a few laps last year and will head out on the course once again this year for at least one on Sunday! Bagel Chase is on Saturday, February 27th and Sunday the 28th and raises funds for the Backpack Buddies program! REGISTER.


    • Siegel’s Bagels. We wouldn’t be the Bagel Chase, if you didn’t get a bagel.  So when you first check in, have a bagel on the house.
    • Vancouver Running Company. As runners, we can never have too much gear and gadgets, right? Show your wristband to the fine folks at Vancouver Running Company, and you’ll get $15 off a purchase of $50 or more.  Valid until March 31, 2016.
    • Tiux Socks. We’ve tested these socks and we can’t love them enough. So let’s share the love and take 10% off.  Valid until December 31, 2016.
    • SHOES.COM.  Um, yes. How about a $25 gift card?  We thought so. Valid until December 31, 2016.
    • Evo Car Share.  Car sharing is a must in Vancouver so let’s get you set up with a free membership and 30 free minutes.  New members only.


NEW!! This year, the Bagel Chase will have ‪#CrewPowerHours, hosted by Vancouver Running Company! Different run crews in the city will be available to run with YOU. Let’s connect this city with ‪#running! Schedule will be available Friday morning. Got a crew that wants to join in? Email!

Did someone say prizes??  Every lap you run puts you in the draw for some sweet prizes, thanks to partners like Famoso, Seawheeze, SPUD, New Balance, Siegel’s Bagels, The Right Shoe, Coast Mountain Trail Series, Vancouver Running Company, Cadence, 5 Peaks, Yaletown Brewery, and MORE! There’s too many to list.

What else can you win?  Well, we’re glad you asked.

Want more?  Here’s the full list.

CONTEST! Don’t forget to enter the contest to win additional minutes, available both to new and existing members:

Evo is teaming up with the Bagel Chase and we want to see how you prepare for this weekend of running! On Instagram or Twitter between Feb 20 – 26, take a photo and tell Evo how you prepare for Bagel Chase using the hashtag #EvoxBagelChase and you could win 100 Evo driving minutes!

For the past 2 years, we’ve supported the Backpack Buddies and we’re thrilled to announce that they are our charity of choice for the 3rd year in a row.

What does that mean?
More runners = more kids don’t go hungry.  Simple as that.


Stops and Starts – Fitness Battles

Having just returned from a rather difficult, but rewarding class at The Dailey Method, I’m reflecting on my last few months of stops and starts in the endless battle for fitness and health so I can plan for success in 2016.

There’s also only ONE DAY LEFT to win the 3 month PLUS 1 month membership for a friend, to this excellent barre and cylce studio based in both Kitsilano and Dunbar, so if you haven’t entered, do so!

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I was off to a good start, going every second day for the first month. My cardio was improving, I lost weight and I was far more flexible, I had some muscles I hadn’t felt for a while and I noticed daily tasks were easier. I was even drinking less so I could get to class in the morning feeling fresh and eating better. Then I got a cold and was sick for a few weeks. This is where I’ve often hit the wall before as I struggled to get back once I was better, but all that momentum I had was gone. Plus, it was now holiday season, with cocktails and wine flowing nightly and work getting even busier than usual. For 2016 I’m going to be reaching out for some help during these times as I can’t seem to battle alone. What’s your strategy? Who do you lean on when you need motivation? Suggestions welcome.

Today I went back and I feel 100% better for doing so. This program was truly making a difference when I was going frequently, but consistence is key as always; I noticed a drop in all the areas that I had improved since I last went. My 3 month membership runs out in less than a month, but I am going to renew and push forward as I know the program works. In 2016 I will be focusing on creating schedules and taking more time for myself, plus reaching out for added support.

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In case you may have missed it, I also have some extra motivation to look and feel better as I’ve got some planning to do for my upcoming wedding! Michael and I are tying the knot and rumour has it I may even wear a fancy dress.

Here’s to a fit and healthy New Year and thanks for tuning in and supporting this continued journey.