The newest addition to Britomart’s fitness family, adidas, are now hosting a run club – and there’s no better way to show those New Year’s Resolutions who’s boss! The free weekly run aims to connect people, increase motivation and keep things interesting.

adidas Runners Auckland has been in action for a while so there’s a great group of people ready to welcome you – and with a dedicated Facebook group and regular social gatherings, this is a movement you will definitely want to be a part of.

The club leaves the adidas store every Tuesday at 6pm, led by adidas Run Club ambassador Freina Sands. We had a chat to Freina about her love for the discipline, and how to start if you’re a beginner.

 

The details:
What: adidas Runners Auckland led by Freina Sands
Where: Leaving from the adidas store at 12 Customs Street East, Britomart.
When: Every Tuesday at 6pm; no need to book, just show up.

What’s your name?
Freina Sands – People seem to have a lot of trouble saying my name correctly. I teach them by pronouncing it Free-Nah… it’s like: she’s free… but nah.

What’s the best thing about your job?
I get to motivate people and encourage them to achieve their goals. I get to see people smile a lot too, that’s pretty special.

What’s your definition of wellness?
Being positive and taking good care of yourself inside and out: Mind, Body, Spirit & Heart, whether it be with good food or healthy lifestyle decisions. As well as this, being kind – not just to yourself but to others around you.

Where’s somewhere on your running bucket list?
The Great Wall of China. I know there are some parts you can’t get to, but I’d like to try and run most of it. The thought of running somewhere that has so much history blows my mind, plus the endurance and discipline it would take to finish the whole distance excites and scares me at the same time.

Can you share a piece of advice for someone who wants to make positive change to their health/ lifestyle but doesn’t know where to start…what are the first steps?

• Try and cut out stimulants and keep things clean when it comes to food – stay away from processed and takeaway foods and stick to things that are fresh and in season.
• Find joy in tasks like going for a quick run at lunch time and breathing in some fresh air, or even if it’s going through a range of stretches/yoga moves in the morning to clear your mind and help start your day right.
• Whatever you do, try pushing yourself a little bit further each time, you’ll start to see results and that’s when the goodness kicks in.
• You’ll be surprised how much extra energy your body makes when it gets used to being more active. This extra energy becomes addictive, so be warned – you may find yourself waking up at 5:30am in the morning just so you can go running, like me

Best workout music/song?
Anything that makes you want to dance, move or sing as loud as you can!!!
I’m a huge Hip Hop fan so all of my music makes me want to run fast. I don’t think it’s physically possible to run slow to Ante Up by M.O.P. or B.O.B by Outkast.
Getting lost in my music helps me so much, especially on those harder runs. I always have a couple of playlists on the go so I can jump into them depending on the mood I’m in.

Can you share a podcast, app, book etc that you have found motivating?
I love finding people on the internet who are thinking outside the box, pushing the boundaries. Watching and listening to inspiring people (whether it’s on Youtube or in a magazine) pushing themselves inspires me. It’s the everyday athletes are the ones that motivate me the most though.

If you weren’t in this job, what else might you be doing?
So many things as I have a crazy amount of energy (I currently have 4 jobs!) I love music, people, and being super-organised so maybe something that combines all three?

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