Project Runway Has a Field Day

Heidi’s activewear line gets a fresh update in Season 12, Episode 8

 
Hi again, Project Runway fans! Last week, the designers used the Marie Claire shoe closet as inspiration. This week, they battled each other in an obstacle course to earn an extra hour in the workroom, where they created activewear for Heidi Klum’s New Balance line, HKNB. Plus, Michael Kors returned as guest judge. Oh, happy day.

The good: Helen’s mesh jacket moved well and covered “the ass and the thighs” (thanks, Nina), so everyone adored it – and it’s for sale at newbalance.com as part of HKNB. Kate’s look was polished, functional, and something I’d wear out for an autumn run. And Alexander pulled off athletic pants sans side seams. So cool. Michael said he could see it on a sales rack… but at least that would mean it’s in a store, right? Irony: Dom and Justin won the field-day challenge and had extra time to work on their looks, but they were both just safe.

The bad (and the ugly): The judges said Ken’s too-long, strappy tank belonged on the same rack as Alexander’s look. Karen started over after Heidi called her first try a “green Martian” in the workroom, but the result was more like Sunday lounge-about clothes than stylish activewear. And Alexandria’s second go at drop-crotch pants was ridiculous – who could exercise in those? – but since we were finally able to hear some of that classic Michael Kors wit, I’ll leave the commentary to him…

The last laugh: …“Well, if you want guys to leave you alone in the gym, wear that look. I mean, first off, you can’t move. Second off, you pooped in your pants.” Michael, please don’t leave.

I agree with the judges over who went home, but I would have picked Kate to win. (And if the judges had, too, I’d be the one doing the running this morning – to where I hid my credit card. From myself.) How about you? Tell us on Twitter at @ruelala.

Auf Wiedersehen.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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September 6, 2013

Ready. Set. Go! Running Tips to Achieve Your Fastest Time Yet

It's all about the shoe

To anyone who knows me, it’s no secret that I’m not a regular runner (my college lacrosse days are long gone). But with the start of a new year and the motivation of a friendly bet, I’ve actually been hitting the pavement, er, treadmill for two weeks now. How do I know what I’m doing? Well, I don’t – but I did find some helpful tips for everything from tricks to finding the right running shoe to exercises that increase speed. Aside from an energy-spiking playlist, here are my favorite findings:

Wear the right sneaker: Admittedly, I am still wearing the same sneakers I’ve had since sophomore year of high school (I wish that was a joke). But I’m just about ready to commit to this enough to camp out in the specialty store until I find the right sneakers for my seriously flat feet. Fun fact: you should replace your running shoes every 300 – 400 miles.

Perfect your technique: When I first read SHAPE Magazine’s 10 tips for improving running technique, I was a little surprised. With advice like don’t land on your heel and use shorter strides rather than long strides, I’m realizing (quickly) how much work I have in store.

Build muscle to run faster: As much as squats (and anything that resembles the leg-trembling cousin of the lunge) give me nightmares, they are incredibly effective for strength training. But pain is gain (or so they say), and these four leg exercises promise to make you feel the burn.

One other benefit to taking up this healthy pastime? Running tours. Can you think of a better way to see a city you’re visiting? I didn’t think so. It’s social, you get in your exercise for the day, and you see all the sites firsthand. There is no downside.

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By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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January 26, 2013