Karolina To­maszewska

AGE 33 HOME­TOWN Star­gard Szczecin´ski, Poland LIVES Toronto

Canadian Running - - MY STYLE -

Two years ago, as a new run­ner who de­scribes her­self as “dab­bling” with the sport, Karolina To­maszewska was asked by a friend to join a team of women mak­ing an at­tempt at run­ning the en­tirety of On­tario’s iconic Bruce Trail. The trail, which spans ap­prox­i­mately 890k, runs from Ni­a­gara to Tober­mory. It was dur­ing her prepa­ra­tion for this team event that To­maszewska joined the Night Ter­rors run crew, one of the many in­for­mal clubs that com­bine run­ning and so­cial­iz­ing that have popped up in ma­jor Cana­dian cities.

The na­ture of run crews is that there is often a so­cial gath­er­ing post-run, which means that run­ning wear has to go be­yond mere dress­ing for the weather. “I look for gar­ments to be f luid and work i n dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties,” To­maszewska says. “With my ca­sual wear, I like it to work for the of­fice and af­ter hours, and the same for my run­ning gear – I want it to be com­fort­able to work­out in, but put­to­gether enough for a so­cial gath­er­ing af­ter­wards.” Her go-tos in­clude the Amer­i­can line Track­smith and the Dan­ish line New­line.

Run­ning crews have risen in pop­u­lar­ity with so­cial me­dia plat­forms such as In­sta­gram and To­maszewska ref lects the true vibe of a crew run­ner when asked if she could name a run­ner who in­spires her: “I think with the ex­plo­sion of so­cial me­dia, it’s easy to be in­spired by every­day peo­ple. When I check my In­sta­gram feed, I see nor­mal peo­ple do­ing amaz­ing things and I re­late to them more than, say, an elite run­ner whose job is to train. I ad­mire the reg­u­lar peo­ple do­ing in­cred­i­ble things,” she says.

Her self-de­scribed style? “Or­nate and playf ul grand­mother chic ,” To­maszewska says with a laugh. “I think I’m heav­ily inf lu­enced by my Pol­ish roots.”

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