Posted on March 5, 2014
A powerful question…
Back in 2009 after reading several blogs, most of them happened to be about running – a sport I never really thought about trying. I was so sheltered because I had no idea there were running events for adults. I knew there were sports + teams for kids, but my knowledge of adult sports was putting together a team from work to play baseball.
I know. Shellll-tered.
Anyway I was blown away to read countless race reports of all distances. I’m almost afraid to admit I had to Google how long a marathon was. Okay, while I’m confessing, add all “K” distances to that search to the list.
So I dusted off an old pair of gym shoes, which I’m surprised I even owned and decided to give running a try.
I drove to the longest road in my neighborhood and figured out it was .25 mile long and slowly started running.
This is the road.
So a quarter mile at a time and a month later I built up to 3 miles and was ready to run my first 5K race.
My goals were to run the entire distance and finish, which I did. Even a little bit faster than I anticipated. When I crossed that finish line, I was hooked.
The only thing I knew about running was to get fitted for the right pair of kicks. Times were hard back then and it took me awhile to save up the money for a “real” pair of running shoes I knew I needed.
When it was time, I headed to my local running store and was fitted with Mizuno Wave Rider 13’s.
I felt like I was becoming a real runner. I continued to train and run 5 miles, 10K’s,10 mile races. My trusty Mizunos also carried me through training and completing my first half marathon.
I feel like found myself through running. I don’t think it defines me, but it has made me a better person. I am mentally stronger, my confidence is a lot higher and I do things I never dreamed of. Running has been my constant, the one activity that I concentrate on my thoughts, knowing that every stride that I’m getting stronger as a runner, and as a person.
Since then, I’ve always rocked Mizunos. Well except when the 14’s came out-let’s not go there, I’m sure you don’t want to hear my sob story.
It is a great honor to be an ambassador for a company I not only have used for years, but love! I’m your average, a middle of the pack runner. There’s really nothing special about me and it blows me away that Mizuno wants to work + support little ole me.
Mizuno supports EVERYBODY.
I get nerdy excited to share my passion for running with you guys! </>end of nerd alert</>
Today Mizuno is launching their biggest campaign ever!!
What if everybody ran? Now, that’s a powerful question. I know that I’m a better person when I run. If I’m a better person, the world is a safer place.
What if everybody ran?
Mizuno put together several uber cool statistics, here’s a couple of my favorites.
Of course I had to throw in my favorite video clip, because we’ve all been there.
So, really I want to know what you think the world would be like if everybody ran? I think it would be filled with a bunch of endorphin, uber happy, sweaty race faces. Blisters + chafing would be totally normal, and wearing race medals every day would be the latest bling.
There is a Twitter chat with Fit Fluential tonight at 9 PM EST. If you want to join in, follow @MizunoRunning and @FitFlunetial and be sure to use #IfEverybodyRan