10 Things to Consider When Becoming a Brand Ambassador

As social media continues to change the way we communicate with each other, perceive the world, and get our information, a lot of companies are catching on to a new form of marketing: the social media brand ambassador. In the running world, almost everyone I follow on social media (Instagram in particular!) represents a brand of athletic apparel, equipment, wearable technology, sporting event, or nutrition that offers products and services for athletes and runners. Continue reading “10 Things to Consider When Becoming a Brand Ambassador”

Week Three: 2017 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Training

Fundraising Update: As part of my Cherry Blossom (CUCB) 10-Miler training and participation on the 2017 CUCB social media ambassador team, I am raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network. My goal is $500. Please consider making a donation to help make miracles happen for kids! Thank you for your support of the CMN.

Last week, I didn’t post an update. Well, I did– if you subscribe (thanks!!) you probably got it– but due to some formatting errors on Word Press, I couldn’t publish anything, at least without re-writing the whole thing. Like, physically transcribing it, not copy-paste. I’m a little OCD about how my posts look, so having one appear in a different format bothers me a lot. Luckily, this week is back to normal and the mystery of the blog post that never was will hopefully be a fluke.

The biggest takeaways:

  • I rocked my first speed work session, completing 6x 400-meter sprints on a treadmill between 8:27 and 7:53 paces.
  • I had an incredibly busy week at work, so I had some problems with planning easy runs early in the morning ahead of days when I could not get it in otherwise.
  • I got my new Lumo Run tech device, which gave me real-time, mid-run analytics on my cadence during my 7-mile Sunday long run. I made that my focus for (some) of my runs in the following days.

Continue reading “Week Three: 2017 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Training”

Week One: 2017 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Training

Photo Credit: Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Race
Photo Credit: Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Race

Fundraising Updates: As part of my Cherry Blossom 10-Miler training, I will be raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network. My goal is $350, but I would love to surpass that. Every week, I will post updates as part of my training with a link to my donation page. Our social media team will also be endeavoring to raise funds, too, so I urge you to consider donating to help them reach their goals this week! Thanks in advance for your kindness and generosity in helping to make miracles happen for children.

Back in October, I announced that I had been selected to represent the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Miler for the 2017 race as a social media ambassador. I am totally thrilled to do so, because I love this race. Continue reading “Week One: 2017 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Training”

The Case for Spending a Little More on Running Clothes

Brooks Joyride hat, Oiselle KC Knickers, and my old Asics cheerleading shoes from high school, which I kept because of their sentimental value to me.

Growing up, I found myself caught between two worlds on financial principles. On one hand, living as the eldest child in a household with 5 other kids, my mother taught me how to be a bargain shopper. I was always taught to never pay full price for something if I can eventually get it on sale or buy the knock-off brand that was just as good whenever possible. People who bought designer brands, I learned, only did so for the benefit of status that came with wearing the label. Being able to pull off an outfit that cost no more than $30 meant my life priorities were in line, and I was not materialistic. I was always very proud of that value.

On the other hand, when I visited my father and stepmom over the summer months, I was introduced to a new concept of spending money. Continue reading “The Case for Spending a Little More on Running Clothes”

Creative Ways to Stay Motivated During the Winter Months

Last night, I bundled up to run 3 miles across the Key Bridge into DC. It was somewhere around 36 degrees, the sun had set, and there was a breeze that felt like gale force winds once I got outside. The inevitable dilemma of wondering if I had dressed warm enough came to mind numerous times, and it went back and forth from, “I totally overdressed,” to “I definitely should have worn that fleece-lined quarter-zip instead.” It happens with winter running. Sometimes you just don’t know until you are out there, and it’s not like dressing for summer running for … Continue reading Creative Ways to Stay Motivated During the Winter Months

365 Resolutions for 2017

Happy 2017 everyone! I’m back after a couple of weeks away from blogging to spend time with my family in Nebraska and enjoy a few days of much-needed hibernation and relaxation. I hope you all had a warm and merry holiday season, and thanks for sticking with me all this time.

When it comes to the holidays, I’m the kind of person who likes to look ahead as much as I look behind me. At the holiday seasons, I always think about where I was in life at Christmas last year, 2 years ago, 5, or 10 years ago. I like to wonder where I will be, who I will be, who I will be with next year, 2 years later, 5, or 10 years down the line.

At the end of 2015, I felt like the roller coaster of life events I’d been on since 2013 was finally over and things had sort of come full circle. It wasn’t perfect, but I loved the imperfection of it because I felt secure in it. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but I had faith that things would be okay and work out because I had already gone through some dark, empty days that felt hard for no reason at all. I was ready for a hard but meaningful and fulfilling journey that I wouldn’t trade for the world because I made the choice to stick with it no matter what, and I loved that choice.

A year later, Christmas 2016, none of the things I ended 2015 with and felt safe about exist anymore and I find myself staring down a dark, gray road surrounded by void.  Continue reading “365 Resolutions for 2017”

An Open Letter to Drivers From Runners

Hi there.

It’s been a long day, hasn’t it? I suppose that’s as much the reason why you’re rushing to get home as it is for me being out on a run right now. You’re aching to get home and shake the day off, and I’m lucky to already be out here doing just that. Shaking off my day with a run.

But the thing is, you almost hit me with your car.  Continue reading “An Open Letter to Drivers From Runners”