And today, I dedicate to running. When I turned 18, I had was inked for the first time. It was the Roadrunner. At that time, I was on my way to college on a track scholarship and I got it to represent what running had done for my life. I had no idea.
Running allowed me to play all kinds of sports. Through high school I played soccer, volleyball, basketball and track, plus softball growing up. I love sports. I love to play. Running is my most authentic form of playing. When people ask me for advice on how to enjoy running more, I'm at a loss. I don't know because I just DO, plus why in the world are you trying to do something you don't enjoy?!?!
I crave running. I crave getting lost in my thoughts for hours. I crave the time to listen to my thoughts. I crave feeling my body move. I crave exploration. I crave being in nature. Whatever else there is about running, I crave that too. Running in the sun, running in the snow and everything in between.
Yes, Brooks are my FAVORITE running shoes. Swiftwick are the BEST socks ever! I fell in love with those socks a few years ago and have been obsessed ever since. I love the zeros for most runs, the 7in for trail runs (we have a lot of brush) and I love the full length compression for colder runs and recovery. Love them ALL! Plus they have a ton of fun colors. For running clothes, my go-tos are Lululemon tights/shorts (still waiting for Wattie ones!), love my Brooks running jacket, long tanks for base layers and sports bras are a mixed bag of mostly Moving Comfort and Lululemon. Sometimes I don't bother tracking my runs, when I do, which is most of the time, I can't use anything but Polar! I have been an avid Polar user for years because I find the data to be the most accurate and most consistent. My go-to hat right now is my RunWenatchee trucker because it's the perfect shape...I don't even know why it fits my head, but it does. When it's colder I go for my Craft or Athleta running caps because they are light but cozy at the same time, plus my OR mittens or cheap $1 stretch gloves when it's not too cold. And let's not forget about my favorite running accessory...ok, they're ALL favorites, but the last one on this list is my Bose "sport" headphones. They were a bit of a splurge, but I use the crap outta those things. Running, biking, lifting, phone calls...everything! I've had them for 3 years and they are sill going strong!
Yeah, I know that's all just stuff. Running is my favorite regardless of what stuff I have with me, those things are just fun.
Anywho. Out of all the things I've done. Being a runner is something I most identify with and the thing that has taken more places than anything else. College in Montana and all those track meets, running races all over the northwest and triathlons all over the states and around the world. I cherish every run I participate in, every day my body lets me run is something I will never take for granted. I am beyond grateful to have such an amazingly resilient body that lets me keep running, to have such incredible people to run with and an absolutely beautiful place to run.
Thank you so much - each and every one of you. You keep my heart inspired to believe in my dreams!