It will probably be the only time in my life I can say this so I am going to use this line for all it’s worth for the next week or so.
I’ve been MIA from Mile Posts for the past 5 days because I have been in NYC filming something fun with Saucony.
About two weeks ago I got a phone call from a company that represents Saucony – they told me they had an upcoming project they were really excited about and my name had been thrown out there as someone who they might be interested in contacting.
Okay hello vague….
Me? What would they need to contact me for?
I called back and talked to a lovely woman who was a bit intimidating because I could tell this woman a. knew what she was talking about and b. was very successful in her field. My heart was racing – my hands were sweating – I’m sure I sounded 15.
We talked about running, my life and what FINDING MY STRONG means to me. I was able to keep it together and not cry – but like I said I’m sure I sounded like a 15 year old girl. UGH.
She said that they would be in contact – she wanted to present *my story* to the board and see what they thought.
I’ve thought about this concept for the past two weeks. Saying you have a story sounds silly. I don’t have a terminal illness - I haven’t overcome cancer [see Mark Herzlich below] - I’m just a regular average mom who decided that enough was enough and I was going to get happy and turn my life around. In the process I found and fell in love with running, got married, had three kids and became a marathoner who happens to think one of her specialities in life is stroller running.
But my story? Who cares about my story? And do I even have a story?
After thinking and thinking and thinking…..something I do well and something I do a TON of.
I HAVE A STORY.
YOU have a story. WE all have a story.
Some stories may be more dramatic than others but that doesn’t make them any less important or any less transformative.
My story of how I FOUND MY STRONG and how I KEEP FINDING my strong is coming to www.saucony.com soon…..
Here are some sneak peak photos of the filming.
When I tell you to DREAM BIG my friends I mean it. NEVER in a million years would I think that anyone would even consider me for something like this, let alone actually pick me as one of a select few who would get this opportunity. I keep thinking over and over in my head how my words will never be able to fully explain how grateful I am for opportunities like this. Someone decided to take a chance on me and in doing so is helping me to live out my dreams every day.
Want to know who they filmed the day before me? Mark Herzlich. If you haven’t heard of this guy. Google him.
Not very long ago when I heard of the partnership with him and Saucony I judged. I didn’t understand why they were going to sponsor a football player? I mean come on – does this guy run marathons? Is he even a runner? Sure he is a pro-football play but can he push a triple running stroller with three kids in it and run a 6:05 mile? [I think not]
The more I learned about him the more I was taught again that judging is a terrible thing.
No he hasn’t run a marathon.
No he hasn’t pushed three kids in a stroller.
BUT YES he is a runner, though he admits he’s never really gone over 2/3 miles all in a row.
Runners come in all shapes and sizes and we specialize in all different distances. If you happen to only run a mile in your life but you run that mile consistently year after year – you are a runner just like those of us who happen to run 26.2 year after year.
We all have a STORY of how we find our strong.
His story of how he FOUND HIS STRONG, overcame cancer and ended up going to the SUPER BOWL is also coming soon to www.saucony.com
I also hear that there is something SUPER FUN planned for Boston Marathon this year to do with HIS video and other FIND YOUR STRONG people. Stay tuned for more info!
If you are running Boston Marathon this year – leave a comment - I’d love to meet you in person!
If you have a moment I’m in 5th place for the Fitness Magazine best Running Blog – I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to make it into the top 3. If you like my blog will you take a moment and vote for me? Already voted for someone else? You can vote for more than one person! http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/blog-awards/fitness_blog/120-mile-posts-by-dorothy-beal