Last night I checked my phone one last time before it was time to put the little people to bed and saw this tweet from Saucony.
Immediately I went to their facebook page and literally jumped out of my skin.
Chloe and I made their photo collage celebrating 100K facebook fans.
I figured it was fitting then to announce that for the 4th year in a row I was picked to be on the Saucony Hurricane Team!
What’s the Hurricane Team. It’s a VERY SMALL team comprised of rock-star athletes from around the country. The caliber of runners on this team blows my mind every.single.year.
When I applied for this team 4 years ago I didn’t think there was a shot in H-E-L-L that I would get picked. I did.
I was told I was chosen for my dedication, passion and loyalty to the sport of running and for my LOVE of Saucony. I was the SLOWEST person on the team. I am not exaggerating when I make this statement. I was the slowest runner on the team. Instead of feeling like I didn’t belong, I wanted to prove I did. I wanted to prove that speed is a state of mind. I am just as much of a runner and am just as dedicated as those athletes who toed the line at the Olympic Marathon Trials this year.
I don’t make excuses. I push my hardest. I want to be my best self. I run up to 90 miles a week while raising three little people. I qualified for Boston 6 months after my second baby. I belong. Being a runner is who I am. It defines me and I love that.
At every single race for the past 4 years I have put on my Saucony uniform and a magic happens. I am not just racing to improve my personal times, I am on a team. I am on a team that helps me celebrate each little victory, that motivates me to push harder, father, faster. I am on a team where Olympic Trials Runners email me and say AWESOME job at that marathon.
I have taken my marathon PR from a 3:36 to a 3:13 while on this team and KNOW that representing Saucony and having their continued support has with out a doubt had a HUGE part in this.
I’m getting a little teary even writing this. Saucony rocks. I believe in the brand, the people and I FIND MY STRONG EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Tell me – how do you FIND YOUR STRONG?