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Me, an Ambassador?!?

I am super excited to share that I am a Skirt Sports Ambassador for 2018! I have never been an Ambassador for anything, well, anything official. I mean, I try to live my life so people know what I represent.

I am an ambassador for children, and specifically girls. I spend a lot of my time, well, probably 99% of my day, supporting and encouraging the girls in my life.

  • I have a 14 year old daughter who loves volleyball and track. I support her growth in those activities, alongside her desire to have amazing grades! She is 10x the girl I was at her age, and every day, she impresses me more. I strive to give her all of the support and encouragement she needs, every day of her life…
  • We have a 17 year old exchange student from China. Learning about her culture is an ongoing experience. (Don’t mess with Chinese New Year!) When she started living with us, I used my English as a Second Language education to help prepare my family (don’t talk loud, or crazy slow…but don’t talk like an auctioneer either! She has to translate every word!). I also found myself trying to support her school with the academic tools they needed. I knew that the teachers had asked for assistance with working with foreign students, but, to my surprise, had been (and still aren’t) given little training. I was and still am a support for her.
  • Two weeks ago, we took in a 17 year old foster daughter. Wow…the things this girl has gone through! Our plan/thought was that we were providing a safe place for her, so she could continue to be successful, just a few months from graduation. Three teenage girls in one house…none of them related. Pray for my husband.
  • I work in a high school, as a librarian. Students come to us for EVERYTHING…well, not math help, if they know me! ūüôā (We do have calculators though!) I have learned about scholarships, essay writing, job applications, FASFA, college applications…as well as have calmed down and encouraged students daily. Many come to us and call us their “school mom” because we can encourage and support them at school! We love to see them succeed…and get to celebrate their successes with them also!

So, to be selected as an Ambassador to Skirt Sports, a company that encourages and inspires women of all shapes and sizes, is quite an honor. The timing of this doesn’t escape me either…I am COMPLETELY overwhelmed with life. My Achilles has me in a stagnant place with regards to my exercise life, and I have been finding myself not as happy as I would like to be. By focusing my efforts on encouraging and supporting others through this company, I can already see my happy numbers climbing!

So, if you get a chance, check out the website, and go shopping! http://www.skirtsports.com And use my code 727PRIM to get a 15% discount.

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2014: What I learned about myself (Runner, edition)

I like to reflect upon things and learn from them. ¬†I haven’t really been a “runner” for long, but this past year I ran the entire time…no injuries! ¬†That in itself is a huge accomplishment. ¬†However, I have three overriding themes for 2014, with regards to my running life:

1. I am stronger than I think I am.

Seriously. I set a goal in January, to run one half marathon every month…not 12 in a year, one every month. ¬†In Northern Illinois, January, February, and December are a risk. ¬†I did it though. ¬†I accomplished that goal! In addition, I ran the inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge at Walt Disney World, my first TWO full marathons (Green Bay, WI http://www.cellcomgreenbaymarathon.com, and Madison, WI http://www.madisonmarathon.org), and my first Ragnar Relay. It’s been quite a ride, and let me tell you, the training for that final marathon and December half were quite lacking. ¬†I was tired.

2. I get by with a little help from my friends. (AKA…I need my run buddies!)

I didn’t run a single race alone. ¬†I have a wonderful group of supportive run friends from all over Wisconsin and Illinois. ¬†Not to mention the friends I have made on Twitter through #Runchat. ¬†I am a very Blessed person. ¬†Most of the races were with my husband, Steve, and when he couldn’t run, he was supportive of every race I did. ¬†He is amazing and I am fortunate to have his support in everything I do.

However, November and December were particularly hard for me with regards to training.  My closest run pal broke her leg, another run pal had a hip injury, still another had ACL surgery, and Steve pulled a muscle in his calf.  I really dislike the treadmill, and have a hard time motivating myself to run on it.  I really missed having my run pals around.

3. I will never, ever run alone again. wpid-img_219556771533955.jpeg

In August, my dear friend, and upcoming runner, Tammy Alexander passed away after battling lung cancer. ¬†As a non-smoker, and someone who was working on improving her health at the time of the diagnosis, this seemed particularly unfair and angered me a lot. ¬†I heard a song by Matthew West called “Do Something” and decided that rather than being angry and paralyzed, I should help Tammy as best I could. ¬†I started running every run for her. #R42 (Running 4 Two, a moto I now live by, started by http://www.annieslocker.org). ¬†She wanted to badly to run that Princess Half, and couldn’t. ¬†She wanted to do Ragnar and couldn’t.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and the Madison Marathon was November 9. ¬†I ran for her, in her running shoes, and Team Lung Love (www.myteamlunglove.org), to raise awareness for the illness. ¬†Steve, of course, ran with me. ¬†I had a horrible time training, and just wanted the race over with because I didn’t feel I had given what I needed to be prepared. ¬†That morning, Steve fell behind me, and usually catches up (but I have apparently been getting faster, who knew?!). ¬†I ran the majority of the second half of the race alone…except I wasn’t alone. ¬†At mile 19, Steve said he wasn’t going to finish. ¬†He asked me to call on Tammy. ¬†I did. I let him run a little ahead of me, looked at his calf where the pain was, and asked Tammy (and God) to help him finish. ¬†About 10 min later he said he didn’t hurt anymore. ¬†We both finished together, and I took 40 minutes off of my time from my May marathon!

I believe Tammy was with me. ¬†I believe she kept me strong. ¬†I believe that she is ALWAYS running with me (yes, I talk to her). ¬†Her parents were at the finish line of the race, cheering us in as we crossed. ¬†The official pictures even have them in it. ¬†I am not sure if I am describing this whole scenario in a way that someone who hasn’t lived it can understand, but I need the world to know, we get our strength from internal, and external sources. ¬†Tammy lives on in my heart…and my shoes! Love you my sole sister!

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