Happy National Running Day! On this special occasion, we wanted to give people the opportunity to say thank you to running for what it gives to our awesome community. Trish, a member of our sales team, took a moment to say #thankyourunning in today’s blog post. Share your #thankyourunning moments with us in the comments below or tweet us.
I’ve heard some amazing and inspiring stores of how running changes lives. Running has been part of my life ever since I can remember and I’ve been an active person my entire life. When I was young, my parents would take my sisters and I to the local college track so they could run laps and keep an eye on us. I ran track and field in high school and briefly ran cross country in college. Post-grad, I gathered friends and coworkers to run local 5ks (i.e. “here for the beer” events like St. Paddy’s Dashes and Santa Runs) and ran a couple half marathons. But even though running was always in the background, it wasn’t until I signed up for my first marathon in 2009 that it became life changing.
After running a half marathon together with my friend, Mike, he suggested we sign up for a marathon. I said “sure,” thinking that he’d forget and we’d never really do it. We called my dad to get some race suggestions and he told me that Marine Corp Marathon was a terrific race for first time marathoners. We looked it up online and it was sold out… darn! Mike didn’t let it go – he did some research and realized there was still time to sign up with a charity. We only had four months, so we needed to start training right away.. I decided to join a local running club that met three blocks away from my work on Wednesday nights. The new friends I made there told me about another club on Tuesdays and one on Saturdays. Pretty soon, I had lots of new friends and no excuses to miss my training runs.
The marathon was my introduction to Brooks Running their “run happy” philosophy. After the marathon, I got fit for my first pair of Brooks – the Ghost. Although I planned to make the marathon a one-time thing, I qualified for the Boston Marathon at MCM. Since I lived in Boston and hadn’t missed watching a marathon since I was in college (seriously, it’s the best holiday in Boston whether you run or watch!), it seemed like a no brainer. That meant I was going to continue going to run club with my friends and this “running thing” was becoming part of my lifestyle.
Serendipitously, I met the Boston Sales Rep for Brooks, who gave me the contact info for the Guru Manager. Next month, it will be exactly five years since I started at Brooks and it’s crazy to look back and think that signing up for the Marine Corp Marathon has literally changed my life.