If it has appeared that I’ve been consumed by all things Boston Marathon related the past few weeks (months? years?), you are right. I have been. But as I begin to shift gears back to “normal life” (HA!) I can’t help but realize that it wasn’t just Boston. I’m still consumed by all things running. Because it is what I love. And I love to share it!
While the experience of Boston will forever be in my heart (and tattooed on my body… but more on that in a moment), I’m grateful for all of the amazing experiences, opportunities, fun, and friends I’ve had and met because of this crazy thing I do simply to stay healthy, fit, and to be the best possible version of myself that I can be.
This past weekend, I had such an opportunity when I got to participate with one of my favorite running programs. Run Girl Run is for elementary aged girls (9-11) who need a little extra guidance and a strong, athletic female role model in their lives. Over the course of a couple of months, the program trains them to run (in almost all cases) their first 5k. Since its inception in my community, I’ve been a “mobile cheerleader” for every season. It is one of the most rewarding programs I’ve ever volunteered for and am so grateful for the opportunity to share my love of running with someone who I know it will leave a life-long impression on.
Runner girls unite!
Learning about timing chips and bibs!
A strong sprint to the finish!
She rocked her first 5k!
And then, following the 5k Saturday, this happened:
Taking a selfie while getting inked!
Unveiling my new tattoo!
I have a feeling I will be explaining this over and over for the remainder of my life. Any guesses as to what it is? I’ll give you a hint.
It’s the Boston Marathon race course. The 2 inch version as opposed to the 26.2 mile version. But within its simplicity, there is a world of meaning and significance to me.
I knew that I wanted to commemorate my Boston experience with a tattoo and while I had a few variations of what it might become, I settled on this. A constant and visible reminder of not only what I accomplished on April 20, 2015, but the entire journey. It spanned nearly two years and culminated with the race of a lifetime! There is a lot of pride in what I did and I’m happy to have this symbol to carry with me as a reminder that I’m worthy of dreaming BIG.
Okay, enough of the ooey, gooey stuff. Super cool news from Nuun today! First of all, they made some awesome updates to their website! I love the new look and especially the photographs and bio’s of some real-life, kick-ass athletes. Including me!!!! (You can check out my profile HERE!)
But wait! There’s more! Nuun just released their latest and greatest product, Plus for Nuun. A faster absorbing source of carbohydrates and electrolytes to improve sports performance quick! The flavorless but convenient tabs can be added to your favorite Nuun Active or Nuun Energy flavor to enhance their attributes. Plus for Nuun is taking hydrating to a whole new level!
If that weren’t enough, Nuun is now offering mixed four-packs. You get to choose which four flavors you want on all of their flavored electrolyte enhancement products (excluding Plus for Nuun)! How cool is that? AND! Watermelon is back in stock!!!
Time to run. Not literally. I ran earlier. But it is time to get some dinner going and fuel this post-marathon recovering body. Tex-mex zoodles are on the menu tonight! (Have you tried zoodles? Zucchini noodles? So good and versatile!)