Today was a big surprise! Literally. I have never had a surprise party, but this morning, at the still-dark hour of 7:15am, I found myself rushing into Whole Foods, thinking I was late for a meeting, only to find a room full of friends and a table full of breakfast foods and flowers! I was shocked. It was exactly as I'd imagined a surprise party might be and yet totally, well, a surprise.
What were we celebrating? My official invitation to be a Lululemon ambassador! This had been in the works for some time, and I had often wondered if it was really happening and therefore announcement worthy, or if I was still in the application process. But today it is official- I begin my 2-year relationship with an awesome company who focuses on community, positivity and self-betterment through exercise. It feels like the perfect fit!
2015 is the year where I get to have my cake and eat it too. A saying I have used in the past as I have been super lucky in life and running, but this year brings it to a new level. Brooks Running, my sponsor since 2008, shared the love in continuing my relationship with a non-exclusive contract meant for coaches, even though I didn't make the cut for their 2015 ID Elite team. This is totally understandable as I have struggled the last few years. And while I love the brand and they certainly make the best shoes out there (I don't know what else I would wear), I felt badly claiming product that could help a post-college runner believe in themselves and reach the next level. The ID coaching relationship is just right for where I am in life and allows me to continue boasting the best shoes on the market.
But if there is ever one brand I "cheated" on Brooks with, it was Lululemon. I just love their clothes and their philosophy. I don't even remember how I discovered the brand but their manifesto, printed on their bags, really spoke to me.
"Friends are more important than money",
"Dance, sing, floss and travel",
"Sweat once a day",
"Do one thing a day that scares you",
"Move your body and your heart will follow".
These all call to my deepest beliefs and daily practices. Their stores foster a sense of community with events open to all. This is something that I have always wanted to be a part of. Though I love the Brooks running focus and feel their strong presence at national meets, I am super excited to make a difference in Boise, bringing together runners in an isolated running town. This was my vision with the Boise Betties and I am super excited to continue it with local support from Lululemon and, of course, Bandanna Running! Between these three supporters, I feel as lucky as any runner can be!
Thank you to all of the women who came out for practice and the party afterwards, the Lululemon ladies I have met and the few I have yet to meet. And to everyone who believes in my running career. I feel so incredibly lucky to have so much support doing the thing I love most.