Friday, October 30, 2009

Running CAN be fun!

When some people find out I'm a runner, they tell me how much they hate running. Really? You HATE running? I can see how it can be difficult, we all have those runs where everything just feels bad. But hate is a strong word.

When I hear that someone hates running I just know they're not doing it right. Whether it's not wearing the right shoes, clothes, sports bra, or running in a boring area, there are a number of reasons why running can stink. But once you figure out what works for you, running is about as fun as it gets (for me anyway).

Case in point, I have a pretty cool job. I get to run for a living as a coach, I get to plan awesome running events, and I get to market and promote an industry that supports my habit. For instance, last week I got to hang out and run with one of the most well-known runners in the business, Bart Yasso. Bart came by our store for a book signing and fun run. He's a super nice guy and if you ever get the chance to read his book, do it. He's had quite the adventure.

This past Wednesday we had a fashion show at the store. That's right, a running apparel fashion show. We had our hot models showing off the latest and greatest in cool-weather running gear. It was a fun night and we all drooled over the sweet new clothes. See, we runners can have trendy fashion parties too ;)

Last night was our Halloween fun run. I have to say I had a blast with this one. We recruited a bunch of people to dress up as zombies and we planted ourselves along the running route. The runners didn't know we were there and we scared the you-know-what out of some of them. I think it was a close call as to who had more fun, the runners or the zombies.

And today, my Girls on the Run group meets. We'll be running around in our costumes having a ball. It just doesn't get any better than that.

See, running CAN be fun, you just have to do it right ;)

Happy running!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

New Job, New Possibilities

I have a lot of jobs. I have my personal jobs (mom, wife, etc.) and my professional jobs (running coach, writer, etc.). One of those professional jobs is the Director of Marketing at Fleet Feet Sports, Gaithersburg. It's not really a new job, as I've been there for over 3 years in some capacity. But it's been about 6 weeks that I've been there full-time doing their marketing.

It's a sweet job. I am in the running community 100% of the time now. I sleep, eat and breathe running now. It's pretty awesome to be able to make my passion my profession. Not many people can do that. What's even more amazing is that I work primarily from home, so it gives me more time with my family. I'm really very fortunate.

Why am I writing about this? Well, I am very excited about a few new projects in the works at the store. I'm not revealing any of them just yet, but I wanted to plant the seed, so to speak. Those of you in the DC area will be excited about them as well. So, stay tuned!

Happy running!