Community. We are nothing without the people who support us, believe in us, and tell us to fight when we want to quit. And I can say, without a doubt, that the best part about being a creator is getting to meet the people who hopped on board my little horse and pony show of a struggle bus and joined me for the ride of my life.
When I decided to do the first #SportsBraSquad shakeout run before the Chicago Marathon, I thought 12-20 people would show up. My jaw was on the floor when over 130 people came. And getting to everyone who came was the icing on the cake. I share so much about myself, it's fun to get to meet you all face to face. Everyone always tells me that they feel weird when they meet me because they feel like they know me. Well, you do know me. You probably know more about me than my friends. So it's not weird, it's fun for me to get to actually meet all of you. And getting to hear about your journeys is what really makes what I do worth it.
Then after Chicago, I was chomping at the bit to hold the 2.0 shakeout run. So I put word out and with the support of my co-host Finish Line Physical Therapy, Vega, Zico, and Power Bar, we threw the most fun NYC Marathon Shakeout Run EVER.
Stay tuned for all the amazing videos my friend and incredibly talented producer Mayuran shot during the fun run! But while we wait, enjoy these photos from my amazing friend who volunteered his Saturday to capture us all, Justin Smith (@Just_incase_Smith).
I just want to say thank you. Without your support, I wouldn't be able to do what I do or feel courageous enough to step outside of my comfort zone. To everyone who waited to give me a hug or talk to me, thank you. Getting to meet you face to face and hear about why you run, how you got started, or what you're working towards makes every struggle that I have worth it. Going for a BQ this year and shedding my shirt and insecurities to run in my sports bra wasn't easy. But knowing I had you behind me helped me take the first step. There's no community more supportive or amazing than the Run, Selfie, Repeat community.
(I ALSO want to say thank you for making me look SUPER cool in front of my Mom! I know that was unintentional but secretly, we all want our Mom's to think we're the most cool.)
There's more fun runs to come so West Coast, WATCH OUT! And you better believe we'll be doing another before the London Marathon come April 2017! SO MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Figuring out how to run with you all is at the top of my 2017 goal list!
Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.