I should confess. I have been keeping a little secret from all of you. And a good one at that. I was contacted by the lovely people at Rock N Roll USA to be a digital ambassador sometime back. Hello? Dream come true. I should note also – that I was not given a free bib for this but I still fully encourage anyone who can to run this awesome race. I will be, for the fifth year in a row. Can you see I kind of dig this race?
Need more incentive? Take $10 using ALEXRUNSUSA at checkout.
Even cooler I will be spotlighted on their website so wanted to share the blurb that will be appearing on their page. Enjoy – oh and go sign up.
Hi! I am Alex – New England raised now living in Washington DC.
Running is more than just part of me now. Funny to think that I started running because I had to. What started with training for soccer season, I soon found a new-found love in distance running quickly trading in my soccer cleats for distance spikes come my junior year in High School. Add in a high school coach that put this running fever in me and you had a new dedication to something I had not felt before. By the time I hit college, running had become my thing. I had officially found a new passion for the half marathon distance and running in general.
Both my parents were runners. We still have a steadfast family tradition of running the Falmouth Road Race – trading in younger generations as the older generations fall out. Collectively, someone in our family has run the race for the past 20 years. The running bug was in me, but I just had to find why I loved the sport.
I can’t describe the feeling of lacing up your shoes and just getting out there. It has been the most consistent thing in my life that has held the seams together. Running doesn’t have to be about beating others or being on top. Instead, you find strength in yourself that only you can dig deeper into. People know me as the girl that runs around town, in all weather, in crazy morning hours. No fancy watch, no fancy gear just me and my cotton t-shirt. I run because I love it, not because I feel like I have to.
Besides Falmouth, the Rock N Roll USA race has been the most consistent half marathon I have done. That says a lot with the fact that I have run over three dozen half marathons since I started doing them my senior year in college more regularly. I keep coming back to this race. Maybe it is the motivating environment that you just can’t beat. Maybe it is the bands lining the street. Maybe it is the person that hands out gummy bears as you swear to yourself running up Calvert Street. Whatever it is, I am hooked.
2014 is all about my running. And Rock N Roll USA fits nicely into that. As one of my favorite runners Prefontaine would say “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great”.