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Where I’ve Been
Less than 2 months ago, I became a runner. I didn’t just start running, I fully immersed myself into all things running. I got gear, I became a regular at my local running store, Charm City Run, I started participating in #runchat on Twitter, and I fell in love with the concept of running in races, specifically because I loved the idea of challenging myself while helping raise awareness of charitable organizations.
I scoped out local race calendars and selected 10 races that I wanted to do through October. My race schedule ranged from 5k’s to a half marathon. Looking at this race line up, it wasn’t the training schedule that overwhelmed me, but rather the cost of the race registration fees; in order to run in these races I was looking at having to spend close to $500. $500 that I just didn’t have. So I took a leap of faith… and asked.
I wrote, “Impassioned Newbie Runner Turned Racer Looking For a Sponsor” and in less than 45 minutes, I had not one, but two generous offers from B’more Organic & Today’s Miles to cover my race entry fees. I couldn’t believe it! I was thrilled and exceptionally grateful. With two offers, Sarah would be able to join me as well. B’more Organic would be her sponsor and Today’s Miles would be my sponsor.
And so we began racing.
And then injury struck. I had one mile to go in one of my 5k’s and my heel started throbbing… but I kept going and finished with a PR! As happy as I was about that accomplishment – it was clouded by the fact that after the race I could barely walk. After a week of the pain only getting worse, I went for some x-rays and my primary care doctor suggested I see an orthopedic surgeon. Ultimately it was discovered that I have a calcaneal stress fracture and would have to be in an air cast and on crutches for a while. Ugh.
Although I had only been running for about a month when this happened, it was still a pretty hard blow. Not only did I miss running, but seeing all of the tweets from the runners I had began following on Twitter went from super motivating to quite frankly a bit depressing.
I was also worried about letting down my race sponsor, Today’s Miles, and how I would pay them back since I would be missing races I had already paid for. When my doctor was finally able to give me some sort of timeline, I looked at my race schedule and realized I would definitely not be able to race in June but miraculously I didn’t have any scheduled in July so maybe by the August races I would be able to get back out there. I emailed Today’s Miles and filled them in on what was going on with me, also asking for their mailing address so I could send them back the money for the two races I would be missing in June.
Their response? “Don’t worry about the money, just get well soon.” Wow. Generosity on top of generosity. Because they’ve been so kind to me, I want to do everything I can to help spread the word about what they do, and I’m hoping you will help me. You can share this post, follow them on Twitter, tweet about them, buy some awesome “Wear Your Miles” shirts, write your own post, or whatever else you can think of.
Allow me to help:
Be proud of your daily and training runs by displaying your miles with @TodaysMiles_com shirts! http://bit.ly/runproud —–> Tweet this! <—–
Today’s Miles running gear is especially perfect for running clubs, race training groups, and teams! Plus, $2.00 from the purchase of every shirt gets donated to SmileTrain, an organization dedicated to helping children in need receive cleft surgeries.
I didn’t even know about Today’s Miles support of SmileTrain before they became my sponsor but I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to find out about this – it just made my commitment to them that much stronger.
But my story doesn’t stop here. I was still feeling a bit dejected about not being able to get out there and run and share my experiences. Then something really great happened. I received an email from a guy named Joe, introducing me to his organization, Kind Runner, that was getting ready to launch. Joe had found me on Twitter and was asking if I would be interested in becoming a Kind Runner Brand Ambassador. After reading about Kind Runner, the decision was a no-brainer.
What immediately called out to me and screamed, “this is a great opportunity!” is the fact that people can trade their old running shoes in at kindrunner.com and they will in turn be donated to people in need. I don’t know about you, but I can’t tell you how many old pairs of running shoes I have lying around the house that I wasn’t sure what to do with – and now I know exactly what to do with them.
The invitation to become a Brand Ambassador for Kind Runner gave me the opportunity to still be involved with the running community, spread the word about a truly awesome organization, all while being “off my feet.”
Here’s a quick video about Kind Runner…
Besides what I have already mentioned, there are a couple of key things that makes Kind Runner really special:
- Confident Runner Pricing – An option presented upon checkout which rewards those who know exactly what they are looking for. This option waives the Free Return Shipping but offers the shoe at a below retail price. Shipping of product to customer is still free, as is the return shipping of donated shoes for Kindness Cash Rewards Program.
- Free 3 Way Shipping – Free shipping of your order to you, free shipping of any returns for any reason, free shipping of your donated shoes back to Kind Runner for re-purposing with Soles 4 Souls or The More Foundation Group.
- Kindness Cash Rewards Program – This turns your old shoes into credit towards new ones or any product on kindrunner.com.
- Expert Product Reviews – Each and every product kindrunner.com carries will come with an expert product review video on the same page that the product is listed on. These videos are done by individuals who have worked in the running industry for a number of years either as shoe reps, store owners, or expert shoe fitters at one of the oldest running stores in the nation – bringing the knowledge of your neighborhood specialty run shop to the comforts of your own home!
- Easy 365 returns – A customer has 365 days to return any product, so long as it is in its original packaging and in its original condition. If you are injured and unable to use the shoe, if your doctor wants you in a different model because of orthotics, no worries… no questions asked!
And so my journey continues. I will use my time that would otherwise be spent running, here and on Twitter with you guys, chatting about wonderful organizations such as Today’s Miles and Kind Runner, while continuing to meet and forge relationships with other runners all over the world.
To show my appreciation for your time spent reading my post and learning about these great organizations, I feel a giveaway is in order!
Three randomly selected winners will win their choice of sweat-wicking shirts from Today’s Miles. You will select your size, color, and miles! Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.
If you’re not feeling lucky, head to todaysmiles.com now and use code RUNFREELONG for a free long sleeve shirt or RUNFREE for a free short sleeve shirt. Shipping rates apply.