I felt bad for starting this post. I feel like there should be some sort of moratorium on blogging what now feels so insignificant as I forcibly block all social media regarding the recent events in Connecticut. Is it appropriate for me to blog about something I’m really excited about when there is an apparent heavy heartedness to everything related to social media?
Will I be thought of as insensitive?
See the problem is I’m overly sensitive. I don’t own a television. Not because I’m trying to limit my sitting on the couch time channel surfing when I could be out running but because I’m not allowed (self restricted) to watch the news. I don’t read the newspapers. Not because I don’t care about current events or whose running for the next election but because I can’t read about all the violence taking place around the world and in my own backyard. I cringe every time a plane flies overhead (especially when walking around an area with tall buildings). If I see an image of something that is particularly upsetting it is burned into my brain and I lay awake afraid to go to sleep.
I experience anxiety for leaving food on my plate.
You can’t even begin to imagine the anxiety I feel when I’m plugged into what’s happening in the world.
The thing is I feel like I have to explain my reasons for going ahead with this post. Like it’s going to make me feel better about myself if I tell you how I need to be sheltered from things. People think it’s “cute” that I have an affinity for unicorns and sweet merry christmas santa reindeer elves with light up noses or that I sleep with a soft transformer blanket under the comforter. The thing about having all those “cute” things a part of my life is they keep me from freaking out multiple times a day because the world scares me.
So today I write not about the events of the world.
I write about the events of me.
A while back I was contacted (as were many other fitness bloggers) by Sport Chek to participate in their “Your Better Starts Here” campaign. They sent out a list of questions asking about our fitness journeys. While the questions themselves were of a general nature, the answers they received were specific to each person they asked to participate.
Here are my responses to the questions sent.
- Is there anything you are working towards? A goal?
I am always working towards something physical. Whether it is trying to lift heavier weights or run farther, I am always trying to push the boundaries of what I think I can’t do. At the current moment I am training for my 2nd marathon (the 1st was this past May) which is set to take place mid September. I will also be running either 2 more marathons this year or going for ultra Marathon status in mid October. I am still undecided but you can bet I’ll keep pushing for something. In 2013 I will begin training for my first Half Ironman as well as continue to run any race I can get my hands on. My goal? My ultimate goal is to maintain the 110+ pound weight loss when the odds are against me….oh and complete a full Iron Man!
- What are some challenges that you face in your day to day fitness?
- What are you most proud of?
- Is there anything missing from your current workout routine that you can identify?
- What would help you to inspire others?
- What sort of support do you look for/look to give?
- A pair of Nike running shoes
- Nike running shorts
- Nike long sleeve hooded shirt
- $50 gift card
Also inside was a small bracelet with “3 minutes at a time” inscribe on it. Not going to lie, I totally cried when I saw it just because I felt like Sport Chek really listened to what I said and didn’t just browse over my answers. As other bloggers began to write about their own inspiration kits I looked for that one special gift that told us we mattered to them. I was also encouraged to take anything that didn’t fit my needs to their closest location and find that perfect match which meant I could take the Nike running shoes and exchange them for my one true love; a pair of Sauconys.
Okay Tara, but what’s the point of this blog for pete’s sake?
Two weeks ago Sports Check invited Mimi and I back to the nearest location for a one-on-one appointment to learn about ski and snowboarding equipment. Knowing full well neither of us have any experience in the “what the hell are these long boards strapped to my feet” department, it didn’t matter to them. They wanted us to participate and because I believe that they see me as an individual on a journey to be better, I went.
Don’t believe me?
But Tara is there a point to this post?
OH HELL YES THERE IS!
You see this is where it gets really cool. Besides the most awesome gift cards they sent for us to treat ourselves in making our fitness goals obtainable, they also sent each of us a gift card to give away to help someone else make their fitness journey’s obtainable…
Let me say that again.
ONE HUNDRED FREAKING DOLLARS WORTH!
The only catch (and for the first time I actually had to do this) is that it’s limited to my Canadian Friends and my American Friends that live close to the border because Sport Chek is a Canadian franchise. I’m not sure how many people will actually enter because the majority of my readers are from the lower 48 but man am I excited that someone is going to get a little extra love in their Christmas stocking.
You can enter as many times as you’d like (in fact I’d tweet the hell out of this everyday for the next 10 days if you can) because as the old saying goes;
THE MORE THE MERRIER!!