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Part One: The San Francisco Marathon Expereince- Expo

As I sit here trying to reflect on my last week in SF, I am realizing that there is going to be no easy way to write this in one blog.

So the answer.

Do two.

I had the absolute honor of being a ambassador for the SF Marathon. One of the opportunities that came of this was to be able to help them out at the expo and represent the event.  I spent a chunk of Friday night and my entire day Saturday working TSFM 2015.

Working the expo
Scott, Stan, May and I working the expo (thank you Stan for the photo)

Before I began work Friday night, I came through the expo, which was at the amazing Fort Mason Center. This is by far one of the most easy and well organized expos I have ever seen and I have seen a few of them.  It was so easy to find where to pick up your bib, and you didnt have to trapse through the entire expo to get to your t-shirt. It was crowded but so well flowed through out the event center there was ZERO bottle neck. To me that was huge.

There had been plenty of  great vendors and I took the time to do the shopping thing. I needed some more Nunn but more then anything I wanted the special edition water bottle that Nunn was giving with purchases.

I also got to meet some of my fellow ambassadors. I said this before privately but I will say this out loud as well. My fellow ambassadors are AMAZING runners. I look up to all of them and honestly have felt somewhat unworthy of being in their company.  We had been talking for months on Facebook so we all knew each other by facebook photos, so there was a lot of hugs. I felt like I was part of a very special little family and club.

I found Nich and Lark at the expo who had been our staff contacts through the entire experience and they gave me a goodie bag that had a

Me and the lovely Lark
Me and the lovely Lark

amazing SF waterbottle and enough Gu to last me to next year before I headed over to TSFM 2015 to work with Scott and May.

Our table had all of the medals from the last years and gave people a chance to sign up for next year. It was a lot of fun to talk to runners from all over the world. Also we had been right next to the solutions table, and I think I have a new respect for race directors. These guys had to answer some of the toughest questions.

We went to dinner with our fellow ambassadors at Thirsty Bear Brewing, and I have to give some special love to Scott who I would not of gone without because I was afraid of getting lost all by myself.  We got there late because of working the expo and I got the chance to spend time with my new found running family and the amazing Bart Yasso from Runners World.  I finally got to meet the incredible Lisa Wilson who is my Skirt Sports loving sister.

Saturday morning I decided to walk down to the hostel which was about a mile and a half.  I stopped at the Starbucks because if you know anything about me, I need my Starbucks. I took my Starbucks on the road and ended up stopping at this great little park at Levi Square. Before walking down the road. A family from Texas noticed my ambassador shirt and walked up to me and we shared our walk down.

As we had been walking down, Bart Yasso went running by me and said Hi. Hello, the little runner girl fan girl in me FREAKED OUT.

I got down and got to my crazy table. I got to work with more of my fellow Ambassadors; Meg, Amber and Taylor. I got the chance to meet more amazing runners and got engrossed in some amazing conversations.

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Heather me and Dean

I also got to meet the amazing Heather and her husband Dean who are readers of my blog. Being able to know that I inspire people and my story helps others realize they can do it is truly a humbling experience. I love them both and am proud to have them in my running family.

Lark told me to pass out the famous beer coozies and I took off for the expo and kept talking to so many people as I handed them out. I heard so many running stories and was so inspired by everyone I talked to and helped a lot of runners find their way around the expo.

To me one of the best parts of this experience at the expo was meeting the people.

 

Part 2 is coming!

 

 

 

 

Being Busy… Being Fearless..

I have been meaning to sit down and work on the blog for a bit but my life has been super crazy. Clients have been keeping me busy with projects, my social media clients are doing big things. My dads situation has been liquid and  I am running….. I have not taken the time to sit down and blog. Because I have flat out not had the time.

I am so unbelivably honored that Skirt Sports just recently named me a 261 Fearless Woman. For those who do not know, this is in conjunction with the first women to ever run Boston Kathrine Switzer, They let me share my story about how running has changed my life and how to me running is totally beyond the idea of PR’s and being fast. It will always be about me finding myself. The feedback that I have gotten was amazing. I have said it before and I will say it again; Running has given me so many amazing gifts, if I can pay it forward so be it.

I have also recently been named a Expresso bike team captain for our gym. I will always be sharing the virtues of how awesome it is to use the bikes at West Coast Fitness. You will be hearing about the latest challenges ect here.  If your gym has expresso bikes, they are the best. Interactive, challenging and just fun.

There is a lot going on  right now, not a lot I am willing to share as I am trying to work on details and I do not dare jinx myself. But this thing is going in the direction I want to go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Zac George (Personal Training at Fitness GPS- Yukon, Oklahoma)

To be honest, when I made the decision to ask Zac George to work with me, I was a little scared. A former friend has warned me that he was brutal and purposely pushed you harder then you wanted to go. But there was a little voice inside me that knew this is exactly what I needed. I had gotten to my goal weight, but to be honest. I was not happy. I could not explain where I was mentally. I just was not happy with myself or who I was an I had a lot to do.

He did indeed work with me on my weight loss and helped me learn skills and strategies that I could apply for myself. He helped me with dealing with a healthy life style in what is a crazy life. He showed me workouts that I still use to this day to push myself in the gym and took the time to make sure I understood how all the workouts applied and how I could do them for myself. He helped me find my love for running which has turned into quite the obsession.

But working with Zac was well beyond that.

Zac saw something in me, that I never truly saw in myself and at that point probably never wanted to see. He saw a spark of a strong woman. Once he saw that spark he grabbed on to it and would not let go. He used our workouts to throw me into things that I thought I was not strong enough to do. He would not let me give up on it until I got through the other side. He saw throw my self-destructive habits for what they are and called me out on them. Yes, at times I got upset with him about it at times but once I stepped back and thought about it I realized he was helping me see the forest for the trees. He was truly helping me see what was holding me back, and that was me. He helped me set goals for myself not only in the gym, but in my own life and helped me achieve them.

I will be blunt. I have accomplished a lot on this crazy journey, and accomplished things I have never thought ever possible. If Zac would not of helped me see through the other side, I may not of found the bravery to jump. I am now a multiple time marthoner, a college graduate, I have told my story of weight loss and finding myself on amazing platforms and inspired people to make changes in their own life.

If you are in the OKC and Yukon area and get the chance to go into Fitness GPS to work with Zac. I can not recommend it enough. He truly cares about your goals and what you want to accomplish and will help you find your best self. (And trust me when I say I am envious if you get to do, his impact is still being felt)

You can check out his gym on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FitnessGPSandMA
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FitnessGPSandMA
Their Home Page: http://fitnessgpsandmartialarts.com

 

Disclaimer: I was asked if I would do a testimonial after two years of working with Zac. This review is uncompensated and based on my true impressions of how Zac’s caring and kindness truly helped change the person I was about to become.