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Skirt Sports Ambassador Reminds us “Why”

I did not write this, but as a Skirt Sports Ambassador and someone who really belives in the Skirt Sports ethos, I wanted to share a story that was shared with the ambassadors.

A few weeks ago we lost longtime Skirt Sports Ambassador Lisa Young Morrissey after an incredibly brave fight against Glioblastoma Multiforme 4. Lisa truly embodied what it means to be a Skirt Sports Ambassador.

Those who had the chance to meet Lisa, know her strong spirit, inner strength and generosity. Lisa remained strong, positive, focused and determined as she fought this disease. Even before her battle with cancer, Lisa had fought many life battles. She was a warrior and a survivor for many years. And she didn’t waste any time feeling sorry for herself, because she knew that didn’t help.

Lisa wanted to be a mom all of her life. That is one of the first things that I learned about her. She fought to have kids and when she could not deliver her own, she fought to adopt, getting in just under an age cutoff to adopt her two sons. She loved those boys and her world revolved around them, not in a bad helicopter way, but in a positive, strong, supportive, loving way. One of the early conversations I had with her right after her diagnosis, she said to me, “I just want to live to see my boys grow up.” And although she won’t be here on earth to do that, I know she will be watching over those boys and that she has instilled in them what they need to go on.

While Lisa was in her final days, she communicated messages to her twin sister, who recorded them and I want to share two with you today.

To all my friends: Live! Life is for the living. Please live your life to the fullest.
The other message that I recorded was: Better days are coming for you. Better days are coming for all of you.

So let’s honor Lisa by living life to the fullest and continuing to represent the true embodiment of what it means to be a Skirt Sports Ambassador. Be the best athletes and people that we can be, fight to overcome the challenges that we are presented with, value our differences and love each other despite of them, support others as they face their challenges and strive to be a positive role model for others. And know that you have the strength to get through whatever you are faced with and that better days will be on the other side. Skirt love to all!

Target Giveaway

I am behind on blogs again.

It is what it is…

But its time for another Instagram Giveway

Target Insta Giveaway

GIVEAWAY STARTS: June 8 @ 6 PM PST

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Prize: $100 Target Gift Card

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Everything Evolves

Pull up an Appletini (Yes, if you are a wrestling fan you know what the reference is from)…..

When I sat down to write my “Why I Run” piece a couple weeks ago. I did not expect it to be so cathartic or therapeutic. I really just wanted to share the what got me started on this crazy journey.

And I see it in the evolution of my blogging. When I first started to share the racing journey (before I crashed the you know what out of this two years ago) I really was just talking about the battle with my weight and honestly all the luggage that I was carrying, and then it was how running changed me and I wanted to get faster, thinner and fitter, then we talked a lot of products and then it kind of circled back towards the things I have learned while being on this journey.

Just like running. I started this just to lose weight. Then I became (and okay still am a bit) a bling whore, and

One of my favorite trails in Seattle… And an old car.
then the ambassadorships and using those as a chance to share my story. Now I am at a point that it has circled back to the point where I do it to try and help people like I was helped while exploring new places and challenges a long the way.

Its all about the evolution. Even though I hate change in general and have been trying to get in myself back in that comfort zone box lately (before you say anything, I will be the first one to admit I had a crisis of confidence again. Sometimes things just suck.) , seeing the words spill out on paper (or on computer, whatever suits your fancy) helped me realize that, you know what. Things are always changing. I am always being challenged. Even when I do not realize it.

Speaking of challenges. Someone I respect. (I shant say who) challenged me to get my trail shoes back on and see the world from the trails. It does not even need to be in a racing form, just a chance to see my running world through a different lense. Last week I spent a good two hours on the trails here in Portland and it was amazing. Its a workout without a workout.

I don’t know how to explain it. I am evolving professionally right now to. I defiantly feel like I am finding my voice as a social media manager. But I am also finding that I know where I can be better and trying to find ways to improve.

But real talk… Sometimes it still sucks.

Sometimes you get told no way too much.

Sometimes you just make stupid decisions.

Sometimes you get told you suck.

Sometimes you get told to get your ass back in line doing what people expect you to.

But the evolution continues.

Giveaway Time: More shopping fun at Target

Ohh.. Lets have some more Giveaway Fun!!
Time for another shot at 100.00 at Target.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Prize: $100 Target Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 4/13 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
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Done with Fitness Blogging.

I hate fitness blogging.

Hate it.

I used to love it. I used to feel connected it to it at a deep level. I used to feel like I had a story that inspired people. I also felt connected to the community. I also loved my brand ambassadorships and felt pride the companies trusted me to carry their brand banner.

Then things started to change.

Bloggers have become more cut throat to get sponsored posts, ambassadorships and other agreements. Well known fitness bloggers have said to me “Well if you would just work out more, be a little faster, eat healthier, ect, maybe companies would do more with you.”

Sorry, not going to sell my balance, my sense of self or anything else for a piece of the pie.

Companies are now flocking to influencers that obviously have disordered thinking on their eating or working out. I wont mention the company but a company worked with an influencer who is on a restricted diet where there is no way on gods green earth she would ever use their product.

Where did it go all of course? I thought fitness blogging was supposed to be more about using out influence to inspire someone to get off the couch, to inspire someone to find the happiness in their life.

I don’t think anyone is to fault. I think as bloggers those shiny little tokens of sponsored posts ect are nice. The money is nice. But I tried chasing those little tokens and all it got me was burned out. And I really wish companies would watch who they deal with. Paying someone to do an ad about beer that does not drink beer is just wrong on so many levels.

Anyhow. As for me, I have dropped all my ambassadorships but one. I came home to Skirt Sports. This one is not about the money. If you have read any of my blogs you know they have been part of my story since the beginning and I stand with their #RealWomenMove philosophy. You don’t have to be the strongest, fastest, most social media connected. They believe in the balance in a women’s life. The women I serve with juggle real working lives, with staying active, families, friends and everything. They are true inspirations, motivators, and motivators.

I am still running but I am running more for me this year. I am also going to do an OCR. I figure I spent two freaking years working in the field its time to actually do one. (I will be at Rugged Manaic in June at PIR partially for my work) I am running SF again this year but not as an ambassador. I am going to support the Hogwarts Running Club with all my heart. I will be running just to enjoy it. I am eyeing an Ultra for the fall, but I have pacing responsibilities so I have not found one I love.

I am also not race volunteering other then for a couple of races I do love. Race volunteering started more about how much work companies could jam out of me and it never felt like enough. I have been focusing on volunteering for things that fill my bucket. I am a proud volunteer at the USO here in Portland. Serving our troops and our families has been an amazing experience.

You will still get blogs from me, and I might still do reviews but I am not going to touch something I won’t use in my day to day life. I want to be back to my social media being the chalk board of my journey and all the things I have learned along the way. I have a few blogs that have been on the back burner about other goals I am working on so they may happen soon. I am aiming for 2018 miles on my feet in 2018, rediscovered my love for spinning.

Lets see where the journey takes me in 2018.

A little thank you to my favorite “Addiction”

WARNING: This is not a running blog entry. If you are looking for the running blog fun cycle down. (Remember this is my blog and I don’t always do run)

It isnt a secret, the other passion I have outside of running is wrestling.

And two of the biggest reasons for that have been a very certain tag team; The Addiction, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian.

When I was going through the last few years of finding myself, dealing with the family health issues, and trying to hold it all together. I could watch those two and break out laughing despite myself. There would be some nights I would be laughing so hard that I was crying.

If you watch them you get it. They are just very good at what they do.

But also watching these guys keep going at the level that they do and the fact they keep getting better has inspired me. There are many times that people around me have been pretty clear that I should give up those crazy dreams and goals that I am shooting for. I am too old, I am too washed up, I should be focusing on family, ya know those things you hear.

They defiantly helped to show me that not fitting in the “box” is okay that I can embrace the inner nerd.

I always wanted the chance to meet them to say thank you for inspiring me to continue to push to be better. And I got that chance. (Not without almost tripping over my own two feet. But alas if you know me, if I get nervous I do.)

These two made it a point to make sure this photo happened before I had to bail for my trip back to Portland and could not of been nicer.

I just want to say thank you again to them both for not only inspiring me, just always being awesome towards me, but giving me so many good memories out of my first trip to Vegas.

Why I Run? We Race to Remember

Why do we race?

We Race to Remember.

On November 11, 2017 Race to Remember will be hosting their annual 11K/5K/1K in Vancouver Washington as the kick off the the annual Ft Vancouver Veterans Day Parade. If you are not in Vancouver you can join them honor your veterans virtually. Instead of giving you a traditional preview you can read last years recap Race to Remember: Veterans Day here. The specifics of this years race can be found here: Race to Remember

As I have been more involved in these groups, I have heard more stories then I have space to recount. I have found my why.

I have been lucky.

I have a few close friends that I consider brothers that have served our country. I have seen these brothers share their stories, share the trials and tribulations of being in a war zone, they bring the same strength to their civilian life that they had in the service. They battle demons with a smile and an inspirational outlook. They have also watched helplessly as friends that they served with lose those battles.

I Race to Remember them on this Veterans Day.

Through my work, I have witnessed first hands as service members who have lost limbs in the service found the

The shirt says it all
strength in themselves to be adaptive athletes taking on races some of us only imagine and turn around and serve as an inspiration to other athletes to show what is possible. I also witnessed first hand as that same inspiration helped me face fears I never thought possible to conquer.

I Race to Remember them on this Veterans Day.

I Race to Remember my grandfather who served with the Army in WWII. He never shared many stories of his time, as he helped at interment camps. But he was always fiercely proud of being veteran. My uncle carried on this tradition with his service in the Navy.

I Race to Remember them on this Veterans Day.

Even if you can’t join us, I encourage you to run for the veterans in your life this Veterans Day.

I race to help Race to Remember push their mission forward.

“Race to Remember” is a nonprofit organization “Race to Remember” is the name of our nonprofit, formed in Vancouver Washington 2009 after our founder Claudia Cardenas lost her fiancé Jason Vinyard a 20yr Army Veteran serving at Ft. Vancouver at the time of his passing. “Race to Remember” mission is to support and honor our past and present military heroes. We host several events throughout the year including three races. During every event we host or participate in we remember and honor those who fought for our freedom. Outside of racing we organize military care packages; and engage with the community by coordinating such projects as “Soldier in the Classroom”, “Thank You Cards” and “Books for Soldiers”. Our immediate goal is to form partnerships with local business and other veteran organizations to help us best serve veterans in our communities. Our long term goal is to establish a college scholarship for the Fallen Heroes children and spouses.

Disclaimer: Race to Remember comps my registration in trade for my social media outreach. My opinions are that of my own

Old Glory Relay Returns

62 teams.
Over 4,000 miles ran.
One flag.

This is not your normal relay. The is the Old Glory relay.

From the Team RWB Media Kit:
Old Glory stands for much, in a world with much need: freedom, opportunity, safety, expression, pride, belonging and diversity. The last two, never mutually exclusive, always mutually supportive. This year, as we fly Old Glory across 4600 miles of America the beautiful, we not only look at our colors above, but celebrate our colors within. The colors of Old Glory knit together a fabric of America that is unlike any other, a fabric of diversity and difference bound in strength and unity.

The Old Glory Relay course starts in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in iconic Seattle and will pass through the shadows of majestic Mount Rainier and Mount Hood as it traverses the forests and then the high deserts of Oregon. Old Glory will then cross through the big tree forests of Northern California before heading into the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. Next, we cross through the second largest city in the United States. . . Los Angeles. Team RWB Eagles will connect our two largest West Coast chapters as they run along the Pacific Ocean passing through Camp Pendleton and into San Diego. With one last glimpse of the Pacific Ocean, Old Glory will head east into Arizona, through areas around Yuma, Phoenix, and Tucson; rich with wild west and southwestern history. Next up Old Glory will pass into Texas at El Paso and make the long journey across the full width of the Lone Star State with stops at the Alamo in San Antonio, and Houston, among others. With the Gulf of Mexico to the south, the course will cross the “Mighty Mississippi” River at Baton Rouge and then drop into the Crescent City before mirroring the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast, notably passing by the famed World War II battleship, the USS Alabama. Crossing into Florida, Old Glory will follow the Emerald Coast and the “prettiest beaches in the world,” before passing through the Big Bend region and turning south for the last time. Finally, Old Glory will make her way into the hometown of the Team RWB National Firebase, Tampa.

This will be the second year that I will have the honor of being part of the Old Glory Relay. I will help escort the flag through No-Po (my neighborhood of all things) on September 13th in honor of the people in my life who have served.

I stated in some of my previous blogs how much of an honor it is to run with the flag. Your a small part of something bigger then you can imagine. But a snip-it from my blog from last year.

Me taking the handoff.

The two miles are insignificant at this point. So many cars honked, applauded, yelled their support. I was on one of the less crowded roads in terms of traffic but I think it gave me a chance to take in the entire experience more. The flag that I was holding is on a journey of 4,200 plus miles and will be in the hands of 62 teams that have come together for the same common cause.

This also serves as a fundraiser for Team RWB’s mission.
“Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.”

One of the neatest things is you do not have to be near the route to get involved with this amazing event.

You can sign up as a virtual runner: Old Glory Relay and for 35.00 you will get the event shirt.

You can donate to the Team at Team RWB Portland’s effort to fundraise: Day 3

ZRP Random Musings: New Shoes, letting go, and not inspiring

Ready for another Appletini drinking session or to engage into some ZRP tickle butt?

(Yes I am engaging my wrestling loving side again.)

First things first. I have been dealing with tight hip issues lately and I found the bottom of the problem. It was shoes! I was kind of thinking it was shoes but was not certain but I took advantage of going to see my friends at Road Runner Sports and I was defiantly in the wrong shoes. The last couple runs since I got refitted have been my strongest in a long time. I really feel like it might be coming back together. I am in a pair of Brooks Adrenaline and they are my game changers. I feel like training for the marathon might be back on the right track.

And now for the more deep stuff.

A little look at my run from today.
Someone who for sake of this conversation can and should remain nameless called me an inspiration for working on my 6th marathon. I don’t do well with the word inspiration. Maybe I have never seen myself as one because I feel like the turtle that is calm and tranquil under water but I am just paddling. But after the last conversation said person also helped in their own way help me realize that I am chasing what scares me, what pushes me outside my comfort zone. Yes I have ran marathons before, but it feels like I am starting from scratch because its been so long since I have done it, and I for one know how hard SF is. And I have thoughts about what is next but I am not sure where its all going to go.

Call it chasing my unicorns if you will. If I inspire someone because of it that is amazing. Its never going to be a picture perfect journey. For me this is the continued chapters of me following my heart. I still don’t know if I will ever get used to being called an inspiration but it goes back to something that I do not

If you have followed me the last few months you have heard me talk about the fact that I have stepped back from most of my ambassadorships this year just keeping my hands on a couple where the work load was a lot more manageable. It has been a-ma-zing for me. I am so much happier and I don’t feel like I am chasing my tail so much. I am running less this year but I am more focused on running for me and getting back to my strong side. And I am still volunteering for things but I am taking on stuff that fills my bucket. But I went to my first group running event a few weeks ago and it was amazing. I actually got to be social and hang out.

I have had a lot of people talking to me about the last couple random musings blog. I just want to add this. The journey some of us are on is not about a healthy lifestyle. Some of us do not want to be skinny, some of us just want to be happy in our own bodies.

I have more going in my head that might have to be a second musings later. But there is a cat who needs me.

A little new feature here: Discounts for You!

Running is expensive..

I know I can’t afford it all the time.

So I am putting a new page on my website of discount codes I pick up on my journey. If you know of one that you want to share feel free to leave a comment on that page.

I will warn you that if its a product I will not touch myself I will not approve it. This manly applies for supplements ect.

Here is the link: Discount Codes for You