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Finding My Strong

Life has been a bit all over the place lately, and you may have noticed that my already irregular blogging schedule has become even more sporadic. One of these days I vow to be the type of blogger that sticks to an actual posting schedule…but that would require me to actually have my life together to some degree (and not take 17 hours to write every post). So until I up my organization and speed-writing skills, I plan to just keep writing when I can, and I appreciate the fact that you come back to read when I do post.

Anyway, today I want to share something that’s actually a pretty big deal for me. A few weeks ago, I mentioned the fact that I had received some exciting running-related news. It was news that I had been waiting for with fingers {doubly} crossed since the beginning of the year. Something that I knew would add extra excitement, incentive, and support to my running this year.

I didn’t say anything right away because I wanted to wait until it was totally official, not because I was trying to stretch out the mystery or build it up to be something bigger than it was. Though maybe I should have. You know, for the blog…

So with that said, I’m thrilled to announce that…

I have been selected to be a member of the Saucony Hurricane Team for 2012!

I am so honored to have been chosen to be a part of this small group. The caliber of athletes that are on the team is incredible, and I am humbled that Saucony saw enough in me to allow me to be one of them (to give you a general sense, my marathon time is on the very slow end of the team; my shorter distance race times don’t even come close!).

Last winter, when Dorothy (my favorite Hurricane athlete) mentioned that Saucony would be accepting applications for new Hurricanes, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to apply. To have the opportunity to represent an amazing brand was something beyond my wildest dreams. I mean – I’m just a regular girl who happens to run. I’ve done it for many years, and have seen myself grow as a runner and a person during that time, but I don’t have any grand delusions about my abilities – I am not (and never will be) an elite athlete.

But I do have a passion for the sport. And whether I’m training for a marathon, running a crazy relay, or just out there running for the heck of it one thing remains – I love running. It completely changed my life. I discovered this sport at a critical time in my youth and have become a stronger person, both inside and out, because of it. No matter where life takes me and how many miles I run along the way, I will always always be a runner. And I will always want to share the love of running with everyone that I meet.

Now that I am a part of something larger than myself, it only inspires me to push harder. To run stronger. To be the best athlete I can be. To do justice to a brand that encourages me to find my strong.

So what does this mean exactly?

I am part of a small group who was selected for a higher level of sponsorship that brings with it an increased level of responsibility. Which means that I will officially be racing for Saucony in any and all competitions this year. And also means that a certain pair of #teamwatermelon shoes are now officially retired. I shed a small tear for that one. But don’t worry, I already have my eye on a suitable replacement.

2012 has gotten off to a great start already, and I am so excited to see what this year will bring.

41 Responses to Finding My Strong

  1. Ahhh this is so exciting! Congratulations Lauren, you absolutely deserve it :) And those Sauconys definitely will be a suitable #teamwatermelon replacement!
    Melissa´s last post ..Time to Run

  2. That is SO wonderful! How fun and what an honor. You def. have passion for running–it’s easy to sense it in your blog entries. Good luck and better yet–have fun in all the Saucony races!

  3. I said it over twitter, but CONGRATS AGAIN! What an awesome new addition to your already impressive running resume 😀
    Krissy @ Shiawase Life´s last post ..Tune-in Tuesday! (Princess Edition)

  4. Yayyyyy!!!! Even though i already knew this news its still so exciting!!!! Me and baby are so proud of you!!!!

  5. Congratulations! That is so exciting!!!
    Tracey Leffler´s last post ..I’ve got a Crush…

  6. Congratulations Lauren! That is awesome!

  7. Congratulations!! Well deserved!!!!
    Lisa´s last post ..A Bad Blogger…

  8. Congrats, friend! Important question: does Saucony make veils? Because you definitely need to race in one again several times before June. Maybe we can work out some kind of arrangement with them? I’ll have my people call your people.
    emily´s last post ..Backing Off (a little)

    • *brb looking into this very important issue*

      I think we can go with the fact that the makers of veils are non-competing companies. As such and therefore, I shall be allowed to run in one.

  9. So proud of you!! :) YAY #teamwatermelon
    Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal´s last post ..Saucony Hurricane Team 2012

  10. Yay Congrats! It sounds like an amazing opportunity

  11. Congratulations, that’s such a huge accomplishment! Best of luck!
    Kara´s last post ..What’s the Real Problem?

  12. Congrats Lauren!!! Definitely well reserved :)


    Also, just to make sure you’re living up to your strong, I think you need to come run Twin Peaks in SF, just like that poster/ad!!! Ahh, the view of downtown SF is great from up there… come on!!

    Congrats again, Ms. Watermelon. I love this! WAY TO GO! xoxo
    Alyssa´s last post ..#Winning

  14. This is FANTASTIC!!! Seriously so excited for you! Saucony made. Great choice selecting you Lauren! Yay!!!!

  15. Congrats!! That is amazing news!!
    Celia´s last post ..nutrition on the run

  16. AHHH so exciting! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! 😀 Enjoy every MOMENT =)

  17. Congrats Lauren!! I am so excited for you, going to be a good 2012 :)

  18. Awesome! Congrats!

  19. That is SUPER exciting news! Have you been wearing Saucony’s long? I wore them back in high school but my college team wore Asics and I have been too afraid to switch since. I have tried on some Brooks and Saucony’s recently but I know nothing about either brand and what I would wear. I just know I want something lighter. Anyway, enough rambling…. So happy for you!! :-)
    Tia´s last post ..How NOT to Train for a Marathon

  20. This is SO EXCITING!!! Congrats girl :)
    Aron´s last post ..American River 50: Week 11

  21. Congrats Lauren! You are going to have an amazing year between this and your wedding! Enjoy it!
    Shannon @ Mon Amour´s last post ..Rundown

  22. I AM WICKED EXCITED. I’m so happy for you — you deserve all the best in this world, Plonkey, and you’re forever my favorite Hurricane. I will show up at all your races shouting “ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE!” and also “BADONKEY DONK!!!!”

    Let’s get real here for a moment: You work hard, you’re doing a GREAT job balancing all the crazy in your life right now and I admire you. I’m proud of you and psyched for you.
    Ali´s last post ..A Super Happy 7-Mile Morning

  23. I hate to sound like a broken record, but I am so proud of you!

  24. CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is SO exciting! I really cannot wait to hear all about your Team Saucony adventures!
    Lizzie´s last post ..Goofing Off

  25. CONGRATULATIONS!! Can’t wait to read about all the Saucony gear you will be sportin’!
    Jocelyn´s last post ..Running Things I Didn’t Think Were Possible

  26. So awesome! Congrats to you!!
    Chels R.´s last post ..Lunchtime Running & Naan Pizza.

  27. Congratulations! That is so amazing!!!!

  28. Congrats on being a Hurricane! Maybe Boston will be a Brooks/Saucony showdown…
    Susan´s last post ..happy running valentine’s day

  29. that’s so major Lauren!! Congrats!! You totally deserve some recognition and sponsorship for your awesomeness :) And hooray for free shoes! Have you tried the type As for racing? No real support but they are really schnazzy looking. :)
    Kelly´s last post ..Kinda sort of diabetes PSA

  30. Congrats!!!!!! That’s awesome.
    Theodora´s last post ..Giving Up for Lent

  31. Congrats Lauren! That’s so exciting!

  32. That’s so exciting. Congrats!

    (PS: LOVE my Saucony’s too!)
    Kerrie T.´s last post ..Moms Have Dreams, Too

  33. Congrats!! I love the “Find Your Strong” ad campaign and my Saucony Kinvaras :)

    So exciting, can’t wait to hear more details!
    Megan (The Runner’s Kitchen)´s last post ..The time I was a responsible marathoner…

  34. Congrats on the saucony team!!!
    Sarah´s last post ..Almond Chicken

  35. Congrats Lauren on making the team and realizing a dream!

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