So, I have a pretty big announcement today.
I found out last week, but didn’t want to tease everyone about it (which happens when bloggers have “big announcements”- they tease for page views) or make people think we’re expecting (which happens when 27-year-olds who’ve been married two years have “big announcements”).
I recently became a member of the TrySports Mt. Pleasant Ambassador Team. TrySports Mt. Pleasant is a sporting goods store here where you can get fitted for running shoes, purchase a bike, rent a wetsuit for a try, or buy a foam roller torture device.
TrySports also hosts run clubs, bike rides, and training programs for every experience level and distance, from newbies completing their first 5K races to those racing marathons hoping to qualify for Boston!
The ambassador team consists of 16 individuals who participate in and promote various sports (running, triathlon, biking, swimming, yoga), health and fitness, and TrySports programs in the Charleston, SC, area. Some things I will do with the team include volunteering at health and fitness events, welcoming newbies to run club, talk to people at races, and use social media to get the word out about the store and its programs.
I also get to wear a pretty awesome Believe Achieve team shirt when I race, so I get to promote it to everyone I pass. Especially those with legs longer than mine (i.e., almost everyone- short people problems).
I’m very honored but also humbled to be on the ambassador team. I’ve only lived in Charleston for 9 months and only been running for a few years. Some of our team members have been running, swimming, biking, etc since before I was born. Pretty amazing, huh .
Despite all athletic endeavors, I still think of myself as the bookish nerd who was always picked last in gym class- when I couldn’t fake sick or conveniently forget my shoes. Some things never change.
Until then, here’s my TrySports story for everyone:
As soon as I moved to Charleston, I searched online for running groups and ways to get involved in the running community. I was excited to find Try Sports Mt. Pleasant and the run club. I was involved in the Fitness World Run Club in Florence and know it’s a great way to meet new people, stay motivated, and have someone cheering for you at your next 5K or 10K.
Ten days after moving to Charleston, I joined the TrySports run club for a Sunday morning run at Park West, and I haven’t looked back. After the first two runs, I immediately felt at home with the group and signed up for the half marathon training program. I initially just signed up to meet people in town- living here less than a month and working from home, I didn’t know many people. I registered for the Run Like a Nut half marathon in Florence, and this would be the first race I officially followed a training plan for.
Even as a seasoned runner, the training program helped me take running to the next level. The run club leaders and educational talks taught me a lot about hydration, fueling my body for my workouts, recovering from tough runs, and sports psychology. The group runs were motivating and fun, and I immediately made lots of friends.
Long runs soon became one of the highlights of my week, and my confidence increased with the distances we ran. I’ll never forget how accomplished we felt after tackling 13 miles on the Cooper River Bridge and through downtown!
The confidence and knowledge I gained from running with the group powered me to run the Georgetown Bridge to Bridge and Run Like a Nut half marathons, setting a personal record. It was the best fitness decision I made in 2012.
If you live in the Charleston area, come run with us– let me know and I’ll make sure I’m there (of course, I usually am there anyway)! Walkers and newcomers are always welcome, and we appreciate your presence more than your pace .