Monday, April 14, 2014

These are happy tears!!! Seriously!!!


Two weeks ago I got an amazing surprise!! I got a tweet from Nike!!



While it is not out of the norm for companies to tweet individuals, this is Nike!!! And they wanted me to contact them!!!

I started shaking right away, because I had an idea as to why they wanted me to contact them: Meg and I had been tweeting Nike for awhile about getting a Woman's 1/2 marathon DC bib. Meg and a bunch of other #Runnerslove ladies were picked through the lottery system, and we wanted to have another #Runnerslove meet-up, and hey, another chance to see Meg?? I'll take that any day!!

I entered a bunch of drawings to win entrance to the sold-out race, but nothing ever came of that.

I had pretty much given up all hope of running DC.  And then, that tweet appeared!!!

I emailed Nike right away!! <-- Who would wait, right?!?

Nike emailed me back right away!! (Way to go Nike!!!)

What the email said caused me to bawl, scream, and run around the house like I was on fire!!!!


They offered me a bib!!!! Their email read:

Hi Kristine!
We have been keeping up with your tweets and we love your dedication to running and being the best you! We know you were trying to get a bib for the Nike Women's Half Marathon, and you've been entering all the second chance drawings. We would like to extend an invitation to register for the Nike Women's Half Marathon DC 2014. As you already know this is a sold out event and we are no longer offering second chances. We wanted to offer this to you in appreciation for your dedication, and positive attitude toward running.

OMG!! OMFG!!! I was completely floored!! I was speechless!! I was:



Of course, I called Meg right away, but I was crying so hard I could hardly speak!! It was so exciting!! Everything about this opportunity was so exciting!! Not only was I given the chance to run a sold-out race, and earn a Tiffany necklace as my medal and above all run with my BRFF Meg!!! 

It took seriously, about a week for the whole thing to sink in, and as it did, I am so grateful for this opportunity! I cannot wait to run this race!! I cannot wait to have an entire weekend to hang out with Meg!! I am beyond thrilled!! I am blessed!!

Watch out Washington!! Meg and Kristy are on their way!!!! 

#Runnerslove Meet-Up: PHM Style & Future Plans!


I know, I know! I am still trying to catch up on all the Princess 1/2 marathon excitement from almost 2 months ago!!! Yikes!!

One of my most favorite memories of PHM weekend was the #Runnerslove Meet-up I held with Meg (@Warsawmermaid). It was through the planning of this meet-up that we became besties and she is now forever in my life!!

We held our meet-up unofficially on the beach of the Poly resort. I say "unofficially" because we did not ask permission to do so, and pretty much the entire time I was paranoid that we would be kicked out!! Haha!

That didn't happen, but we did get poured on and that dampened the party….only a little!!

This meet-up was my opportunity to thank all of my great blog readers, and Twitter/Instagram followers, as well as provide an opportunity to meet all of you for real!!!

I was super nervous about the meet-up to be honest! Meg and I had received SOOOOO many prizes to give away and I was worried about just how many people would or wouldn't show up.

I was blown away at the amount of people who showed up!! And while I was too busy giving away over $4000 worth of prizes, I just wanted to hang out and chat with all y'all!! :)

I think Meg did an amazing (and timely!) job recapping the event on her blog (please visit her!!) 

So I want to talk about the future of #Runnerslove:

#Runnerslove is a movement that has started out of the hearts of two runners, who because best friends through all of this social media craziness. We want to share our love for running with you all, but more importantly we want to support you and cheer you on in anyway possible!!

We have started a Facebook group to keep in contact with all of our #Runnerslove friends (new and old! <-- not that any of you are OLD!!!), please join in on the fun!!

We also have a #Runnerslove Wine & Dine meet-up in the plans for Disney's Wine and Dine Weekend in November --> RSVP here!!

We have been holding Sunday night #Runnerslove Twitter Parties, which are announced on both our Facebook page and our twitter accounts! I encourage you to participate in the fun, and meet some new peeps!!

And…… we are working on a VERY LAST MINUTE #Runnerslove Nike DC meet-up!!! We will hopefully have more information very, very soon!!

#Runnerslove is all about supporting our fellow runners, sharing our excitement for them and connecting in a positive way! We are a great group already and would love you to join in on the fun!!

Meg and I know we want to take #Runnerslove to new places, and to new heights soon! We are working with PunkeeLove Headbands to create some special #Runnerslove merchandise, and would love to plan some more meet-ups!!



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Running around the Country!!


2014 has already been quite a year!! I am loving it!! While my year-long goal is to run 14 half marathons, it has sparked a secondary goal: to travel as much as possible!!

Traveling has always been a favorite activity of mine, be it a quick drive to Minneapolis, or riding the train in Europe, I am always down for a great trip, amazing food, and adventures!!

This year has not disappointed me!!

In January, I traveled to Disneyland, and got to spent an amazing week in California with my sister.




Just a month later, we headed to Florida to run the Glass Slipper Challenge in Disney World.





Two weeks after returning from Florida, I was on the road for work, driving to Wisconsin for an inspiring conference/training where I ran 9 miles on a brisk morning.




Just 3 days after returning from that trip, I was flying to St. Louis for another work-related conference. I did not get to run in St. Louis, but we walked a lot and explored the city as much as possible!
                            


And just 2 days after returning from St. Louis, I was on my way to San Francisco for a solo spring break!

This trip was pretty last minute, but was an amazing experience. I took every opportunity to run. The first morning I was in California, I woke up early and ran by the bay. It was probably the slowest run of my life, because I kept stopping, just to take in the views, and breathe in the air.

 

 

After my run, I played "tourist" in SF, riding the cable cars, and sampling the local food! Yum! One of my very favorite ways to experience a city it through its food, and SF doesn't disappoint! :)


       

                   



I even tried "animal-style" fries at my very first IN-N-OUT ---haha! I just had to! So many of you swear by their burgers!!




Later that night, I was able to sample the fare from local food trucks at a Off The Grid meet up. I feel in love with the Koja Kitchen truck and their delicious Korean eats!! Seriously!! Find them and try it!!!





The next morning, I traveled over an hour south to run at Wilder State park, crossing "running by the ocean" off my running bucket list! I ran 11 amazing miles, each one more beautiful than the next! This was by far my favorite part of the entire trip. The trail was amazing, and was lined with wild rosemary and thyme bushes….mixed with the sea, the sent was intoxicating. I never wanted to stop running.

 

               
 



The next day, my last day in CA, was met with pouring rain. It was a real downer, but I made the best of it by driving into the city, and exploring it via my little car. I was soaking wet, and chilled to the bone, but I again made it to the ocean, where I could have sat forever just listening to the waves.


                                                                         


It was an amazingly restorative trip for me. I know people think that traveling alone is, well, lonely, but for me it was a time to reflect on my life, and a time to re-charge. I met so many amazing people during my short time in the Bay Area.
                                   

                                       


I would move to this area in a heartbeat. The ocean, the city, and the hills have once again captured my head and my soul.


Do you ever travel alone?