I'm a 2016 TCS New York City
Social Media Ambassador!!!
My mouth nearly hit the floor when I opened up the email and saw this invitation. Really?? Me?? Surely, I was reading this email wrong. Surely.
It was for me!! I had no words. I was so humbled. I think I must have read it 10 times. At least.
I was in shock.
Immediately, my mind started racing. What in the world did this even mean?? Omg. I'm so nervous. Me?? Represent the TCS New York City Marathon??? I was dyyyyyyyying to hear all of the details. For now, I had to sit tight and let it all process. They would send details later. I was about ready to jump out of my skin with anticipation!!!
For a couple of weeks, I didn't tell a soul. I wanted to make sure that it was really going to happen!
Then..... I got the details. Oh. My. Gosh.
I am one of 10 or less Ambassadors. This is HUGE.
This is the first year that the TCS New York City Marathon will have a Social Media Ambassador Program. I am beyond grateful for this experience.
The marathon would like to feature me. They would like to follow my training. They want to know my story. They want to know why I run. They want to know why I'm running the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon.
Are you kidding me?? They want to know about a girl from Alabama?!?
Mind BLOWN. I'm one of 55,000+ people running this marathon. I can't even wrap my brain around this!!!
I'm going to document the rest of my training. I will get to meet the pro-athletes in the race. I will get to take over the TCS New York City Marathon Snapchat account for a day in October!! That will be total fun....a day in the life of BamagirlRUNS!! But most importantly, I cannot wait to share all of this with YOU!!!!
I tried for six years to get into this race. I'm not going to lie..there were years that I was MAD when I received the "we're sorry but...." email. However, now I know exactly why I didn't get in all of those years in the past.
THIS. IS. MY. YEAR.
So as I'm typing all of this out and I'm ready to share my news with the world....I've just gotten home from the gym. I've been there off and on today since 10am. It's now 9:51pm. I'm physically spent. I click on to Timehop and BAM. There they are. There are all of the pictures from exactly one year ago that I broke my ankle. UGH.
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I fell on the trails and broke my ankle.
I was so happy here.
As much as I hate looking at those pictures, I absolutely LOVE them.
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If you know me at all, you KNOW that I have spent the last year of my life trying to become a strong person both mentally and physically. As much as I hated every minute of having a broken ankle and not being able to run or work, I needed that to happen to me. The recovery process was a learning experience that helped me realize the real reason why I run.
I am passionate about what I do.
I run. I workout. I help others reach their fitness goals. I motivate. I encourage. And I take time to listen.
I did not do all of those things before I broke my ankle. I have always been a social and friendly runner but I really did not know what it meant to be a real "runner". Breaking my ankle taught me so many things about life, friendships, and how to be a team player.
I changed the way I ran. I changed the way that I workout. I changed everything about my job.
Before, I worked because I needed to make money. Now, I teach group fitness classes and I personal train because I care about my clients. I care about my classes. Period the end, I care. I make more money now because I'm not being greedy with it. I'm teaching classes around the clock and I love every single minute of it.
I never dreamed one year ago that I would be making this announcement exactly one year later. I have been placed in my life exactly where I'm supposed to be.
I will be posting so many updates as I continue on with my training. This is going to be the experience of a lifetime for me and I CANNOT WAIT to share it with the world!!!
Thank you NYRR and TCS New York City Marathon for providing me with this awesome opportunity. I'm already in love with this race and I haven't made it to the start line yet!!! Big Apple, I'm coming for ya.....#BamagirlrunsNYC!!!!!!
Click here to read my full story on how I broke my ankle. Again, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for following along my journey to TCS New York City Marathon and I hope to see you all soon in the Big Apple!!
For more information on NYRR and TCS New York City Marathon, please visit www.nyrr.com and www.tcsnycmarathon.org.