"What did we write on ourselves for the Rogue Run?"
She remembers everything! She remembers that I am supposed to bring cupcakes to the school on Friday, and that my sister’s birthday is at the end of next week…. So, of course, when I can’t remember what 4 "magic" words helped me to survive
my first half marathon, SHE is the one to ask.
Do you have a running partner that keeps you on pace?
Listens to your life’s stories?
Smiles when you know that THIS part is NOT fun?
Tells you, 'you can make it' when your mind says you’re done?
Whether you are running solo, or in a pack of fearless friends, we can all use a little motivation when the mile markers seem to be getting farther and farther apart...and this was one of those moments. With thoughts of an upcoming 10 mile “race” in a few weeks, and the nervous excitement (mostly nervous) that running “real” events does to my insides, I knew I needed a pat on the back…or a shove, to the finish.
And I kind of knew what words I wrote, but trying to recall them was a good distraction from the heaving breaths I was taking as we recovered from running up PAYNE ALLEY (Yes, that is really what it is called) for the hundredth time in our short “running career” together.
So, what were those four words?
You Got This. FINISH! Hastily scribbled on my arm with waterproof eyeliner as we gathered at the starting line of the Rogue Run.
“We should just make tattoos that say that…” and as soon as it was out of our mouths, it was practically a done deal. WE HAD to do it! WE needed it! And we knew that it would be just as valuable for the first time 5k’er to Boston-bound lifetime runners.
We’ve Got this!
So we crafted some of our favorite thoughts, and ran the Pear Blossom (10 miles of fun) with inkjet tattoos on our bodies and RunINKspired shirts on our backs. It didn’t matter that no one had ever heard of it. It mattered less if anyone knew what our ink for the day had to say. It mattered to us! We finished just before that makeshift ink melted away…. And there were bananas, and medals, and perfect strangers who didn’t expect to be hugged that day… but that is a whole other story.
And so we are. Finishing the launch phase of a product that we already love, and hope helps to drive YOU to the finish line. Finishing the work it takes to build something from the ground up in the dead of night or early morning hours, just like you fit in your runs.
We hope you will love what you find here.
We hope you will contribute to the community we are building together. We hope you will wear your INKspiration proudly (and tag us in your pics :), and more importantly, share what moves you! We’re just getting started. Please grow with us. Come and introduce yourselves when you see us acting like goofballs at your next run. We will still be there convincing ourselves that we are “real” runners.
We couldn’t be happier to run these miles with you! (You got this!)
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