I really feel like just rambling about life like I usually do, but haven’t really gotten the chance to this week.
Don’t worry. I won’t for two very important reasons.
1. I haven’t started packing for the MCM marathon yet and yes, I do leave in about 12 hours.
2. I promised a huge announcement and giveaway so I better keep my promises for a change.
Just really quickly I have a few things from the day today because I just can’t help myself.
I got my last little easy run in this morning. 4.8 miles at a pretty darn slow pace.
I dressed up in full Mizuno gear because, well, that’s what I do and because that’s what this giveaway is all about.
After my run I took it upon myself to start carbing up a couple days earlier than I really need to.
Sweetener free roasted kabocha friends. I missed it while I was gone.
The boys got to paint pumpkins at preschool today.
Don’t they look thrilled? Wait, maybe it was just a bad picture.
Whelp, nope. I guess not.
And I’m fairly certain my turkey burger meatza pizza I had for dinner (along with quite a few other things) was the cutest thing ever.
Okay, so I could really go on forever about how wonderful Mizuno is and how I want each and every one of you to find your Mezamashii and take that first step and fall in love with Mizuno shoes and with running.
I’ll make this short and sweet.
Big news first.
This whole Mizuno Marathon Mezamashii Week thing that we’re in the midst of at the moment, well, it looks like it’s going to be extended just a bit.
We’ve got another HUGE trip to take.
Yes I said WE.
Yes I said HUGE.
The STUFT family is taking on WALT DISNEY WORLD!
I know. I’m still in shock a bit.
How amazing is that?
I’m not the only one racing there either, the boys are registered for one of the kid’s races. I can’t wait.
More on that and all the details as it gets closer, but I just had to share.
I’ve never done a Disney race before either so those of you that have will have to give me all the inside info. I just need to get through this weekend first.
So here’s the thing.
If you have a dream, it’s yours and no one can take it away from you. Believe it, be passionate about it and for goodness sake step out of your comfort zone, put yourself out there and see what you can do.
Worst thing that can happen?
You don’t succeed the first time. Join the club.
I’ve failed a bazillion times with a million different things and I’m sure I’m not done failing. I refuse to let it stop me though.
I’m a Mizuno ambassador.
I’m so proud to say that, but not sure if I truly deserve it.
Or the big box of some awesome new fall running gear that just happen to get here just in time for the marathon this weekend.
I’m definitely not fast. I’m definitely not normal. I’m definitely not young. I’m definitely a bit of a basket case trying to do everything I do with toddler twins.
I haven’t run 30 marathons. I’ve run 6.
And you know what?
Mizuno stood behind me the entire time.
Sure, all I could do was log a bunch of hours on the dreaded stair mill or the elliptical for months in my shoes that were supposed to be running outside.
Sure, quite a few professionals and doctors told me that I should look into trying another sport and that maybe I wasn’t meant to be a runner.
Sure, Mom has told me more than once I should stop running so I have more time to clean the house and get chores done.
The list goes on and on really…….
But, I’ve experienced that Mezamashii. And I’m telling you, once you experience it, there’s no going back.
That’s what sets Mizuno apart from the rest.
They want runners to love running and love the experience. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow, how long or short, it just matters that you get out there and do it and find it.
By some miracle, I found it.
And now, we’ve been given some pretty darn amazing opportunities.
Like the upcoming Disney trip.
I would have never thought I would get to do these things.
It was just some crazy, wild dreams I had and continue to have.
They’re coming true.
Dang, running has given me a lot in life.
I used to say that running was just my therapy. It still is, but I guess the “therapy” is really paying off.
And, well, if it gets taken away from me tomorrow, I just want to know that I did everything I could with it. That I used my gift of running to the fullest.
Does that make sense?
And, I want to make sure you do everything you can too. You have gifts. You need to use them, yes?
So time to “Wave Sayonara” to being comfortable and say hello to believing in your wildest dreams.
You can totally make them come true.
Time for a little Mizuno STUFT Mezamashii GIVEAWAY:
One winner will receive a pair of Wave Sayonara shoes.
To enter just leave a comment here telling me your favorite race you’ve ever run (or one you really, really want to run) and/or your biggest running dreams/goals.
You can tweet about it for an additional entry, just make sure to come back and leave a comment that you tweeted.
Time to find my #mezamashii and win @mizunorunning Wave Sayonara shoes from @stuftmama http://ow.ly/q9Yty
Giveaway will be open until Wednesday, October 30th, 10:00 pm PST.
Winner will be announced Thursday. Open to US residents only.
Okay, I’m off to bed so I can pack in the morning. It’s going to be cold in DC, yes? Dang, I have no idea what to bring to race in. Beavis.
I do know that I’m taking my Flat Bart with me though.
I’ll leave you with this little “Kick in the Butt” from Runner’s World.
Catch ya later! Maybe when I’m flying since all the cool planes have WiFi now.
(*Still time to enter The 21 Day Sugar Detox Book giveaway too!)