Okay, so if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time you know that I am a die hard Mizuno gal.
My shoe favorites:
This isn’t shoe chat though today.
I’m a Mizuno gal for so many other reasons. Yes, their shoes have changed my life and my running, but I really can’t say enough amazing things about Mizuno as a brand, what they stand for and who they are. They strongly support and stand behind all their athletes and I’m honored and privileged to be an ambassador.
And, well, that’s the thing. Mizuno doesn’t just support the fastest runner or the greatest athletes, they support everyone, no matter where they might be in life or with running.
I was injured for five months. During that time I was told I could never run again more than just a few times. Mizuno could have kicked me to the curb and said “sayonara”, but they didn’t. When I finally got to do that very first run post injury, well, it was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever felt.
I knew I was meant to be a runner. I may not have figured it out until I reached my 30s, but ever since I did, I just had that feeling that that’s what I was meant to be- a runner.
I’m more of a “life runner” though, not a “race runner”. I race, yes, but I do it for the experiences, the personal accomplishments and the relationships that come with the running community.
I hope I’m a runner for the rest of my life. I want to be that grandma that is doing her thing running, smiling at everyone she passes and inspiring others. I’m not totally in control of that though, you never know what life will bring your way, but I’m going to do my best to make that happen.
enough about me.
Let’s talk about you and running. Let’s talk about the world and running.
Mizuno knows that running is powerful and can change a person. They took that just about a bazillion steps further with a statistical analysis exploring this question:
Today they are releasing the astounding findings from their research.
They wanted to better understand the positive, cumulative impact that running could have on America. Not just in terms of physical health, but in mental and economic health as well.
Want to hear about the research highlights?
Well, of course you do, so here they are.
How awesome are all of these?
Here are a few more.
I also feel it’s my duty to share with you my favorite videos along with this campaign launch.
Here are my top three.
The last video reminds me of this picture for some reason.
Friends, we have the potential to make this change. To make this happen. It’s our time. Let’s find our own positive power of running and share it with the world.
Let’s help everybody run.
Maybe it’s just getting dressed and getting out the door ourselves, maybe it’s sleeping in our sports bra so we can get on the treadmill in the morning, maybe it’s signing up for a family race, maybe it’s just turning off the TV and getting up off the couch, maybe it’s asking a friend to meet for a jog, maybe it’s getting up just 15 minutes earlier each day, maybe it’s as simple as just telling yourself you CAN BE A RUNNER.
Everyone’s “maybe” is different, but the results, the impact and the benefits are the same.
I don’t know about you, but I sure as heck want to see some of these research findings become a reality.
More breaths of fresh air and more smiles? Yes please.
Stronger memory, less health care costs and hospital visits and more birthdays? Yes please.
Let’s get out there and make a difference.
Let’s do something remarkable.
Let’s lace up for goodness sake and hit the road however we can.
Obviously I’m excited about this campaign. You can check out the official site here.
Mizuno will also be posting all kinds of fun stuff throughout the day on their Facebook page.
You’ll be in the know though since you read this first. He he.
So darn cool.
Have a marvelous day!
Who wants to go for a run?
Do any of the research findings either surprise you or really stand out?
What inspires you?