As a Skirt Sports Ambassador, I was recently tasked with answering the question, "what does #REALwomenmove mean to me?"
Here's to the following women who continue to inspire me everyday in my journey of leading a healthier lifestyle. You know who you are :)
* To the woman out there running in the wee hours of the morning cranking out miles, after spending last night cooking, cleaning, and getting her kids to bed....
* To the woman who recognizes she needs to improve on her health and wellness and gets out to make it happen...
* To the woman who knows she's not fast enough to keep up with the speedsters, but gets out there anyways....
* To the woman who's not going to let any handicap get in her way on leading an active lifestyle...
* To the woman who's had a hip replacement and can no longer run, but still gets out there to walk those miles in...
* To the woman who sets her sights on getting faster and is determined to get a PR at her next race...
* To the woman who is a few months pregnant who still continues to remain as active as she can...
* To the woman who's been told she cannot do something and sets out to prove them wrong...
You are #REALwomenmove!
Ladies - You are what embodies what #REALwomenmove is all about! Even though we may differ in age, size, and fitness abilities, we share the same characteristics:
* We are proud of who we are
* We are confident
* We do not judge other women
* We are comfortable in our own body
* We accept and love ourselves
* We understand that an active life is important to our health and happiness
#REALwomenmove is about real women - real bodies - real inspiration. And most importantly, it solidifies the fact that we're all in this journey together on the path of becoming better! We are taking a stance in our lives to make fitness a priority, despite our busy and demanding schedules.
#REALwomenmove is also a celebration of diversity. On my training runs, during races, even when I'm driving around the city, there are always women I see that are just so inspiring! I describe those women above. I encounter them almost everyday. There is no "one size fits all" or blanket description to describe a "runner". We all come in different shapes, sizes, ages, races, ethnicities, paces, fitness levels, and we each are unique with our own personal goals in mind. However, we do have one common denominator and that's the one goal of just bettering ourselves. We celebrate our accomplishments, no matter how big or small, because it's one more step of heading in the right direction of becoming a better "me".
You are #REALwomenmove. And unbeknownst to you, you are inspiring other women who are setting themselves out on becoming a better runner, a better athlete, a better yogi, a better swimmer, a better person. Join the movement!
Post your active photos and use the simple hashtag #REALwomenmove and #SkirtSports. For every 5,000 hashtags, Skirt Sports will donate a "Get Started Scholarship" that includes a Skirt Sports top, bra, bottom, hat, socks, and a free entry to your first 5K (or comparable race). Submit your story or nominate a friend today at http://www.skirtsports.com/realwomenmove/form.cfm
If you look up the idiom "on-the-run", it means to constantly travel or moving from place to place. Welcome to my life! I get asked the question - "Do you ever sleep?" at least once a week. The truth is - I am always on the run. My weeks are filled with work, training runs, dropping kids off to school and extra curricular activities, traveling out-of-town for races and soccer games, theatre rehearsals, civic duties - you name it. In addition to being an avid runner, I'm a happily married wife, mother of two, an actress, singer, a Fleet Feet CREW coach, and work full time as the Marketing Manager for Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co. I love being on the run!