I’m a big believer in reaching out for an opportunity and not fearing failure, if you had one chance would you reach out or just let it slip?
With this in mind, I completed the application form to join the Brooks Run Happy Team. Despite previously working with Brooks, I didn’t get my hopes high, the weeks passed and life continued. Then, I noticed someone I followed announced he was picked for the team, I was thrilled for him and expressed that I felt it was very well deserved.
The following day, a message appeared in my inbox telling me I was part of the Run Happy team. My initial reaction was that it simply had to be a mistake; then I had a little sob. After I’d gotten myself together, I took a moment and reminded myself that imposter syndrome was a complete waste of time. I had a team to be part of…
I love Brooks; not only do they create trainers that feel like running on marshmallows. The philosophy of Brooks is about designing shoes for all runners – no matter their level. This is where I come in.
I won’t lie to you, I have my apprehensions, I’ve questioned if I’ll fit into the team. Alongside this, I know it’s going to be tough for me to build up my running distances again. But if it was easy wouldn’t we all do it? I’m well aware that running doesn’t actually get easier, it’s more the fact that we as runners get better. Together we can go further, I might even get a little faster, whilst avoiding the comparison trap and just run happy.
The team is mixed, we have some incredible speed and distance runners, there’s a variation of ages and ability, which I think is really important. I’m not going to be in the elite startline, but I’m going to be there towards the back, running a 10-minute mile and smiling along the way. I don’t want to be a “Running Superstar” – All I could ever want is for someone to view my runs and think “Ah, I can totally relate”.
2020 is going to be an exciting year for me, I can’t wait to share the journey with you.