Even though I’ve had a few days to recover from being a member of #TeamPumpedUpKicks from Reach The Beach, I’m still wrapping my head around the event.
It was a whirlwind trip with a ton of experiences and I’ve found that it’s been exceptionally difficult to get the words together so today, I’ll share the 12 lessons I learned overall and I’ll recap the relay itself tomorrow.
1. New Balance really is all about quality:
- From being the only major athletic shoe company that manufactures athletic footwear in the US –
- To every aspect of product development, quality control and design innovation
- To treating their Media team like royalty:
2. Boston is all heart. You fall in love with Boston – even if you’re there for less than 24 hours.
3. Proper running shoes (that just happen to be cute) makes running #allthemiles a little bit easier.
4. Cell service is everything: Social media > GPS. Shoddy service makes people (read: me) stabby.
5. Sleep deprived runners can be transformed into human beings with food and coffee (or hot chocolate).
6. Vanmate encouragement should be bottled as Super Hero Juice – it can make someone conquer fears of altitude, distance and the elements.
7. New Hampshire is incredibly picturesque – but also very hilly.
8. This is “Pimp My Ride” Relay style.
9. Gear: You will always pack too much, Night Glow Yellow is fashionable and you will walk around like this in public because you just don’t care:
10. Must haves: Ziploc Plastic Bags, Action Wipes, Skratch Hydration (affiliate link), Pretzels, Aquaphor and BarkThins.
12. You can go from a beach in New Hampshire, to the airport in Boston, to a bed in LA in less than 12 hours and survive.
12. 2 vans, 12 people and 207 miles of a relay can turn running into a team sport (inspired by the words of Sandra@OrganicRunnerMom).
…and after all is said and done, I’d still do it all over again.
Disclosure: While New Balance did sponsor me for this relay, providing travel/lodging, gear and race registration, this is not a sponsored post. I did not receive monetary compensation and I am not obligated to write this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.