Updates – New Job Announcement! It’s pretty amazing!

Hello all! I hope you have been having a wonderful Holiday Season, whatever one you celebrate!

I have not had a chance to blog in a while. I go through these phases. If you’ve been following me for a while, you already know that.

My last post was about my thousands of jobs that I have had this year. At the bottom, I alluded to a new job!

I would finally like to share with you what that is.

Drum roll please….



3W LogoI am now a Marketing Coordinator for 3W Races!

3W Races is a local running company in the Arvada/Westminster area. As you might know, I have been an Ambassador for them for the last year. What that meant was I volunteered a lot for them at their events and run clubs to promote for them. In exchange I got to run their races, fun freebies like 3W race shirts and above all I met numerous amazing people! I’m super thankful for the Ambassador program.

About a month ago, I received a phone call from the race directors and owners and they said they had a really cool opportunity for me. I called them back and found out that they wanted to offer me a job!

I was ecstatic! Like dancing and jumping around in my car ecstatic! A good, big girl job with a RUNNING company! An actual running company! Something that all of us bloggers talk about all the time! Amazing! It’s perfect for me!

So what will I be doing? I will mainly help with the marketing side. That’s dealing with sponsors and helping get the word out about our events. I will also be helping with the very program I was/am involved in: The Ambassador program. I’m really excited to help with that. And I also will help with some race production, volunteer coordination, registration, packet pick ups, water stations, set up, etc, etc. Basically anything they need help with, I’m there!

It pays off to be a Jack of All Trades!

Needless to say, this is an amazing opportunity for me. While it is only part-time for now (but growing fast) I’m still really excited that they thought of me for the job! I will still be personal training and coaching group fitness at the rec center and I will still be coaching high school cross-country and track and field. I may keep a few promotions jobs like the liquor promos because those are super flexible and usually at night (plus it’s good money, and I pretty much get paid to socialize – win win). But I am getting rid of all my other random jobs and no more Substitute Teaching and dealing with awful teenagers!

1932327_890590240958965_3252239395591810224_nOther Updates:

-I am going also be a 2015 3W Ambassador as well. All that means is if they don’t need me to “work” a race, I’ll just volunteer to cover my needed volunteer hours.

-Running….going better for me than it has been. I am working on re-building my base again. It’s tough work but I’m sure I’ll be back to where I was in no time. It’s just really frustrating and part of me so desperately wants to be FAST! More on “running and me” later.

-Snowboarding…the season has started! I have gotten in a handful of days already!


Two of my boarding buddies!

-Relationships…meh we wont get into that! I am learning to just “go with it.” It may not work out in the end and that’s ok, but as long as the journey is fun, I know that someday I will find someone willing to stick by me.

-Hmm….what else is going on? I was driving a rental car for almost a month after being rear ended by a hit and run driver (I was not injured). But upon getting my car back, it decided that it didn’t want to start very well in the cold and the shocks and struts are gone…oh boy…and I was stuck with another rental (but this time is was a Dodge Challenger!!) Can I just own a horse and buggy, please??

-Holidays…I had a great Thanksgiving and Christmas. I had a friend visiting from California and he joined for X-Mas dinner and we went snowboarding at Breckenridge two days in a row!

My friend from Cali on the Right

My friend from Cali on the Right

I think that’s about all the updates I can think of right now! My new job has been keeping my very busy! I’ll leave you with a view from Breckenridge!

What a sight, eh?

What a sight, eh?


I have some good news and some bad news. I would say I would start with the bad news first and end with the good, but it’s all kinda combined together.

Do you know how hard it is to write about running when you haven’t been running much?? Well, it’s pretty hard. It’s like a guilty feeling. Good news is, I’ve been slowly getting back to my normal running…

Running Updates:

My last post before my New Years Resolutions was about hitting my training “wall” and unfortunately I haven’t run many miles since that post.

Ah, excuses

Ah, excuses

December flew by in the running world due to many reasons. Here are the many reasons excuses why I didn’t run (in order):

1. The first week or so, Denver was plagued with absolutely freezing weather.  Like “boogers you didn’t know you had instantly freeze in your nose” freezing.  Since I don’t have a gym membership, I didn’t get much running in. (I coach boot camp at a community college where we “rent” their gym, but due to changes with our contract, I felt awkward working out there. It’s hard to explain and would be a very long story).

2. At the end of my last long run, I believe the end of November or very early December, I developed horrible knee pain, so I was also scared to run again.

3. Then, I was hit with the flu mid December. It knocked me on my ASS! I had the fever, body aches, coughs etc. I didn’t move from my bed for about 3 days, and when I finally did, I only managed to make it over to the boy’s house, make homemade soup with equally sick him, and back to sleep again.

4. Once I was able to move again, I still had a dreadful cough. Horrible! I didn’t want to compromise my lungs with a cold run, or any run in general.

Snowboarding around X-Mas

Snowboarding around X-Mas

5. Then finally, around the holidays, I was invited to spend the week in Breckenridge with the boy and his family and spent every day snowboarding (and before you assume, yes, I still was at the end of my sickness…and yes, I chose to snowboard through it – don’t judge me. I do what I want!). Even when we returned after that week, we drove up there a handful of other times. (Just so you know, I’ve been snowboarding more times this seasons than my last two seasons put together!!).

6. Then finally, I decided to lace my shoes back up and oh man..the pain! I had a horrible pain, made me cry pain! It was in my left knee! Which was really strange to me, because I have no pain when I snowboard.

Just to put this in perspective for you, we are now were in the first week in January in this story.

I really wanted to run a race on the first, but I’m glad I didn’t, because I’m guessing with the knee pain I experienced a week into January, a race wouldn’t have gone well. I went snowboarding New Years day instead. It was Jan 6th when I laced my sneakers back up again. I know this exactly because I cool running log book from my Mom for Christmas!

That's where is hurts!

That’s where is hurts! (camera – mirror image, it is indeed my left knee that hurts).

I decided to just go for it and run at my work; weird feelings and all. (It’s a really complicated situation, I swear). I ran for about 1 mile only on the treadmill that day and the knee pain started. I ran through it at first, thinking it was just one of those weird tweaks or something. You know what I mean, right? But when it wouldn’t go away, I hopped off the treadmill.

The next day, I decided to aim for a small three mile run, outside, to try it again. I only made it about a mile before I was crying, in public, because my knee was reallllllllly painful. I was a mile from home, so I had to scrambled back. I walked a bit and the pain would subside. Then I would pick the pace back up only to pick the pain back up as well. It was terrible.

Before you assume, I had been making sure to stretch and foam roll. I do need to do it more, but since I discovered the pain, I’ve been foam rolling before the few runs I’ve done and then foam rolling again with static stretches (just like I learned from school) after my run. I also foam roll and stretch a lot on my non-running days.

I tried the treadmill again the next day and only made it about a quarter mile before my knee was killing me.

Yeah, I got to play with cute puppies while working!

Yeah, I got to play with cute puppies while working!

This is when someone asked me the question: “Does your knee hurt when your snowboard?” It hadn’t been previously, so that brings us up to two weekends ago. I was working an odd job up in the mountains where I got to snowboarding a tiny bit (see a little later in this post for more, fun, info), and no pain! What. The. Heck?????

I was on my feet pretty much all weekend, so I rested Monday and Tuesday and decided to give it a try again on Wednesday.

I tied my shoes, stretched my legs, and attempted to run….I made it through a 2 mile run with NO PAIN! I was really achy afterward, but there was none of the sharp pain I felt inside my knee when I was actively running. So that’s good. And confusing.

In order to figure this out and not cause damage, I’m taking this running thing slowly. Realllllyy sllloowwly. I rested on Thursday and went snowboarding friday.

I laced up the ol’ tennis shoes on Saturday and ran 3 whole miles with no pain!!!

I worked the Bronco’s game on Sunday (WOOT! GO BRONCOS!) and was on my feet all day.

Then Monday, yesterday, I managed to get through 3.2 miles, no pain. Well, not entirely. At about 2.75 miles, the pain was staring to show up…but I was so close to home, I kept going….and wouldn’t ya know, the pain just vanished!

UGH! So confusing! But that brings me to my next update….

sedona marathon event logoSedona Marathon Updates:

I’m not doing the Sedona marathon. There it is. And I’m super bummed (Biggest understatement of the year).

I was actually crying when I started this post.

So you read about the knee pain I was experiencing…

After the holidays, I was pretty confident I could get myself in marathon – endurance shape by the beginning of February. At that time, I didn’t know I would still have the knee pain.

being brokeEven if I didn’t have knee pain or even if I was back up to marathon endurance, the fact of the matter is I can’t afford to do the race. I never registered, and I’m glad I didn’t, because then I wouldn’t have been able to afford the travel costs. I’ve been emailing a friend I met while volunteering at Leadville, and she would have housed me (and fed me, she said) but there’s no way I could afford the travel expenses – driving or flying.

Ya know, the knee pain is one thing, and I’m glad I’m not doing it due to that because I don’t want a long-term injury. But when it comes down to the fact that I’m not stable enough, at my age, to afford a race that I can drive to, that’s where I get really upset.

running is my lifeAnd there’s even more to it than that. You see, running is my thing. It’s pretty unique to me (out of the people I grew up with and am currently around). It defines me. It’s something that I truly am passionate about (hence why I changed my career) and it’s something that makes me incredible happy. Especially racing, and challenging myself (it’s not like I’m breaking olympic records here) And that’s important to me. I know there’s plenty of people in this world that can’t do things they truly enjoy, but running and racing, to keep a long story short, keeps me sane. It’s not like a picked a super expensive hobby.

So when I can’t afford to do the main thing that I enjoy, I get really frustrated because I’ve been trying soooo hard to be able to do things I like for the past few years.

running-cheaper-than-therapySorry about that rant.

Which brings me to my next set of updates…

Career Updates:

I’m not trying to tell a sob story here, or make you feel bad for me. I’m just trying to explain that I’ve been working pretty hard to better myself only to keep meeting roadblocks that I have no control over.

I was doing pretty well with my current job (and I feel like I can post about it because I’m 99.9% sure my boss would never read my blog.

suck less, thanksBasically, to TRY and make a long story short, I was asked awhile back to put my own personal business on hold by my boss at the boot camp company. She offered me more hours at the time with the goal and intention of getting me closer to full-time soon. This was back in August or September. She wanted help with starting a small group personal training group within her company because small group training is apparently all the rage right now, not one-on-one training.

She also said she would help me learn the ways of the fitness world and it would be way “better” for me. I would get the experience and even though I wouldn’t be making as much per hour as I would on my own, I would be saving in the cost of marketing and stuff like that.

I took a few days to decided and I put Apocalyptic Fitness on hold. I became very loyal to her. Pretty much doing anything and everything she asked with the hopes of getting more and more hours.

With the few months that followed, I was doing alright. I was making ends meet, barely, but things were looking good and promising.

Then, December happened. Our agreement with the gym we kind of rent was changed, as I’ve mentioned previously, and my boss decided she wanted to look for a building of her own. The idea of having our own building opened up many opportunities for her business as well as my career in the long-term future. But in the short-term future, that meant cutting costs to save for this new facility and thus, cutting my already few hours.

I’m pretty disappointed to say the least. I get kinda angry when I start really thinking about it. It’s really frustrating that I put my own momentum on hold only to be let down.

So, with the recent slash in hours, I have been spending a lot of time job searching like crazy and picking up random odd jobs where ever I can.

In the last few months…

I may or may not change my name each game I worked...

I may or may not change my name each game I worked…

…I have worked Bronco Games pouring beer – which is oddly fun and I got to see the last quarter of my Broncos win the AFC Championship!!! SOO exciting! SUPERBOWL!

…I have house sat for a good friend of mine – I slept on the couch with 2 big, fluffy creatures (dogs).

…And the best odd job I have had is working as a Brand Ambassador for Bear Naked Granola in Keystone! I passed out samples, bandanas and best of all, I got the boy a job too and we were sent to the top of the mountain to take super sweet succession shots of people in the Terrain Park! I even go to take picture of the boy wearing some promo gear that Bear Naked Featured on their own facebook page!!! Check it out:

That job was a blast and I will be working with them again in March at Vail!

The awesome photo I took of my boyfriend..posted on the Bear Naked Facebook!!!

The awesome photo I took of my boyfriend..posted on the Bear Naked Facebook!!!

Anyway, I’ve been job searching and networking as much as possible for additional hours in the fitness world, the running industry (i.e. Cross Country or Track Coach) or the brand ambassador industry (that is a whole, interesting world – people do stuff like that for a living! Can you believe that!?).

I am also looking at starting back at getting Apocalyptic Fitness up and running again. A couple of friends of mine have a little garage in downtown Denver that they use for martial arts instruction and when I get clients, I will be renting the space to use! We have a good thing going here – as long as I get clients! 🙂

I think that covers it for updates… I’m honestly not sure. I’m trying really hard and right this second, I’m feeling pretty optimistic, but when it comes to my current situation, especially related to my recent job changes, I get pretty frustrated.

I was pretty missing in action on my blog, but I have admittedly been missing in action when it comes to real life and my friends as well. It’s a big circle of emotions…I can’t do my marathon because of finances -> my finances were fine until this job -> I’ve been working hard -> etc -> etc…. honestly, I get kinda depressed. And, like a lot of people, I withdraw. In conjunction with the holidays, being out-of-town, and spending a lot of time job searching, I hope this explains a lot to my friends why I’ve been missing in action and may have not followed up on our plans or texted you back. I’m sorry. I’m trying to be better. I have come out of hiding!

2013 In Review and 2014 in Preview

It’s been awhile, yes I know. I will follow this post up with one with updates. There’s been a lot going on, but I wanted to get this post out of the way first. And it’s turns out when I don’t write for a while, I have a lot to say…so I apologize in advance; this one’s a long one!

I’m totally a bandwagon blogger…but even if everyone wasn’t doing a “year in review” post, I’d want to one anyway.

Let’s start off with the new year’s resolutions and goals I made at the beginning of 2013:

IMG_20130428_2005261. Run one Race a month. I got all months except December. December kinda flew by me! The beginning of the month was filled with work. The middle of the month was filled with the FLU! YUCK! And the end of the month was filled with the Holidays and Snowboarding – a lot of if! So, I was pretty close to this goal, but not quite. I did run way more than 12 races, a race per month, so I can kinda count this as done…kinda. So I half crossed it off…

2. And 13 races in 2013. WOOT! I did 14 races!

3. Keep track of all my miles this year. ROFL! ahahahahahaha, like that was ever going to happen! I did pretty well until about march….

LeadvilleRaceSeries_Logo4. Volunteer at a race. Done! I volunteered at the Leadville 100 Trail Race. It was a BLAST!

5. Do a full marathon. WOOT WOOT! In case you missed the series of posts, I completed the Vermont City Marathon back in May.

6. Add 5 more 14er’s to my list. I only got to add one this year. Oh well!

7. Meet at least two more bloggers! Shoot! I didn’t get to meet any of you this year!

Graduating from Personal Training School

Graduating from Personal Training School

8. Graduate from NPTI! I mean, this was inevitable, but it was still on my list! I even graduated with honors!

9. MOVE! wah, wah. : (

10. I want to knock off a few more states. Check! I got 4 more states knocked off! Utah, Maine, Vermont and Arkansas!

11. Write a sponsor letter. I’m totally crossing this off because even though I didn’t write a specific sponsor letter, I did apply for the 3W Ambassador program, and got accepted. This program is basically a sponsorship!

I had 11 totally New Year’s Resolution/Goals and crossed off 6.5 of them…. looking strictly at numbers, I probably wouldn’t be too happy, but looking at the things I DID get accomplished, I’m ecstatic! Looking at the things I didn’t get to cross off, I’d say they were out of my control and just weren’t written in stars!

The year started out great, with great intentions and sadly, ended a little stressful. But all in all, I’d say the beginning of 2013 was a successful year – month by month:

Don't judge: It's the morning after New Year's Eve and I'm not wearing much makeup. (resolute runner 5K, New Years day)

January: I was a month into my Personal Training school, I was working at Dick’s Sporting Goods selling shoes, I was beginning to train for my first Marathon, all was looking good! I did the Resolute Runner 5K (which is by 3W Races that I am now an ambassador for)..

February: A few virtual races this month: the Heart Throb and the Tackle the Miles 5k (presented by the ladies that run the 13 in 2013 group), I started working at hell Bally’s (but we wont get into that right now – I’m over it!) in addition to school and my other job, and I was taking advantage of my snowboarding season pass from the 2012/2013 season, and I saw one of my favorite bands in Concert!

Photo booth sillyness

Erin Go Braugh

March: In the running world, I did the Erin Go Braugh 7.77k with a couple of friends (also a 3W race), I quit my job at Dick’s thinking Bally’s was going to be alright, but we all know how that went….

April: My bday month! I remember having a lot of dating horrible dating stories/drama (I still think I could have written a ridiculously hilarious dating blog), I ran the Rave Run with a thought to be friend, ran my favorite half marathon, the Horsetooth Half, and that’s about all I can think for April. (ADDED LATER: OH, I can’t believe I forgot! I ran the Horsetooth Half in conjunction with the Running for Angels virtual race!!)

My first marathon

My first marathon

Then there was May: I ran THREE races (all in DIFFERENT states!) – the Dino Half in Utah, the Sugarloaf 15K in Maine, and my VERY FIRST marathon in Vermont. I also went to my friend’s wedding on an Island in Maine!

June: As I neared the end of school, I got hired as a boot camp instructor and administrator assistant for Camp MissFits and also prematurely competed in my first event since my marathon, Tough Mudder. OUCH, that was painful. I learned how to shoot a gun – I’m pretty proud of that.

IMG_20130624_124307July: Started off with the Half on the 4th, I graduated Personal Training School, quit that nasty place we all refer to as Bally’s and did a lot of sight seeing in Colorado Springs, Warped tour, conquered the Manitou Incline

August: Climbed 14,000+ feet on Gray’s peak, Volunteered at Leadville, started coaching high school cross-country at my alma mater, and ran the Arvada High School Alumni 5k!

September: Ran the Race for the Cure with my mom (I just realized I never did a recap of this race, darn!), visited the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, got pretty involved with my work, and started my own personal training business, but towards the end of the month dealt with a break up….

Costumes AND Jeans!!! These ladies were very nice and had super cute costumes. (They even made some minion noises).

October: My mother got married and I met that boy you keep hearing me mention, I ran Halloween Hustle 5K, started picking up random odds jobs here and there, and oh yeah, the camp MissFits Pumpkin bootcamp was definitely a fun thing!

November: Guess what!? Snowboarding season starts!!!!!! I also went to visit my Dad in Arkansas, PR’d in he 5K with the NWA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving and I feel this is when life started getting really stressful…more to come on that in my next post…

More Snowboarding...


December: I spent more time snowboarding than anything else, enjoyed the holidays with my family and met the boy’s family, we had our MissFits Christmas Boot camp and I ended the year celebrating the boy’s bday.

Looking into the future/Goals/Resolutions/etc:

I accomplished a lot when everything is written down, but somehow I still feel like I took a bunch of steps backward; mostly in regards to my personal and career situations.

I’m trying to be super optimistic for the year 2014. It’s hard, it really is. It’s not starting out that well. Without going into detail, I’ve been pretty stressed about a lot of things, and I’ve been desperate for change. But A) it would be hard to explain it all in a blog post and B) I don’t really want to share that in the vast world of the internet. I apologize for being vague – I know when I read others’ vague writings, I get SUPER curious.

However, I’m feeling pretty motivated right now to make that change happen. I have a lot of options, goals and dreams to sort through and put into action.

Here’s a little bit of a look what I would like to accomplish this year.

My new year’s resolutions, if you will:

Running Related Goals:

1. Run 14 races in 2014. If interested in joining the #14in2014 community with me, you can check it out here.

Ambassador_Badge-12. Volunteer for at least two running events. Should be easy considering it’s part of my “job” as a 3W Race Ambassador!

3. I really would like to knock off another Marathon (either here in CO or another state). And yes, I was supposed to do the Sedona Marathon here in a couple weeks…..but I cannot for a few reasons (finances and painful knees)….more on that later…. : (

4. I would like to get at least one more state (preferably more, but I don’t want to set my bar TOO high with the stress of my finances and job situation).

Other Fitness Related Goals:

1. Climb at least one 14er. Setting the bar low this time here too, just in case this summer turns crazy like last summer and I don’t get to go as much as I would like.

2. Be happy with my body! This sounds really weird and is probably worth a whole blog post, and I’m not saying I’m fat or anything, I just want to go back to being more comfortable in my own skin, like I used to. I’ve fallen off my normal fitness routine wagon.

Life Goals:

1. Be stable. I mostly mean financially, but in all aspects of life as well. I won’t go into details, because that’s not appropriate for my blog, but this is a HUGE life goal for me.

2. I don’t know how to put this, but one goal of mine is to “nail down,” so to speak, a plan of action for my career. I have a dream goal/career in mind for sure, and I’m really passionate about it, but I need to nail it down and set a path with steps to achieving it.

3. Get my RRCA Coaching Certification. This will be the next step for my career plan..that I know for sure. The class is just so sporadic and pretty expensive, as most of you probably are aware. They came to CO last year, but I was still in school and had to take an elective that I couldn’t make up. I was super bummed.

Addendum 1/16 (numbers 4 and 5 were added after I officially posted this blog post): 4. After ready a blog post by one of my favorite bloggers Amy over at Lavender Parking Running, I am adding another one: Try one thing new every month. This could be something huge, like a new sport, event or activity or something small like a new food…or toothpaste…(Just kidding).

5. I’m also adding one I thought of myself: Become a more independent. To me, this means just learning how to do things on my own and not necessarily go to others. I’m pretty independent already, but for example, recently the boy taught me how to wax and tune my own snowboard. I was really excited to learn this and now I don’t have to pay someone to do it. Things like that.

new years resolutions

That’s all I can think of right now…but I’m sure as soon as I post this, three more ideas will fly up to my brain!

And with that, I will end this post. You turn: What is your number one new year’s resolution??

ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m a 3W Race Ambassador!!!

My dog and his x-mas present!

My dog and his x-mas present!

It’s been awhile since I’ve said hi! So…


I hope everyone had a great holiday season. For those of you who celebrate Christmas and other gift-giving holidays, I hope you got to enjoy good times with your family and friends and received everything you asked Santa for. (My favorite items were a running log and running-quote calendar from my Mom and a shoulder bag from my Dad that reads, “I know I run like a girl….now try to keep up!”)

I hope you got everything you wanted!

I hope you got everything you wanted!

I spent most of that week snowboarding in Breckenridge, CO and spent Christmas itself in Longmont with my Mother and her family.

Let’s see, since the last time I wrote something, I’ve been snowboarding A LOT, had our MissFits Holiday Bootcamp, snowboarding in Breckenridge with the boy and his wonderful family, celebrated Christmas with my Mom’s family in Longmont, Snowboarded some more, celebrated the boy’s bday by playing giant jenga, Celebrated the New Year low-key at home, and Snowboarded some more…..

AND, most recently, I attended my first 3W Ambassador meeting with our Kick off Party!!

“What is that?” you ask.

Well, 3W is a racing company here in Colorado, mostly in the Arvada and Westminster area, ironically, the areas I grew up in and went grade school and high school in. Close to home you could say.

You can check out their website here. But, 3W is company all about local races, partnering with local companies, and benefiting the community.

And I am now an Ambassador for them!!!!!

I first heard of this company when I ran the 2013 Resolute Runner 5K in Arvada. I was invited by a friend of mine that I met through the blogging world who was taking pictures of the event. So, after a long night celebrating the New Year out with friends, I woke up early, braved the frigid temperature and found a great running company. I then followed up with running the Virtual Heart Throb 5K and the Erin Go Braugh 7.77k, all brought to you by 3W Racing!

After registering for those races, I was on their email list and in November, I received the email that said they were accepting applications for new ambassadors!

Their motto, “Do what you can, when you can, with what you have” (hence the name “3W”) is what initially attracted me to the ambassador program and their company in general, and I applied immediately!

I didn’t tell anyone, except one person, that I was applying for a local race ambassadorship. The only person I told was the boy and only because I asked him to edit my essay questions. I knew this would be a great thing to be a part of when one of the application questions was: “Did you know that the 3W Ambassador program includes free things like t-shirts, hats, etc? A. No, but that sounds awesome! B. No, I’m just happy with free beer, so the more the better! or C. Yes, and I’m pretty excited about it!”

I selected option B, of course.

I sent my application in….and waited and waited….

They told us in the application that we would be notified by December 10th of our selection.

Then when December 11th rolled around and I didn’t hear anything, I was starting to get pretty bummed.

Then I saw the email alert on my phone.

Email 1: “Sorry for the delay, we have had some computer problems….we had over 100 applicants…You will hear from us no later than saturday….”

IMG_20140105_14241920 minutes later, Email 2: “Congratulations! You have been chosen from over 100-well qualified applicants!”

Two hours later, Email 3: “Disregard you selection as an Ambassador….we are so very, very sorry…our internet has been glitchy as you know….emails were swapped, and everyone was sent an acceptance…we will send out the real acceptances within the hour…”

2 hours go by, I email them: “I’m so confused, I filled out the survey and you invited me to the facebook group….was I accepted???”

1 hour later, personal reply: “Whitney – you are in! You WERE accepted! We had to run out of the house before we could send the real ones out!”

IMG_20140105_142657Another hour later, email 4: “I want to welcome you to the 2014 Ambassador Programs!”

Talk about a roller coaster of emotions!!!

What does this mean for me?

1. I get to run in all/as many of their events for FREE!

2. I get to attend local run groups representing 3W and promote their company and their sponsors!

3. I get to volunteer at their events and meet some amazing people!

4. I get to meet the other ambassadors and meet a lot of new, like-minded, crazy for running, friends!

5. I get to be immersed right in the middle of an amazing running community!

6. I get the chance to run as part of their crew in other local running events like the Colfax Marathon, Ragnar, and a lot of other great events.

7. I get cool running gear…and of course, free beer!

8. So much more can come from this opportunity! I’m so excited to get this chance because this is why I changed careers. This is what I want to do with my life. This is an amazing opportunity for me as a person as well as my career!

What this means for you:

1. I get exclusive discount codes for all the 3W races that I can give to you all! For those of you local, you can run these events with me! CHEAPER!! We have fun runs, 5K’s up to half marathons! Can’t wait to meet more of you!

2. For those of you not local, 3W has a few virtual races that you can use my discount code for!!! So all of you out of Colorado can run with me too!!! Sounds awesome, huh??

3. You get to read more running-related posts and race reviews from Racing the States!!

Goodie bag

Goodie bag

If you couldn’t already tell, I’m pretty excited about this! Yesterday, I finally got to meet all the other ambassadors and pick up our goodies at our Beginning of the Year party! And we played some awesome cup stacking games! Yes, you read that right. Cup stacking! It’s all the rage! I made through 2 rounds and lost my 3rd! We ate some wonderful food and of course, drank some free beer!

I can’t wait to start doing more things with 3w! And to blog about it!

And most importantly, I think my running motivation has returned!

More Information:

3W’s Website

The 2014 3W Ambassadors – check out my pretty face there!

3W Sponsors/Partners:

1. Olde Man Granola – delicious granola and they hand make super cute Colorado beanies!

2. Endurance House – selling shoes, apparel and equipment for our favorite endurance sports. So, running, biking and swimming!

3. Way To Go – a company dedicated to carpooling, biking to work and their biggest project: Bike to Work Day!

And of course, Cup Stacking! (Just watch the video and be amazed.)