If you think being a sponsored runner, documenting your running journey, sharing your ups and downs while looking fresh and sweaty in the latest, best gear is a privilege reserved for those who fly by you in a race, who never seem to struggle with motivation, whose splits typically start with a "7" or lower, it's time to update your maps, mother runner.
Because we—and our premier partner, Saucony—have schemed up an incredible opportunity for one mother runner: a year of being a Saucony runner.
Or more accurately, a year of being another mother runner in Saucony. (#AMRinSaucony, because we're so #hashtagsavvy.)
There are zillions of reasons why we love Saucony gear (see ultilitarian Bullet capris, cushy Triumph ISO, and some sassy Runderpants for three), but we also adore the Find Your Strong message. While its running roots mean its products will always serve the front of the pack, Saucony knows Finding Your Strong doesn't necessary mean running a 2:30 marathon. Or even a 4:30 marathon. In fact, it may not even mean running 26.2 ever.
Finding Your Strong means looking for a silver of yourself that might have disappeared through hours of labor (puuush!), weeks of the flu, months of summer vacations, or years of thinking of everybody but yourself.
Finding Your Strong means looking for the piece of you that wants to take on the world, not the part of you that wonders if you can get through five more baskets of laundry.
Finding Your Strong means focusing on the confidence, strength, general rock-star-ness you feel after a few miles, when you emerge from a fog of burp clothes or teenage eye rolls, broccoli balks or science fair projects. And then bringing those sensations back to the kitchen table, as you help rubber cement pictures of red-eyed tree frogs to a poster.
Finding Your Strong—and another mother runner in Saucony—isn't really about numbers or splits, distances or speed. It's about realizing when you lace up your kicks, you're heading out a journey that might not always be easy, might not always feel natural, but will always lead you to a place that is uplifting, important, and familiar, no matter how long you've been away: Your Strong.
So what does being our #AMRinSaucony entail?
—A monthly post on this website, including accompanying pictures.
—The ability to honestly document a year of being a mother runner. We all know running can be hard, parenting can ridiculously intense; when you combine the two, it's not always peanut butter and honey. We're not saying you have to air all your secrets and TMI moments, but we definitely need more depth than, "I ran 4 miles today, and it felt good."
—The willingess to wear sweet new Saucony clothes and shoes through the year, and tell us what you think of them. (Rough job, we realize.)
—If you are wedded to your current brand of shoes—and they don't happen to be Saucony—this probably isn't the best fit for you and your feet.
—To repeat: We are not looking for a specific speed or level of runner. Seriously: You don't have to have run a marathon or be able to maintain 9:00 splits or even own a GPS.
—To repeat: We are looking for a mother runner who is willing to share her year of running in an authentic, open way.
—While social media participation (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, the like) isn't required, it would be nice if you would be willing and able to spread the #AMRinSaucony love from your personal accounts.
Interested? Here's how to apply:
1. Download this application. It's in a Word document form (.doc). If that doesn't work for you for some reason, please email us at AMRinSaucony [at] gmail [dot] com. (Note: This is a different email than our regular business one.)
2. Turn in the application—be sure to follow the instructions!—to AMRinSaucony [at] gmail [dot] com. The deadline is next Thursday, January 29, 11:59 PST. Any entries received after that time will not be considered.
3. Please turn in a picture of yourself when you turn in your application. It doesn't need to be of you running; anything (read: fairly clear, can see your face) is fine.
4. Oh, and we can only accept applications from mother runners in the U.S. and Canada.
The decision of who will be our #AMRinSaucony for 2015 will be made by Dimity, Sarah, and a Saucony rep. We will announce the winner on Wednesday, February 4 here on our website.
Other questions? Hit us up in the comments below!