Yes, yes, yes! I am so excited about today’s post. You all know my love for Tracksmith. I stalked them on Instagram for so long before getting my very own pieces. My favourite has to be the singlet that I got for the NYC marathon, though I do have a soft spot for my wine-coloured Waban shorts. I’m currently dying over all of their fall/winter gear and have put just about everything on my wish list, which means I’ll probably end up buying it all myself because I don’t ask anyone for gifts! Hah.
Anyway, Tracksmith currently has an awesome campaign about nostalgia and going home for the holidays to run your favourite routes with friends and teammates.
Tracksmith’s HOME campaign video can be found HERE.
Back to the Start Line
There is no runner who was made in a day. Or even a year. Each of us has an origin story, a background of humble beginnings, followed by hundreds of miles written into the roads and trails near our childhood home, alone and with teammates, that hardwires memories from the bits and pieces: the stretch of space and time between two painted fence posts; the hellish, angled slope of grass where normal people sat and read books; or the long run banter with teammates that covered everything and nothing. No matter where life takes us, those moments come along.
And now you’re back, twisting down those roads and trails as confidently as you did as a teenager. It all rushes back. The fence posts are faded, but no less accurately mark the splits. The grass hill seems steeper, but you know it’s not. And old teammates? Well, despite years gone by, old teammates are exactly the same as they were as new teammates.
It’s good to be home.
Do you remember where you first “became” a runner? To be honest, it took me a long time to get into running. I was never athletic in school so I was never part of a team. I did most of my training alone but I still remember those days when it all started. I remember my first outdoor run so clearly. I was living at home at the time and thought I should try running outside after months of running in circles at the indoor track. I think I lasted .25 of a mile before turning around and walking back home. It was so much harder than running inside! I knew I was capable but I had some mental work to do – and I did just that. It was all mind over matter. I headed out the very next day and tried again. I remember it not being easy but I didn’t stop. I ran about 2 miles and felt incredible. Almost every day, I’d run the same route until I felt confident enough to add more distance. Slowly, I worked myself up to longer routes…and now here I am! It’s crazy to think about how it all started and I can still visualize the streets, houses and neighbours that I used to pass on my runs.
To celebrate the season, I’ve teamed up with Tracksmith to give away one of their Van Cortlandt Singlets (available for both men and women!). This is not a sponsored post, just me collaborating with a brand that I love to give one of my readers an amazing singlet. Hopefully it will bring you happy races and maybe even a PR!
The giveaway is being held on my Instagram page. All you have to do is leave a comment on my most recent photo (pictured below), tagging the person you’re most looking forward to running with when you’re home for the Holidays! If this doesn’t apply to you, just tag a friend or teammate that you love(d) logging miles with!
The rest of the details are on my Instagram post. Good luck and have a great day!
One more thing – If you spend $250 at Tracksmith, they will send a FREE Van Cortlandt Singlet to the runner of your choice. How awesome is that?! Something for you, something for someone you love!