What’s the meaning behind your miles? What inspires you to keep going?
On November 5th Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years! You Go Girl! There are many things about Shalane’s performance that inspired us (GRL PWR!), but one in particular that really got us thinking. The New York City Marathon took place just days after a terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan. Shalane said she felt a greater stake in this year’s New York City Marathon because of this attack. It reminded her of the inspiring performance by her friend Meb Keflezighi, the American male winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, the first Boston Marathon after the 2013 Boston bombings. “I was thinking of Meb and how I wanted to make him proud today.” She also said, “I have to put a smile on New Yorkers’ faces today. I have to do this.” It’s interesting that the two recent World Marathon Majors wins by Americans were both in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, of a tragedy. It’s interesting that both athletes talk about how there was a deeper motivation to win, to win for the communities of Boston and New York, to create something positive out of pain. This reminded us that focusing on something bigger than just ourselves can bring deeper meaning to our miles and renewed energy to our goals, and that’s powerful.
When you see a woman running down the street, do you ever wonder what got her up and out the door today? Many of us agree on the freedom, perspective, and stress relief that this movement provides, but have you ever thought about or dedicated your miles to a cause, goal, or larger motivator? Often times putting meaning behind a goal (and writing that meaning down) is helpful especially when you don’t see immediate success. Attaching meaning to the goal can keep you motivated and inspired, even when things get really tough.
As we enter the holiday season, we invite you to join us for a journey which we’re calling ‘meaning behind my miles.’ We encourage you for the month of December to take a deeper look at the miles in your life, and for a moment before, during or after a run to attach meaning to your movement. Maybe it’s gratitude, maybe it’s sweating your way through a loss or a challenge, maybe it’s joy or community. Maybe it’s working toward a goal, or maybe it’s simply to be a role model for your loved ones.
What’s the meaning behind your miles this month? Tag us with your photos and dedications on social media with #MeaningBehindMyMiles starting December 1st– December 15th.
- To get the “MeaningBehindmymiles” filter, click here: facebook.com/fbcameraeffects/tryit/708655886011601/
- Take a photo of yourself (oh heeyyy selfie!) or your squad
- Post on Facebook and tag us- share with us the Meaning Behind Your Miles and use hashtag #MeaningBehindMyMiles
Save the photo and Post on your Instagram Story and tag us (@runsheisbeautiful) and share the Meaning Behind Your Miles #MeaningBehindMyMiles.
We look forward to sharing these photos with our community to build motivation and inspiration heading into the New Year!
Happy Holidays from the SIB Sass Squad!
Sweat, smiles, and miles,
Community Manager and Coach