With Vancouver in World Cup mode, it is only natural that Nike would swoop in and do something amazing. Enter, The Nike Underground.
Guess who joined a gym yesterday…this girl! For the past two years I have been a workout-at-home kinda gal. I didn’t want to shell the money when I had good thing going working out at home + running outside. But recently I realized that I get a discounted student rate with my student ID + if I go 120+ times in a year our health insurance nearly helps cover the entire bill. Woo Hoo! Now I can swim, skate, attend fitness classes, and have access to equipment and machines whenever I want (well between the hours of 5:30am – midnight).
Even though I ran this morning with Marie, I wanted to give the gym a test run this evening. After a full day of grad work, football, and red carpets I decided to relax on the elliptical while Kyle played drop-in basketball. Once we got there I realized that I was quite unprepared. I came without a bag or money for a locker so I ended up throwing my stuff on the ground and lugging it around while checked the facility out. I definitely felt out-of-place and it made me miss our days in China when I was working out at a fitness center on a regular basis. My bag was always packed and ready to taken to the gym. Anyways, my inconvenience at the gym gave me motivation for tonight’s post, a reminder of what I need to pack in my gym bag…
Happy National Running Day! In celebration of this awesome holiday, I figured there’s no time like now to ask you for a small favor:) Please pick me as one of the few lucky runners you’ll be taking to Java Island this summer. Since the launch of this contest I have dreamed of being selected. However, I knew that between working as a full-time middle school physical education teacher and attending graduate school there was no way I would be able to run enough miles to run my way to Indonesia. Instead, I decided I would just ask:) So here I am asking you to choose me.
Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!
I know runners around the globe are asking you the same question, begging you to pick them. So why me? Well, I am glad you asked. For starters, this adventure is in my blood! This epic journey combines my heritage, Indonesia, and my greatest passion, running! My father and his family immigrated to Los Angeles from Jakarta when he was four years old. Since then he and his family have not returned. For as long as I can remember I have dreamt of traveling to the city and country that holds so much family history. Any chance to travel to the
mother fatherland would be amazing, but to have the opportunity to experience the land of my ancestors along with my passion for running would be unforgettable and a true once in a lifetime experience.
The second reason you should pick me is because I am a dedicated Nike+ user. Since the start of my relationship with running I have been an avid Nike+ user. As Nike+ has evolved from a shoe pod + iPod to everything that it is today, I have also evolved from a complete non-runner to a two-time marathoner (including Nike Women’s Marathon last fall)! Nike+ has been there every step (literally) of the way, pushing me to be better than I was the day before. Each run it’s just Nike+ and me, logging mile after mile, day after day.
Not only am 1 dedicated to using Nike+ products but more importantly I am dedicated to the Nike+ mission of getting people moving! As a physical education teacher, wellness graduate student, and advocate of all things health and wellness, I dedicate every waking moment to the task of helping others live a healthy life. More specially, I am dedicate myself to the mission of inspiring people to start running.
I started running because I wanted to challenge myself and that is what inspires me to keep going! I love pushing the limits and testing my strength! My motto is run harder, faster, stronger! This adventure would push me to my limits and expand me in ways I could not imagine. I know you have countless requests and there are many worthy runners out there, so I am asking to take a chance on me. I promise I will live up to the challenge!