WE RUN DC

 #RUNWITHJBS

#RUNWITHJBS

TODAY I RAN WITH JOAN BENOIT SAMUELSON. WELL, TECHNICALLY IT WAS A CYBER RUN TO HONOR HER, BUT STILL. IN AN INSTAGRAM POST YESTERDAY, NIKE POSTED, “A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY THEY WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, BUT FEW ACTUALLY DO IT. JOAN BENOIT SAMUELSON IS ONE OF THE FEW. ON AUGUST 5TH, 1984, SHE WON THE FIRST WOMEN’S OLYMPIC MARATHON AS A MEMBER OF TEAM USA. AT THE TIME, WOMEN MADE UP ABOUT 10% OF MARATHON FINISHERS. AND 30 YEARS LATER THAT NUMBER HAS QUADRUPLED.” TODAY, NIKE, ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE RUNNING COMMUNITY, CELEBRATES HER WORLD CHANGING WIN. THEY ENCOURAGED EVERYONE TO #RUNWITHJBS.

ALTHOUGH I DID NOT PHYSICALLY RUN WITH JBS TODAY, I DID HAVE THE INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO RUN WITH HER IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR. JOAN, ALONGSIDE AMERICAN LONG DISTANCE RUNNER SHALANE FLANAGAN, LED US AS WE TOOK THE STREETS OF WASHINGTON, D.C. FOR THE NIKE WOMEN’S HALF MARATHON. JOAN AND SHALANE SPOKE INSPIRATIONAL WORDS OF WISDOM, COURAGE AND CONVICTION TO PREPARE US FOR THE 13.1 MILE JOURNEY AHEAD. THE GUN ROARED AND WE WERE OFF, WITH VALIANT FRONTRUNNERS LEADING THE PACK OF DETERMINED WOMEN (AND A FEW GOOD MEN). FOR A MULTITUDE OF REASONS, THAT RACE WAS ONE OF THE FAVORITES. HAVING JOAN AND SHALANE AHEAD OF US GAVE ME SUCH PURPOSE TO RUN FAST, RUN TALL AND RUN LONG. 

 PHOTO COURTESY OF NIKE

PHOTO COURTESY OF NIKE

 PHOTO COURTESY OF NIKE

PHOTO COURTESY OF NIKE

 PHOTO COURTESY OF NIKE

PHOTO COURTESY OF NIKE

 PHOTO COURTESY OF NIKE

PHOTO COURTESY OF NIKE

I PUT IN THOSE MILES ACROSS WASHINGTON, D.C. WITH JOAN. THIS MORNING I PUT IN MY MILES FOR JOAN.

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