It has been a year since I joined the Oiselle Volée team and became an official Brobird. I still haven’t had the chance to put on their colors and toe a starting line, so why am I re-committing myself to this team today? Because being apart of a team isn’t about what is spread across your chest as you stride around a track or down the street, it is leaps and bounds beyond that.
Being apart of team is about supporting each other and being supported. Oiselle is the full embodiment of supporting those who support them (and then some). I have always been a huge fan of Oiselle ever since I was first introduced to them a little over 3 years ago when a friend jokingly suggested their Distance short to me (for those that don’t know, Oiselle is a Women’s only athletic closing line). What I learned about the company in my search for the shorts really struck a chord with me. Not only did I find a perfect pair of shorts with more than enough pockets to hold all my belongings needed for a full marathon, I found a company that focuses its energy on driving the needle for Women in track / distance running. There aren’t many groups out there that do this, much less a full company. Most of the people that I look to for inspiration in running and life are fearless Women, something that Oiselle is full of. From our fearless leader Sally, to the professional Haute Volée team we look up to and all the ladies that make up the entire flock, Oiselle Volée or not, you are what make being apart of this team so inspirational.
Oiselle Volée Mission: To create a sisterhood of support at a variety of levels from beginners to professionals, from the roads to the trails to the track. We are committed to fostering a team that challenges, supports and empowers runners of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Each of our stories are interwoven into one collective voice and that voice is behind every mile and every individual flight.
I am a Brobird for life because I am proud to be part of something bigger than just a logo on a racing kit and a few message boards. I am proud of the community and the company that is championing for their amazing athletes and all Women in sports. That is why I am making it a point to toe the line this season with the Oiselle kit on my back and race my heart out for the Flock.
These past 12 days have been amazing. I don’t think I can express how transformative it was to witness the greatest athletes compete to represent USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Pictured above are 2 of the highlights of my trip. On the left I was able to meet Alexa Efraimson whom is someone that I have always enjoyed seeing race and looked at for inspiration. After taking a hard fall and fighting back to get into the top 6 of her heat and make it onto the next round she finishes 3rd in the semifinals. It takes more than just strength to do that, you need heart and determination. On the right is one of the most familiar faces in track and field / distance running, Bernard Lagat, who finished 1st at the Olympic trials to become the 5k champion at the age of 41. His love for the sport is unmatchable and I was honored to finally get to meet him and exchange a few words.
Above is Brenda Martinez taking charge and leaving no doubt to the fact that she will be in the 1,500m final. After a horrible fall in the 800m final which was devastating even for the crowd that witnessed it she makes the team the hard way and doubles back to compete in 3 1,500m races. She ended up throwing herself over the line to take 3rd and the last spot on the 1,500m team. This is probably one of the most exciting races I saw and really gave me the urge to get my racing legs back under me. To say that seeing these 3 athletes compete was inspirational would be an understatement. What got me to actually start going to races and push myself was seeing how hard these class-A athletes would push themselves. I won’t be at a Class-A level but I can sure as hell take a cue from them and push myself to my limit.
Last but not least I closed my trip to Eugene with a pilgrimage to Pre’s Rock. This place has a special air about it that cannot be explained. If you don’t know who Pre is you need to start Googling him and have your life changed. He was one of the most influential runners for Track and Field. He continues to have an impact on so many people’s lives and has had an influence on mine since I first found out who he was and how he raced. Just standing here and remembering him lit a fire in me to get back and always give my all.
While in Eugene I went over a few things with my coach and we decided that I should start setting up some smaller goals that will help me track my progress to becoming more consistent and getting back into my racing shape. This 12 day retreat was a perfect time to level set and take a deep hard look at where I was / am / want to go. I’m more fired up than ever to get some new PRs. Here are the short-term goals for all to see so I can be held accountable:
- Always use a Garmin to keep better track of my runs
- Have 3 straight weeks of running 4+ days
- Be more consistent and stay true to my scheduled plan
- Run a 20+ mile week
- Run a 30+ mile week
- Have a sub 9:30 pace run
- Have a sub 9:00 pace run
Time to run!