Supportive community

Screen-Shot-2017-09-29-at-3.23.32-PM“Running has made me realize that I’m capable of so much more than I thought. I was never considered athletic growing up — I was the band nerd. I could rock out a really awesome oboe solo, but running the mile in high school? Forget it. So, going into adulthood, I had this really negative perception of myself. I just assumed that since I was never a runner when I was younger, there was no way I could ever do it — or like it or incorporate it into a daily routine or have fun while doing it. There are so many people that can’t run or don’t want to run, and I think we forget that we have a choice. I get to make the choice daily, weekly, monthly and yearly to run. I have bad days for sure. But through this sport, I have met some of my closest friends, run in the most epic places and gotten stronger and healthier than I have ever been. To find a supportive community that has grown me into an adult runner has given me confidence. I know when I set a goal, I can accomplish that goal with a lot of hard work and determination. I literally cry every time I cross a finish line because it seems so out of this world that I just decided to run one day. I feel blessed to be surrounded by positive people that believed in me when I couldn’t or wouldn’t and kept pushing me to new limits. Running is such a mental sport, so I use it as my form of therapy and meditation. These days, I don’t get much time to be disconnected from work, life and technology. But my run time? That’s all for me. I just run.” – HOKA Fan Jackie McCloud

Made to be a runner

Screen-Shot-2017-09-29-at-3.43.47-PM“I run because it’s part of me. It was inevitable that I would be a runner. I love to compete, test my body’s limits, explore beautiful areas and be a part of a close community. I was made for running and running was made for me. I really believe that running makes me a stronger person because it allows me to understand that no matter what amount of success I have within the sport, it is not as important the character, integrity and meaningful relationships that I develop along the way.”- HOKA Athlete Alicia Vargo

Re-write a new narrative

14264041_1280503585325460_8218329629562668050_n“Running community means energy, empowerment and no judgement. Running fast doesn’t make you a runner, running makes you a runner. When you can share that with other people it creates energy, friendships and therapy. It’s amazing how a run can de-stress you, change your attitude and ultimately change your day. It’s rare to get done with a run and say, ‘I wish I would not have done that.’ The hardest part is showing up to meet the group. Once you do that you’re always glad you went. Stop the story in your head that says, ‘you’re not a runner.’ So often we stop ourselves before we have even started because we create the story: ‘I’m not a runner, I’m too slow, what if I can’t keep up?’ It truly doesn’t matter how fast or how slow you go, what matters is that you just go.”- HOKA Ambassador Jenny Schatzle