I thought that I might use my first blog post to introduce myself. My name is Alissa, and I am a corn-fed Midwesterner who hails from the great state of Indiana. I followed my older sisters into the pool pretty much as soon as I could walk and hold my head above the water. I think my mother just wanted us all out of the house at the same time and swim practice fit the bill.
So I swam and eventually started playing soccer and never really thought I would stop doing either. Life had other plans though. A weird staph infection followed by a back injury and surgery sidelined me from both sports in junior high. I started running to get back in shape for soccer my freshman year. My mom would roller blade with me, and we did the exact same four mile loop every day. I got hooked on that small thrill that I got from looking at my watch and seeing that I had clicked off the miles a little faster each day.
Next thing I knew, I had joined the cross country team and then the track team, which I swore I would never ever do. Who wants to run in circles like a hamster in a cage? Seems funny that I ever thought one mile on the track was awful when now I run 10ks…25 laps around and around and around. And I like it.
I haven’t stopped running since those first runs with Mom. She has upgraded from rollerblades (she couldn’t keep up!) to a bike, but she still treks with me. Runs with her were my first experience with the comradery running with people fosters, and that sense of community is one of my favorite things about this sport.
I have been involved with a lot of running communities and have enjoyed my time in each one. I ran with Jackie at Michigan State, was intrigued by her creative ability to envision new styles and fashions, but had no idea that one day I would be thrilled to join her in a running tribe that wears her clothes. I am so excited to be a part of UR and to run for a company whose values I admire and that so closely align with my own. Running and fitness make me feel proud of who I am and what I have accomplished, and I am pumped to wear sportswear that also makes me feel good about my body.
In a lot of ways, this is a fresh start for me. This past year has been a bit rocky, riddled with some injuries and issues. But running with the UR tribe has gotten me so excited and motivated to move forward, and I look forward to sharing it all with you!!