Since I’ve started running for Oiselle team in August of 2013, I’ve gotten a good bit of questions about what being an “ambassador” really means and why I’m on the Oiselle team. With the recent amazing news that Oiselle just shared (Kara Goucher is now on the Oiselle team!!), I was inspired to put together this post. Actually, Kara’s post “Why Oiselle” directly inspired me to write my own “Why Oiselle.” Here’s my why:
As I became more serious about running, I became more serious about my running gear. No longer did I want to run in nasty old sweats and stained tees. I wanted gear that helped keep me dry while sweating on the run, gear that was cute and gear that was functional. Through the magic of the interwebs I found Oiselle. I was first drawn to the company because it’s owned by an amazing woman. I am all about supporting female-owned companies and so that was the first thing that peaked my interest. Then I learned that apparently, Oiselle made shorts that actually fit real women’s bodies (and by bodies I mean THIGHS). I was skeptical. I haven’t found shorts I can run in since I was in high school. I thought I would give the shorts a try because, why not? Well. I bought a pair of rogas and I fell.in.love. AND, let me just say that the rogas aren’t even my favorite Oiselle shorts. That honor is reserved for the stride shorts, which I wear in almost every race now (if it’s shorts weather, I’m wearing them!). So much love.
But as much as I love the product, my love for Oiselle expands way beyond that. I love the team. This group of amazingly talented and supportive women have welcomed me into a community that I treasure. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of the most amazing women through the Oiselle team and honestly, if I wasn’t convinced of this fact (which I was) before Shamrock Marathon, I sure as heck am now. Kara said it best: “I could not believe how this company seemed to operate with such honesty and integrity. They put importance on family and empowering other women.” After I got sick and had to pull out of the Shamrock Marathon at mile 17, I was honestly embarrassed to text our team manager Kristin what had happened. I felt so disappointed and felt like I’d let the team down. Kristin responded with kind words and instructions to drink lots of fluids. I felt a bit better. So many of my teammates sent me encouraging messages and were just so dang kind to me in what was an extremely tough week. As I scrolled through comments, texts, tweets, and the like, I thought to myself: “this is the definition of team.” I was overwhelmed by support and so grateful to be a part of the Oiselle community. As our team welcomes Kara to the flock, I am reminded of all the reasons why I continue to proudly run for Oiselle. Welcome, Kara! You’ll be happy you joined us. 🙂