THE SPEED PROJECT 3.0

We were asked by The Speed Project to nominate 2-3 runners to highlight from our team. Without a doubt we couldn't be any happier for these three to share their story with you all. 

Meet Christine @ladybug1028 she will be 1 of 22 competing in a 344 mile relay from LA to Vegas on March 10. Follow her journey as she hits the concrete on @thespeedproject x @concreterunners Here's her story. . In December 2013, I broke my left ankle and spraining my right. I had surgery to have 3 screws put in my left ankle. Instead of starting a new job in January, I had to relearn to walk. Sometimes I crawled around the house because putting pressure on my right ankle was still painful. There were days I'd lay on the couch not knowing what to do. I was forced to slow down and think about what was important to me. I promised myself that when I ran again, I'd strive for my best every single time and appreciate every step. Breaking my ankle became my blessing in disguise. As soon as I was cleared to run, I started going to the gym and slowly ran on the treadmill 3-4 times a week. It was months before I felt comfortable running outside. At this same time, I joined the Concrete Runners and started signing up for races again. Even though it was difficult, I began to accept the challenges. Running became my outlet and meditation. I trained for a "comeback" half marathon in 2015 and improved my time by almost an hour. Later that year I ran my first full marathon. I didn't do as well as I expected so again it added fuel to the fire. I've had great races and runs but the disappointing ones motivate me to continue the most. I may not be the fastest but I know I've worked hard to get where I am. Running challenges me and brings me joy to see what my body is capable of. In hindsight, before I broke my ankle I took the ability to move freely for granted. Now I see every run as a gift and appreciate I am able to do what I love. When I run, I'm honoring the commitment I made to myself. #concreterunners #thespeedproject

Meet Christine @ladybug1028 she will be 1 of 22 competing in a 344 mile relay from LA to Vegas on March 10. Follow her journey as she hits the concrete on @thespeedproject x @concreterunners Here's her story. .
In December 2013, I broke my left ankle and spraining my right. I had surgery to have 3 screws put in my left ankle. Instead of starting a new job in January, I had to relearn to walk. Sometimes I crawled around the house because putting pressure on my right ankle was still painful. There were days I'd lay on the couch not knowing what to do. I was forced to slow down and think about what was important to me. I promised myself that when I ran again, I'd strive for my best every single time and appreciate every step. Breaking my ankle became my blessing in disguise. As soon as I was cleared to run, I started going to the gym and slowly ran on the treadmill 3-4 times a week. It was months before I felt comfortable running outside. At this same time, I joined the Concrete Runners and started signing up for races again. Even though it was difficult, I began to accept the challenges. Running became my outlet and meditation. I trained for a "comeback" half marathon in 2015 and improved my time by almost an hour. Later that year I ran my first full marathon. I didn't do as well as I expected so again it added fuel to the fire. I've had great races and runs but the disappointing ones motivate me to continue the most. I may not be the fastest but I know I've worked hard to get where I am. Running challenges me and brings me joy to see what my body is capable of. In hindsight, before I broke my ankle I took the ability to move freely for granted. Now I see every run as a gift and appreciate I am able to do what I love. When I run, I'm honoring the commitment I made to myself. #concreterunners #thespeedproject

Meet Abel @sfogclothing he will be 1 of 22 competing in a 344 mile relay from LA to Vegas on March 10. Follow his journey as he hits the concrete on @thespeedproject x @concreterunners Here's his story. Running is a huge challenge within itself and we are tested and rewarded by every run….so why do you run? For personal health and fitness. Or alone time. For the challenge. Or comraderie. For the outdoors and fresh air. Or exploration I run for all these reasons, but the main reason I run is because I can. I grew up very active but I never considered myself a runner. In the recent years, running kind of fell in my lap because it was the only way I could stay active amongst family, work, and life. All I needed was a pair of running shoes (and maybe a change of clothes) and I was good-to-go. Even though it was out of convenience that I started running, I now reap the rewards of keeping active, having me-time, being able to see the world from a humbling perspective, and doing epic sh!t with the awe-inspiring running community. But what makes running meaningful is that I am able to run for more than just myself. Having a daughter who suffers from a muscle disorder makes you appreciate the little things in life. She has been a fighter and illuminates a positive spirit even through all she goes through. She is a true example of hope…and my hero. And I now run to bring sMILEs to my MDA (My Daughter Ava), raise awareness for the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association), and motivate and inspire others along the way. #concreterunners #thespeedproject

Meet Abel @sfogclothing he will be 1 of 22 competing in a 344 mile relay from LA to Vegas on March 10. Follow his journey as he hits the concrete on @thespeedproject x @concreterunners

Here's his story.

Running is a huge challenge within itself and we are tested and rewarded by every run….so why do you run?

For personal health and fitness. Or alone time.
For the challenge. Or comraderie.
For the outdoors and fresh air. Or exploration

I run for all these reasons, but the main reason I run is because I can. I grew up very active but I never considered myself a runner. In the recent years, running kind of fell in my lap because it was the only way I could stay active amongst family, work, and life. All I needed was a pair of running shoes (and maybe a change of clothes) and I was good-to-go. Even though it was out of convenience that I started running, I now reap the rewards of keeping active, having me-time, being able to see the world from a humbling perspective, and doing epic sh!t with the awe-inspiring running community.

But what makes running meaningful is that I am able to run for more than just myself. Having a daughter who suffers from a muscle disorder makes you appreciate the little things in life. She has been a fighter and illuminates a positive spirit even through all she goes through. She is a true example of hope…and my hero. And I now run to bring sMILEs to my MDA (My Daughter Ava), raise awareness for the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association), and motivate and inspire others along the way. #concreterunners #thespeedproject

Meet Jessica @itsjessde she will be 1 of 22 competing in a 344 mile relay from LA to Vegas on March 10. Follow her journey as she hits the concrete on @thespeedproject x @concreterunners Here's her story.  I was never a runner when I was younger. I would always joke that I couldn't understand why people ran with no where to really "go" Running came to me as a bucklet list goal. I signed up for my first half marathon in 2012 with the goal of just being able to finish. After that first run, my life was changed. Running and overall fitness has become a huge part of my life. It has been there for me in times where I have needed an outlet...or some personal exploration time... or just "a break" from everyday stresses. I have met some amazing people through running and am motivated by the fact that my running journey has encouraged others to try their first 5K or set a goal for their first half marathon. The biggest impact it has made on me is that it has helped me prove to myself that I can truly accomplish anything I put my mind to.  Here I am 5 years later. Never would I have imaged I would have run 40+ half marathons or 5 full marathons. Never would I have imagined I would be traveling to run a race. Never would I have imagined I would attempt to run crazy challenges like a relay race from LA to Vegas with a bunch of complete strangers and come out as family.  The Speed Project 2.0 was such a surreal experience. As much as you are a member of a team with one common goal, you feel a personal obligation to get your part done for the team. Your patience is tested. Your pride is tested. You are pushed to your physical and mental limits and CANNOT GIVE UP. It is the ULTIMATE race.  I am so thankful that I have an opportunity to have another go at it again with my Concrete Runners family and be part of the Concrete Elite. I am constantly inspired by the members of the Concrete Runners and am so excited and proud to represent the CRew in The Speed Project 3.0. #concreterunners #thespeedproject

Meet Jessica @itsjessde she will be 1 of 22 competing in a 344 mile relay from LA to Vegas on March 10. Follow her journey as she hits the concrete on @thespeedproject x @concreterunners
Here's her story. 
I was never a runner when I was younger. I would always joke that I couldn't understand why people ran with no where to really "go"

Running came to me as a bucklet list goal. I signed up for my first half marathon in 2012 with the goal of just being able to finish. After that first run, my life was changed.

Running and overall fitness has become a huge part of my life. It has been there for me in times where I have needed an outlet...or some personal exploration time... or just "a break" from everyday stresses. I have met some amazing people through running and am motivated by the fact that my running journey has encouraged others to try their first 5K or set a goal for their first half marathon. The biggest impact it has made on me is that it has helped me prove to myself that I can truly accomplish anything I put my mind to. 
Here I am 5 years later. Never would I have imaged I would have run 40+ half marathons or 5 full marathons. Never would I have imagined I would be traveling to run a race. Never would I have imagined I would attempt to run crazy challenges like a relay race from LA to Vegas with a bunch of complete strangers and come out as family. 
The Speed Project 2.0 was such a surreal experience. As much as you are a member of a team with one common goal, you feel a personal obligation to get your part done for the team. Your patience is tested. Your pride is tested. You are pushed to your physical and mental limits and CANNOT GIVE UP. It is the ULTIMATE race. 
I am so thankful that I have an opportunity to have another go at it again with my Concrete Runners family and be part of the Concrete Elite. I am constantly inspired by the members of the Concrete Runners and am so excited and proud to represent the CRew in The Speed Project 3.0. #concreterunners #thespeedproject

CR x TSP 3.0 TEAM

CR x TSP 3.0 TEAM