Do you think you have the worst-looking feet around? How about the best-looking feet?
I'll be the judge of that.
From April 1 - April 30, 2016 (midnight PST) post a picture of your feet...hideous or beautiful.
Follow and tag me (lisarobertstri) & Balega (balega_international) and hashtag #hidemyuglyfeet or #lovemybeautifulfeet with your picture, depending on which category you want to enter.
You can post multiple pictures.
On May 1, 2016 I will announce one winner from each category.
Each winner will receive 3 pair of socks from Balega.
Clever captions are welcome, but not required. I'll start with a picture of my ugly dogs...thank you Balega for helping me to cover them and stay comfortable! :)
What are Balega socks? Click here.
Arguably the most comfortable, best-fitting, technologically advanced, high quality socks around, Balega socks are manufactured in Cape Town, South Africa, utilizing the best performance yarns made in the United States. They have a variety of performance levels, fabrics, fit and styles to provide the best sock for what you need. Each pair is personally inspected before it leaves their facility.
They have an incredibly deep belief in community, which is central to the Zulu culture. They contribute to programs for the homeless, veterans and cancer research through sock purchases. You can find their socks at your local retailers or online.
I can't wait to see your pictures!
In just a few weeks I will head back to my hometown of Benld, Illinois to take part in several events in the surrounding towns. I have wanted to do this for some time, partly as an excuse to visit friends and family and partly as a way to give back to my community, but mostly to thank everyone who has supported and believed in me from the very beginning of my athletic career.
First, I will speak to several hundred students at Litchfield High School's SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) event, then I will get to talk to Gillespie High School's track & field team. I'll get to watch one of their track meets, organize a social gathering/run and finally cap the week with a Q&A at the Litchfield Spring Duathlon.
Maybe it's only a small town thing, but growing up I had numerous teachers, coaches, neighbors, friends and family that didn't bat an eyelash to drive me around the region to cross country and track meets (before I had my license), open up the weight room on the weekends, put in a good word for me when it mattered most and in general play host to a silly, crazy, young girl's belief and passion for running and endurance sport.
When I started in athletics, I didn't have a plan (or a clue). I did it because I loved it, I liked the way I felt when I did it and I enjoyed the fact that it took me to new places where I could meet new people. I haven't changed much since then, except now I have a plan, the places I go are farther than I imagined and the people I've met are more special that I could've hoped for. And while plans, goals and direction may change, one thing remains the same - where you started. We didn't have the best facilities or the newest gear or top-notch nutrition to help us. All we had was a love for what we were doing.
Another Tucson-themed "homecoming" to announce is my renewed partnership with TriSports.com for 2016. They, much like my friends/family in Illinois, supported and believed in me as I first got started in triathlon almost 15 years ago. They are a knowledgeable group that can help gear you up in any multisport or endurance adventure, much like they did for me many years ago.
I will be sure to have many stories to share of my trip back home in a few weeks, and in the meantime read my interview in this Sunday's edition of Springfield, Illinois' State Journal Register or read about the Duathlon in The Journal-News.