With that being said, it’s time to meet a member of #teamsparkle. Up next is Christina, aka @plaidtink.
Tell us about your past race/running experience:
Christina: I was always that kid that dreaded PE especially the day we had to run the mile. Flash forward to 2014 and I decided I wanted to run a half marathon but not just any half marathon – a Disney one. I was a Cast Member at the time and I’d worked countless races, and I wanted that bling! I discovered I’d missed registration for the Disneyland Half 2014 and it was sold out. I started checking out the charity partners and found Team Muscle Makers for UCMD and the rest is history! I’ve now completed 7 half marathons, 3 10ks, and a few 5ks.
We are so glad you are a part of #teamsparkle. When did you first join and what color was your first skirt?
C: I discovered Sparkle Athletic at the Disneyland Half Marathon Expo in 2014. I was looking for a fun shirt to run my first half in and got myself a “Blood Sweat Sparkle” tank. My first skirt was the black sparkle because black goes with everything!!
What/Who inspires you to continue running?
C: My reason for running is twofold. I run for the kids who can’t. Team Muscle Makers helps fund a muscle disease clinic at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA. My teammates and their families have become family and it’s an honor to join them to do so much good.
My other reason for running is to be an example for my kids. I want to be around for them for a long time and leading a healthier lifestyle is going to help me do that. My oldest son has caught the running bug as well and is training for his first 10k.
We all know how much #teamsparkle loves their treats as much as they love running… What’s your favorite indulgence?
C: I can only pick one?! If it’s sweet I’m in. Cupcakes, donuts, macarons, I could keep going…
Which Sparkle Athletic product is your favorite “go to”?
C: Skirts are definitely my go-to! I wear them to the gym, races, spectating. There are so many colors and they pair perfectly with my TMM shirts.
What is one of your favorite parts of racing in a Sparkle Athletic skirt?
C: Besides looking awesome, the skirts are perfect over my shorts or leggings. They don’t slide or bunch up. I get tons of compliments especially from the kids at my kids’ school!
Thank YOU so very much for “joining the team.” Individually each & everyone of you is amazing, but as a “team” we ROCK.
Everyone has a story, and we want to hear YOURS! The #teamsparkle community is such a loving and inclusive group, but often times we are tackling our runs solo. Knowing your teammates can help you to feel more a part of the running community.
If you would like to share your story, whether it is about how you got started running, what motivates your running, why you love running, or how running has changed your life, please let us know! We would love to feature you on an upcoming “Meet The Team“ post – so email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!