Have I ever told you the story about how I was lucky enough to partner up with MSN Canada? No? Well, this will just take a moment…
It was a Tuesday in July of 2011, and I remember specifically not wanting to go for my scheduled 6k run that evening with my running group. I sat at my desk debating the pros & cons, and in usual Liz-fashion, despite the cons list winning, I changed into my running clothes and went to meet my group.
We started running at about 6:30pm and just like always, I quickly fell to the back of the pack. And on this particular day, there were two new girls running in the group. Through gasping for air, and complaining about running, we introduced ourselves and ran together.
Then, at about the 4k mark, I thanked the good Lord as we approached a notoriously long red light. Yay! The three of us stood there, waiting for the light to change, not really talking, just getting our breath back, when a car stopped on the corner, rolled down its window, and a woman said, “are you Liz? from the 125? I love reading your blog.” I was so shocked and flattered, and waved to her, and said a big “yes! Thank you.” And then she was on her way.
Then, the two new girls I was running with looked at me funny and said, "ummm, so you have a blog?" Shoot. Ummm. No. Yes. Maybe. Because this was the time in my life that this blog was still TOP SECRET. Hardly any of my in-real-life people knew about it, and I never ever told people about it. Especially people in my running group.
But then the light turned red, and we crossed the road and continued on our way, and I remember distinctly thinking, “what the hell! I’ll tell them.” And so I did.
They were really nice about it, and said they would check it out that night. And they did. I didn’t know this then, but it turned out they worked for MSN Canada, and sent my blog to the Lifestyle section.
I was very flattered but I didn’t think too much of it, and in September 2011 left for my trip. I ran the Berlin Marathon, enjoyed Croatia’s beautiful beaches, and then headed into the Internetless land of the Himalayas in Nepal and hiked to Base Camp Mt. Everest.
And after a month of no-Internet, I returned to an email from MSN Canada in my Inbox. !!!!!. They wanted to work with me? ME? Oh. My. God. I was absolutely shocked and happy and felt like I had conned my way into this amazing opportunity. Slowly over the next few months we emailed back & forth, and I went into their offices when I flew back home for Christmas, and, well, slowly but surely we figured out a way for me to work with MSN, while staying true to my blog.
Pretty cool, eh? How lucky I was that I went on that run that day, that Liz (the girl in the car, if I remember right) recognized me and said something, and that I was running with the two new MSN girls. Life is sometimes so amazing.
Then, last night (the above pic) I sat on a patio with two lovely ladies from MSN and had such a fantastic time hanging out with them, and made plans to head to Toronto’s POUTINE and CRAFT BEER fest (oh yes, that’s a thing) next week with them, and again I found myself feeling so lucky and blessed the way this blog has changed my life, and allowed me to meet so many awesome people.
Also, do you know the story of how I went from a solo-runner, to group-runner? Life & chance & coincidences are amazing!