Belle Lap caught up with the spirited team at SMACK! Media – A PR and sports marketing team of athletes and entrepreneurs taking innovative and authentic brands to the next level.
This inspiring business model based out of SoCal HQ operates wirelessly throughout North America. The ‘Smackanistas’ as they coin themselves, are made up of runners and rowers, an Olympian and an ironman, plus there’s some serious girl power going on, they’re a team of fearless females.
We caught up with the runners on the team to find out how they juggle training and racing, while pursuing a successful career.
per·son·al best | per·son·al record
-the best time or score ever achieved by an athlete in a particular event.
A time, a PR, A PB. That’s how many of us determine whether we are happy with our race or whether we have progressed. It’s silly really as there are so many ways we can grow and better ourselves as athletes. Considering physical attributes, we could have more strength, speed or aerobic capacity. Mentally, we could be wiser, have less anxiety or be more motivated and dedicated. We could tactically run a much better race, but in the nature of the sport we want to run faster than we ever have before and we want it recorded officially with lots of people watching and cheering. This is what we expect from ourselves every season, sometimes every race.
It’s Mental Health Month and today we have a fab interview with Megan Marshall, who previously ran for Penn State and Jody Whipple, a dietician with focus on disordered eating. They’re currently using their experience and expertise to educate runners about a positive body image.
*may/may not be an accurate representation of Phoebe’s Nana
Phoebe has affirmed herself as an advocate for women’s track a field in recent years with a strong voice that is respected in the running community. Her Twitter feed is a trusted source if you’re looking for a giggle, strung out with regular random thoughts and wit. She’s funny, fast, authentic and has had her fair share of ups and downs in the sport, which she openly shares on her awesome personal blog ‘‘Stop Phe’‘
She was actually one of the main inspirations behind starting Belle Lap…
Our friend Alexi Pappas, who just ran the Olympic Qualifier and will represent Greece this summer in Rio would like to announce that the tickets to her movie premiere at the LA film festival go on sale today!!!
Click below to purchase track town movie tickets and help support her career on and off the track.
I have been self reflecting on my career recently and since writing this three part article I have been focusing on my good races vs. my bad ones. I was able to extract some aspects that really set the great days apart.
When I was healthy and my body allowed me to compete frequently, I would pride myself on being a great racer. That was ‘my thing’, one of my biggest strengths. I believed I could out-run and out-smart any of my competitors. I knew in the 2010 NCAA 1500m final that I wasn’t in my best shape (I was much fitter indoors and was still recovering from taking some time off with a calf injury when outdoors rolled around).
On paper and in that current form, I wasn’t meant to win that race. I had to train through the regional meet to be ready and I wasn’t sure what shape that was going to leave me in. I won because I raced well, I didn’t give in to the pain and I put myself in the right place at the right time. I was stubborn, competitive and on the start line I can vividly remember the burning entitlement in my heart pressuring myself to beat the gals standing next to me…
That confidence came from training, racing and my coach’s belief in me.