6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Shoes, Airplane and the rest is HISTORY

I have been waiting for a LONG TIME to tell my story about how the Nuun Blogger Team came to be..

December 2010 I was on a plane to Rock N Roll Las Vegas Marathon to run with my good buddy Amanda HERE. I was not trained for the race, but my Father had just passed away unexpectedly and I NEEDED something to look forward to. The fit looking man next to me on the Southwest Flight was wearing bright shoes, I figured he was a Runner so I struck up a conversation. He was drinking from a Nuun HERE Bottle (at the time I pronounced it "none" oops) we started talking and I found out he was recently hired as the Marketing Director for Nuun.. CRAZY!! I told him about Tall Mom and gave him one of my homemade Blog cards.

Nuun was nice enough to host a Giveaway and let me review product when Tall Mom was just starting out, so I was already in love with the company. I had been using the product for a while and it was neat to hear about how the product was getting a face-lift and re-launch soon. I felt like I had insider knowledge. Hood to Coast the Movie had just come out, so I asked Mason if he had seen the film or run the race....

He said that Nuun was thinking of sponsoring a team.... When he said that I IMMEDIATLY thought that it would be GREAT to have an all female Blogger team, so I shared my thought. To have Bloggers from across the USA and other countries come together for the Relay and to spread the Nuun brand across the Blogs. It would be VIRAL..

We parted ways, and I told him to keep me posted if it ever came to be.....

The Rest is History...

I feel TRULY HONORED to have played a small role in sparking the flame that lead to such a life changing weekend. I HOPE that Nuun will continue to keep Bloggy Ladies in their plans, and if there is a future Nuun Hood to Coast team I will be reminding Mason of that conversation :) Because I will run Hood to Coast EVERY YEAR if given the chance :)

  • WHAT DID WE LEARN FROM THIS?? You never know what might happen when you talk to someone on an airplane.. :)
  • I am working on multiple recaps...look for those soon.. I am OFF to meet Little Stud #1's Kindergarten Teacher..

15 comments:

Kayla said...

That is so awesome Mel! I am so jealous of all you ladies that got to run! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Julie D. said...

that is so fun! nice job...are you an event planner or marketing director? future in marketing? i think so! thanks for helping start such a cool thing.

XLMIC said...

Mel... you are just the BEST. Not just because you sparked this, but just because you are YOU! So cool to hear the story :) I really hope we keep in touch and get the opportunity to do this again! Hope, hope, hope! Cannot wait to read your recaps!

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Fabulous! A little idea became a great reality!

Lisa said...

I bet you never thought in a millIon years theat your idea would come to life! How cool! Can't wait to hear your recap!

ajh said...

Ohhhh. Your little boy is going to kindergarten? Take lots of pictures. I hope he loves it.

Nicole Wagner said...

I had no idea about that side of the story! that is SO cool!!

kimert said...

I think this might just be my favorite part of the Nuun-Hood to Coast story!! Sweet!

And as a side note, my baby boy started Kindergarten this year. *tears* I hope youor Stud has a great year!!!

Wym said...

I hate talking on airplanes. The last time I struck up a conversation, it was because my kid puked on the person.

sandi said...

How do you pronounce Nuun? I must admit
I thought it sounded like "none".

DEM said...

What an amazing story! That is so cool you were the tiny spark behind the big blogger NuuN invasion!

I would love to run HTC - Mason, are you reading these?! :)

@SAndi - I think it is "noon"

Marlene said...

I don't remember ever hearing this story before! How cool is that!!!

The Jesse said...

what an awesome story! that is soooo cool :)

Lindsay said...

Great story! That's so awesome that you started it.

Thank you SO SO much for your multiple attempts at getting me on an HTC team. Sadly, everybody found Portland-based runners. Maybe next year, I'll be lucky enough to be on the Nuun team. :)

Jesse - Run To The Border said...

I loved reading the relay recaps you posted! Sounds like it was an amazing time. It is true, you never know who you'll sit next to on an airplane.