I might be a member of the Oiselle Volée Team, but I've been wearing Oiselle (pronounced Wa-Zelle) for several years now. Oiselle is a company with a mission I believe in, and running clothes that help me believe in myself. Oiselle Wednesday is a day for reviewing my favorite running fashions and showing you the fit on a 5'7, 130 pound Mommy-body!
I'm not here to review the singlet. For some it's just a top to race in. But for me, it's an attitude. When I race in my singlet, I'm not only representing myself, but I'm representing my teammates who live all over this country, most of whom I've never met. It's a big responsibility and it's one I don't take lightly.
The Oiselle Volée team varies in talent immensely. The elites, such as Kara Goucher and Lauren Fleshman, race as the sponsored, Haute Volée team, but I still consider them my teammates. My Volée teammates are my sisters, my heroes, and my friends. There are women who race as elites, just not sponsored, then there's, well...me. And by me, I mean your middle to front-middle of the pack runner. The runner who goes out to have a good time but wants to PR. The runner who smiles and encourages others along as the race progresses.
The best part of being a part of the Volée Team, is that it is okay to be Me. There's no pace requirements, no size or age requirements. You simply have to live and race by the Oiselle Manifesto:
principles of flight
a team manifesto
What follows are not rules or requirements, or club commandments…but rather ideas we think are important in forming a family of fast runners. Ideas we hold dear…and that we feel lead not only to successful competition, but to creating positive energy in our sport. We’re not building a single runner. Or a single performance. But rather a movement. A new kind of family that breaks from some of running’s old ways especially as they pertain to women athletes. It’s about progress and change. The future, the flight, the journey is new again – and ours to define.
1. build the sisterhood.
We are only as strong as the bonds we build. And while most of us have them, we want to do more. We want to raise the ante in showing how women can support other women. To go further with the sisterhood …fostering strength and leadership not just in competition, but through every action, every day.
2. eat like a human.
No disordered, underweight competition. We know for a fact that this approach is a short-term benefit that detracts from strength, and can spread like a disease. Fuel your body, honor its workload, and create an image of health for other women to follow.
3. tell your story.
Running and racing is not enough to kindle a fire under track & field. By telling your story, you capture hearts and minds. And when you capture hearts and minds, you build the overall success of our sport. You are the story. You are the magic. Let her rip!
4. race with fire.
Fierce, beastly, carnivorous racing. The win, the podium, the qualifying time, the team score. We seek serious victories on significant stages. No matter the goal, the effort is marked by an unconditional desire to push to the limit…to go fast, and take chances.
5. compete clean.
No doping. No cheating. No monkeying with our natural state via chemicals or prescriptions. Eat well, work hard, run fast. Period.
6. be a superfan.
Get fans by being a fan. By being a crazy, cheering, yell ‘til your voice is hoarse superfan. After all, being a superfan, regardless of brand affiliation, is one of the most powerful things we can do to strengthen ourselves and our sport.
7. spread the love.
Oiselle won’t be for everyone, and that’s okay. But if you choose to be here, join because you’re nuts about the brand. You dig where we’re going, and you want to be a part of it. L-O-V-E baby, that’s all there is.
In the past year of being a member of the Team, I have made the most amazing friends. Obviously, Tara has become a real life friend, but then there's Steff, who sends videos of herself making snowballs to my kids. There's Sarah who never misses a blog post, and the PNW girls, Lynn and Marilyn, who I swear I will visit eventually. Then there's Jenn, who is the most encouraging and amazing force of a human being. I could go on and on, and if I didn't mention you, please don't fault me...I just love you all to pieces.
In running, a very individual sport, having a team supporting you and cheering you on, is everything. I have that with Oiselle, and I couldn't imagine my life without my teammates. I fell in love with Oiselle years ago because of the clothes, but this past year has proven to me that it is SO much more than clothes. Oiselle has become a way of life, and my team has helped me gain the confidence in myself to Go Fast and Take Chances.
If you are thinking about joining the Voleé Team on July 31st, I want to encourage you to remember it's not about a discount on awesome clothes. It's about a Sisterhood of Runners, who support, cheer, and cowbell with all their heart. Your new friends will become your SisterHeroes.
And yes, you'll hold your Head Up, Wings Out, with awesome clothes on! I can't wait to welcome a new crew of teammates, and please feel free to ask me any questions you can think of regarding Oiselle or the Volée Team! If you don't want to leave it in a comment, email me at MommiesRun@gmail.com.
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