Honey Stinger Hive

I sling brands for a living. Brands that are predetermined and chosen for me to represent. Therefore when it comes to my personal life I've cringed at the thought of having this blog sponsored.

I really cherish that space and never want to be told I can only support a certain brand in my personal life. However, there are a handful of companies that I believe in with every bone of my body. Honey Stinger is one of them. I have been a huge fan of this Colorado based company since 2012. Their organic energy gels (my favorite: acai-pomegranate) are the only gels that haven't torn up my stomach and I've used Honey Stinger for every 13.1 and 26.2 since. In fact, I've went through a lot of my stash just this year using one gel for the Nippy Niner, two for the Mermaid Series Half and two for the San Dieguito Half. Plus, another gel for my 10-miler in Anaheim on the hotel dreadmill.

On January 7, while we were in Winter Park, CO, I sat in Starbucks at the base of the resort and applied to be a part of the 2014 Honey Stinger Hive. I already buy their gels/products, feature them on my "Faves" section of the blog, use them for every race (over 9-10 miles), rave about them to my friends...why not try to join their team?

Today on the drive from San Diego to Flagstaff, I received this exciting e-mail! I am SO STOKED to announce I've been chosen to be a part of the #HSHIVE team! Heck, the least I can do is hashtag #HSHive to my race photos and talk about a company I already talk about. I am thrilled to represent a brand I chose to promote, believe in, love and actually use regularly in my personal life. I feel so lucky and I think this is just another sign that 2014 is going to be an amazing year!

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