As of 11:11am on Sunday morning, I had started and completed 13 marathons.
I’ve run them in the sun. I’ve run them in rain. I’ve run them in harder rain.
I’ve run them alone. I’ve run them with family. I’ve run them with more family (I have a lot of siblings).
And now, I’ve run them with coworkers or, as I tend to refer to them: friends.
On Sunday morning in Cary, North Carolina, seven Summit Coffee Co. employees from ages 22-30 (guess which end I was on) huddled in Residence Inn Room 2012. And, as we do, we drank coffee. Alicia Chaves de Morales, to be exact. We stood, we sat, we stretched. We listened to music, we watched commercials, we talked.
We existed, 154 miles from our shared workplace, together. At 5:30am on a Sunday morning, when none of us were being paid and none of us were being reviewed.
The Zappos founder Tony Hsieh said, “Your brand is your culture.”
So if the Summit Coffee Co. brand is Willie and Alex and Brooke, Adrienne and Evan and Andrew, all joining me in Cary to run 26.2 miles for no apparent reason. So if the Summit Coffee Co. brand is Carley and Hanna and Chris, and Courtney and Ava and Tim, all sending us messages of good luck and good fortune. So if the Summit Coffee Co. brand is gathering in a hotel room, carpooling in the dark and helping each other through long, long hours on a hot race day.
So if the Summit Coffee Co. brand is all of this, consider me lucky. That’s a place I want to work. That’s a place I am proud to call home.