Chase Your DreamsBrittany Charboneau, @FunnyRunner26.2, takes on TCS New York City Marathon
Brittany Charboneau left her 9 to 5 in sales and marketing at OtterBox to follow her dreams of running marathons and performing comedy shows a year ago. Since then, she has qualified for the Olympic Trials and is headed to run in the TCS New York City Marathon. Charboneau now represents the OtterBox brand through racing as she chases her dreams. And with a 2:36, she has a great chance of catching them.
A runner for 17 years, Charboneau recently created a one-woman sketch comedy show around her relationship with running. Running is personified in her show by a pink treadmill and the voice of running is played by her husband, Justin. Or as Charboneau calls him, her Jusband.
“My favorite part of my comedy show is the feedback that are coming back from people that have seen it, hearing about things that they related to, or that they have gone through, or just maybe even ideas or things that the show has sparked for them,” Charboneau said. “It's really fun to write it. It's a unique show. But I also think that my purpose when I wrote it was to inspire other people through telling my story.”
Part of her show includes her singing a parody of “Under the Sea,” called “Hey! a Penny,” which was inspired by her habit of picking up pennies on her runs. During every run she is on during training, Charboneau will pick up any penny she sees and keeps them in a collection book, she even has an Instagram handle inspired from her coin collecting called @Running_4_Change.
The reason I pick up change is because they are my pennies from heaven. I really do believe that they are signs for me that I'm on the right path.
“The reason I pick up change is because they are my pennies from heaven,” Charboneau said. “I really do believe that they are signs for me that I'm on the right path. Or if I find one it's like whatever thought I'm having, I catch myself in that thought. And that's kind of confirmation I'm on the right path of whatever it is. The last night of my show was sold out, and there were 71 seats sold. Right after the show I'd gone for a run and found 71 cents.”
The world is full of places that can have that same effect; and most of them are accessible by mere mortals. Sometimes, they just take effort to reach, but it will always be worth the effort.
Running After a Dream
Running After a Dream
When Charboneau started out, she had a few goals she was planning to accomplish but wasn’t sure where it would all lead. A combo career in running and comedy didn’t exist, but she wanted to make it happen.
“I remember working and knowing that I had something else deep down,” Charboneau said. “It was really scary because a job in comedy and running doesn’t exist, at least to my knowledge. But then I thought, well, what's the worst that can happen?”
Charboneau went after her dreams. Between writing her own comedy show and running hundreds of miles for training each week, she took her running inspiration and turned them into inspiration for others.
My life purpose is, I believe, to inspire by doing. The more I can do and go after this big crazy dream, the more it's hopefully having the ripple effect on other people.
“My life purpose is, I believe, to inspire by doing. The more I can do and go after this big crazy dream, the more it's hopefully having the ripple effect on other people,” Charboneau said. “I think that my biggest inspiration is that I know other people are following or other people are looking at those accomplishments. And just thinking, ‘Why couldn’t I do a quarter of that?’ Or ‘I could go after something I've always wanted to do.’ And that's what keeps me going is knowing that I'm hopefully inspiring other people.”
Charboneau’s next big feat is the TSC New York City Marathon, where she will be trying to beat her personal record and continue down her path of chasing her dreams and inspiring others to do the same.