Happy Motivational Monday! I haven't had the greatest week, but I did start this week out on a good note--I went for a five-mile run with my brother, and it was ridiculously humid! I'll write more about that tomorrow, though.
Several people have asked me about adding them as friends on Fitbit. Right now, I just have my family and a few "real life" friends on my Fitbit, because I'm afraid if the list gets too long, I'll lose track of my family. I wish that Fitbit would let you create separate "lists" of leaderboards, so you could organize it that way. (Maybe they do have this feature, and I just haven't figured it out yet?)
But I figured for now, a solution would be to create a "Runs for Cookies" Fitbit group for anyone who is interested. I'll leave it public for a couple of days, and then I'll switch it to "invitation only" (if you're reading this after I've switched it to invite only, then you can just send me an email with your email address and ask me to invite you, and I'll send the invitation). Now, if you want to join the group, you can go here: Runs for Cookies Fitbit group. I love the idea of having a leaderboard there so you all can motivate me to move more ;)
Anyway, let's get to the good stuff... Motivational Monday!
Lesleigh conquered a huge, daunting hill near her home--running a 400-feet increase in altitude over about 2 miles! She started at the top, and ran down, first. Then, without even a pause, she turned around and ran right back up to the top. It took her about five minutes longer on the way up than on the way down, but as someone who hates hills, she was so proud to make it to the top!
Maegan completed her first 5K on Saturday--The Color Run in Birmingham, Alabama! It was extremely crowded, so it wasn't possible to run the entire thing, but she had a blast and ran when she could. She and her husband, David, have been doing Weight Watchers since January--she's lost 31 pounds, and he's lost 21 pounds!
Tracy recently ran not only her first, but also her second full marathon! She's a mom to 1- and 2-year old kids, and had to work around her husband's work schedule to be able to find the time to train, but she made it a priority. Her mother-in-law has run several marathons, and was her training buddy. A few weeks before Tracy's first marathon, they were scheduled for her longest training run; and instead of just doing that, she decided to run a marathon! She ran it nice and easy, as a training run for her "first" marathon ;) Her next goal is to push both of her kids in a double stroller for a 5K!
Katie just ran her first 10K race! She's come a long way since she walked her first 5K last June, having lost a whopping 85 pounds. She never imagined she'd be a runner, and now she's looking forward to doing her first half-marathon! (Katie's race report)
Meg just ran her first half-marathon! It was much harder than she was expecting, but she pushed hard and finished in 2:35. She says she has never felt so proud! (Meg's blog)
Jennifer just completed a crazy-steep climb up a mountain! It's called Manitou Incline in Colorado Springs, and the elevation climbs 2,000 feet in less than one mile; some spots reach a ridiculous 68% incline! Once they reached the top, they hiked several miles back down a less-steep trail. She torched a ton of calories, and was very proud to have accomplished this! It's something she's been wanting to do for a long time, and she was finally at the point of her weight loss/fitness journey to do so.
Congratulations, everyone! Don't forget to check out more stories on the Motivational Monday Facebook post. Have a great week!