May 27, 2013

Motivational Monday #17

I hope everyone has had a nice (and healthy) long weekend! Jerry was off work today, and the kids didn't have school, so the four of us were trying to come up with something to do. At about 7:00 this morning, we decided to go run a race! The race started at 9:00, and was about 30 minutes away, so we threw on some clothes and headed out the door. I'll save all those details for tomorrow, when I'll write an actual race report; for now, let's focus on Motivational Monday!

Allison ran a 5K race with her kids, Esther and William, a race where she did her first 5K a year ago. She's lost 117 pounds, and is in the best shape she's ever been. She says there is nothing like running with your kids!

Jenny and her husband made a new year's resolution--she wanted to run a half-marathon, and he wanted to run a full-marathon. They both started training, and her husband talked her into doing the full instead of the half! Unfortunately, he was injured and had to stop training, but Jenny kept going, and just ran her first marathon! (Two weeks later, she finally ran her first half-marathon, hahaha)

After being an on-again-off-again runner for years, Kelsey decided to sign up for a half-marathon and stick to her training schedule. After following the training (losing over 35 pounds in the process), she just ran her first half-marathon! Here is her race report.

Debra ran a 5K that was actually her first 5K last year. This year was quite different, however! Last year, she ran/walked the course in 45:11 and was 216 pounds. This time, she ran it in 36:03 and 173 pounds!

Gigi just celebrated her two-year running anniversary. After her first race, a 5K, she was totally hooked--and has run well over 100 races in the past two years! She just recently ran the Flying Pig Half-Marathon. You can see lots of her race reports on her blog, Running on Candy.


In about a month from now, Jen will be competing in swimsuit on stage for the title of Miss Virginia. She is preparing her body the healthy way, without crash dieting or doing anything she wouldn't want her young students to do. She has a history of disordered eating, and this time around she wanted to get in shape the right way, and set a good example. Through mindful eating, she's gone from 165 to 135, and has become a runner. She decided to run a race every weekend until the Miss Virginia pageant, and has quite a few under her belt already! (You can read more about it on her blog, Life Gets 2 Thumbs Up.

Jennifer and her sister, Crystal, ran their first 5K! Jennifer had decided that she wanted to run a half-marathon in the fall (after walking one this past spring), so she started training and is well on her way. Here is her race report.

Magdalena ("Mimi") ran her first 5K on Saturday; and her son ran his first kids' run (300 meters)! She has lost 10 pounds since she started training for the 5K.

Rachel originally started running in 2009 in order to lose a little weight without giving up her favorite foods. After doing some 10K and half-marathon races, she finally took the big plunge and registered for a full marathon. She trained, all on her own, for 18 weeks and hoped just to finish. She blew away her expectations and finished in 4:17:31!

Lots more stuff going on, so make sure you check out the Motivational Monday Facebook post, too! Here is a snippet:


  1. I loved seeing all of the families/moms & kids that raced together!!! What a fun post!!

  2. Your Motivational Monday posts are some of my favorite blog entries to read ANYWHERE on the web :) You have some inspiring readers!! And you're awesome to compile some of the best stories to share with the rest of us :)

  3. I LOVE the idea of doing the Color Run with our kids! Don't know why I didn't think of that on my own, but thanks Genny Johnson for the idea! :)

  4. :) Love Love Love Motivational Mondays!!!

  5. Everyone is so inspiring this week! Hope ya'll keep up the great work!

  6. Haha, I love that you just signed up for a race with your family on a whim the morning of the race. That's awesome!

    Congrats to everyone on their accomplishments! :)

  7. AnonymousMay 28, 2013

    Thank you for including me! It means a lot!

  8. Great inspirational stories! I'm still just walking, but want to start running soon :) I'm more confident in myself after reading these stories!

  9. I LOVE Motivational Mondays! Congrats to everyone! Rachel, we were in Ottawa, too! Our son and 3 others from our running store ran the full marathon. It was a perfect day. I did my first 10k there in 2009, but have been up and down, so am starting back at the beginning. I got on the treadmill this morning for 30 mins, including 3 x 1 min runs.

  10. Yay Gigi and everyone for making themselves proud!


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