November 04, 2013

Motivational Monday #39

Happy November and Motivational Monday! I had such a hard time coming up with anything to be proud of this week; I ate way too much Halloween candy. This afternoon, I was honestly trying to think of something to write, and I was feeling kind of down about my lack of progress this week. So, I decided to head out for a hard run!

I was curious what kind of pace I'm capable of after all these months of marathon training, so I thought a mock-5K race would help me see where I stood. My best outdoor 5K time was 24:03 (that was in the spring). Today, I ran hard, and felt like I was going to vomit! I finished in 25:28. Nowhere near my best, but not horrible, either. Hopefully some speedwork this winter will improve that to under 24 minutes.

It was a very tough run, and for that I am proud. I stuck it out, even though I wanted to stop running and puke. It was HARD.

There weren't a whole lot of submissions this week for Motivational Monday, so I hope that's due to everyone being so busy ;)

"I started my weight loss journey at 186 (pretty high since I'm a shrimp -- 5'1"). My highest weight is pictured at Thanksgiving 2012. On January 2 of last year, I decided to get serious about losing weight. The other picture (Easter 2013) shows me at about 150. The space between those two pictures represents way more than the actual pictures--months of making better food choices, sweating with Jillian Michaels, running my first 5K, etc. I am at 149 right now and still have about 25 lbs. to lose." (Kara's blog)


"Last weekend, October 27th, I finished my first Half Ironman. It comes a year after the completion of my first half marathon in October 2012. I always knew I wanted to complete a 70.3 distance triathlon, but I never thought it would happen this soon. Over the past year and a half, I have lost 50 pounds, started running, and became a true triathlete." (Tabitha's race report)

My sister, Jeanie, just completed her goal half-marathon! Way back in May, I wrote up a training plan for her to run a sub-2:15 half-marathon. She actually completed that goal at a practice half-marathon a few weeks ago, so I told her she could go for a sub-2:10 at her goal race.
"I met my goal of a sub 2:10 half. Finished in 2:08, with a 9:47 pace! I was thrilled! Here is a picture of myself and my 3 friends at the Haunted Hustle race in Middleton, WI"

Jennifer reached 100 pounds lost!!

"100 lbs down, 37 to go! Thank you so much for sharing your life & story with us. Your motivation/determination blog post keeps me going. When I want to give up I read it & it pushes me on. You've also inspired me to venture into the running world. Week 6 of the C25K program, so far so good."


"Completed my first half marathon! I never would have imagined completing 13.1 miles 2 years ago! 70 lbs lost later I started with a goal of a 5K and then decided along with my wonderful husband and my mom that we would complete our first 1/2 marathon together and WE DID IT!!"

"Ran my 1st 5k this weekend and finished 35:45! My goal was under 36 and I did it!!"

Don't forget to check out the Motivational Monday Facebook post for more inspiring stories!


  1. congrats on all the accomplishments to everyone! i love reading these stories!!!

  2. Thank you for adding me to your post! I've been reading your blog for a year now and really enjoy it. Over the course of this year I have lost 40 pounds, started running and competed the 5K. Although I am only halfway to my goal weight, its people like you who inspire me to keep going. Thank you for all you do!!

  3. Everyone is very inspirational but Jennifer WOW you look amazing!

  4. Katie, thanks so much for featuring me on your blog! I am SO excited! A few people have visited my blog because of your mention of it...maybe someday I'll be a real blogger like you! :)

  5. Have you ever had foot troubles with all the running you do?

  6. Any chance you would share the sub 2:15 training plan that you wrote for your sister? That's my goal for my 1/2 Feb 2! :)


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