August 04, 2014

Motivational Monday #72

I hope everyone has had a great week--it's time for Motivational Monday! The thing I am most proud of this week is that I recognized that there was a problem with my knee, and instead of running through the pain, I took time off until I was 100% back to normal. In the past, I would have continued running, hoping the pain would just go away (and instead, it would have gotten worse--which is how I spent all of 2012 with knee injuries!). So as odd as it sounds, I am proud of myself for NOT running for three days :)

What have you done this week to make you feel proud?

After an on-again-off-again bout of running over a few years, Jen decided to get serious this summer, and signed up for three local races. The first was a 5K, and she was very nervous going into the race--it was in the evening, and she was used to running in the mornings; it was humid and rained on the way there; and the terrain was on a trail, so the rain + dirt = mud. She was filled with self-doubt throughout the entire race, and just before the finish line, a woman came up to run with the older man behind her. The woman (presumably his daughter) ran with him, encouraging him the whole way. Jen thought it was awesome to witness, and at the very end, they sprinted past her. After the finish line, the man went up to Jen and said, "I watched your butt the whole race. I thought I would never catch you!" ;) While it came out sounding a little odd, she knew what he meant; and despite being filled with self-doubt, she'd motivated him to keep going! (Jen's race report)

After losing 70 pounds on Weight Watchers, Jenn just completed her first 5K race! She followed a Couch to 5K-like program for about eight weeks, and her only goal was to run the entire race (no walking). She reached her goal, and celebrated by buying a treadmill! She enjoys running outside, but didn't want to have any excuses not to run during Oregon's rainy months.

On Saturday, Lisa (second from left in photo) stepped WAY out of her comfort zone to do the Boston R.O.C. (Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge) race. She was really nervous, and afraid of getting hurt, especially when she saw it was cold and rainy the day of the race. She was pleasantly surprised to see that some of the obstacles that intimidated her the most turned out to be the most fun! She and her group of friends were freezing, but they had a blast, and got to play like kids at the finish line foam party.

Sarah is very proud to announce that she is an IRON(WO)MAN! She completed the Lake Placid Ironman triathlon (a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run--to be completed under 17 hours in order to be considered an Ironman). The photo below shows Sarah before training for the Ironman, and then at the finish line--she lost 55 pounds during training for this race!

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

If you have a photo you'd like to share for Motivational Monday, just email it to me (subject: Motivational Monday) along with a short description, and I may include on a future MM post!


  1. Sarah, you are such an inspiration! I've wanted to do an Ironman for years, but didn't think I could do it. Maybe I should just sign up and do it!

  2. I just want to let you know that you've totally inspired me! I have been training for a 5k and trying to lose weight, and I've been following your blog for a few weeks... thanks for sharing your story! Great blog!


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