September 01, 2014

Motivational Monday #76

I received quite a few Motivational Monday submissions last week before leaving for vacation, so I decided to split them into two posts. As this post goes live, I am likely driving home from the airport in Cleveland after seven nights in Punta Cana! (If you've submitted one in the last 10 days, I'm not ignoring it, I promise--I just had these posts prepared before leaving for vacation).

Susan, and her sister-in-law, Sarah, just ran the Toronto Women's 10K! It was their first run together, and Susan was happily surprised to finish in 1:06, considering she hadn't run a 10K in over a year. Sarah was excited to finish in 1:01!

Amy is very proud to have completed her first sprint triathlon! She completed a 1/2 mile open water swim, a 2 mile run, and an 8.5 mile bike ride in 2:05. She had a couple of hiccups along the course--during the run, she took a wrong turn and ended up going about a mile off course. To avoid missing the cut-off time for the bike, she had to hitch a ride to the transition area, but her run distance was still correct. She had been told that there was no time limit, but the time keeper had already left when she came through the finish area. Regardless of all that, she is very proud to have finished, she felt better than anticipated, and moved faster than she'd expected!

Robin recently completed her first 5K! She was sparked to start walking following a family trip where she found herself stopping her son from doing things because she couldn't keep up with him. The very next day, she started walking 5K three times per week. She signed up for the Color Vibe 5K, and she proudly walked the whole distance. The course was tougher than anticipated, because he went though the uneven terrain of fields and horse paths, but she kept going. She was so proud that she cried when crossing that finish line! (Robin's race report)

Sarah made a goal at the beginning of June to hike every mile of the 27 miles of nature reserve not far from her house. She recently completed the final missing piece--a half-mile of trail that doesn't connect to anything. Not only did she complete her goal, she ended up hiking 65 miles, because she did some trails multiple times! She even convinced her husband and mother-in-law to do some trail time with her.

Martine has had a great summer with a lot of accomplishments--losing over 30 pounds, reaching her 10 percent at Weight Watchers, working out with a personal trainer, and attending a weekly spinning class. Most recently, she completed the Lacamas Lake Half Marathon in Southern Washington. Her husband had a conference in Portland, and she decided to tag along--her first thought being, "VooDoo Doughnuts!" haha. Instead of heading to VooDoo, she decided to see if there were any local races going on, and she discovered the Lacamas Lake Half. The course was very hilly, and a lot of it was on a trail, but she really enjoyed the scenery and the race!

Great job everyone! Keep up the awesome work! Hopefully I will write a regular update on Tuesday.


  1. Oh to have that 27 miles of trail! So nice!

  2. Great job everyone! How inspiring you all are!


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