September 15, 2014

Motivational Monday #78

Happy Motivational Monday! It's been feeling so good to get back in a nice routine now that the kids are in school and it doesn't really like summer anymore. The weather here has been absolutely perfect all week long, and I'm starting to remember what it was that I enjoyed about running. It's easy to forget the good parts about running when it's so hot and humid all summer!

My "proud moment" of the week was when I hit my goal of sub-10 miles for my 8-mile run on Friday. It wasn't a very lofty goal, because I've been running sub-10's regularly for a couple of years now, but my pace has slowed a LOT this summer. So I was very happy to hit that goal for my long run this week.

I have some inspiring stories to share for Motivational Monday today. Enjoy!

Jessi has been working really hard to have a healthy pregnancy. She's currently over 33 weeks pregnant, but she just completed The Color Run 5K! She took her time, and says she was "nowhere near fast", but she was out to have a great time with friends, and her friends stuck by her the whole way. She's very proud to have completed the race, and plans to continue with the exercise as long as she can.

Andrea ran her very first 5K distance this week! About six weeks ago, she decided that she wasn't going to be overweight or unhealthy anymore, so she started tracking her calories on My Fitness Pal and following the 5K Runner app. She registered for her first 5K race, which will take place on October 12th. Her goal was to run the whole race in less than 45 minutes, and this week, she decided to see just where she was as far as distance and pace are concerned. She took a few short walk breaks, but she beat her goal of sub-45... a whole month early! She's lost about 15 pounds and gained tons of confidence the past few weeks, and now she's really looking forward to her first 5K race.

Emily just completed her first 5K! She said she was always the kid panting at the halfway mark in the high school mile, because nobody ever told her about pacing. She's been running off and on since college, but not consistently, and she has gained weight over the years. On August 1st, she decided to take charge of her health, and she signed up for a 5K. She's lost 20 pounds, and last night, she completed the Girls Night Out 5K in 50:06! She's also proud of her daughter, who completed the 1/4-mile Rosebud Run. Her daughter's advice to her before the race was: 1) Don't get hurt; 2) Don't run too fast, or you will get "hydrated"; and 3) Don't drink too much or you'll pee your pants!

Lindsey just completed her first triathlon! She's done 5K's and half-marathons in the past, but a triathlon was new to her. She said it was very different, but a great experience! She enjoyed it so much that she's planning on focusing on triathlons for a while.

Renee is proud to announce that she PR'ed her 10K time yesterday! Despite a difficult summer for training (moving, starting a new job in a new city, and the heat/humidity), she finished 31 seconds faster than her previous best time. She feels confident that she's going to do great at her second half-marathon next month! (Renee's race report)

Marine, and her friend, Caroline, completed their first race--the La Parisienne 6.7K race around the Eiffel Tower! They had a great time, and saved enough energy to sprint to the finish line. They finished in 40:28, and they're already planning on doing another race together!

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

If you have a photo and accomplishment you'd like to share for Motivational Monday, you can email it to me at Katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com, with the subject "Motivational Monday", and I may include it on a future MM post :)


  1. How far is a 6.7K? Close to 5 miles?

    1. I just looked it up and it's a little bit more than 4 miles.

  2. The La Parisienne race sounds so fun! Hungry Twenties blog did the paris marathon earlier this year and I LOVED reading about that. I think it would be so amazing to travel around doing races! My friend and I did Race #11 of our 14 Races in 2014 Goal this weekend and I ran 1.33 without stopping, a first for me! With the exception of the Runs for Cookies Virtual 5k in January (I ran the first mile there too, but very, very slow and was never able to repeat it!) I've never run more than a half mile in a race (and far less at home). So I'm super proud, even though I didn't PR. 7k is race #12 in two weeks!

    1. I have no glory, I live in Paris. But it was amazing and a lot of fun.

  3. Way to go Renee! Sunday must have been a day of PR's at the Plaza 10 K because me and my two running buddies ALSO Pr'd! I was so happy as this is my third 10K and finally got to 1hr and 20minutes, slow and steady won the race! Congrats again to everyone and here's to the KC half marathon next month, I'll look for Renee!


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