February 16, 2015

Motivational Monday #98

Happy Motivational Monday! The past several days, I've wanted nothing more than to just curl up under my electric blanket and not move a muscle all day thanks to the crazy cold weather, but thanks to Joey, I've been getting out for at least one walk each day. 

I still really miss running, but I am proud of myself for staying active even though I can't run. I'm still doing the deep water running (about four times a week), and I've been walking a LOT. Hopefully I'll be running on ground again soon!

I have another short but sweet Motivational Monday this week. Enjoy!

AndrĂ©a had a week filled with some pretty great milestones! 1) On Wednesday, she ran her longest distance yet--10K; 2) On Friday, she and her husband celebrated Valentine's Day a little early to beat the oncoming storm, and and she was able to wear a size 10 dress--down from a 16/18 in August! and 3) On Saturday, she hit a new 5K PR--knocking 1:12 off of her previous best time!  She said she felt like she had hit a plateau with her weight loss and running, but this past week has showed her that if she sticks with it, good things WILL happen.

Rikilynn and her husband took a big step by signing up for their first half-marathon! The couple is going to do the 500 Festival Mini Marathon in May (I'll be there, too!). Rikilynn is proud that they've been training despite the bitter cold Michigan winter.

Dean didn't ask me to share this, but I am super proud of him and want to brag about him for a sec! I've mentioned Dean several times on my blog, and I originally met him because he'd submitted a story for Motivational Monday after he completed his first 5K (and had lost about 30 pounds). I invited him to join my Sole Mates Ragnar team, and we've been friends ever since. I have to say, and I'm not exaggerating, Dean is one of the most inspirational people I've ever met! He's lost nearly 140 pounds, and ran his first marathon in October (in 3:50-something, at that!). Anyway, I told Heather from the Half Size Me podcast about him, because I really wanted his story to get out there and inspire others. Heather interviewed him, and Dean's story is on the current episode of Half Size Me! I actually haven't listened to it yet, because I'm saving it for my deep water run tomorrow, but I'm really excited to hear what he has to say. So if you're looking for some inspiration, make sure you check out Dean's story on Half Size Me episode 158. (Dean also has a blog: The Tatted Runner)

If you haven't seen this on the news, it's a really inspiring story about a woman who literally crawled on her hands and knees to finish the Austin Marathon yesterday, and took third place! Her body just shut down with about 50 yards to go in the race and she collapsed, but she was SUPER determined to finish, which you can see in the video.


  1. Love all these stories! They are always so inspiring. Maybe one day I can be featured here.

    ps: love the 'electric blanket' idea. where the heck do I get one of those?! :)

  2. Such an incredibly inspiring group! Thank you so much for sharing. I love reading the stories, it gets my week off to a great start.

  3. Wow, these stories are all so very inspiring. I needed this today.

  4. These folks are all such inspirations! I look forward to the Motivational Monday posts all week!


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