January 04, 2016

Motivational Monday #134

Happy Motivational Monday! I hope everyone is off to a great start for 2016 :) I woke up with a stomach bug yesterday morning, and felt miserable all day. I wish I could say I was better today, but I was still feeling really weak and my stomach felt gross. So, for the past couple of days, I've been resting and recovering with lots of Gilmore Girls (how had I never found this show before? I love it!) and working on a puzzle. I really hope I'm back to normal tomorrow!

Anyway, I have a couple of motivating stories to start off your Monday. Enjoy!

An email from Steph:
"Because of Katie's blog and all the Motivational Mondays, I was inspired. Many stories brought me to tears because I could never imagine doing something so difficult. Yet, so many people were showing up and doing these amazing races. One mile seemed impossible, but none the less, I was motivated to try. I did a 5K and two 10K's this year; but the distance between a half-marathon and a 10K seemed too scary, so I just ran a few days a week and stopped training for races. On Thanksgiving, I ran another 10K Turkey Trot and decided to take the plunge and add in more mileage. I am still doubtful that I can run that long and far, but after yesterday, I am gaining confidence. While my family was enjoying Christmas festivities, I ran 8 miles in a ton of snow. The weather was in the single digits and I had icicles on my eyelashes and hair. But I pushed on and am proud of the progress I have made."

An email froAndréa:
"On January 1st,  I completed my third 5K in 38 minutes. A personal best by far! I made it over a mile and a half before I walked, which is a huge accomplishment for me. I have also continued to lose weight and am now at 72 pounds lost!" (Andréa blogs at The Girl Behind the Mask)

Congrats to Steph and Andréa--great accomplishments, ladies!


  1. I continue to love your blog. You are so real and that inspires me! And LOVE the Gilmore Girls! My almost 10-year-old daughter and I watch that show in marathon fashion. It's great for the dreadmill runs too!

  2. Congrats ladies! And Steph for the record, I KNOW you can go further. I am a total lazy chubster and have finished a full marathon and several halfs. If I can do it, you definitely can do it! ;)

  3. Great accomplishments ladies!!! Very inspiring!

  4. It seems like lots of blogs I read have been coming down with a stomach bug this week! Not fun! I hope you feel better soon!!!!

  5. If you are loving Gilmore Girls you'd probably love the podcast Gilmore Guys! It's about 2 guys discussing each episode. The first season is a bit weird, but they end up with really fun segments and cast interviews. So feel free to start in season 3 or something and then go back and listen to earlier ones.

  6. What great examples of perseverance! I found your blog after listening to your podcast interview with Tina from Runners Connect. Loving it so far!

    PS - Gilmore Girls is awesome!

  7. Wait? What? You've NEVER seen Gilmore Girls? I think I read that 5 times. . . I got stuck right there. . . what?? Girl! You will be addicted!!!!! you'll want to do all your runs on the treadmill so you can watch this awesomely fantastic show. I love Gilmore Girls. It's so quick and witty. I feel like the time flies by and the episode is over.

    Congrats to Steph and Andrea! Keep going girls!!! Nothing is impossible!!!!

  8. I LOVE Gilmore Girls! Netflix is in process of making a mini series consisting of 4 90 minute episodes set seven years after the show ends (i.e., in the present time). Be sure to catch up before it is released! :)


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