I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and weekend! I spent it at home with my family, which was really nice and relaxing. 

Something I’ve been thinking about since Thanksgiving is gratitude…and what I’m grateful for. I recently watched a video of a high school runner with multiple sclerosis. It brought tears to my eyes. If you haven’t seen this video on Kayla Montgomery you need to watch it now. It truly inspired me and made me realize there are so many things we take for granted.

I reflected on this and really thought about my own running. The next time I’m complaining about my shins hurting, or that I don’t want to run, I’m going to remember this video. She gives it 1000% because she knows she has limited time to run. I am grateful for simply being able to get up and run when I want to.

I’m also so happy I got to spend time with my family. Saturday night we went bowling with my uncle and it was so much fun. I haven’t laughed ’till I cried in so long. 


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Make the most of the time you spend with loved ones, whether it’s family or people who are basically your family. I always tell Dan that I believe that saying, “Money doesn’t buy happiness.” Sure it can buy some stuff that may make you happy, or take away stress, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t buy health, family, friends and much more.

I’m not sure what the point of this post was…a little word vomit of how I’m feeling. And so I can look back and remind myself to be grateful for everything I have.

Definitely watch that video! It is worth the 12 minutes of your time. Trust me.

What are you thankful for this holiday season? What things have you realized you sometimes take for granted?


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You Never Know Who You Are Inspiring

I wanted to first say thank you to everyone who commented on my post yesterday – your words of encouragement made me feel so much better about my race. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, that is why I love the running/fitness community. Despite not knowing many of you personally, we support each other and understand the ups and downs of running, as well as health and fitness in general. 

I may have not been happy with the overall result of the race, but I am thankful that I am able to run, and that I can do it with my mom. PRs will come. We just have to be patient.

A conversation that “opened my eyes” happened yesterday. It relates to this quote:

"You Never Know Who You Are Inspiring."

I had mentioned my mom’s friend ran her first half marathon with us. Although we didn’t train together, she would always call my mom asking for help or advice. Yesterday she called my mom to say thank you. She thanked her and myself for inspiring her to do her first half marathon. She said that if it weren’t for us, she would have never even thought to do one. She had so much fun running it that she plans on running more halfs and a fall marathon with us next year!

She thanked us for answering her countless questions as a beginner runner, and for motivating her and encouraging her throughout. And this is what really touched me. 

Sometimes we get so caught up in personal results and how we feel, that we may not realize how we have inspired others. I’m not the world’s best runner, far from it, and I just never would have thought I would inspire someone to run their first marathon. Her call reminded me that it doesn’t matter what “level” you’re at. 

Don’t get down on yourself because you feel “slow” compared to others, or didn’t get that PR. Trust me, I know how hard that is ;) But by just being active, you are probably motivating others to do the same…and you don’t even know it! So just keep doing it, and help those who are just starting out in their journey. This will be especially true in January when the “resolutioners” join your gym. Offer advice if someone needs it…it doesn’t matter if you run a 15 minute 5K or a 30 minute 5K…they’ll be grateful for your help.

Have you ever had someone tell you that you inspired them or motivated them to start running/any activity?


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Motivational Monday!

I had such a relaxing weekend and am ready to tackle this upcoming week. Last week, I mentioned being unhappy with myself. I had lost motivation to run and eat right. But I’m working on getting back on track. This week, my mom and I start a 5K training plan to get faster, and this weekend we also started a nutrition plan which I’ll be reviewing at the end of the month.

5K PR I’m coming for you!

I thought that this picture was perfect for how I’ve been feeling recently (and a great reminder):


In terms of the weekend, I ran my worst 5K ever…but I still had fun! It was a hot race since it started at 12:15, and a hilly course. I actually almost backed out of it because my mom wasn’t around to run or watch the race. But I went anyway and despite a disappointing time, it felt good to get out there and run again.

I also relaxed by a lake with my best friend this weekend. Sometimes all we need is some girl talk :)

Here are my workout plans for this upcoming week:

Monday: Chest/back

Tuesday: Hill workout

Wednesday: Leg day

Thursday: Easy run

Friday: Off

Saturday: Easy run

Sunday: Long-ish run

What are your workout plans this week?

Do you sometimes lose motivation randomly?


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Motivational Monday!

So happy it will be in the mid 70s today! Love that it is finally getting consistently warm. Hopefully it stays that way next week when my mom and I will be in Boston to watch the marathon! Anyone running or will be there too?

Anyway, I found this quote and print on Etsy and love it:

eleanor roosevelt quote

How often do we let other people’s comments and opinions get to us? It actually happened to me a few times this weekend and I had to talk myself out of it. It sucks and it’s hard not to care, but at the end of the day, you’re doing what is best for you, or going after things that you want…no need to have to justify that to anyone!

Have you let someone’s comments get in your head recently? How did you move past it?


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Motivational Monday!

I feel like I have said this a million times, but how is it possible that it was 60 yesterday and this week we may get snow…??!? Come on spring….

Anyway, I was looking through Tumblr for a good quote for today. If you ever want some inspiration, look up “inspirational quotes” or something related and you’ll find a lot of great stuff. I love Tumblr in general for discovering funny things, news, GIFs, etc. Here’s the quote I found:

inspirational quote

I read it and it immediately got me thinking. I mean, I think no matter what…even if you followed all of your dreams and gut instincts, you’d always regret something or wish you had done something else, BUT I like the message here. Pursue your goals and see what happens. You might regret it, or it may not work out, but it’s better to try. I think it would be scary to see “the person you could have become.”

Even now I think back to when I was a teenage and how I thought my life would be by now…and it’s totally not! Sometimes it is disappointing to think about but it also makes me want to work harder to get to where I want to be, so that when I’m 45 I’m not looking back to now and remembering how I wanted to accomplish X,Y,Z. Did that make sense? I feel like I just started rambling… :-P

What do you think about this quote?

What did you think you would accomplish by now when you were a teen? It’s not necessarily a bad thing if you haven’t done those things! Some of those desires were totally unrealistic :)

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Motivational Monday!

Can you believe it is now December? Less than a month left in 2013! Wow…

Today’s motivational quote inspired me this weekend. As you know, I launched my own social media consulting business after grad school. I’ve been working part-time while trying to get more clients. It’s been going well, but it’s has had its ups and downs, which is expected. Some days I really feel like giving up on that dream…but then I see things like this and rally:

I’m taking a chance, but it’s a chance I can take right now, as opposed to when I’m older and need more financial security. It’s hard and stressful, but I want to continue to work on this goal and see where it takes me. If it doesn’t work out, then it doesn’t work out-but at least I tried.

What chances have you taken recently? 

If you own a small business, what tips can you give me? ;)


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Motivational Monday!

October is over already…my friend and I were talking about New Year’s dresses the other day…where is time going??? I don’t want it to be 2014!

Anyway, last week, I found this quote on Instagram on a fellow runner’s account (@blonde_bun_runner). I totally could relate:

This can relate to anyone. How often do you get caught up with worrying and stressing out? We don’t even realize how much we worry sometimes. I saw this and immediately related it to my marathon training. I haven’t had the best last 3 weeks of running and I’m really nervous. Then I saw this and thought, I’m running a marathon. I have the ability to RUN, period. I have an able body, and 2 legs that will take me through 26.2 miles (hopefully). Time doesn’t matter. I should be thankful for the opportunity…because there are many people out there who wish they could walk or run. Something I need to remember whenever I start worrying this week…

What are you currently worrying about? How will you change your point of view on this and instead of thankful? Tell me in the comments!


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Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday! Another new week…and less than 2 weeks until the New York City Marathon! =O

I decided to go with this quote today:

Once again, this quote is one I can relate to, especially while marathon training. As you may know, recently I’ve had to take multiple days off due to some shin pain. It has made me nervous, paranoid, and doubting myself. But I love this quote and need to remember it!

I need to “rid my mind of can’t” and think of everything I have accomplished and will accomplish on Nov. 3.

Sometimes it’s so easy for us to get down on ourselves and believe we will not do well enough (in whatever it may be), but if we just change our mindset, we could excel and potentially surprise ourselves….something I should write down on my hand or something on race day!

Have you read any good books on building mental strength? I need tips and help!


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Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday! I’m working 7am-3pm today so I was up at the crack of dawn literally…and feeling it. After running 16 miles yesterday, all I wanted to do was sleep this morning. Hopefully I can take a nap later this afternoon ;)

I found this quote and loved it.


I’ve been a little stressed recently. Obviously, starting your own business isn’t easy, but at the same time, I have student loans plus a ton of other bills to pay currently, so that’s been stressing me out. I’m in the process of applying to some full time jobs in order to have more of an income. Thankfully my parents are supporting and help me out when I need it.

Sometimes, I let stress get to me and I have a little pity party. But then I stop and realize the great things about my life, and that these things will all work out. I know I will work through it and be successful.

I don’t like to stress about things for a long period of time. I give myself a short amount of time to be angry, cry, whatever…then move on. Because will those emotions help fix things? No.

Stress sucks…but it’s Monday – new week to make things happen!

How do you handle stress? Do you get stressed easily or let things roll off your back?


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Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday!

Today’s quote really resonates with me, especially with where I am at in marathon training:

I fear…not getting to the starting line because of my shin issues

I fearnot being able to run 26.2 miles

I fear…bonking around mile 18 again like I did in 2011

I fear…the Queensboro Bridge…because it’s a 1 mile long incline

I fear…being disappointed with my performance and time.

All of these things are going through my mind right now…and I know I should remain positive. Only 4 weeks left but I really, really want to do so much better in this race.

Of course I have a time goal, but honestly, I just don’t want to feel completely miserable like I did in 2011. I don’t want to have to basically walk the last 5 miles, and be angry when I cross the finish line. I want to be happy and celebrate with my mom…not end up in the medical tent.

But I have to let go of these fears! This quote is so true…and I experienced it first hand. When my mom and I ran the course 2 weeks ago, when we got to the Queensboro Bridge my heart rate went up. I was scared. This was where (in 2011) my downfall started…and I ended up having to walk part of the bridge, and then most of the rest of the way.

As we started running up it, I told myself to control my breathing and my heart rate would go down. Just take it one step at a time. People watch to make the time go by. Then…we made it over! I didn’t have to stop, and I felt fine most of the way.

That is an example of how fear holds you back, not a physical limitation. My legs and body could go up this bridge…but fear caused me to be afraid and have a mini anxiety attack. Now I just need to remember this instance when I am on the bridge in the actual race!

Whatever it is you do, when you find you are doubting yourself, ask yourself if it is just fear. Perhaps you do have a limitation, and you have to slowly work towards a goal. But sometimes it is your mind you need to overcome.

Do you have an example of how fear has held you back in the past?

Do you get nervous before a marathon even though you have already done one before? Help!


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