11-25-2014

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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05-19-2014

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday! Even though I’m not feeling my best today, I’m excited for a new week…and that this weekend is MDW :)

I had a great weekend with Dan. We took a spontaneous trip down to DC Saturday morning. We ate lunch in Georgetown, walked around the White House and then caught the Mets game down there. It was so much fun.

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So because of this trip I didn’t get in my longer run this weekend but I did get in quality workouts last week. I also ran for 45 min on the treadmill Friday! That’s big for me because I hate the treadmill ;)

Anyway, here is a quote I found that I thought was perfect

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Let’s not dread Mondays… let’s be excited for them! Here’s my plan for the week:

Monday : chest and back lifting
Tuesday : 10×400 track workout
Wednesday: leg workout
Thursday: easy run
Friday: tempo run
Saturday: off
Sunday: long run

Now I’ll be the first to say that those weekend workouts may not happen or need to be changed because of the holiday but we’ll see.

What are your workouts for the week?
Do you look forward to or dread Mondays?

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05-12-2014

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend/Mother’s Day weekend. Mine was very relaxing and I wasn’t ready for this morning, but oh well, time to conquer the week.

I wanted to switch things up with my Motivational Monday posts. I usually post an inspirational quote (because who doesn’t like inspirational quotes), but I want to start adding my weekly goals in terms of workouts and what I want to accomplish. And I’d love for you all to leave comments telling me what workouts you plan on doing this week as well!

Here’s my planned schedule…though we all know sometimes things change ;)

Monday: Chest and back lifting

Tuesday: Speed workout (3 miles)

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Easy 45 min. run

Friday: Easy 45 min. run

Saturday: Long walk or cross train

Sunday: Long run (60 minutes)

And here’s a great Oprah quote, which I’ve been loving that it’s been on Starbucks cups recently!

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Let’s get after it this week!

What’s on tap for you this week? Leave a comment and tell me! :)

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04-14-2014

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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04-07-2014

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday! Sad the weekend is over, but excited a new week is here. Here’s today’s quote, which I have loved for quite some time now, ever since my brother showed me the whole video:

how bad do you want it

Here’s the video he showed me (though there is a full version, I’ve only seen this one).

Success, no matter what you’re going after, will only come after hard work. Whether you’re training for a 5K, or working to build your own business like I am, we all need to keep in mind that things don’t just fall into your lap. Sometimes we make excuses and don’t get things done. We care about other stuff, and put other things before our goals.

Let’s work out butts off and go after our goals this week.

What goals are you working towards right now?

What do you think of this quote?

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03-24-2014

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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03-17-2014

Motivational Monday!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Who had some St. Paddy’s related fun this weekend? Anyone run races? I’d love to hear about it!

Here’s today’s motivational quote :)

be happy

It’s a great way to view things. Sometimes we stew about things or get worked up, and in the end, it turns out it wasn’t AS big of a deal as we made it out to be. Stress can have a lot of health impacts (perhaps another post?), so instead focus on letting go of anger or stress, and try to focus on the good in your life instead!

What stress coping mechanisms do you use? I usually try to tell myself that there is nothing I can do to change a certain situation, so I should stop worrying about it and letting it affect me. How about you?

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03-10-2014

Motivational Monday!

Yay Monday! Another week! Part of me isn’t a huge fan of Mondays, but part of me likes the thought of a whole new week to get s*%t done ;)

I’ve been thinking about how I need to get back to running. I went for a run with my dad on Saturday (only 1.5 miles) and felt great. He said he’d like to train for a 5K with me, so we will be starting now that it’s getting warmer and lighter out in the evenings.

My running goals are to PR in the 5K and half marathon this year. I wanted to run a half marathon on April 27, but that’s not happening. I have barely been running and it’s not realistic. It kind of made me feel down about my running, and how I lost basically everything I worked up to for the NYC Marathon, which is why I liked this quote I found:

motivational quote

Despite being out of shape with running, I really want to gain my fitness back. Yes, it sucks that 3 miles is tough but I will do what I can. I want to start building a base, and then do a solid 5K training plan. Plus, I’m planning on running a half-marathon this July in Paraguay! I also think all of the strength training I’ve been doing will help with speed – I just hit my squat PR on Saturday!!

So we’ll see how it goes…I know I’ve written about wanting to get back to running, but it really has been difficult with the weather. Now that it’s warm, I can’t wait to get back out there. I just didn’t feel the need to force myself to run outside when I didn’t have a concrete goal in mind.

What are your spring goals?

Do you run 5K races?

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03-03-2014

Motivational Monday!

Finally, it’s March! I wonder if spring will come anytime soon…

I hope you all had a great weekend! I was down in Atlantic City for my best friend’s birthday and it was so much fun.

We went to Dusk, a club in Caesar’s Palace, and danced the night away with our BFs :)

Anyway, here is a quote I found for today’s motivational Monday:

How true is that? I catch myself complaining sometimes and then tell myself that if there is nothing I can do to change a situation, then I need to just move on. Tomorrow is a new day, and a new day to make things happen. Forget about yesterday.

What are your thoughts on this quote?

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

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02-17-2014

Motivational Monday!

Another Monday…another week. I’m super excited for this week because it’s NYC Social Media Week! I’ll be going to 2 events on Thursday and possibly one on Tuesday. I’ll be writing more about this in a post later today.

Here’s today’s inspiration:

Have you ever been afraid to try something? Because you were afraid you wouldn’t be able to do it? That’s how I felt back in 2010 when I started thinking about trying a half-marathon. My mom and I were so scared, and did not think we’d be able to do it. Then we did…and then we committed to a full marathon-and were petrified! But now, 2 marathons later, we know it’s something we can conquer, and every year we work to improve our times and continue to run :)

Had we not decided to try a half-marathon, we would never know what we were capable of. Sometimes you may think, “I could never do that.” Stop and think, is that true? Or do you just think you couldn’t? I say, I could never do a triathlon, but now I’m considering trying a mini one and seeing where that goes.

Going along with this, I was watching the Olympics and heard the story of an athlete who wanted to go to the Olympics, so she started skiing 4 years ago. Never skied before! And is now in the Olympics. You really never know what you can accomplish.

Is there something you have said you would never do, but then ended up doing?

Is there something you think you can’t accomplish ever? Why?

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