5 people who motivate me! #FridayFive

It’s FRIDAY!!!! A super special Friday at that! 5 years ago today, I was sitting in a tiny little hospital in Weinheim, Germany and my water broke! Tomorrow I’ll have a 5 year old… *sigh* I feel old. what makes me feel young though, is knowing I can keep up with my little boy! 🙂

Today on the “Friday Five” were talking about who motivates us.  As per the usual, I’m linking-up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DCCynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run.  (The DC Trifecta)  So, lets get motivated!!

1.  My son. He’s my constant motivator, always pushing me forward.  He’ll watch me work out and when I start to slack off he says “You’re getting stronger!” or “You’re almost done!”  I don’t know if he realizes what he’s doing, but it’s very effective.  I know he’s watching, and at this point in his life, he’s like a sponge. He emulates. So, even when he watches quietly, or when he’s waiting at the finish line of one of my races, I know it’s important to finish strong.

2. My Father. In the past year, my father has become my race partner.  He motivates me to be stronger, and to run faster.   Running beside my Dad is one of the things I enjoy most about racing.  Again, he probably doesn’t know he’s doing anything, just having him run with me is a HUGE motivator!  Also, he consistently emails me about upcoming races and events, always keeping me on my toes ready to jump into any distance at any time.

3. Oiselle Volée. Running with this team of REMARKABLE women is amazing.  I’m not fast, so when I see my teammates pulling in Sub 18 5ks, I can’t help but feel a need to push myself.  Head up, wings out!

4. Emily. My I Run 4 buddy is always in the back of my mind when I’m running.  Emily and I are coming up on our one year Match-aversary and since we got matched, shes been with me through every run! When things get difficult I think to myself, “I need to do this, this is for Emily.”  I get the privilege of meeting Emily in a few weeks and I cannot wait!!

5. My BRF. I’ve made countless friends through running.  I’ve even had the chance to meet some of them at races! Seeing my “best running friends” is another kick in the ass to keep going!

Who motivates you? What/When is your next race? 

Happy #NationalRunningDay!!

This is the first year I consider myself an legit (yes I just used that word… *shame*) runner… so today is like a holiday for me!!  I should have taken off work… darn it!!! Anyway, “National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. It is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that’s simple, inexpensive and fun. It’s the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime of life-changing commitment.”  This is the 6th annual National Running Day!!! Geeze am I behind the times… eh well, better late then never!!!  I’m super excited to run today, more so then the past few days (of my newly started runstreak… today is day 5!) because today is special.  Today is a day for us, for the runners.  So today I want you to think (if you’re a runner) why you run.  For me there are many reasons, but one sticks out more than anything else…

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I run for people that; for illness, disability, or whatever other reason, cannot run.  As you know (if you’ve read my blog before) I was deeply saddened by the bombing of the 117th Boston Marathon in 2013.  In fact, two days later is when I laced up my running shoes for the first time since college.  I realized, many of those people will never be able to run again… and for them I will run.  I will run until my legs can no longer carry me.  

Other reasons I run are much less “deep” but are still very important… 

  1. I run for my son.  I want him to see me… I want him to know that it’s possible to do whatever you want as long as your heart is in it.  I love his face when he sees me cross the finish line at races.  He’s a HUGE motivator for me. 🙂
  2. I run for my health.  Running is cheaper then therapy and medication.  Lets face it… it lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, the chances of heart conditions (those that aren’t genetic), and it makes me not want to punch random people in the face. 😉
  3. I run to stay sexy!! (I’m only half kidding…) Runners are HOT!! Come on now… we are. Runner legs and runner butt… you can’t tell me I’m wrong… you just can’t!! (yea, I’m giggling too)
  4. I run to be free… (hence my “name” on every social media website) I never feel more free then when I run.  For that brief moment in time, it’s just me and the road… NOTHING else.  I’m free. 

Why do you run?? Have a WONDERFUL National Running Day!! I hope to log at least 3 miles in today (still sore from my half this past weekend) How many miles do you want to get it??? And as always, stay happy and healthy!! ❤