Thursday, June 21, 2012


Who/what motivates you? I've been reflecting these past few weeks about how far I have come. I started out my journey 4 years ago after meeting the man I will be marrying in 2 short months. This person came into my life and inspired me to shoot for the moon, challenge myself and change things in my life without fear.

4 years ago I was miserable about how I let myself go and let stress & fear consume me. I was so afraid to say the wrong thing, do the wrong thing that I could not just be myself alot of the time, at least without the help of a little alcohol. With a little motivation, I began a journey to improve myself and my body. I began to pay more attention to what I was eating and began the Couch to 5K program. I was never a runner in my life and this seemed like a very daunting task, but she assured me that I could do it and I trusted in her wisdom...and sure enough 3 months later I ran my very first 5K race without having to stop and walk and caught the runners high.

The next year I tackled a 10K, the year after that the half marathon and this year I am attempting my very first Sprint Triathlon (only 8 days away...eek).

Yesterday I witnessed the most incredible feat and will never forget the feeling of pushing yourself to do something unimaginable with courage. Kim and Rachel completed a 16 hour relay raising money for Alzheimer's. Every hour they traded off running circles around the track.

Can you imagine going in circles all day around a track...insane right?

After watching this take place yesterday this doesn't even seem crazy at all. These ladies both inspire me to push beyond mental boundaries and challenge yourself no matter what you are facing. No matter what your life is like, there will always be a struggle and you just need to tackle it head on.

I just want to say THANK YOU to Kim for getting me going and keep doing what you do. You are only making those around you inspired.

I want to be able to pass their motivation forward and help others. I have had the opportunity to run with others and help them try to achieve their goal during a race. I really feel that is my key because I completely focus on them, I can really struggle mentally during races and this allows me to free that demon and I enjoy helping others achieve their goals. This was my role yesterday as I jumped in anytime I could to run with Kim or Rachel when they were on their own. I tried to keep them company while running in circles and keep them distracted at times. In doing so I myself managed to run/walk farther than I ever have before and completed 17.63 miles around the track.

My title has now become...The Motivating if you want someone to push you I will gladly step right up.

Do you have someone in your life that inspires you?

What keeps you to constantly push yourself for growth?


  1. Kim & Rachel did an awesome thing! That is so fantastic!

    And I'm so glad that you've found someone to marry who supports you and makes you strive to be your best. That's awesome!


  2. Haha this is exactly what you did for me at Bellin!! Like I said...I would want to stop but you would push me just a little further before I could> At the time I thought I might die but in reality it showed me I had more in me than I thought at that moment. Thank you Lish :) Awesome job on the miles yesterday! That is very impressive! I can't wait to hear how they did too!!! They were very inspiring and I am so thankful that I've found all of you...and thank you for letting me be a part of your running life.

    1. Happy I could be of service to you..LOL! Love that you are my pace and look forward to some more runs together.

  3. Aww, thanks Lish. You're sweet. Can't wait to hear about you rockin the tri this weekend!!!!


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