1. My sister. Victoria has always been the athlete of the family but she joined a running group for moms a few years ago and has run several long distance races. The first time she visited us in TX she went for a run and remarked about how awesome our sidewalks are. The last two times she came we ran together and it was really enjoyable.
2. Jo-Lynne. Jo-Lynne and I have been friends since long before blogging and she was never what I would call a fitness buff. A few hours at King of Prussia was our idea of a workout. But then one day she started run/walking and then running and slowly but surely she got hooked on it, while blogging all about her surprise love for the activity. I could totally relate to this, and I figured that if she could morph into a runner so could I.
|Donna pushing Asher during the race.|
|Kristi and Monica with their girls after a race.|
5. Susan and Ellie. Again, dedicated runners who have given me tons of advice when I needed it, especially early on. I ran with them (well, more like behind them) in New Orleans last year. Susan uses Runkeeper like I do and watching her put in long miles at a lightning fast pace is inspiring.
6. John and Vanessa Cordes. Our very good friends who are also in our life group with the Balins, John and Vanessa encouraged me in my training for Run 4 the Children and Vanessa keeps pushing me to run the Chosen half marathon in the fall. She has this death glare of peer pressure that could get anyone to do anything, I think. Running into her at the Y a lot while she trained for a few half marathons was fun too.
7. Warren. I hardly ever see my neighbor Warren but thanks to the wonders of Facebook I see his photos and comments about training for triathlons like Ironman Texas. He pointed me in the right direction when my knee was sore and I needed new shoes and he continues to encourage me.
8. Kristine. One of my very first blogging friends from eight years ago, Kristine and I have never actually met. (We need to change that.) She's been through a lot, but recently she's become obsessed with trail running and even started a Facebook group encouraging other people to run a 5K. She's always leaving me peppy comments when I get frustrated with a run.
|Stephanie, Amanda and Deb|
9. Deb, Amanda and Stephanie. These ladies ran were part of my Katy Fit 5K training group and ran with me a lot. We were faster than the walkers but slower than the continuous runners. Deb and Stephanie were more "seasoned" than I and had done some long races whereas Amanda was practically a baby at 21 and Run 4 the Children was her first ever race. She was getting ready to head off to bootcamp with the Army and always replied "Yes ma'am" to my questions. I will be praying for her often.
10. Coach Alain. He was in charge of my training group and I'm not sure I've ever met a peppier dude. He's a former Marine and a serious marathoner but also lots of fun. He learned everyone in our big group's name quickly and sent us loads of encouraging emails. Alain demonstrated perfectly why having an experienced coach and trainer is so highly valuable.
So that's a lot of people that have inspired me and kept me going on my journey as a runner. Just seeing how much people I know love running is helpful. It definitely feels a bit like I've joined a cult. Runners are a passionate bunch.
Your turn: Who has inspired you towards positive life change lately?