Monday, April 23, 2012

Motivation Monday: Julie's Favorite Things

It's amazing how the same things can be said a thousand different ways and they're still effective every time.

I wanted to share a blog post that I found incredibly inspiring. It's a post called "These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things" and it's a list of what my childhood friend, Julie, Loves about running. You can read it here:
Too Much Fun: These are a few of my favorite things.

When I was growing up, Julie was my best friend's baby sister. In fact, I knew her when she was literally just a baby. Through the magic of the internet and social media, I've been able to reconnect with her and her siblings lately and it's fun to see some of their adventures from a distance.

Julie ran the Salt Lake City Half Marathon with some of her family members yesterday. She's quickly building an impressive list of long-distance accomplishments and I'm glad she's sharing her experiences with people. In her post, she gives a recap of the race and lists some of the great things about running in general.

I've thought and/or written most of these things many times before, but seeing them in writing and reading through them again is still motivating. It's always good to be reminded why we do this!

Congratulations, Julie!!! And thanks for letting me share your writing!

As for my training, today was the typical Monday trip to the Rec Center. I ran four miles on the treadmill and today was one of those days that listening to some music on my iPod made the miles pass easily. (Being next to the fan again helped.)

Liz met me for our weekly swim and she felt like pushing us a little so we swam an extra couple of laps after what has become our routine of 800 meters. She even said she could have done an even 1,000 but we stopped at 900 and called it a day. I'm inspired by her drive to stay active throughout the pregnancy. She's my hero!

Goal For The Day: Run & Swim
Run Distance: 4.00 Miles.
Time: 28:29. 7:07 Avg. (7:30, 7:13, 6:58, 6:44).
Route: Fenton Rec Center Treadmill.
Conditions: Another day by the fan! Love it!

Swim Distance: 900 meters. (4 x 200, 100).
Location: Fenton Rec Center Indoor Pool.

Notes: I probably had my music turned up too loud for it to be healthy for my ears, but it helped the first three miles fly by. Mile 4 felt a little more like a typical, boring treadmill run, but by then I was almost finished. The swim felt pretty good today. I was breathing easier.

Daily Miles: 4.00 Mile Run. 900 meter Swim.
2012 Totals:
  Run - 284.54 Miles.
  Bike - 0.00 Miles.
  Swim - 7,450 meters.


  1. I was going to say something about how I'm not inspiring, but I read the posts out of chronological order today. I just finished the post about using positive words. So, instead ... I can always strive to be better with my workouts (and should), but I am working hard and should acknowledge that in myself. Thank you for your support, I couldn't do it without you. I love you very much!

    1. Well then I'm glad I wrote those posts so close together! It sounds like the 'power of words' email did its job. Nice work finding a more positive point of view! I Love you too!