Friday Five: People Who Motivate Me Through Long Runs

This week and for most weeks coming, I’m joining the Friday Five Link Up hosted by DC area bloggers Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run and You Signed Up For What?!.  I love this link-up because I’m always looking for new ideas of posts to write about!

This week’s theme is “five people who motivate you”.  Since I’m in the thick of training for the Richmond Marathon right now, I decided to spin this to be the people who motivate me through long runs.  These are the people I think about when I’m having to dig deep, and when I envision race day, these people are cheering for me (whether it’s virtual or on the physical sideline!)  Of course writing this post made me think about marathon day and gave me all the feels, so I apologize if it does the same to you because it’s so sappy….#sorrynotsorry.

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Here we go:

1.       Brian – I think this goes without saying. Brian isn’t just a good sport for tolerating my running obsession, but he’s been supportive of every goal I’ve ever set.  Not only does Brian support me, but he believes in me…which gives me confidence myself.  He also thinks I’m a madwoman when I do things like run a half marathon in 20 degree weather or run a marathon in the rain.  But he respects my madness and helps me out as much as he can, including spectating in said weather.  This also means fetching me items when I’m recovering on the couch, like bacon and coffee! Ha!

Brian with a fathead of me during my first marathon!

Brian with a fathead of me during my first marathon!

2.       Christina – Another one that goes without saying.  We push each other and hold each other accountable in running, but our friendship has always been about lifting each other up during tough times.  When I think about how different each of our lives are now compared to when we met back in 2009, it really blows me away.  We’ve both come so far…not just in running, but in life!  I’m sad that we won’t be running this marathon side by side, but I know she’ll be cheering me on while she’s running her own race.

Sole Sisters

Sole Sisters

3.       My Parents & Sister – I learned a hard work ethic from my family, and my family has supported me as I’ve worked towards my goals.   They’re the ones that first taught me to “dream big” and with enough hard work and dedication, I can achieve anything I want.  I’m so glad they’ll be on the sideline in Richmond!

For my first marathon, my dad jumped in for a few miles!

For my first marathon, my dad jumped in for a few miles!  I had a shot blok in my mouth, so ignore my face.

Sweaty selfie after a run with my mom!

Sweaty selfie after a run with my mom!

My sister made me this mug after my first marathon!!

My sister made me this mug after my first marathon!!

4.       My Niece – My 8 year old niece, Violet, motivates me without even trying.  I want so hard to set a good example for her, and I’m so excited that she will be coming to cheer me on in Richmond.  Just thinking of her standing on the side with a sign she made yelling “go Aunt Jessie!!” makes me push harder in any workout.  We don’t share pictures of her in public forums, so you’ll have to just trust me that she’s the cutest thing ever.

5.       My run coach, Jesica – I love that Jesica is so honest on her blog, and that is one of the many reasons I was excited to start working with her.  She’s gained so much knowledge through her running and I can tell she truly enjoys passing those lessons along.  I’ve seen a huge change in my approach to training & my mindset around racing since I started working with her, and I know she believes in my abilities, too.  I heard Jes in my head in my past two half marathons and both times helped me in that moment I was in.  I’m looking forward to continuing to work with her for my 2016 races!

Here's Jes finishing her half marathon last weekend! Image via

Here’s Jes finishing her half marathon last weekend! Image via

Who motivates you during long runs and on race day? 

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  1. Aw, this is a great post! We love you and we’re there for you, no matter what! See you soon marathon lady!

  2. Cute mug! I ran with my sister during her first marathon (my10th) and it was so special to have shared that experience with her.

    • Thank you! She is quite the artist. Right now, I’m the biggest runner in my family but that is quickly changing. I’d love for all of us to do a 5k together some day!

    • Thanks for having a link up, I’ll be joining in the future, too! Yes, we should definitely plan to meet up! I’l look out for my sparkly sign!! Ha! Would love any advice you would like to share about the course. I’ve read a lot about mile 16 being brutal…

  3. What an awesome running community you have around you! I love that your family runs with you and cheers for you! That mug your sister made is AWESOME! I am also very motivated by my coach. She is always so encouraging – with a big of butt kicking when I need it!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I agree, I’m lucky to have these people in my life. I’d love to do a west coast marathon, but then it would be hard for my family to be there. I see you’re running Big Sur soon…good luck!

  4. Reading your post made me think of those people in my life motivate me! Im pretty sappy right now so the post made me cry cause i think about my dad as he motivates me from above.
    Cheers to a strong run!!

    • Awe, sorry for making you cry Sandi! I hope thinking of your dad will pull you out of a tough spot on your next long run. Thanks for stopping by! XOXO

  5. I love this so much and am SO SO honored to have made this list. What an amazing support system you have, and I’m dying over that sign with your face. AMAZING! Hope that will make an appearance in Richmond. Congrats on your determination and drive. No matter how great your support system, it has to be inside you to truly achieve and do the hard work. You’ve got it! xo

    • Thanks Jesica! I can’t believe you didn’t know about the fatheads….there were like 20 of them! You should read my race recaps! 🙂

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