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.Who motivates you on your long runs? Click To Tweet
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!
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.
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!
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!
Who motivates you during long runs and on race day?