I was excited to run this morning! I don’t know why I have been more excited than usual. Maybe because I am still able to wear shorts, and I know there isn’t snow out there yet.
I have to admit, I’m not always excited to run. There are definitely some days it takes some coaxing and self-discipline to get out of bed. But not this week. I have honestly been looking forward to running. I think it was because I wasn’t able to run for a week after the marathon, and it reminded me how much I truly do love running.
I ran with Sadie for 0.5 miles and then dropped her off at home. That’s about the extent of her endurance and then she starts lagging behind. I finished up running 6.5 miles by myself for a total of 7 miles for the day.
Generation UCAN before and after my run. Weird, but I actually look forward to these beverages.
Tonight for dinner Craig made BLTs with his homemade bacon! So so so good!
Unfortunately I did not get any more pictures of it being smoked after taking just a few when they started working on it. Craig and his friend were diligently working on it all weekend to perfect the taste. They spent a great deal of time strategizing and figuring out the logistics and then three hours of smoking the meat. As a former Pork Ambassador (Yes, I know—nerd alert.), I can attest it is very tasty! I comes very close to the bacon from my parent’s farm.
Lately, I have had several people tell me that my running inspires them: random “strangers” (people who read my blog), good friends, co-workers, etc. I had NO idea I was inspiring these people. Honestly, I did not realize how much others look to me for inspiration and motivation. Now I am NOT here to toot my own horn, I merely am here to say that I am flattered by these compliments and this inspires me to keep doing what I do.
It also makes me think about who inspires me.
* My sister
My sister is six years younger than me, but I look to her as if she were my older sister. She definitely is faster than me, so that pushes me to train hard in hopes of beating her one day. She also teaches me to relax and enjoy the journey. Look at her smiling at mile 22 of the marathon she just ran. I mean who enjoys a marathon that much. She said she had a runner’s high the whole time!
* Kara Goucher
The one and only professional athlete who I look to for inspiration. I’ve been obsessed with following Kara’s journey for the last 5 years and she is truly the one and only idol I’ve ever had. I’m inspired by her because she keeps it real and seems like the nicest sweetest, most humble person ever. Could be due to the fact she’s from Minnesota.
I find inspiration following other bloggers and reading about their highs, lows, and everything in between. Both of these girls are faster than myself, which pushes me to want to achieve more.
* Every other runner out there
Seriously, no matter how faster or “slow” you may think you are, if you run/jog, you inspire me. I’m inspired by the overweight guy running for the first time in a pair of old sweat pants and the elderly lady shuffling along. I don’t care what your speed is or the clothes you are wearing, if you are out there making the effort to better yourself and your health, I’m inspired by you.
Who inspires you to keep running mile after mile?