October 1, 2014

Inspiration - Who inspires you?

If you look up the word inspiration in a dictionary, you will find the following definition: "the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative." Think about this and who might inspire you. As I drove home from running practice last night, I realized what an incredible bunch of people I have been fortunate enough to get to know over the last year because of the simple choice I made to join a running group.  Most everyone in this group has some way that they inspire others and here are just a few.
 
Last week, I posted this photo on Facebook and a brief description of this new non profit group that is forming.  The ladies involved with this organization, Project Sole Mates are so passionate about running and an active healthy lifestyle that they want to help at risk youth in the southeastern North Carolina area. This group is still hatching their ideas, but the long range plans have the ability to impact many young people. It will be a privilege to work with this group.

My second inspiration for the week happens to be one of the runners in the group.  When I first met Anthony, he was an avid runner, but admittedly out of shape and not great with his diet.  He ran many races, but struggled to finish those as well as our run practices with the group.  He has altered his diet with the help of a wonderful dietitian and lost 25 pounds since his commitment to better fitness.  It is always so exciting to see someone work hard and reach goals and he is an inspiration to those who think they can't.  
Anthony is to my right, prior to his weight loss at Quintiles Marathon
 
Last but not least, another person who inspires me daily is coach Sami.  She finished her 11th Ironman competition over the weekend in Chattanooga Tennessee with a very success race.  Her can do attitude is contagious and something that keeps me going on days when I feel less than stellar during a workout.  So encouraging, she constantly motivates us to reach for the stars and helps us reach our potential and beyond. In case you were wondering,  there will not be another tee shirt quilt for Sami unless I am dumb enough to make another bet with her!
The tee shirt quilt made as a bet payment
 
Who inspires you?  Do you have a story to share?
 

19 comments:

  1. I love reading stories of how people have inspired others! I have so many people in my life that continue to inspire and motivate me! So thankful!

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    1. I agree, I am so thankful for everyone in my life.

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  2. I'm so glad you joined a running group, Pam! Isn't it great?! I also love to hear stories of how people inspire each other! The quilt looks awesome, by the way! :)

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    1. Me too Karen, but I just wish it had been sooner. I'm making up for lost time though!

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  3. Inspiration comes in to many forms, especially my newsfeed and I love it!

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    1. You are correct Kat. Each and every day there are stories in my newsfeed that give inspiration to so many.

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  4. I love that your inspiration comes from a variety of people of all different backgrounds. So many of the people that inspire me consider themselves inspirational, even though I believe they are.

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    1. I am very fortunate to be a part of an amazing group of people who share a passion about fitness, running and of course triathletes.

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  5. This is just what I needed to see today! After a less than stellar workout schedule while on vacation, and the subsequent return home with accompanying germs (ugh!), I haven't exactly been "feeling" it. Thank you Pam for changing that with one single post!

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    1. Glad I could be helpful Kim....your trip looked amazing!

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    2. It was! Now I have to run off all that wine...ugh...

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  6. Great stories! I enjoyed listening to other people's experiences when I was in my running group down in Virginia. They were great motivators! -L

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    1. I can tell you are missing Virginia Beach Lacey

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  7. I love reading stories about people's inspiration! Also, that quilt is gorgeous :0)

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    1. Thanks Lauren, Next winter I hope to make a race quilt for myself!

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  8. I am inspired by normal runners who work full time jobs, juggle families, and are still able to find time to run.

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    1. Great answer Abby. I don't know how some of my friends do it, and they also manage to cheer for their children at their sporting events.

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  9. So great. Even though running is considered an individual sport, it's so clear that without the sense of community and teamwork, none of us would succeed.

    I am inspired by my husband, who gets out there and keeps pushing, no matter what. By my friend Cassandra, who works out and pushes herself more than any person I know. By my friend Tammy, who is so talented and fast and gracious, and who always has time to check in on me and my training.

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    1. It sounds like you have a great bunch of runners surrounding you Jennifer. See you this weekend!

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