Drawing Upon Inspiration

Four more days until my marathon. Say what?!?! It seems ridiculous to actually write that sentence, but it’s the truth. So far my taper is only driving me slightly mad. Symptoms include constantly checking the forecast for race day, having issues focusing on schoolwork, and worrying that I magically lost all of my fitness.

Luckily, this weekend provided a nice distraction for me. There were huge running successes that happened across a bunch of different levels. I love to watch others succeed. It helps give me inspiration to try harder and reach higher.

My sister ran her first officially timed 5k this weekend. Yay Justine! She ran the Color Run with me a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t timed. On Saturday she ran a 28:51! Freaking awesome! It’s hard to believe that she started seriously running a few short months ago. I’m so proud of you!


Justine after just crossing the finish line.

My brother-in-law, Santi, also ran in the 5k and smashed his previous PR by over a minute getting a 25:31. Nice job! He’s also running in the Baystate Half Marathon this weekend and is going to kill it. It’s very impressive that he was able to crush his 5k PR while in half-marathon training. So cool!


Santi and I after the Leesburg 5k a few years back.

Sarah, who I’ve mentioned a few times on my blog, also had a stellar performance this weekend. She ran in the Mohawk Hudson Marathon and bettered her PR by nearly four minutes running 2:54! It blows my mind how she can run that fast for so long. Craziness! She had surgery last winter and has worked her butt off since. So well deserved! You can read her recap here.

Olde Bones Track Club. Sarah is second from the right.

Olde Bones Track Club before VCM. Sarah is second from the right.

This weekend was also the Ironman World Championships. For people that don’t know, an Ironman is a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a marathon. One of my all-time favorite athletes is Mirinda Carfrae from Australia. She’s a triathlete, not a runner, but I think she should be considered an honorary runner after her past performances. She had won two Ironman World Championships before, with her third win coming on Saturday. When she got off the bike, she was over 14 minutes behind the leader. Luckily, she is an exceptional runner and was somehow able to pull of the win running a 2:50 marathon and beating her previous course record. I love her running stride because it looks so powerful. She just seems to turn into attack mode when she’s running the marathon. My friend Dana and I were quickly sending excited texts back and forth as she went into first place.

Crossing the finish line

Crossing the finish line


I’m a firm believer that everyone’s successes in sports are equally important. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an elite marathoner or beginner 5k-runner. When you reach your goal and cross that finish line, your achievement is important. You had to work for that success and it is significant. Job well done this weekend!

Do you draw inspiration from other people’s successes? Do you go slightly crazy when you’re tapering? Any other successes happen in your life lately?


4 thoughts on “Drawing Upon Inspiration

  1. Oh that is so kind of you Laurel to celebrate my 5K on Sunday. You inspired me to do it! Good luck with your taper – you’re almost there!!! Congratulations to Santiago, Sarah, and Mirinda Carfrae! And holy cow, those Iron Man athletes are incredible!!

    • Of course! haha, glad I inspire you as well. 🙂 and thanks for the well wishes! Can’t wait to see you! I know, those ironman athletes are amazing. Mind boggling to think about!

  2. I definitely get inspiration from other people’s successes. I am so proud of them, and then I think.. I can do that, if they can do that… and off I go on another challenge 🙂 Good luck on your marathon. You will do great. My marathon is not until Feb 2015. It seems like a huge mountain of a challenge right now. Remember, it is just one foot in front of the other 🙂

    • That’s great that you get inspired from other people too – it’s a great motivator! and thanks for the good luck wishes! Which marathon are you doing? I know, it seems like such a huge challenge when getting things started. Trust me, before you know it you’ll be in the same spot I am (3 days to go!).

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