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Finding running inspiration from a 91 year old man (sponsored) |

Finding running inspiration from a 91 year old man (sponsored)

*Remember last Sunday when I told you we’d be talking a bit-o-fitness here on the weekends? Well it’s the weekend, so here it goes!*

When it comes to exercising, I get motivated and inspired by watching others. So when I heard the Monumental Marathon course would be going through our neighborhood this weekend – I knew I wanted to take the kids out to cheer on the runners. The race started at 8:00am – and our neighborhood was at the 6 mile mark. The goal was to be out of the house and cheering on the sidewalk by 9am.

When we finally got to our spot, the caliber of runners racing by were what I would consider fairly hard core. Not the crazy super-human medal winners – but definitely the “I mean business and I’m interested in more than just crossing the finish line” type athletes.

The music was blaring, coffee and doughnuts were aplenty – and someone gave baby Paul a cow bell.

watching runners

A baby with a cowbell first thing on a Saturday morning. Yeah, it was all good (and loud) in our hood.

girls cheering

Every single runner on the street was running either 13 or 26 miles which to me is just mind boggling – considering I don’t really even like to drive that far in my car.

But you know what got me the most? Watching a 91 year old man named Mike run the (half, 13.1 mile) marathon. Mike’s story is so dang amazing, but the part I love the most was the reason he got into running in the first place. Mike’s wife died and left him with 3 small kids when he was 36 years old. And instead of coming home from work and relieving stress with a martini or two, he came home and ran. He found a healthy way to relieve stress and anxiety while raising little kids.

Mike – you motivate and inspire me so much more than any other person running the race. Because stress, anxiety, depression? I have them, I feel them. Especially moving into the colder (darker) winter months. And turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms when dealing with demons is so much easier than exercising – for me at least.

But fitting running into my busy schedule has proven to be a super toughie.

I’ve had my smooth treadmill now for 2 weeks – and well, I’m using it but not as much as I want. This week? I ran a measly 6 miles. Three on Wednesday, three on Friday. Could have been worse, but could have been so much better.

treadmill foot

This coming week, I’m challenging myself to fit in 10 miles. One step in front of the other – and if I 91 year old can run 13 miles in one morning, surely I can run 10 over the course of 7 days…

*I’m working with the fine folks over at Smooth Fitness to document my fitness journey. They’ve provide the equipment – the sweat, tears and opinions are all mine.




  1. Ugh, I need to get my butt running too. I’m going to try for 6 miles this week (2 miles, 3x this week). I’ll check in with you mid-week?
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  2. I saw you and your family while I was running my first half marathon! I wanted to yell “I read your blog!” but didn’t want to sound like a potentially-crazy lady while huffing and puffing my way down the street. Either way – thank you for cheering the runners on. It makes SUCH a difference!


  3. One of the things I found most helpful fom a mental standpoint when I starting training for my first half was to plan to run for a period of time rather than a number of miles. As a super busy (at the time) working mom of twin babies and a super slow runner, I felt like I could schedule time better than miles. I tended to think about the mile too much and decide that I didn’t actually have time to do the full “workout” and would skip it. But who really cares is you run 2.6 miles or three? It really is about just getting in as much as u can 🙂 good luck! The Indy mini is an awesome race for your 1st 😀


  4. My friend ran the marathon this weekend – just weeks after starting chemo treatments for cancer! Right now she is my inspiration to get moving. I am enjoying this weekly kick to motivate myself too. I have enjoyed your posts on the crazy 5K’s you’ve participated in.


  5. Is it wrong that when I imagine baby Paul with a cowbell I see Will Ferrell’s SNL skit with Christopher Walken? “I NEED MORE COWBELL!”
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  6. you can do it lady! and now i’m off to most likely cry reading Mike’s story… 🙂
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  7. I have returned to Jillian but need to get my run back on esp. before the Ugly Sweater run. Every mile you log is WORTH it. Something is always better than nothing (she repeats to herself).
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  8. I like how you found inspiration in him and the 13K people out there running. I worked packet pick up and was astounded at the various demographics, shapes and sizes of all folks who signed up to run the 5K, 13.1 or 26.2. I love how you are sharing this journey with others!!
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  9. The one and only time I ran a marathon, I was running on empty near mile 24. I had pretty much convinced myself that I would just walk the rest of the way, no biggie. And then an elderly gentleman shuffle-ran right past me. And I thought, “Dammit, if grandpa can finish this marathon at a slow shuffle, I can do it, too.” And I did. I’ll never do it again, but I’m so glad I did it once. I know you’ll feel the same pride in yourself when you run your race.
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