Running Inspiration

When taking on any challenge, it’s always good to have a little inspiration. I’ve recently stumbled upon inspiration in various outlets – TV, books, articles and Facebook.

• TV: Biggest Loser Season Finale. Last night was the season finale, and seeing people lose 80+ pounds and transform their lives is incredibly inspiring. John and I were rooting for Antone Davis, who lost 202 pounds and got second place.

• Book: Born to Run. Dad loaned me this book awhile ago, and I finally have time to read it. Reading about running in general is a great way to get inspired. So far I’ve enjoyed the author’s sense of humor and writing style (and obviously the subject matter). According to Amazon: “Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.”

• Article: Dad sent me an article about Roberta Gibb, who was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1965. She had to sneak into the race disguised as a man because women were not allowed to run marathons. According to Will Cloney, the Boston Marathon’s Race Director at the time: “Women were not physiologically capable of running 26 miles and furthermore, under the rules that governed international sports, they were not allowed to run.” She proved them wrong, finishing in an impressive 3 hours and 21 minutes. Thank you, Roberta, for breaking this misconception so women around the world can find peace in running.

• Facebook: I saw this picture on the I ❤ to run Facebook page. It’s so true!

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2 thoughts on “Running Inspiration

  1. Megan:

    YOU inspire me!
    It is one thing to see something on TV, or read it in a book or in a magazine; but to be in the presence of a truly great spirit, to run side by side with her, to be gently pushed into a larger and more expansive self, to be paced toward some distant, impossible finish line, to be loved and miraculously recovered … ah, I am a lucky man to be your running partner, even more blessed to be your father.

    Dad

  2. Megan,
    Your dad should be a writer!! He expresses himself so wonderfully. You are a lucky daughter to have such a loving father!!

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