I think that that worst run was just the kind of motivation I needed to keep going. I got some excellent encouragement via comments (seriously, I have the best readers). Thank you all for being so sweet.
I will say that my friend Shannon's comment about my running meaning a lot to her and inspiring really stuck with me this morning on my run. I think that encouraging others is one of my motivators. I am not a runner. I am a former softball athlete running. Maybe some day I'll really think of myself as a runner, I don't know. I don't love it but I do enjoy it (most days). And I'd love for me running to be inspiring enough to help others to do it for themselves. I know Mariah has said I inspired her to run, too - honestly that means so much to me.
I have always looked to others for inspiration and motivation. But sometimes I think we find it inside ourselves. I started running to of course, lose baby weight but also to encourage my children to live active lives. But why not broaden my horizons? Why not run to inspire anyone?
Anyway, thank you so much for your encouragement. It really pulled me through on this terrific run this morning. The gorgeous morning weather helped a lot, too, but I did think about you while I ran.