“you’re an inspiration”

It’s crazy for me to think that a year ago this weekend I was preparing for my first of two 20 mile runs as part of my training for the Chicago Marathon.   Oh, how things change in just a year’s time!  Honestly, at this time last year, I had no idea I would be just 6 short weeks away from having a baby – and due the day of the 2011 Chicago Marathon!

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As much as I miss being able to go on a 20 mile run (or just run outside for that matter), I am happy that I am still able to be as active as I have been throughout my pregnancy.  I thought I would be able to run a little more easily this far into my pregnancy, but I am happy that I am still able to run the little bit I can at 34 weeks pregnant.

As I was switching out some weights yesterday morning at the gym, one of the guys I see every morning gave me one of the best compliments of my life:

“You’re an inspiration.”

I just laughed and said thank you.  However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I am not sure I am worthy of such a lofty phrase.  Sure, I hope that my active lifestyle (pregnant or not) inspires at least someone to get up off the couch and do something to be just a little healthier.  But, in all honesty, being able to workout like I do at 34 weeks pregnant I don’t feel makes me an inspiration.

Yes, I could be using pregnancy as an excuse to sit on my butt (which I do a lot more now than I used to) and do nothing for 9.5 months, but that’s just not who I am.  I love being active.  I love it so much, I have a degree in Exercise Science, hold 2 health + fitness/strength training certifications, and teach Physical Education as a career.  So, really, it wasn’t a question of whether or not I would continue to be active during my pregnancy.  I just continued to do what I had been doing, but took it down a notch or two.

The people who are inspiring to me are the people who are able to overcome adversity, the people who try to make a difference in someone else’s life, the people who do amazing things with their lives.  Overcoming cancer, raising thousands of dollars for someone in need, being able to finish a marathon with two prosthetic legs… now, that’s inspiring!

I am humbled that someone thinks of me as an inspiration, but I hope that one day I can make an even bigger difference in someone’s life.  So, one of my goals post-pregnancy is to run a race for charity.  This is something I have never done before and I honestly don’t know why I haven’t.  But I figure if I’m going to run a race anyway, I might as well do something good for someone else while I’m at it.  If I can help even just a little bit to help find a cure for cancer, give a girl a chance to be educated about an active + healthy lifestyle, or provide clean water to those who desperately need it, I will feel like I am doing my part to make a difference in someone’s life.

And with that, I ask you:

Who or what is your inspiration?  How would you go about making a difference in someone else’s life?

  • I agree that people who’ve overcome adversity are a huge inspiration… like those people they always feature in Runners World who have come back from horrible accidents or illnesses to become amazing runners.

    I also think the people who coach Girls on the Run are an inspiration… I really want to get involved with that organization!
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    • Kristen

      They are the exact people I think of when I think about inspirational people. That is one of my favorite “articles” in Runner’s World to look through.

      I love Girls on the Run! I was a coach last year at my school (which is much harder to coach the same kids you teach everyday) and loved the experience. It’s a great program for girls and I hope my daughter is able to go through it one day!

  • Whether you agree or not, you truly are an inspiration!!!! Wear the titled proudly :) You are already setting a wonderful example for your baby and all the children that you teach!
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    • Kristen

      You were one of the people I was thinking of as inspirational. I was actually signed up to run a half marathon at about 20 weeks pregnant, but backed out. I think it’s awesome you are going to be doing one this weekend well into your pregnancy! I think you + your husband set a great example for Cole, and I know you will do the same for Maute Moo too!