Blogging Inspirations

There are a lot of people and bloggers, both where I live in Upstate and VA and around the world I look up too.  A good portion of them I have met in real life…a good portion I have not.  Regardless, I like to read their blogs and try and model a lot of what they do.  Part of the reason I started blogging in the first place was to connect with those that ran, swam, and had similar lifestyles as me…both athletically and not.  The other part that I didn’t really realize some 3 years ago when I started blogging was the amount of people who didn’t have similar lifestyles as myself and that I would end up looking up too.

That being said, I decided to share (with really telling anyone…so surprise!) some of the bloggers I really just look up too.

Laura S.


It’s hard for me to imagine that I’ve literally been talking to Laura for close to two years now.  My where is time going? She supported me through my first running injury (stress fracture), through personal life problems and just anything and everything in between.  Although she doesn’t blog entirely too much she has a very strong social media presence.   She has always been willing to give me advice when I need it, helped me out in tougher (unblogged times) and she is honestly just plain awesome.

Laura A.


I’m so glad that Laura and I connected.  First, she is an incredible runner. (Obviously no secret considering I enjoy driving out to run with her and I never used to run anywhere but outside my front door).  She is such an inspiration to me and has run anywhere from a 5k to a full marathon.  (She is training for a marathon in a few weeks, wish her luck!).  I always enjoy hanging out with her whether running or not, and absolutely love that I can talk to her about anything.

Caitlin (Rose Runner)

Yes, I stole this photo off your blog...I couldn't fly out this week to the west coast to take a photo myself...
Yes, I stole this photo off your blog…I couldn’t fly out this week to the west coast to take a photo myself…

Every time Caitlin posts, I’m literally glued to my screen reading it.  Although we have never met in real life, (please take me to California), I find her extremely inspirational.  She doesn’t post crap, she doesn’t need a coach and she continues to have great runs.  She has the same sort of passion for running, food, blogging and life in general that I do.


Seriously, I was like oh my lanta...a photo with Kris?!
Seriously, I was like oh my lanta…a photo with Kris?!

Kris is an extraordinary runner from VA Beach (ie: my area back home).  Not only that but she is a genuine and inspirational woman.  She has given me advice in numerous occasions (outside of running) and her running and races inspire me every time.  She is actually running Boston in a few days (and I can only hope she PR’s…but I know she will, she has PRed every marathon).



I could write a lot about how inspirational Shannon is.  Shannon has overcome a lot of hard struggles in her life that led her to where she is today.  A dietetics major (which I can’t imagine reading BS on blogs that claim to know about nutrition and learning the real talk in school) and having the actual credentials.  Anyways-she is truly inspirational and really has helped me through a lot. Just to give you an idea of what level we are on, it’s before 6 am…I’m writing this post and we are currently texting.  True story.

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Questions for you:  Who do you look up too?