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Five People That Motivate Me

Five People Who Motivate Me

I wasn’t sure how I wanted to write this post.  My friend at Eat Pray Run DC has a Friday weekly themed link-up.  I like reading each week because it’s a different theme and it’s always interesting!  I thought I would link up again since everyone has people that motivate them and help them achieve their goals.

This is a running blog, so I decided to choose five people that motivate me in the running world.  Some have blogs; some avoid social media like I avoid cycling.

Here are five people that motivate me:

Marie P.

Oomph this is a throwback!
Oomph this is a throwback!

Marie and I have been friends for the entire five-year duration of my running career. She is one of the most inspirational women I know. She has lost a lot of weight through running and exercising. Marie is also one of the most humble, supportive and motivating people I’ve ever come across. In our local running community, I don’t think there is one person that doesn’t look up to Marie!

Kevin B.

kevin and i

Kevin just ran Twin Cities this past weekend. He has always been there for me and given me great advice whether it’s about marathoning, training or life. He is an incredible runner and somehow balances a rigorous job with his training.

Kris L.

That time we raced as Pumpkins...
That time we raced as Pumpkins…
Or ran in Philly...
Or ran in Philly…

Many bloggers and readers know of Kris. Of course, they do…Women’s Running magazine highlighted her as a “blog to read”. I met Kris when she first moved down to the Hampton Roads area a few years ago.  Since then we have run multiple times together, hung out, gone out to eat and texted back and fourth like it’s our job.   Kris is currently training for the marathon Olympic Qualifying Standard in Philly, and I can’t wait to cheer her on.


Running with my husband
Running with my husband

Of course, my husband gets a spot on the list.  Tim supports me when I’m running my best or my worst.  He has drove me to races and cheered me on and has also driven 6 hours for a race…to cheer me on.

He does easy runs, long runs and even workouts with me.  While he is quite a bit faster than I am, I love that we have a hobby we can share together.  He is always there for me and inspires me with how he can balance his job, running and personal life.  He is an incredible runner himself and it’s great to be married to someone who loves the sport as much as I do.



My dad being one of my biggest running motivators goes without saying.  He has been running for several years.  He has been running since before I was born.  He has been through several injuries but come back stronger.  He first introduced me to the sport about 5 years ago.

Dad is one of my strongest supporters in running and in life.  He has been there for me during my first running injury to my last.  He has driven me to the ER to get x-rays when I DNFed at the Allen Stone with a stress fracture.  He drove me to my first marathon, NYCM.  To be honest, I don’t think I would be running if it wasn’t for him!

There are obviously plenty more people that inspire me to be a better runner and person.

Question for you: Who inspires you?


20 thoughts on “Five People That Motivate Me”

  1. I love that your Dad made the list!! Seems like you have a great running support team and that is SO important. I’m lucky to also be surrounded my great runners and family members who cheer me on. What would we do without them?

  2. I love your list! I used to run with my dad growing up until he got hurt and can’t run anymore, but he is still one of my biggest supporters. My husband doesn’t run marathons (or really have much interest in racing in general) but he is always there to support me, cheer me on, take photos (and only post the good ones!) and hold me up when I fall down. Great list Hollie! Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  3. Love this list! I love how you chose people from all walks of life – your family, the run community, the blog community. Someone who inspires me is my dad. He’s not a runner by any means, but he always taught me to work hard. Anything I’ve accomplished has a lot to do with him 🙂

  4. Love this list and sharing who motivates me! I think that bloggers are my biggest inspiration because you can see all the hard worth they put into hitting their goals, and most are just regular people with a full time job and a family to take care of. Love it!

  5. This is a great idea and I love your list! My BFFs are definitely my inspirations when it comes to running and doing hard things.

  6. A great list! Running (while sometimes done solo) definitely requires the support of a larger network, and we’re never really alone in spirit. This made me count my support group and feel lucky indeed 🙂

  7. I love that your dad is such a huge supporter of your running, Hollie; that is awesome! Yay for husbands on the list – woo hoo! Sounds like Tim is amazing and you make a great point – it’s VERY nice to have someone who understands and supports your sport of choice. This is such a fun list; so glad you decided to join in today on the Friday Five and I hope you have a great weekend!!

  8. Great list! A lot of my work friends motivate me to become a better runner. I always joke I’m the underachieving triathlete of the bunch because a lot of them are training for marathons now. 😉

  9. Um that a tough one,
    I think all the runners here local inspire me to keep working hard.
    Tim , Bruce ,collenne, you, Abel,Marc, molly, Dave welsh, and much more,no one in my family runs, but I’d have to say my cousin Lena,were very close and she always listen and belives in me..

  10. I am a pretty lucky guy to know you and Tim, and I am very proud to be on your list! 🙂 There are a few people that motivate me, and my dad is one of them, as well. He was one of the ones that got me going on this whole crazy pursuit of running. Looking forward to the next time we can run and pose for a picture!

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