Sometimes our motivation can come from an unexpected place!

Hello there friends! It is Wednesday! Yay! I am officially signed up for my first 10k of the year.  I am participating with a friend from the gym, and she is more of a walker.  That being said, I am not doing this for anything but a fun workout 🙂
Even though I am not running on Saturday, I really wanted to get in a run today.  I have only ran twice since my duathlon last weekend.  The weather was pretty cold (for April in Texas), and rainy on and off so I did not make it out this morning with the kiddos I nanny for.  After we all had a nice nap I did manage to get in 2 miles.  So it was better than nothing.
The little twins are a great motivation for me.  Many days I am really sore or tired from previous workouts and I don’t always want to go for a walk/run with them, but they are very persistent in wanting to go see the “DA” (ducks), and so 4-5 days of the week we get in at least one walk to see the ducks.  That is all it really takes for me.  Once we are outside I usually muster up the strength and go for a few miles.  It as been nice to finally get back into a little more consistent ‘running’ considering the last 2 years with injuries and random health issues.  My basic point is that even the youngest people in my life help keep me motivated to run!!!

Here is another motivating story from a fellow runner Birgit, and how her precious son help get her motivated to run!

“4 years ago, my youngest was born with bilateral clubfeet, severe case. I wasn’t much interested in getting fit, running, etc..I felt content where I was. When your child is born with a special need re-evaluate EVERY aspect of life as you know it..

William has had either casting or some sort of night time bracing , physical therapy and day time bracing since he was 4 days old. He can walk with the assistance of his AFO’s and at some point, should be walking without orthotics. We stretch several times a day, and cry together each time he gets so tired off “putting on the boots to sleep in”..even though that happens rarely. He is simply one of the most patient and brave little souls out there..and I wish I could stay as positive as he does so easily!

Four years later, one of the thoughts I come back to as an answer to why I started running is ” because I CAN “..William is far from being ” normal”.. But he can walk and run as well – In fact, talk about timing..we will be “running” our first 1 mile Fun Run this coming Saturday.

Running has become as much part of my life as bracing has become part of Williams..It helps me keep life in perspective. This past January, I finished my first Half Marathon in Baton Rouge, LA. I run together with a great group of ladies, and they are as much part of my life, dear friends.

Why wouldn’t we run, given the ability!”


This smile would get me going everyday!William1 Birgit

Thank you for sharing your story Birgit and precious pictures of William!!
Best wishes in your upcoming race with William 🙂

Who keeps YOU motivated to workout?

~Chocolate Runner~


4 thoughts on “Sometimes our motivation can come from an unexpected place!

  1. Tracey Beesley

    Birgit you are an inspiration and a genuine woman of God! Your positive attitude, fun loving heart and honest way of living make me love you.

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  3. Molly lewis

    Birgit you are amazing, always have been! I am honored to not only know you but to also know William and get to watch him grow!


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