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What I read when I need motivation

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  September 26, 2013 08:45 AM

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Don't worry, this isn't one of those posts where I'm going to just throw a bunch of inspirational quotes into a blog and call it a day (those have their place, but this is not that place today).

You kids listen to (read?) my rants and raves and complexes enough that I thought I should share with you who I'm reading around the blogosphere.

Some of these folks you may already know/read/follow, but I'm hoping I've thrown in a few hidden gems for you.

First up, my girl Kathleen.

The Half Ass Bad Ass
My girl (who, by the way, I'm convinced is secretly the same person as me since we keep running the same splits during races) is on the same kind of journey I am. Only she's funnier. And taller. She and I still haven't met in person, but she's on my list of people to run with -- or do a tri with since she went first for that, but I'm the one running a marathon first. We take turns like that. One of us does something the other wants to do. It may be her journey she's writing about, but I feel like I'm on the same wild ride she is. If you read just one post she's written you'll probably wind up thinking the same thing I have: She really needs to take the word half ass out of her blog title. There's nothing half-ass about the girl.

Next up? My little British crumpets, Mike and George.

OK so they are not little, nor really a crumpet. But this duo is running all the way from London to Paris (two of my favorite places) for charity. Here's the basic idea: Two average Joes (are they Joes in England, too?) are running a total of 198 miles for a charity that funds the development of cures for cancer. So, basically, these guys are fighting two epic battles with one very long run: The battle against their heads telling them this is a wackadoo (but awesome) idea and cancer. Boom. The whole thing makes for an epic read. Plus, they are all-around good seeds.

Finally, my boy Marty.

300 Pounds and Running
I met Marty when he came to The Globe to plank with my #plankaday buddies and I. Here's another good seed. Basically, he's such a rockstar that the name of his blog really needs to change because he's no longer 300 pounds, and he's basically crushing the whole running thing. Plus, he's completely turned his diet upside down and inside out, so he's always got something new to talk about.

There are more, but I figured you could start with my core three blogs I turn to on the days I feel like I don't really want to do much of anything (yes, there ARE those times, I swear).

What are you reading?

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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