Running Motivation and a Video Chat With Boston Marathon Race Director


Hello friends!

Just a quick comment about yesterday’s post, all is good here on our family front. I just couldn’t help but put my feelings out there for the sudden loss of a dear friend.


Speaking of family, my night was complete last night with these two. We didn’t sing our song, but we got some extra cuddles in.

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I’m also in a bit of a food rut for dinner. I’ve made homemade pizzas pretty much twice a week for the past 3 weeks.


I’m pretty sure Joaquin is over it. Maybe they all are actually, but Joaquin is the only one who’s pretty blunt about it. Ha.


So yeah, we all have tough days (weeks, months, etc.), but then we all also have times when something hits home or gives us a little kick in the bootie and says “oh hey, I hope you’re ready to snap out of it soon because amazing things are waiting.”

I got this email yesterday.


That’s pretty exciting, right? I’ve never ran the TCS New York City Marathon before but it has been on my bucket list for awhile.

Whelp, if all goes well I’ll get my chance this November. Everyone who got chosen from the entry drawing was notified yesterday.

That was my little kick in the butt to actually wake up the first time my alarm went off this morning at 5:07 am and get on the treadmill.

I did 10 miles. Started out at 7.0 MPH (8:34 pace) and increased it 0.1 every mile for something a little different. So by mile 9 I was at 7.9 MPH. It was kind of fun to change things up a bit.

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Not the fastest run, but got the miles in. For some reason my feet looked extra long this morning. Weird.

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Clean clothes and comfy shoes (some might call them slippers) were on shortly afterwards.

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The weather is a bit crisp today too and I’m loving it.

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This little creation happened this morning also.


Not the best looking, but it was delicious. A new little twist on the ginormous no grain plantain cupcake. There’s kale in there by the way. I know you want the recipe, yes? Tomorrow……


Back to big races and motivation today though. Boston is in three and a half short weeks. I’m in denial a little about it actually. Ha.

When I was at the Runner’s World Festival and Half this past October, I had the chance to listen to the Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray.

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He told us all about his personal story which included his huge accomplishment  over 35 years ago when he ran from coast to coast in 80 days to raise money for the Jimmy Fund.

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Pretty incredible.

A couple of quotes that still stand out from his talk are these.

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Dave is hosting a live video chat on April 4th at 12:00 PM EST to benefit Team MR8.

About Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation

On April 15th, 2013, the events of the Boston Marathon changed the lives of the Richard family forever. Husband and wife Bill & Denise brought their three children, ages 11, 8 and 7 to Boston to cheer on runners, when the unthinkable happened. An explosive devices from the now infamous terrorist attack detonated within 5 feet of the family. Denise suffered a serious eye injury. Bill took shrapnel from the bomb in the legs and sustained temporary hearing loss. Their seven year old daughter, Jane lost her leg. The force of the blast took Martin Richard’s life. He was eight years old. The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation was established by the family following the events of the Marathon. It honors Martin’s message of "No more hurting people – peace" by investing in education, athletics and community.

You can sign up for the chat here.

Live Video Chat With Dave McGillivray

I have a code for the first 100 readers to access the chat for free. It’s STUFTMAMA.

For each person who signs up, $1 will be donated to the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation.



Okay, I better get a move on.


Have a wonderful day!



What did your last motivation come from? (Email, quote, movie, person, etc.)

Do you ever get in dinner ruts and keep making the same thing every week? I need to get out. Ha.

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    Kayla says:

    Congrats on the NYC entry! I am 99.99% sure I will be running it for charity. My motivation has come from my dad…battling Lyme’s disease for 4 years and still running 30+ mpw and half marathons with me! He’s reason enough to drag myself out of bed on the days when I would rather sleep in.

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    Congrats on the NYC marathon!! That is so awesome and I really hope to be able to do it one of these days 🙂 Sounds like a great chat to be a part of and for a great cause – I am going to sign up!

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    that green ‘cupcake’ looks SO good! & i love those green pattern capris. so cute!

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    VIKKI MORGAN says:

    My last motivation came from you right here.Congrats on getting in the NYC Marathon that is so unbelievably AWESOME!

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    My motivation usually comes from reading running blogs and training for races.

    I am totally in a dinner rut right now! My boyfriend is out of town so I don’t feel too motivated to mix things up. My meal of choice: rice, black beans, kale, and avocado in a big bowl and covered with Cholula. So. Good.

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    Lindsay says:

    Hi Kristin! This sounds weird but honestly you have been my motivation. I recently moved to an area filled with hills. I’ve been a runner for several years but always on flat ground…then I moved to Tallahassee And began training for my first marathon (I know it’s so not hilly compared to california but coming from flat ft lauderdale it was a huge change). I started getting pain in my right hamstring and hip. I was worried I had a stress fx..had an MRI and found out I have the same Injury you went through. I had partial tears in my hamstring, gluteus medius and found out I have hip dysplasia. I couldn’t run for almost six months. It was prob the most difficult thing I’ve ever gone through. But finding your blog and reading about your injury/recovery and where you are now gave me so much hope! I am now back to running and ran my first 12 miles (double digits!!!!) since September. Thanks girl. You are an inspiration! Sorry for such a long post 🙂

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