Weekly Reader: A Dose of Inspiration

Have you ever read a great book, seen an inspiring movie, or heard a great joke, and thought, “I’ve got to share that!” Of course you have! Here are a few things from my Reader in the last week that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.

A little Vegas inspiration.

As always happens in November, the Snowbirds start to flock back to the desert where I live and work, life gets extremely busy and hectic, and my writing tends to be less frequent. I’m really going to try to keep up with my Weekly Reader series because I love sharing the posts that I love, but you may notice that a series that used to be titled “Weekend Reader” is now posting on Wednesday. Ah, well, we can but try.

In any case, I have a long list of great posts for you to sample. Enjoy!

Awesome Accomplishments

She can run and she’s smart too! Run with Kate, It’s Over. I’m so excited for my Aussie friend Kate, who…well, click through and see what she accomplished!

Read it before I spill the beans: CandyFit, I’m Speechless: The OPA Ottawa Championships. I want to tell you, but it’s better to read it in Kierston’s own words.

Fitness and Training

A Very Personal Story: Arena Fitness, A Fitness Trainer’s Story. Madeleine’s story of her road to fitness and health.

Told Ya, Julie! Tri-ing to be Athletic, The Edmonds Half. I had a Crappy Run. I tried to feel bad for Julie while I read about her crappy run, but, for some reason all I could do was laugh.

The Same Race, Three Different Stories:

Marcia’s Healthy Slice, Marine Corps Marathon: Race Report. First, Marcia’s perspective of coming back from injuries, calf sleeves, and setting marathon goals.

rUnladylike, Marine Corps Marathon Race Recap. Next up, Jesica includes her pre-race tour of the White House and other Washington sites, her thoughts on running in severe weather, and finishing a marathon just four weeks after her first half ironman.

Better with Veggies, Marine Corps Marathon Recap. And finally Heather, who ran in a rainbow tutu, and was doing this race “for fun.” I’m a marathoner so I get it. I also get that she ran her third fastest time. That really is fun!

There were other marathons out there: Health on the Run, 2012 Manchester City Marathon Race Recap. Just so you don’t think that I’m all about the marine corps, here is Lauren’s story of her marathon in New Hampshire. By the way, she is very fast in spite of her injury recovery process and not feeling totally prepared to race.

Now that you’ve run the race, it is time to recover: Miss Zippy, 10 Commandments of Marathon Recovery. Appropriately for the women above, or for anybody who ran a marathon last weekend, Miss Zippy, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, offers her tips for marathon recovery.

Yes, we are all getting older. Some of us are just older older: Cranky Fitness, Middle Aged Exercisers: On Not Throwing in the Towel. I think Cranky wrote this for me, appropriately since I just hit the big 5-5.


Mmm, vegan Mexican food: Fragrant Vanilla Cake, Stuffed Poblanos with Mole Sauce. I love mole, I love spicy. I love this recipe, it sounds so delicious it is making my mouth water as I write this.

Yes, you can be healthy and have a candy bar. Occasionally: Vegansaurus, Go Max Go Debuts Vegan Butterfingers. Butterfingers. Vegan. Enough said.

Mmm, vegan Italian food: The Naked Kitchen, Butternut Squash Lasagna. To me, lasagna is comfort food and this recipe looks wonderful. Kristy even gives a gluten free alternative.

Yes, it can be done. I’ve done it for four years: No Meat Athlete, How I Do Thanksgiving as a Vegan. Matt gives a lot of tips and encouragement on enjoying a plant based Thanksgiving. It’s really not hard and it saves turkeys!

Oh. My. God! The Sweetest Vegan, Double Bacon Cheeseburger – The Sweetest Vegan Fast Food. Seriously, you have to click through just to look at the awesome burger. And even better, with just a couple substitutions and g-f buns, it is gluten-free!


New Mommy Alert! The Blog of Bruce Bradley, Baby’s First Encounter with Big Food. If you are a new parent, or expecting a child soon, you must read this. Whether or not you plan to breastfeed, you need information on what is in baby formula.

Can a cupcake be “bad?” FitKnitChick, Food Guilt | Why Labeling Food ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Undermines Healthy Eating. We may be heading into the naughty or nice season, but Tamara explains why it’s a bad idea to hang those labels on your food.

Now it’s your turn! Any great blogs that inspired you this week? Did you write something that you’re proud of? Now’s the time to share!

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  1. says

    I always LOVE your weekly round-ups of great posts out there and appreciate you introducing us to new runners! I can’t wait to check out all this great content and these stories. Thank you so much for including my Marine Corps Marathon experience. I was proud of the race even though I didn’t meet my time goals. Every race teaches you something important about yourself! Thanks again for being such an awesome advocate in the running community! xoxo
    Jesica @rUnladylike recently posted..Sore is an UnderstatementMy Profile

  2. says

    Thank you so much for featuring our post, and for all of the other sources of inspiration! While we are constantly bombarded by the sad and demoralizing through-line perpetuated by the media, we’re desperate for something to illuminate our path. We just want to be lifted up. Thanks for providing us with some opportunities to raise our chins and move forward with hope.
    Jonathan Aluzas recently posted..A Trainer’s Fitness StoryMy Profile

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