Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Little Bit of Motivation

I keep up with Kara Goucher on Facebook and through Runner's World as well.  I am not usually interested in following the pros, I guess because my running experiences are so vastly different from theirs (although I do like watching them race). With the Gouchers, however, I was pulled in when I read an article about Adam and Kara, and I don't know if it is because they are a running couple and Jason and I are a running couple (although on a completely different level than the Gouchers), but I liked them and so I've kept up with them (mostly Kara) over time.

Along with Kara's amazing running ability, she seems like a normal, likable, fun, humble person, and despite the HUGE differences between my running and hers, I am often inspired by her attitude and approach to the sport (okay, and her amazing running too, I won't deny it).

Today on Facebook she posted a link to a video that had inspired her, and so I clicked and watched.  My reaction was very similar to hers as I was moved to tears and inspired by what I saw.  Many have already witnessed or read about the Ben Davis story, but I had not.

Her husband, Adam, posted it on his blog and you can visit the link here.  It is worth a watch for a little bit of motivation.

My favorite quote: "If you want to do it, all you have to do is do it."


  1. I love that quote! I'm pretty sure that most of the time, the only thing standing in my way is me and my laziness and/or unwillingness to just WORK.

  2. I think that is the case with most of us! :)

  3. Great blog Jane! I love the post and pictures with the bloody knees!

    Don't underestimate yourself as a runner. We are all the same no matter how fast or "slow" we are compared to others. You, Kara, and Ben all run on the same ground and the three of you inspire others through your words and actions! You too inspire Jane!

    Tim Catalano

  4. That is an amazing it! Really enjoy your blog as well. I can attest to the fact that Kara IS normal, likable, fun, humble and very inspiring. Perhaps you've seen this, but hoping you could help me back this up and promote what Kara recently designed w/ 100% of profits going to MADD (in honor of her father who was killed by a drunk driver). Please see more here:

  5. Janderso - that cinches it! Kara and I would be BFFs. :) Thanks for the link! That is really great. I did not know that about her dad, and I can't WAIT for her book!

    Thanks, Tim, for visiting and for your words of encouragement. Great blog on your end as well!

  6. I love Ben's story...and I can't imagine anyone watching that video and not at least having wet eyes!! I bawled like a baby when I saw it!