Challenges/ Fitness/ Motivation

My Fitness Inspiration Is…

Today is the second last day of the August Healthy Living / Fitness Blogger Writing Challenge, and as we wind down the month I have a question for you:

Would you be interested in participating in another writing challenge, with different questions next month?

I asked that question on twitter tonight and got a lot of “YES! Definitely!” responses, so I’m brainstorming topics (and open to suggestions) for next month. (If you have any suggestions feel free to send me a tweet – I’m @fitcheerldr)

And now with that little bit of housekeeping done, I can answer today’s blogging challenge question:

Who is your fitness inspiration?

If you had asked me that question 10 years ago, I’m sure my answer would have been a famous person such as my celebrity boyfriend, Lance Armstrong:

Lance Armstrong Kettlebell

I’d love to swing some kettlebells with Lance, wouldn’t you?

But now that I’m older my inspiration comes from more “everyday” kind of people, who are for the most part, moms just like me.  People like my neighbours Katja (  and Juliette, who have recently taken up running, and my friends Running Rachel and Fit Mom in Training who find a way to fit running in with young children.

And then there are the super mom athletes like my friend Dorothy Beal (aka @mileposts) who is    a 20 something, stay at home mommy of three children all five and under:

Dorothy’s Awesome Blog

You know what draws me the most to Dorothy?  Besides the fact that she’s got a great blog, is kickass fast, and trains WITH her kids, she’s super nice.  It’s been awhile, but I’ve had some really great conversations about running with her.  She’s a running coach, so she’s super knowledgeable.  And seriously? Anyone who can run a 3:13 marathon from training with 3 kids in a TRIPLE jogging stroller is incredibly inspiring and COOL in my books.

Who is your fitness inspiration?


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  • dirtygirlrunning
    August 31, 2012 at 12:01 am

    I’m loving this challenge. I’m so in if you do it next month!!!

  • Stephanie
    August 31, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I just came across your blog and it would be fun to give your writing challenge a try in September!

  • Forever Young
    August 31, 2012 at 4:45 am

    I was inspired by some of the women from the summer olympics.

  • MizFit
    August 31, 2012 at 6:19 am


  • flowersofmoss
    August 31, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I would definitely do it again! It provides motivation to blog, for sure.

  • Carrie
    August 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I’d love to do your challenge again. You’ve come up with some great topics.

    Here’s my fitness inspiration post.

  • Cindy
    August 31, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Yes! I’d love to do it again! (I missed the tweet- I must have been asleep by then!)

    My fitspiration…

  • Jonathan Thomas (
    August 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Interested to hear your take on the whole Lance Armstrong saga these days. As for my fitness inspiration, hard to choose just 1 and my list seems to always be fluctuating, but seeing as we’ve just finished the olympics ill go with Ashton Eaton. He’s the world record holding American Decathlete. Being a well rounded athlete/jack of all trades seems to be a lot more rare these days, especially in everyday fitness. Also, count me in for the challenge!

    • Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader
      August 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      This is going to make me look old… During my undergrad, Charlie Francis (Ben Johnson’s coach), was invited to do a lecture during one of my Theory and Methodology of Training classes. At the end of his lecture there was time for a question and answer session, so of course we asked him about the use of IOC banned substances by athletes. He was very candid and admitted that there is big money on the line for elite level athletes which draws them towards doing things that may or may not currently be illegal. He indicated that the secret was to do performance enhancing things that the IOC cannot test for. In all honesty, I believe that my dear old Lance is guilty of blood doping, but I also believe many of the other athletes in those races did as well, only they were better at not getting caught. In my eyes he’s still a hero for all that he has done to promote living an active life, and raising money for cancer. Besides, he’s still pretty cute too 😉

  • Stephanie H. (
    August 31, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you for the shout-out! You totally inspire me to get off my butt and get those long runs in. When I cross the finish line in October, it will be because of people like you helping me get there!

    I agree w/ Dorothy. She’s freakin’ amazeballs. I mean seriously…anyone who can run with 3 kids a good 2 min/mile faster than I run with my water bottle in tow is seriously amazing and committed.

  • Rosanna Soto-Luna
    September 1, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I got 3 pretty girls that keep me going.

  • dirtygirlrunning
    September 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Mine is Gabby Reese. I’ve loved her since I was a kid and admire how much she has done for women athletes, especially those with kids!