Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Twice now, in the last week, I have been told I was someone's inspiration. While that is so very flattering (THANK YOU!!!!!), it also made me think about my inspiration.

Im inspired by my family and friends, who believe in me enough to say "you can do it".

Im inspired by my kids, because I want to be in shape and able to play with them without being out of breath. My boys are 10.5 months apart...I better be in good shape!

Im inspired by my husband who says "I wouldnt run in this"...cant let a statement like that just go!!

Im inspired by my friends who have really cute jeans and look really good in them...I want to look like that too!!!

Im inspired by proving to myself that I can do things that I never thought I could.

Im inspired by the feeling of accomplishment after accomplishing something I never thought I could. Like the first time I ran a 5K....WOW!!!

Im inspired to do things because I can do them and so many out there cannot.

Im inspired because people have said "you inspire me".

Most of all I am inspired because what running has done for me in my life. Im not anyone special. I am a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, runner, partner in crime, ranch wife, attempting to be a silversmith, dog loving, horseback riding, 31 year old woman from Nebraska. I love my life and all that it includes. Those of you who know me personally know the struggles we had to get back to the Sandhills, and you know that we dont back down from adversity. If I feel that something is right and necessary for my family, then that is what I go after. Its the same thing with running. I know that becoming a runner has made me a better person. It has taught me so much. Determination, perserverance, committment, dedication, success just to name a few! All of those are things that I had inside of me but they were hidden away. I have found them again and am able to use them every aspect of life. That is the biggest inspiration of all.

I challenge everyone to find their inspiration buried deep inside. Maybe it isnt buried, maybe its sitting right there waiting for you to make that call. If your not sure where it is, and you need something (one) please, let me know! Im more then willing to be "inspirational" for anyone. As long as that includes doing what I am doing and sending out some encourgement and support. Im good for that anytime, anyday!!

I got in a 3.15 mile run today in 35m51s. Not great but now, its on the list of "inspiration"....Im shooting for under 35 minutes!


  1. You can meet your next goal! This is a great post!

  2. Want to know why you inspire me? There are days when your Mama, here, has lots of doubts about lots of things. I know, it's hard to imagine the Pollyanna of all Pollyanna's has those kinds of days. But on those days, I look at you and all you've overcome, accomplished and strive towards and say "wow", you did good, Shari, she's your girl, and whether I knew I was doing it at the time you were a little girl and through your growing up years, I did something that made you strong. When I acknowledge that, I feel pretty good about myself. Thanks, my girl!