Thursday, November 5, 2009

Number 500

When I started blogging, I honestly didn’t think it would last very long. It was May of 2006, and I had just started to find a love of running. I was starting to think about training for my first marathon (that didn't happen at the time) and was looking for training plans online. In the process, I stumbled across a few running blogs and thought it would be interesting to try this blogging thing myself.

I started with my first blog three and half years ago, running-for-me, and created this blog a couple years ago when I was ready to go beyond running by adding more cycling and swimming, thus diving into the world of triathlons. Who know this blog would become a part of me and how I got to where I am today?!

I found blogging to be a place to keep myself accountable, read and learn from others experiences, share my own experiences with others, as well as gain motivation and that little extra push to keep myself going when things got difficult or when I was willing to give up. I haven’t competed in nearly as many 5K races, half marathons, or sprint triathlons as others, but I have been able to push myself harder with the added support and “words of wisdom” from many of you fellow bloggers out there! Thank you, thank you.

With that in mind, I have compiled a handful of some of my favorite quotes. These quotes do a pretty good job summing up the things I have learned or experienced along the way:


“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

"You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone." - Percy Cerutty

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." - Mark Twain

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”

"Continuous effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential." - Liane Cardes

"Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals." - Henry Ford

"The Truth is that Running Hurts. No one gets faster without meeting their personal pain barrier straight on. No amount of junk miles, fun runs or affirmations are going to get you over the hill at the five mile mark in a 10k. However, what will pull you through is solid prep with hard hill runs and interval work." - Manciata's explanation of the Truth about Running

"The more I talk to athletes, the more convinced I become that the method of training is relatively unimportant. There are many ways to the top, and the training method you choose is just the one that suits you best. No, the important thing is the
attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top." – Herb Elliott

"Pain is weakness leaving your body." -USMC

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." - Beverly Sills

"Top results are reached only through pain. But eventually you like this pain. You'll find the more difficulties you have on the way, the more you will enjoy your success." - Juha "the Curel Vaatainen


And finally, one of my all time favorites…..

“If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

23 comments:

Badgergirl said...

Love the quotes.

I've enjoyed following along on your journey and look forward to seeing where it takes you over the next 500 posts!

Kristen said...

Wow, 500 posts! I had to take some time away from the blogging world but really missed it. I do love reading about other people's stories and feeling inspired. Can't wait to keep reading more!

Shannon said...

I'm a quote girl too.

Happy 500~your blog brings me joy!

D10 said...

Great post! Glad you stuck with blogging. I enjoy reading your posts.

Tony said...

You have a great blog and 500 posts is just a testament to that. I should be thanking you for being such an awesome blogger and keeping me inspired with all your cool stories and experiences. Heres to 500 more.

Marlene said...

Congratulations on 500 posts. I think it's so funny how none of us expected to stick to the whole blogging thing.

It's been quite a journey so far!

Jason Andrew Mellet said...

keep it coming!!!!

Staci Dombroski said...

Happy 500! I have enjoyed reading your blog! It makes me want to start working towards a triathlon later on :-) Maybe next year!

Carolina John said...

is this an indication that you're going to try a half ironman next year? or at least an oly?

Holly said...

Congrats on 500! The way I blog, it's going to take me a while to get there. :) Great quotes!

Jess said...

Congrats on 500!

aron said...

you have been blogging a long time!!! congrats on 500 :)

Wes said...

Your blog has inspired many. It's been a real treat for all of us :-)

kelsalynn said...

Blogging has played the same kind of role for me too! It's amazing isn't it?

I'm so glad I found your blog. Cheers to 500 more posts!

Kelsalynn

Caroline said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have a feeling this blogging thing is going to get addicting real fast! I can't believe you've been blogging for over three years, congratulations! I love your quotes!

Chad said...

Great quotes! 500 posts is awesome! Keep up the great work.

N.D. said...

500 is so many!! way to go!

Kelly said...

Wow 500! That's awesome, congrats!

Okay you are starting to convince me about the clipless but I don't know...haha I'm still a bit scared of them. I haven't had any problems with my regular pedals haha. What kind of shoes do you have? Any brand recs?

Jess said...

Congrats on number 500! It's be awesome following you from the beginning!

Kelly said...

To be honest I can't really figure out where I found the candy cane tea haha. I don't remember buying it at all! I might be losing my mind a bit but I really hope I can find it again! haha

Anne said...

I'm glad you took up blogging too. It's been nice following your progression and improvements. That Marine Corps quote is pretty popular at my gym, located on a highly active MCAS. It always inspires me. Thanks for passing these along.

RunToTheFinish said...

ohh I love quotes, so glad you posted these. I needed a little umph to get me out today.

yeah for 500!!

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