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Who inspires you to “Run Happy”? (Giveaway)

by Meghann on July 15, 2014

If I were to look up the definition of the term “Run Happy” in urban dictionary, I would probably find a photo of my sister, 9 months pregnant, fresh off a treadmill run, drenched in sweat, with the biggest smile on her face.

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I’ve never seen a pregnant woman more excited – or thankful! – to run each day. If that’s not inspiration, then I don’t know what it is. Running is her happy place and she’s been lucky enough to escape to it throughout her pregnancy. Sitting at a chair all day kills her back, but running? It’s the most comfortable thing in the world.

But, of course, I would expect nothing less from my sister. She has been inspiring me since my first 5K, when she didn’t hesitate waking up at the crack of dawn (slightly hung over, I might add) so she could push me to the finish line. She didn’t even let me walk the first mile – which was huge for me back then. If I was going to run this race, she was going to make sure I did it to the best of my ability.

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That first 5K was just the beginning. It wasn’t just our first race together, it was our first run. Ever. We’ve always been close, but running brought us closer.

A week before our first triathlon, my sister was hit by a car on her bicycle. She was rushed to the nearest trauma center via helicopter, which scared the crap out of our entire family. Thankfully she was okay. She left the hospital a couple of hours later with some pretty heavy duty cuts and bruises, but that was it.

Unfortunately Kelly was unable to compete in the triathlon the following weekend, but that didn’t stop her from running completely. As soon as she got the all clear to run again, she was back out there, proving to everyone that one accident was not going to hold her down. About a month later we ran our first trail race together. At 15 miles, it was Kelly’s longest run to date.

The following January my sister ran her first marathon – she hated it. It was not the amazing run she had hoped for and she finished claiming she would never do another one again. Lies! All lies. Just a few months later I got an email from Kelly letting me know she had just registered for the Chicago Marathon and asking if I wanted to run it too. 2010 was the year of the marathon for me – she didn’t have to ask twice.

The Chicago Marathon was a tough race. Kelly and I started together with a sub-4:00 goal, but ended up separating about halfway through the race. Around mile 20 I started to really ache and had to walk. A couple of miles from the finish line, my sister came blazing up from behind me full of attitude and spunk. She was rapping (yes, rapping) and grabbed my arm and pushed me forward. “We are finishing this!” Yes, ma’am. She ended up dragging me all the way to the finish line – where we finished hand-in-hand.

I could go on and on about how much my sister inspires me. She is a one-of-a-kind and I’m truly thankful to have her in my life. She’s the kind of person who will never give up. You tell her no, she’ll tell you yes – and then proceed to explain just how she accomplished what you told her she couldn’t do. She’s also the person that will make you laugh during a tough run and never let you give up on your dreams.

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She is, without a doubt, the definition of “Run Happy.”

Brooks was gracious enough to fully deck out my “Run Happy” inspiration this month with Brooks gear.

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Kelly actually ordered the Women’s PureProject Seamless Tank II and Women’s PureProject 3.5″ Short, thinking it would be a great outfit she could wear after the baby comes. However, as soon as I handed everything to her, she couldn’t wait to try it on. Turns out, Brooks’ PureProject line doubles as awesome maternity running wear.

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The PureProject Tank is super long and stretchy, which is perfect for a growing baby. Just to compare, I’m wearing the same size tank below.

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And the shorts have a wide, soft waist band that easily molds and stretches to a growing belly.

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Kelly also received a paired of Glycerin 12s in her favorite color, purple.

 

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This mom-to-be is officially ready to run!

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And she didn’t wait long. She was already instagramming sweaty post-run photos with her new gear the following day.

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Who inspires you to “Run Happy”?

Leave a comment below letting me know who inspires you to “Run Happy” and why for a chance to win a complete Brooks Running outfit (top, bottom, shoe) for your inspiration! You have until Friday, July 19th at 11:59PM EST to enter. I’ll draw a random winner on Saturday and contact the winner via email. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Good luck!

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1 TP July 15, 2014 at 9:41 pm

My daughters (3 and 5) inspire me to run happy. They are always cheering me on and are so proud to congratulate me at the finish line.

I am so impressed by your sister running throughout her pregnancy. She looks phenomenal. Labor is way easier when you are in shape!

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2 Ashley Cruse July 15, 2014 at 9:44 pm

My brother in law! He does all kinds of races, 100 mile bike rides and finished an Ironman.. All with a hip he had replaced before he was 40!

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3 Sarah M July 15, 2014 at 9:45 pm

My sister inspires me to “run happy”. It has also become one of my favorite sayings. Even though she lives in NYC and I’m in ohio…she calls me daily to check on my runs and makes it to every race I have going on. She makes me want to be better and so more!

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4 Juliene July 15, 2014 at 9:46 pm

My husband inspires me to run. He and I have been together for 10 years and he has seen me through it all. I was overweight when we met and when I decided to get healthy he was there to help me. I lost 120 lbs and started running half marathons and he was always my biggest supporter at the finish lines!

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5 Abby Blackburn July 15, 2014 at 9:46 pm

I inspire myself. Each run is an accomplishment and each extra mile puts a huge smile on my face. When we push ourselves we can do what we never thought possible! My first half marathon in 11 weeks!

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6 Wendy July 15, 2014 at 9:47 pm

I taught my daughter how to clap and say “good job running” every time we see a runner. She’s two and loves running around and cheering people on. I hope to inspire her to run happy someday.

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7 Megan July 15, 2014 at 9:51 pm

I am truly inspired by my friend Doug. A year ago he would never had called himself a runner. Now he has completed a half marathon and is going for his Coast to Coast medal next month and his first half marathon in January.
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8 Valerie July 15, 2014 at 9:57 pm

My running buddy Kelly is my Run Happy inspiration. She balances work and three kids, marathon training, a busy social life, and giving back to the community every chance she gets. Plus, she pushes me and cheers me up even at my moodiest – allowing us to really run happy!

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9 The Many Thoughts of a Reader July 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm

She is a rockstar! My online friends and my coworker inspire me!
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10 Kari @ Kari On July 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm

My Uncle Mike inspires me to “Run Happy.” We each ran our first 5K together about a year and a half ago and haven’t looked back. Since then we’ve run at least 10 more 5K’s, 2 half-marathon relays, and 1 10 K. together. We’re signed up for our first half-marathon in October. I don’t think I would have been able to do it without his encouragement. He’s definitely faster than me, but it’s nice because he’s always there cheering me on when I finish 🙂
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11 Irina July 15, 2014 at 10:01 pm

My family inspires me to run happy every single day! They are so proud and so supportive of all my running adventures. I couldn’t ask for more and am grateful daily.
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12 Kristen July 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm

My friend Liz inspires me to run happy! She does marathons, triathlons and is preparing to do a full ironman in Nov. I am motivated to get in my mileage when I think about how dedicated she is.

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13 Tina July 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm

my best friend begggged me to sign up for a 5k with her and motivated me through starting to run for the very first time in my life! we had three times a week running dates and although it was hard for me to get out there and run at first (especially because I felt so slow!), we just signed up for our 2nd 5k together!

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14 jamie July 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm

my boyfriend got me into fitness and inspires me everyday to “move happy”— run, walk, weight train, yoga, whatever!

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15 em July 15, 2014 at 10:06 pm

The thought that one day I may not be able to run! I was sidelined for a month with an injury earlier this year and it made me realize how thankful I am to be able to run.

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16 Kathleen July 15, 2014 at 10:06 pm

My husband is truly my inspiration! A pancreatic cancer survivor and is currently receiving the most toxic chemotherapy every few weeks- he continues to run and race- leaving me no excuses not to lace up or complain about the weather.

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17 Meghan July 15, 2014 at 10:07 pm

My mom inspires me to Run Happy. Everytime I get too caught up in hitting certain paces or distances I talk to my mom and am reminded why I do all this…because running is fun! My mom runs because she loves it 🙂

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18 Megan July 15, 2014 at 10:09 pm

My friend and coworker Candi. She is an amazing mom, friend and nurse and the most inspirational runner around. This past weekend she and her boyfriend completed a 100 mile running race. In Kansas in July. The high was 98•. It was her second 100 miler in a year! She never complains and I don’t know that I’ve seen a race picture of her where she isn’t smiling.

Also? She ran in high school but has only been a serious adult runner for about 4 years!

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19 sarah r July 15, 2014 at 10:09 pm

my daughter inspires me to run happy! she’s 2 1/2, and it took me SO LONG after she was born to get into the groove of working out again (luckily, the baby weight came off pretty fast, but i didnt’ FEEL fit)- and the past 5(ish) months, i’ve been SO consistent with my runs (btw, just got my first pair of brooks 2 weeks ago and LOVE THEM), and my daughter cheers for me everytime i go. when we’re out, and we see someone running, she asks, “she run like mommy?” and it makes me so happy to know that i’m setting a good example for her. that motivates me even more. <3

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20 Mary July 15, 2014 at 10:11 pm

My best friend and running buddy Kelsey inspires me to run happy. Without her I wouldn’t get out the door on hot summer mornings to run and challenge myself with new goals like a 4:30 marathon this year. She has gone through a lot this year (her mom having breast cancer and her dad having a stroke ) but has happily met me whenever and wherever to run for however long. She is amazing.

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21 Courtney July 15, 2014 at 10:12 pm

My husband, Paul, definitely inspires me the most. I started running before we lived together and as soon as he moved in, he took my hobby and got way better at it than me 🙂 In 3 years, he lost 120 pounds in the process and qualified for Boston… but his attitude outshines his accomplishments. He is just the happiest guy when he is running. He cracks jokes with every runner, volunteer or spectator during a race and he will make you laugh even when you are having the hardest mile of your life. He is the very best reminder that running is meant to be fun.
I realize by marrying someone, you tend to get a little biased, but he always has the best race photos. Seriously, such a ham: http://instagram.com/p/k5XOtOFZiY/?modal=true
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22 melanie July 15, 2014 at 10:12 pm

my best friend rebecca is my run happy inspiration. we are both working towards our first 5k and she inspires me to keep going!

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23 Jennifer S. July 15, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Truthfully I don’t have many (any) runner friends or family. At the end of the day, I inspire myself to run happy. Whenever I what to sleep in or skip I run, I think about my goals and how I want to get better, stronger, faster and I get to it.
I also inspired to be better by reading a ton if runner blogs. I read how people survive through injuries and crazy life events and they persevere. I want to do it too!

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24 meghan r July 15, 2014 at 10:17 pm

My grandpa inspires me to Run Happy. He has been impressed with my running since day one. That pushed me to try harder each & every day. He isnt the kind of person that showers folks with praise, so the fact that he’s impressed REALLY means a lot to me.

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25 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna July 15, 2014 at 10:19 pm

my brother inspires me to ‘run happy’! he is an avid runner and i couldn’t have finished my first marathon if he hadn’t been there running next to me pushing me to the finish line.
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26 Lara July 15, 2014 at 10:21 pm

My husband! He challenged me to run my first 5k four years ago and I’ve been running ever since! 🙂

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27 Carolyn July 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm

My best friend inspires me to run happy. Not only are we great friends, we do 75% of our runs together. In 2013 we both qualified for the Boston Marathon and ran it together…every step of the way. She constantly encourages me to run better, faster, and happier.

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28 Nikki July 15, 2014 at 10:24 pm

My 2 year old son inspires me every day to “Run Happy” because I need to be able to keep up with him!

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29 Cheri @ Overactive Blogger July 15, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Good for her for continuing to run! A women that I work with, she is very very pregnant, and she stopped running a few weeks ago, and it is killing her. Your sister is so so lucky!
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30 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun July 15, 2014 at 10:39 pm

My husband inspires me! He is an aspiring sub-elite marathoner trying to qualify for the Olympic Trials. On top of that he is also a first year medical resident and works hard to still have time to spend with me. He has taught himself everything he knows and he continues to strive to become better. I love him for the strong, amazing runner he is and the fact that he always pushes me, supports me and helps me chase after my dreams!
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31 Claudia July 15, 2014 at 10:41 pm

First off, that picture of your sister’s helmet is exactly what every person who refuses to wear one needs to see! Sure, it might “mess” up your hair or doesn’t look cool (false!) but wouldn’t you rather temporarily have helmet hair and still have your noodle intact?

As for who inspires this swimmer to run happy – I think it would be some of my sorority sisters who have transformed themselves via running and challenged/encouraged several of us to Rock ‘n’ Roll in San Jose (home of our alma mater) in October. Fitness challenge – check. Trying something I have never done before – check. Spending time with my sisters before, during, and after the race – cannot wait!

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32 Lisa July 15, 2014 at 10:49 pm

My girls inspire me to run happy. In fact they inspire almost everything I do!

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33 Sandra Laflamme July 15, 2014 at 10:52 pm

I just loved reading this post and seeing your sisters enthusiasm!

The strong women that I run with inspire me to run happy every day. We are all busy moms yet we make the time to find balance in our lives by running together. Running with these women is full of laughter and strength.
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34 Aimee July 15, 2014 at 10:52 pm

My Husband. He has encouraged me to keep going and finish marathons and half marathons when I wanted to quit. I love having him to train with. He is a great running buddy and the perfect life partner!

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35 Alex July 15, 2014 at 10:54 pm

My mom inspires me to Run Happy! For years, I was the only “crazy” one in my family who ran. However, this past year, after losing an incredible 78 pounds, my mom decided to turn her power walking into running and race with me in the Disney Princess Half Marathon! We’ve since completed numerous 5Ks and just re-registered for Princess 2015. My mom is now officially the crazy one, as she also signed up for the Disney Marathon this January, and I can’t wait to cheer her on! After so many years of being a solo runner, I always Run Happy now that I have a healthy, happy, and inspirational mom to do so with me 🙂

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36 Joy July 15, 2014 at 11:00 pm

My friend Rose inspires me to run happy (and in so many other ways – she owns a small gym where she inspires its members daily with her love and dedication). She and I trained for and ran our half marathons together. We finished hand in hand. When I had hip surgery and then fell and rebroke it she has stayed by my side 100% of the time. She will text me and say today’s run is for you but I can’t wait until my next run with you! She makes my life better by being in it 🙂
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37 Katie July 15, 2014 at 11:06 pm

My little brother, who was the only sibling not athletic growing up, is now my running inspiration. He raised thousands of dollars in my mom’s honor for his first half marathon and crushed it.

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38 Ranay July 15, 2014 at 11:07 pm

My dad, he always told me if I wanted to do something to go and do it. So when I go out for a run, I “run happy” because of him!

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39 Tracy Schwartz July 15, 2014 at 11:19 pm

My father was overweight at 325 pounds. On the day I was born he made a pact with my mother to lose the weight, to be healthy and that on my 4th birthday we would all go to Disney World. Well he stuck to that losing the weight and getting “addicted to endorphins” he saying not mine. To this day he has ran over 20 marathons, countless half marathons and rode he bike across country less than a year after my mother past away from her 19 year battle with breast cancer. He has instilled in my sister and I the value of exercise, eating healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle. More importantly for me, I have always said I need to eat healthy and exercise but it wasn’t until a recent trip to the dr. that I realize I need to do it now and not wait. So with that, I work as an Endurance Manager for Team Challenge in South FL and recently participated in my first 5k with our team. It was a wonderful experience one that I can’t wait to continue and to see what’s next!!

Your sister is glowing at 9months pregnant!!

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40 Allie July 15, 2014 at 11:19 pm

My brother! He has just started running and we ran his first half together this past May! I was 25 weeks pregnant then and he was always making sure I was okay. We trained all winter together and I loved that time! We grew so much closer! He recently lost his job so winning this would lift his spirts back up!
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41 Tabitha July 15, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Myself! It’s my happy time. My only alone time in my hectic active duty Air Aforce life! Oh and apple fritters, ice cream, and cake makes me run too!! Run every day!

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42 Tara July 15, 2014 at 11:25 pm

My sister inspires me! She overcame an eating disorder to be able to eventually work as a personal trainer and than a police officer! She rocks !

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43 Chelsea July 15, 2014 at 11:27 pm

My baby girl inspires me to “run happy”. Growing up, I always ran because it was something that I was supposed to do, not something that I wanted to do. I want my daughter to love running (and fitness) and I think she is well on her way with all of our stroller runs 🙂

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44 Heather @ Housewife Glamour July 15, 2014 at 11:44 pm

What a great post! Your sister is certainly the definition of “Run Happy”… awesome! My “Run Happy” inspiration would have to be my mother. When I told her I was going to run my first half marathon, she trained right alongside me and raced her own! Now she’s raced many more and in so proud of her!

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45 Amanda July 15, 2014 at 11:58 pm

My best friend! We are going to run our first half this fall!

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46 Nikki July 16, 2014 at 12:05 am

My sister inspires me to “run happy” she was told she could never run again @ 18 by her doctor due to knee issues. She was devistated and defeated. She never ever ever let that word never stop her! She started slow and short and has worked for the last 4 years to run her first half marathon! And now to her second. She is how I found running and why I always keep pushing forward!

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47 Linda Thomas July 16, 2014 at 12:15 am

My husband is my “Run Happy” inspiration. He actually doesn’t like running but he knows how happy it makes me so he is a trooper and does it. Sometimes that means waking up at 3am for a Disney World 10k so he can be the Sully to my Mike Wazowski but it ALWAYS means that he cheers me on and never lets me doubt that i can do it! Run Happy=Live Happy

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48 Cynthia July 16, 2014 at 12:34 am

My husband inspires me! He got me into running and showed me what a calming space it can create in an otherwise crazy and stressful life! I’m forever grateful for his example!

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49 Lacey July 16, 2014 at 12:35 am

My friend Emily inspires me to run happy. I would not have run my first half marathon this past weekend without her encouragement!

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50 melanie July 16, 2014 at 12:39 am

what a touching post — you and your sister are an inspiration!
my family inspires me to stay healthy, so I would say they are my ‘Run Happy’ inspiration!

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51 laura t. July 16, 2014 at 12:49 am

My boyfriend! Hes been sidelined w a back injury, but he still remains positive and finds ways to train that don’t interfere w his injury

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52 Amy July 16, 2014 at 12:55 am

my husband! He’s been cheering me on since I started walking with hand weights, to completing 3 half marathons!

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53 Kerry July 16, 2014 at 12:57 am

My BFF Ariel inspires me to Run Happy! She has two kids and a hectic schedule, yet somehow she manages to get out there every day and run her heart out in her hilly neighborhood! Whenever I need a push out the door, I think about her out there running, and that always inspires me to lace up my shoes! She would look amazing in a new Brooks running outfit!

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54 Nancy July 16, 2014 at 1:16 am

My daughter! I remember being an out of shape new mom sitting at a coffee shop and a 5k went past. I noticed all shaped and sizes of the runners and decided I could do that. My daughter is now 8 and has run 3 5k’s with, she is my best cheerleader and I love completing a race and seeing her proud smile greeting me at the finish. This fall I will completely 10 th half marathon. Hopefully someday we’ll run one together.

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55 Christine July 16, 2014 at 2:14 am

My mom! She started running in her 20s (before me). My very first run was with her, wearing a pair of her shorts even. On my last (#9) marathon, she was my driver and cheer team. Also, she’s the most positive, caring, and selfless person I know.

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56 Pua July 16, 2014 at 2:22 am

I’m inspired by the little guy in my belly… he’s our first, and I’ve kept up my healthy lifestyle throughout the pregnancy. He’s a good reason to be happy AND healthy!

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57 Nicole July 16, 2014 at 2:55 am

My dad. Running has always been ‘our’ thing and a wonderful way to re-connect after time apart.

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58 Mary July 16, 2014 at 3:05 am

I can’t enter as I’m a UK reader but I just wanted to say, what a lovely post! Kelly is looking fantastic and I only hope that when I have children I am able to head out running as late into the pregnancy as she currently is. Also, I’m in love with that tank top. I love long tops that don’t ride right up mid-run and I love the colour that you’re wearing. So bright! 🙂
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59 Emily July 16, 2014 at 3:44 am

My girls on the run girls inspire me 🙂 They have so much determination when training for their 5k and work hard to adopt and maintain a positive and healthy lifestyle 🙂

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60 Stacy Egan July 16, 2014 at 4:56 am

My father in law inspires me. He is 60, coaches high school track, and still runs with the team!

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61 Lisa @ Life as Lisa Knows It July 16, 2014 at 5:29 am

My husband and sister!
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62 Laura July 16, 2014 at 5:40 am

My husband inspires me to run happy..” he’s always pushing for a new PR with a smile on his face!

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63 Brynn July 16, 2014 at 6:11 am

My girlfriend who runs for the love of it and ran all the way through her pregnancy. Now that I’m pregnant, she’s a huge inspiration to me! I want to keep moving and have a healthy pregnancy and baby!!
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64 Runner Girl Eats July 16, 2014 at 6:19 am

First of all, Kelly is adorable! My husband is who inspires me to run. He is the one who first got me on the track when I could barely finish a lap. He stuck by me and encouraged me to keep going and soon I fell in love with running. I can beat myself up about not being the fastest/strongest runner and he is always there to remind me of how far I’ve come and remind me how much I love this crazy sport 🙂
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65 LauriGig July 16, 2014 at 6:37 am

My sister, Tammy. We started running together 3 years ago and she is up for anything. We have never cancelled a training run since we started and that is huge for us.

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66 Sarah July 16, 2014 at 6:42 am

My cousin! We have been running partners for years and even with cystic fibrosis she continues to overcome obstacles and have a huge smile on her face while we run.

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67 Megan P July 16, 2014 at 6:47 am

my running inspiration is my sister! She was in the Air Force and while she was always fit, her diet and penchant for booze left her feeling sluggish most of the time. Once she got married and had two cute kids, she fell further behind. One year, she pledged to run a half marathon in Washington, D.C where she lives. She trained all through the winter for a spring marathon – snow, sleet, rain, you name it – she trained in it. The morning before the race it snowed a foot in D.C. and my sister finished her half marathon 30 seconds faster than her time goal, in the snow! I could not have done that.

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68 Dori July 16, 2014 at 6:48 am

Your sister looks great! The clothes look so light and comfortable for hot weather running, and I LOVE the colors of those shoes. The person who inspires me to run happy isn’t even a runner! My husband Andy is my #1 supporter – driving all around marathon courses to see me at different spots, always asking me how my run was after I get home, always being so incredibly supportive of my taking hours out of the weekend to run or traveling somewhere (and sometimes bringing him) to race, and any other running-related endeavors I take on. I can certainly imagine running without him, but I can’t imagine running happy!
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69 carol July 16, 2014 at 6:59 am

My mom, she just started running in her 40s and he is crushing it!

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70 Laura H. July 16, 2014 at 7:06 am

I am not really inspired by one person, but by the running community in general. It might be the person running to raise money for a cause, an elite athlete, a friend, or even myself. I have seen so many amazing runners with amazing stories, who do truly awesome things, and that is what keeps me running happy!

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71 Noel July 16, 2014 at 7:12 am

Your sister looks awesome! My sis is also my inspiration, she has lost over 50 lbs through hard work and exercise!

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72 Amy July 16, 2014 at 7:14 am

I’m a mom of 16 month old twin girls. They inspire me to run. I want to be a positive role model for being healthy and staying active. Also, running is a good stress reliever for me 😉

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73 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine July 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

The whole blogging community inspires me to run happy!
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74 Jameil July 16, 2014 at 7:18 am

My husband! He is not a runner but supports my habit! From washing my stinky running gear to caring for our son while he pushes me out the door. Total keeper and I love him madly!

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75 Katie July 16, 2014 at 7:35 am

Your sister inspires me too! I’m about 10 weeks behind her with my first pregnancy and she’s been inspiring me to keep up my running with her Instagram.

My life run happy inspiration is my mom. She has been running my whole life. When we were little she would wake up at the crack of dawn so that my dad would still be home with us. When we got older she kept it up because she had to drive us places throughout the day. She runs every. Single. day. Sometimes I wonder how she doesn’t get bored after all these years but it really makes her who she is. At 66 she is one of the fittest and healthiest people I know.

While I don’t run eveyday her dedication inspired me to workout and stick to a program. Now that I’m pregnant I am trying to keep active it inspires me even more. If my mom can do it at 66 so can I!

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76 Marcie July 16, 2014 at 7:43 am

My bff Nicole rocks, she is in awesome shape after having two babies and is an inspiration of a strong healthy woman

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77 Sarah July 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

My dad. He ran marathons for 35 years and just had double knee replacement. Even though he can’t run anymore, I always think about how lucky I am that I CAN go out and run!

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78 Kelly July 16, 2014 at 7:48 am

My boyfriend! He is more of a tri guy, and loves a good run. On days when I’d rather sleep in over a morning run, he pushes me (sometimes literally out of the bed – ha!) knowing it’ll make me happy once I take my first step.

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79 Kate July 16, 2014 at 7:49 am

My sister! I never would have gotten into running without her.

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80 L July 16, 2014 at 7:50 am

My family and the beauty of each day inspires me to Run Happy!

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81 Lucy July 16, 2014 at 7:59 am

My best friend from college! We live in the same city now and she loves to run so we sign up for all the same races so we can go together. I probably wouldn’t do half as much without her.

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82 Colleen July 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

My friends! We have run a bunch of races together!

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83 Laura July 16, 2014 at 8:06 am

Oddly enough, my yoga instructor inspires me. I began doing yoga on a regular basis about 4 months ago and I HATED the idea of running. But she encouraged me one morning to attend a “yoga run” which consisted of 15min of stretching, 30 min of jogging, and 30 min of yoga. I instantly fell in love.
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84 Audrey July 16, 2014 at 8:17 am

My inspiration to run comes from so many places: I run for my health & mental clarity, I run for those who can’t, I run to spend time outside, I run to explore. But my inspiration to “run happy” comes from my 8-year old lab/border collie rescue dog, Jax. He’s a pretty calm dog whose had a hard life. But when he sees me put on my running gear, he gets a puppy-ish excitement that is invigorating. His tail wags every step of the way and a visible smile is on his face =) Jax is the reason I run happy!

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85 Jessie July 16, 2014 at 8:28 am

Right now my inspiration to “run happy” comes from my sister who I will be running with this coming January for her first marathon, the Disney marathon (my third marathon)! She is a mom of two rambunctious boys and is pushing them in their jogging stroller for all her runs right now. It’s awesome and so inspiring. I can’t wait to cross that finish line with her!

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86 mary July 16, 2014 at 8:29 am

My 11 year old niece Ally inspires me to run happy. She looks up to me and wants to be a runner/triathlete like me. Not a natural runner (noone in my family is) she really struggled – until this year! On a family vacation in Mexico in January I ran every day and on the third day she asked if she could come with. I told her we’d go at her pace, for as long as she could, and we could stop and walk anytime. The kid banged out 5km and couldn’t wait to go again the next day! I’m so proud and helping her train for this year’s Kids of Steel race makes me giddy with happiness. I know that she watches me and emulates me and being her inspiration makes me “run happy”!

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87 Kallah Oakes July 16, 2014 at 8:31 am

Sarah Pankus at sarahandrobchronicles.wordpress.com – she is a mom and runner for the books!

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88 Alyss July 16, 2014 at 8:32 am

Currently my fiance inspires me! He always comes back from the gym, smiling and gushing about the distance he accomplished that day. The fact that before we met, he wasn’t big into exercising and now brags about his gym sessions on the treadmill make me want to get up to workout so I’m able to be active right along side him!

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89 Michelle July 16, 2014 at 8:33 am

I work in an urban school with students who have emotional disabilities. When I run I think about how difficult it is for them each day to get through the school day. They inspire me to keep going when I feel like quitting.

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90 Sarah July 16, 2014 at 8:34 am

My mom is my inspiration. She passed away when I was 19, but she was such a great example to be active, healthy, and happy. I think of her on every run!

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91 Allison July 16, 2014 at 8:38 am

My mom! She was with me for my very first 5k. We have run several together since then and she was even there for my first half marathon, cheering me on!

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92 [email protected] July 16, 2014 at 8:39 am

I’m the only crazy runner/athlete in my family so I run to inspire myself and others. I love doing races and having people in awe I could do that which in turn pushed them to get outside their comfort zone!
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93 Nicole J July 16, 2014 at 8:41 am

My boyfriend is my inspiration! He is always trying to get me to sign up for more races and make me run with him. Even though I am much slower, he will always slow down to encourage me to keep going and never give up.

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94 Amanda July 16, 2014 at 8:42 am

My dad inspires me to read. He has always pushed me to be the best I can be.

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95 Jen Wade July 16, 2014 at 8:48 am

Having grown up (never grew out of it really) the “clumsy” one…I never believed I could run. I joined a c25k group with my friend and started out feeling awkward. But I kept going and ended up loving to run. I have encouraged a few others to go out of their comfort zones and try it too. It makes me happy to be able to prove to my self and others that you can do anything you put your mind to! #3yearsRUNingHAPPY

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96 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl July 16, 2014 at 8:50 am

Awesome giveaway! My kiddos definitely inspire me to run and stay healthy, so I can fully enjoy them and live a long healthy life! 😉
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97 Lauren July 16, 2014 at 8:52 am

My kids! Even though sometimes I enjoy running for a chance to get a tiny break from them, they are ultimately my inspiration because I want to set a healthy example for them.

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98 Katie July 16, 2014 at 8:57 am

My 20-month old daughter and soon to be born baby (we still don’t know boy or girl!). I want to set a healthy example for them and also instill lifelong habits that lead to a healthy lifestyle and helps them find happiness in the simple things.

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99 Lisa C. July 16, 2014 at 9:04 am

My boyfriend Joe has inspired me to “Run Happy.” He got me into running in the first place and signed me up for both a 5K and a Tough Mudder without my knowledge. Now we’re training for our first marathon together! Through every training run, he has pushed me, constantly reminding me that I am stronger than I think I am. He has never had a negative attitude while running, even though I can sometimes get grumpy. He has helped me find that running can be my happy place.
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100 Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian July 16, 2014 at 9:08 am

This is so sweet! Your sister looks amazing! My best friend inspires me to run happy. She pushed me to sign up for my first half marathon and then my first marathon. I’ve now run 4 halfs, and am training for my second full — Chicago Marathon!!
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101 Cara July 16, 2014 at 9:11 am

My Grandmas inspire me:) They both passed away 5 years ago, but I always hear them telling me to never stop believing in myself! When I ran my first half marathon in May, hearing those words got me to my goal!

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102 Becca G July 16, 2014 at 9:16 am

My daughter inspires me to run happy, she is only 1, but grunts and groans at me when she is in the stroller and I am walking. She only wants to move fast at a running pace!

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103 Erica July 16, 2014 at 9:17 am

SUCH a cute post! Go mama go! My friends Trish and Jennifer always encourage me to run happy, and running with Kay just makes me happy 🙂

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104 Danielle J July 16, 2014 at 9:18 am

My family inspires me to run happy. Staying active is a family occasion and I love to have the chance to run with my siblings 😀

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105 Mary July 16, 2014 at 9:21 am

Such a great post! Kelly is kicking major butt! I am inspired to run by my family. I want to be the best mom I can be for them, and running is a small part of that.

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106 Kristen July 16, 2014 at 9:21 am

Definitely my boys. On those days that I don’t want to run, I think about setting a good example for them.

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107 Jessica K July 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

My mom! We both ran our first half marathons together, and have been improving our times ever since!

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108 Rebecca July 16, 2014 at 9:25 am

My husband 🙂 Although he was never a runner, after we started dating he willingly signed up for a ten miler with a group of my friends from college. We did all of our training runs together – even though it was difficult at times – and finished the race together (something most of my friends and their significant others didn’t do). Since then we have run several 10ks and 10 milers together, always training together, and we have signed up for our first marathon in the fall. It has been inspiring to watch my husband learn how to push himself through the tough parts of a run and to be the one pushing me to stride it out up a hill or keep our pace up. Before I used to lead him on all the runs and now we run as a team and inspire each other. I love it!

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109 Lara ZP July 16, 2014 at 9:32 am

My dad, who inspired me to run with him 11 years ago (at 70, he’s still faster than I am), and who, along with my mother, saw me at 6 different places along the MCM course in 2011 and cheered for me the whole way! (He also bought me my first beer after)

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110 susan k July 16, 2014 at 9:37 am

Your sister is awesome! You go, girl! I’m inspired to get out there and run happy by two wonderful coaches I met on my marathon training team. Sid is nearly 70 and is still kicking butt and taking names on the master’s track. He runs a lot faster than I do and he spends his time getting seniors up and moving however they can. Whenever I’m having a tough run I imagine getting a high five from him and keep on going!

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111 Erin July 16, 2014 at 9:39 am

Running blogs inspire me to run happy! Thanks! haha, really though, i often think that if i wouldn’t have found you, and Caitlin, and Tina, back in the day- i would never have had the desire to start running. it’s been so fun watching all of you over the years, thanks for sharing your story!

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112 Melanie July 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

Wow, after reading about your sister, SHE inspires me to run happy! I’m pregnant as well with my first, and sometimes just going for a walk feels like it’s too much. I can’t wait to get back into running!

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113 Lauren July 16, 2014 at 9:43 am

My wife inspires me to Run Happy. When we first met, both of us were smokers and weren’t in great shape. Together, we’ve gotten fit and have both run three marathons! I am endlessly inspired by our shared journey and by her willingness to never give up, even when we’re both exhausted.

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114 kelly July 16, 2014 at 9:48 am

My mom! She has always been so active. Throughout my life, she has encouraged me to do the same. We both got into running after I moved away, but I was just home for the 4th and although we’ve both run tons of races, we ran our first race together and she PR’ed and crushed her goal. I was so proud of her.

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115 Emily B. July 16, 2014 at 9:48 am

My Mom inspires me to run.

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116 The Suzzzz July 16, 2014 at 9:56 am

My friend Andrea. She is always there and always ready to run or climb stairs, and always with a smile on her face. Some days I hate her for her cheerfulness in exercise, but I’m always grateful for the motivation.

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117 Rebecca July 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

It sounds lame but my dog inspires me to Run Happy. He is a great reminder to not take life too seriously and to get out there and just enjoy the run! Not to mention that he’s always raring to go :).

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118 Mandy July 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

My best friend, Nura. It is kind of odd since she said that I inspired her to start running. She is doing her first half marathon this fall and is going to completely rock it!

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119 Alissa July 16, 2014 at 9:58 am

My fiance inspires me to run! He’s faster than me and I have to keep up!

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120 Shana July 16, 2014 at 9:59 am

My best friend inspires me to run happy. She has been running for about a year now and although she isn’t the fastest she always runs with all her heart! She came in dead last at her last 5k, but she still loved every moment. I think of her whenever I run.

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121 Rachel July 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

A good friend of mine inspires me. She’s training for the marathon this year, coming from a non-running background. She’s inspired me to up my distance and perhaps follow in her footsteps a year from now!

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122 Megan July 16, 2014 at 10:03 am

Your sister is so cute!!

My husband inspires me to run. I normally don’t enjoy running (so slow, so hard to breath), but he gets up every morning without a complaint and just runs. And everytime we end the run, I always say how much I liked it!

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123 Julianne July 16, 2014 at 10:25 am

My friend inspires me to run. She has always been a great runner, through life’s tough times and the good times.

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124 Danielle July 16, 2014 at 10:25 am

Veterans are my inspiration to run happy. I have the opportunity to work with incredible individuals every day. Seeing their strength, courage, and determination inspires to me to aim high and always give my best!

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125 Charlotte July 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

My mom inspires me. She has always taught me to take it one step at a time and pushed me to push myself. She reminds me that running is not about 1 run but about living it.

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126 Ali July 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

My training team. We do all sorts of races together and we train together every weekend. I am so lucky to be part of a team that pushes me beyond what I thought I was capable of, picks me up when I fall, and always supports and encourages me.

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127 Andy July 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

My boyfriend, who dilligently does his physical therapy leg lifts every morning and night to keep his knees healthy enough to get out there and run, inspires me. <3 His dedication reminds me everyday how lucky I am to be healthy enough to run.

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128 Sarah B. July 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

Kelly is a rockstar! My dad inspires me to run HAPPY! He introduced me to running and continually shows me how fun it is. For the longest time my mantra was “always run with a smile!” and I’d love to run with a smile sporting awesome Brooks gear.

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129 Jane July 16, 2014 at 10:44 am

My mom and dad! Run together, stay together they say!

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130 Michelle July 16, 2014 at 10:45 am

My family! We love to do races together and usually make a fun girls weekend out it 🙂

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131 Bill July 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

my wife is 5 months pregnant and still running and working out, truly amazing!

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132 Michelle July 16, 2014 at 11:05 am

My friend Elena inspires me to Run Happy. She’s injured now, but when running, she’s a little faster than me and always encourages me to keep pushing and not give up. She’s my biggest cheerleader after every race I do, and even though she can’t run right now, wants to hear about how my training is going.

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133 Steff July 16, 2014 at 11:08 am

My best runner friend, Jamie, inspires me to run happy. She is a fantastic athlete–but always has a smile on her face!!

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134 Sarah O. July 16, 2014 at 11:13 am

My sister is my running inspiration. We ran the Nike Women’s half last year and I had a really tough time. She pushed me to dig deep and got me to that finish line!

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135 stacey July 16, 2014 at 11:14 am

my family’s history of diabetes inspires me to Run Happy and exercise in general.

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136 Melissa July 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

At first, it was my friends that inspired me to run happy, then add my husband because we trained for our first marathon together, and now I add my daughter to those that inspire me to run happy. My friends however, are hands down, without a doubt the best ones. I dont think i would be the type of runner I am now without them.

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137 Ellyn July 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

My parents! They encouraged me to join the cross country team in high school and I’ve been in love with running ever since!

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138 Lucy July 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

My sister,, who is also my BFF, she just finished her first 5K and is training for a half

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139 s July 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

oh my gosh…i remember that accident, scary. that is one happy (and, um, pregnant?) runner! <3 i am inspired to run happy by keeping up with your blog and a few other ones of people doing freaking awesome stuff!
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140 Ashley July 16, 2014 at 11:28 am

My fiance. He runs so fast, so when we run together I always try to catch up. He is also encouraging in making me get outside and get my runs done!

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141 Alexa July 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

What inspires me to run happy are my kids! I have a 20 month old son, and am due right around the time as your sister with my second child. They inspire me to be healthy, and to take the time to myself to run so that I can be a better mom and wife.
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142 Paula Smith July 16, 2014 at 11:43 am

Don’t laugh…my dog actually inspires me to run happy! I run agility with my border collie, Alex, and I need to be able to keep up with him. So, I took up running last year, and have one 5K under my belt, but more to be run later this year. I love my Brooks running shoes, so an outfit would be awesome!

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143 Beth July 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

My mom is currently ready to run her first marathon

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144 Sandra July 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

My family!

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145 Jessica F July 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm

My brother in law inspires me to run happy… he’s training for a marathon so if he can run 26 miles, I can run at least 3! haha

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146 Angie Zanke July 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm

My niece inspires me to run happy! She is the most amazing person I know. She survived a massive stroke at the age of 14 and has never given up.

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147 Chatelaine July 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Wow, I haven’t met your sister, but she inspires me to Run Happy!!!

But my family does.

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148 Tanya July 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm

My daughter inspires me to run happy! There is nothing better than knowing I’m setting a great example for her for a healthy, active life. She looks at me and says, “Are you going for a run, Mama?” Of course I am!

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149 Lainie July 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

My dad inspires me to run happy! He passed away in 2010 but up until the day he died (literally!) he was ALWAYS running. I think of him constantly…but especially when I run.

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150 Patti July 16, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Honestly – I’m the only runner in my family and among most of my friends. So the people who inspire me to run happy are the bloggers I follow. I’m an avid reader of Meals and Miles; Run, Eat, Repeat; Nutrition Nut on the Run; Frugal Beautiful; Operation Skinny Jeans; Peanut Butter Runner; Pumps and Iron; and many others. All the kind words and inspiration and teaching from these amazing women is what gets me out on the road.

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151 Zachary July 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm

My wife!

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152 Susan Comer July 16, 2014 at 12:42 pm

My neighbor and friend Ashley makes me run happy. She encouraged me to step up my mileage and run my first half marathon. She was there with me during all of the training and helped pace me during not one but 2 half marathons. Ashley is currently training for her first full marathon.

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153 Stephanie S. July 16, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Work inspires me to run happy! After a long day in the office, putting on my running shoes and hitting the trail is the best stress-relief. I love the outfit and would love to take it for a spin on a evening, post-work run sometime soon 🙂

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154 Sara H July 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm

My best friend inspire me to happy run! When one of us is having an off day the other pushes/encourages and that’s why we make a great team. Blogs like this one also inspire me to happy run [the reason I signed up for my first 5k]. I LOVE the long shirt, it’s great for someone with a long torso.

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155 Stephanie July 16, 2014 at 12:55 pm

My sister! She encourages me when I am having a bad few weeks during the marathon training cycle.

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156 Marisa July 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm

My mom inspires me to run happy. She is not in ANY way athletic, but she’s always supported me (her tomboy daughter). When I was younger, my inability to run fast earned me the nickname “The Jolly Jogger,” so she thinks that it’s great that now I run–and I’m not so slow, either. I ran my first half marathon on her birthday just a few years ago, and she was so excited to be on the sidelines to cheer me on. She’s definitely the first person I plan to invite to watch me if I make into Boston this year!

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157 Elisabeth July 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm

My 65 year old runner coworker!

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158 Leigh July 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm

My fiance- who just started running and forces me out of bed to do so most mornings. I love running but hates mornings. He is the opposite. But we love morning runs together!

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159 Kay July 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm

My mom! She started running after I signed up for a mile run when I was in 8th grade. She did the walk that year but was determined to run the 5k the following year. We trained together and finished it just under 30 minutes! Then I ran in high school and she continued to train and race 5ks. She took a break for a while but is now back at it. I’ve paced her in a few 15k races and we plan to do a half marathon together (her first) once I’m not so pregnant. I’m 2 weeks ahead of your sister!

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160 Erica July 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm

This is going to sound ridiculous compared to every else’s awesome answers, but it was the first thing I though of so I’m sticking to it… My dog. My dog inspires me to run happy. Her name is Raven and she’s a lab/pit mix. She’s got this permanent goofy, happy smile on her face every time I take her running with me. Sometimes I get a little too wrapped up in pace and time and mileage and staring at my watch. She reminds that it’s cool to stop and stiff the roses (or pee on them – her, not me) every once in a while. Or to chase the geese. Or to greet the other dogs/runners. Just run for the joy of running. I hope she gets to be my running partner for a long long time.

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161 Erica July 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm

I guess I should have proofread first. (everyone else’s) (sniff the roses)

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162 Hannah July 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm

My health encourages me to run happy. As a cancer survivor (and now in the best shape of my life), I don’t take living for granted, and one of the best ways to do that is to be outside doing anything I can! Rowing, biking, and running help keep me alive and kickin’!

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163 sarah July 16, 2014 at 1:32 pm

my grandfather, who turns 91 today and still goes out for jogs, inspires me to run happy! age ain’t nothin but a number.

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164 Amanda July 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm

My husband inspires me to run happy. He has always found happiness in running since he was young. When we first met, he basically taught me to run! I know that sounds silly, but when I said how much I didn’t like it because it never felt right, he showed me how to have better form and poof…I was running without pain and I loved it. I have now run many 5ks and a 10k…looking to do a marathon one day! All thanks to my wonderful hubby who I know will be there every step of the way.

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165 Molly July 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm

The Baltimore Running Community inspires me to run happy. We’re a small enough city that once you get out on the roads and trails, you get to know everyone so quickly. They instantly become your biggest cheerleaders and always inspire me to “Run Happy!” (in my brooks adrenalines!)
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166 Jessica July 16, 2014 at 1:40 pm

My friend Mimi inspires me to keep running happy! While I believe she is one of those people with “natural endurance” (she’ll take off for a few miles, and if she is just enjoying herself, she may go into double digits!), her carefree attitude towards running totally motivates me. It’s not always about time, or distant, or setting PRs… and while Mimi works hard towards goals, she also understands the importance of just loving the run. She’s a fantastic inspiration – especially as, like your sister, she is now pregnant and still going strong!

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167 Elise July 16, 2014 at 1:56 pm

The ladies I run with from Santa Cruz, who I usually refer to as “my running wives.” They are some of the fastest, sweetest, supportive, humble, gracious and just genuinely fun ladies in the world. I am blessed to know each and everyone of them, and have had the chance to run and learn from and with them. From the road to brunch to wine nights to races, these ladies are definitely my #runspiration and they make me #runhappy.
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168 Nikki July 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm

My newborn son

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169 Haley July 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm

My friend Mary inspires me to “run happy.” She will make time to run even at the craziest of hours because of her love for running. She holds all of her running buddies, including my grateful self, accountable to meet-ups all over our city, which always results in a happy run. 🙂

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170 Britt July 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm

My mom is my biggest inspiration. She’s my best friend, the strongest person I know and overall too amazing for words!

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171 Lori Connors July 16, 2014 at 2:10 pm

My dad….who at 75, has decided to be a runner so we can spend more time together. Just signed him up for his very first 5k!

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172 LIndsay July 16, 2014 at 2:11 pm

My pup Stella, who is always ready to go for a run rain or shine. I just started jogging with her a year ago and she loves it now. The best part, she is always available for a buddy run!

I would also love to win because Saturday is my birthday! Hoping 31 is a year of PRs!

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173 Juliana @ 4 WellRules July 16, 2014 at 2:13 pm

My boyfriend! he started his official training plan for his first half marathon yesterday and I couldn’t be prouder! 🙂
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174 Jen July 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm

My two girls inspire me. I want to show them a healthy balance to life!

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175 Anne July 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Is it weird to say I inspire me?!
Struggling with some circumstance that have pushed me out of my weight/pants comfort level, not a good place to be. I’ve rediscovered my love of daily runs and I know that my trusty sneaks will take me back to my happy place!

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176 Amy July 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm

My family: husband, two young kids, sister, aunt, nephew, cousins, etc
All of them are extremely supportive and congratulate me for any achievement – even just for getting up several times a week before work to run. They think that’s amazing. And my husband notes that I’m more fun to live with when I run on a regular basis 😉

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177 Tiffany Feild July 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm

I have a few different friends that I run with and each of them bring something different to each run. We are always encouraging one another! We’re always there with a “good job” and “you can do it” if one of us is having a bad run or not feeling particularly motivated that day. If I’m running alone I can definitely tell a difference in my own motivation, I always have a better run with friends around!

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178 Melissa C July 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Doing something that is going to make me a better wife, Momma, daughter, friend, and employee is what inspires me to Run Happy! So I guess I have to inspire myself to get myself out on the road each day. I know I would not be as happy without that time.

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179 Lauren G July 16, 2014 at 2:29 pm

My husband who has run multiple marathons and still stuck by my side and was a constant encouragement through my half marathon training runs and actual race. I know he really wanted to try for a PB, but was pleased with my 2:19:00 time.

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180 Cathy Wilson July 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm

I am inspired by my family, I want to live a healthy lifestyle so that I can inspire them to do the same and also that I will live a long healthy life.

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181 Lauren July 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I don’t have a lot of IRL runner friends, so if have to say all of the amazing people I’ve met through blogging !

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182 Monica July 16, 2014 at 2:55 pm

My family is my inspiration. I want to be happy and healthy for them, for a loooong time!

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183 Rachel July 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Meghann, it takes a village. You and other running bloggers help me to get out there and run when I want to be lazy; and my ten year old son who makes me want to be around a long time.

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184 Stephanie Sullivan July 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm

My hubby inspires me to run happy. He started running only a couple of years ago and has already qualified for Boston twice (3:15)! I see the work he puts into it and results that come from that work. I want to run Boston with him..26.2 Happy Miles!

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185 Sarah Lou @ runcello July 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm

I’m inspired to run happy by my sister in law Maren. She is a very talented runner but always loves to talk running or go out with a slow runner like me! She sees the value of every runner and truly loves to run!
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186 AlisonJ July 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm

My parents. Both in their 60s, while they don’t run, they are both active every day. They look so young for their age & are always up for joining me on some sort of adventure. I am 37 weeks pregnant & still running, and it, too, puts a smile on my face! I feel so empowered & strong!

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187 Leah H. July 16, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Myself! I love the high after a good run and challenging myself!

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188 Megg July 16, 2014 at 3:21 pm

My husband, when I was in a training slump he pushed me to go to the gym and give it my all, plus he always gets up early to cheer me on during races!

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189 Ashley July 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm

My best friend Ariel inspires me to Run Happy. If it wasn’t for her I would have never pulled my shoes on for my first miles let alone my first half-marathon and later on my first Tough Mudder. She is a joy to run with on the best days and the worst days. Even though we’re separated by a couple of states these days she has been a well of support and encouragement in all my training endeavors!

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190 Stephanie July 16, 2014 at 3:56 pm

My daughter because she’s so active and enjoys running around.

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191 Laura July 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm

My friends and family all inspire me in different ways. I’m inspired to be strong and healthy so that i can enjoy a long and happy life with them!

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192 Haley July 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm

My sister! I’m pregnant, just a few weeks behind your sister- amd mine keeps me motivated to keep on running.

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193 Sara @ Lake Shore Runner July 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm

My parents inspire me! Whenever I am out there during a race and I have hit my wall I think about how strong my parents are and all of the obstacles they have overcome in life. Even though they are not always a fan of my running addiction I know they enjoy me running because it makes me so happy!

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194 Leigh July 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

My mama! We’ve had a lot of family drama this winter/spring, but she signed up for (and stuck with) a couch to 5k class after I’m pretty sure never running before! She’s so proud of herself and I always remind myself that if she can do it then I can too!

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195 Lanna July 16, 2014 at 4:36 pm

My mom. She was my best friend & biggest supporter in life. She’s now watching from above, but I feel like I talk to her & hear her in my runs.

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196 Genna July 16, 2014 at 4:36 pm

As silly as it sounds, I sort of inspire myself to run happy. I set my goals and train. But I am lucky enough to have a great support system who is there with me. without them it wouldn’t be as much fun!
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197 Megan July 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm

What a great post! I have so many people who inspire me, but lately it has been my running friends – Christine, Krissy, Pam & Carlee. They encourage me when things get tough. They push me to go beyond what I thought was possible. Even better, they “get” how running can take over!
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198 Caroline July 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm

My mom.

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199 Heather July 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm

My sister! She’s a personal trainer and the best fitness cheerleader I know.

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200 Pam July 16, 2014 at 5:12 pm

My big sister is my running inspiration. Despite having bunions and not having trained for a marathon, she qualified for Boston in May and now I will have her by my side next April when we toe the line in Hopkinton together!
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201 Lesley Moore July 16, 2014 at 5:22 pm

My husband! He was just beginning his running career when he was in a near fatal car accident with my son. Our son was fine but my husband suffered a concussion, broke every rib on his left side, punctured and collapsed his left lung, ruptured his spleen, broke his pelvis and broke 2 vertebrae. He lost nearly 20 pounds in a week while at the hospital. He stopped breathing in front of me at the hospital and coded. Scariest time of my life. 3 months later he ran his first half marathon. Since then he has placed in the top three for his age group for every single race that he has entered. I will never doubt myself because of the man that I wake up beside every day. He inspires me to be a better me and a better runner! I would love for him to be surprised by winning this giveaway!
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202 Jen A July 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm

My friend Leslie inspires me to run happy. We ran the princess together in 2013 and had such a blast!

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203 Molly Rose July 16, 2014 at 6:05 pm

This was such a sweet post about your sister! I smiled through the whole thing. I don’t have a sister but I DO have a JennaRae … she is a really close friend and an amazing runner who encouraged me to get back into running .. I signed up for my first half marathon late last year, and she was supposed to run it too, but was dealing with a running injury and couldn’t run it. Instead she still flew into town and cheered me (and some of our other friends) on from the sideline. She is kind of really awesome and would love to win her an outfit by Brooks!
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204 AB July 16, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Myself! I’ve run a 10 mi race in the past and want to try to reach that distance again.

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205 Emily July 16, 2014 at 6:24 pm

My best friends!! We love to run together.

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206 Tricia July 16, 2014 at 6:29 pm

My family inspires me to Run Happy! It motivates me to stay healthy so I can enjoy my family even more!!

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207 Jordan July 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm

There are a lot of running bloggers around the interwebs that inspire me on a daily basis. I have learned so much through reading blogs!

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208 Katie K. July 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Me! Growing up I was made fun of because I danced ballet (10 years) and was super uncoordinated at P.E. trying to kick soccer balls, hit baseballs, throw basketball, etc (plus I never knew the rules of any of the sports so no one ever wanted me on their team. ever). Ballet + bad at P.E. = fair game for teasing and being labeled as “nonathletic.”

Fast forward 20+ years later I’m out running half marathons, and completing in triathlons. I’ve also inspired a few of my aunts, uncles and cousins to start running too! Still working on getting them to sign up for triathlons, although after my last one my mom stuck around for the awards to see what the women in her age group look like and hear their times. 🙂

Being able to finish a race and post a picture of my “race bling” along with another PR is so empowering! It’s my way of finally standing up to those kids and telling them to back off – ballerinas are not to be messed with.

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209 Angela July 16, 2014 at 6:44 pm

My inspiration is a little old lady (80 if she’s a day) that I see running every morning rain or shine. I can only hope I’ll still be out there at that age!
PS, I ran Chicago 10-10-10 too. Brutal race!

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210 Emily S July 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm

My mom! She has always been a runner and took me out on my first run. We ran my first race together too. She is definitely my running inspiration!

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211 Katie July 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm

I inspire myself! My daughter was born 5 weeks ago, and I made a return to running 2.5 weeks postpartum! It’s been slow and steady, but every single day, I manage to get my 2 year old and one month old out for a walk.run combo in our double Bob. I’ve only been on one solo run, and I can’t wait to do more! 🙂 I had to stop running about 5 months into my pregnancy, but with my son I was able to run the entire 9 months. And go figure, my body had a tougher time adjusting to running at that time!

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212 TENN July 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Myself. I Run Happy to remind myself how lucky I am to be able to run.

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213 ashley July 16, 2014 at 6:57 pm

My bf! He is the first person I have met who truly enjoys running, which was a crazy concept to me!

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214 Kate July 16, 2014 at 6:59 pm

I do! I am a police officer and most days am on my feet for hours on end, but there’s nothing I love more than rounding out a long productive day of work with a run, no matter how short. It makes me happy to think about just how much my body can do!

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215 Amy @ Army Amy July 16, 2014 at 7:17 pm

I would love to win some running clothes for my BFF, Mary Beth! She is taking the plunge to tackle half marathon training for the second time in her life. Mind you, this attempt comes after having two kids and getting her doctorate (!). She works full time and is a fantastic friend on top of being a great mom and wife. She doesn’t have a ton of free time, but she’s making running a priority. I know she’d love this!
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216 Jenn July 16, 2014 at 7:23 pm

My friend Jess is my inspiration!

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217 Laura M. July 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm

My running inspiration is my friend Rachel. She inspired me to start running and train for my first 5K in 2011. She is a new mother (and also lifted weights through out her pregnancy) and training for another half marathon this October.

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218 Heather July 16, 2014 at 7:31 pm

OMG Kelly is one of the cutest pregnant ladies I’ve ever seen!! xo

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219 Emily July 16, 2014 at 7:36 pm

My husband is why I’m able to run happy! He is so supportive of all of my athletic endeavors, happily taking over the parental duties so I can get my sweat on, and is never one to hesitate to give me a good dose of tough love when I need it!
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220 Courtney July 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Honestly, it’s the people that DON’T run. Knowing that I am able to run when a lot of people can’t/don’t motivates me a ton. It makes me feel strong, confident, and HAPPY!

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221 Tracy July 16, 2014 at 8:02 pm

My friend Angie always inspires me to get out there and run!!

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222 Stacey July 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm

I am inspired to run by my friends and family, everyday people really. I am blessed to be healthy and lucky enough to be able to run.
“What you take for granted, someone else is praying for.” Anonymous

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223 Kimberly July 16, 2014 at 8:16 pm

My late uncle inspires me to run happy, the last half marathon I ran for him in support of his cancer. I actually won the womens half marathon race entry through this blog but was never able to use it because he passed away. He was my biggest cheerleader for running and even made a special trip to Florida one year to meet me at the finish line after a race. He taught me to appreciate every thing life gives me and to never take that for granted! I run happy because of him and that I am given the gift to do so every day!

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224 Jill July 16, 2014 at 8:39 pm

My friend Kirstin inspires me to run. She has battled cancer and lost over 100 lbs after her 2nd pregnancy by running even as she was diagnosed with cancer again. She inspires me to always be positive and to run happy. I never take a hard run for granted because it could always be harder.

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225 Angel S July 16, 2014 at 8:49 pm

My husband’s Aunt. At 60 she decided to run her first half marathon. Couldn’t be more proud of her accomplishments.

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226 Abby July 16, 2014 at 8:49 pm

My sister! I convinced her to run our first half marathon together, and she was at the finish line when I finished my first full last year!!

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227 Traci July 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm

My man! My sweet husband of 5 years has been supportive and encouraging of all the training and money that goes into my races. Thankful for a husband that makes me run happy!

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228 court July 16, 2014 at 8:55 pm

My Dad. He has been running almost every day since before I was born!

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229 Paula July 16, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Kelly is so cute.

My running bud, Michelle, inspires me to run happy. I wouldn’t run 90% of the races I do without her inspiration and motivation. Oddly enough, I probably wouldn’t watch as much TV as I do without her too. She likes to balance the activity/lazy. 🙂

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230 Kelly July 16, 2014 at 9:09 pm

My dog inspires me to run happy because she never takes a single opportunity to get out side and run with me for granted! When I see how happy she is just to get outside, it makes me grateful that I can go for a run whenever I want.

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231 Eve July 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm

I Run Happy as I think about all of the people in my life who have either passed on or are physically disabled, and can’t run. I Run Happy when I think about my student who went through three years of chemo (ages 6-9) and didn’t have the energy to do much of anything. Because i CAN run, I Run Happy.

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232 kirsten July 16, 2014 at 9:37 pm

My husband inspires me to run happy. He just got back into running about 2 months ago and has been very committed! I am really proud of him and it’s helping to keep me on track.

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233 Brittany M July 16, 2014 at 9:37 pm

I try to inspire myself to run happy!

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234 Nicole July 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm

My husband! I just signed up for my first half marathon and he volunteered to help train with me, even though he doesn’t run much. I’m hoping this will turn him into a runner 🙂

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235 Heather July 16, 2014 at 9:49 pm

i think my two runner friends inspire me the most! i love when we can geek out about running stuff together and talk about races and goals! i also always feel inspired at races…i love that so many people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels can come together, and everyone is always so positive and encouraging toward one another!

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236 Flavia Ortiz July 16, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Just seeing people running on the streets brings a big smile on my face!. I love running so much that I feel the joy of running coming from others as well as putting the miles myself.

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237 Ali July 16, 2014 at 10:15 pm

My mom is recovering from surgery and training to get back out there to run her first triathlon in 3 years! She is my inspiration!

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238 Amy July 16, 2014 at 10:26 pm

My grandmother, who passed away 3 years ago, inspires me to Run Happy. Even when she was ill in the hospital she would listen to me talk about my dream of one day running a half marathon in a tutu! And this coming from a girl who did everything she could as a kid in PE to avoid running! She inspired me with words of wisdom. You are never too old to set a new goal and have a new dream. Since then, at 43 years old, I’ve run countless 5ks and am even signed up to run my first half in March. I know I will feel her beautiful spirit running along side me when that day comes. I run happy when I think of her.

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239 Brooke O. July 16, 2014 at 11:30 pm

My husband inspires me to run happy! He is always there to encourage me to keep my commitments to running and accountable to my running workouts.

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240 Megan July 16, 2014 at 11:49 pm

My family inspires me. My mom is 72, and still walks 3 miles daily, zumbas 3 times a week, and golfs. My 74 year old dad also hits the bike every morning at the gym. I’m also inspired to create a positive female role model for my two boys. Women can be strong and fierce

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241 Christy S July 17, 2014 at 12:39 am

My support system is my run happy inspiration it consists of family and friends – though my biggest cheerleaders are my boyfriend and my mom! They come to all of my races and support my training on a day to day basis, always asking how I am doing even though neither of them run, they do it purely out of love and support for me.

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242 Katie M July 17, 2014 at 12:57 am

My Mom inspires me to “run happy” because she is currently injured, and she is unable to run (and walk). So I truly embrace every run that I am able to complete since I am so grateful that I have the ability to run.

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243 Colleen Boudreau July 17, 2014 at 1:48 am

My dad because he’s always encouraging me.

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244 Melissa July 17, 2014 at 5:56 am

My sister, Heather, is my Run Happy inspiration. I have watched her using running and fitness to get her through the toughest times in her life. She takes everything life offers her and treats it as a challenge to overcome rather than a roadblock. She is the person who initially motivated me to start running, and she has been at every race I have done either running with me or there to cheer me on!

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245 Jennifer July 17, 2014 at 7:04 am

Bloggers like you inspire me! That is how I first got into racing.

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246 Stacey July 17, 2014 at 7:22 am

Cool weather in the morning!
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247 Cindy @cindyruns July 17, 2014 at 8:12 am

My Alzheimer’s NYC Marathon team inspires me to run happy 🙂 They’re push and support all around makes me want to run!

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248 Donna July 17, 2014 at 8:57 am

My husband inspires me to run happy!

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249 Kasey July 17, 2014 at 9:05 am

My mother, who runs for fun & to stay fit! Thanks Mom

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250 dani July 17, 2014 at 9:22 am

my momma! she died from cancer last year, but she never missed one of my races and I like to think she still doesn’t!

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251 Emily July 17, 2014 at 9:24 am

My mom! Last fall, my 9 year old daughter signed up for Girls on the Run. I did the Couch to 5K program so I could run with her. I fell in love with running. My 59 year old mom was inspired to join us. She has rheumatoid arthritis, which can be extremely painful and limiting. But she has run 3 5Ks this year with plans for more. I am so, so proud of her!

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252 Audrey July 17, 2014 at 9:32 am

The sweet girls at Girls on the Run! Their sunny attitudes and determination inspires to push through any run!

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253 Jen July 17, 2014 at 10:12 am

My sister is also my ‘run happy’ inspiration! We don’t live near each other but we do try to get together for races every once in a while. And if I’m running a race that she’s not in (I’m more into running than she is), she tries to get there to cheer me on, or will make a donation if I’m fundraising. She always lets me vent to her about training and how things are going. She’s my best friend!

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254 Jen July 17, 2014 at 10:15 am

My 17 year old self inspires me to Run Happy. 12 years and 80 pounds ago, I admired and was secretly jealous of people who could run. I thought it was something I would never be able to do. Every time I run, it reminds me of how far of come!!
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255 Tina July 17, 2014 at 10:29 am

My friend Marcy inspires me to run happy. Just is always pushing me to limits I never think I can reach.

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256 Megan @ I Run For Wine July 17, 2014 at 10:43 am

My “run happy” inspiration is my co-worker and close friend Nicole. We signed up for our very first race together, the 2012 runDisney Family Fun Run 5K. From that first day, we have ran multiple halfs and completed the Dopey & Glass Slipper Challenge together. She is always my positive influence when I start doubting myself.
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257 Katherine July 17, 2014 at 10:57 am

I’m inspired by a friend at work who runs constantly. She continues to push me and keep me going when I really would rather just stay home. She helped me run my first 5k and I really don’t think I could have finished without her!

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258 iamalighthouse July 17, 2014 at 10:59 am

My husband! We only just started running…but we love doing it together out in the glorious outdoors! It’s great to have your buddy to run with. 🙂

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259 amyt July 17, 2014 at 11:02 am

I’m going to have to say my sister – she got me into it 🙂 My dad also inspires me and motivates me – he’s had Crohn’s Disease for over 30 years…and he is a inspiriation!! Last my hubby, he is the one that totally got me into working out all together. All in all I have a amazing support system!

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260 Megan July 17, 2014 at 11:10 am

Bloggers actually inspire me to run happy! I need some inspiration to get myself going, so seeing everyone pushing themselves inspires me to do the same 🙂

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261 Whitney July 17, 2014 at 11:54 am

I inspire myself to Run Happy. Running has no doubt helped me overcome my bulimia. You can’t be bulimic and go on long runs without feeling faint or sick. Through running I began to realize how food fueled my body and carried me to the finish lines.

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262 Maria D July 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Being at races, surrounded by so many other strong, dedicated runners inspires me! Great blogs inspire me too! 😉

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263 Whitney S. July 17, 2014 at 12:52 pm

A good friend of mine inspires me to run happy. While pregnant with baby #4, she was pushing the double stroller with 2 of her big kids. She took herself on a run the day she had a c-section! I just found out she is pregnant with #5 and have no doubt she will carry on as before. Healthy, happy momma!

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264 [email protected] July 17, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Running bloggers inspire me! When I was pregnant I did a lot of biking. It’s great that your sister is so fit and feels great.
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265 Amy July 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm

My husband inspires me to run. He started a few years ago and has completed over 10 marathons and an ultra. I was able to complete a handful of half marathons and one full marathon under his guidance. My goal was 4:30 and we crossed the line together at 4:29:36! He really pushed me along at the end with my last mile being in the 8:30 range. I won’t run another full marathon but still enjoy lacing up my shoes and hitting the road around town.

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266 Erin m. July 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm

I’m inspired by people every day who just get out and run. I especially appreciate being able to run after being injured. It makes being able to run so much more enjoyable!

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267 Rachel R. July 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm

My dad inspires me. After retiring from the Marine Corp, with 20 years of service, my dad never wanted to run again. Before his 50th birthday he laced back up and ran the Marine Corp marine that year. Since then he’s run multiple marathons and ultra distances. Now at 65 he’s still running up to10 miles.

He inspires me because he isn’t fast but he does his own thing and always crosses that finish line. I hope to do the same thing next February when I run my first half!

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268 Sharon Howard July 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm

My sons Fiance’ Kayla inspires me to run happy because although she has Lupus and she has pain all the time she still works out everyday and attends Law School even when shes sick. She gives me inspiration and I have no excuses anymore.

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269 Kate July 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm

My cousin was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma when she was 25 and underwent treatment. Through it all she was the most upbeat and cheerful person in any room, and she is in remission now for 3 years. She made it a point to eat healthier and exercise after she started feeling better, and is in great shape. She also quit her job to go to nursing school because she had been so inspired by the wonderful nurses at each of her treatments. She just got married this summer and it was so amazing to see her so happy, healthy, and full of life. She inspires me to get my butt moving and always go through the day with a smile!

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270 [email protected] July 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm

My kids (ages 11, 9, 6 and 3 months). They keep me going every day!
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271 Brooke July 17, 2014 at 5:14 pm

My mom! She can’t run so i run for both of us.

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272 Sandra July 17, 2014 at 7:04 pm

My old high school coach inspired me to love running for the pure joy of it and the competition. He encouraged all of our teammates to try our best!

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273 Kate July 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm

My husband and my kids! I always light up whenever I see them on a race course, cheering for me. They perk me up when I’m feeling miserable, and my husband (also a runner) is my favorite running partner, because he’s always got a smile on his face.

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274 Alicia M July 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm

My husband inspires me to run. I have never been a runner but when I met him he was runner. He even went on a date with me after his first half marathon! As I watched him enjoy running, I began to want to join him and finally did.

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275 Tanya July 17, 2014 at 8:56 pm

My dog is my inspiration and goes on every run with me. She gets me out the door when I don’t want to go and keeps me going when I want to stop. We have done five 5k races and two 10k races together. Our longest run together has been 10 miles. She has the biggest smile on her face while we our running and happily trots along with me. She comes to all my non-dog friendly races/triathlons and cheers me on as a spectator. She’s definitely the best running partner I could ever have!

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276 Katie July 17, 2014 at 10:16 pm

My Grandpa who passed away at the age of 59. He wasn’t very active & the cancer eventually took him, however he motivates me through tough workouts & I know how proud of me he would be for “taking care of myself” because he always said he needed to work on that. Every time I race he always crosses my mind. Miss him so much.

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277 Tami July 17, 2014 at 10:37 pm

my daughter…not only is it important for me to be a good healthy role model for her, but she (at ten) has decided she wants to “learn to run” and I couldn’t be happier! We are running in her first 5K on Saturday this weekend and she is SO EXCITED (and scared, but I reminded her we can take as many breaks as we need to! 😉 )

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278 Rachael H July 17, 2014 at 11:00 pm

My husband inspires me to run happy! He has run many races and is currently training for a triathlon and helping me train for an upcoming 5k!

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279 e michelle July 17, 2014 at 11:47 pm

my sister! she is always suggesting ways to live a healther lifestyle and telling me all the things that she is doing to live better

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280 Nuria July 18, 2014 at 12:08 am

My daughter inspires me to “run happy” There is nothing better than a run with her in the stroller!

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281 Laura E. July 18, 2014 at 12:28 am

My best friend Chelsea has always been my inspiration. We’ve been friends since high school and she invited me on a 6 mile run and after finishing (then that was my longest run) I felt so accomplished and have been running ever since!

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282 GretchenP July 18, 2014 at 1:14 am

my friend alison has been my race buddy for years now.. we have nothing but fun and i look forward to seeing her everytime! 🙂 thanks for the giveaway!

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283 Carrie July 18, 2014 at 7:19 am

My friend Raven – She’s always sending me little notes and quotes she finds and tells me I’m awesome even though I run about a 14 minute mile right now. 🙂

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284 Christina C July 18, 2014 at 7:38 am

My brother! He runs hard even though his diabetes makes fueling so much more complicated.

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285 Katrina July 18, 2014 at 9:05 am

My Grandpa inspires me to run happy. He passed away at the end of March and was always my biggest supporter in pushing me to try new things. At the end of May I completed my first obstacle run and loved it! From there I continued to run and found this time around it was diffrent it was my therapy, everytime I felt sad I would just think how happy he would’ve been to see me being active and enjoying myself. Now I run 3-5 days a week first thing in the morning and I find it to be my happy place and I love how I feel afterwards too! Tomorrow is my first 5 miler race and I’m excited and nervous!

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286 Ashlee July 18, 2014 at 9:30 am

My mom inspires me to Run Happy. She has never been a runner, but is always going for daily, long walks. A year or so ago she decided that she wanted to do a 5k because of seeing me run so much. She completed the 5k by running it! It might have been slow, but it see her accomplishment was the world!

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287 Kaley July 18, 2014 at 9:45 am

My sister inspires me to Run Happy! She is so amazing, and so encouraging. She just recently finished her first 15K and I cried as she crossed the finish line. Such an inspiration. Love the story about you and Kelly! Thanks for sharing.

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288 Brittany July 18, 2014 at 11:00 am

My boyfriend inspires me to run happy! He knows that athletics are what bring me joy, and he supports me because of it!

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289 April July 18, 2014 at 11:46 am

My friend Marrie! She started running to “run away” from a series of losses and fell in love with it! Now she’s always begging me to look for a race. She has a two year old and trains everyday with a stroller, and texts her smiling face and pace after every run. It really has helped bring back her happiness! I also clued her in to the beauty and comfort that is “activewear” so that she can quit running in cutoff sweats, which I think is also helping her happiness!

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290 Christina H July 18, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Setting a good example for my 3 year old son inspires me to run happy!

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291 Rebecca July 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm

My best friend who runs races with me and helps pace me to PRs is my inspiration!

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292 Mari July 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm

My two dogs inspire me to run happy! I have a lab/husky mix and a golden, and they absolutely LOVE to get out and run! On the days I’m just not feeling it, but I know I should do some kind of activity, they motivate me to get off my butt, out of the house, and get moving! They are so excited to be out and about and it’s made me appreciate little things in life.

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293 Ashley July 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm

My mom is my example of “Run Happy”. After a year of working at a desk, I stumbled across your blog and really started contemplating running a half marathon. When I told my mom about it, she decided we would do it together for her 50th birthday. She has never been athletic and at 50 years old completed her first race! She has been keeping up with small, local races and we have plans to do more half marathons.

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294 Jordan July 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm

What a great post. My sister inspires me. She lost 60 lbs after college and competed a half marathon which inspired me to do the same a year later. After that she became a certified personal trainer and is training others to reach their goals full time

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295 Catherine July 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm

My dad motivates me to run and stay in shape! He manages to fit exercise into his busy work week and loves to be out biking and hiking on weekends too! I love that we share a desire to stay active and can help motivate each other to keep at it!

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296 Katie D. July 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm

My sister inspires me to Run Happy! She trained for a half-marathon while balancing being a wife, RN student, phlebotomist, and puppy momma!

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297 Kelly Anne July 18, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Without a doubt, my Mom. She was into running and fitness long before it was cool. Despite multiple health problems (Ulcerative Colitis and now a cyst in her spine) she keeps running and trying new things. She is in her 60s and just (painful cyst and all) ran her 4th marathon in WI.

I am SO proud of her and simply adore her for continuing to push herself and not settling.

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298 meredith July 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm

My husband inspires me to run – he tore both his achilles, yet after lots of rehab is back out there running like crazy again

And kudos to your sister – im 5.5 mon and trying to stay running!

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299 Margaret July 18, 2014 at 8:43 pm

My best friend Natalie is the one who reminds me and inspires me to Run Happy! We live two hours away from each other, and she is always a great sounding board. She always has a smile on her face, and is the best supporter a girl could ask for. I couldn’t be as healthy and active without her!
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300 Sara July 18, 2014 at 9:35 pm

My brother inspires me to RunHappy. I watched him cross the finish line of a local half marathon and thought to myself ‘I can do that!’ One year later, with his tremendous help, patience and encouragement, we crossed that finish line together!

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301 Beth July 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Your sister is adorable!

My running buddies inspire me all the time- they can do it all!

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302 Chris July 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm

I am inspired to run happy by the people who I regularly see during my morning runs. The camaraderie of the every day strangers who are bound by a common act puts a smile on my face and helps keep me coming back for more.

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303 delia July 18, 2014 at 11:19 pm

I inspire myself!

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304 Erin T July 18, 2014 at 11:27 pm

My boyfriend inspires me to run happy! He encouraged me to sign up for my first half marathon, and we’ve been running together ever since!

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305 dave July 19, 2014 at 2:09 am

The adults and high school team I coach.

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306 Chandler July 19, 2014 at 9:15 am

My wife inspires me to run. From the day I ran my first mile to the day I ran my first marathon she was right there.. my biggest cheerleader.

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307 jess j July 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm

My mom! She started running at age 60 and reminds me that being active is a precious gift!

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308 Courtney July 19, 2014 at 2:48 pm

My sister..she’s the best!

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309 Kerri July 19, 2014 at 5:47 pm

My mom inspires me to Run Happy! We walked/ran our first 5k together a couple years ago, and now she “challenges” me to get out and exercise when she “taunts” me through the exercise app we both use!

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310 David July 19, 2014 at 5:50 pm

My lady inspires me to Run Happy, because otherwise we sit at home on the couch and watch Game of Thrones. With her by my side, we Run Happy first and watch GOT second!

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311 Michelle July 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm

My 13 year old triplets inspire me to run happy- we are signed up for our 1st 10 k together to support pancreatic cancer.

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312 Emily J July 21, 2014 at 5:12 am

My family (husband and 8 month old son) inspires me to run happy. They make me feel strong when I return from a sweaty run to kiss their loving faces. I run to make me a happy, strong person and a better wife and mother.

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313 Kristin July 21, 2014 at 7:04 am

When I am feeling less-than-excited about a run, I think about all the people who would love to run but can’t — those who have injuries, or maybe disabilities — and that gets me out there to appreciate that I CAN run. Running is a gift!

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314 Nikki July 21, 2014 at 12:32 pm

My Mom inspires me to run. She has supported me through my journey of losing 50 pounds and falling in love with endurance running.

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315 DD July 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm

My parents inspire me to run happy. They are 61 and exercise every day. They are great role models for my siblings and I, and I can’t wait to be like them when I’m older.

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316 Marisa July 22, 2014 at 2:13 am

My husband – he picked up running out of nowhere, and completed 1/2 marathons, a marathon, a trail relay, several shorter races – and inspired me to start running. We hardly ever get to run together, but it’s our date of choice when we get a babysitter.

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317 Molly July 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm

My best friend who is a full time nurse and full time student for her doctorate…who is training for NYC marathon!

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