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Sisterly Love

by Meghann on March 5, 2012

Official Gasparilla photos were released this morning!

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And somehow I ended up with a picture that I kinda, sorta love.

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So that’s what finishing strong looks like? Noted. πŸ˜‰

Of course my favorite photo is the one the photographers captured of my sister right before she crushed it at the finish line.

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Check out that look of determination on her face! She was flying!

Please excuse me while I brag about my little sister for just a bit. πŸ˜‰

Kelly is a teacher at a high school back in Orlando. Her school hosts an annual 5k every year as a fundraiser for the school and this year she encouraged her kids to run the race by offering to drop their lowest grade if they participated. On top of dropping their lowest grade, she also offered a ‘special prize’ to any student who beat her in the race. Only a few of her students were up to the challenge – but those who were – were certain they could beat Ms. Anderson. I mean she is just a girl, right? πŸ˜‰

On Saturday Kelly lined up with 300 runners (8-9 of which were her students). For the first mile or so two of her students managed to keep up with her, but they couldn’t hold the pace. Kelly ended up finishing 9th overall and was the FIRST FEMALE across the finish line. She won the race!!! GO KELLY!!!

Kelly wanted to prove to her students that with hard work and dedication, you can achieve anything. None of her students thought she ‘looked’ like a runner, but you don’t need to ‘look’ like something to succeed at it. All it takes is a goal and the dedicated mindset to get there.

So, yeah. My sister is a running rockstar. She won a 5k on Saturday and smashed her half marathon PR on Sunday (all of which she trained for as a first year teacher who is currently planning her June wedding). I could basically brag about her all day. I’m so proud. πŸ™‚

Lunch today was last night’s leftovers paired with more leftover quinoa (I swear the batch I made last week is never ending!)

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Those meatballs were so easy to make,super flavorful and they held together beautifully. I think it was the fresh parsley and the use of panko flakes as the breading – the perfect combination.

1 Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope March 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Kelly rocks. I definitely miss her blog.
I love to brag about my sister, too. I love her!
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2 mindy @ just a one girl revolution. March 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Go Kelly!! Rock it out girl, what an inspiration!
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3 Sana March 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Aw, you are an awesome sister for being so proud of your sister πŸ™‚ Family rocks!
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4 Jen @ Whittle My Middle March 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Awesome pics! Congrats to you and your sis on finishing strong. That’s such a good thing to hear that she is encouraging running at her school. Love it.
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5 Krissy @ Shiawase Life March 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Yeah!! Go Kelly!!!
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6 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life March 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I love that you want to brag about your sister! She is definitely an inspiration to your readers too! Great job Kelly! πŸ™‚
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7 Britt @ Run with Britt March 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Congratulations to Kelly! She dominated! I think it’s fantastic that she is finding ways to motivate her kiddos to run. It’s so important to get kids to love being active at a early age. The race photos are great by the way. πŸ™‚
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8 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City March 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Great pictures! I almost never find a good picture of myself during a race…

And Go Kelly!
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9 colleen March 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Go Kelly! That is an awesome lesson to teach her students.

10 Jamie March 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I kind of hate it when people say “you don’t look like a runner”. I don’t know if that means they think you aren’t fit looking or what? I think we all know from doing races that runners come in so many different shapes and sizes.

11 Meghann March 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

EXACTLY!!! But to these kids – or anyone else who has never done or spectated a race before – they THINK runners are ultra lean, muscular, and tiny. What they don’t realize is that runners come in all shapes and sizes.

12 Mary March 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm

LOVE the muscle definition in your arm in that picture of you! I can tell that NROLFW is producing results!

Also, GO Kelly!! She’s amazing. I have no doubt that she (and YOU) will crush your marathon goals this spring at flying pig! I however just hope to beat my Chicago time. even by a minute πŸ™‚

13 JennyV March 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I love that she is pushing and challenging her students while at the same time breaking the mold of what a runner looks like. Hardworking does pay off! Congrats to you both πŸ™‚

14 Heather @ Housewife Glamour March 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Wow, winning the 5K for women, awesome! That’s a great idea to offer to your students – rewarding them with something they truly work hard for (and also promotes getting active). Go Kelly! πŸ™‚
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15 Kathy March 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Yay Kelly!

I love surprising the little ones too…I certainly don’t look like a runner but, on our family 5K I was still hauling a$$ as the youngings were breathing heavy….then as the littlest (just turned 8 at the time) started to REALLY complain I stopped with him and walked just long enough for him to say…..I feel better now mom…I am going to run and beat you…which he did!

UGH!

Next time Mom is out for blood…hahahhah!! πŸ˜‰
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16 Kelly March 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm

What does a runner look like anyway?? AWESOME job Kelly! Way to get your students involved. You never know, you might have sparked someone’s running bug. Miss your blog!

17 Sarah @ BlondeBostonian March 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Wow, your sister Kelly is a rockstar! That’s an awesome idea to get her students motivated to challenge themselves and try something new!
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18 Meghan March 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I love some of the pictures they took! I’ve never had so many good ones that I’m pleased with! Props to them. Do you ever buy them? I did the Beck’s light challenge and am considering it of I get all the races pics in one package.

19 jobo March 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Wow! Congrats to your sis (and you!)! that is awesome. I love sisterly love! Aren’t sisters the best??
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20 Chelsea March 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Wow that’s so great of your sister! If I were a student of hers I would totally hop on that “drop your lowest grade” train haha πŸ™‚

21 Lynda @ Hit The Road Jane March 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

That’s so sweet that you posted this! Loving the sister love <3 Congrats Kelly πŸ™‚
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22 Brie March 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Aww, yay Kelly! I miss you!

23 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

WOW. GO Kelly!! YAH for putting your mind to something and gettin’ it!
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24 Gwen March 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm

So sweet! Huge hugs to you and Kelly.
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25 Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt March 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I love those proof pictures!
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26 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep March 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Go Kelly!!! Such a rockstar!

I’m actually really excited with the Gasparilla pictures. I look like a giant, but they took good pictures.
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27 ~Jessica~ March 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Well, if Kelly doesn’t ‘look like a runner,’ then I don’t know who in the heck does.

And it’s moments like that that make me very sad indeed to be an only child – you’re both amazing people and my world would be so much brighter if I had a big (or little) sister like either of you.

xxx
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28 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Congrats to your sister! Pretty awesome! And that meal looks so good, both the meatballs and the roasted veggies!
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29 Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm

That’s an awesome running pic!!
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30 Yellow Haired Girl March 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Wooo! Fantastic pics … and I would DEFINITELY brag about your sister, too. She sounds like a rock star!
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31 Reenie March 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm

WOW!!! Way to go Kelly!!

Great pics =)

And…..I can really tell the diff in your arms from weight lifting….now if I’d just get my butt going on it!!

32 Kelly March 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Thanks for all of the sweet comments guys!!! I wanted to get my students to complete the 5k (I encouraged run/walk/crawl/skip/whatever!) so that they could get that awesome feeling of accomplishment that finishing a race gives. Those that made it out there were all proud of themselves!

33 Britt March 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Please start blogging again soon! I would love to read about teaching and training and see your wedding planning πŸ™‚

34 Army Amy* March 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Great race pictures! Congrats to your sister on killing it. Teaching is hard, especially the first year!*
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35 Sara@RunningInPinkProject March 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I love that shes motivating her students to get out there and run. Very cool! πŸ™‚
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36 Cindy March 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Ok, how did you snag the pictures?! I can’t find out how to copy the proofs! And you were in the background of one of my pictures close to the finish line!

37 Meghann March 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

They’re screenshots of the zoomed in pics πŸ˜‰

38 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama March 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Congrats on good race pictures! I thought race photographers were paid to take horrible pictures!

Sounds like your sister is a great teacher! We need more teachers like her!
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39 Dr. Evan March 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Congratz to you Kelly! Quiet the accomplishment, and all for a good reason. Thanks for sharing this post!
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40 Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run March 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I love both those pictures of you girls! Totally buy-worthy. πŸ™‚
Congrats Kelly!

41 Katherine Acronym March 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm

You two look so alike in running pictures!
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42 corey @ learning patience March 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

So glad the run went awesomely…I love the pics – I find it’s rare that the photos come out great…

xoxo from Trinidad
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43 Lily March 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Those pictures are great! We all know how rare good running action shots are. Congrats to your sister on the 5K too!!!
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44 Joss March 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Well done to your sister! πŸ˜€ I love what she did for her students as well (dropping their lowest mark…I would sooo take that up!)
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45 SkinnyRunner March 6, 2012 at 12:54 am

congrats to kelly! i wish i had had a teacher in high school who promoted running like that.
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46 Elisabeth March 6, 2012 at 1:09 am

Way to go, Kelly! I miss her blog, but totally understand why she’s soooo busy πŸ™‚ She definitely needs to do a guess post on MnM πŸ™‚

47 Part Time House Wife March 6, 2012 at 4:42 am

I cried a little reading this. I always get teary when I read inspiring run stories! It truly is such an accomplishment! AWESOME!!!
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48 Allison March 6, 2012 at 7:51 am

I love that the guy you used for motivation is in the picture right behind you!

49 Carolina @ Peas in a Blog March 6, 2012 at 8:38 am

You & Kelly rocked it! Way to bring it to the half, you give me hope someday I’ll run fast like you haha Congrats!
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50 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Whoohoo!! You go girls! πŸ™‚
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51 Sue Kauffman March 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

That is so cool that she beat all her students πŸ™‚
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52 Kate @ ibrokemyumbrella March 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Don’t worry, bragging about sisters is not only totally allowed but encouraged!

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