Motivation Monday Links: Post-NYC Marathon Edition

Happy Monday! This is a short week for me. I *just* got back from a super quick trip to New York City and on Thursday, I’m headed off to Seattle. This will be my first time there and I’m looking forward to catching up with friends and exploring a new city — as well as crossing off state # 44! Only 6 more do go… For Motivation Monday today, I thought I’d  share a couple of fun and occasionally motivational links that caught my attention recently. Have a great week!

I spent most of yesterday cheering on the runners participating in the New York Marathon, including my bestie who crushed it in 3:56! Everyone, of course, is talking about Shalane Flanagan  becoming the first American woman to win the race in 40 years. But I love this story about Allie Kieffer, who was the second American woman finisher and fifth overall.

Speaking of Shalane Flanagan, after winning the marathon, she and other top finishers headed back to the finish line to cheer on and award their medals to the last finishers. If that’s not sportsmanship… I don’t know what is. While you’re at it, check out this video from the New York Times about the last people to cross that finish line… and the people who make it a point to be there and cheer them on! Seriously, there are some inspiring stories about those runners who just wouldn’t give up… even after the official clock stopped. Also, I’m not crying, you are 😉

Just for fun, here’s what it’s like to run a marathon as told in emojis:

That sounds about right!

And a list of 17 bad-ass female athletes everyone should know.

It’s not just women in sport… “They’re Women, They’re Black and They Don’t Make Art About That. I can’t wait to check out “Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today,” a new exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts that focuses on black female artists who work beyond or outside those dictates. 

But back to running, the failing New York Times argues that “The Running Bubble Has Popped…” but you couldn’t hear it in NYC. While the New York City Marathon has far fewer spots available than runners who want to participate, many other road races throughout the country are seeing a decline in participation. Interesting… 

And last but not least, celebrity chef and former Top Chef contestant Richard Blais ran the new York marathon for the 5th time this weekend… and lost 60 pounds since making running and fitness a part of his everyday routine. If he can do it while being constantly surrounded by amazing food, so can we!  


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