My Inspiration


I thought I would pass along a little motivation.  Really, I’m just trying to avoid grading papers but they are great videos.

This first video I was shown for the first time back when I was considering where I would complete my student teaching.  I went to an informational meeting about Aldine ISD and the speaker showed us this video.  Apparently the video and subsequent presentation achieved the desired effect considering I am now and Aldine employee.  It is a scene from the movie Facing The Giants, also the makers of the most recent movie, Courageous.

This clip I thought was great, aside from the overly emotional music and pop-up video editing job.   As a  British runner, he embodied the spirit of determination and perseverance in this melodramatically edited video.  I love the Olympics and cannot wait to see the U.S. team rock it in London this summer.  Seeing them compete at the trials in Houston made me even more of a fan.  Go team USA!

And now, a little taste of my marathon training…


About virginmarathoner

I'm 32, about to be 33, and realizing that I only have one life to live. This gradual but recent epiphany has inspired me make choices to face the things that I thought I could never do, but secretly desired to accomplish. The first of these was to train for my first half marathon, terrified that I would never be able to run past 7 miles (my longest run prior to beginning training). The first day I ran 8 miles, I cried the entire last mile...with a smile on my face. I'm sure it was a curious sight for any one of the hundreds of soccer moms and little toddlers crowding and blocking my path that morning at the park. Each time I ran a new distance, I felt empowered and proud of my determination and dedication. The day of the half marathon I knew I was addicted. Running gave me clarity, discipline and a renewed passion for living. Now I am about to embark on a new adventure, running my first marathon, and hope that others will be able to relate to my adventures, struggles and mishaps along the way. Afterall, we've only got one life to live, so we better get on it.

2 responses »

    • I’m so excited for you! Good luck! You will do awesome! It will go so fast you will be amazed. Have fun with it and don’t put pressure on yourself to perform a certain way. I think that is what allowed me to enjoy every minute of my marathon…my goal was to FINISH. That was a feat in and of itself and I left the rest up to how I felt in the moment. I met a lot of great people that way. I am sad that I cannot run this weekend in Austin. I will be walking it instead. But either way it will be a good experience and for a great cause.

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