Visit to the Fort and some Monday Motivation

Sunday morning Matt and I got up and attempted to go for a run.

Attempted being the key word.

I woke up tired. The last thing I wanted to do was work out but I wasn’t sure if it was because I was emotionally tired or physically tired. I decided to try to do our planned run since I’ll sometimes feel like skipping a workout only to realize I feel 100x’s better after I do it anyways. This was not one of those times! I got about a mile into it and my form was sloppy, my breathing way to labored and I just didn’t feel like finishing the 3 mile loop. We walked/ran the rest and it was a needed reminder for me to take actual rest days (they have been unfortunately absent thus far this month).

After a quick freshening up at home we headed to Okaloosa Island to hang out at the beach for a bit before meeting my parents at Panera Bread in Fort Walton. Considering it was almost 90 degrees out (yes, in the end of September) it was perfect beach weather. We hung out there for an hour reading the new books we picked up at Barnes and Noble Saturday night.


Lunch at Panera was delicious, as usual. We hit up Kohls and the Mall after for a bit of walking around before getting in the car and heading back home.

Considering it’s Monday I thought it would be the best day to tell you about a girl, a stranger, who motivated me to get into running almost a year ago.

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I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s noticed joggers on the side of the road during my work commute. I started seeing this girl running a few times a week down the street I take to work each day. The only reason I could probably tell it was her each time is because of the tattoo’s she was covered in. I’d see her, smile, and think to myself “Man, I really wish I could get into running.”

Now, here I am, almost a year later getting ready to run my first 5k and covering about 10-15 miles a week with my boyfriend.

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I’m not saying she’s the reason I started, but she definitely put the thought in my head on a regular basis.

You never know who you may beĀ motivating.

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So, running tattoo girl, thank you.


  1. says

    I love picking up running :) Only started in June for a charity 5k that I finished in 38:04 – just did another 5k at the zoo this weekend (awesome location) that was unreasonably hilly, but I finished in 35:02! Progress! Are you registered for a run?

    • Erica House says

      Ohh I hate hills! I’m going to try to start running hills more often just so I can get a bit better at it. Your time is amazing – better than we’ve ever done! We aren’t registered yet but I keep bugging Matt to get us signed up for a few in November/December.

      • says

        Signing up for them is excellent motivation :) I’m a bit obsessed right now – just did the Zoo 5k, have the Waterfront 5k in mid October and a Women’s 8k at the end of October. Which is pretty much the end of running season up here – pesky winter!

        • Erica House says

          I think our running season really starts in Fall/Winter here! We have a Thanksgiving and Christmas 5k picked out and are trying to hold off from signing up for *every* race we find. There are far worse things to get addicted to!

  2. says

    Those pictures are gorgeous! And I love that last quote – you are living your story. So true. It’s so easy to get caught up in other people’s stories and the comparison trap that we forget to live our own lives.

    • Erica House says

      Very well said! I’ve found myself struggling sometimes as a new health blogger with comparing myself to other bloggers – girls who run marathons, can lift more than I weigh or bike 100 miles a week. It’s hard not to compare myself to them but I’ve only got my life to live and worry about!

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