Motivational Monday – Featured Sneakers #38

Thanks for the love on my long run ‘real talk’ post yesterday – I’m in a much happier place now after pizza, beer, and a relaxing day at home for sure! It’s great to know that the ups and downs of marathon training are ‘normal’ for most!

this guy + best relaxation buddy ever


We’re getting back to the usual gig here for Motivational Monday & that means more Featured Sneakers!

This week’s Featured Sneakers belong to my friend Shannyn who was also my Fitbloggin ’13 roommate! She’s been a frugal blogger who talks about how to live on a budget while still remaining fabulous – AND she just started running last year only to do loads of half marathons to date already! She’s also a pug momma who enjoys a good snort snuggle like I do 😉 I’m so proud of the progress this girl’s made with her fitness journey, check out a little more about her!

Name: Shannyn
What is your favorite way to workout/exercise: I am a runner, but just got into cycling.  I’m also a huge fan of Kaia F.I.T.!

What is your #1 cheat food: BEER!  There is nothing like a cold beer on a hot day…I’d run for that!
What advice do you have for those starting on a fitness journey:  Don’t compare someone else’s middle to your beginning.  Let others inspire, not intimidate you.  Sometimes others look like they have it easier or are fitter, stronger or faster, but they’ve been at it longer.  We are all on our own journey, and even on your worst day of trying to be fit or your worst run, you are better than you were before. Every day is progress!
Dream destination race/location:  Rock N Roll Vegas baby!!! But I’ll be running the Route 66 in Tulsa Oklahoma, and while it’s not as glam as Vegas it’s a dream come true!  

Favorite inspirational fitness personality/trainer: Dani from Weight Off My Shoulders or Kat from Sneakers and Fingerpaints, REALLY! 🙂  You inspire me so much and make fitness feel like it’s something I can really master! (hugs, Shannyn!)
Workout apparel must have (+brand):  Mizuno Wave Riders and Moving Comfort Bras… gotta have the right gear so I’m not hurting after runs!

Motivational motto/quote:  “The miracle wasn’t that I finished, it was that I had the courage to start”  -John Bingham

Social Media – connect!
Twitter: @frugalbeautiful
Instagram: frugalbeautiful
Facebook: facebook.com/frugalbeautiful

Any questions for Shannyn?
How have you gotten out of your comfort zone only to find something you love?



HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    September 23, 2013, 11:42 am

    AHHH
    the courage to START is a big one over here today too.
    thank you SHANNYN!!

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    September 23, 2013, 12:47 pm

    I bet you had one big party in your room at Fitbloggin’. Shannyn, congrats on your start to running and I agree that Kat is a great inspiration!

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    September 23, 2013, 12:54 pm

    Nice to learn more about your Shannyn!!!

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    September 23, 2013, 4:35 pm

    love Shannyn! Taking that first step is always the hardest!

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    September 23, 2013, 7:18 pm

    Shannyn it sound like you’re off to a great start with running. Love me some Mizuno too!

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    September 23, 2013, 8:45 pm

    Shannyn also had a great post on her own blog today that was very inspiring! Good for you Kat on your 21.5!

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      September 24, 2013, 2:00 am

      🙂 I’m glad it wasn’t like “what?” I realized we were doing this post along with my personal post about running on the same day where I admit how bad I am at it and had to chuckle…

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    September 24, 2013, 2:07 am

    LOVE! The courage to start can lead you to beautiful places!

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    September 24, 2013, 3:17 am

    I missed yesterday’s post but I have NO DOUBT in my mind that you’re a fighter and that you will accomplish your marathon like a PRO!!!

    And I really adore that quote Shannyn shared! REALLY DO – sometimes it takes all of our wills to just DO something!

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    September 24, 2013, 11:48 pm

    Running has taken me out of my comfort zone many times over…but I LOVE IT 🙂

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