Motivational Monday – Featured Sneakers #48

Happy Monday and Happy December! Yay it’s my birthday month! {happy dance}

And YAY for Motivational Monday!

It’s time to get back to the grind in preparation for the holiday season while staying focused at the same time! You can play hard, but remembering to work hard is key!

The FSU game yesterday was a BLAST!

And the swag I won from the Women’s Running group was great motivation for me to focus on getting back to running soon! Along with spectating – again yesterday – I’m eager to get back to running for sure! I ended up at the Brandon Half marathon to not only cheer on the runners but to help some friends finish up their first half marathon! I knew what it was like to have someone be there when I needed it – on more than on occasion – and didn’t mind paying it forward!

Those 2 in the middle kicked butt in their first half and their support team couldn’t be prouder!

To keep the motivation going this Monday – this week’s Featured Sneakers [who belong to Gelcys, a fellow Sweatpink sister & Run Disney gal who inspires others through her journey with running and Scoliosis] is sure to INSPIRE. I’ll let her tell her story in her words as it’s best told that way:

Name: Gelcys

“I am 31 years old married with a little terror I can’t imagine life without. When I was 15 I was diagnosed with severe Scoliosis where I had to get immediate corrective surgery. It took 14 hours in the OR and MONTHS of recovery to learn to walk, sit, stand and sleep. Obviously I was told I couldn’t run again =( I had metal rods and screws fused to my spine to keep my spine from further curving. A few months after surgery I was in the passenger seat and was in a car accident where we were hit from behind. Since I was so fresh out of surgery the metal rods had no where to go but out of place out of my back. It hurt like nothing I have ever experienced! I had another surgery to correct that, since it was towards the bottom they just removed that piece.

Since it was cut, they left it at a point right on top of the nerve that goes into my leg. Then, my leg would constantly go numb and I spent months in the hospital doing physical therapy to ease the pain. Nothing worked, I was in so much pain – daily every day. It was depressing. I opted to have everything removed from my back because it was hurting me more than helping me. I had my last surgery at around 26 years old. Now I have permanent muscle damage and daily pain I will forever deal with.
Then, I re-met my husband (we were friends in HS, then he went off to the Army.) He was just the motivation I needed to chase my dreams of running again! After having my son, I tried harder to run(I had never stopped throughout my illness) I couldn’t go past a few hundred meters without being in pain….
BUT I didn’t want to quit. I wanted this AND I needed this. I kept telling myself “The Doctors are wrong, I CAN do this.”Fast forward a few months and I am currently training for my first marathon! I run at least one 5K a month, have done 10Ks, 10 milers, and a half marathon. I am finally finally chasing my dreams and NOT giving up. I refuse to let someone underestimate me and tell me I can’t do it.
I have proven it to myself, my family, and Doctors that I CAN run and I will run. Nothing makes me feel more powerful and more in control of my body than running. Granted, I suffer from chronic pains when I run, but I find solutions, I find ways around it, I have become successful with trial and error. Doctors tell me to quit, they don’t want to help – but I won’t!
Crossing the line at my first marathon will prove I have what it takes to be a runner!
What is your favorite way to workout/exercise: running and swimming!

What is your #1 cheat food: red velvet cupcake! yum =)

What advice do you have for those starting on a fitness journey: The beginning is always the hardest, keep going.

Dream destination race/location: my ULTIMATE race would be the NYC Marathon! Hoping to get there one day. Slowly but surely

Workout apparel must have (+brand): With apparel, since I have severe Scoliosis I can’t wear anything specific. I wear what is comfortable for my back. But there is one thing I CANNOT run without and its KT TAPE!!
Motivational motto/quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

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Let’s show some love to this AWE-INSPIRING LADY!
How did you do this week with your workouts?
Does adversity help you achieve you workouts ten fold?

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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    December 2, 2013, 12:36 pm

    such a great quote.
    there are only a few things I think I cant do—and this is the year to show myself Im wrong.

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    December 2, 2013, 12:39 pm

    What an inspiration and I love love love that quote!

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    December 2, 2013, 1:28 pm

    Wow, what an awesome runner! I have a little bit of scoliosis and way too many excuses. Her determination and scar on her back is a powerful testament to her strength.

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    December 2, 2013, 1:50 pm

    Wow! What an amazing story and life!

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    December 2, 2013, 2:32 pm

    I definitely took the last month off! Rest-Mode has been glorious! But December means I need to get back to work! Time to start Ironman training!

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    December 2, 2013, 7:19 pm

    Awesome gift swag! 🙂

    I always look forward to your monday motivational posts. The people you feature are always very inspiring and have great stories. I love this one! 🙂

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    December 2, 2013, 8:37 pm

    Wow. Totally in awe of Gelcys. Amazing.

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    December 2, 2013, 9:42 pm

    What an inspiring post! Gelcys has conquered what few would be willing to attempt. I love these stories because it makes me appreciate all those runners while racing beside, in front or behind me in a race. You never know how or why they started to run!

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    December 3, 2013, 12:33 am

    Wow such an inspiring story.
    and super jealous of all the run swag you won.

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    December 3, 2013, 2:55 pm

    Hi, I ran Vegas as well. I found you on instagram and now follow you :). My motivation was to run Vegas after having my son 2.5 years ago. My motivation is to get back to prepreggo weight

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    December 3, 2013, 9:25 pm

    I LOVE the pic & quote – amazing!!!! I am one that always doubts myself outside the gym – always a work in progress! 🙂

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