Fit Friends

by tinareale on April 4, 2013

Hey, guys! Things have been pretty busy this week between kids being out of their preschool program and other things going on. So while I take care of the wee ones, I thought it was perfect timing to bring to you another Fit Friend. Let’s get to know Molly! Happy Thursday!

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NAME & BLOG: Molly at Just Your Average Athlete

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GIVE A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF & YOUR BLOG: I am a 26-year-old Bostonian working as a media relations specialist and freelance journalist.  My blog came about a few months after I ran my first 5k and caught the running bug! But the real reason for the start of my whole fitness journey is my mom. She was unexpectedly diagnosed with ovarian cancer a few years ago. And while she is now healthy and strong, the scare of illness has not left me. I want to do everything in my power to fight ad take care of my body and live an overall healthy, happy life

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO STAY FIT? Running and strength training! While running is my main love, over the last several months I have embraced weight training.  Not only have I see an overall physical improvement in my body, but I’ve noticed an improvement in my fitness abilities, endurance and running.

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DO YOU HAVE ANY CURRENT GOALS OR RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO SHARE? Right now, my goal is to complete my first 10k in April!  I PR’ed my 5k time at my last race on St. Paddy’s Day (yay!), so I’m very excited for the new challenge and to push myself a little farther than I’m used to doing. After that, my goal is to work towards a half-marathon (possibly for the fall).  Even if I’m not physically ready for a half at that time, I know I’ll get there within a year and that idea blows my mind.  I never could run up the block without having to stop a few years ago…now I’m training for a half?! Where did this girl come from?? Winking smile

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WHAT ARE 5 THINGS YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT?

  • My family/friends – My family and friends are my world. They are my biggest supporters, they are what keep me grounded, and they are the people that make me smile every single day. I’m so lucky to have such a tight knit family and an amazing group of friends that I can always count on.
  • My boyfriend – Justin is my best friend and one of my biggest cheerleaders. He supports me in whatever crazy idea I’ve come up with (I have a lot of them!), cheers me on at every single one of my races, reminds me all the time how beautiful he thinks I am, and is there for me no matter what.

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  • My health – I have made my health one of my top priorities over the past year and I’m never looking back.
  • Running – I’ve found so much peace and strength in myself through running, I can’t imagine not continuing to do it. Running is what made me realize I’m a lot stronger than I give myself credit for.
  • Reading – I’m a giant book nerd. I’m constantly reading – and on just about anything!  If I don’t understand a topic, I research it and read as many books about it as I can get my hands on.

WHAT IS YOUR #1 TIP FOR HEALTHY LIVING? My #1 tip for healthy living, and what personally works best for me, is everything in moderation! I’m a carb-queen and have a massive sweet tooth.  Depriving myself of these things makes me cranky, and frankly, I don’t feel my best! I work with the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of the time, I eat clean.  Twenty percent of the time, though, watch out! Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, here I come!

LINK TO 3 OF YOUR FAVORITE POSTS & WHY YOU LOVE THEM OR BRIEF DESCRIPTION:

  • Pace to a Pint 5k - This was my latest 5k race and my new 5k PR!  I can’t even describe the feeling I had when I crossed the finish line and saw my time. What was even better was that both my parents were there to cheer me on and it was the first race my dad had ever seen me do :)
  • A Healthy Relationship With You & Your Body – This post started such a positive conversation among the readers, I knew I had touched on a sensitive subject and I’m glad that people felt comfortable discussing it with me on the blog!
  • How Does Exercise Help Cancer Patients? – This was the first guest post I featured on the blog and it was on a topic near & dear to my heart. It’s also the first post where I really opened up about my mother’s cancer.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WISH TO SHARE: It is never too late to work on improving your health! I feel a little late to the gym at 26, but it doesn’t matter because I know it’s honestly the best thing I could be doing for myself.  Working on my health has also connected me with some amazing people, both online and off. There is so much support and motivation among us, and I feel really lucky to be part of an amazing group!

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And, Molly, I’m happy you’re part of this amazing community too!

Now you tell us – has a health scare to either yourself or someone you love ever impacted your approach to health?

{ 21 comments }

1 Linz @ Itz Linz April 4, 2013 at 7:52 am

itz never too late to work on improving your health – well said!!!!

2 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete April 4, 2013 at 9:34 am

Thanks, Linz! :)

3 Kat April 4, 2013 at 8:35 am

A great feature and blog for me to check out

4 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete April 4, 2013 at 9:34 am

Thanks so much, Kat!

5 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 4, 2013 at 8:36 am

Congrats on your 5k PR! I’ve been working towards my first 1/2 marathon which I will run on Saturday (!!!). I was also the girl who could hardly run a block and was then diagnosed with asthma in college. Now I’m running to get off my daily meds and proving myself stronger everyday. If I can do it, you can too! Congrats on your journey!

6 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete April 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

Thanks, Katie! Your first half?! WOW! You’re gonna do awesome – I’m excited for you!! Keep up the awesome work, girl :)

7 Dana @momrunshalf April 4, 2013 at 9:46 am

I agree, it is never too late. I committed myself to getting healthy after my mom passed away very unexpectedly from a heart condition. She was here one day and gone the next, I committed myself to get healthy and keep my heart strong so that my boys don’t have to experience that.

8 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete April 4, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I’m so sorry about your mom, Dana :( But I’m so happy to hear the positive you got out of the ordeal – which is your health! You’re working on improving YOU and that’s the best thing. Keep it up!!

9 Kierston @candyfit April 4, 2013 at 10:09 am

It is never too late to work on improving your health! <— You got that right! I started on my journey to health and fitness just three years ago :)

10 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete April 4, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Really?? That makes me feel better! I feel so late to the game sometimes haha but I know I’m doing my body a world of good no matter how “late” I started.

11 Danica @ It's Progression April 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

I love your advice about everything in moderation…I eat really clean at least 80% of the time, but carbs and a little dessert are a must for me too!

12 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete April 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm

That’s the best you can do! Eating clean 80% of the time is great – and having that 20% for some treats and things helps you not feel totally deprived. I totally lose control if I feel deprived haha

13 Elle April 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Fun to get to know a little about you! Love the mustache pic the most!

14 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete April 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Haha thanks, Elle! I love that silly pic :)

15 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast April 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Great feature! 80/20 is a great way to find balance, and runners can certainly get by with more sweets/carbs than some people. :)

16 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete April 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I sometimes wonder if that’s half the reason I got into running…the sweets & carbs ;) Two of my FAVORITE things haha

17 Cori @ olivetorun April 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I LOVE me some Molly… she’s adorable <3

18 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete April 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

And I LOVE me some Cori ;)

19 Christiana April 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I started really thinking about my health and making changes when I came to realize that the better I take care of myself the better I can take care of others. I also have a history of diabetes, heart disease, varicose veins, and and high blood pressure in my family. And even on top of that, I have a circulatory disorder that doctors don’t know much about and has the potential to have auto-immune implications. As a social worker, sister, daughter, future wife, and future mother, I am getting healthy because I want to be around for the people I care about for a long, long time!

20 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete April 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Auto-immune disease/complications runs in my family, so I know how scary some of what you’re experiencing can be! But you’re taking control of what you CAN and you’re doing something about it :) You should feel proud about that. GOOD WORK!! :)

21 Sandy April 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Enjoyed getting to know you. I am a very fit and active 58 year old. I came to the fitness game in my 20s and was a runner for several years. Now I am active with walking, hiking, yoga, barre routines and pilates. My advice to everyone is start where you are and stay there. Of course you are working toward improvement but think how great you will feel in 30 years if you are still able to do all of the things you are doing today. Take care of your body and joints and don’t overuse them in your efforts. My goal is to still be hiking the Alps and doing yoga when I’m 90.

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