Inspired Running

This past week, me and my entire family was at the Mary Kay Seminar in Dallas, Tx. Seminar is the annual event hosted by the company to acknowledge the past year's accomplishments, offer valuable classes from some of the top directors and give all Mary Kay consultants the tools and inspiration they need to succeed in their business. This was our second year attending, this time with 6 week old Ryan attached to Daddy via a Baby Bjorn. Let me tell you, with 10,000 beautiful women that baby is a magnet. I think we had 1000 offers to babysit in those 4 days. Funny Observation: when I was holding Ryan, the response was “What a great father and husband you are to do this”, when Jen was holding Ryan the response was “How brave of you” Go figure.

Anyway, as one of the director of the Top 3 units of our Seminar, you get the privledge of addressing the entire Seminar. Cindy Machado was one of these directors. I don't have all the facts in their chronological order (yet) since I was on Ryan duty and Ryan had put a little “duty” in his diaper and I had to change it, but the fact of the matter is that her life was not exactly where she wanted it to be. There were demons in her life that were taking control. And one day, she started running and taking back control of her life, just a little at first, but then gradually longer and longer. The running helped her focus on where she was going, what she was doing, where she wanted to be. However, running is not getting her to where she wants to be, leave that to Mary Kay. As a Top 3 unit director for the Pearl Seminar, there is one marathon goal in her sights, National Sales Director, like the Russian Woman of Marathoning.

She completed the NYC Marathon in 2004 in the time of 5:02 (courtesy of I am looking to find out more about how running has affected her life and her Mary Kay career, so hopefully there will be more to post in the future. You can read more about Cindy on her website

About planet3rry

I'm a husband, father and runner in the Knoxville area. I love the way that running makes me feel and how it has changed my thinking. I am always looking for the new PR whether in the 5k or the marathon