15 Alexi Pappas Tweets to Inspire Your Next Big Goal

Whenever I’m looking for a little inspiration, I know exactly where to go: directly to Alexi Pappas’ twitter page: a gold mine of inspirational quotes in digestible bites. And I’m not alone. Alexi Pappas and her tweets inspire everyone from young female athletes to Olympic athletes and those of us in-between. Alexi’s following of bravies* know she’s never short of doses of motivation.

*Bravey, noun: a courageous person who strives for crazy goals. Also, a fan of Alexi Pappas.

I remember first hearing about Alexi Pappas during the 2016 Olympics – she stepped on the scene as the spunky Greek runner, rocking a huge bun on top of her head and oozing self-confidence and originality. Before the Olympics, of course, she had a very successful running career in college – first at Dartmouth, and ending at Oregon. (Pssst: the “pony” to Alexi’s “bun” at Oregon, Jordan Hasay, was just featured on We Got Goals. Check the episode out here)

Alexi Pappas

Friends of mine know I’m a huge Alexi Pappas fan. We’re the same age, but I find myself looking up to her. Her genuine nature makes her approachable; her ability to redefine what it means to be an athlete and a creative makes her an icon. Pappas balances her strength, confidence and humility like a seasoned acrobat; she talks about the journey and pain it takes to get to her goals as much as she talks about achieving and celebrating them. As a filmmaker, she’s starred in Tracktown and created one of the best vlogs in the game. If you’re into reading, you can also check out her Book Club Track Club collaboration.

My own Twitter timeline is filled with Alexi Pappas retweets (sometimes more than my own tweets) in hopes that they will inspire others as much as they inspire me. If you aren’t on Twitter or you don’t follow Pappas, don’t worry – I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites here. Whether you are striving to beat your marathon PR or run your very first 5K, here are some of her words to help you chase your next big goal.

On being brave:

On goals and goal-setting:

On self-love:

[PS – Pappas’ fan base includes a lot of young high school track and cross country runners, and it’s no secret this demographic is very susceptible to eating disorders. Pappas handles the topic with grace, and so does Lauren Fleshman.]



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About Cass Gunderson

Cass hails from the southwest suburbs as a proud White Sox fan and a graduate of University of Illinois. By day, Cass is a full-time student at the University of Chicago's Booth Graduate Business School. Before deciding to throw away all her money to go back to school, Cass worked for a private equity firm that buys technology companies. Raised as the youngest in a family of older brothers, Cass grew up a tomboy and remains active in sports. To her mother’s satisfaction, Cass learned how to embrace her feminine side in college and has developed an interest for fitness activities that require spandex as opposed to knee-length basketball shorts. In her spare time, she runs a lot because it is cheaper than paying for real therapy. Cass has completed four marathons and one ultramarathon (she claims she'll never do this to herself again, but that's TBD). She can still be found on the basketball courts in Lincoln Park wearing knee-length basketball shorts.