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The High Cost of (Not) Running

Saturday, July 21, 2012

So, last night I got home from a Girls Night Out around 11:30pm. Woke up at 5:30am to meet my new running buddy, Sarah (see "Running Buddies") for a nice easy 7-mile run. Everything was wonderful. I took a gel (Hammer Orange - BLECH!) before the run because I didn't have time to figure out breakfast. HATE gels. Will try a couple other brands and flavors, but I am not hopeful. Took a package of Honey Stinger Chews for the middle of the run and those things were DELICIOUS (not even vitaminy tasting!) Took 24 oz. water and 24 oz. Nuun, but ended up only drinking about 12 oz of each because the temp was a PERFECT 53 degrees.

Sadly, I got home and after I finished stretching, I stood up and experienced sharp, shooting pain through my ankle. :( Iced it for a long time...it seems to be doing a little bit better now...walked it out a little bit and still have it in the brace...but it's not recovering quickly. I am not sure what's wrong. We'll have to play it by ear and if it isn't improved tomorrow, might think about seeing my ortho. I hate this...I have the Color Run next Saturday. I will NOT miss that!!! I have already determined that I will just walk the entire thing if I can't run it. So I'll still get to experience it. It's not a timed race, so it's not a huge deal.

Not sure about my workouts this week, but I figure I ought to have a back-up plan in case I can't run. I can't just let myself go completely...not with all the stress I have at work and the emotional stuff I'm dealing with. I've got to have some sort of outlet to sweat it out. So...I'll be thinking about that in detail today.

So, I received an interesting question in my SparkMail the other day and thought I'd address it in a blog.

QUESTION: How do you justify the cost of all these races? Don't they all have registration fees?

This got me thinking about how much it does cost me to run. First, I was just figuring up the race entry fees, but then I started to think about the cost of shoes, long run fuel, clothing and gear, travel for races, etc and I thought it would be interesting to map it all out and see what the total is...just for curiosity. I am also assuming that I will only be running half marathons this year...no marathons in this financial plan yet. Those are much more expensive.



So, this is another super SCIENTIFIC study (with one respondent...which is me). We're gonna go ahead and try to figure an entire year. This will be highly inaccurate, I'm sure. But fun...and scary.

Running Shoes: $400
I'm going with an average price of $100 for a good pair of shoes (although many will cost more) and, since I run about 20 miles or less per week, I figure I will need to replace my shoes every few months or so...for a total of 4 pairs per year.

Running Clothes: $250
This is probably low for most runners...but I don't go all fancy, yo. Target has some AMAAAAZING running clothes and, if you catch the sales, you can get stuff pretty cheap. I can get about 3 pairs of running socks for $8. I bought two packs of those. I also bought 4 sports bras for a total of about $30 once and I expect them to last a year...I take very good care of them and never let them go through the dryer. Currently, I only have two really good, high quality wicking shirts for warmer weather and two pairs of running pants. Shhh...I wear both outfits twice and then I wash them. LOL. I will probably have to invest in some winter clothing at some point. I really don't mind having two outfits that I rotate over and over.

iPod Shuffle & Skull Candy Earbuds: $60
I did buy an iPod Shuffle because it's small and it clips on to my clothing and it's just easier than dealing with a full size mp3 player. The Skull Candy earbuds are the soft rubber that wrap around your ear so they don't fall out, even if you're sweating. This purchase has been invaluable.

Fuel for Longer Runs (gels, chews, Nuun, etc): $350
This also might be a little low of an estimate. Some people take 2 gels at a time. So far, I have not needed that much. But I figured about 4 gels (or similar items) per week - just for my long runs or races.

Race entry fees: $300
A 5k is usually $15-$20. I tend to do mostly 5k races, so it's not really breaking the bank. But half marathons start to get into the $40 and up range. This estimate is based on a race schedule of about seven (7) 5k races and 2 half marathons in a year...which is how my first year looks.

Travel for races: $250
This includes gas, hotel, food for a trip outside of my hometown. Most of my races this year are local, but I am going to figure in two out of town races, which require travel, for the purposes of this blog post. I'm also figuring in sharing a hotel room with friends.

TOTAL FOR ONE YEAR OF 7 5K RACES AND 2 HALFS: ~$1600/year

So, yeah...that seems like a lot, right? Well, how much does it cost me NOT to run?

Here are some ideas of alternative ways to use my money:

Starbucks Specialty Drink every weekday for a year: $910

McDonald's Value Meal 3 times a week for a year: $546

2 New Kinect Games per Month for a Year: $700

Going to the Bars to party every weekend (2 drinks): $780

Or how about these benefits? Can you put a dollar value on:

1. Improved Health
2. Disease Prevention
3. Weight Loss
4. Stress Relief
5. Eliminating Depression
6. Increased Confidence

You know, I didn't need all these facts and figures to answer the original question. I already knew the answer. The answer is...how do I justify NOT spending the money to run? It's something I love...something I have found a deep passion for. And, when you love something, you don't care what it costs.

People pay for things they WANT to pay for...pure and simple. At this point in my life, I just really want to be healthy.

  
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CATNCAG 4/23/2013 10:36AM

    Wow, thanks for the info! Very informative!

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KHALIA2 9/24/2012 9:30PM

  Continue to do what you love to do! RUN! emoticon

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SPSPSP1 8/26/2012 3:24AM

    Thanks for the cost breakdown!

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HAPPIMOMMIE 8/16/2012 9:57PM

  I can't wait to start running.This is so true! I used to be a heavy drinker about a year ago and I did a break down similar to this one involving my drinking. WOW was it an eye opener.

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VELRENO 8/14/2012 9:28PM

    I like to figure the cost of medical care as opposed to the cost of fresh healthful groceries. Much better to pay to be healthy.

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ALADY2BE 8/6/2012 3:27PM

    Great blog...investing in being your best in priceless and worthy of sacrifice if need be. I bought my first pair of tennis shoes where I spent over $40 in prep for my first 1/2 marathon. That investment of approx. $100 helped me to exceed my minutes per mile goal and achieve a sense of accomplishment that was only surpassed when I did my second half and shaved off almost 2 minutes per mile.

Keep running!

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KANSASROSE67 8/1/2012 2:08PM

    Great blog!

I've been running outside, year-round, for more than 2 years and I really haven't spent even close to that amount. Since my long runs have not ever been more than 8 miles, I don't buy any special fuel. (I have used a few Gummi Bears as fuel on my 8-milers and they work fine for me!) I use a free app on my phone to track pace, mileage, route, include, etc. If I want music, I listen to Pandora stations (also free) on my phone.

I bought a couple of packs of decent socks which have lasted 2 years and are still as good as new. I bought one wicking shirt (on sale) and often just run in t-shirts or tanks. I have one pair of running shorts I got at a race and 1 pair I bought. I have one cold gear shirt, one pair of cold gear tights, and one pair of running pants. In rain or cold I throw on a windbreaker I bought at a thrift store for $2.00! I have three sports bras, which like you, I take very good care of. I replace my shoes every 500 miles so I'm getting ready for my 4th pair (I run about 15-16 miles a week.)

I'm saying all this to let anybody out there know that running does NOT have to be an expensive sport at all. You can make it expensive if you want all the latest clothes and gadgets, but none of that is necessary if you just want to enjoy the health, fitness, and emotional high of running!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 8/1/2012 1:23PM

    Great blog! I'm new to running... in my first month. I appreciate your passion for the sport.


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EFFRAYECHILDE 7/31/2012 7:43AM

    Awesome post. So true about the hidden costs of not running/exercising.

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STACOLEE 7/29/2012 5:33PM

    Loved the Blog even though I dont...DONT run....I hate it. but I will be doing the Gritty Goddess Run and Obsitcal Course in November so I was also figuring up how much it was going to cost me. For the one run it will be about $300.00 and after the mud I may have to throw the clothes away.

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KAKLUCK 7/29/2012 4:11PM

    Awesome...love it!!!

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STARLIGHT615 7/27/2012 9:54AM

    Awesome Blog!!! Great points too!! Sure you can spend alot of money on Crappy foods when instead u choose to spend it on making urself Happy and healthy! Go You!!!

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VIMVIGOR 7/27/2012 2:15AM

  Excellent blog!!! Very informative!!! Health & Pleasure - Priceless.
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CATLOVER110 7/26/2012 4:24PM

    I really enjoyed reading this. Great blog!

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CARPROTH 7/26/2012 11:35AM

    Spending money is like eating - we all do it. The only variation is WHAT we eat or WHAT we spend it on. Opting for something healthy, that gives you pleasure, that may also help others is a thumbs-up choice in my book!

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EMILYULM1 7/26/2012 10:27AM

    Great blog. We ALLnspend money. Might as well spend it on healthy pursuits.

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CPATRICK9 7/26/2012 10:15AM

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EEEEELIZABETH 7/25/2012 10:30PM

    awesome post .... thank you!

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LEAR3200 7/25/2012 6:56PM

  I love how you put this into perspective!!

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DEBK0923 7/25/2012 2:41PM

    I don't know anything about running, except the costs for shoes, and some are expensive. My boyfriend has to get a new pair every three months. good blog

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LAURENBNJ 7/25/2012 11:00AM

    The cost of running certainly has kept medical costs lower for me.
However, I don't spend as much money as you. I don't do many races and I don't buy shoes that often. I hardly ever buy new shoes. Now, I know that some people say that you should buy new ones very frequently, I am one of those who don't really agree with it. I haven't found any studies that have convinced me otherwise. I'm never sure of who is studied, which brands of shoes, who is conducting the study, etc. I check the tread, make sure that they aren't stretching out, and check for holes. I also wear different insoles.
I don't race a lot, so I spend less money traveling, etc. I have found many local races from 5k - marathon that are very good deals. I would consider running shorter ones or less advertised. It costs money to advertise as much as some races do. I have found that a lot of the more expensive runs have more to offer, though. I would like to race a little more.
Also, for shorter runs, and I mean 1.5 hours or less, then you don't really need to refuel with gels, etc. Water should suffice if you (or anyone else) normally eat right throughout the day. Have some protein after the run, or if you really feel like you need something, have something small and much cheaper on the run. I do granola bars once in a while or fruit.
I spend money on clothes, though. I workout in all weather and inside, so I need a variety of clothing to avoid getting sick, too cold, or too hot.
Luckily, the iPod should be a one time thing and not something you buy every year.

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CHRISTINALOVES 7/25/2012 9:30AM

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So few people take the time to count the actual cost of things that they do, so kudos for you taking the time to do this. I remember a few different people bing critical of us for having horses, and then I pointed out how much they spent on their smoking per month, that for that amount they could have 2 plus horses, and that didn't include their recreation gambling. My husband & I came to the conclusion that everyone has somewhere they spend their 'extra' money, we just happen to know where that is. The value that comes from having an outlet for your stress, and knowing it. That in itself is so valuable. I agree with previous poster: ROCK ON emoticon

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123ELAINE456 7/25/2012 7:14AM

  AWESOME!!! Go For It!!!God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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PRAYINGSUZIE 7/25/2012 12:35AM

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WOW! This was an eye opener! Thank you so much!

Suzie

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MISSLISA1973 7/24/2012 9:16PM

    Rock on!

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SEATOWN_GAL 7/24/2012 5:05PM

    I have to agree. While there are so many free ways to get out and move, there are some that cost money for one reason or another. I take classes - sure I could do dvd's at home, but I love the classes and because of that I go. My biggest expense outside of the class cost are my shoes and bra's. (I don't spend much on clothes and only look for comfort and wicking). For shoes I have had foot issues in the past and have since been fitted to work best with Asics gel running shoes. For the bra, I am top heavy and the only ones that have ever worked are Enell and 1 by Moving Comfort. And while I hate spending that kind of money on a bra (and not the sexy kind!) I love how I feel and how strong I am getting and it is so worth it!

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IHEIDIBEFITT 7/24/2012 2:35PM

    The only thing I see you don't NEED to spend money on to be healthy is the races/travel cost. I did them for the fun and didn't worry about the money, gas was all I spent too and they were always local. And my gosh, $250 for running clothes? Yikes, I have yet to spend that much. I'm cheap though and don't run as much as you...so I guess I can't say yikes because there's no telling how much I would spend if I ran like you.

I've sworn off Starbuck here lately, so I wouldn't spend that much money there..and even when I went, I didn't go every week X amount of time either.

Races are for the experience and fun competition..you can run on the road without paying an entry fees, the cost can seem crazy to others but if you can afford it then I think the fun is worth paying for. I pay to show horses just to get a ribbon..same thing!

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SKNYMOMWANNABE 7/24/2012 2:30PM

    There are a lot of shorter (10K and under) 'fun runs" out there that are inexpensive. We have Eden's Hospital's Run to the Lake, I think it's $15?You might not get the free tshirt, generally the $ goes to a decent cause and sometimes it's even a write off! I agree, my races are my me time and a fun way to chill with some of my gf's. A Two-fer if you will! Be nice to your ankles, they are slow to heal!

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NANCYSINATRA 7/24/2012 1:12PM

    Great article, and I agree to a point. You can still NOT do all those other things, and run (or walk) for free by not participating in the marathon runs. Having not worked for a year, the one 5K I entered cost me 45.00. As great an experience as that was, there is no way I could afford to do it again anytime soon.

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DOTTY7267 7/24/2012 11:59AM

    I definitely agree! We do pay for other things regularly, like fashion and clothing, so why not also invest in a healthier me. This is what I share when asked why I buy certain "health" foods instead or regular brand items.

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FLATROSIE 7/24/2012 10:53AM

    Word!

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ANGELOO29 7/24/2012 10:04AM

    Awesome comparison!

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MOMOSG 7/24/2012 9:50AM

    Good question. Great Answer!

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CAROLZ1967 7/24/2012 9:22AM

    Good blog! Love the comparisons. :-)

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SLFGOLF 7/24/2012 1:01AM

    My husband would first tease me that the cost of the new wardrobe was high. Then he said my improved health was worth every penny and more. We figured I've added years to my life and now that we are making these changes to his lifestyle - we hope we can do the same for him. Whatever the costs maybe..it is worth every penny for a longer and healthier life together.

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FATHINSN 7/24/2012 12:31AM

    For me, who still not use with running, I will use half of the budget as #1 my shoes will last longer as I don't run as much as you, #2 I don't go to races, hehe. Anyhow, thanks for sharing the cost and why it's much better to spend it for running than on junk foods!

Don't forget to compare costs of medicine if you don't start taking care of your body :D I rather pay a lot now for healthy food and fitness than pay much, much more for medicines and operations :D

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CATREBEL 7/23/2012 11:02PM

    Great comments! Participating in races is expensive but it is something that we enjoy as a family! And the effect it has on relieving stress is priceless! Thanks for the post!

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LITGIRL101 7/23/2012 10:39PM

    Loved your blog! You make sense and do so quite entertainingly! I totally agree that the cost is a no-brainer. Keep up the great work - running and writing! (Make sure to take care of yourself.)

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HEALTHYLADY12 7/23/2012 9:02PM

    Amen! Thats a good article!

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ITISABOUTME 7/23/2012 8:46PM

    I found this very interesting as I am not a runner! I had no idea that the monetary cost was so high (yes I thought that was pretty high) but at the same time I learned something new. Thank you for the informative blog even if it was a guesstimate on price it was still an eye opener! Happy Running!!

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LILSPARKIE85 7/23/2012 7:14PM

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NAOLEE 7/23/2012 7:11PM

    It is like a boxer emoticon that is old and he lost a couple of fights; after that; he say: "I'm not going to fight anymore; because I'm old; there are many young fighters and I want to give them a chance to fight". After a few months he comes back again; saying: "I believe I have some energy to make a couple of fights". Maybe he doesn't have the energy; but he loves it the fight. emoticon It is like a junkie that needs a shot of some drug to feel the relieve. I understand you. I don't like to run. I was in the military service and I hated when everyday I had to run. Now, I can't walk 50 consecutive steps. emoticon. emoticon for you; for loving to be a runner. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STINASTEW 7/23/2012 7:08PM

    I agree with the cost analysis. I mean, I'm just starting out running, so I haven't invested near what you were estimating (accurate or not), but the races are all for good causes. I always do the Race for the Cure, which is now 45min away since I moved. I love going bc I get exercise, contribute to a good cause AND it's usually a good time with friends, walking around the tents & stands they have. It's something to look forward to & a goal to WORK forward to, as well. I agree that "People pay for things they WANT to pay for...pure and simple." This blog was nicely put! :) Hope your ankle heals up quickly!!

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KIMI_SILVA 7/23/2012 5:43PM

    I love, love, love this blog; and, I really appreciate the way that you've broken it down and put it in perspective.

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NELLBELLA26 7/23/2012 5:02PM

    Pretty cool to see it broken down like that. Running is good for your mental health as well as your physical health. Keep going. Hope that ankle feels better soon. emoticon

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CATDUG19 7/23/2012 5:02PM

    Great Blog I love how you broke down the cost of running!!

I think we talk oursewlves out of things (ie running, gym memberships, personal trainers) becasue of the cost. I know I have been gulity of this, but we all need to look at what we get for being healthly!

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Special Treat Today

Friday, July 20, 2012

I have got a special treat for you today!!! It's a GUEST blog! Now, you know I don't do this...well, ever. I do, however, peruse most of your blogs and try to read as many of them as I can. I have a SparkFriend that I've known for awhile and he doesn't post too often, but today's blog was just...special. I thought, "I have GOT to share that with my peeps."

So, friends, let's give a warm welcome to fellow runner, MARATHONDAD (a.k.a. Eddie).

I'll let him give you a little summary of himself and how he got to be where he is today:

"My wife, Brenda (MOMMARUNNER), is more than just my wife – she is my best friend, mother of my kids, and my running partner. She has always loved me unconditionally, even when I was 125 pounds overweight. After our first date, I knew I was going to marry her and less than year from that, I did.

I was overweight and heading down an unhealthy road. One day she called me out and dared me to join her at the Running Room. I’m a guy…and she had just challenged my manhood. What else could I do? I started to run.

I remember our first run was 8 km, which probably wasn't the best idea, now that I look back on it. It was so hard, I thought I was going to die. I couldn’t walk for a week afterwards. But we kept going to the Running Room and I kept improving and then I was hooked.

My weight started to fly off. Before I knew it, we had agreed to do a half marathon on Father’s Day. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Father’s Day than running a half marathon with my wife by my side. After I crossed the finish line, I was on Cloud Nine! Believe it or not, I almost cried. After that day, I couldn’t wait for our next race.

Since then, I’ve completed 7 half marathons (all of them with my wife by my side). She saved my life. I was borderline diabetic and my cholesterol levels were awful. Now I am healthy and will be able to live a long life and watch our four kids grow up. (That's right, folks...Eddie and Brenda have FOUR kids under the age of 5! YOWZERS! No wonder they run!!!)"



Aren't they adorable???

You all know that I have talked in my blogs about how running has been helping me handle grief and stress and joy and all the other emotions that come with life. In light of that, I thought it was so appropriate to share Eddie's story with you today. It is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard and I know you will agree.

"Sometimes my job is so difficult and it can be so cruel. I manage recreation in a nursing home. My job is very rewarding and I meet some of the most amazing people. For our residents, this is the last place they live before they go to heaven. I want to make sure their stay is full of fun and dignity. My residents are like fine wine…they get better with age.

Yesterday, I lost two of my favorite ladies. One of them was my all-time favorite. She was 102 and still very active. Let me repeat that…102 and STILL ACTIVE. So, when you say you are too tired or too old, remember my senior.

She would ask me every day, “Did you go for your run?” I would always assure her that I did. She would tell me that she had done her laps on the floor. She was so proud of me and proud of the father I was becoming. My kids would visit her and I was so happy she got to meet my precious Abby before she passed.

Yesterday, I was talking to her before the end and was holding her hand. With a smirk on her face, she asked me, “Did you get your run in today?” This beautiful lady was on her deathbed and she was worried about me! I held her hand until her final breath.

I needed to grieve so badly last night, but I was scheduled to work my second job. This morning, I went for a 10km run, as a way to say good-bye to my ladies. I probably scared people passing by. I was running so hard, all the while also crying so hard. But it felt so good to say good-bye. When I was done, I looked up at the sky and I said, “Yes, I did my run!!!!!”

I know that touched you as deeply as it did me...so let's show Eddie some love. Comment away, folks! Send him goodies! Tell his wife how amazing she is too! Let's love on this family and help to carry them through a difficult time. That's what we do best here at Spark. So....ok...GO.

  
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SKYVALLEYGAL 11/24/2012 6:44PM

    Extremely touching and inspiring! emoticon

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KHALIA2 9/24/2012 9:36PM

  God bless you! Your blog touched me deeply.

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FUSCHIA6 9/16/2012 1:34AM

    I sometimes cry over our patients too. I'm glad you have a loving heart.
Bless you for caring.
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RONNIEG52 8/8/2012 3:44PM

  Thanks for this beautiful and uplifting story. What an inspiration. God bless you both.

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WHITEANGEL4 7/28/2012 11:44PM

    Thanks to you you make peoples lives happy. It takes a special person to work with the eldery on a full time basis. My Mom had an apartment in an assisted living home and I really appreciated the people that worked there. They become like family to her. I was 750 miles away and could not get there as much as I would like to. But when I was there, the poeple that were with her were great. ONe girl knew that Mom liked a sausage and biscuit form McDonalds and she would slip one into her each week. My best friend worked in a home and she was so close to her wards and loved them so. It was really hard on her when she would lose one. There is a special place for people like you

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AUSSIEFLOSS 7/28/2012 12:13AM

    Great story! I think it's courageous to work with people that you know you will loose one day, and then to be so honestabout grieving in public (while running!)

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MKATE88 7/26/2012 6:48PM

    I couldn't even imagine this kind of pain! Losing one close friend is hard enough, but two at a time? All I have to say is, eddie and brenda, you guys are awesome!

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MOMMY445 7/26/2012 1:21PM

    what a great blog! thanks for sharing!

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GOCALGAL 7/25/2012 5:59PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing. What great role models for your children!

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NANCYSINATRA 7/25/2012 4:30PM

    walking/jogging/running really does help to release those happy endorphins. I love it for therapy

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DEBK0923 7/25/2012 2:28PM

    loved this, great blog

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PMFISH 7/25/2012 12:29AM

    Very moving. Thanks for sharing.

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LANNIEMANUEL 7/24/2012 10:32PM

    love it

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FIREFLY_MEDIC 7/24/2012 6:42PM

    inspirational

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CHERYLSBUTT 7/23/2012 10:10PM

    Sharing yourself with those ladies is what made the relatioship special.
Thoughts and prayers are with you...as are your ladies.
Keep Running!!!

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SPECIALGURL7 7/23/2012 2:59PM

    This is such a heartfelt blog. We never know who our inspiration may be. emoticon

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KARA151 7/23/2012 12:36PM

    I loved your story...keep up the great work.

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JWADDELL2 7/23/2012 11:46AM

    How amazingly wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing!!
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JERICHO1991 7/23/2012 11:45AM

    Thank you for sharing. Motivating and moving.

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KNITTYKITTY01 7/23/2012 11:19AM

    That brought tears to my eyes. Very touching and inspiring.

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MOMOSG 7/23/2012 10:49AM

    Everytime I read something you write it gets me thinking deeply!

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MYNUMBER1 7/23/2012 9:17AM

  Wow! this is a great post. It has certainly motivated me. Thanks:)

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NYKIMMIE 7/23/2012 8:22AM

    Great blog!

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MLIPPERT1 7/23/2012 8:21AM

  That is an amazing story. God bless them both and all his friends in heaven.

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DMEYER4 7/23/2012 7:01AM

  what a beautiful story. good luck to Eddie and his family and may they have many more beautiful years to come.

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CASPIAN3 7/23/2012 7:00AM

  So inspiring!!! Thank you for sharing this story with us - it will stay with me as I do my walks.
My VERY BEST WISHES and POSITIVE THOUGHTS are with you. emoticon

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PHILTRILL 7/22/2012 8:15PM

    I am so glad that she call him out on that run and his male ego was crushed, most of all I am so glad he accepted it change his life for the best looking back at it she saved his life and today they are buddies in their lives together. It is an awesome blog.

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TEACHEROF4TH 7/22/2012 7:04PM

    Love your story... so inspiring! Thank you!

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TPETRIE 7/22/2012 6:23PM

  Thanks for sharing such a beautiful blog.

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NANAGO1204 7/22/2012 4:40PM

    emoticon I am so sorry for your loss Eddie...I too have and have had some wonderful elderly friends who have cheered me on in many areas of my life over the years. It is awesome that you ran with your grief and I know she was proud of you!! ...and good for you Brenda for your support and the 'call out' that has blessed both of your lives!! ...and thank you LDRICHEL for sharing their story...it warmed my heart today. emoticon

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    Thank you for the idea of a guest blog...this love and dedication was a great way to energize me for the week ahead! emoticon

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NO_SUBSTITUTE 7/22/2012 12:54PM

    Thank you for sharing

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EMILYDOODLE 7/22/2012 12:05PM

  thanks for sharing, sorry for your loss!

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    Thanks for sharing

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GREENFAIRY390 7/22/2012 2:03AM

  I my run today too (I completed Warrior Dash)....for those that can no longer do it. Bless you for sharing your story.

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TERRIJ7 7/22/2012 1:44AM

    Thanks for sharing with us, Leah. I visited your friend's page and left a goodie. What a special couple they are!

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    Beautiful post!

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    Truly beautiful and a great reminder about the deep and wonderful humanity of those around us, including the author and his friends who left our world.

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    What a beautiful and inspiring story. With all of the horror stories out there about nursing homes, it is great to hear a story that proves that some people actually care. emoticon emoticon

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CHARTHESTAR 7/21/2012 11:32PM

    Tears.
Sorry for your loss of someone super special. Just be grateful for the opportunity and the time you got to share with her.

Your marriage sounds Great and you are truly a blessed person!

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    What a great success story - thanks for sharing.

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    Awesome post

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Look What You Did!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

This day was...a day. I am completely and totally emotionally depleted as I write this. It started last night actually. Our company is having our once per year project managers' face to face meeting. Lucky for me, it's here in Bloomington so I don't have to travel for it. But, since it's here and since I am the Executive Director's right-hand woman, the mantle of hostess falls to us. My boss got stuck in Austin, TX last week because her husband had a medical emergency and was still in the hospital down there. So, here I am (a nobody, really) left to welcome these project managers in and show them a great time.

We had a team dinner last night and it was lovely. Ate WAY too much. Drank WAY too much. It's easy to do when everything is on the company's dime. You know, I've still not learned how to balance food in this specific realm. If I am not paying for it, I will stuff myself...even if I KNOW I'm going over on calories and I'm not hungry. But it's like, "Why WOULDN'T I order wine and dessert if it's FREE?" I have GOT to get this under control before my next business trip - because, at the end of my next business trip, is a flight home to Indy and a half marathon the very next morning. I can't be messing around with food that week.

Of course, what I'm insinuating is that I also ate horribly all day today too. UGH! I feel SO gross!!!

In addition to the food issues today, I am completely beat...I mean, thinking all day really takes it out of ya. Being totally serious here. Strategizing and focusing and taking notes and trying to understand tech speak for 8 hours is just exhausting.

But it's not just that. If I could get real and just admit something...I am so new to this whole "professionalism" thing. I feel SO out of place. I thought I was doing pretty well for most of the day today. But, upon leaving the meeting, I was hit with an overwhelming feeling of not being good enough. Like I'm just SO out of my league here and what am I DOING thinking I can fit into this world? I look back on the entire day and I see the things that I said and think, "Oh, Leah...why did you SAY that? It must have come off as SO unprofessional or obnoxious! What a terrible way to represent the Foundation." I keep trying to learn and I keep messing up. Will I ever get the hang of this?

On top of the feelings of professional failure, my co-worker was upset with me because I didn't help support her more during our presentation on a daily company blog. I honestly don't know what I did wrong, but I could tell she was pretty angry.

And in the back of my mind, I'm dealing with all the other emotions from this other issue that I'm going through...the death of a special relationship, which I'm thoroughly grieving at all times underneath everything else in my life that's going on.

I got in my car and wanted to break into tears. In fact, I'm so completely wiped out right now, I will literally be going to bed as soon as I finish this blog. It is 7:33pm.

But, here's the thing...normally, I check my blog comments here on SparkPeople on a pretty regular basis as they are coming in. Today, I couldn't do that...obviously. Can you imagine the shock when I saw that my blog from yesterday already had 237 comments? Or that the comments on my Tears & Texting on the Trail blog have risen to 417?! First, I felt overwhelmed. I thought, "I just can't possibly put the energy into reading all of these tonight." But then I realized...I'll just get FURTHER behind if I don't do it now!

Do you know what happened when I started reading the 20 or so pages of comments that I'd missed? Comments from YOU wonderful and beautiful people? Some of you comment every single day. I know your face! I do! Or I know your avatar...like it's a familiar friend. I know more of you than you might realize. People constantly tell me that they are shocked I recognize them when I add them as friends or comment on their wall or whatever. You guys...I'm not a celeb. I'm just a chick who runs. LOL. Of course I know you! I know you all!

And this is all I have to say about that. I hear all the time...ALL the time..."you don't know what your blog meant to me today. If you only knew how many people you touch...etc etc etc."

Well, it's time to turn that back around on you.

If you only knew what your comments do for me (not just collectively but individually).

If you only knew that I read every single one.

If you only knew that your Spark Goodies and the notes that go with them make me cry tears of joy.

If you only knew how much energy reading your words gave me tonight, when I felt like less than nothing.

If you only knew how beautiful and powerful you are...and that you can do all that I blog about and more...you CAN.

If you only knew how unworthy of your attention I sometimes feel...and how badly I wish I could respond to every single comment and message.

If you only knew how many times I read what you write and think to myself, "I wish we could meet in real life and hang out."

God, if you only knew...

Some of you read my blog every single day. Some of you see me as some sort of lifeline.

But...if you all only knew...that you are my lifeline. You are what keeps me going. I would have given up. I would have gone back to my lazy life. I would have given in to depression. But....YOU kept me alive. Quite literally.

YOU saved ME. And you just keep doing it every single day. And I love you for it.

  
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SUTERSPACE 2/13/2013 4:41PM

    Awwww, how wonderful that so many people can do such a wonderful thing for you. Really touching!!

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KHALIA2 9/26/2012 9:06PM

  You spoke from your heart. A very inspiring and heartfelt blog.

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ASDOBBER 7/26/2012 9:05AM

    The best advice I ever got in my professional career was pretend as if you belong exactly where you are. When it comes down to it, everyone started where you are now. The more you take part in these sorts of activities the more your confidence will build. Find a power outfit or power shoes. The first time I met with an executive team I wore my power shoes. I was nervous as all get out but every time I looked at my shoes I got a surge of confidence. You will find your groove. And before you know it you will laugh at yourself thinking you didn't belong.

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HEIDIE6 7/25/2012 11:46AM

  So inspiring! Thank you so much! I hope you have a wonderful day! gail emoticon

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TEACHEROF4TH 7/25/2012 1:36AM

    Thank you for sharing from your heart. Transparency in writing is a rarity, and your heart shined through your words. Thank you.

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DRAMAJLN 7/25/2012 12:22AM

    You should also know there are many people out there (like me) who read blogs often, but don't always comment. Is there a tracker that shows you how many "hits" your blog has? That would be quite eye-opening.

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 7/24/2012 8:48PM

    Again.... you touched me. Please remember life is a 2 way street, when you extend your hand out to help someone up, the other hand must also extend to be helped up, which in turn, eventually, the one who reached up to grab the extended hand, in turn, extends their hand to help another up...
We all help each other "up".
Only you can let others make you feel any "certain" way, don't give others that much power.

Stay positive - Stay Strong and focus on obtaining your goals!
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ELLENBERRY 7/24/2012 2:20PM

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SMIDGE1971 7/24/2012 2:09PM

  Great blog! I think most of us have had days like this where you think you're doing and saying the right things and then when you reflect on the day you feel like you said or did the wrong things. Don't be so hard on yourself. It sounds like you did what you were supposed to do and the goals of the foundation were reached by the end of the meeting. Remember, we are all our worse critics and we always see the negatives that other people really don't see in us. Stay positive and remember that you can only do your best and that is always good enough.

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DEBK0923 7/24/2012 1:34PM

    great job, good work, and a wonderful blog

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CHERYLSBUTT 7/23/2012 10:29PM

    Work on giving yourself what you give to others!
Good night!

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MOMOSG 7/23/2012 10:34AM

    You are amazing and I am awestruck that you can put your emotions out there like that. You are motivating in so many ways. Keep going, keep trying and stop thinking you aren't worthy or out of your league. You are special and amazing just the way you are. Anyone who can't see that it blind!

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YWAIT0609 7/23/2012 2:34AM

    great post again. i understand what u feel about the job. i start a new one today (monday). u are good enough bc my DADDY, your DADDY said so. dont forget it.

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TRACYZABELLE 7/23/2012 12:10AM

    I like to inspire people as I get inspired by them-- one hand washes the other! emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 7/22/2012 12:41PM

    This is the first time I have read one of your blogs, but I feel like we are already friends! I have been a road warrier, and know the lure of company paid food and drink! And I know the feelings that I am really not as professional as others, and that I am really a fraud...

I have left that corporate world (5 years now!) and work in a whole different environment, but I still battle weight, feelings of self worth, and getting that exercise done. I am envious of your running - I have tried, but my hips and knees decided it wasn't going to work for me... But I plan to try again, now that I am stronger... I want to run a 5K before I turn 60!

thanks for sharing yourself!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/22/2012 1:21AM

    Hi Leah -
Ha! So you inspire me more than I inspire you. Neeneer! neener! emoticon

I'd write more bit a) im supposed to be asleep and b) it takes forever to type on iphone... Especially when tears of joy, laughter, shame, and/or allergies make my eyes blurrier than they already are!

Hugs,
Julia

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    Thanks for acknowledging our acknowledgments! emoticon

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ISABELLE31 7/21/2012 4:34PM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It's awesome how there's a boomerang effect for warm fuzzies. I hope today is better for you and that you do realize how fabulous you are in the midst of everything. :)

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TERID816 7/21/2012 2:15PM

    Leah, I read your blog every day since I found you on SparkPeople. Your honesty and willingness to share so much of yourself is what draws me (and I'm sure others) to your blogs. Some of us don't have your gift for putting those feelings into words, even though we too have those same feelings. Sorry for your day, but glad we SparkFriends can give back a little of what you share! emoticon

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JERICHO1991 7/21/2012 1:29PM

    I hope you are feeling as good as I do after reading your blog. Thank you.

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FLYINGB16 7/21/2012 10:43AM

    I have been where you are as far as feeling "not good enough" in a professional environment. I decided to fake it till I make it and almost two years later there is not one person in my office that intimidates me. They all breath air just like me. It's very liberating. I also no longer allow people to dump on me. This took years of work but I did it. If i screw up or don't meet someone's expectations I ask why, and how DID they want it done so I can do better the next time. I don't take it personally. it's a learning opportunity and I go with it.

Now for the food...

The folks at my office eat all the time. My team especially (we are chained to our desks 9-10 hours a day) has the most impressive take out menu collection I have ever seen. I don't join them. I pack every day. I refuse to give in to peer pressure when it comes to food. When they go out I don't eat crap just because they do. Yesterday morning a team member was like....Hardee's will make you feel sooooooo much better....I was like...I don't think so. Thirty minutes later they are all complaining about heartburn and I am laughing. They all ordered out for lunch and then thirty minutes after eating they all said...god I am so stuffed I feel sick...
I am sorry they feel bad but I laugh on the inside because they do this to themselves everyday but "I am the weird one that packs lunch and snacks everyday". Yep...I embrace my weirdness...they can have the heartburn, indigestion and tight clothing.
Food pushers are always a challenge and work stress can make us want to eat. I just try to stay focused on my goals and keep a fully stocked snack drawer and lunchbox everyday.

You can do it!

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FITFOODIE806 7/21/2012 9:05AM

    Isn't spark remarkable? The more you putinto it, the more you get. I have done so much more than I ever thought I could(think, marathon!) because of spark. Reading other people's blogs, getting crazy ideas in my head, and then getting the encouragement and motivation to actually do it. All from spark!
I'm so glad you appreciate it the way you do. I appreciate YOU! And you do deserve all 400+ comments.

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 7/21/2012 8:56AM

    Sounds like "a day".............but you ended it on such a positive note. You read about what you mean to people.................. what your words do for people, and in return, you gave back to everyone by writing this blog. THAT's what this journey is all about...............

Happy Saturday!

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/21/2012 7:21AM

    Your words are always so eloquent and honest. Thank you for being my lifeline, and glad to contribute to your lifeline.

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ANNE007 7/21/2012 4:21AM

    Great blog! It originally caught my eye because you mentioned Bloomington. Hello from Indy! I hope you're feeling much better by today. I'm sure you did a great job hosting your coworkers but I agree...Spark People are wonderful people!

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GRAMMAP1 7/20/2012 11:39PM

    I really don't blog often, but I read bunches. I am older and my sucesses are few and I really want to share success, not failure. I am sure that you will be able to share some inspiration again very soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4RASCALS 7/20/2012 10:41PM

    I'm sure you did a excellent job. We are our own worst critic. Your such a inspiration to us, don't see you failing at anything.
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BAKERBARBARA 7/20/2012 9:37PM

    Energizer Bunny is right...I don't always comment because my mind goes blank when I get to the comment section. Greeting cards really stress me out!!

Your blogs are always well-written and interesting! Keep it up!!

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MOM-MOM8 7/20/2012 9:28PM

    emoticon You had a very busy day with way to many things to juggle! Our famous insecurities show up just when we do not need them. I am sure you did a great job of hostess. Do we say things that in hind sight we think about and are sure should have been said better? Of coarse! We just need to learn from it and move forward. I had a co-worker years ago who had a favorite saying "Fake it til you make it!" I have found that it works. Put a smile on and do your best, and most times we do just fine until we analyze the day and find areas that only we can find to bring us down. Have a great week end! You deserve it. emoticon

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THISISGREAT2 7/20/2012 9:06PM

  Thank you!! I have been out of commission with SP now for a month letting myself go. I am so emotional right now reading your blog. I also have feelings running deep with emotions from losses that I have been unable to express openly. I have been having a very hard time becoming focused to start thinking on what I need to do to feel better and eating irrational. But I want to thank you for reminding me what I need to start focusing on again. I will try. emoticon

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DIANESAV1 7/20/2012 9:03PM

    I'm sure you must have done just great today. We are our worst critics and the more you do them the more confident you will be. Thank you for sharing.

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BENNYTINNY 7/20/2012 8:57PM

    This is the first time that I've read your blog; it's no secret why you are so special.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Hang in there, we all have times we feel inadequate. Just imagine them all naked.. LOL

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KALLIE1958AR 7/20/2012 7:49PM

    emoticonWe all have those days .. Hang in there ...

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GOULDSGRANITE 7/20/2012 7:14PM

    I feel that I can say, your company and everyone that works there, is very lucky to have YOU! You can build your skills because of your fabulous attitude. Most probably, the other professionals around you are not working to improve and build up EVERY area of their life, as you are! Every step, more confidence, one day at a time.
How great you realized how poorly you ate at work. Can you believe now doing that without having any remorse and disgust? I can't! Just to think, I ate without any of those thoughts for over 50 years! Yuck.
I was just thinking yesterday, how important all of my Spark friends are. It is so wonderful to hear you comment about SP friends! Working most only with my 90 year young aunt at home everyday, it is very enriching to know that I can help you! You all certainly help me everyday! Share the SPark!
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POSITIVELY_EB 7/20/2012 7:07PM

    I am one of the ones that reads your blogs every day - but I don't comment because I figure I have nothing extra to add to what's already been said. But I'm sure there are lots of others like me!

You are a sweetheart for sharing with us the good AND the bad!

HUGS!
Beverly

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Running's All The Rage

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

So you've heard about revenge sex, right? How about rage running? Yeah, I didn't think so...because I believe a friend of mine just invented the term this morning. Haha.

So, it's no secret I've been going through the wringer with some stuff in my personal life right now. This morning, it occurred to me that I truly feel I've suffered a loss - a part of myself feels like it's been taken away. This is not the good kind of loss (loss of pounds). As with any loss, there is a grieving process.

I'm sure we've all heard this...that there are Seven Stages of Grief:

1. Shock & Denial - yep, done that (all last week)
2. Pain & Guilt - did you SEE my blog, "Tears & Texting on the Trail"????
3. Anger & Bargaining - apparently, I'm there right now
4. Depression, Reflection, Loneliness - oh goodie! I can't wait for that!!!
5. The Upward Turn - phew
6. Reconstruction & Working Through (aka Acceptance)

Well, that's lovely. And I'm sure my sarcastic tone is coming from my place of anger.

Anyway...this morning, I had NO desire to run. Just wanted to mope, you know? But, and I'm gonna be totally honest, I've got this competition thing going with SANDIEGOJOHN and I wanted to catch up with him in mileage MORE than I wanted to sit around and pout. Haha.

Walked out the door and, I kid you not, it felt like 90% humidity. UGH! Oh well...a quick two miles, eh?

You know...anger is a new fuel for running for me. I draw on a lot of emotions to fuel my runs. In the past, I've used:

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But this was a first for me. Can I just tell you I was FLYING. Knowing my distance was relatively short helped a bit...but I was clocking a 12:49 pace (which is much faster than my previous 13:20 pace).

The only thing I have to say about a rage run is this...don't forget to stay loose. I had to remind myself a couple times to relax my shoulders and fists. Yes, form is still important, no matter what is going on in your head. Keep it in the back of your mind. Or the front...whatever you want.

When I got home, that humidity had seriously whipped me. SO. MUCH. SWEAT. Literally had to strip to my underclothes the second I walked in the door. Here's a photo, so you can be grossed out completely. (And, by the way, if this makes the SparkMail and is featured blog and this disgusting photo is plastered for all to see, I will die of embarrassment. Just sayin'.)





There you have it, friends. No matter what you've got boiling inside...get out there and run. You'll feel better. I promise.

  
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SUTERSPACE 2/13/2013 4:31PM

    Good for you!! You really ARE strong!

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MISSLISA1973 9/10/2012 7:03PM

    Haha! You made the SparkMail! {giggle!}

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ANDYLIN90 8/30/2012 1:37AM

    Hey, I think you look great!

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SPSPSP1 8/26/2012 3:44AM

    Good for you for using a constructive outlet for your anger!

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LZIKES 8/17/2012 8:26PM

  So true! I've used the same kind of thinking, and it works!

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LISA_FRAME 8/15/2012 6:50PM

  Good post!

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CHANGINGHORSES 7/24/2012 8:17PM

    YES! Get out there and RUN! Run for your life!

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SMIDGE1971 7/24/2012 1:41PM

  Good for you!! I find that when I'm upset about something I usually run harder and longer than I normally would. Definitely works some of the anger out of you.

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DEBK0923 7/24/2012 1:21PM

    I think this is a great idea, clears the mind, gets rid of rage stressors and it's healthy too. great blog

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SPECIALGURL7 7/23/2012 5:32PM

    Looks as if it definitely was a good run. Got rid of a lot of stuff!!!

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AMATTLIN 7/23/2012 2:14PM

    Alright got any advice for getting my butt out of bed and running...I dont have the rage but know how you feel because I use my runs as a think, sort and etc...


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EFFRAYECHILDE 7/23/2012 7:47AM

    Thanks for sharing. I might try Rage Running some day.

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KRISTA48439 7/22/2012 11:53PM

  I've never done a rage run (although it sounds great - I'm just probably never going to be able to run, at my age). But I planted a garden in rage last year, and that garden did grow! Maybe I transferred some of my excess emotion to it. It certainly transferred some very needed peace and grace back to me later that summer. What goes around, comes around, so true!

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ROXYZMOM 7/22/2012 5:12PM

    Wow! That was terrific - I can imagine running anger off you as I read your blog!
You left it in the dust! Good for you!

PS Don't be embarassed! Your picture drew the whole thing together! You earned that sweat!!

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BLNBIKERIN1 7/21/2012 10:45PM

  I can relate to that! Too bad My joints aren't permitting me to run like that anymore. Miss it a lot...
Just Glad you could find some victory and satisfaction to your rather discouraging private state.
Have a great weekend!

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DBCLARINET 7/21/2012 9:28PM

    This made me smile, because about a month or so ago, I wrote a blog about "rangry" -- running angry. It gives me a way to burn up my frustration and leave me alone with my thoughts. Thanks for sharing!

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ELLIPSISDREAM 7/21/2012 1:12PM

    As I ease into running (still in the walk/jog stage) this article was truly inspirational. I am guilty of letting my emotions derail my workouts, and this showed me I can use those emotions instead of letting them work against me. Thank you much- I look forward to reading more of your blog in the future. emoticon

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JANDAH 7/21/2012 12:13AM

    I cant wait to Rage Run... I am too heavy now and it scares me. Dont want to hurt myself.. I have been pushing myself swimming and walking and treadmilling. I'll let you know when I put in my first Rage Run! Great blog... emoticon

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LINDA! 7/20/2012 10:00PM

    Great blog. I think this is a great photo. It shows a woman that is very much alive and healthy!

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KIPPER15 7/20/2012 8:30PM

    emoticon far better than road rage and much more productive!!

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GUCCI9300 7/20/2012 7:34PM

    Thank you for sharing!!! Good for you!!! emoticon

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HAPPYKITTYNZ 7/20/2012 3:54PM

    hmm. i left a comment on here yesterday but it's not here..
oh well! I'll say it again..
I've done revenge cycling before, after an unfair messy break up! biked as hard as i could as long as i could until i ran out of steam.. took me like an hour and a half to walk home cos i was exhausted hahaha :) it was wonderful
p.s. Anger can be very useful when channeled constructively into exercise, Good job on that.. and Way to go!! emoticon

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MEVILL 7/20/2012 1:42PM

    Rage running is SO in! Though I prefer to crank up the incline on the treadmill since I'm still working up to the running thing...one day at a time. My treadmill time is my sanity time...I take it out on the belt and leave it there...always feeling better in the end.

Thanks for sharing!

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SANDUR123 7/20/2012 1:18PM

  Thank you for your blog!!! My past two weeks you have just summed up in your blog. Instead if rage running I rage walk. I can walk 10KM in an hour and a half (which is a good time for me) I park my car and walk a trail, I have no choice but to walk back to my car no matter how far I can push myself to walk. I get the Endorphins pumping (which help me to feel better, they alleviate my physical pain) I ground my frustrations (which alleviate my mental anguish, and generally stops the tears of frustration) into the pavement with each step. I tell you if I could go and hit the heavy bag, I would have shoulders and arms that could rip a man in half. I can't (which is related to my physical pain) so i walk. I find walking extremely cathartic- which I bet is how you feel about rage running too!!!

Have a great week!!!



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EMMIELANE 7/20/2012 11:24AM

    Girl, you crack me up! Rage Running!! I LOVE it!!

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TANRAZZ 7/20/2012 11:17AM

    I'm glad you didn't die of embarrassment! One of the reasons I clicked over to read your blog when I usually skip them because of lack of time was because of your photo--that alone is inspiring! I love to sweat and have not been doing enough of it lately. At least, not enough of the right kind of sweating. Agree with the cruddy humidity!

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CSCESMITH 7/20/2012 11:16AM

  Alot can be said for emotional walking, jogging, and running! I do it, too. Big hugs & lots of support for your final stages! Hang in there.

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MOMOSG 7/20/2012 10:24AM

    Good for you to use the exercise to help blow off some steam. It sure beats taking it out on yourself or someone else.

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LYNCHD05 7/20/2012 10:01AM

    once again you got right to the point! Love the picture and looks like the rage has disappeared! Another good reason to exercise.

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BOBADNESS9379 7/20/2012 9:31AM

    I wish that I had half the determination that you do!!! You're amazing! Great job!

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SFREY217 7/20/2012 8:50AM

    Thanks for the new inspiration ! Hopefully I can put it to good use !

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SABBYBRU 7/20/2012 8:38AM

    I love running away the rage. I've done it for years, and these days, living in a relatively safe area, there is not an argument with hubby that can't be talked out rationally after we've both gone on a long midnight run (this starting by him following me to keep me safe, since I insisted on running mid-fight, no matter what the time).

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NYMORNINGGLORY 7/20/2012 7:54AM

    I'm just back from being away for almost 3 weeks and am going to recommit to C25K and running - thanks for the reminder to just get out there and do it - it's soooo easy to talk my way out of even trying. We'll see how this goes!

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PASKALINI 7/20/2012 7:50AM

    HAHAHAHAHA I love it sweaty picture and all!!! Way to get out there and find a healthy outlet for your anger!

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LUKENEMISAUNT 7/20/2012 7:13AM

  Great Blog!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 7/20/2012 6:30AM

    I have rage walked/ jogged a few times in my life. It gets those feel good endorphins going to counteract the stress.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 7/19/2012 11:57PM

    Running is another form of therapy....I think about how I have or I am handling certain situations and then when I don't want to think anymore, I enjoy the scenery.

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MOGENEO 7/19/2012 11:52PM

    that is a great post! and funny too!


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REENIE131 7/19/2012 11:26PM

    I hula hoop anger away. I was angry-hooping one day and one of my students walked in....she could tell right away this wasn't my usual style....LOL. She said something along the lines of "Wow..who got you all worked up?" I was surprised it was that obvious.

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COOKI3123 7/19/2012 11:18PM

    Super Blog...thanks for sharing! emoticon

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TEACHEROF4TH 7/19/2012 10:52PM

    Good for you! You always inspire and motivate me! Thank you for your transparency and humor. Keep your great effort going!
hugs,
Debbie

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WENDENANNIE 7/19/2012 10:31PM

    You are awesome Girl!!!

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Running Buddies

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Well, so far it seems that my ankle simply wanted to MOVE more! Pssshhh.

Woke up this morning at 5am because I wanted to get some great quiet time in and have a cup of coffee before my run. It's been 4 days since I've run and I was both excited and scared. I figured, I'd either wimp out in the first mile with ankle pain or it would be like the return of a dear old friend. I'm sure my nervousness was compounded by the fact that I was about to run a pretty long distance (5 miles) with a running partner (and no music!) I've only run with a partner ONE other time and that was a quick 3.1.

If you've been with me since my first days, you might remember my running buddy, Sarah. I met her on the trail...we used to pass each other a couple times every day and her smile was so bright and she seemed so friendly that I finally got up the nerve to pass her a note saying hello. (I made sure to tell her that I was not hitting on her. Haha.)

After that, we met for coffee to geek out about running and that hour flew by way too fast. We've been Facebook stalking each other a bit and it turns out we are both running the Fort4Fitness in September (my first 10k, her first half marathon) and we're also both running the Indianapolis Half Marathon in October. Small, small running world.

Here she is...isn't she prettttty?



I totally stole this photo off of her Facebook. So, if my blogs stop coming, you will know it's because she sued me for copyright and I am rotting away in jail. But, between you and me, I doubt that will happen...it wouldn't help her training any, let's put it that way.

So...guess what? This morning we went 5.31 miles in 1 hr 13 mins!!! (Put this up against my usual 3.1 mile time of 43 minutes. Are you understanding what a BIG DEAL this is to me???!)

We talked the entire time and, the more we chat, the more I see that we are really in the same boat. She just started running last Fall and has lost about the same amount of weight that I have lost. It was so refreshing to be able to just talk to someone who completely "gets" what I'm doing and knows how everything feels and understands my lingo and my obsession.

We saw FIVE deer....from a distance of, I don't know...10 feet??? I had no ankle pain at all. It was the best run I've ever had...and that's not an exaggeration. Also, it's the fastest I've ever continuously run. And I felt amazing afterwards and still do. It was EXACTLY what I needed after my super stressful day yesterday! I took a cool shower afterwards, which was DIVINE.

If you're a beginning runner and you worry about running with a partner, I'm telling you...try it. The miles seem to fly by. Before this, I had read over and over that I should try it and I was still skeptical...but it really is fun. So...go for it!

  
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SHALISA_B 2/7/2013 10:56PM

    Wow! I am so inspired by you! I wish I had a running buddy, but not having one isn't an excuse not to run! :)

Keep up the awesome work!

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SPSPSP1 8/26/2012 3:52AM

    Congratulations! It's great that you have a friend, but I hope you asked for permission to use her photo.

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FRABBIT 8/23/2012 12:07PM

  Inspiring and you are lucky to have met Sarah. When I had a running buddy I did so much better - the accountability is key.

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LISA_FRAME 8/15/2012 7:12PM

  great post!

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NANCYSINATRA 7/28/2012 9:57AM

    great job

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  Good for you, great post. Cheryl emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 7/23/2012 10:19PM

    emoticon The companionship makes things easier when you just relax with the company

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DEBK0923 7/23/2012 11:10AM

    good job, great blog

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DIANNEMT 7/20/2012 6:57PM

    I have tried running with a partner--hubby! First he was way too fast and now he is too slow for me! So we run at the same time but not together!

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JIBBIE49 7/20/2012 5:41PM

    emoticonWhat an honor to have your blog featured in the Spark Mail. Sparks claims that the mail is read by one and a half million readers, so you are a GREAT inspiration to many today. emoticon

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KENZYE 7/20/2012 11:13AM

    Congrats!

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ASHOAF1 7/20/2012 9:21AM

  Congratulations! Having someone to run with and talk to seems to make the miles just fly by!! Glad you found someone to run with!! Good Luck on your running goals!

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SFREY217 7/20/2012 9:06AM

    Some days it is great to have company of your run..... And some days I just need to reflect only aloneness. Thanks for the post.

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YULLABELLE 7/20/2012 8:50AM

    Having someone with you does help pass the time. emoticon

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SGILBER6 7/20/2012 7:57AM

    That's so cool how you met your running buddy! I may try running with my fiancee thanks to your suggestion. I think it would be great quality time. It's so inspiring to read about your progress in running!

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1954MARG 7/20/2012 6:47AM

  Keep up the good work.

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LOGOULD 7/20/2012 6:19AM

    Oh, YES, running buddies ARE THE BEST!!! You just can't have enough!

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TEACHEROF4TH 7/19/2012 10:58PM

    Thank you for your encouragement! Loved your positive attitude!

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SUSIEMT 7/19/2012 8:28PM

    Way to go!

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PHSOUTHCARO 7/19/2012 7:24PM

  Thanks for giving me the courage to get a running partner. I need one. :)

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    emoticonSo wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail, which Sparks says goes out to one and a half million readers. You are an inspiration today. emoticon

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NWFL59 7/19/2012 5:49PM

    That was very inspiring to read. So glad you found an exercise/running buddy and are clicking so well. Keep up the good work! Good luck on your upcoming races! emoticon

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NIGHTOCUPS 7/19/2012 5:06PM

    That's great! Keep it up!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 7/19/2012 4:26PM

    congrats!!! I just completed my first half marathon in June! And now I'm training for my first full (in Oct) So happy that you found a good running buddy!


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THEEASYKILL30 7/19/2012 1:27PM

    Your blog does it... I seriously need to get a running buddy too! I haven't run over 5 miles yet. 5 seems to be kind of my wall right now. You're doing great! 5.31 miles in 1:13 is fantastic!

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1STICKBLUES 7/19/2012 12:52PM

    5.31 miles in 1 hr 13 mins, AWESOME!!!!

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1954MARG 7/19/2012 11:25AM

  Sounds like fun.

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EDELWEISS33 7/19/2012 11:01AM

    awesome! my friend that just recovered from surgery says you can be up and running in a few weeks if you are healthy. I am working on it and my surgery was 2 years ago.

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JESSICAMARIE12 7/19/2012 10:53AM

    That is so inspirational!! I can't wait for the day that I can run continuously for 30 minutes, much less complete 5 miles in a little over an hour!! That is so awesome, and you SHOULD feel great about yourself!!!! Great Job!!!

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SPINNER520 7/19/2012 7:47AM

    Used to like running alone for quality "think" time but now often run with a partner & find the time & miles pass very quickly!


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LILLI56 7/19/2012 1:06AM

    I need one of those . . .a running buddy, I thought that my hubby would be my walking buddy, but he just goes to the park and sits on a bench while I walk. I then tried my son, and well, I just can't keep up with him. Could be that I am almost 30 years older and out of shape and he is 30 and in great shape.

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JSCHARF 7/19/2012 12:05AM

    So nice to hear and inspirational!

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CICELY360 7/19/2012 12:01AM

  Good blog

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LANAHAUTH21 7/18/2012 11:31PM

  I am glad for you.

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    Wow very good!

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