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Bloomingfoods Breakaway 5k

Saturday, September 08, 2012



See these girls? They're my girls. My group. My Bloomington "people". Some of the group has known each other for a long time. Some were strangers to the group, but knew one of the girls, so they tagged along for dinner and drinks one night. There are a few others not in this exact photo. We have so much fun together when we gather that we decided to schedule a monthly GNO (Girls' Night Out) so we can be together, eat delicious food and drink cocktails. Incidentally, none of us ever leave those outings without side stitches from laughing so hard. They bring me inexplicable joy. And, most of the group happens to be runners.

So, we've all been entering a lot of the same races and meeting up beforehand and afterwards. Today, we ran the toughest course any of us has ever run. There were quite a few hills.

Rewind a bit. Last night (this morning?), my son woke me up at 3am. My mind started to race and I couldn't fall back asleep until 4am. Once I finally fell asleep, I was plagued with awful nightmares. My alarm went off at 6:30am and I woke up to some disturbing e-mail. My allergies were going nuts and my eyes were burning and itching. I was exhausted and sad. I was just in a FUNK. I wasn't even sure I wanted to run the race.

But, my girls arrived. I was still cranky, but it was nice to see them. I felt like there were so many bad omens before this race that I was worried it was not going to be my day.

The race started and I was struggling a bit. Not really physically...just mentally. I kept wishing I was in bed. But, as I kept running, I was keeping an eye on my pace...making sure I was running steady and not going too fast. I was in pretty good shape at Mile 1. Getting to Mile 2 felt a bit rougher, but literally, as I was coming up on the Mile 2 sign, I felt my body go into the zone. Suddenly, I felt lighter and running was easy and I haven't felt that for SO long!!! I couldn't stop smiling!!! Literally, I had the dumbest dopey grin on my face! I wanted to shout, "THIS FEELS AWESOME!"

Then...right then...in the last mile...the mother of all hills. I was running for a good while. I thought, "No prob. I'm in the zone...this'll be a piece of cake!" Well...that thing just didn't get smaller! I did end up walking...for about 20 seconds. But, then I could see the top...so I pushed harder.

Well, the best part was...after the hill, it went downhill and took you straight to the stretch that would go to the finish line. I just kept telling myself, "Don't you dare stop!" In that last .4 miles or so, I probably ran my fastest pace ever and it wasn't a labor or painful at all. I just felt...POWER. I could not WAIT to cross that finish line because, even though I hadn't looked at my time, I could just FEEL it.

Came around the last corner and I could have died, you guys!!! I finished in 39 minutes 35 seconds. I had just been joking with the girls before the race about my ultimate goal being a 40 minute 5k and how I'd be barfing at the Finish if that actually happened! Haha.

WOW. THAT was an amazing morning. I feel so thankful. So powerful. So healthy. Strong. Like the possibilities are endless. That fear I had regarding the half marathon? Gone. Any nervousness for my 10k in a few weeks? None.

This was the absolute best comeback I could have ever imagined. And sharing it with friends made it all the more sweet.

By the way, every single person in our group PR'd today. How's that for motivating one another? BEST DAY EVER.

  
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    WELL COME BACK!

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    I love your excitement and the fact that you really thought you'd be struggling that day. Then you POWERED IT! Congratulations. Keep flying!

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DRCLANKY 9/11/2012 1:56PM

    Congratulations! It's a fantastic feeling to see that you've pushed yourself and that your efforts have paid off with a new PR! The improvements you're seeing are irrefutable evidence of all your hard work, enjoy!!

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    Good job good blog ... congratulations on your accomplishment

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    emoticon emoticon I would imagine you were on such a high from that race. Congratulations!

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    Very cool.

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    great job

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SHIRE33 9/10/2012 6:11PM

    I am super inspired! After all you've been through, you deserved that moment! I've felt that power before, and it is overwhelmingly delightful. I wish you many more! And now I want one! :D

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DVIRGADAM 9/10/2012 5:59PM

    It is nice that you have a girls group and you can get together and have fun. It is also nice that they share running as one of their interests. It makes it easier to stay on
track when you have friends who are working towards the same goals as you, as they are more likely to support you. You also did a fantastic record in the 5K run!
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URGETTINTHIN 9/10/2012 3:48PM

    Good job! I hope to feel that runner's high someday. WooHoo! I love the fact that you have a girls' group---having that support and transferring that energy is wonderful!

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DANAEBOYCE1 9/10/2012 3:03PM

    good for you!

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    Way to go


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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/10/2012 1:20PM

    What an amazing run. Congrats on setting a new PR!!

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HANSBRINK 9/10/2012 11:41AM

  Congratulations! The self-talk during your race certainly seemed to help. Good luck on the 10K training.

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NITELITE72 9/10/2012 10:30AM

    WooHoo!! Way to go...glad for your happy ending!!


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MIKENIKES 9/10/2012 9:48AM

  Congratulations! That is awesome and I hope you keep feeling better and moving forward in your recovery and weight loss goals! Exercise gives the best highs!

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AUSFAM 9/10/2012 9:38AM

    I love your enthusiasm and I aspire to simply run and finish a 5k--let alone in 39 minutes! You go girl(s)! :)

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EARTHTONED84 9/10/2012 9:36AM

    Congratulations! It's so great to have a group of friends who join you in your journey for healthy living. I have a few select friends who love running and aren't afraid to get a little sweaty :) I am signed up for a 5k next month and so nervous but this entry gave me the sparkle that I needed to get excited for it!

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    A Lot of FUN

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    Congrats!!

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  good blog, as usual

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BETRME100 9/9/2012 5:15PM

    Congrats to all of you!! Yep, the bad thing about racing in the Bloomington area is the hills...lots and lots of hills...but you did it!!

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    Congratulations for doing so well. I am very happy for you. The whole gang did great. Keep on working your program. lol emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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  There is NOTHING like "Girlfriend Power" to motivate us in so many areas of our lives. emoticon on your emoticon run. What a comeback!!!!!

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  Your back running already? Oh my G - oh goodness. That is so great! I'm glad the second part of the day was good. I'm glad your connecting with friends too. emoticon

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    Wonderful!

PS: you didn't say if you actually barfed at the finish line!

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    Another awesome blog! Thanks for sharing.

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    I am actually crying, I am so happy for you!! Congrats - You ROCK!!!
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Why Am I Doing This?

Thursday, September 06, 2012

You know how I started running? Couch to 5k. When I started, I could barely run for a whole minute. It was SO hard. Over time, and with a commitment to get out of bed at 5:30am AT LEAST 3 times a week (usually 4-5 times), I saw my body change and felt things get easier. After 3 months of this CONSISTENT work, I could run for half an hour - no problem!!! Even though it was at a snail's pace and I still weighed (and still do) 225 lbs.

But sitting out for 7 weeks changed that. It's no secret that I kept my fitness up for the entire period when I was in the boot. But, just because I am generally fit does not mean I magically kept my ability to run straight through for half an hour without stopping.

Rather, I feel as if I'm starting over...not from the beginning, necessarily. Because I can run longer than a minute...but maybe from where I was, say, 1-2 months in. The most I can do right now is 5 minutes.

I have a 5k race on Saturday, which I signed up for LONG before my injury. I have had ONE run of any substance since I returned to running. I used to think of a 5k as a mere blip. "Simple! Not even something I need to worry about! Just a fun little hour of my life!" Well...that was arrogance. Plain and simple. And I honestly believe that part of my injury was God ever so gently calling me out on this spirit of arrogance. A 5k is not an easy, Sunday jog. It's a pretty good distance! There's nothing EASY about it!

Forgive me if I'm wandering a bit, but this journey of health and fitness can't just be about how strong *I* am and how much work *I* put into my sport or how accomplished *I've* become or how many races *I* have completed. If that is all that it's about, it's just sad....and empty. It needs to be about more than that.

I've been wrestling with this idea for some time now. WHY AM I DOING THIS? To prove something to someone? To myself? To show off? To get skinny? To find an identity? To impress my friends? To switch one addiction for another? I don't want to work so hard at something in my life for such vain pursuits.

If I'm going to give my time, my energy, my MONEY, and my family's time to this training and this dream of running, triathlon, Ironman...I better have some reasons that align with my core beliefs and values. Or it's all for naught.

So, thinking on these things...the following are my reasons for pursuing this life of health/fitness/competition:

1. My own fitness journey has always signaled to me that God is able to make NEW life out of anything that we believe is dead and gone. Every day that I am able to get up and run or swim or bike or hike or ANYTHING is, and should always be recognized as, a gift to me.

I lived through an injury so severe, any sane person would live in fear for the rest of their life and never again attempt anything active, in an effort to guard against re-injury.

With the help of a great Bible Study leader and some pretty supportive family members, I dared to believe that I was strong enough to jog 20 feet on the trail one day. And when I jogged for that 10 seconds, my daughter rejoiced. That was the moment I believed that I COULD. And I just kept going. And every time I feel that runner's high, I thank God for bringing me BACK TO LIFE.

2. I want to set an example for my immediate family, for my friends and for others. It's not a "look at me and how great I am" kind of thing. Rather, it's a "look how terribly far gone I was and how cruel I was to myself and my body. And look at where I am today. Miracles are possible. Health IS possible."

I know we hear it all the time, but it's because it's true: If I can do it, you CAN do it. And aren't we all here to share the load together? Don't we need a little inspiration to get that first swift kick in the butt right in the beginning? Yes. I did. And so do all of us.



3. I didn't have this goal in the beginning, but as this thing has taken off and grown, it's become more than I ever could have imagined. So, my third goal is to touch people's lives. Because people MATTER.

Not just with blogs going out to the masses. I want to INTENTIONALLY look for SPECIFIC ways I can touch specific people's lives - to come alongside them and give them a word of encouragement or hope or support.

When I began to "wake up" to this new life of health, I began to see so much beauty in myself that I had never acknowledged before. The best part is, I can see that in everyone else now too! If it weren't so creepy, I'd just love to tell everyone I meet that they are so ridiculously beautiful. And that has nothing at all to do with figure or physique. It has everything to do with their VALUE as a human being. We are all WORTH fighting for.

4. Finally, I want healthy fruit. I'm not talking about pears or grapes, although I do want those. I'm talking about this:

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." - Galatians 5:22-23

I happen to be a person of faith. And I believe that, to truly live what I say I believe, I need help from a power higher than myself. For me, this is the Holy Spirit. And His fruit is listed above.

It stuns me to read these verses in light of what running and endurance sports have produced in my life thus far.

Love - Well, I love myself. Is that worth noting?

Joy - Oh yeah!

Peace - Can't beat that feeling of peace after a good run.

Patience - Well, I have a lot more patience with my kids after a run and, in part, I have to have patience with my own body and not push it past its limits.

Kindness - Seeing my own weaknesses helps me to be more understanding towards the weaknesses of others. And a good training program WILL show you alllll your weaknesses.

Goodness - Welllll....jury's still out on that one! ;)

Faithfulness - Try to run a 26.2 mile marathon without it, friend.

Gentleness - Ask my husband if I've been more gentle since I began this lifestyle.

Self-Control - Are you kidding me??? We've hit the mother load here! 5:30am sucks...I'm just saying. And don't you KNOW how much I LOOOOVE Taco Bell?

There is so much potential in competition and sports to become so self-focused. And I just don't want to be *that* girl. I don't want my healthy diet or my fitness pursuits to define me and give me my identity. I want to have a solid identity FIRST and then have everything else in my entire life flow out of that.

So, I'm going to switch out my Vision Collage with the list above. I feel like it's a lot healthier motivation for me going forward. Training will only get harder and longer and more difficult. Time will be less available for other things and I don't want to miss out on the good that can come from all my hard work and slowly evolve into a person who is simply spinning her wheels, only to wake up one day and say, "Wait...I feel empty. Why am I doing this?"

  
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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 9/16/2012 9:11PM

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SUNGIRL822 9/14/2012 11:10AM

  Reading your stories makes me feel like I can do it too!! thanks for sharing.

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MIDROAD 9/14/2012 9:38AM

    So very beautiful! I think I will read this everyday for inspiration!

Way more than mere words.

Soul sustaining and life affirming!

Thank you so very much!

Jeannie

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JSGETFITNOW 9/12/2012 10:37PM

    great blog; love the verse

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    Sounds like great reasons to run!

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SHERRY28269 9/12/2012 10:22AM

    Great reminder of why we take on bigger goals....not just for vanity!

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ANNTORR53 9/10/2012 5:14AM

    Thank you for the beautiful way you expressed yourself in your blog. It is 2:15 in the morning here in Oregon where I live. I was touched bu your words and realize that no one can do this be me, with God's help. My daughter had a baby girl last night and I haven't slept for over 26 hours. Too wired! Seeing my ex with his wife, who he left me for is a big trigger for me. Had speghetti for dinner. Comfort. Anyway I am rambling. Keep it up and I would love to have you as a friend.

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SPSPSP1 9/10/2012 3:52AM

    Beautiful! Good for you!

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WELSTEACH 9/10/2012 2:06AM

    Purpose is ALL.

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BARBARAWEBSTER 9/10/2012 12:30AM

    A great Jog for me. Thanks

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HANSBRINK 9/9/2012 11:02PM

  Thank you for your post. I like the sentence " I want to have a solid identity FIRST and then have everything else in my entire life flow out of that. " It took me a long while to learn the meaning of that statement. You've articulated it beautifully.

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 9/9/2012 10:52PM

    You're doing so well my friend! With everything you've been through you should be proud of yourself and you are. But you are also humble and inspiring and a great role model. Keep up the great work!

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DRB13_1 9/9/2012 10:36PM

    So glad you were featured as a popular blog.
My Sunday school class is finishing one study and deciding what our next topic will be. Your fruit of the Spirit made me smile!
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REENIE131 9/9/2012 9:40PM

    Awesome post! Thank you!

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PURSUEJOY 9/9/2012 8:16PM

    Wow - No REALLY! - I mean it - what a wonderful blog post! Thank you for the time and effort and thought you put into this.

I am encouraged by many things you say ~ but most of all, I am inspired by your goal of a marathon. I've thought about the people who take on that level of training as being WAY beyond my grasp...but this post makes me really reconsider my dismissiveness. So, for now, I'm still trying to just get my ability around the 5K, and am only one day into training. But, I will let the impact of your dedication linger with me.

And thanks for the scripture references...and connections ~ they are great!

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BLOOMING52 9/9/2012 6:14PM

    Thank you.

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NONNIEJTC 9/9/2012 6:14PM

  Amen! We are a spirit who has a soul and lives in a body. We need to keep in focus that these are mortal shells and one day we will shed them for immortality! But in the meantime, we are to treat our bodies as gifts from our Creator. I struggle with the body/identity thing too. I have to keep reminding myself that I am not my body, I only live in it. Thank you for your inspirational thoughts.

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GOODGALLEFT1 9/9/2012 6:08PM

    Thanks so much!

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FIT4MEIN2013 9/9/2012 4:45PM

    What wonderful insight! May God bless you on your journey.

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WALKINGCHICK 9/9/2012 4:07PM

    Great blog, and so true - it is only when you start to 5realise the beauty and potential of your own body that you can see the beauty and potential in others'.
Thanks for the great words, and the peaceful thoughts - much needed and most welcome.
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  Great blog!

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EARTHTONED84 9/9/2012 3:00PM

    Thank you for this awesome blog. I needed to hear this today.

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    I think you are absolutely wonderful!

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ADELLE1024 9/9/2012 12:17PM

    What in the world?? This is the best post I have ever read regarding weight loss and spirituality, ever. I got goosebumps halfway through. My main reasons are similar to your #1 and 2, but 4.... I really have to think about that. I read that verse before, but never REALLY thought about it, especially in this context. That is a heavy verse. Anyway, thanks for sharing this,... now i am off to think about this, lol

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NITELITE72 9/9/2012 12:07PM

    Thank you for this...it was exactly what I needed to read today!!

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IS1GAR 9/9/2012 10:35AM

    Great Post! Stay Stong and God Bless!

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LYNNIERN 9/9/2012 9:55AM

    Awesome blog!

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SRIDGWAY38 9/9/2012 9:29AM

    Earlier today I posted in my group that I might try to run outside today. I have been running on a treadmill and swimming for a couple of months so I know that physically I can do it, but I am embarrassed to run outside where people can see me. Well after reading your blog I know that I can and will go for a run. Instead of worrying about the women who run by my house every day seeing me, and what they might think, I will hope that someone who doesn't exercise at all might see me and be inspired. Thanks for the wonderful and uplifting blog. Good luck, and keep going. You can definitely make it with an attitude like you have!

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DROPOFHONEY 9/9/2012 7:46AM

    Awesome Blog.. :D

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BESSHAILE 9/9/2012 7:24AM

    Absolutely! All things with God.

We can achieve much - but it's always so MUCH better and MUCH more when we let Him into our lives.

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VON_1962 9/9/2012 6:06AM

    Thank you for the encouragement. What a beautiful blog!

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DR8561 9/8/2012 1:34PM

    Great post! This verse came to me earlier today: "1 Corinthians 10:31
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

It is so easy to go from the self-interest we need to create a healthy lifestyle to complete selfishness. You gave me a great reminder to watch my priorities.
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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 9/8/2012 9:55AM

    I hope you have a great race this morning and I loved this blog. I can identify with so much that you wrote about. I started this journey to lose weight and get healthy. But it has taken on new meanings and new goals for me. It is an amazing freeing feeling I believe when you find the inner person in you who has been there all along and is finally freed when you let go of limitations. Thanks for another great blog.

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    Yes and Amen!
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YOU are INSPIRING ! (item #3)

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for putting it all on the line for us

Have a Wonderful Weekend

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ROB704 9/7/2012 3:46PM

    You know why I read your blogs? Because you ROCK!
Plain and simple.

You make me want to try things - your honesty helps me realize that others face the same challenges around motivation and willpower that I do...and it helps.

Keep 'em coming.

You said you wanted to touch lives? You touched mine. And I'm glad for it.

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Half Marathon vs. Triathlon Training?

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Got my lazy butt out of bed at 6am this morning so I could get the YMCA as soon as they opened up for Adult Open Swim. I really didn't want to go, so I had to bribe myself. "If I go swim for 1/2 hour now, I can get a skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks on my way in to work." Well, somehow that tactic (and putting on my bathing suit) worked!

I got there and STILL didn't want to swim, but I figured, "Well, I'm here. Might as well get to it!" I ended up swimming for half an hour and getting 32 lengths in. That was the plan. I did learn that I've been calculating my swim distances all wrong, because I thought one length was 50m but it is actually 25m. No wonder! Haha. I am not so good at the maths. Anyway, today I did 800 meters (or 32 lengths). An official Sprint Tri is 750 meters. I did that in 28 minutes. Pretty much the same time I've been getting all along. But, I'm pretty happy with it.

Still having breathing issues. Not as bad as before, I guess. I have to keep telling myself, "Leah, no one is trying to steal your air. All you have to do is lift your head and get some. It's just right there above the top of the water. Plenty of it! Just LIFT YOUR HEAD!" Don't ask me why this is so hard for me! I just can't get a rhythm. I'm thinking it might be worth investing the $120 into having a professional swim coach give me four one-hour lessons at the YMCA. And, if you are a member getting private lessons, you are allowed to bring up to 3 friends. If I bring my entire little "triathlon wannabe" team, we will all only have to pay $30. I think that's a sweet deal!

I'm a little on the fence right now about whether I should be pushing swimming and biking off until after my half marathon and focusing mainly on running. I am very far behind in my training for this half, in terms of mileage. I have 6 weeks to build from essentially a 3-mile long run up to a 13-mile long run. I am feeling the pressure. Is swimming and biking taking energy out of my body that should be directed towards miles running and strength training only????

What do you think? Especially those that have run half marathons before. What would you do if you only had 6 weeks to train for a half marathon? Granted, I'm not planning on running the ENTIRE course...run/walk is fine...but I'd love to finish in less than 3.5 hours and I run very slow (15 min/mile) and walk even slower. Advice?

  
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CRYSBROWN1 9/11/2012 5:52PM

    Hi There...

It can be done as long as you stick with just your LSD run at increasing increments. Often biking and swimming is just great cross training. However, as I think was mentioned already it would probably be a good idea to stick to one thing at a time and since the HM is coming up soon you may want to refocus, the other stuff will be there afterwards!

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PRINCESSRUNNER7 9/11/2012 12:14PM

    Take the pressure off. Stick to the half marathon training and switch gears to triathlon training once you're done with the half.

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MARGARITTM 9/10/2012 7:48PM

    Focus on the 1/2 for now.

You can do this

It will be great!

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MOM2HANDH 9/8/2012 11:42PM

    Six weeks is not very long, but considering you're coming off an injury, I would aim for two days of cross training and three days of running--two shorter runs (maybe 3-4 and 5-7 miles) and the third be your long day, increasing a mile a week until you get to 12 miles (or the HM :) I've run the Indy 500 Half three times, the first with only six weeks of training (triggered by a very traumatic missed miscarriage, so I was very out of shape and not even supposed to be exercising). I did it but it wasn't pretty the next day :)

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MINSOSTER 9/6/2012 5:39PM

    I have had trouble with that gasping for air feeling too. It seems like my body thinks it should just go the whole 25 m before breathing for the turn. Ha! I am not in that kind of shape at all. The really strange thing that helped me was wearing a swim cap and goggles. It was as though that streamlined me enough so I could focus on the rhythm of the stroke and timing my breathing much like I do when I get a good pace going on land. Having a few lessons or a trainer would be an excellent gift to yourself!

You've had lots of good advice about prepping for your HM. I think you will do great continuing the path you are on.

I admire your commitment to your fitness routine. Tremendous goals to work towards.

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DRB13_1 9/6/2012 2:57PM

    I don't have a suggestion, I'm with the well wishers who know you'll do well no matter what.
Having done both sprint tri's and half marathons, if the HM were not coming up so soon I'd definitiely be in the crosstraining camp. That was the best thing about triathlon - switching up the routine really helps the conditioning and for me, reduced the risk of injury. And it wasn't boring emoticon On the other hand, I remember VERY well the effort of the HM and knowing it was something I had to train for, not something I could just get up one morning and do. Just a reminder, that if your HM is local, it sure can be a bonus on event day to have practiced on at least some of the course.
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MSTWOMOONS002 9/6/2012 12:53PM

    Hi Leah;
What is your gut feelings telling you to do, I'd do that then go back to the triathalon training. I think your swimming & biking is building up strength & staminia in your legs & entire core, which all sounds helpful for your half marathon. I believe in your strength, if you keep going the way you are you'll run, walk whatever you choose & the finish line will be there before you before you know it because your strengthing your core, & your thinking healthy.

I believe You can do whatever you set your mind to do, I'm cheering you on each time I pray for you & each blog of yours I read, You Go Girlfriend.

I've read quite a few of SanDiego John's blogs since he began marathons maybe he can give you the precise answers your looking for, however I think you have the answers inside you already.

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DJSHIP46 9/6/2012 10:54AM

    I liked the sounds of your bribe... gotta try that:) The swimming lessons sound like they would be very helpful. I had a lot of swimming in school but came out still not breathing comfortably, but it wasn't individual training either. I finally gave up... don't compete... and do the side stroke ;) Too bad that won't work for you! Can't advise you on where to concentrate your training either, but I know the more experienced will and I do wish you tremendous success with all your training and competitions emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 9/6/2012 9:57AM

    I"m not sure what is best but whatever you decide good luck with the half! You can do it!

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PATTISTAMPS 9/6/2012 9:24AM

    Listen to your body... train for the half, but keep the swimming and biking on off days. They help you build endurance, too...

You can do it!!! You will have a great half!!

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NEWMOM20121 9/6/2012 9:09AM

    Best wishes to you, whatever you decide. I love your dedication and it helps push me a little farther along.

Glad you are feeling better, and great job keeping in shape while recovering.

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MOSTMOM1 9/6/2012 8:55AM

    I have no idea what you should do, but private lessons with your lil crew sounds like a stupendous idea.

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BESSHAILE 9/6/2012 7:08AM

    Isn't it cool that you're debating one fabulous exercise with another, instead of debating to exercise or not?

You are already a champion!

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SKNYMOMWANNABE 9/6/2012 1:33AM

    So having done a run only half training program(with bootcamp) on my then 44 yo knees and then doing a cross training program with so very little running only to see my 10K time get faster, I'd cross train. Plus, I think you are coming off an injury? Running is tough. The tri-athalon was scary but fun, I love a good duathalon because the swimming thing is tough but I can only get faster after setting the bar rather low with an open water swim. Our Sprints have had anywhere from 400 to 800 meter swims. Have fun.... emoticon

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MARATHONDAD 9/6/2012 12:38AM

    Ya I would concentrate on the running and building that endurance up. The long runs are very important at this point and you are behind so put all your effort into running and resting so u dont get another injury and have to start all over. good luck!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/5/2012 9:39PM

    Cross training helped me so much for my first half marathon (my only thus far).

Make running your focus but on the days you don't run, swim or bike. Cross training is the BEST!! emoticon emoticon emoticon And strength training is good too! Don't forget to stretch and have rest days. Those are important too.

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FITFOODIE806 9/5/2012 9:29PM

    too funny! I think one day you're going to be training for an Ironman and you will laugh so hard that you confused a 50 m pool with a 25 when you started out. And I truly believe that you will get there. It sounds like you are really enjoying swimming, so swim!
As for the running, you will know what is best in the next 3-4 weeks. See how long runs go. For me, I'd want to be able to do 10 comfortably. I know lots of people say, "I'd only run 6 or 7 and I was fine!". But I also know you what to be a lifelong runner. You want to run and swim and bike a few days after a HM. And a good training plan, a proper taper, and rest will get you there. Be careful, listen to your body, and have fun!!!!

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JUNEAU2010 9/5/2012 9:23PM

    Not being a runner (yet), I have no advice, but I am impressed by your swim! I think that, if you can do that kind of speed in the water, you should be able to do anything on your feet that you want to accept as a personal challenge!

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KRYSTALLA 9/5/2012 9:16PM

    I am not sure what advice to give you but think others have covered that well. emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 9/5/2012 8:28PM

    I think given you have injured yourself doing running-only focus, then you should do the tri training with steadily increasing running distances working towards the HM. Your body may just need a more diverse diet than just the one thing.

I ended up learning how to breath on both sides (3 strokes instead of 4) to avoid the "gasping" sensation. I promise, it gets better. I would love to take swim lessons, I've been working on getting Child to take his so I can take mine at the same time. So far, no-go. But I still have hope...

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GOING-STRONG 9/5/2012 8:19PM

    I think you should also do some swimming and biking while training for your HM. I cross trained while I was also running and I think it helps keep you more balanced and motivated. If you are walk/running 6 weeks training is going to be enough... just make sure you have good running socks and shoes so you don't get a blister!

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EJENKINSB 9/5/2012 8:02PM

    You are SUCH an inspiration! The swimming lessons seem like a great idea,, too. I'm also training for a half marathon and definitely need the mental stamina that comes with the longer runs. But you know what will work best for you! Regardless, we all know you'll reach your goal!


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COCK-ROBIN 9/5/2012 7:56PM

    Take good care of yourself, and go for it! I'm proud of you!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/5/2012 7:56PM

    Take good care of yourself, and go for it! I'm proud of you!

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PEGGYO 9/5/2012 7:55PM

    I don't run just here to wish you luck

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LSPIZZA 9/5/2012 7:49PM

    I never got past about an 8 mile long run before my half in April and I ran most of it and finshed under 2.5 hours. The general rule is if you can do half the distance regularly while training, you can do the race. I had never done the whole sprint tri distances back to back before those races either and did fine. I am hoping doing bricks and other tri training will work for a half also since with my injured foot I have been cycling and swimming for the last 2 weeks instead of building up running distance. It's all good...

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BEECHNUT13 9/5/2012 7:44PM

    I've looked at half training plans, and I have seen some where the longest run prior to the race has been 10 miles. I would be nervous going in without having run those 3 other miles before, so I don't know.

As for the half vs. the tri training, I would focus on the half right now, or just not run it at all. You are coming back from an injury, and you're trying to rush training - I worry you'd get injured again. You should only add 10% in mileage per week, so you should do the math to decide.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/5/2012 7:40PM

    I think the swimming lessons are a GREAT idea Leah! I'm sure you will get a lot out of them and be much more comfortable in the water.

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GUITARWOMAN 9/5/2012 7:23PM

    Completely ignorant!

All I can say is care for your body and don't hurt yourself!

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WANNABFIT34 9/5/2012 7:21PM

    I would make the majority of your workouts running workouts at this point at least get to the 8 and 10 mile range. The cross training from biking and swimming are good too. If you had done a half before I would say you could slide on the running but mentally it will be better for you race day to get that running mileage in it seems like Karen definitely spelled that out and others agree. Besides you have plenty of time to train for a tri since that season is winding down.

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REGILIEH 9/5/2012 7:00PM

    I have no doubt that you will figure out what is best for you. Good Luck!!!

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KALANTHA 9/5/2012 6:40PM

    I don't kmow about the running, as I'm just starting out, but I think the swim lessons are a GREAT idea!

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SKINNYMISSKASEY 9/5/2012 6:22PM

    Do what YOU are capable of. If you push too much you will injure yourself. A month before my half marathon, I ended up having gall bladder removal surgery but it didn't bother me. Traing, the longest run I ever did was 6.05, so half of a half. And I ran it fine (except I pulled my hip flexor bc I didn't know how to stretch it. I'm going to run 2 more (Nov and Feb) and I'm not planning to train with long runs. I'm doing what I can.

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SMURFETE09 9/5/2012 6:05PM

    That's awesome!!! I used to swim in HS, my event was the 500. And that's 20 laps of the pool (25m). I used to do it in 12 minutes. Now I'd be lucky to be able to do a 25. I would love to get back into swimming. But I'm not comfortable enough with myself to parade around in a bathing suit in public yet.


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JOANNKW 9/5/2012 5:49PM

    I know nothing about running, but I think that a swim coach / lessons would be great. I have always had trouble breathing while swimming - learned as a child and I think part of it may have been that they kept telling me to breath to the right every time - I had to blow out air, then would be out of time to breath. Turns out - you can adjust your breathing to what works for you. Who knew? (Well, I certainly didn't as a small child!)

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DANILYNNG 9/5/2012 5:45PM

    I would focus on the half, 'cuz it's coming up. Just use swimming and cycling as your cross-training, so that you don't lose conditioning there. Also, yeah, take the class at the Y!

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POISONGIRL999 9/5/2012 5:36PM

    I'd focus on one thing at a time. Hate to burn yourself out before you do either event.

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JSTETSER 9/5/2012 5:33PM

    Run first and swim as an alternative on days when you need a change.

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/5/2012 5:22PM

    I'm with KAREN42BOYS, I'd focus on the running until after your half, maybe doing swimming and/or biking on cross-training days if you don't want to lose what you've gained in those areas. If you can build your mileage up to at least 10 miles before the half, you'll be good to go for it; that's the advice I got before my first half, and it was true. Just be careful as you're increasing your mileage, you don't have a lot of time to build it back up, but you also don't want to get another injury again.

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KAREN42BOYS 9/5/2012 5:07PM

    This is your first half and you've been injured. This is your first endurance race, too. I'd give my full attention to that. Running, yoga and strength training to keep you loose and strong. Assuming your doc is cool with you doing yoga and strength training.

I would save training for the next event until post-half. That said if you need the swimming to stay happy, go once a week, but save the lessons until after the half.

And I'm in a similar position. My half is October 7, and I did my first long run last Saturday since I've been recovering from my injuries. My goal is to build my mileage up over the coming weeks, do all the training my PT gives me, work through my leg stretches that my old trainer taught me, and set my time goals low for the race.

And check if your Y has a Masters team to get swim coaching. Post-half. :)

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Kicking Out The Doubt Demons

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

For this blog, I felt it only fitting to borrow a phrase originally coined by my friend (and author of the books "The Competitor In Me" and "The Competitor In Me II: Facing The Fear"), Francie Van Wirkus. Francie started out running and eventually went on to become a triathlete and then an Ironman. Obviously, Francie is a huge inspiration to me and definitely a driving force behind my interest in triathlon.

In her books, Francie frequently refers to those inner voices that come against a person and try to discourage or bring fear. She calls them "doubt demons". And she talks about how she works to defeat those doubt demons over and over and over and over. Sadly, they never seem to go away forever.

Before this injury, I thought I knew the doubt demons. But, for the past few days, I feel like they have descended upon my spirit en masse. Even in my passion and fervor to learn how to ride a bike and plan my various workouts and keep my calorie consumption under control, they have still be having a good old time in my brain. You see, that's the thing about doubt demons...they don't care how hard you work or what actions you have taken to do what's right...they just keep picking at you. They keep demeaning and they keep discouraging.

Today, I felt overwhelmed by them. As I said, it's been building for a few days. Nightmares and everything. In particular, though, I have begun to doubt my ability to run my 5k on Saturday (a 5k!) And I was getting close to panicking about being ready for my 10k race on September 29th. That's not very far away, you know. And, when I thought about my half marathon on October 20th, well...that is not even something I can describe. The doubt demons were EATING ME ALIVE on that one. They kept saying, "You won't be ready. What do you think you're doing? You can't do this, Leah. You will hurt yourself. You will make a fool of yourself."

Today, I knew what I needed to do. At some point, you just have to prove them wrong. And that is the only way to silence them. I was supposed to run 3.1 this morning. But the weather was so dark and foggy, I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I got home from a full day of work just wiped out. But I knew I had to do it. I couldn't handle those voices of discouragement one minute longer.

I went for my run. The first real run since I was injured 7 weeks ago. Warmed up with a 5 minute walk and then ran for 5 minutes. Walk break. So far, so good. If I can do 5 minutes running, 1 minute walking the entire way...that's not bad! But, my gosh, it 90 degrees and who knows what the nasty humidity was! I walked one minute, ran 2 minutes and had to walk again. Sweat was POURING down.

Doubt Demons: See, you've lost it. You cannot do this. You have to start all over.

Ran 4 minutes and had to walk.

Doubt Demons: You're never going to be in shape by the 29th. No way.

Ran 2 minutes and walked.

Doubt Demons: How could you register for that half marathon? You probably wasted your money.

Finally, I was at the halfway point. 1.55 miles. Actually, I thought, I'm on time with my normal pace, despite all the extra walk breaks. So, I'm not doing so badly. Also, it's freaking 90 degrees out here and I can barely breathe. And, it's afternoon (not my most energetic time) and I'm exhausted from this day!

Doubt Demons: Excuses.

No...no...grace. Because I haven't done this in 7 weeks. And it wasn't my fault I got injured and I did the right thing by resting. If I keep working and putting in the miles, I'll be ready. You know what? Shut up. SHUT UP now!

From that point on, they were silent. I broke the last half of the run up into small pieces...just like when I first started running back in March. Just go from this sign to that next sign. Go from this curve to the top of that hill. Go from that next curve to the curve after that. Just go up this little hill and then you can walk. Just run the rest of the way home and you'll be done.

In the end, I made it in 45 minutes - with heat, with humidity, with doubt demons, and without the normal energy that I have in my morning runs.

My PR in a 5k is 42 mins 30 secs. If conditions had been better, perhaps I could have met that time.

When I realized that I just might PR this race on Saturday, well...I don't know what happened to those stupid DDs but they are gone.

I have time before September 29th and October 20th. One thing at a time.

For now, Bloomingfoods 5k on Saturday...YOU ARE MINE.

  
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INTNLCHANGE 9/12/2012 8:06PM

    It's so funny (well actually encouraging) when I begin reading someone Else's post that says such similar ideas as my own (much more eloquently than mine but the same premise) lol. I am being very encouraged by the fact that I am NOT the only one. I am no where near a 5k but what I call my inner brat and you call doubt demons still plague me just the same. Thank you for sharing, it really is encouraging to know that someone who is as far along as you are is still human and still plucking away. I'm sorry you are still having to deal with your inner demons but if they weren't there would we push ourselves as much? Would it be as much of a victory when we do? Would you be able to inspire others as much? Idk. I just know that you seem to be doing quite awesome and it is encouraging!!! Congrats and have hope!!!

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KELLAORION 9/9/2012 12:30PM

    I want to copy this blog entry and save it for when I get demotivated. emoticon for reminding me that I'm not the only one with doubts. Hopefully next time I reach a dead end, I will persevere like you did.

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NONNIEJTC 9/8/2012 9:10PM

  So encouraging, and so true. Action stops the negative voices! Keep up the good work!

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JULIA1154 9/8/2012 5:49PM

  Good working showing those DD the door! Give yourself a huge pat on the back. emoticon

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LITTLEIM 9/8/2012 3:48PM

    Your blog is inspiring. I have always felt like I can't do exercise properly because I wasn't sporty at school and those doubt demons have whispered to me to just avoid the embarrassment of exercise ever since. However, I have realised this is silly and that exercise is important. I can do it, maybe not as well as other people, but as well as I can manage myself. Reading things from people like you helps me realise that I'm not the only one to find it hard and all I need to do is ignore those demons and try. Thank you!

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DANAEBOYCE1 9/8/2012 1:02PM

    I have a 5k tomorrow and I know what you mean!

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SH9719 9/8/2012 12:30AM

    Doubts pale when faced with success. This is just a great example of it. When everthing seems to be going wrong all you have to do is find one success and things are better.

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BLOOMING52 9/7/2012 10:31PM

    good luck!

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NELLBELLA26 9/7/2012 9:28PM

    Show those doubt demons who is boss! Good luck tomorrow!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KPETSCHE 9/7/2012 9:18PM

    Good luck on that 5K tomorrow!!

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NANAWOO1 9/7/2012 5:42PM

  you are going to do it because you have the special something in side you that wont let you fail god bless you


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LRSILVER 9/7/2012 4:44PM

    Great blog!

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IFEOMA4 9/7/2012 4:09PM

  GREAT

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KRISTENMBATT 9/7/2012 2:06PM

    Awesome!! emoticon

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THEWORSTWITCH 9/7/2012 12:28PM

    Way to put those doubt demons in their place! Best wishes on your race tomorrow. Sounds like you have a good plan. There are many people rooting for you. More than you know.
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EWL978 9/7/2012 11:58AM

    You GO, girl!!!!

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READE2MOVE2012 9/7/2012 11:57AM

  Great blog . A lot of us have had those demons tap dancing in our heads. Thanks on tips to get rid of them

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PEACOCK15 9/7/2012 10:01AM

    Nice job kicking those nasty buggers out of your head! It is amazing what they can do to your psyche. Get out there and tackle your races!!!
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JANI-LOU 9/7/2012 8:05AM

  Great blog! Thanks for the inspiration! :-)
Jan

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CZEIDMAN 9/7/2012 7:00AM

  This really is wonderful. Congrats on coming back from an injury- it can be so tempting to get out there too early and just reinjure yourself- which extends the whole recovery. You did fantastic!

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SWEDE_SU 9/7/2012 4:11AM

    leah, what you are doing there is really the galloway walk run method - and i just nailed a 10k 9 minutes faster by walking 30 seconds, running 30 seconds the whole race than i did in the same 10k last year, running the whole way. with enough energy to run several minutes just before the finish and a smile on my face as i crossed the line. i expect my HM time next month to be pretty close to my time 5 years ago when i ran, but i expect to be feeling much better - the method works. plus when it's 90 degrees you have to expect to be slower - that's nasty conditions out there! you tell those doubt demons to go take a hike, girl, because you *can* do it - and you will!!

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SLFGOLF 9/7/2012 1:03AM

    Good going! Breaking it down and doing it. That's the way you succeed. Don't let those little voices beat you out! Wishing you great success in your upcoming races.

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FIREFLY_MEDIC 9/7/2012 12:48AM

    :)

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NUMD97 9/7/2012 12:29AM

    Great blog! I'm going to concur with NANRYS: It's EXACTLY what I needed to read today (how did you know?).

Thanks!

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FATHINSN 9/6/2012 11:38PM

    Congrats, you're winning against the Doubt Demons! My inner demons only come out when I'm running, perhaps because I'm also feeding them my dislike of running so they are winning (for now).

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NANRHYS 9/6/2012 11:23PM

    Great post - and exactly what I needed to hear today!

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JMARIES51 9/6/2012 9:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Stomp those voices right out of your head!

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KEVES87 9/6/2012 8:15PM

    Great job!


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SOON2BSMALL1313 9/6/2012 7:44PM

    Awesome!!!!!!

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KACEYSW 9/6/2012 7:03PM

    Don't let the turkeys in your head get you down. You are worth doing this the right way!

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God bless you with much success!

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SWEETEYES0601 9/6/2012 1:18PM

    Rock on! I'm going to try my first 5k through a SP Challenge on the week on Halloween. I'm almost to the point of keep ing up with my little 9 1/2 year old baseball player, so there's hope. emoticon

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ROB704 9/6/2012 1:15PM

    !! Nicely done. The run and the win ;)

Years ago during one of my first trips to DC I was walking around the mall with a colleague - it's quite a distance from the Capital and Congressional Office buildings (where we had just finished a series of meetings) to the monuments at the other end. When I suggested a cab he just scoffed and said, "we'll get there, we can walk slow - still gets us there, just takes longer." We ended up walking a few miles - ending up by GW. I hadn't done that since I was a teenager.

I will always remember that day because it was the first time that I realized that I could accomplish a physical goal just be changing my mindset.



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THINTASTICME 9/6/2012 12:35PM

    No doubts about it, You will do GREAT!
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    emoticon You know, if it wasn't for the high heat temperatures as well as the humidity, I think you may have beat your 42 min and 30 sec!! Go for it!! emoticon

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GODSBEST 9/6/2012 10:52AM

    You can do this - on your mark, get set, ready GO!

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IRISHKROE 9/6/2012 9:55AM

    Thanks for posting! I keep trying to push them away too....we are far better! Go own that 5k!!!

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I AM A RUNNER

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

I AM A RUNNER because my runs have names. I do tempo runs and threshold runs and fartlek runs. I do long, slow runs and track workouts. My runs are defined, even if my abs are not.

I AM A RUNNER because my shoes are training equipment, not a fashion statement. The best shoe for me is the one that makes me a better runner. I choose the shoe that goes with my running mechanics, not my running outfit.

I AM A RUNNER because I don’t have running outfits. I have technical shirts and shorts and socks. I have apparel that enhances the experience of running by allowing me to run comfortably. I can say “Coolmax” and “Gore-Tex” in the same sentence and know which does what.

I AM A RUNNER because I know what effort feels like, and I embrace it. I know when I’m pushing the limits of my comfort and why I’m doing it. I know that heavy breathing and an accelerated heart rate–things I once avoided–are necessary if I want to be a better runner.

I AM A RUNNER because I value and respect my body. It will whisper to me when I’ve done too much. And if I choose to listen to that whisper, my body won’t have to scream in pain later on.

I AM A RUNNER because I am willing to lay it all on the line. I know that every finish line has the potential to lift my spirits to new highs or devastate me, yet I line up anyway.

I AM A RUNNER because I know that despite my best efforts, I will always want more from myself. I will always want to know my limits so that I can exceed them.

I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far.

I AM A RUNNER because I say I am. And no one can tell me I’m not.

- John Bingham

  
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DIANTAR 9/19/2012 2:58PM

    I am a runner too! Thank you for this emoticon

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KKTODAY 9/7/2012 10:13AM

    "I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far. "

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SWEDE_SU 9/7/2012 4:13AM

    oh yes: I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far.

thank you for that!

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ESME25 9/6/2012 10:02AM

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NIKO27 9/6/2012 6:46AM

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JUSTJAC2 9/5/2012 2:21PM

    "I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far. " I have this taped to my monitor. I look at it all the time, and especially when people ridicule my finish times. I'm slow and I know it. And I am a runner.


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LORELLELAURA 9/5/2012 3:45AM

    love that :-)

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SHERYL_B 9/4/2012 8:23PM

    emoticon you go girl!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/4/2012 8:23PM

    YOU ARE A RUNNER!

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4RASCALS 9/4/2012 7:42PM

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LIVEDAILY 9/4/2012 7:03PM

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Great philosophy!!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/4/2012 6:30PM

    And you are a runner because you're you, and you're wonderful! emoticon

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KBRADFORD88 9/4/2012 5:33PM

    Looooove the penguin

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JUNEAU2010 9/4/2012 3:31PM

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FANTASTIC!

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SNOWYOGA 9/4/2012 2:13PM

    Great blog and keep on truckin! emoticon emoticon

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MARYSUE39 9/4/2012 2:04PM

  Awesome! I love this line - "My runs are defined, even if my abs are not."

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PEACOCK15 9/4/2012 1:50PM

    This is great! Wish I had stumbled upon this when I began running a year and a half ago...first race had a pretty big devastion, but my next one propelled me on. Can't wait to get back into it after I'm done with the medical issues!
Thanks for sharing and Keep on Running!!
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ACICEDA 9/4/2012 1:39PM

    Now that's inspiring! Good on you. Congrats on this success and your future ones. I'm printing this out and hanging it in my cubicle at work. AWESOME!

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COOP9002 9/4/2012 1:30PM

    Awesome!!

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CINDHOLM 9/4/2012 1:07PM

    Excellent Blog!! Great Information!!

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PEGGYO 9/4/2012 12:56PM

    very good

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LEB0401 9/4/2012 12:52PM

    This is great! It's a drizzly day and I was considering calling off my run.. but not anymore!!

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PATTISTAMPS 9/4/2012 12:38PM

    Yes, you are a runner! Keep on runnin'! emoticon

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TROMIE 9/4/2012 12:24PM

    I absolutely love this! I feel the same way! WE ARE RUNNERS!!!

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GUITARWOMAN 9/4/2012 12:14PM

    Great blog!




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JUSTYNA7 9/4/2012 12:08PM

    I liked this.

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/4/2012 12:07PM

    John Bingham is my hero--he is one of the people who gave me the courage to start running. Made it extra special when he called me out by name at the Seattle Rock'n'Roll Marathon after I sat in on a couple of his talks at the expo! Thanks for the reminder--we ARE runners!!

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AMBER281 9/4/2012 12:00PM

    Great blog!
Thanks for sharing.

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LAMDRRNM 9/4/2012 11:50AM

  John Bingham's great. "Waddle On"!

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HFAYE81 9/4/2012 11:48AM

    Woo hoo! Don't you just love The Penguin? emoticon emoticon

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TARANITUP 9/4/2012 11:43AM

    Right on!!!

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DONNA5281 9/4/2012 11:43AM

 

Great blog!



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REGILIEH 9/4/2012 11:39AM

    That is you!!!

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/4/2012 11:34AM

    I felt like this was pointed at me : p I like it.

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SHERYLDS 9/4/2012 11:19AM

    great blog

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LIZALOT 9/4/2012 11:16AM

    Good for you!!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/4/2012 11:14AM

    So cool, and so true! [Though I must admit, I'm going to have to google "fartlek." And try really hard to stop giggling at the funny word that spells "fart" in the first half...;)]

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POISONGIRL999 9/4/2012 11:12AM

    Exactly! Great blog

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    LOVE IT!!! emoticon emoticon

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CLUTTRELL8 9/4/2012 10:21AM

    Your blogs are so inspirational. Thanks for sharing them with us!

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