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I Got Motivated By A Marathon Runner!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My run was a little tough this morning. emoticon
I had worked out on the elliptical for an hour yesterday and I guess I worked some muscles that I haven't been using. I was sore and it took me a while to get my rhythm going. I could feel my legs on mile one and I was starting to slow down already, then I saw a gentleman that I see running almost everyday (he is really running, not jogging like me) Anyway, the first time around I just said Hi, the second time, he yelled that I was doing good. I yelled back that I was doing eight miles today and he gave me a thumbs up. I am so competitive that every time I saw him coming on the other side of the road, I would be in my running mode until I had gotten past him. ....Vanity, lol.
When I was finished with my exercise, I saw him again and had a chance to talk for a couple of minutes. He has run 7 marathons and although he doesn't compete any more, he still runs everyday. He is in his mid fifties, so that really motivated me to work harder. He gave me a few tips for my race and I was pleased that he thought I was doing well. Who knows, I may become a runner yet!

Have a good day and stay strong!
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    Wow - 8 miles?? I would say you are a runner. I'm trying for a 10k in Nov and sweating bullets. But thanks for sharing - thanks for the motivation!!
    3063 days ago
    Aaaaaaaa so awesome..... Running will ALWAYS be a part of our lives... How proud he must be to say that he's run for that many years. For me, its even more impressive than the marathons.... I have a year under my belt, and I feel about it like its a little plant that I take care of and will grow into a strong tree that will have deep roots and nothing can tear it down!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog darling... Hope you're well! *hugs*

    3064 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    You are already a runner, even if you don't see it. You are running in a 1/2 marathon. Something I'm scared to even try.
    3066 days ago
    Isn't it cool when encouragement comes from some of the most unexpected places? Way to go!!! I hope the tips he shared will help you and that you keep on pushing on to improve and --what do you mean you may become a runner yet! YOU ARE A RUNNER, GIRL!!! Embrace it, feel it, and be it!!

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    3066 days ago
    Sounds like some great motivation huh? Good for you on kicking butt on the 8 miles! That's funny about kicking it into gear when you pass other runners...I so do that too, I make sure I break into a sprint & don't have the painful look on my face when I pass other runners. Half Marathon here you come!!
    3067 days ago
  • FITAT50
    LOL, you bet when I cross paths with someone who is running not matter how tired I am I will be running also! FANTASTIC on the eight miles! YOU ARE A RUNNER!!!! If you are moving faster than a walk you're a runner, no matter how fast you go. My pace is slower than yours and I refuse to call myself a jogger. These legs are doing the best they can, as long as I'm trying I am a runner and so are you.

    How neat to meet a 7 time marathon runner, you couldn't have gotten any better tips.
    3067 days ago
  • WATOGA17
    You already ARE a runner, Cynthia. YOU RUN..................LOTS!!!
    You are becoming a better runner, but you most certainly can claim
    the title of RUNNER!!! (and hero, to many of us!)

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    3067 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/25/2009 7:33:35 AM
    eight miles?
    MAYBE you're a runner?
    Puhleeez... you put so many of us to shame, Cynthia.
    3068 days ago
    Of course you are a runner! emoticon emoticon
    The running community is a supportive one...(generally)...glad that he gave you some tips.
    You are doing so well - keep going one foot in front of the other.
    3068 days ago
  • GIANNA345
    Good for you. I may have to slow down because my foot has been bothering me. I think I may have to see a doctor.
    3068 days ago
  • BELG64
    What do you mean? You MAY become a runner yet, you ARE a runner silly!
    Good job on the 8 miles and I am with you on the vanity , sometimes when I run, and I see cars coming I wait till they are way past me to start walking again...LOL
    3068 days ago
  • HOTMAMA1980
    Congrats on your 8 miles! That's wonderful! Don't you LOVE runners? It's always so inspirational to see someone still running, despite their age. It just goes to show you that anything is possible. Keep up the great work :)
    3068 days ago
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