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Turkey Trot w/ pics

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Lately I have been really on an emotional downslide because of the issues I have been having to the point that I gave up on doing the last race of the year because my leg hurt so much. Even a short casual run would totally wipe me out.

The breakthrough came the night before. I had a really good session where my trainer put me through some intense stretching and some yoga moves and it made a difference. her next client was going to be running the Turkey Trot and it was going to be her first race and she was bubbly and excited. so much so that in 1 minute of conversation filled with her infectious enthusiasm and me coaching her on the do's and donts that I decided then and there that I was going to do it.

I had to mentally re-define what constituted a victory. instead of demanding performance, i simply accepted that just showing up was victory no matter how i got across. doing it pain free became the new rules of engagement. Once I did that, I gave myself permission to just do it.

In a nutshell, this race was the Upper Michigan version of the Warrior dash but with slush instead of snow. We got hit with almost 5 inches of snow overnight then it got above freezing so it all turned into ice cold, shoe soaking, slushy yuck.

In short i ran far more than i expected too. I was determined not too but once I got to the starting lineup, the woo hoo juice was flowing and when we got the go, it was hammer down. How anyone can walk at teh starting gun is beyond me, takes more dicipline than I possess. I managed to slog through a mile before the footing got really slick and somewhat treacherous then I walked. I walked the bulk of the race being very careful , I didnt want to push my luck.

In short, on the way back, one of my "GO" songs popped up and I had to give it. I aint goin out cause i got it goin on!

Theme to Rocky 5 - by SNAP.

Got my ribbon and shared a high five with the woman that inspired me. It was worth it even though my toes were almost frozen with all of the ice water slush. You dont have to wait for perfection before getting back in the game. Just participating was all it took to lift my spirits and give me hope that this is not going to go on forever.
What a great time.

THE DRIVE DOWN - Really Yucky!

GROUP SHOT - The Woman who inspiried me is on the far left -My trainer is third from the left #46

JUST AFTER THE START - Running Action Shot! Woo Hoo!



WOULD YOU DO IT FOR A SCOOBY SNACK? I DID!! - cookies at the finish line.

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    I know you wrote this a while ago so I am not sure you will even see my post here ~ I am doing my first 5k (since two knee surgeries ago) TODAY! I am nervous, but after reading your blog I am filled with excitement. I am going to add you as a friend because you are very motivating and inspiring. AND I WILL be running at the start! THANK YOU!
    2034 days ago
  • v KAREN_NY
    So glad to have found your blogs today... and that Snap song! Adding to the playlist! :)
    2035 days ago
  • v ALGALL7
    great blog, great job. perserverance is the key to victory. i'm just getting started after being retired for 3 yrs!!!!
    2035 days ago
    Great job. I can't believe all that snow. I would probably stay home. LOL.
    2066 days ago
  • v REEKU731
    OMG YAY! I am SO proud of you!!! This is a wonderful blog and thank you so much for sharing!!! You did an amazing job, especially considering the cold slushy weather! Keep up the fabulous work my friend!!

    2066 days ago
    I'm so proud of you. Way to bring it! I can imagine how cold your feet must have been.

    I hope your IT band feels better. For some reason mine has been bothering me. So I'm baby'it hoping it won't take me out of the game.

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    2067 days ago
    As I told the lady that I coached in this past 5k that I did, "Placing is nothing! FINISHING IS EVERYTHING!!" No matter what place you come in, I came in last in my age group, but I did it, and that is all I care about! I felt great, and felt the energy. I didn't do it for a "Scooby snack," BUT I did it for the largest veggie eggbeater omelette I have ever seen or eaten for that matter! The important thing I have learned is I am one step ahead of everyone else in this world because I got off my "mugwumpf" and got it moving with my "tunes"!

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    2067 days ago
    Good job, Robert! Proud of you for showing up and giving it what you had.

    You ROCK!

    Thanks for sharing pictures.

    2068 days ago
    emoticon You rock!!! I have soooo much to learn from you...mainly that the victory is often times just in the showing up.
    2069 days ago
    WAY TO GO ROBERT!!!!! You rock!

    I am still feeling like the slug we talked about Wednesday night, but I was just too scared of injury in those conditions.

    OK - it's a DATE for next year. I will participate no matter - we'll do it together!

    Congrats again. Must have done so much for your PMA!

    BTW - is that Amber?
    2069 days ago
    Absolutely outstanding. It is hard to step back into a slower gear isn't it. You really put things in perspective. Participating is Key. I need to remember that. Thanks so much for sharing!!!
    2069 days ago
    Way to go On2. Take your time getting back. My experience is going to hard just sends you back to the start all over again so you end up taking longer.
    2069 days ago
  • v JOYSONG50
    Great job!
    2069 days ago
  • v LESLIES537
    Great work!!! emoticon emoticon
    2069 days ago
    Love your attitude!!!! emoticon emoticon Love the song, too!
    2069 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/26/2010 12:10:54 PM
    YAY!!! Congratulations!
    2069 days ago
    Good for you ON2! When I switched to the Galloway run-walk interval method this negative ego of mine kept telling me I was not a REAL runner because I was walking sometimes. I have to consistently remind this ego that the REAL purpose of all of this is to be HEALTHIER and FITTER. I am now Spark Friends with marathoners and half-marathoners who also use this method. And they consider themselves RUNNERS!!!

    Remember, you are still in the REAL PURPOSE game of being HEALTHIER and FITTER!!!
    2069 days ago
    And I thought we had it bad with driving rain - good for you getting out there and completing the race in the slush! emoticon emoticon
    2069 days ago
  • v ACTIVE_AT_60
    It has all been said by others, but to make sure you did not think I ignored you LOL I will echo the sentiments. Well done my friend.
    2069 days ago
    Happy for you!
    nasty feeling when an injury is preventing you from doing what makes you feel good! Glad you were carefull, and the frozen feet are just another trophy, right! emoticon
    It's raining here today and i won't be running if it doesn't stop or at least ease up. I am very carefull not to hurt myself. So, warm cookies, milk and no giult! emoticon
    Have a great weekend!
    2069 days ago
  • v MOM4407
    Just doing the race is a victory.
    2069 days ago
    Congrats on getting out there - I like that a new definition of victory - PAIN FREE
    2069 days ago
    Good to see you back out there! Give you trainer a high five for me, too! One question though....Where is my cookie bro? LOL!
    2070 days ago
    Well done on getting out and trotting despite the snow!
    2070 days ago
  • v KT-NICHOLS-13
    You sir are a constant motivator and inspiration of mine!
    2070 days ago
  • v ERLYWA
    You constantly amaze me with how you are able to readjust your strategy to meet any challenge you are facing, and how you just don't give up. Watching you do this keeps it fresh in my mind that flexibility with your strategy is the way to go!

    I wrote a blog about a week ago about my nervousness to start my 5k training program next week. In it I did the same thing you did, which was to define what success/victory would mean for ME. Doing that took a lot of the pressure of being perfect off. I'm still nervous for my first run on Tuesday, but am excited as well.

    Anyway, CONGRATS! on your awesome victory today! You rock!

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    2070 days ago
  • v DRB13_1
    I'm glad you got out there, I'm glad you had fun, but seriously, Dude, y'all need to come down south for some decent weather! LOL emoticon
    2070 days ago
    Excellent! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2070 days ago
    I love how you readjusted your strategy to still meet your goal.

    Great work!! emoticon
    2070 days ago
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