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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! www.youtube.com/watch?v=
oWmMVDXxowk

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!


ONCE OFF THE ROAD - IT WAS MAJOR SLUSH ALL THE WAY!


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


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SCHNEBL 12/31/2010 11:01AM

    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!

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KAREN_NY 12/30/2010 8:59AM

    So glad to have found your blogs today... and that Snap song! Adding to the playlist! :)
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
K:)

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ALGALL7 12/30/2010 8:48AM

    great blog, great job. perserverance is the key to victory. i'm just getting started after being retired for 3 yrs!!!!

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LLLAWSON 11/29/2010 6:54PM

    Great job. I can't believe all that snow. I would probably stay home. LOL.

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REEKU731 11/29/2010 2:20PM

    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!!

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AMYSTRONG 11/29/2010 12:22AM

    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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BODYBYWW 11/28/2010 4:39PM

    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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MOMMINATOR 11/27/2010 8:46PM

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

You ROCK!

Thanks for sharing pictures.

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LOGOULD 11/27/2010 12:07AM

    emoticon You rock!!! I have soooo much to learn from you...mainly that the victory is often times just in the showing up.

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WONDERWOMAN 11/26/2010 6:40PM

    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?

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REMEMBER2BME 11/26/2010 3:57PM

    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!!!
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GREYLOCKES1 11/26/2010 3:01PM

    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.

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JOYSONG50 11/26/2010 2:09PM

    Great job!
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LESLIES537 11/26/2010 12:22PM

    Great work!!! emoticon emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 11/26/2010 12:10PM

    Love your attitude!!!! emoticon emoticon Love the song, too!

Comment edited on: 11/26/2010 12:10:54 PM

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MINIDRIVER63 11/26/2010 8:29AM

    YAY!!! Congratulations!

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SEABREEZE65 11/26/2010 7:53AM

    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!!!

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WOMANCHEF 11/26/2010 7:23AM

    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

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ACTIVE_AT_60 11/26/2010 7:14AM

    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.

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ELAOPET 11/26/2010 5:26AM

    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!

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MOM4407 11/26/2010 5:25AM

    Just doing the race is a victory.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/26/2010 4:10AM

    Congrats on getting out there - I like that a new definition of victory - PAIN FREE

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ABSOLUTZER0 11/26/2010 12:26AM

    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!

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MOTIVATED@LAST 11/25/2010 11:59PM

    Well done on getting out and trotting despite the snow!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 11/25/2010 11:46PM

    You sir are a constant motivator and inspiration of mine!

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ERLYWA 11/25/2010 11:35PM

    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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DRB13_1 11/25/2010 10:58PM

    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

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KAMCCLARY 11/25/2010 10:40PM

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INTHELOOP 11/25/2010 10:33PM

    I love how you readjusted your strategy to still meet your goal.

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