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I just blew my own expectations out of the water

Friday, February 03, 2012


Apparently I had ran close to 2 kms before, when I THOUGHT I ran 1 km, without even knowing it (obviously).

This is what happened:

A friend, who runs, beat me to the gym today. She was doing speed intervals on the treadmill when I arrived. I forgot my headphones, so I didn't think I wanted to run today. I went up to her and said:

me: say, do you want to run with me? Maybe 10 laps?
she: ok, after this.
me (in my head): d@mn, ok, I guess I can't use the lack of headphones as an excuse.

....we walk to the track.

she: how many laps do you want to run?
me: well, I've run 9 already, lets do 10.
she: 10? How many kms is that?

we look at the poster. I see 9.3 (or something close) = 1 km.

me: it's 1 km.
she: no, that's about 2 km.
me: no, see?

I point. I point to the spot that, upon closer inspection says 9.3 laps = 1 mile.
She points to the spot right beside it.

she: 5 point (something) laps equals 1 km.
me: I thought I was running 1 km!
she: you've ran almost 2!
me: OMG! I've ran almost 2 kms?!
she: *laughs at me*
she: how many do you want to do?
me: lets run 10 laps or 1 mile!
she: my watch only does kms, so we'll do 2. You're setting the pace. we run and chat and we keep going and going, because she's timing us and our laps/distance. She won't tell me how long/far we've gone. "It's better not to know," she says. She's used to a run 10 min walk 1 split.

she: should we do a walking minute?
me: no.

I run a couple more and then slow down and take 3 walking steps.
she: keep going! We've only got about 3 laps to go, then we've ran 2 kms!
me: ok then! ok, ok.

At 2 kms she announces 2 and I start walking. 2.05 kms in 15:34. Woot Woot!

She runs faster, but it won't take long and I'll be there. The conversation distracted me enough to push through it.

She says she'll have me running 4 kms by the end of 3 weeks. I don't doubt she will!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HICALGAL 2/12/2012 2:42AM

    i love those kinds of surprises!! emoticon emoticon

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IGSBETH 2/7/2012 9:58PM

    That is amazing! Congratulations!

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GIRLONFIRE1979 2/6/2012 5:37PM

    1 mile????? that's amazing!!!! and you were able to keep a conversation going???? it must be because I'm not a runner but to me that just blew my mind. so happy for you!

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FORBANDE 2/5/2012 11:40AM

    FANTASTIC!!! What a great surprise!!!

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CANNIE50 2/4/2012 7:51PM

    Okay, not to be dramatic but......running a certain distance (like a mile, like 2km) changes how you see yourself. It is a great feeling, to tuck into your pocket, to know you can run a mile or more without stopping or dropping. GOOD FOR YOU! Run on, runner emoticon

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    That's absolutely amazing! Congrats!

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MAGGIEX3UK 2/4/2012 11:03AM

You'll be running 1 hour straight pretty soon =)

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DEBJAE 2/4/2012 10:02AM

    Isn't it great to have someone support you and push you when you need it? emoticon

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KAYZAKCX 2/4/2012 9:23AM

    Wonderful! It's such a neat feeling to realize you've run farther than you thought. Keep it up!

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POOKASLUAGH 2/4/2012 9:02AM

    Congrats! Fantastic.

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HSMOM2FOUR 2/4/2012 6:53AM

    Great job on getting past the no-headphones!! I know that's a killer for me!!!!!!

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1HAPPYWOMAN 2/3/2012 11:36PM

    2K! Way 2GO!
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You are a rock star!

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CAMROLA 2/3/2012 11:23PM


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JERZGURL_NAN 2/3/2012 11:07PM

    WOW - that's incredible Congratulations and WELL DONE!!

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ROOSTER72 2/3/2012 10:46PM

    Ha ha. Not reading the signs correctly in the past has got me to new heights too!!

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SCOUTMOM715 2/3/2012 10:16PM

    emoticon You are doing emoticon emoticon

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    Great job! Congratulations!

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/3/2012 9:57PM

    Amazing job!!!

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WINNIE1978 2/3/2012 9:28PM

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    Awesome! Way to run!

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TML-2012 2/3/2012 8:53PM

    emoticon Congratulations!!!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/3/2012 8:49PM

    Good on you....that's the way to do....some day, your long runs will become your short runs!

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    Tears of Joy.

Running is a challenge and I LOVE. LOVE, the play by play.
It's hard to know the steps in unchartered territory and I appreciate how you share your journey in detail.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 2/3/2012 8:24PM

    Congratulations, that's awesome!

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