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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Well, so far it seems that my ankle simply wanted to MOVE more! Pssshhh.

Woke up this morning at 5am because I wanted to get some great quiet time in and have a cup of coffee before my run. It's been 4 days since I've run and I was both excited and scared. I figured, I'd either wimp out in the first mile with ankle pain or it would be like the return of a dear old friend. I'm sure my nervousness was compounded by the fact that I was about to run a pretty long distance (5 miles) with a running partner (and no music!) I've only run with a partner ONE other time and that was a quick 3.1.

If you've been with me since my first days, you might remember my running buddy, Sarah. I met her on the trail...we used to pass each other a couple times every day and her smile was so bright and she seemed so friendly that I finally got up the nerve to pass her a note saying hello. (I made sure to tell her that I was not hitting on her. Haha.)

After that, we met for coffee to geek out about running and that hour flew by way too fast. We've been Facebook stalking each other a bit and it turns out we are both running the Fort4Fitness in September (my first 10k, her first half marathon) and we're also both running the Indianapolis Half Marathon in October. Small, small running world.

Here she is...isn't she prettttty?



I totally stole this photo off of her Facebook. So, if my blogs stop coming, you will know it's because she sued me for copyright and I am rotting away in jail. But, between you and me, I doubt that will happen...it wouldn't help her training any, let's put it that way.

So...guess what? This morning we went 5.31 miles in 1 hr 13 mins!!! (Put this up against my usual 3.1 mile time of 43 minutes. Are you understanding what a BIG DEAL this is to me???!)

We talked the entire time and, the more we chat, the more I see that we are really in the same boat. She just started running last Fall and has lost about the same amount of weight that I have lost. It was so refreshing to be able to just talk to someone who completely "gets" what I'm doing and knows how everything feels and understands my lingo and my obsession.

We saw FIVE deer....from a distance of, I don't know...10 feet??? I had no ankle pain at all. It was the best run I've ever had...and that's not an exaggeration. Also, it's the fastest I've ever continuously run. And I felt amazing afterwards and still do. It was EXACTLY what I needed after my super stressful day yesterday! I took a cool shower afterwards, which was DIVINE.

If you're a beginning runner and you worry about running with a partner, I'm telling you...try it. The miles seem to fly by. Before this, I had read over and over that I should try it and I was still skeptical...but it really is fun. So...go for it!
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VBA2009 4/3/2013 1:13PM

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SHALISA_B 2/7/2013 10:56PM

    Wow! I am so inspired by you! I wish I had a running buddy, but not having one isn't an excuse not to run! :)

Keep up the awesome work!

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KHALIA2 10/5/2012 12:38AM

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SPSPSP1 8/26/2012 3:52AM

    Congratulations! It's great that you have a friend, but I hope you asked for permission to use her photo.

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MRSLAURALEE 8/24/2012 9:51AM

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FRABBIT 8/23/2012 12:07PM

  Inspiring and you are lucky to have met Sarah. When I had a running buddy I did so much better - the accountability is key.

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LISA_FRAME 8/15/2012 7:12PM

  great post!

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NANCYSINATRA 7/28/2012 9:57AM

    great job

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VIMVIGOR 7/27/2012 3:02AM

  Good for you, great post. Cheryl emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 7/23/2012 10:19PM

    emoticon The companionship makes things easier when you just relax with the company

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DEBK0923 7/23/2012 11:10AM

    good job, great blog

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DIANNEMT 7/20/2012 6:57PM

    I have tried running with a partner--hubby! First he was way too fast and now he is too slow for me! So we run at the same time but not together!

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JIBBIE49 7/20/2012 5:41PM

    emoticon What an honor to have your blog featured in the Spark Mail. Sparks claims that the mail is read by one and a half million readers, so you are a GREAT inspiration to many today. emoticon

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KENZYE 7/20/2012 11:13AM

    Congrats!

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ASHOAF1 7/20/2012 9:21AM

  Congratulations! Having someone to run with and talk to seems to make the miles just fly by!! Glad you found someone to run with!! Good Luck on your running goals!

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SFREY217 7/20/2012 9:06AM

    Some days it is great to have company of your run..... And some days I just need to reflect only aloneness. Thanks for the post.

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YULLABELLE 7/20/2012 8:50AM

    Having someone with you does help pass the time. emoticon

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SGILBER6 7/20/2012 7:57AM

    That's so cool how you met your running buddy! I may try running with my fiancee thanks to your suggestion. I think it would be great quality time. It's so inspiring to read about your progress in running!

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1954MARG 7/20/2012 6:47AM

  Keep up the good work.

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LOGOULD 7/20/2012 6:19AM

    Oh, YES, running buddies ARE THE BEST!!! You just can't have enough!

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CRAZYANN71 7/20/2012 5:32AM

    emoticon emoticon keep up the good work


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TEACHEROF4TH 7/19/2012 10:58PM

    Thank you for your encouragement! Loved your positive attitude!

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SUSIEMT 7/19/2012 8:28PM

    Way to go!

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PHSOUTHCARO 7/19/2012 7:24PM

  Thanks for giving me the courage to get a running partner. I need one. :)

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JIBBIE49 7/19/2012 5:51PM

    emoticon So wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail, which Sparks says goes out to one and a half million readers. You are an inspiration today. emoticon

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NWFL59 7/19/2012 5:49PM

    That was very inspiring to read. So glad you found an exercise/running buddy and are clicking so well. Keep up the good work! Good luck on your upcoming races! emoticon

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NIGHTOCUPS 7/19/2012 5:06PM

    That's great! Keep it up!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 7/19/2012 4:26PM

    congrats!!! I just completed my first half marathon in June! And now I'm training for my first full (in Oct) So happy that you found a good running buddy!


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THEEASYKILL30 7/19/2012 1:27PM

    Your blog does it... I seriously need to get a running buddy too! I haven't run over 5 miles yet. 5 seems to be kind of my wall right now. You're doing great! 5.31 miles in 1:13 is fantastic!

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1STICKBLUES 7/19/2012 12:52PM

    5.31 miles in 1 hr 13 mins, AWESOME!!!!

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1954MARG 7/19/2012 11:25AM

  Sounds like fun.

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EDELWEISS33 7/19/2012 11:01AM

    awesome! my friend that just recovered from surgery says you can be up and running in a few weeks if you are healthy. I am working on it and my surgery was 2 years ago.

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JESSICAMARIE12 7/19/2012 10:53AM

    That is so inspirational!! I can't wait for the day that I can run continuously for 30 minutes, much less complete 5 miles in a little over an hour!! That is so awesome, and you SHOULD feel great about yourself!!!! Great Job!!!

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PYNETREE 7/19/2012 8:40AM

    So glad you RAN into each other! Wishing you both Strength and Speed! emoticon emoticon

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SPINNER520 7/19/2012 7:47AM

    Used to like running alone for quality "think" time but now often run with a partner & find the time & miles pass very quickly!


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LILLI56 7/19/2012 1:06AM

    I need one of those . . .a running buddy, I thought that my hubby would be my walking buddy, but he just goes to the park and sits on a bench while I walk. I then tried my son, and well, I just can't keep up with him. Could be that I am almost 30 years older and out of shape and he is 30 and in great shape.

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JSCHARF 7/19/2012 12:05AM

    So nice to hear and inspirational!

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CICELY360 7/19/2012 12:01AM

  Good blog

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LANAHAUTH21 7/18/2012 11:31PM

  I am glad for you.

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LIMIG2 7/18/2012 11:18PM

    Wow very good!

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