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Supportive Competition


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Do you see the white haired guy in the background? His name is Fritz. He is 75 years old and hardly ever enters a race without coming in first in his age group. And he often runs 2 or 3 races a month. Twice I ran in races where he was also competing, a 5K and a 10K. I beat him in the 5K and he beat me in the 10K, so we have a friendly competition. This picture was taken last year at the 5K, but I want to write about what Fritz did today.



Fritz belongs to the same Galloway running group I run with. However, he has been assigned to a faster pace group than I. He tells me that it is a bit too fast for him, just as I tell him my pace group is a bit too slow for me. So today when he was passing my group, he challenged me to straight run (no walk breaks) back. So the two of us ran the three miles back. We beat our groups, mine by about 20 minutes!!

We ran at a comfortable pace where we could converse. His wife, Margo, is following the Eat to Live book and has lost 44 pounds. He is really proud of her. He would love for her to run, too, but I'm not sure her knees are going to let her even when she's at goal weight. Fritz has two grandkids in town who he has encouraged to run. He's bought their shoes, paid their entrance fees, and done some coaching. The 12 year old beat him for the first time by 10 seconds in a 5K two weeks ago; the 14 year old was right behind him. I shared that my 5 year old granddaughter has run a half mile with me, but she lost interest, so I haven't pushed it recently. Will try again later. He agreed with that approach.

Fritz is one of those people in my 3D life who is a real support. He has an understanding of what it takes to lose weight and maintain. And while we "compete" no one applauds louder if I take a medal.


PS The picture is so small in this blog I don't think you can find Fritz. If you want to see him, go to my photo gallery. It is the 8th picture. Fritz is right behind me, just to the left.
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DONNABRIGHT 10/28/2012 1:50PM

    Wonderful story - thanks for sharing.

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STRIVER57 10/28/2012 12:39PM

    you're lucky to have found each other!

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AQUAGIRL08 10/28/2012 7:45AM

    What a great friend to have on your side! He sounds like a wonderful, supportive hubby for his wife too and a good grandpa. I'm glad that you found someone to run with that keeps your pace!

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_LINDA 10/28/2012 1:55AM

    What an awesome guy -so glad you have met him -fantastic support! And encouraging your loved ones into fitness is a bonus.. I loved that you two ran back to the start together!
Enjoyed reading this!
Have a super Sparking Sunday!

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MAYBER 10/27/2012 8:21PM

    a very touching blog thanks for sharing
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WATERMELLEN 10/27/2012 7:11PM

    Soooooo cool: we've got years and years of fitness ahead of us! (And thanks for the green tea: gotta help with this rotten flu)!

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MSLZZY 10/27/2012 6:02PM

    You young folks know how to compete on a friendly
level. Hugs!

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NATPLUMMER 10/27/2012 4:51PM

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123ELAINE456 10/27/2012 2:59PM

  Awesome Blog. Sounds like Fitz and You like helping each other on your Jounreys and in races. What Fun!!! Keep It Up!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Your Day. Take Care.

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MIRAGE727 10/27/2012 2:42PM

    What a great share! That is huge and so healthy! Thank you very much, Marsha! I know you & I will run together in 2013!
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GABY1948 10/27/2012 2:08PM

    I agree with all the others that this is a LOVELY post and so like you! I needed a cheer today and this helped tremendously...and am off to see your pictures again and see who Fritz is! Thanks and HUGS!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/27/2012 1:59PM

    What a great comrade to have both in training AND in racing. I have a couple of gents an age group or two up from me that I like to follow in the longer races. We swapped names, and I'm getting to the point where I recognize "the regulars" and they, me.



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JOYINKY 10/27/2012 1:48PM

    What fun! Friendly supportive competition; I think that's a lot of the appeal for runners. There's a special camaraderie. Enjoy!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/27/2012 1:05PM

    I am 58 and my husband is 66 -- we are aspiring to be JUST LIKE FRITZ! Thank you for sharing his amazing story.

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MEXGAL1 10/27/2012 1:01PM

    what an inspiration. good for him and good for you. love the healthy competition. so cool.
enjoy the rest of your week end.
Sallie

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COOP9002 10/27/2012 12:42PM

    It's great to have someone in your life to help you on your journey.

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