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Monday, November 05, 2012

My dear friend, SNEVIL1, just got into the 140s for weight. I made an off-hand comment that she is at my goal weight and I still feel like I have SO far to go. She looks and feels amazing and I'm so proud of her.

She's a math teacher and she had a quick response to my comment, which completely made my entire day. WOW. Thanks for the perspective, friend.

Thought I'd pass it along to all of you as well. You guys are making miracles happen every day, you know.

"Don't think about how far you have to go... think about how far you have come. You are a runner! You ran a freaking half marathon!

Let me hit you with some math.... in 2011 1.6 million people completed a half marathon. It is the most popular running event in the US. However, there are 314,712,000 people in the USA (as of Oct 1, 2012). That means that only 0.508% of the population has done what you have done. LESS THAN ONE PERCENT of the people in the US have accomplished what you have accomplished.

However, you may be thinking- Sara, you are being dramatic. What about babies? Ok fine... about 20% of the population is between the ages of 0-14. So that means there are 251769600 people in the US that are 15 and older. That still means only 0.636% of people 15 and older have done a half marathon. Still less than 1%.

Say you want to be really picky and exclude older people (even though we know a lot of older people run). We will be so picky to say that we are only going to include people 15-64 years old. 67% of the population is in this age group. That means that 210857040 people are between 15 and 64. That still means that only 0.759% of people in this group have done a half marathon. STILL LESS THAN 1%.

You are incredible! Look back at your old pictures and see how far you have come. You are an athlete. You have accomplished goals. You are fierce. You are doing things you never thought possible and have overcome so many obstacles. Yes, you have farther that you want to go... but you are now part of the elite. No one can take that away from you!"

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MARYJEANSL 11/6/2012 6:30PM

  What a positive perspective from your friend! And, best of all, she is right!

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SHOAPIE 11/6/2012 6:28PM

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KARRENLYNN 11/6/2012 4:03PM

    Now that is one fantastically cool friend and I would do alot to keep her in my circle of friendship and support. emoticon


I personally know many people who would not have said anything close to that. And she's right. Always look forward, except to acknowledge all your accomplishments. It's not how fast you reach your goal, it's that you do reach it!


Have a great week!

Karen


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FARIS71 11/6/2012 3:44PM

    Holy mathematics Batman! That kinda hurt my head but made my day at the same time. Haven't run the half yet, but signed up to do so Dec 16th!! Ran 9 miles last Sunday.

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CAROLZ1967 11/6/2012 3:40PM

    Wonderful way to look at it! :-)

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/6/2012 3:23PM

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DIANNEMT 11/6/2012 3:14PM

    I haven't done a marathon or even a half marathon but I have done a 5K so I am one of a "select group". Makes me feel good!

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FAVORITEAUNT84 11/6/2012 2:32PM

    What a FANTASTIC reminder! Awesome friend you have there! Love the statistics too. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 11/6/2012 2:31PM

  What great advice from a wonderful friend. You and she are emoticon !!!!!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 11/6/2012 2:24PM

    What a great friend!

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MOMMY445 11/6/2012 2:19PM

    what a great blog and a great outlook you have! enjoy your day!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/6/2012 1:55PM

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LSPIZZA 11/6/2012 1:51PM

    What a wonderful perspective. I needed that today!

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/6/2012 11:26AM

  What a amazing perspective. Only an overcome could recognize that.

I love it! and you have shared your inspiration with all of us.

I'm on my 3 plus week of running.... emoticon

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JUDYAASH 11/6/2012 10:48AM

    Great blog. Sorry I was in one of the excluded groups.

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EBURGITE 11/6/2012 10:41AM

    wow! i did a half marathon last month....now i know why so many people are impressed....less than 1% of the population...just, wow! now, i'm kinda impressed with me! emoticon thanks so much for this, and thank your sparkfriend, as well. that's a great perspective. emoticon we accomplished something huge. it's good to remember.

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JUSGETTENBY42 11/6/2012 10:20AM

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TERRIJ7 11/6/2012 10:14AM

    What a good friend and a great perspective! She's right!

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PMRUNNER 11/6/2012 9:56AM

    Balance between setting goals and reflecting on accomplishments is important. If we only look at what we have not done and at people who have done more/faster/better than us, we miss out on all of the progress we have made so far!

We are all at different stages of our journey. Enjoy where you are, reflect on where you have come from, look forward to where you are going, support those who are struggling, and celebrate those with achievements!

Thanks for sharing!

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DNRAE1 11/6/2012 9:31AM

    You have a wonderful inspirational friend, and what is so great is that there are more of them on SP! We are truly lucky to have such a grat place to share and be inspired on a daily basis! emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 11/6/2012 9:28AM

    Thanks for sharing and giving the rest of us a boost too!

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DJSHIP46 11/6/2012 9:26AM

    Thanks for sharing the boost emoticon

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KANDOLAKER 11/6/2012 9:24AM

    Great blog- thanks for sharing! What a wonderful friend! Kathy

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CRYSTALJEM 11/6/2012 9:18AM

    Now that is a true friend! Great job and best wishes as you continue on your healthy way.

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PENOWOK 11/6/2012 9:13AM

    Love the Math perspective~so logical and real!! Thanks!

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SJKENT1 11/6/2012 9:02AM

    Nothing like the truth in the face of our perceptions. Yeah!

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DEL-AND-COMPANY 11/6/2012 9:02AM

  Awesome! How very true it is...

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MRSTABER 11/6/2012 8:41AM

    That was an amazing perspective! Thanks for the blog!

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MIMIDOT 11/6/2012 8:11AM

    She is so right! You are awesome! You've accomplished so many things, and are still trying for more. You'll make your goal. Just give yourself time. And keep sparking!!!

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JANEMARIE77 11/6/2012 8:07AM

    yes be your own best friend sometimes real friends need to show us the way to be kind to our selfs It so important to give credit and thanks for what we accomplish


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KATHIC2 11/6/2012 8:06AM

  Great outlook and insight! You rock!

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WALLINMW 11/6/2012 8:05AM

  Love it! Wow! Congrats! Stay motivated!

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WALLINMW 11/6/2012 8:05AM

  Great blog!

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NILLAPEPSI 11/6/2012 7:28AM

    Wow! emoticon emoticon

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NCSUE0514 11/6/2012 7:07AM

    Friends are the best!

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TRYINGHARD54 11/6/2012 5:46AM

    way to gooooooooooo

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COLETTEISGREAT 11/6/2012 5:44AM

    BRILLIANT!!!!

Way to be in that 1%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MT-MOONCHASER 11/6/2012 12:20AM

    We all need to have friends like that!!! You are blessed to have her for a friend.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 11/5/2012 11:44PM

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Those stats are
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Keep up the good work


Have a Terrific Tuesday

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BLESSINGS!

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NSMANN 11/5/2012 11:02PM

    Your friend is so right. I only WISH I could run like you do. Give yourself a round of applause!

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ON2VICTORY 11/5/2012 9:56PM

    YES! you are among the few, the proud, the half marathoners!!



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JUNEAU2010 11/5/2012 8:39PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing that perspective! I won't forget that for a while!

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ISABELLE31 11/5/2012 8:24PM

    Isn't it great to have people put things into perspective for us? :)

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COCK-ROBIN 11/5/2012 7:45PM

    Yes, and you ARE incredible! Well done.

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KIPPER15 11/5/2012 7:33PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Look to the sunny side!! You can do it!!

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