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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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AMBER281 11/5/2012 4:07PM

    That's awesome!

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CALICOANNEFLINT 11/5/2012 3:49PM

    That's awesome!

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TRICIAE2 11/5/2012 3:15PM

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FIT4MEIN2013 11/5/2012 3:15PM

    Wow! Such perspective!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 11/5/2012 2:27PM

    Great Blog!

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OPTIMIST1948 11/5/2012 2:21PM

    I smell a forward! Pass it on!

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DOTTIESPLACE 11/5/2012 1:35PM

    Love it!

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FITFOODIE806 11/5/2012 1:24PM

    What a good friend! And a good reminder for you. You are an athlete!

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/5/2012 12:47PM

    Wow, what a great blog! Great friend!!! :-)

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CINDHOLM 11/5/2012 12:37PM

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35ANGELS 11/5/2012 12:18PM

    What a great friend to have......and she is absolutely right. You Rock!!!

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DR8561 11/5/2012 12:08PM

    What a great encouragement! It just goes to show that sometimes we're too close to the situation and need a reality check from a more objective person. Love it!

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GOSPARK45 11/5/2012 12:01PM

    Wow, awesome comments. And look how many you encourage to do their own thing. If I get a little discouraged, I ask myself if I am going in the right direction. Then I ask myself if there is a time limit. No, then I'll get there some day. On the right track!

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LINDAKAY228 11/5/2012 11:47AM

    I love that!!!

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JMARIES51 11/5/2012 11:45AM

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emoticon One day I'll join you in the less than 1%.

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POINDEXTRA 11/5/2012 11:12AM

    So True! We all need friends to remind us to look at the progress we've made so far. It's great to have goals for the future, but we can't let them eclipse the fact of our successes.

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NITTINNANA 11/5/2012 11:03AM

    Sounds like you have an amazing friend!

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