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Confident Running

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I just finished my last training run before my first HM, the St Pete Women's Half Marathon on Sunday, Nov 18th. Although it wasn't a particularly fast workout nor particularly long one, it did help build confidence. I woke up not feeling quite right. My stomach just felt yucky, even though I didn't overeat yesterday. Most days I would have waited a couple hours, eaten and rested, and see if I didn't feel better before running. But today I decided to see how a run would go even though I wasn't 100%. Who knows how I'll feel Sunday morning.

When I first started my run today I wasn't sure, but then the good running feelings took over (endorphins, I suppose) and the stomach wasn't much of a distraction. I finished up the run just fine and my stomach wasn't better or worse.

Most of the time when I'm ready to run I'm feeling strong and healthy and raring to go. But I realize since I started training in June I have run on too little sleep, after too much food, after too little food, with healing cut on foot, with healing strain in lower back, in extreme heat and when cool, in the dark, and otherwise when I just didn't feel like it. I've run by myself and with groups going various paces. I've run with music and without. I've warn various clothing and three different pairs of shoes with and without arch supports. In other words, things don't have to be the same or perfect for me to run.

So that helps me be confident that no matter what, I'm going to feel like running Sunday..... at least by mile two.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PMRUNNER 11/17/2012 6:41AM

    Have a great race Sunday! Looking forward to seeing the race report!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/17/2012 5:27AM

    Have a great emoticon emoticon

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KPETSCHE 11/16/2012 6:26PM

    It sounds like you're ready - emoticon

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JASMINELOU 11/16/2012 1:00PM

    Good luck, can't wait to read about it next week!!! Woo Hoo!

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MEXGAL1 11/16/2012 9:36AM

    this is great to hear. Your mind will carry you through!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/16/2012 7:46AM

    You're definitely ready for anything. Good luck on Sunday. It's time to Go For It!

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DONNABRIGHT 11/16/2012 7:43AM

    I know you'll do great!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/16/2012 5:33AM

    You are going to have a blast on Sunday and run an amazing race! You've done all of the necessary work to be successful and guess what? You are going to be successful in your upcoming run. Good luck!

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XFITSTRONG 11/16/2012 5:07AM

    What a great attitude to have! Things do not have to be perfect for us to run... Love it! Can't wait to read your blog about your HM!

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SWEDE_SU 11/15/2012 10:15PM

    you are ready and you are going to rock it!

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ROSET491 11/15/2012 9:13PM

    Good Luck to you on your "First Half" & as others told me enjoy the race! Can't wait to read your follow up blog!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/15/2012 9:08PM

    That's genuine confidence: knowing that everything doesn't have to be "perfect" for you to perform, because you're going to do it anyhow, as best as the circumstances permit!! Yay Marsha: that's huge!!

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MIRAGE727 11/15/2012 9:06PM

    Hold the phone!
POSITIVE WAVES, MISSY! You're gonna rock this thing, have a great time, and celebrate like a rock star afterward! End of story! I'm feelin' it & I'm seein' it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/15/2012 9:03PM

    And after being cooped up in a car for two looong days, I wanna run NOW! Ready by Sunday? Oh, yeah! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 11/15/2012 7:41PM

    I can't imagine anyone being more ready! You're going to do this! You're going to do and feel GREAT!

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GABY1948 11/15/2012 5:52PM

    I have confidence in you, Marsha! TOTALLY emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/15/2012 5:12PM

    Almost here. emoticon

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SEABREEZE65 11/15/2012 4:07PM

    Not long now......

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BLUE42DOWN 11/15/2012 4:06PM

    Have an absolutely emoticon run!

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CATMAGNET 11/15/2012 3:15PM


I start my training program for my first HM at the beginning of the year, and I hope to have the same perseverence as you!

Good luck on Sunday!

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GOLFGMA 11/15/2012 12:49PM

    You're ready! emoticon

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_LINDA 11/15/2012 12:47PM

    Sounda like your head is in the game and you are ready to go! I sure hope that stomach problem doesn't go anywhere. Its not fun working out and dealing with tummy troubles on top of everything else.
Here is hoping everything is smooth sailing from here on in. Do be careful of what you eat and build those carbs up! Its so very close now! Wow! The anticipation you must be going through!! The butterflies...
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BESTSUSIEYET 11/15/2012 12:23PM

    Hooray! A key part of a healthy lifestyle is that we make healthy choices no matter how we FEEL! Good for you, finding the will regardless of circumstances! You inspire me to keep going! Enjoy the race ... Hope your tummy is all better and you have a great day!

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WINDSURFNERD 11/15/2012 12:09PM

    Bursting with energy, perhaps? Or would be without the stomach distraction? :)
Take that confidence into your HM, you're ready and you're going to NAIL it!! Enjoy the race, I'm looking forward to hearing about it!

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MIPALADY23 11/15/2012 11:59AM

    SWEET!! nice job! Doesn't it feel awesome!

Thanks for being a great motivator!


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NATPLUMMER 11/15/2012 11:57AM

    This workout is supposed to be neither fast nor long.
I think you're ready to roll.

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