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On being a "real runner"

Friday, November 23, 2012

I am finally coming to the conclusion that some of the things "real runners" talk about apply to *me*. For example, while I might have felt a little sheepish wearing the compression sleeves on my calves, they seem to have helped. Not much after effects from the HM last Sunday, day of, day after, or during the week, despite being cooped up for a long drive.

And the photos on MIRAGE727's blog showed I looked good in them, too. Kind of like a horse with stockings. So... they were a win.

Second win: GU! Surprise, surprise. They were passing out single serving 100 calories of GU at mile 8 of the HM route. I took a chocolate one and devoured it... like eating frosting, people... YUM! But more importantly, I had the energy to finish the race, feeling strong. So... nutrition *during* an endurance run, important, even for aging athletes (yes, I used that term for me - athlete!) like ME.

What I said I was most proud of was that we ran the race we planned to run. For me this is something that seems to happen when I run with a buddy. So, Marsha, thanks for being there and keeping me honest. The PR was just gravy. Doing it with one another, finishing strong, with those smiles on our faces, upright, and wanting to do it again? That's what it's all about.

That's being a "real runner".

Take life day by day. Live fully. LIFE deserves it, and so do YOU! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
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SLENDERELLA61 11/24/2012 3:23PM

    You are a strong and healthy runner, Barb!! So glad I got to run with you!! -Marsha

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/24/2012 8:15AM

    I think you qualify as a real runner emoticon

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/24/2012 8:15AM

    I think you qualify as a real runner emoticon

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/24/2012 8:15AM

    I think you qualify as a real runner emoticon

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KANDOLAKER 11/24/2012 8:11AM

    You definitely are a real runner! Love your blog and glad to know your liked your compression socks, as I've got them on my Christmas list. Great running and congratulations!! Kathy

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LJCANNON 11/24/2012 8:00AM

    emoticon You are as Real an Athlete/Runner as I have ever known, Barb!!

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LEANJEAN6 11/24/2012 7:36AM

    You certainly ARE a real athlete Barb! What a role model as well! Congrats on the run!-Lynda emoticon

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MIRAGE727 11/24/2012 12:15AM

    There was never any doubt in my eyes that you were a runner and an athlete, Barb! As a former college linebacker, an amateur tournament tennis player, and state champion softball player, I could see that a long time ago when I started reading your blogs!
Stay strong and keep rockin'!
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KARIDIAN1 11/23/2012 11:34PM

    You are a runner, your own trainer and a good planner. emoticon

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MOBYCARP 11/23/2012 8:40PM

    So many things turn out to be true and amazing, years after we hear them the first time.

Yes, you're a real runner. And you've been a real runner a lot longer than I have.


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STRIVERONE 11/23/2012 8:18PM

    You are right about the stockings, the GU, and that you are a real runner. I've had the same experience and reached the same conclusions.

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DALID414 11/23/2012 7:39PM

    What a vacation!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/23/2012 6:06PM

    So cool, and just about as real as it gets!!

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DLDMIL 11/23/2012 2:26PM

    Great attitude, run and vacation. You should be very proud of yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 11/23/2012 1:39PM

    Awesome!

Keep up the great work.

Sunny

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MSLZZY 11/23/2012 10:56AM

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WINDSURFNERD 11/23/2012 10:42AM

    Of course you are a runner! Anyone who signs up, trains and RUNS a half-marathon is undisputedly a runner, no matter how they look in compression socks, spandex, hydration belt, etc. congratulations on running a great race!
Naomi

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BOILHAM 11/23/2012 10:27AM

    You ARE a runner! Great job!

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HEALTHY4ME 11/23/2012 9:58AM

    AWESOME!!!!! I have walked a 5 k for arthritis which wasn't timed, but felt good after. I hope to be able to do this and maybe a 10 k next year, knees depending I guess. But one day at a time, good choices for today and starting some light arm exercises. HUGS

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/23/2012 9:43AM

    Athlete and real runner - you deserve both titles!

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FUN2BAROUND 11/23/2012 8:14AM

    Congratulations - and GOOD FOR YOU!
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1CRAZYDOG 11/23/2012 8:09AM

    DEFINITELY a real runner, Barb. And DEFINITELY, GU is good. I don't do marathons but tasted it as a sample. And I too had the chocolate. YUMMO!

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PATRICIAAK 11/23/2012 7:46AM

    TERRIFIC!

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_LINDA 11/23/2012 6:59AM

    You certainly have earned the title of 'real runner'
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KASEYCOFF 11/23/2012 6:24AM

    Real runner - and a real champion, Barb! What an inspiration you are!!!
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OPTIMIST1948 11/23/2012 6:23AM

    I know, for those of us recovering fatties, its always wierd to realize what we have become.

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REJ7777 11/23/2012 6:01AM

    emoticon You've certainly earned your Athlete title! emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 11/23/2012 5:38AM

    You just make me smile! emoticon

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