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Small Start Big Passion Leads to Success

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Today, I was reading a spark blog where one of my friends ran for 8 minutes. A new time record for her in her C25K program.

Being a new long distance time for her, and her elation in conquering it, it reminded me of something I think about during many of my runs. I run on the same trails and streets a lot. There is one trail which has .1 mile markers, and I used them to measure how far I had run.

One day, a couple of years ago, I had decided to run to lose weight. I was in shape, but not necessarily for running. So I would jog a bit then walk a bit. Day by day, I ran farther and farther.

A few days into my new endeavor, I decided to just keep running as far as I could. I started at mile .0 and when I passed .3 miles I walked. I was elated! I ran .3 miles without stopping. Wow! I am old and slow, but I ran .3 miles straight. That's almost a third of a mile!

Nowadays, 2 years later, I run farther and longer. I'm still old and slow, but in much better shape.

I run past that .3 marker a few times a week. Sometimes I see it and smile, sometimes I just don't think about it and run right by it. But, it's always there to remind and inspire me, to keep running harder and stronger.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
OWL_20 6/30/2013 7:53AM

    It's good to have a reminder like that, isn't it? Shows how far you've come in this running thing.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/28/2013 12:37PM

    Awesome! It is things like that we all need to be reminded of!

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SHIRAZSOLLY 6/28/2013 11:25AM

    I did a 5k last week in which a man in his late 70s ran the whole way - and so did a woman in labor. I was so amazed by both of them! There are almost always people around whose performance is a testament to not only the body, but to sheer faith and willpower.

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CM_GARDNER78 6/28/2013 10:48AM

    LOVE things that remind us of how far we've come! Keeps us humble and honest! ;-) Great reminder of how to embrace where we've been and how far we've come!! :-)

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SEABREEZE65 6/28/2013 10:32AM

    Thanks so much for this reminder of how far many of us have come. I remember in C25K how afraid I was of the 20 minute run - WITHOUT STOPPING. I, too, felt elated when I finished.

I sometimes wonder where I'd be today if I would still be running straight rather than using Galloway's run-walk-run. Maybe a stronger runner? Maybe injured? One just doesn't know.

Have a great day!

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CAROLCRC 6/28/2013 8:22AM

    This is why I'm loving working with our beginner runner group at work. Watching them hit those first milestones is so exciting and brings back all the emotions of when I first started.

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DALID414 6/27/2013 9:36PM

    My .3 is on the beach bike trail. There are .25 mile markers for the bike riders. I started jogging at the 10.25 marker and I was either not paying attention or was just tortured by the run that I ran past the 10.50 marker without seeing it, the next one I saw was the the 10.75 and I nearly leaped out of my skin!! I ran down memory bike lane on Tuesday and was more emotional about it than I expected to be. emoticon

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 6/27/2013 8:13PM

    So TRUE! I love your blog...
Some days, even a bad running day is a RUNNING day... and I am always happy that I did it.... knowing that, like you, I was once telling myself that I can't run.
Don't you like the feeling of "I am a runner" ....
You are such an inspiration and a great source of motivation, thanks for posting!

Your spark running friend, julia

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    Oh how far we have come. Isn't it wonderful to see your own progress? That is one thing that I love about running, my progress is very noticeable and always happening. Sure some days I am not on top of my game, but I can still measure how far I have come from when I first started to run.
I have to say running is the best thing that I ever could have started, and continued. It has made such a difference in my life.
Yay for us!

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QUAIL75 6/27/2013 3:00PM

    Love this! We have to remember how far we've come and celebrate our success.

You're one of my running motivators! emoticon

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COOP9002 6/27/2013 2:11PM

    Sounds like you're doing great. Take stock in what you've already accomplished.

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MASRITE 6/27/2013 1:56PM

    This "slow and old" guy has ran how many half and full marathons? I'm just saying!!!

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MASRITE 6/27/2013 1:56PM

    This "slow and old" guy has ran how many half and full marathons? I'm just saying!!!

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SOUTH_FORK 6/27/2013 1:15PM

    I'm with Cbaileyc, this definitely brought a smile to my face. It's so nice to see those small reminders of how far we've come, both literally and figuratively!

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JOPAPGH 6/27/2013 12:52PM

    It's key to remember where it all started to see how far we have come.Congrats on your success.

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WADINGMOOSE 6/27/2013 12:01PM

    It's so cool to see our progress and be able to recognize it :) I can't wait until I can run as far as you do.

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    I think most of us need to remember those feelings and relish each step we take.

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CBAILEYC 6/27/2013 11:53AM

    This blog made me smile. You may be 'old and slow' but you're whoopin' up on many who think they're 'young and fast' but cannot touch you and what you've accomplished!

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