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Sunday, August 18, 2013

We all have labels. Wife, mother, daughter, coworker, boss, etc. Today I rode my bike 12 miles and saw lots of "labels." There were the walkers, the runners, the cyclists, the parents with little kids, the parents with furkids, aka. dogs, etc.

I thought about the label that would be assigned to me today...cyclist. As I road by the walkers and runners, I almost felt at a loss. "I should be with them" went through my mind, especially the runners.

I also realize that my daughter was right, my running pace is way too fast for a long distance. I saw a couple of runners with shirts on that had the word marathon on them. They were the "serious runners" and their pace was slower than what I try to run. This discovery was a woo hoo moment for me.

I CAN give up "the time" for the run. If I want to continue running, I must work on my pacing and leave the watch at home. The most important thing is I'm running and I'm doing it for me! I want to finish a 1/2 marathon and I will.

In the meantime, I'll keep switching labels from walker, to runner to cyclist! Maybe I should try for another label....triathlete. Naaa! emoticon

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LORILEEPAGE 8/19/2013 1:56PM

    You will accomplish whatever you set your mind to doing. Who knows...maybe one day it WILL be triathlete! What's to stop you?

Comment edited on: 8/19/2013 1:57:25 PM

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KRISZTA11 8/19/2013 11:03AM

    I liked your thoughts about the labels : )
And I think it would be a great idea for you to try a triathlon, because you are very strong and active, and so you would get enough cross training.

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MEXGAL1 8/19/2013 10:36AM

    I think you fit all those labels. But good for you to look at your running and pace and evaluate it. For distance for sure it makes sense to pace yourself.
Have a terrific day and keep up the good work.

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KANOE10 8/19/2013 10:02AM

    I am sure you will figure out your pacing. Yeah, we have lots of labels. I have been considering myself as an athlete lately..Fun.


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KALIGIRL 8/19/2013 8:28AM

    Excellent revelations - from knowing we are all 'us' in different forms - here's to taking time for what you love!

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MIRAGE727 8/19/2013 7:59AM

    I've always had a challenge with pacing. I've become a lot better at it but it's always a work in progress with me.I'm also a believer in "the word according to Jeff!" Embrace it and have fun with it, "Athlete!"

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SLENDERELLA61 8/19/2013 7:44AM

    I did my first HM at run 1 min/walk 1 min and made it in 2:37. I am now training at run 2.5-3 min (depending on temperature)/walk 1 min. Plan to break 2:30 for sure and maybe better. My 5K PR is 27:33, under a 9 min pace, but I'm working on achieving an 11 min pace for the HM. Yes, you need to slow down to run faster!! In many ways I enjoy the long runs more than the 5Ks.

Good for you for cycling and running!! -Marsha

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    Wow, I can relate to this a lot. First, the sight of other runners and "wanting" to be running. This happens to me a lot. Funny thing too, when we are driving anywhere and see runners my BF will pat my leg and say "calm down Hun, you'll be okay." It's a running joke with us and I do the same to him when we see a motorcycle.
I am training for my first half also and this past weekend I think I finally found "my pace". It is a wonderful feeling. You can read my blog for more. 8/17 it made a huge difference.
Long slow on.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/19/2013 6:47AM

    You are amazing!! Congrats on all your wonderful labels!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/19/2013 6:43AM

    I had to grin a bit... "runner" can mean so many things. There are sprinters and there are marathoners. During my second "long and slow" of the weekend, I encountered a couple of gals with the Market to Market 50K on *their* jerseys. 50K = 31 miles, right? OMG.

Gentle with yourself. If you truly want to be an endurance athlete (tri, too) that means figuring out what works for you with pacing. I'm starting to read up on the science of training (The Triathlete's Training Bible), and I'm a big Galloway method fan, too, as you know. You can slow down by inserting those walking intervals, and avoid injury in the process.

I just KNOW you'll figure it out, and run for joy for many years to come! emoticon emoticon

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KPETSCHE 8/19/2013 2:57AM

    I just bought one of Jeff Galloway's books about beginning to run. He has so many books out there (and I LOVE to read) so I thought I'd start "at the beginning" as really read about his method of training. I've been on the Jeff Galloway team for quite awhile and have read over his website backwards and forwards but I figure I'll really get the gist of what he's saying if I actually read some of his books.

Personally, I'm not shooting to do a specific time for my half marathon but I just want to finish it and work on my timing later. It's a hard thing for me to try to slow down my pace but it's the only way that I'm going to get through my 13.1 miles! Practice! Practice! Practice! or so the saying goes.

It's exciting that you're so in to running and I'm sure you'll get the whole thing figured out. Do you like your bike, by the way?

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KACEYSW 8/19/2013 1:12AM

    Very cool! Sounds like a very thoughtful day for you. Congrats on your insights!

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