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I'll Do It Again

Monday, September 09, 2013

The early morning run was great. I ran near the front of the group. And, yes, I was the oldest person in the group by far, but it didn't matter. The streets were well lit and I only needed my flashlight for a small part of the run. We ran along part of the course of the inaugural Lakeland half marathon which will be Saturday, November 9th.

I heard the 2:30 and the 2:37 pace group leaders talking to each other, concerned that if the heat doesn't let up, they won't make their pace. The 2:30 leader has run a half recently in 2:18 and she said today's workout should have seemed easy, but it didn't. We need to run at 11:24 minutes per mile to make the 2:30. Today we ran about 11:30 pace and only went 5 miles, so I understand why she is concerned. On the positive side, I felt like I had more to give. I guess I'm glad I don't have the pressure of being a pace group leader.

Really, I shouldn't talk about PR. Don't need that pressure. As ONEKIDSMOM taught me, although I think she got it from Galloway, any race is a success if you end in an upright position with a smile on your face wanting to do it again! Well, it won't hurt for me to aim for 2:30, and train as well as I know how for the next 8 weeks, but I'll be happy as long as I meet Barb's definition of success.

And I must say by that definition my 4:40 am run was a success for sure!!


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AQUAGIRL08 9/10/2013 9:30PM

    Well done Marsha! Keep up the good work!

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MWWENSIN 9/10/2013 8:05PM

    Every run is a success. It truly is a competition between your body and your mind. Let your body rule this war, it usually is much stronger than your mind.

Great blog!!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/10/2013 5:09PM

    emoticon It is wonderful to constantly push yourself, but I agree with the definition of success. The "success" is that you are doing it!

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MARGARITTM 9/10/2013 4:03PM

    You got up and did it!


Sounds like you are on your way to a great race!

I agree anytime you come in vertical you are a champ and anytime you stand at the start line you are already a winner!

Bless you for getting up that early to run - groan!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/10/2013 2:26PM

    Well done! One of the reasons I like Galloway is that attitude.

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MSLZZY 9/9/2013 9:20PM


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WATERMELLEN 9/9/2013 8:21PM

    You OWN success, Marsha -- and that's by any definition. Love to think of you out there in front and with still more to give . . . age is irrelevant!!

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GABY1948 9/9/2013 7:33PM

    This is SO emoticon Marsha! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/9/2013 5:29PM

    Marsha, you have so many successes to be proud of, including each training you finish for your races!

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BOOKAPHILE 9/9/2013 4:11PM

    I enjoy seeing how much you love to run. Enjoy your times at the front of the pack!

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MIRAGE727 9/9/2013 12:32PM

    No question, I became obsessive about race times. Now, I still try to beat my PR but I don't stare at my Garmin so much! My pace is now comfortably natural. Guess what, I'm faster now but enjoy the moment more. It's all about fun for me now. Tri or run, I'm lovin' it! Embrace your run, Marsha!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/9/2013 11:48AM

    You're right, I stole it from Galloway, and you're the one who pointed me in his direction! emoticon So it's full circle right back to you, and you OWN it!

By the way, yesterday's HM (the second in the DHM) was done in what could be considered hot for here this time of year. Sweat was pouring off my visor the last three miles, maybe more. I got my official times in an e-mail late yesterday: 2:29:37. Woo-hoo! I could be in your pace group! Or I could have been yesterday.

Every day is a new day. Train your best and remember to have FUN. That's what it's really all about, as I can see every time you post your smiles online!

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_LINDA 9/9/2013 11:28AM

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That is fantastic! The only person you are truly competing against is yourself. If you are happy you are improving and doing well, that is all that is really important!
Keep on being great! Spark on!

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PMFISH 9/9/2013 11:13AM

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KATIBUG49 9/9/2013 10:09AM

    Sounds great tome - better than anything I have done lately! Congrats!

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