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who will run with me?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Warning: I don't vent very often, but I really needed to blog about this today....just sayin'. emoticon

I wish I had a friend who would run this upcoming 5K race with me.

I cannot tell you how disappointed I am to be alone. Actually, I am quite surprised at the # of "No's" I received from others. Whatever happened to running for the fun of it? It seems that the walkers are intimidated by the runners, and the runners are surfing on too much pride. I had no idea of the wall I would hit.

Since I last blogged, I have asked many different runner friends/acquaintances to join me. The response was startling. A few said that they were not "up to speed" which amounts to 6 and 7 minute miles. They are embarrassed to run an 8 min/mile. emoticon I ask you - what's wrong with an 8 min/mile? Lol!

Why is it so important to be so FAST? emoticon emoticon I just don't get it. I do understand & respect those that take running seriously, and make it a science. It is fascinating to watch professional athletes!

But, I see so many extremes around me: runners who work too hard, too ambitious to fully enjoy what they are doing....not satisfied with their run/time. Hard work IS essential and so is self discipline, BUT if there is NO 'life' in the process, then why do it....I ask? Why choose misery...

What a waste of energy. And for what? I wish I could help them see that fitness is a lifestyle meant to be enJOYed! Wish I could help them find some balance....
to learn to simply RUN in the name of: lifelong health, energy, lifestyle, or just because it's fun.

God bless the walker who cannot run the race, but get's out there anyway to WALK it - at the beginning of their weight loss journey. THAT takes Courage::...let me tell you. It really does.
I was once there. I know the feeling of "not fitting in" and not being able to run.
I remember my roots. Those courageous ones INSPIRE me like no other!

To see the humility & joy on the face of one particular walker/runner as she crossed the finish line was emoticon I will never forget her....:::she was overweight, dressed in a sweatsuit and crying as she crossed the finish line in last place. BUT she finished.... emoticon and the celebration of her progress, her joy afterwards was HUGE! She participates every chance she gets.
I am proud to say that she now runs!

To set a goal and accomplish it is wonderful! I have learned from my experience this week to make sure I lead a balanced life, to cheer on the underdogs and to celebrate every matter how small.
I want to set an example for my children ( future runners) by showing them that it's about "team effort", and doing YOUR life out loud with joy!

May I find "good" in life everywhere I look...::not because it is evident; rather, because I LOOK for the "good" hoping to find it.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BECKYANNE1 9/24/2013 8:37AM

    I'd love to run with you, but I'm a bit far away. Aside from my DH and DS, I've never had anyone to run with in a race. The shorter races I'm ok with, but when I do my first half, I'd love to do it with someone, but I'm sure that probably won't happen. For many that do these short races, it's pretty much practice for them for the bigger races. So speed is important to them. I just get out and run and do the best I can. I like to challenge myself, but I know I'm never going to be in the 6-7 min. group and I don't care. Just do what's comfortable for you and have fun!

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LRSILVER 9/24/2013 5:06AM

    Great blog. I dream of running. Now I walkw.

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LRSILVER 9/24/2013 5:05AM

    Great blog. I dream of running. Now I walk.

Comment edited on: 9/24/2013 5:06:10 AM

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CYCLINGSANDY 9/23/2013 3:56PM

    I ran tonight after school for the first times in weeks. I really enjoyed the beauty of the trail, the quiet of the evening and lastly, the good feeling of accomplishment. It is too far for me to get there too. DARN, DOUBLE DaRn!

Keep running and do it without or with company. I have earned to fly solo, or I don't go at all.

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MIRAGE727 9/23/2013 3:16PM

    Dang! Checked my Calendar and I'm doin' the Pretty in Pink 15K here in Clearwater, FL. Otherwise, I would run/jog/walk/crawl with ya, Laura!
D has her own style for races. She does whatever she feels like, a 'lil run, a 'lil walk, a 'lil jog, whatever fits her mood. She always takes in the intrinsic values of the race and will walk with anyone who needs encouragement or motivation. It seems they gravitate to her. I'm so proud of her and emulate her when I can.
I've been there on the speed thing. It's more important to protect my running life so I focus on a healthy style. Guess what? The speed comes naturally now! The killer is I enjoy a running partner now more than ever!
In any case, you keep focusing on the good, set the example, and stay strong!

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MAGNOLIA416 9/23/2013 3:03PM

    That's a drag! I find that disappointing too. I have a friends who run and we've done a few races together but they've sort of quit running. I've made a couple new acquaintances at races though, so maybe you will too! The running community is kinda small so if you're going to races in the same city you might get to know people eventually! Good luck!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/23/2013 2:48PM

    would love to love but unless you are running in münchen so i could join in i will have to decline,lol.hope you find someone. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 9/23/2013 2:17PM

    When is your race? I will run with you in spirit.

I am between 10:30 and 11:00 min miler, I'm still working at it and do not feel pressure to be faster. I just enjoy the fact that I can run when I never ever thought I would.

I believe in rooting for the underdog. I am a Chicago Cubs fan after all!


Great blog!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 9/23/2013 2:05PM

    I would run if I was fast enough. I am 14-15 minutes per mile. A guess a newbie still. I love love LOVE your blog.

I am slow, but when I get to the end I am so happy. I would not be surprised f a neighbor caught me jumping, hopping, or even high fiving God every time.

I may never be fast as you, but I would try.

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MTNGRL 9/23/2013 1:46PM

    I'll walk really fast with you cause that's my best. It would be great to have some company if only for part of the way!

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ZELLAZM 9/23/2013 1:27PM

    OH, I would soooo run with you if I were just a little bit closer! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PMRUNNER 9/23/2013 1:14PM

    Run on! I will run with you! I may not be there in person, but I will be there in spirit!

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PRESBESS 9/23/2013 12:46PM

    Aww, to bad your runner friends disappointed you. Gosh darn it! No matter what, you be sure to get out there and make it happen for yourself.

Run on sister friend, run on!

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SHARONCAPPS 9/23/2013 12:41PM

  Good for you. Well written. Thank you for sharing

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LILYGAL 9/23/2013 12:36PM

    emoticon blog!! I do not run but walk. I used to run but with RA it makes the next day horrible. I am there with you about cheering the underdog. My DD is a bit overweight. She wants to do 5ks but is afraid to be last. I've offered to walk her pace but she doesn't want that. I encourage her as best I can. I've also found that you have to do it for yourself. No one else! Enjoy your runs and who cares if you are alone! Pray as you run!

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