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Award for a different kind of maintenance

Monday, October 28, 2013

Technically this is a 5K trophy (1st place Age 65-69), but I’m posting it for another reason.


Saturday I ran a “women only” race. It was a hilly course and an overnight cold snap greeted us with 25 degrees at race time. These are 2 of my least favorite things, but 533 women all joining together for a cause was invigorating.

I was pleased with my time of 30:29 and finishing position #76. I realize that about 200 participants were registered as “walkers,” but being in the top third of the runners was really good for me.

So how is this about maintenance? Yes, I’m approaching my 4 year anniversary of weight maintenance, but I consider this an award for maintaining fitness.

25 years ago I could run a 30 minute 5K. I was happy with that. I never had the foot speed to be much faster. On a flat course, if the stars aligned correctly, a 29 was possible, but that was it. I never won anything. Lots of “40 something” women were faster than that.

I just kept running. I “maintained” about the same speed and look what happened. As I “aged up” into each older group, comparatively I was doing better. I usually do get an age group award now. There are a few women from surrounding cities (and states) who can blow me away. I applaud their excellence, but I’m happy running my own race.

As my tag line says “the race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.”
So whether running, or walking or swimming or whatever activity you enjoy, just keep on doing it. Even without a physical trophy, fitness is its own reward.
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ISHIIGIRL 11/8/2013 7:05AM

    Thanks for posting this. I am not quite where you are at and am a much slower runner. I have often wondered if I would be able to maintain my running as I age. You have given me hope that not only is it possible, but doable. Thanks,

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LESLIE871948 11/8/2013 6:59AM

    I have a sore knee that is slowing me down even more (and I was perhaps one of the slowest runners in the world to begin.. :) ) The thing is, I have never been able to run at all before this past year. I have a thing on my refrigerator that says "if you run you are a runner...." and several other things like how it does not matter how far, how fast ...


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KANOE10 11/8/2013 6:55AM

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Great advice. Keep moving. Fitness is its own reward.

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EGRAMMY 11/3/2013 3:50PM

    emoticon You are an amazing inspiration

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BLUENOSE63 11/1/2013 5:51PM

  Congrats on your run in less than favourable conditions. I am an endurance sport athlete but the running portion is always the hardest and least pleasant.

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COASTAL6 11/1/2013 1:08PM

    I love your story and It makes won't to work harder for that 5k.
Thank you.
I'm rooting for you!
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CHANGINGHORSES 10/29/2013 7:47PM

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I love this! You are such an inspiration!

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MARYJEANSL 10/29/2013 12:03AM

  Congratulations for the trophy - and for keeping up your fitness. You are amazing!

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STAY39 10/28/2013 8:25PM

    I absolutely love this blog! Good for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/28/2013 7:39PM

    What a great blog . . . it's terrific that as you maintained your pace, you moved up in your "field"!!

Yup, a different kind of maintenance and has to be very satisfying.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/28/2013 7:22PM

    Funny, as I'm aging up, I'm running into the faster women's groups! But like you, I'm happy running my own race. At least that's the goal.

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DOVESEYES 10/28/2013 7:21PM

    Congrats on the trophy, maintainence and your wonderful outlook. Inspiring

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GINIEMIE 10/28/2013 2:17PM

    Being fit, and running near the same speed you did when you were a bit younger is emoticon . I too am proud of you and your accomplishments, four years of maintenance is great and you deserve an emoticon emoticon
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AMARILYNH 10/28/2013 12:36PM

    AWESOME!! I'm so proud for you - TOTALLY PROUD!!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/28/2013 12:32PM

    I could not agree more! That's why my half marathon speeds of 3:00 - 3:30 are absolutely fine with me. The race isn't the goal, it's all the walking/jogging I have to do to get there!

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WILSONWR 10/28/2013 11:29AM

    Absolutely. You have done great!

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COLOR-BLUE 10/28/2013 11:02AM

    Brooklyn,

emoticon young lady!!! I'm so proud of you!!! We must have had your cold weather come down our way, because one morning I was in shorts and then 3 hours later I went to take out my garbage, and it was so cold I had to go back in and put sweats on. Then about 2 hours later, when my friend came to the door, the weather had turned hot and sunny and it was a GRAND day. However, that night we dipped a smidgen below freezing, and I had to put on a jacket with my sweats, and I was still a tad cold. But then we had nice weather again, until yesterday, when it turned cold again. I love to run when the weather is cool, but not as cold as that.

Yes, fitness is it's own REWARD, and I love to see all of the things I do posted with the tracker, right here on SP, it keeps me going and it encourages me, to know that I'm getting an accurate reading of what I'm doing!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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DR1939 10/28/2013 10:40AM

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MNNICE 10/28/2013 10:29AM

    One of the lessons I've learned from SP is that my only competition is myself. Congratulations on your progress!

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JSTETSER 10/28/2013 10:12AM

    Congrats!


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RUDITUDI2000 10/28/2013 10:06AM

    Totally agree with you! I'd love to work back to a 30 minute 5k! I'm 42 and with the cooler weather, running comes easier for me. emoticon On your fitness maintenance, that is emoticon and a goal of mine to continue onward! emoticon emoticon

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CBLENS 10/28/2013 9:42AM

    well done!

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AUNTB63 10/28/2013 9:42AM

    Very motivating blog....thanks for sharing your thoughts. Being/getting fit is sometimes reward enough.

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SUZYMOBILE 10/28/2013 9:37AM

    The old runner's acronym, LSD (long, slow distance) takes on new meaning when viewed from the perspective of a lifetime!

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KELLIEBEAN 10/28/2013 9:18AM

    I like the tag line! I believe fitness is my reward as well.

Congratulations!
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