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Last Thoughts on the Race Before Moving On

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thanks to everyone for their support on my blog Tuesday. I can always count on fellow Sparkers to be in my corner and have my back!

I guess I didn't realize how much that woman affected me with her disdainful "OH" at the fitness center on Tuesday. I really felt crushed! You see, probably unlike her, I've never been athletic. AT ALL. Not until about ten years ago had I even walked a mile for fitness. On purpose! Now I am hiking mountains and walking half marathons, and doing 75-minute classes at the fitness center, and all kinds of other things I never would have believed possible!

I am definitely what John Bingham calls "an adult onset athlete". I ran my first race at age 47. Every time is HARD. It NEVER gets easy. Yes, it gets EASIER. But it never gets EASY.

I wasn't aware that "post race blues" is a real thing until someone mentioned it yesterday, and that's probably what contributed to that woman's ability to completely deflate me. But I feel better now, it's over and behind me, and I'm happy to be the person I am. I'm doing the very best I can, and that's all that's in my power -- to be the best ME.

And, besides. No time to sulk -- we have another half marathon in Tennessee in less than FOUR WEEKS!

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  • MARYINFL2000
    I would love to do what you are doing, and don't let others deflate you. I've found there are those who feel better about themselves by belittling others. I am working on remembering the most important person I need to please or listen to is myself!
    1482 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Continue to being the great athlete that you are. Toss out that woman's comment as coming from an insecure person. You are an inspiration to all of us to be the best we can be at any age. I am excited about your next race.

    1489 days ago
    You ROCK and don't let others tell you anything different!
    1489 days ago
    It's such a simple thing to be positive, offer a compliment. And such a win-win! BOTH the giver and the receiver feels better!

    Such a pity some people haven't discovered the truth of that...

    1490 days ago
    I just have to pity people who constantly put others down. I get such a rush of positive energy when celebrating a great moment -- especially when that moment belongs to someone else. There's so much room for joy in the world. Let's just keep sharing it.
    1490 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Interesting condition you have "adult onset athlete"
    FYI I am a tad envious sometimes....
    Machu Picchu
    Appalachian Trail
    Plank on Great Wall.
    You make wonderful things happen.
    Love the last two pics as they speak the truth.
    1490 days ago
    I let the scale take the wind out of my sails much like that woman did yours. I'll keep in mind how you pushed past this letdown feeling and think about all I've accomplished. Looking at NSVs as you do!
    1491 days ago
    I just want to say I think you're so amazing and inspirational!!
    1491 days ago
    Nanette - You are a STAR. You def inspire on our team. I'm impressed. SEE ME STANDING UP SAYING "WOOHOO NANETTE!"
    1491 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    You're doing a great job! That lady was just jealous! Hope to see you this year at the Women Can Run!! emoticon
    1491 days ago
  • GLMOM2
    YOU (and hubby too!) are Fitness Rock Stars!

    emoticon and completing those emoticon s!!

    1491 days ago
  • MALAMI518

    I am so happy that her words are no longer affecting you. You definitely should not let anyone minimize your achievements! You rock!

    I had never heard the term "adult onset athlete." Probably because I haven't really read the Bingham book I have here waiting for me. I love it! I am also an adult onset athlete, though I question the term "athlete" in my case. I started running at 49 (less than a year ago). I am looking forward to a half marathon.

    I cannot wait to hear about your next half marathon adventure! Good luck!
    1491 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.
    1491 days ago
    That woman looks down on you.

    But I, waterdiamonds, look up to you.

    Seriously. You are my idol when it comes to getting up and doing it. You are my idol when it comes to becoming something I've never been before--an adult-onset athlete. You are my idol when it comes to finding ways to make it work. You are my idol when it comes to sticking with it.

    You are my idol.

    You may not be hers. But you are mine.

    Aren't you proud of the example you set for me? Aren't you glad you've done something so wonderful for me?

    I am.

    Yay you is exactly right. emoticon

    1491 days ago
    Remember :
    DFL beats DNF beats DNS (Dead Freaking Last beats Did Not Finish beats Did Not Start.)

    YOU are a ROCK STAR!
    1491 days ago
    You are good enough! Yeah.

    Love the expression, "adult onset athlete": never too late!

    And it's so great you're gearing up for the next one!!
    1491 days ago
    (Best Olympic narrator voice:) "And she powers forward toward her next goal!"

    You are a great example to the "adult onset" exercise crowd. You run (and walk!) rings around me.
    1491 days ago
    Nanette, so sorry you had to deal with that woman but glad you were able to put it behind you!! You have accomplished so much in such a short time!!! You are amazing another half in 4 weeks. A definite emoticon you!!
    1491 days ago
    Definitely YAY YOU and TC!! Screw that woman that said that to you. She obviously is insecure with herself so had to say that to make herself feel better. You my dear already feel good about yourself and that you ran yet ANOTHER HALF MARATHON!!! You ran it, you COMPLETED it and it doesn't matter how long it took you. YOU DID IT!!!!

    Now...when's your next one? emoticon

    emoticon to you my dear Pink Pirate friend!!! emoticon
    1491 days ago
    It's strange that you don't see yourself as a athlete because you are a role model for many of us! Although I am older than you are, I find insertion in what you have done and what I also can do.
    1491 days ago
    If I could do what your are doing I would be shouting it from the roof tops!!! You are amazing!! Really!! You should be very very proud of yourself and your hubby!!
    1491 days ago
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