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At Least They Couldn't Run Off and Leave Me

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I promised I'd let you know how the Lakeland Runner's Club track workout went. The fellow in charge is so very positive and encouraging. He is just great. (And he does it totally for free, just because he wants people to run.) There were people I knew who welcomed me kindly. Showed me how to hang my towel on the chain link fence and where to put my water bottle.

That said, it was a very hard workout. The quarter mile (400 meters more exactly) track, of course, is quite flat, although totally unshaded. The "feels like" temperature was 100 degrees, with the sun beating down, so that is why it may have felt so hard for me.

I only did half the workout. At the half-way point, I cooled down and went home. But at least I did half.

What I did accomplish:
* quarter mile walk before everyone started
* first 200 meter was suppose to be a warm-up, but everyone was running so fast!
*800 meters at 5K race pace
*200 meters walk
*600 meters at 5K race pace
*200 meters walk
*400 meters at 5K race pace
*200 meter jog
*200 meters at 5K race pace
*200 meters jog
*walking cool down in the parking lot

I know I was the oldest person there as well as the slowest. I found myself frequently running faster than my target 5K pace because everyone was so speedy. I guess someone has to be last. And I truly enjoyed watching the strong ones lap me. Youth. Strength. Ease. Beautiful running.

I'm going to wait and talk to my Galloway Program Director about her ideas for my training for both 5Ks and half marathons. If I do decide to join this group regularly, I'll just have to adjust my thinking and my speed to benefit me.

I did a short, hard workout last eve, so today I went 10 miles in the air conditioning according to the elliptical trainer I used. It felt easy and very enjoyable!

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    emoticon Marsha!

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MARGARITTM 7/2/2014 4:27PM

    Give it another look see before you make a decision - when I run with faster runners I think I get faster too!

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BOILHAM 7/2/2014 4:02PM

    Marsha, Great job! I too enjoy watching those youngster fly past me. They always encourage me when they pass by, too. We older runners get credit just for being out there, so that's kind of nice. Glad you enjoyed it. - Vic

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SWEDE_SU 7/2/2014 10:12AM


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GLORIAMAJDI 7/2/2014 9:36AM

    You are such an inspiration. I applaud you for having the courage to try this - and in heat like that, wow! I am pretty new to running, just started last summer. I went on a group run last night in similar heat, and trust me, I was going really really slowly! Congrats on stepping out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself!

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GABY1948 7/2/2014 8:22AM

    That was GREAT, Marsha! You ROCK!

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COASTAL6 7/2/2014 5:33AM

    You did great!

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_LINDA 7/2/2014 12:06AM

    Wow!! What you managed to do in that heat is amazing!! Pylometrics!!! That is crazy!! Impressed the heck out of me! It is fine to admire younger, stronger runners, but never ever even think of comparing yourself and your speed to them -you do have to run your own race. That guy is a tough task master! I could not imagine for a minute doing that intense a workout in such heat!
Keep on being amazing!

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MSLZZY 7/1/2014 11:35PM

    Wow! You did fantastic! It would have been a shame to hurt yourself.

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MJREIMERS 7/1/2014 10:00PM

    You rock!! I'm learning that speed isn't as important as injury free. If we take care of our bodies, they will take us anywhere!! I think you did emoticon !

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ROXYZMOM 7/1/2014 8:55PM

    You will get it -- keep going!!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/1/2014 8:13PM

    At 100 degrees you did awesome!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/1/2014 7:41PM

    Way to listen to your body! You are a wise woman!

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WATERMELLEN 7/1/2014 7:29PM

    Very sensible decision . . . . and you'll absolutely figure out what is best for YOU next!!

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SPINNINGJW 7/1/2014 7:15PM

    You just keep on running. I wonder how many of them will be running when they are your age.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/1/2014 6:42PM

    You sound like me after the open water swim with the "real" triathletes. But seriously, we might not be up with the 30-somethings, but for us 60-somethings, I think you do VERY well! Wise to find the adaptations to make whatever workout you do benefit YOU! emoticon

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FOCUSONME57 7/1/2014 6:06PM

    Whew! The title of your blog had me worried you had fallen and gotten hurt! Glad to hear the lessons you learned today and the awesome progress you are making.

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MEXGAL1 7/1/2014 5:56PM

    you are just awesome!

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HOLLYM48 7/1/2014 5:52PM

    wow, you are something! Way to go. Glad you had fun!

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HARROWJET 7/1/2014 5:42PM

    Something is better than nothing. You did what you could. The humidity does me in every time. emoticon

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MOJO0607 7/1/2014 5:02PM

    I just moved to South Florida from the Valrico area, but I worked in Lakeland. Good for you to go out and try it out, and from the sounds of things you did amazing on your first outing. I learned a long time ago to not worry about how I measured up against others, and instead focus on my goals and victories. Thanks for sharing a story that resonates with me, and thanks for inspiring me to keep trying to be a better me overall. :)

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FROSTY99 7/1/2014 4:56PM

    Good for you for going and making it half way. Younger, stronger, used to it-might make a huge difference. I am sure over time you would adjust given time so figure it all depends on how much you want to join this group.

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LEWILL1982 7/1/2014 4:51PM

    Track is so hard and can be intimidating. I run track with people faster than me and all you can do is do what's best for you. It's good to push yourself a little harder; it's how you get better, but you can't expect to keep up with everyone. I learned that very quickly. I also run track at 5:30 am -I couldn't do it in this heat and daylight burning down. At least in the morning it's still dark, but probably more humid! Good luck!

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PICKIE98 7/1/2014 4:47PM

    What a wonderful day you had!!

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