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Going the extra mile for the team


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

My current status says that last week I recorded my 1st 40 mile week EVER.

This is significant because:
I’ve been running for nearly 30 years and have never done that before.
I usually cut back in the summer (It’s HOT here in the South)
I’m not training for anything (see above sentence)

Yet since July 1st I’ve been getting outside at 6 am to get a few miles in. When the heat and humidity drive me inside, I finish up at the gym.

I don’t need extra cardio. My average 20 – 25 miles a week keep me maintaining nicely especially in the summer when it’s so easy for us to canoe or kayak on the lake.

My extra push is to support my team.

I live outside of a small town between 2 cities (population each approx. 70K). Each city regularly runs “challenges” to get people active.

In the current challenge we record our daily mileage running or walking (treadmill OK, elliptical No). Steps in daily activities don’t count either.

In a recent article our local paper called our church – “The Runningest Church in Town.” So of course, we have a team. I like that we encourage taking care of our bodies as well as our spirits.

You don’t have to be on a team to join a challenge, but just like on SP, the effort to improve is easier with the support of friends.

As we enter our miles we can see our individual and team position in the list. Even with my current “high” mileage, I’m at half what the leaders are doing and that’s perfectly OK. It’s about pushing just a little bit more than you’re used to.

This current challenge involves miles, but the last one recorded minutes of exercise.

One member of our team finished that challenge in 2nd place out of 1000 participants.

This is significant because she is 91 years old!
Now that’s a goal to work toward.
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GRAMPIAN 11/18/2014 6:03AM

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WHITEANGEL4 11/1/2014 11:16PM

    KKeep moving forward

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MRSRIGS1 8/7/2014 2:34PM

    WOW!! Good for you! Keep on adding to your miles.

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CHARITYAK 7/17/2014 6:21PM

    Great jjob!

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BELLENGLISH 7/15/2014 10:25PM

    Awesome!

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MARYJEANSL 7/14/2014 11:59PM

  Wow! I think it is wonderful that you (and your church team) are doing this. I love the idea!

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PHATNOMO11 7/14/2014 11:10PM

    Outstanding

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MAMAMOOSE54 7/14/2014 9:40PM

    You are amazing-I don't think I will ever run 40 miles in a week!!!
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JSEATTLE 7/14/2014 6:39PM

  How neat that you have challenges that you can participate in locally. I love this idea. We can also challenge ourselves, somehow this is always the hardest thing to do!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/14/2014 6:25PM

  91!!! That is definitely a goal to work toward. I do not mind growing old as long as I am living a quality life and that includes physical activity. I also like the idea of your church emphasizing the importance of being fit and healthy. Great blog!!! emoticon

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 7/14/2014 6:11PM

    emoticon So motivating, goodness91!! emoticon

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MELNJAY3 7/14/2014 5:38PM

    That sounds fun and motivational. What a great way to get the community moving. emoticon . And at 91 I hope I'm still moving that well.

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DLDMIL 7/14/2014 4:55PM

    Great job. emoticon

I hope I am still as active at 91 as I am now.

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NONNAOF2 7/14/2014 2:28PM

  How I wish I could do that too! Due to my disabilities I am unable to but I admire the ones who can! Woo Hoo!! You are amazing!! Keep up the good work and you too will be 91 and running!! :-)

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1CRAZYDOG 7/14/2014 2:26PM

    OMG! I want to be that 91 yr. old when I grow up!

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MJREIMERS 7/14/2014 1:46PM

    You ROCK! Keep it up and thanks for the motivation!

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SHERYLP461 7/14/2014 1:43PM

    Amazing!

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/14/2014 1:29PM

  That is so AWESOME your town and church is supportive of this!!!! Really cool! How long did it take this 91 old lady to do these miles ( how many) ??Gish Gee whiz... emoticon

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CICELY360 7/14/2014 1:16PM

  Wow.

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SHARON7464 7/14/2014 1:06PM

    Wow at 91 she placed second! I'm thoroughly impressed and motivated!

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MOMMY445 7/14/2014 10:49AM

    woo hoo! Way to go!

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COASTAL6 7/14/2014 9:44AM

    I wont to be that 91yr old, when I'm at that age!
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DJSHIP46 7/14/2014 9:43AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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JERICHO1991 7/14/2014 9:14AM

    Inspiring.

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AJB121299 7/14/2014 8:32AM

    nice

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DIANNEMT 7/14/2014 8:28AM

    Wow for the 91 year old! Team keeps me moving--Go, Daisies!!

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GABY1948 7/14/2014 8:05AM

    91 years old/young! That is emoticon

I also loved your remark about "I like that we encourage taking care of our bodies as well as our spirits"! SO true...they are always hand in hand!

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PENOWOK 7/14/2014 7:44AM

    That is so cool about your teammate!! I should say that would be a goal to target! I love that you are doing this as a group. That's so motivating!!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/14/2014 7:27AM

    My word, this is astounding. And encouraging. Thank you. And tip my hat to the entire team when next you meet!

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BESSHAILE 7/14/2014 6:38AM

    Wow - and what a cool place you live in.

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