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3/9/13 4:47 P

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I know exactly what you mean!

--Suzy

Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.

--W. C. Fields

The rule by which he had always lived was that the best would have to do until something better came along.

-- P.G. Wodehouse


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3/9/13 12:22 P

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So, I'm learning the my stamina very quickly leaves me when I stop going for walk/jogs for a while...

MommaCassey

"I'm not a pickle! I'm a cucumber." ~Larry

"Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit." ~~Norman Mailer

(Which is to say, LIVE A LITTLE MORE!)


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3/4/13 11:24 P

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Thank you! I will keep you posted and let you know how it goes. Let me know if you go to the run to watch.

Have a good evening!

Suzy

--Suzy

Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.

--W. C. Fields

The rule by which he had always lived was that the best would have to do until something better came along.

-- P.G. Wodehouse


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3/4/13 2:51 P

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Suzy - I did a trail run in the same area with another group and found at this time that trails are not for me - but i will be happy to cheer you!

"When I first started running, I was so embarrassed, I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers."
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3/3/13 7:46 P

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Hi Ladyrino! We are doing the Spokane River Run - I see from your SparkPage that you have done Bloomsday (and I see you did it in honor of your daughter...good for you. I cannot imagine how hard that must be).

Three weeks ago I would not have known what Bloomsday was, but wires got crossed and my cousins in Spokane thought we were coming for it. Now at least I know it's a very popular run! Are you doing it this year? Fortunately we sorted it all out and we have assembled a nice big non-running group to do the River Run.

Are you sure you don't do trails? You know the area better than I do but it doesn't look too rugged. Here is the link...my sister doesn't do them either but is going to do the 5k. I hope you'll consider it! How very fun it would be to do this with a SparkFriend!!

http://spokaneriverrun.com/

I like the Spokane River - when I was very young I was there for the opening of the gondola over the river for the World's Fair. I still like the gondola - and the carousel! Spokane has the best merry-go-round ever. We were there a couple of years ago and we must have ridden it 10 times.

Have a good day -

Suzy





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Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.

--W. C. Fields

The rule by which he had always lived was that the best would have to do until something better came along.

-- P.G. Wodehouse


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2/26/13 10:50 A

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Ckensington - The color runs are a blast =). Have a great time on the trail run in April - I live in Spokane and would be happy to cheer you (not a trail runner here) - which run are you doing?

"When I first started running, I was so embarrassed, I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers."
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2/23/13 9:06 P

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You are all awesome! I have two events coming up - a 5k fun-run on March 16, in which my daughter tells me people will be throwing paint at us...not sure how that works but I guess I will find out - and a trail run in Spokane Washington on April 21. I had wanted to do the half marathon (in RECORD slow time) but am leaning towards the 10K.

I have been having heel pain which was keeping me from trotting (honestly I do not 'run', but I can trot) but it is not bothering me at all right now. I will be out this week practicing - promise! I have to have some sinus surgery on Tuesday and I am not sure they will want me to trot shortly thereafter, but I would certainly think they will want me to walk.

I am so much looking forward to trotting with you!

--Suzy

Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.

--W. C. Fields

The rule by which he had always lived was that the best would have to do until something better came along.

-- P.G. Wodehouse


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1/25/13 11:37 P

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You are all so awesome!! Thank you for your motivation and kind words. I am happy to report I am upto 3 minute runs in my intervals. That is pretty huge for me. I fight my negative voice on every run, but my "I can do it" voice is winning!!

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1/24/13 8:33 A

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Royal,

Good morning and welcome to team!

Every word you say resonates deeply with me. Please allow me to share a bit of my story.

Not long ago, I was in your place. I have run on and off for 15 years and last year I was still the jiggly, panting, sweaty, struggling runner at the back of the pack.

Then last year, some deep part of me that must have been yearning for a change signed me up for a Half-Marathon (happening in three weeks!). Suddenly, walking/running/crawling beyond my 3 mile comfort zone was a necessity.

And here is what I learned - my body was willing!

My body didn't care about breathing so hard everyone in a one-mile radius could hear me. That is what my body needed to do to get air and it was happy to do it.

My body didn't mind jiggling. As long as wore the appropriate ta-ta support (I need 2 sport bras) my body was quite happy to jiggle down the yellow brick road.

My body didn't mind going further. As long as I did reasonable walk/run intervals and stretched, my body was quite willing to keep going.

In fact one day, I decided to just keep going. To monitor my BODY for aches and pains, shut down my panicked mind, and to let my body keep going. I did 7.6 miles that day - safely and without injury. Before that, my record was 5 miles.

My point is that my BODY was able and willing. It was my mind that was stopping me. It was my own fears and ego that kept from excelling because I was so embarrassed. My mind told me I looked ridiculous, but when I ignored that negative voice I could hear my body saying "Woo-hoo, this is GREAT!"

I have a long way to go. After six months, I am stronger and a little slimmer, although still slow. I have now conquered up to 11 miles, and in 3 weeks I WILL complete that Half-Marathon. I may one of the last ones to finish, but I will finish.

Royal, it doesn't matter if you don't look like a superstar on the road. What matters is that just by having the courage to be out there - You Are A SUPERSTAR!

Please copy past the url below into your browser. It leads to a wonderful blog that can be very inspiring to us "slow, fat, runners"

I'm proud of you!

Liz

http://flintland.blogspot.com/2012/05/he
y-fat-girl.html

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1/22/13 9:08 P

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Royal -

Ditto on the quotes from John The Penguin Bingham - another of my faves!!

Dont worry about your weight. Take a look at my page - you will see I am NOT a skinny minnie - but I am out there.

There is another woman I look up to - Jackie - who is a PLUS SIZE triathlete. I refuse to let my size stop me. I have people who have said unkind things including some members of my extended family. But I have my doc's blessings to keep doing what I am doing. You can do this and YOU ARE AWESOME in my books!

"When I first started running, I was so embarrassed, I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers."
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1/22/13 11:08 A

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Hi and welcome to the team and to running. One of my favorite quotes is

"I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far. I AM A RUNNER because I say I am. And no one can tell me I'm not."
John Bingham, author and runner

and also

If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for 20 years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get in. You just run. John Bingaman

I run using walk/run intervals (Jeff Galloway method) and many use his method to run marathons and half marathons. that doesn't make them any less of a runner. Just go slow and build up your endurance. If you are running even a very short distance, you are already a runner! You can do this. I never ran until I was 55 years old. Last spring I kind of stopped for a while. I'm not even sure why. I just started again and am working on building my distance back up slowly since January 1st. You're in a great place here!

Linda

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1/22/13 8:49 A

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Thank you ladies.
LadyRino, thank you for telling me about Yolanda Holder. She is very inspiring! I guess when I think of a runner I think about Dean Karnazes or Bart Yasso, but mostly about people like my husband. My husband can just throw on his running shoes and go for a run. He can run any distance he wants, 2 miles, 4 miles, 10 miles, and come back feeling great. Me on the other hand feel like I'm going to die after running for just 2 minutes (slight exaggeration, but you know what I mean.) I did my walk/run intervals on sunday, outside for the first time. My family loaded up and went to the local track. I almost didn't get out of the car because some local college boys were having a casual football game on the field. Well I did go out on the track and tried to pretend they weren't there. When I got to my run portion of my intervals (I am up to 2 mins of running at a time) I could feel every ounce of my weight violently jolting around, or at least thats how it felt to me. The only way I can explain it is it flat out sucked! When I final got to my cool down lap all these negative thoughts came racing into my head. I was never going to run leisurely, what they heck was I doing. So I took a deep breath and said to myself, at least your not on the sofa now. Then I laughed out loud at myself (because I'm goofy like that.)
So I am pushing forward now thinking that one day I will look back at these days and be grateful I kept at it. Well I am off to start my day. I have walk/run today with those dreaded 2 min runs. I WILL keep my head held up high. Thanks LadyRino ;)

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1/22/13 12:54 A

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Welcome to the team - we are glad that you are here. I am curious what you mean by an "actual" runner. I am a walk/jog endurance athlete who has successfully completed 15 half marathons in 15 months. One of the people I look up to is Yolanda Holder who holds the Guinness World Record for most marathons completed by a woman in a single year ---- and she just broke her record in 2012 --- she completed a total of 120 combined of full marathons and ultra marathons (as Guinness does not measure more than the full marthon distance - it still counts in the marathon distance even though she went further) and WALKED every one of them within the time limits of the various races. Whether you walk, run, jog, or crawl - you are the endurance athlete you want to be. Hold you head high and know you are going faster than every one who does not even get up to try! =)

"When I first started running, I was so embarrassed, I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers."
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1/22/13 12:17 A

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I know what you mean - I wasted YEARS by giving up too quickly but once I learned how to accept my limitations and simply ignore them, develop realistic goals and patience, it has gotten a lot easier. I'm certainly not experienced enough to give anyone else advice as I'm super-new at this, too, but if you just keep it up, you'll find it gets easier and easier all the time. My strategy was to just keep moving and not worry about speed, form or anything else - so far it's worked great for me!

Good luck!
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1/21/13 10:43 P

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Hi everyone! I am new to the team and to running. I have already got a little discouraged. I am very eager to get weight off, but right now the extra weight is making it very difficult to run. I have started on a walk/run program that I like.
Being an actual runner seems almost impossible right now. I know it is not, I have read and seen all the success stories. I just wish it didn't feel so impossible right now.
Wow, sorry didn't mean to make this a pity party. I really am in this for the long run (pun intended, Lol)
Glad to be here, and a part of the team.
Go Team!!

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