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10/14/08 3:25 P

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Thanks for that hummingbird. I say this as I have my foot propped up after physical therapy yesterday. Really bad bone spur. After 2 months of everything thrown at me-from steroid shots to night boots (all not working), I am at the last step before surgery. I needed to hear this from someone. In Jan. I weighed close to 200 lbs. and my illness was ruling my life. Now 10 months later-138 lbs-my symptoms have almost gone away and I am running (when healthy) a 10 minute mile (amazing for me!) So even tho I can't run right now-I will again. And I am able to say I am a healthy 50 yr. old!!!! Thanks for that! Anne

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You will never find time for anything. You must make it.

I am now who I always wanted to be!


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10/14/08 11:05 A

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Wow - I needed that! Thanks for sharing Humming!
I ran a 10K a couple weeks ago and I thought I would keel over. It was so hard, lots of hills. I was disappointed with my time and since then have been eating too much candy, skipping workouts....

I needed that perspective boost.... now I just gotta get back on the horse.

Behold! He makes all things new! (Even Me!)




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10/14/08 9:35 A

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It's important to remember how far we've come. I'm very grateful that my DH is just the type of person who does it naturally, whenever I think "I just can't do this" he just comes up with a "by the way, I'm proud of you" It really does help.

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10/14/08 9:06 A

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Thanks- I really needed to read something like this today. I am recovering from IT Band Strain from my half marathon a couple of weeks ago- I haven't run in 9 days and can't wait to get back out there and run. In the big picture, I know that even though I may need to start slow again, the end result will be the same- I'll be running!

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." -- Confucius



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10/14/08 8:18 A

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Woohoo humming!! I think sometimes it takes just that, looking at where we were before and where we are now.

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15K 1:48:42
30K 3:59:34
13.1 2:36:16
26.2 5:43:31 (shattered by 21 minutes!)

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10/14/08 8:13 A

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Wow, Thanks for sharing! That is truly what this journey is about...taking a look at where we were, where we are, and where we plan to go.

And the next time you think 3 miles ain't that long, get in your car, drive 3 miles and you will be amazed that you run that far!!! GREAT JOB!

HAPPY RUNNING!
Nancy

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10/14/08 6:53 A

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Good job changing your perspective!! You can do it.
Don't worry about the time or the distance - just get out there. It'll all come back.

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
-Carol Burnett

"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."

Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.



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HUMMINGBIRDCYB's Photo HUMMINGBIRDCYB Posts: 74
10/14/08 12:09 A

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Well, I have recently started to run significantly more. I had slowly slacked a little bit. I mean, I never stopped running, but was running for shorter distances. And I had an annoying cut on my foot, so I took a few days off.

Well, after all of this, I returned to running and found that a three mile run tired me out a lot more than before.

Two miles runs would tax me a bit and I felt like I had regressed quite a bit.

Well, I was talking to one of my friends who doesn't run. I mentioned how I was disappointed and was planning on working hard to get back to where I was, but it was so encouraging. He said, "Wow! I could never imagine running three miles! Good job, man!"

It was exactly what I needed to hear. Instead of feeling bad for a small setback, I feel a lot better about all of the progress that I've made. I mean, when I started running, I barely could make a mile. And I was running at a much slower pace. And that was only maybe three months ago.

I've lost nearly 25 pounds running and if I can lose another 20 pounds, I'll have reached my weight goal of 12% body fat.

My health is way healthier than it was before. At its best, my resting heart rate was about 46 beats per minute, but it's still 49 beats per minute which is terrific.

With some hard work, I'll be able to get back what I've lost, but I can also be happy to know that this exercise has done terrific things for my mind. My heart is a lot more healthy.

And I have found that way more women show me interest.

An friend of mine who came to visit me when she came to my town called me, "hot".

When I remind myself of this fact, I can't help but feel good. It sure put that minor setback into perspective.

Most people aren't able to just up and run three miles and it's terrific that I'm able to.

Putting things into perspective sure can be helpful!!!

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