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My first race

Sunday, September 11, 2011

well Lizalot and I ran la Parisienne 6-k today, in the rain. we didn't get to start til after about 90 minutes of waiting, about 30 of them in the rain. 21 633 women finished -- and 1861 of them were slower than me! i didn't trip over the women who passed me or slide on the wet cobblestones, so finishing neither last nor injured are 2 pretty major accomplishments from my perspective, plus i ran the whole way (and without my ipod). and some of that time I even felt as if i were developing a rhythm ... aided by some of the many brass bands and percussion groups and bagpipe groups, etc. that were cheering us on.
a friend told me: have fun. is running supposed to be fun? i was proud of myself and glad i did it, but i'm not sure it will ever be what i think of as "fun". what do you think?
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    Congratulations on completing your first race! I've never been in a race with that many people before. I enjoy running and hate when I cannot do it, but I do not enjoy racing. Racing to me is brutal. The rewards when you finish are great, but the suffering while you bust your butt is not so fun. But I guess without racing I wouldn't be able to see what I'm capable of. Will there be another race in the future?
    2748 days ago
    wow c'est génial!!! on se fait la prochaine édition ensembles?
    2748 days ago
    I'm so happy for you!! emoticon Congratulations on finishing the race uninjured, even if you were soaking wet. You did great! I knew you wouldn't come in last place. emoticon

    Yes, running is fun! It doesn't always feel like it at the time, but joy of having accomplished something like that sure feels fun, don't you think?

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    emoticon on your first race! emoticon

    I have learned over the years that RUNNING can be a love/hate relationship but watch out without warning you could become ADDICTED!!! emoticon
    2749 days ago
    WELL DONE!!! You're a hero!!! Especially with the rain and without an iPod. I hope you'll get to like running. I do find it fun. I used to really miss it when I was pregnant but I'm now looking forward to jogging next week.
    Have a nice recovery! You deserve some stretching now.

    2749 days ago
    I guess it partly depends whether you get the runner's high, which you don't seem to... When I had to stop running, I missed it so much I cannot even tell you! But I also find races 'fun' for the reasons you mention -- just the general atmosphere of people doing something they feel is good for them and being proud to do it, not to mention the great music, woohoo!!!
    Most importantly, CONGRATULATIONS Striver for finishing your first race, I am happy for you and proud of you!
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    Comment edited on: 9/11/2011 1:29:50 PM
    It's true, the organised race was fun, because the atmosphere was great and the music helped us on our way. Running is perhaps not fun, but I feel so much better when I start the day with a run that it might soon become a necessary part of my life. And that would be a good thing. As for the rain, well it kept us cooler than we might have been if we'd run last week for example.
    2749 days ago
    Congratulations on your first race!! I think I agree with you that I'm not sure runnning should be classified as "fun" but I have come to like a good run and pushing myself to go further and faster. I do think the organized runs are a lot of fun and I love doing them. Running is the mechanism to have the fun. Keep it up!!

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