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I am a runner!

Monday, November 14, 2011

This weekend, I took my first actual class on running. I've been running for over a year now, but this was the first time I got professional advice from anything but a magazine column or a book. The class is a form class; I feel like I have pretty good form, but the lady at Big Peach recommended the class for my boyfriend and I decided to join him.

It's weird, how running has become such a part of my life. Not only did we wake at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning to go freeze our booties off for the form class, but I also made sure to crank out a 6-mile run on Sunday. Even though I'm not one of those skinny little runners who is out front in every race, even though my PR is not what I'd like it to be, even though I cannot wear those cute little Nike running shorts (they look like a diaper on me), running is still an important part of my life. It's always funny to me, the girl who ran like a chicken as a child, to realize I've somehow become a runner.

I also realized this weekend that I really do want to run the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon. After the Disney Wine and Dine in October, I thought I was going to die. Literally. There on the sidewalk at Epcot. I almost swore off distance running altogether, and I sure as heck thought I'd never want to double the distance I ran. Twenty-six-point-two miles seemed like forever. (It still does!)
But the thing I'm learning about endurance races is, as I'm finishing the last few miles, my brain starts saying,"What the heck was I thinking? I'm never going to do this again!" However, soon, within minutes (well, days with the Wine and Dine), I'm ready to plan the next race, to start setting goals, to start thinking about how I can keep growing and improving as a runner. Call it runner's high or possibly just call it crazy, but it's like I can't get enough.

Scientists still can't figure out how the chemicals released during running affect our bodies, but I will tell you they are addictive. If I'm having a bad day, I can run and it makes things better. Even when I'm heavier, I feel better about my body when I'm running. Everything, it seems, will be okay as long as I can cover 15-miles a week.

This month, a lot of my Facebook friends are giving thanks everyday. Well, I'm thankful for endorphins. And I'm also thankful for being able to make changes. Like I said, a couple years ago, I wasn't a runner, but over the last two years, I've made leaps and bounds, and I'm proud of who I've become. I've actually won races, and right now, I'm reaching for a goal that not too long ago I would have thought was impossible. Yeah, I'm not going to win the Boston Marathon or the Peachtree anytime soon, but that doesn't mean I'm not an athlete and it doesn't mean that my accomplishments don't matter.

I'm excited to learn more from this class about how to run right, leaning and footfall and posture. I'm excited to become a better runner. I'm excited to keep improving and keep growing and keep reaching. I guess, really, I'm just excited to run.
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    Way to go plan big with the 2013 marathon!
    2350 days ago
  • DNS9264
    Thanks everyone! Great advice, Tim. I hadn't heard about these incidents, but I'll have to be sure to get checked out. I like thinking of myself as a "marathoner," even though I keep doubting it. emoticon 26.2! My next goal!
    2351 days ago
    Wow, it sounds like it was a smart move to join the BF! And it is always nice to be grateful and being grateful for endorphins is cool too!

    Good Luck in training for 2013 Disney Marathon
    2352 days ago
    It's excellent that you have set your Marathon sights so long term.

    Here's is something I learned. Adopt your goal. When I started my Marathon training, I began to say I am a marathoner -- even though I had never run a marathon. I was not being presumptuous. Saying it made it so in my mind.

    "I am a runner." Good for you. You are a Marathoner!

    Now, a cold hard fact and an important question.

    Cold Hard Fact - About 1 in 50,000 marathon participants die from heart attacks. Since 9 October 2011 four people have died sudden marathon deaths. Chicago 26.2, Los Angeles Rock and Roll (RnR) 13.1 on 10/30, Savannah RnR 26.2 (I witnessed that one) on 11/5, and San Antonio RnR 13.1 on 11/13. Three were in their middle thirties, one was 58 and all were apparently in good health and fit.

    When all is said and done and autopsies are in, it will almost certainly show that each and everyone of them had some pre-existing heart disease or defect that their doctor could have found with a cardiologist visit (ok several visits).

    Important Question: Have you seen your doctor? Did the doctor send you to a cardiologist? If not, ask why not and get a referral.


    I am not trying to be a bummer.

    I am trying to keep you alive and healthy.

    You are a marathoner. You are an elite runner. Treat yourself well. See a doctor.
    2352 days ago
    Good for you! I am a beginner runner. Good luck with your goals. I hope you do complete the 2013 marathon.
    2352 days ago
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