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On being a "real runner"

Friday, November 23, 2012

I am finally coming to the conclusion that some of the things "real runners" talk about apply to *me*. For example, while I might have felt a little sheepish wearing the compression sleeves on my calves, they seem to have helped. Not much after effects from the HM last Sunday, day of, day after, or during the week, despite being cooped up for a long drive.

And the photos on MIRAGE727's blog showed I looked good in them, too. Kind of like a horse with stockings. So... they were a win.

Second win: GU! Surprise, surprise. They were passing out single serving 100 calories of GU at mile 8 of the HM route. I took a chocolate one and devoured it... like eating frosting, people... YUM! But more importantly, I had the energy to finish the race, feeling strong. So... nutrition *during* an endurance run, important, even for aging athletes (yes, I used that term for me - athlete!) like ME.

What I said I was most proud of was that we ran the race we planned to run. For me this is something that seems to happen when I run with a buddy. So, Marsha, thanks for being there and keeping me honest. The PR was just gravy. Doing it with one another, finishing strong, with those smiles on our faces, upright, and wanting to do it again? That's what it's all about.

That's being a "real runner".

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