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Finish Celebrating & the New Pace Group

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Love my new pace group!! I ran 10 miles with them this morning at a pace I really enjoyed, just a little bit challenging. They are also very welcoming and supportive. There were 5 of us in the group this morning, although 3 of them ran 3.7 miles starting at 5am. I joined them at 6am. Most (maybe all of the rest) are training for a full marathon. I'm leaning toward sticking with the half marathon as my distance. I really am doing this for health and fitness and joy. I'm thinking 26.2 is probably just too much for me; I'm thinking that injuries would be much more likely than at 13.1. But time will tell.

Some things about my new pace group: although I'm the oldest by one month, all of us are over 60. All of the rest have been runners for years and years. Not one of them is overweight. But in general I will say as a group, I like runners. No matter their age or shape, runners just make me think, "good people." I have yet to find one who is cranky or negative.

I enjoyed celebrating my half marathon finish at my Weight Watcher's meeting yesterday and then I got lots of congratulations at the Galloway group this morning, too. This was the first time I'd run with the Galloway group since the half marathon because my family spent the week after at the beach. Some people in the group had even seen the 2 pictures I posted on FaceBook (they are in my Spark gallery, too) and gave me very kind comments. So I had a full two weeks of celebrating my half marathon achievement! Milking it for all it is worth!! Guess I'm done basking now. It feels so good. Now on to bigger and better or at least other things....
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  • _LINDA
    So glad you like your new group and that they are in your age range too :)
    Enjoy every second of your achievement, you have earned it!!! Love, love LOVE seeing your exhilaration as you cross the finish line! Great photo!
    2001 days ago
    Great job! emoticon
    2002 days ago
    Milk, Bask, Enjoy it all! You earned it!!
    2002 days ago
    Glad you new pace group is working for you.
    I agree, runners are the best; happy, friendly and love to share stories.
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    2002 days ago
    emoticon and glad you really like your new running group. I run with a great group of women in the early AM hours and you are right, runners are simply "good people!" Best wishes to you as you continue your healthy journey!
    2002 days ago
    Bask away!! Better baskful than bashful, right?? so great to have found such a supportive group of peers.
    2002 days ago
  • GABY1948
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  • FROSTY99
    emoticon Keep on basking in the afterglow and enjoy it for all it's worth!
    2002 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I'm taking that approach with my Halfs, Marsha. I will continue to run against myself but will also enjoy the event! It's good that you embrace the victory. We earned it! I'm so glad that you enjoy your new group. I always say to embrace your training, have fun with it, and you will race well! Stay strong!
    2002 days ago
    That's wonderful! You are so lucky to have a supportive running group. I'd love to have any running group. Keep at it. The best is yet to come.
    2002 days ago
    emoticon on your run and again on your half marathon!! emoticon emoticon
    2002 days ago
    You deserve to milk it! The first is ALWAYS the best!

    I love your comments that runners are "good people". We say the same about hikers and gardeners (we belong to clubs for both). I am anxiously awaiting spring when the local women's running club starts up again! I'm already "friends" with the club on Facebook so I'm getting comfortable.

    2002 days ago
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  • JACKIE542
    2002 days ago
    Heck, basking in the praise and glory is half the fun. Enjoy it all!

    2002 days ago
    Bask away and enjoy! You did awesome!
    2002 days ago
    Bigger and better? Hee-hee! Congrats on your first run with the new group, Marsha. And go ahead and milk it... you earned it!

    My own party continued all week as people kept returning to work from their own holidays... and I'd tell the tale all over again.

    Lincoln Marathon sign up traditionally has started to open on December 1st, but this year they have decided to start the Full Marathon sign ups on the 8th, then not allow Half Marathon registration until the 21st. Thing is, since they cap the race at 10,000 total runners, and the half has become so popular, they have had trouble with full marathon competitors not being able to get in.

    This is a problem because Lincoln is a Boston Qualifier, as well as the qualifier for National Guard's national marathon team. So...

    This leads to the pondering... should I spring to sign up for my "home race" as a full for 2013? Or... wait and take my chances there will be a half spot open for me on the 21st?

    I'm really leaning toward the full... bucket list, you know? Will I ever be in better shape to give it a shot than this year? I doubt it. The "if not now, when" reaction is setting in. I have a week to think about it. I welcome input!
    2002 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/1/2012 11:37:14 AM
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