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8/8/15 11:16 A

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I'm so glad I saw this! I just joined this team after reading today's great "Success Story." I'm 45 and I am really just starting to run. I have a pretty good sense of humor about life in general and about myself in particular. I, too, wondered if the "real runners" out there would call me out for describing myself as a runner when all I really do is a slow, but steady, jog. Sometimes I add a serious sprint for the last quarter mile or so. It makes me giggle because, really, what the heck do I care if I look goofy? I am sure that no one out there is taking the time to assess my running or goofiness, anyway, so why spend time thinking about it? When I see people jogging I cheer them on every time! I choose to believe that I am being cheered on, too. I am learning that I need to run in order to live. It makes me feel great, and starting at 45 just makes me feel invincible. I love the description "Rookie" - I think it's just right!

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8/8/15 12:24 A

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Way to go! Are you doing any more runs this summer?

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6/13/15 2:24 P

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That is awesome. It is not the about the pace or how far you go but the progress you make each time you do it. Keep up the good work!

No goal or distance is too small. What matters is that you started, you are doing it, and you will conquer that goal and distance in the future!


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5/11/15 8:21 A

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I've heard of wogging too -- walking/jogging. I just call it running, even at my slow pace :)

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5/11/15 1:21 A

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Well, this is encouraging! I "ran" my second 5K ever last night; the first one was about three weeks ago and I came in at just over 45 minutes (pitiful) but felt like I could have gone a little faster. I set my sights on beating the 45 minute mark and almost came in under 40 (40:17!) but it darn near kilt' me. :-) Although my time wasn't "much impressive", I spent almost the entire course actually running (albeit as slowly as I walk in some cases I'm sure) so it felt like a win.
I hope that by joining this group I can continue to get better; I can't call myself a runner yet (it just doesn't sound right in my head) but I refuse to be a jogger so here's hoping! :-)

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4/8/15 2:39 P

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I agree with those who said running is running. Jogging is sort of an out-dated term to describe slow running... but that means even jogging is a type of running. Just like sprinting is a type of running.

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3/24/15 7:08 A

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Wow. I am so appreciative of the encouragement on this thread! My self-consciousness has been replaced by renewed commitment not only to continue my training but to look for ways to support my fellow runners going forward.

Thanks, all--wishing you great running this week!

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3/23/15 11:28 A

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GIMMESPARK...

You train for the race
You pay for the race
You show up for the race

YOU DESERVE A BIB emoticon

One priceless quote that a fellow runner gave to me, "Run Your Race"

Don't worry about what everyone else is doing, unless you are running with a group. emoticon

"Where I am today is where my mind put me."










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3/22/15 8:19 P

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I got. " DLBF" certificate for my first 5K. Dead last but finished is better than did not start. And it felt pretty darned good!

Life is fragile. Love, laugh and enjoy.


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3/22/15 3:30 P

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I ran my first 5k at a 13:00 min/mile and I have zero shame about that! Because I ran that first 5k, I went on to run my first 8k, 10k, half, and full marathon! And last week I ran my first race at a 8:45 min/mile! Every run is important, and it all makes you a runner. Good luck on your race! You're going to crush it!

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3/22/15 12:40 A

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I agree...running is running!!! If you are out there doing it, then you are a runner!! I love to hear about how you feel when you run, it tells me you are really enjoying the sport, and also enjoying the fringe benefits:):)

Please let us know how your race goes!!!

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3/21/15 11:08 P

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Thanks so much for the input and support, runners! The truth is, I've signed up for a 5K next month and felt kind of self-conscious about slogging along behind the "real" runners, but you folks make me feel less like a wanna-be and more like someone who deserves a bib of her own. I really appreciate it. When I'm out in the sunshine, I feel like a part of everything, and I get such a sense of accomplishment when I reach my goal. Your posts make me feel better about bringing my own slow pace to the field without worrying about what anyone else thinks. Even if I'm the last to finish, I'm flying compared to my days without running!

Appreciate the positive reinforcement and wish you all happy trails. ;)

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3/21/15 6:58 P

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My take--jogging was a term in the 1970s that slower runners used--today anyone who moves with both feet off the ground is a runner--you are a runner!

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3/21/15 5:04 P

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This question actually comes up quite often. Running is defined as the forward motion with both feet off the ground (when you are walking there is always one foot on the ground). So yes, you can absolutely call yourself a runner.

Now is there a difference between running and jogging?

That totally depends on who you ask.

To me, running is running, no matter the speed or distance. Think of it this way, would Usain Bolt be considered a runner because of his blistering speed in the 100 meters? If yes, then would you think that the marathon runners are not runners because they are much slower.

We run, therefore we are runners. If you want to call it jogging, that doesn't bother me at all. It's all good, and way better than couch potatoes.

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3/21/15 5:00 P

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Usually, it is considered as jogging if you can move at a pace and hold a conversation. Running, you can't hold a conversation and your heart rate is high.

You can consider yourself a runner at anytime :) I believe most people consider themselves a runner when they are running consistently. Not goofy at all.

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3/21/15 3:50 P

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This is kind of tongue in cheek and kind of serious: I'm wondering how to define running versus jogging. Is it speed related? Is it a matter of consistency (i.e., how often you go out/week)? Is it miles covered? Are the expectations adjusted for age (I'm approaching 50 faster than I can run/jog!)?

I can go 2 miles without stopping to walk, so I like to think of it as running, but my pace is 13 mins/mile. Of course, I've only been training a couple of months, and getting my cardio to where I can go the distance has been the first step. I could only go 1 mile without slowing to walk when I started.

Is it goofy for me to consider myself a "runner" just 'cause I want to? Is it pathetic that I care?

Thoughts?

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