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NOT a Half Marathon Training blog! Looking ahead...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Are you sitting down? This is not a HM training blog entry. Yes, you read that right LOL. Under wise advisement I did not run today because of my cold as I need to rest. I felt like such a slacker but I fully understand that my HM training is now formally over and its taper time. taper time brings out the phobias in all of us. My husband can attest to that. He has learned so much about the training process as much as I have. He is such a trooper and I love him so.

I have not run my first HM yet and this time next week I will be Sparking while wearing my first Finisher's Medal around my neck. I dare you to take it off of me! I will not wear it while in the bathtub but you can be sure that I will hang it from the showerhead to gaze upon its beauty. I am so confident that I will finish and I will have a smile on my face much like I did finishing the Bix. I may not finish it at break neck speed but that is not why I chose to run this distance.

I chose to run this distance because it makes me feel like a runner...an athlete...for the first time in my life. I did this actually for me and my health. I run because I want to be proactive with my health being that i now have to be concerned with breast cancer after losing my mom. I do this for my mom in remembrance of her as I can wear my PINK in order to make people aware of breast cancer. Yes, I do this for the finisher's medal. Even though I have one 5k medal, I may never get another one. Thus, I run HM for the medals too for it is a shining example of the hard work, patience and the time I train that is an investment in me.

Today, while I perused the ol' Spark I came upon a race report of a fellow Sparker that ran the US Air Force HM yesterday at Wright-Pat AFB, Dayton, Ohio. I am a very proud mom of an Air Force vet and experienced the 7 years plus the almost 2 year of Matt being a DEPer as he "signed up" while being a Junior in high school. So, as I researched this HM and marathon it almost literally "glowed" and I knew this was the one I wanted.

I told Jim about it and immediately he told to me put it on the calendar that we are going. So once again, he will patiently help me through the HM training process for it and support me all the way. This HM is something we can share as we love to travel, we have a very strong support for the Military and I can do what I love to do...run the long distance.

With that said, I want you all to know that you may never see me breaking land speed records while running HM's as I do it for the love of running. Speed is not my thing. Running long distances at a slower (12-ish ap) speed is my specialty. At that moment in time I am an athlete. I was one of those fat kids in school that was always picked last. This is the first time that I can be first in my eyes.

That is why I run.

Until next time...


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    Found your blog and LOVED it! Love that you'll be running the US Air Force HM next year! I would love to run that race too...
    All the best!
    3857 days ago
    I can't believe it NOT a HM training blog! But a wonderful blog! Oh!! ::::fans the tears:::::

    Love you sweet girl!
    3858 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    hey it is your race at your pace. you are a runner don't ever question that, no matter what the distance. have a great first HM, remember it well!
    3858 days ago
    Interesting perspective on the athlete thing. I guess I've felt like a runner since I decided to start running, and I'm starting to feel like more of a competitor now that I'm getting into the top half of my age group. Another year and look out.

    It looks like you are adopting some touring into your running too. 5Ks in Florida, halfs in Ohio. I like picking out destinations by race availability. I need to get another tour event or two picked out. None on the calendar right now.
    3858 days ago
    Awwww Laurie what a wonderful blog! Brought tears :) You are such a winner & an awesome athlete! You are a runner & a champ!!

    You're right, it has nothing to do with speed but don't be surprised if that picks up as your bod & cardio systems continue to adapt to your wise training :) and like me, you'll find joy in wherever that lands you!!

    Cannot wait to run one with you & celebrate what we, together, have accomplished!

    You do your Momma proud!!

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    3858 days ago

    I think that sounds like a perfect reason to run the Air Force HM. I'll have to see how it falls into my training to run with you, but I'd at least attempt to drive down and cheer you on.

    I like the longer distances because it's MY race; only racing against MY times. I'll never be a Lighting McQueen, but that's OK. Run your race at YOUR pace and enjoy the experience.
    3858 days ago
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    3859 days ago
    Awesome - I am so happy you have your 3rd HM picked - still waiting to see what I end up doing....I won't know until Nov 22nd
    3859 days ago
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    Thanks for sharing the reasons why you run, Laurie. I am so excited for you. I can't wait to hear all about the race & see that shiny medal. I'd be the same way - when I earn my first medal, I plan to wear it everywhere. I dare people not to notice it!

    I am right down the road from WPAFB. If you come, I'll be there too!
    3859 days ago
    Oooo, the usaf half marathon sounds just perfect for you! I definitely look forward to hearing more about it next week.

    I'll admit it that I didn't really wear my medals much after the day of the race, but I still LOVE to look at them! My recent one, which I got a month ago, is still sitting on my desk where I can look at it anytime. I have to figure out a good way to display them as I fully intend on collecting some more ;)

    Enjoy your taper week! Your body deserves the time to rest up and get ready for the big show!

    Love ya!
    3859 days ago
  • EMILY1244
    I can't wait till you get your medal. I am looking forward to getting my first one. As long as you are out there, running, doing what you love, how can you see yourself any where but in first place? Like you said, it isn't about speed, its about love. For me, it is about being a penguin, I may be waddling over the finish line, but at least I am doing it! emoticon
    3859 days ago
    Yes! The book "Marathoning for Mortals" claims that you should wear your finisher's medal so much that it starts annoying everyone around you. And so, that's what I'm doing today! I've been wearing it since I put it on (with the exception of taking it off for the shower) and I fully intend to wear it tomorrow, too!
    3859 days ago
    I am so happy for you! Your pride and excitement just come shining through your blog. I continue to see you as such a role model and am hoping to someday be able to also blog about long running - or ANY running at this point due to my ongoing hip and pelvic injury. Good luck and congratulations in advance.
    3859 days ago
    Good for you! I have not run a 1/2 marathon in several years due to knee pain, but your blog reminded me of my first 1/2 marathon. I felt the same way -- didn't end in record time, but my goal was simply to do it and feel good about myself.

    Thanks for sharing!
    3859 days ago
    Love, love, love this blog! I wore my medal to work for a week! Everyone noticed it bc it wasbig, gold and nosiy! Plus, it usually hit them a little when I took their blood pressure! Haha! I know you are going to finish proud and strong! It's great that you are doing it in honor of your mom and wearing your pink!
    3859 days ago
    Awesome blog, Laurie! I'm so excited for you and proud of you my dear SparkFriend!
    3859 days ago
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