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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Well, it's fall marathon time and there are a bunch of us who ran or are planning to run one. We all have different abilities, goals, expectations, and reasons for taking this challenge at all. I've been following real world and online friends' exploits here on SparkPeople and on other sites. I'm impressed. I'm even impressed with someone who did not finish because he was smart enough to not to push through on a rolled ankle. I'm impressed with a guy who is six years older than me who has been a runner all his life and wants to run the Boston Marathon in 2047 because he'll be 100 years old then. I'm impressed with a friend who lost over 200 lbs. and still weighs over 200. She finished her first marathon in Washington DC on Sunday and is already back to her fitness routines. So a shout out to fellow Sparkers, BOILHAM and ONMYMEDS, who completed marathons in the past couple weeks. They are both a little older than me and are giving me a path to follow.

When I ran in the Empire State Marathon ten days ago, I had my own goals, and expectations. My main goal was to finish without injuring myself. Secondary goals were to have a better time than my first marathon, not to run any miles slower than twelve minutes, and to run continuously. I did finish and I bounced right back without any injuries so success there. Miles 23 and 24 were 12:08 and 12:01 so I guess I have to call that a fail even though I'm pretty happy with coming close. I missed beating my previous time by 14 minutes so that's a fail too. Maintaining a continuous run at a consistent pace was a success. There were water stops every mile plus a few extras. I hit every one of them practicing the moving grab. I don't think I spilled a drop. The thing that I was happiest with was that according to my Garmin, I had only eight seconds of non-moving time. I know when they were. I had to stop while the finisher's medal was placed around my neck. Then I continued out of the chute and ran another quarter mile to let my heart-rate slow down gradually.

I wanted to come in under four-and-a-half hours, but I expected to come in under five. I met my expectation and I feel great.
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    Sorry I missed this blog earlier. By now you've heard a lot that there is no fail in getting out there and pushing on, regardless of 'goals' met. You're a great athlete. Keep up the good work!
    2634 days ago
    I believe Boilhams marathon is Sat Nov 9th. A guy who's 70 is running the New York City marathon. I have a link to the article on my blog. He has run and finished every marathon since 1976.

    Great job on your 2nd marathon. No fails only improvement areas.

    Age is just a number not an ability level.
    2645 days ago
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    Oh ok I get it ------ well looks good to me!

    My first (maybe only) will be in May ... I have to now - told BOIL HAM if he did a tri I would do a marathon. so there you go.

    Dreading the long training runs and am notorious for starting out WAY as in WAAAAYYYY too fast all the time.

    I totally understand mixed feelings - met some goals and not all... sometimes you have to just get your head in the right place and appreciate what you have accomplished.
    2645 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/30/2013 3:43:20 PM
    I would have to agree with TIMOTHYNOHE- you may not have met all of your goals, but you certainly did not fail. Congratulations on finishing the marathon. You are an inspiration to us budding runners emoticon
    2646 days ago
    Congratulations...! There's not a SHRED of FAIL in your accomplishment! Woo hoo!

    2646 days ago
    Fail? You had no fails on that list.

    Well done! If I do the math correctly, you were born in 1953. We are of an age, you and I.

    Marathons are not my thing. Done two. Both finished. Both with times over 5:15. Both successes. I concentrate on Half Marathons now.

    Not making those goals are not fails, they are just something else to improve upon next time.

    So when is your next?
    2646 days ago
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