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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

...is a failure to communicate. MY BAD! I read the first comment on my last blog entry and thought I buried my point too deeply and I responded directly. Now I see three comments that say basically the same thing, so I guess I completely screwed it up. Instead of answering each comment individually I'm going to give it another try.

When I was ticking off the elements of my race, I was trying to convey the feeling of high satisfaction I got from breezing though a marathon despite not accomplishing everything I might have. I used the "Fail" word in a light hearted internet meme state of mind. I recognize that I do not have the build and muscle type to achieve outstanding or even average times for my age group. Of course, a P.R. or a trophy is exciting, but I am extremely comfortable running my races in a way that lets me continue to do so for as long as possible.

I am inspired by the more competitive runners and I hope that the ones who are going for the gold appreciate that all the lesser gods who run like me or even walk it, and do not "leave it all on the course", really give them more opportunity to shine. Roads will not be closed for races that only include contestants who have a chance at the podium.
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    Spark people get a little touchy about the word "fail". I used it in a blog entitled "why you learn more from failures than sucesses". Most of the comments said the same thing. That I didn't fail. So I don't use that word anymore on my blogs. It's not a bad thing that people don't want you to fail, but they certainly don't want you to use it in blogs.

    Anyway you communicated well the first time, as in the song by Meatloaf "and 2 out of 3 ain't bad"...
    2478 days ago
    I didn't read any negativity in your blog. You met your goal, though you missed a target or two. That's like going to a shooting competition and getting 48 out of 50; you did very well and met your goal even if you "failed" to hit a couple targets.

    To me it sounds like you know you capabilities, have a good idea how much you can push yourself without risking injury, enjoy competing, and are comfortable with running well in a race versus setting a new PR each time. Keep up the racing!
    2479 days ago
    It's all good stuff...gotcha! :-)

    So pleased for your day of rewards!

    2479 days ago
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    Guess I missed the blog - love the last statement. .... I figure I am a middle of the packer and happy to be there!

    Congrats on the Marathon - now I have to go read your other blog
    2481 days ago
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