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Fitness Buddy Let Down

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Since April I've been training to walk/run a local 5K. When I started I was walking a slow mile and now I'm able to complete the full 5K (mostly walking). I'm really proud that I've been consistent through the hot summer.

I've been walking with a friend. We were timing ourselves and tracking our miles, being each other's cheerleader the entire time. During the hot, humid days of August she started not showing up because it was too hot. It was hot. I acknowledge that but we changed the time we were walking to minimize the heat. Still no show. I sugguesred we move the walk inside. No takers. I walked anyway.

This week my buddy said that she wasn't going to participate in the 5K we've been training for all summer. I'm really disappointed. I'm not sure if I have the courage to do this by myself.

I'm not sure what to think, feel or what I'm going to do. I know this is, in the big scheme of things, not that important but it feels important to me. It looks like I was looking forward to this 5K more than I thought.

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  • JANET552
    Congratulations on your hard work! I hope you do participate in the 5K. You are ready for it and the support you'll get from those around you will help. You deserve the reward for all your hard work. Doubly so since you continued when those around you quit.
    2044 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I am sorry that your fitness buddy decided not to do the marathon. I can certainly understand your disappointment.
    2047 days ago
  • LUVS2BIKE101
    You can do it! There is always much support from other runners in the race. Many encourage each other, whether they know each other or not. This is about you and your goals. I will be your virtual running partner. Let me know date and time of the race. I will run a 5k at my local park. Together we will succeed in completing a 5k. Good luck! emoticon
    2048 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14803649
    It's ok to feel scared doing anything for the first time by ourselves and I hope you decide to do the race because that's what you've worked so hard for... and although I won't be there in person, I and lots of other SparkFriends will be alongside you in spirit and cheering you on every dog gone step of the way. Don't be surprised at the friends you'll make at this race and that you'll be joining up for MORE races in the future!!
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    2048 days ago
    Hope you do participate even though your walking partner isn't.
    You will get amazing satisfaction and know you accomplished something you've worked toward all summer.
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    2049 days ago
    I think you'll surprise yourself by completing this by yourself. In fact, you may enjoy it more. Don't give up on your goal just because your buddy did. You can do this.
    2049 days ago
    Do the 5K!! I started out with 2 workout buddies and it has only been me at about 3 weeks in and I have not made the progress you have! Do it and be very proud you did!!! ;0)
    2049 days ago
    If you trained for this 5k I say do it. Think of how amazing it will feel crossing that finish line emoticon

    That is quite disappointing your fitness buddy stepped down, I know how you feel. I had a fitness buddy who was doing the T25 with me, and she stopped after awhile. I went on and finished my program and felt amazing that I could do something so challenging.

    Yes it is more fun to do something with others, but you have been training for this. You endured the heat (which is a feat all in it's self) and kept on pushing. It may be a bit awkward or even a bit scary to do the 5k by yourself, but remember everyone there is there for the same reason. To partake in something they too have trained hard for.

    I say don't give up just because someone else did, completing this 5k could propel you to greater challenges in your journey. emoticon
    2049 days ago
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