Listening to others

Distance: 5.8 mi

Time: 48:56

Another great morning.  Had about 80 runners (there are lots of races this weekend so the numbers were lighter) and ran a mostly flat, with one BIG hill, course.  I could have extended out to 6 or 7 miles but chose to cut it short and save myself for the 18 miler this weekend.  Ran with a couple of friends, Kathy, Maggie and Rick, who are all doing some sort of long run silliness this fall.  Kathy and Maggie are running marathons (St. Charles and Columbus) and Rick is doing a half Ironman triathlon.  It’s always fun to hear how other people are doing it.  Kathy worries about not getting in enough miles, Maggie worries about her feet and Rick worries about eating and sleeping enough.  Too funny…

After this is all over, I am going to try to get all of the people who ran long races this fall together for coffee and a debrief.  Just a fun little “we did it!” party.  I want to hear the stories, good and bad, find out how people trained, whether they kept going after their race, what their goals are, etc.  I would love to record it in a podcast, but I don’t know how.  I think lots of people who are newbies or are maybe just thinking about it would enjoy hearing real life experiences of some people who are “just runners”.  Not competing to win, just competing.  Kind of an everyman story of marathoning/triathlons, etc.  I may explore that…

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2 Responses to Listening to others

  1. Lydia says:

    That sounds fantastic. I wish I could find a group like that here 🙂 good luck with the 18 this weekend.
    -L

  2. Worry is worthless. Enjoy your runs. Live in the moment. Exercise common sense, but don’t get obsessed with what you’re eating or how far you’re running or whether you might get injured at some point. Focus on enjoying the experience rather than getting too caught up in the minutiae of diet/training/planning/whatever.

    Enjoy your companions, but take care not to let their fears and worries become your own. Your thoughts — not your feet — will carry you across the finish line, so it’s important to keep your thoughts positive and free of extraneous fears.

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