Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Turning "Never" Positive

Here are a few musings from a middle of the pack runner.

I am happy where I am and I try to turn the negatives to positives.  I like to say "never say never," but I am pretty certain the following never statements will be true forever.  I am okay with all of them because they are me, the optimistic mid-pack runner.

  • I will never run a 20 min 5K.  I will never run a 25 min 5K.  I will try to enjoy the shorter distance.  I will encourage and cheer others on.
  • I will never qualify for Boston (okay, this as an assumption because I've never run a marathon...once again, I'm pretty sure of my statement).  I will challenge myself someday and run the best marathon I can run.
  • I will never look like a "runner" (you know the look - long & lean with great legs).  Genetics are against me on this one.  I will ignore the questioning up-down looks I get from people when they find out I am a runner.  This is me and my body; if you have a problem with it then it is your problem.
  • I will never give up some vices.  I can eat dark chocolate and drink wine because of the mileage I put in as a runner.
  • I will never give up.
(In case it didn't come through:  this is not a woe-is-me post, it is a I am a strong person post.)

Running today was hot, even though I was on my treadmill in the basement.  I did speed work and my rest intervals were a little longer than they were supposed to be because I needed water and to wipe the sweat off my face after each interval.  Here's the fun I had:  1 mile warm-up, 1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400, 200 (with ~200m RI), 1+ mile cool-down.

My in-laws arrive tonight so I'll be here, but won't have time to comment on all your great blogs.  

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ajh said...

I like this post. I will never have a runner's body either!

Let's see - one of my own.

I will never be a triathlete.

Julie said...

Hi Suzy,
I absolutely love this!! It makes me want to get out there and run and never give up no matter what! Running is something that we enjoy and we don't need to be the fastest of runners! We can continue on and hope for out own little improvements and accomplishments:) Amen!

I am with Ajh...I never have any plans of being a tri girl:)

La Historiadora de Moda said...

I will never have a "runner's body" either, but I'm really okay with that. I will never be a triathlete because I only barely know how to swim. I love to run, but I've never really thought of it in terms of a competition.

bsmommy said...

I ran the Mohawk Hudson Half too as my first ever half in 2009! Glad I found your blog-super stuff!

Katie H said...

Great post Suzy! You go! Haha. I will definitely never run a 25 min 5k and that is okay with me. Nor will I qualify for Boston! Runners come in all shapes and sizes- this is never more apparent than at the big races with thousands of runners! To me, a runner looks like someone that is fit. Which I guess is pretty subjective. Anyway, great post! Have fun with the in-laws!

J said...

I will never have a runner's body either! I still feel like a basketball player even though I haven't played in two years! Great post! Enjoy the time with your family!

Jon (was) in Michigan said...

I will NEVER give up dark chocolate!

I'm still hopeful about sub-20 5K and qualifying for Boston. :)

Emz said...

This post rocks.

I will never say "runner's body" again after I was killed by someone without the so called "look". The runner's body - is a lie.

Excellent post.

Maxi Fortend said...

Really enjoyed your post! I think it's so fun to encourage people on the race! The fast ones can't believe you are saying way to go and the just startin' out ones always smile and keep er' movin!

JenLo said...

Love this post. I need to get okay with some of my own "nevers". I'm more of a "if I can't do it, forget it" kinda gal and I'm trying to get better at that ;)

Melissa said...

Love it! As you know I'm not a runner, but I do use you as inspiration to get to the gym :)

Anne said...

Great post! When I look at your Freihofer's 2010 pic...I say you definitely look like a runner who lover running! Gorgeous! :)

Java Joggers said...

Great post! Thanks...

Badgergirl said...

Great post! So many of your "nevers" apply to me as well.

Enjoy your time with the family!

Cynthia O'H said...

It's always the power of positive thinking. As a teacher, I focus on what the child can do and that leads to building confidence and self-esteem so that the "can'ts" can eventually become "cans". Running is the same.
Great post.

Nicole Orriëns said...

Phew, it's good to read there are more runners out there who can't run a 25 min 5K! I love this post, and especially the thought of being able to eat chocolate without gaining weight.

The Happy Runner said...

Total strong person post! Rock on :-)

Courtney said...

I love your "never"s! =)

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Molly said...

I share many of these with you....the runners body, and for not giving up wine and chocolate.

I agree with AJH, I'm never doing a triathlon!

mindysmarathon said...

Loved this blog! I'm not an "elite" runner and know I'll never be one, and that's okay! Thanks for sharing.