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July 27, 2009

This is a “Persistence Hunt” of a Male Kudu, by tribesman of the San on the Kalahari Desert of Africa.

Thoroughly blew my mind!  And, my mind is not blown easily!

So, yesterday I had a pretty awesome run.  It was neither fast nor epic in mileage but somehow, it felt like it.  It was just a Sunday longish run of 8 miles.

I ran this with Samantha which made a ton of difference.  I see to prefer running long with a friend.  Mostly for the motivation and camaraderie that ensues.  The run seems to fly by.

I love to run.  I am not a Kenyan nor am I a fast runner.  I am not an elite runner nor will I ever be.  In fact, I am hardly a really good runner either.  But, who cares?  I am still a runner and I am proud to be a part of such an amazing community.  I have never met a runner I didn’t like.  Seriously!  If they exist I have yet to find them.

I love everything about running.  From the ritualistic way I get ready for my runs, to the walk to my boardwalk, to the little stretch routine I do, oh and that first left – right – left making myself propel forward as the wind blows through my hair.  What a freaking way to start the day.  Come on, I am tempting you here, my friends.  Incredible.

So the 8 miles went down like this:

Ran 4 straight miles without stopping and then took a quick GU/WATER break. After I hit mile 5 I walked for 1 minute. After I hit mile 6 I walked for 1 minute. After I hit mile 7 I walked for more than 1 minute and also stopped at the water fountain to gulp down water. Mile 7 to mile 8 was tough because I knew it was the last mile, yet I was quickly running out of steam. Samantha got me though it by encouraging me and not letting me stop.

Stats:

8 miles   1.31.59  11.29 min/mile

Fastest mile was mile 4 at 10.44

Now, I need to put this out to the universe.  I am starting, as of today Monday July 27th, 2009 100 pushups and 200 situps programs because my upper body is pathetic.  I already took the initial tests for both.  I was able to do 8 good form push-ups and 40 good form sit-ups.  I think this is going to be fun and I am looking forward to building up my upper body and very flabby tummy.

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New kicks too.  Brooks Defyance.  The name fits me huh?

“Whatever you have in your mind- forget it; Whatever you have in your hand- give it; Whatever is to be your fate- face it” -Abu Sa’id


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2009 3:28 pm

    I love watching your progress! It seems like just yesterday you we’re an MRI alien wondering if you would *ever* run again and now your kicking butt and taking names. As you continue to get faster your mood seems to pick up and it seems that there is nothing you can’t do. This is not an illusion, it’s reality. You’re tapping into the rewards of hard work and dedication.

    Keep healthy, keep happy and keep running.

    Ron

  2. July 29, 2009 12:15 am

    you are an excellent runner! you keep it real and you keep it fun, you don’t get bogged down about silly things – you just press on. 🙂

    nice job on the 8-miler! it’s so nice to have company on long runs. great job pushing through the last couple of miles when you were starting to ‘feel it’.

    attack those challenges! i have (sorta) been doing the 100 pushups for awhile now… i’m not too good at doing them 3x/week so it continues to get stretched out as it takes me 2-3 weeks to do 1 weeks worth of reps, lol. i have noticed some definition and strength in my arms/back/core though! my abs would get SO sore after some days. good luck!

  3. michjoy61 permalink*
    July 29, 2009 12:23 am

    Thank you lady! I wish I could run miles like you do. So freaking impressive!!!

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