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Been thinking a lot about what I am learning from the people I'm coaching in this running clinic that a local store is hosting in preparation for a HM in late April:
<ul><li>When did I forget what a sheer joy being able to run can be?</li>
<li>When did I last take delight in reaching a milestone?</li>
<li>Where is my enthusiasm? These guys come out for runs, some of them never having run the distances before, on days when I'd rather be inside and warm.</li>
<li>What gives with being excited with being tired after a run? ;</li>
<li>Where is the intensity at wanting to learn, wanting to get better?</li>
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Maybe I'd be better off with trying to recapture some of that beginner's mind, and look again at why it is that I run and at some of the basics...
 

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Wisdom - Amen to then Brother Bear.<br><br>
I believe some of your thoughts are natural to any sport. Excitement with the newness, exuberance with rapid improvement, reaching new milestones, testing and finding your limits and passing them, pouring over information (from people, internet, books) to understand and learn. At some point you either have found the outer edge of your limits or ability, new milestones are non existent or far and few between.<br><br>
So what remains?? If you run for the love of running or the social aspect of running with a group - It remains. If you ran soley to acheive personal standards or milestones - Its likely not much remains and running is not a joy.<br><br>
I am struggling with what you write about right now. I believe I am a slave to my past. I trained so hard and so intensely over the past 4 years that how do I transition to be less than I was.<br><br>
I like to race, but how can I convince myself and others that running 1 minute per mile slower than before was a good race. Someone asks me what time I hope to hit at the race and when I tell them, they can't believe or understand. Sometimes my ego does not like the fact that people who I had their number - We were very close in ability, but I could aways reach for something to beat them - We are no longer in the same competative category.<br><br>
I am dedicating this season to running for the joy of running - not be a slave to the clock. Not to give up things I love in life to run, but have running be just one of the things I love in life. The hardest thing will be racing.
 

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<span style="color:#000000;">I like feeling tired after a run. It keeps things in perspective for me.</span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;">But what Flounder said about racing and getting slower; I can really relate to that. I started running and racing in the mid-70s in high school. I've never stopped. In the couple of years after high school I clocked a 4:30 mile, some 5k races under 17:00, some 10k under 36:00, and a 3-hour Marathon that I trained for on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier during a six month deployment. I just turned 47 years old in February. Over the years I've gotten progressively slower. These days I'm lucky to get a 5k under 21:00. A 3-hour Marathon is out of the question. But my intensity and passion have never waned. I love what running does for me and 'literally' where it can, and has taken me. I like “who” it makes me. But most importantly I just hope to still be able to say "I'm going for a run" 40 years...maybe even 50 years from now.</span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;">Dan</span>
 

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mix it up!!! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br>
different distances. I'm going to go back to 5k/10k. Most of the people I know, know me as a marathoner and that I hate 5ks. The thing is, there was a time that I ran 5k races and people said I wasn't meant to run marathons. I'm thinking, yeah, well...I think I did okay. I got me some light 5k times and I don't believe I've broken 12:00 in a 2 mile race. easy picking on that one. (i think)
 
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