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May 07, 2019 05:52:24

Running the distance

by @twizzle PATRON | 274 words | 136🔥 | 142💌


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I managed a PB at my half-marathon yesterday, which was nice.

I certainly didn't go out with the aim to beat my previous time, but as the race went along and I got nearer to the end, I started to think "Hmm.. maybe I could..".

It's a common trap for runners.  The "No, I am just going to take it easy today" often turns into a PB.  Perhaps because mentally, you have taken some pressure off yourself which makes it easier.

After the race, I stood and watched as the marathon runners came in.  The first wave (2:30 to 3:00-hour people) were just cruising in without a care or bead of sweat on their faces.  But the later stages of runners were all quite broken and emotional.

The shouts from their friends in the crowd as they came in, giving them a boost on the last stretch was quite an emotional scene.  Some runners were grimacing in pain and effort, others were already crying and hugging each other on the way down the last stretch of the course.  You can tell that it was a highly charged moment for them all.

I won't go into any detail about the poor girl who had to stop and throw up less than 200 meters before the finish.  Physical and emotional pain.

The emotions running high also make me choke up quite a bit.  The charity runners especially.  It meant so much for them to finish the marathon distance and their friends and family and supporters were there to hug and cheer them.

It all brought a tear to my eye.

And no... I am NEVER doing a marathon.

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    @twizzle welcome to join them #TeamStreak and I love peanut butter too ....

    Knight avatar Knight | May 08, 2019 07:00:57
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    @twizzle Congrats on the PB and for joining #TeamStreak!

    Side note: I'm not familiar with runner's lingo, so I was initially wondering what peanut butter had to do with anything. 😅

    Another side note: I feel like a cult member this week welcoming people to the #TeamStreak fold. I hope you don't find it weird with all the congratulations pouring in. We just appreciate the dedication it takes to maintain a streak and happy to support one another.

    Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | May 07, 2019 18:36:16
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      @haideralmosawi Actually, my usual pre-run ritual is 2 cups of tea and peanut butter on brown toast (1 hour before running) - so you are half right :D

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | May 07, 2019 17:19:36
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    @twizzle Congrats on the PB and welcome to the club. #WEARETEAMSTREAK

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | May 07, 2019 10:59:18
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    @twizzle Ladies and Gentlemen of #Teamstreak....we have a NEW TEAM MEMBER!!!! What a great story to cap off 30 days of consistent writing on 200WAD. We don't have to "kick you for not being here tomorrow" because you have shown up every day since your first post. You have written some very personal words here about your battle with depression, but then the sunlight shines through the clouds when you talk about habits and productivity and wanting to live a better life. "Didn't even know it existed" Ok I'll get my marketing guy right on that! Welcome to the team!! We are #Teamstreak!!!

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 07, 2019 07:23:12
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      @twizzle @brandonwilson Welcome to #TeamStreak!!!!

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | May 07, 2019 15:40:12
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      @twizzle @brandonwilson @seunoyebode - This list is getting looooong.
      I am almost mad I didn't receive this welcome message from Brandon. I would like to request it for my 200 day streak Brandon.

      Keni avatar Keni | May 07, 2019 11:04:22
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      @twizzle @brandonwilson Brandon... dude... it's incredible how much you take notice of what everyone is writing about (mind melts)

      Welcome, Twizzle! Congrats on the PB. Any advice for a novice runner? Focusing on getting a consistent 5k and move into 10k at the moment :)

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | May 07, 2019 16:14:14
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      @twizzle @keni You got it!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 07, 2019 08:27:26
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      @twizzle @craigpetterson Let's just say I'm not wasting a lot of time on FB and news and other nonsense. I spend a LOT of time on 200WAD.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 07, 2019 08:28:14
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      @twizzle @brandonwilson @basilesamel There's a joke about babies born 9 months from winter (couples stay at home with nothing else to do) or in mid-November (9 months after Valentine's).

      With all the people joining #TeamStreak these past few days, I'm wondering: what the hell happened 30 days ago!? XD

      Maybe Brandon planted the mental seed in our minds back then?

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | May 07, 2019 18:39:10
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      @twizzle @haideralmosawi Well not to draw too much attention to myself but I did write my #Teamstreak post 1 month ago.... https://200wordsaday.com/words/teamstreak-142075caa037302bfc

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 07, 2019 08:43:11
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      @craigpetterson Thanks :) The only advice I can give is to stick with the training plan when moving up to 10k. I started with a couch to 5k type group and at the time, the 5k seemed a hard marker to work towards. However, like with getting to 5k, stepping up to 10k is just working on increasing your distance slowly and methodically. I tried doing things like interval training and core training, but it didn't really interest or help me much. So - just stick with the plan!

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | May 07, 2019 17:18:02
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      @brandonwilson Thanks matey :) I am starting to see what an amazing community this is! Thanks again for the support and kind words :) <3

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | May 07, 2019 17:18:55
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      @seunoyebode Thanks Seun!

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | May 07, 2019 17:22:48
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      @twizzle nice, I thought so. I'm using Zombies, Run atm. Fun app, having a bit of a story to concentrate on instead of your run.

      I've got a couple of people helping each other with their fitness, so the motivation is helping!

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | May 07, 2019 17:23:49
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      @twizzle @brandonwilson @haideralmosawi I joined, so it must be me. Right...? RIGHT?

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | May 07, 2019 17:24:23
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      @twizzle @brandonwilson You're definitely the one who pushed me to stick to a streak. I posted about being OK breaking my streak, but you convinced me otherwise. :D

      As for the rest, it's most likely because @craigpetterson joined the platform. :P

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | May 08, 2019 09:03:02
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      @twizzle @haideralmosawi Maybe a nudge but you did all the work. :)

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 08, 2019 07:11:02
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    @twizzle - ahh you reminded me of the time my sister did her first half marathon. It was so emotional. She declared about 5 years prior that she was going to do it. Then during training discovered she was pregnant with her first child. In 5 years after having both her kids and they were old enough so she could train - she delivered on her promise to complete the half marathon.
    How could that not be emotional?

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful experience.

    And welcome to the #TeamStreak!!

    Keni avatar Keni | May 07, 2019 09:16:09
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    @twizzle - Welcome to #teamstreak -- several of us are falling into the club like dominos!

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 06, 2019 22:29:49
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      @brianball Ooohh! I didn't even know it existed! Thanks :)

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | May 07, 2019 09:50:31
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    @twizzle - Great accomplishment. Thank you for sharing here. Also, did you just join #teamstreak CONFIRMED! Congratulations.

    Ghi Arguello avatar Ghi Arguello | May 07, 2019 04:59:34
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