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Time to get off our duffs and get back to the PPP - Perfect Penquin Pace!
The New Year brings a new set of challenges and goals for me. How about you?
I just turned 55. I lost 23 lbs in "09 and am shooting for another 30.
I was able to run 7 mile stretches in "09 and am moving forward to 10 miles and beyond this year.
I have met some absolutely wonderful folks on these pages and am looking forward another year of friendship.
Time to lace up the shoes and tell me your plans for the new decade!
This year I'd like to run my 1st half marathon... Haven't committed to anything yet though...
Good for you getting comfortable with 10 miles!! I hope I can get there, right now I'm stuck on 5-6 miles being my max.
Happy New Years!
Good for you. That is a worthy goal.
We are just starting to experience winter here in the south (NC).
According to your other posts, you have had it for quite some time.
Running 5-6 miles takes a lot of time at my pace. When I get to 10 miles, it will take 3.5 hours.
The Boston Marathon was won in less time.
But I feel now, after running 6 months, I am ready to move to the next level.
Good luck with your goals. Make them happen. You deserve it.
This year I plan to run my second half marathon in May (1st in October 09) and my 1st full marathon in November. My goal has always been to run the whole event, never cared about the time - just finishing. I'm 61 years old, started running at 59. I figure 2010 is going to be my year, Wish me luck!
Looks like all have made great progress and are setting worthwhile goals. A great way to start the New Year!
I'm currently training for my first half, scheduled for March. I haven't signed up yet, though. I'm going to train for about a month more, and if I feel ready I'll go ahead and register. If not, there is another one in June. My main goal for my first half? Finish by lunchtime. LOL
FOR SURE, I am going to do the San Antonio Rock n' Roll Half Marathon. Although by next November, who knows? I may be ready for the full!
"Success isn't how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started."
-- Steve Prefontaine
One more breath, one more step, one more mile, FINISH LINE!
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
This year I plan to:
Mike - I love the quote in your signature.
My goal is to run a half marathon this year. And I'd like to lose 15 pounds but I'm hopeful that will happen as I train for the half.
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Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim.
Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you.
Wow! You folks rock!
Rich - Thank you for going the miles for those of us that are late starters. This year is definitely your year.
Keep us in the loop!!!
Gogirl - I know what you mean about finishing by lunch. Hey, remember - slow and steady wins the race!!!
You'll make it. Penpals finish in style.
CDR - Every distance??? 2000 miles??? In a year???... WHY NOT??? GO FOR IT!!!
TM - I have found the more I run, the more weight I lose. When I hit a plateau, I change or add something new to my training.
Our bodies get used to our routine and need something new to get back on track.
But you know that already!!
I just returned from the funeral of my aunt. She was 93 years old. I have another aunt still living that is 91 years old.
Since I have such longevity in my family, I'm going to take care of myself. I've got 40 more years to live ... RUN!!!
PPP- in response to that I am ROTFL... as the perennial "turtle" that longs so much to be a hare that I am, I can so relate to your point.
So the goal, marathon # 3. May, 2010. Green Bay, WI, Lambeau Field, I cannot imagine a more suitable end to a race of that magnitude.
Sorry to hear of your loss, I recently lost a great auntie at 99, I too have a longeviity streak in my family on both sides, I think with my running and healthy habits I will either A) die young inexplicably or B) live to be something really rediculous like 120. Who really knows for sure. I thought of her "funeral" as more of a celebration of a life that was so richly long and so well lived.
Happy New year!
2010 is a big year for me! I turn 40. last year I lost over 50 lbs and have kept it off with this addiction that we call running.
For 2010 I have already completed one of my goals which was to participate in a "Penguin Swim" on New Years Day. I am proud to say that I accomplished that goal on 01/01 in Ocean City, MD while on a mini-vacation there.
My running goals for 2010:
Run my first Marathon which will be the Long Island Marathon on 05/02/10.
Run 2 half's one of which will be a half in Boston on 06/27/10
I also want to run 5K's with my 3 kids. They are 12, 10 and 8. My 10 year old finished her first 5K in November 2009 with me. What a thrill!
I want to wish you all a wonderful, healthy, injury free Happy New Year!
Mike on LI
"I can't means I won't"
At a PPP, how long does it take you to finish a marathon? At my present pace, it would take 7 hours.
I read an article about a doctor that started running late in life and has run several marathons... all taking 7 hours.
My kind of guy.
Let us know how you do.... finish strong!
I had an aunt that lived in Huntington, NY. I loved visiting the area.
Penquin Swim? That sounds chilly. I used to swim in a mountain lake in NC. It was still cold in the middle of the summer.
Congratulations on your daughter's 5k. That is incredible.
I am also trying to get my sons involved in a 5k.
However, they are 27 & 23 years old. I think it would be a blast, though.
One runs occaisionally, the other needs C25K.
May all of us enjoy great health and strong legs throughout 2010.
Michael-I am really wowed that you can be on your feet that long. My PPP is somewhere just under 5 hours currently, or Plan "H" as I call which stands for for "Come Heck and/or High Water, I'm gonna' finish this dang thing." Maybe not totally Penguin-like but compared to my friends, I have definite Penguin-like qualities showing up there. I'm about the last one to come thru the chute despite good training, etc... oh well. My current PPP goal has been revised upwards a tad to be 4:30 but I may be dreaming still....
I love the 23 and 25 year old reference here being who I am and working with colleagues that age and seeing the age difference very keenly... while maybe I am not as quite as much later in life as you - very aptly put it, btw I am definitely not 23 or 25 anymore. As much as I claim to be "permanently" 25....and my body is starting to let me know it... not quite able to bounce back as quick as I once could..but that is life. With that said... I don't think I'd go back there unless I could take what I know now with me!
A point of correction... "It would take me 7 hours to run a marathon at my pace."
I haven't mastered that feat yet, although it is a long term goal of mine. That would be a long time to stay on your feet.
That's why I'm training to lose weight and run faster.
However... I am wowed that you have completed the feat... and doff my hat to you and all those that
have complete the big run. I am patient and know I'll get there injury-free.
With this type of inspiration, It won't take long.
This is either madness... or brilliance.
It's remarkable how often those two traits coincide. Pirates of the Caribbean 2003