Wednesday, February 17, 2016

My Blog Hop Post

Welcome to everyone here from the blog hop!  It's always fun to do these things and network a little bit more :)


I'm still digesting my thoughts from the marathon trials, and I mentioned what I thought about Galen Rupp on my Monday post

I loved watching both races at once, and how each one was different.  Both were conservative, but the men's race didn't break up the pack until later in the race, while Shalane and Amy moved away pretty quickly.  I love how they worked together for almost the whole race, and talking to one another when one was in a tough patch.  They did show interviews that had been done the day before, and I love how determined Amy was after finishing 4th in 2012.  I truly believe this is why we need to experience failure during our lives.  She was determined, motivated, and she learned from the 2012 experience and what happens?  She wins the trials in 2016.

"I get knocked down, but I get up again, you're never gonna keep me down..." 

The whole time I was watching the marathon trials, I did have to put up with commercials.  Ugh!  American TV, just ugh!  Sometimes they showed the Olympic commercial for Rio, and all I could think of was "I hate Samba!"


Anybody else think of this?

The track and field trials aren't until July 1, so what do I do now?

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So, a little bit about me for the new readers coming in from the blog hop.  I'm a 30-something living in Dallas.  I grew up hating running, but did it because I had to for the sports I played.  I hated it even more when my teams went for long runs together, and let's just say high mileage at high speeds is not my forte.  I hated every minute of it.  It wasn't until I moved to Dallas almost 7 years ago that I started getting back into shape and fell in love with running.  I really wish I had more fun like this when I was younger.


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58 comments:

  1. I wish I had fallen in love with running at a younger age as well. I think it would be a lot easier now. Nice to see you in the blog hop

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    1. I never understood my friends who chose to do cross country. All those miles of nothing else but running?

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  2. I'm with you on Rupp, why do the marathon if you just want to do another race anyway, I get it that its a way in but still, kind of a jerk move... kinda. July seems so far away too, wish it was in april or may ;)

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    1. I do think July trials for August Olympics is putting it too close. T&F athletes need to recover in time too.

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  3. It's good to learn a little bit more about you Lesley! I missed the trials and looked for a replay on the web but didn't find one. I need to look again. Did it look to you like Shalane has dropped a good bit of weight? Good luck as you train for Tink!

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    1. I didn't notice a difference, but elite runners are super lean.

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  4. I'm visiting through the blog hop :) I didn't get a chance to watch the trials sadly so I'm really enjoying reading people's thought on it. I love that you have a tab for authors you enjoy. I'm always looking for more books to read so I'll have to check that out.

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    1. I love reading! I go through books too fast though and need to slow down.

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  5. I agree about being forced to run or play sports in school. We had to do mile time trials in Phys Ed growing up and I HATED it. DREADED it. Because of that, I always thought I hated running. Then in college I absolutely fell in love with running and never looked back!

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    1. EXACTLY!! We go from elementary school gym class which is just running around to expend energy, then we're graded on it in middle school. No coaching, no nothing, then we're made to feel like crap if it's not a good enough time.

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  6. Running fast isn't my jam, ever! And I'm not sure I could run in Dallas haha. So much heat, especially in the summer! I trained for a half-marathon in Georgia in the summer, so I know how tough that can be. Happy to meet you through the hop!

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    1. I don't train during the summers. I'll do short runs, inside, to keep my base, but I don't do fall races that would require summer training.

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  7. Nice to meet you! My running adventure started with the 2012 Princess and I walked the whole dang thing! It wasn't until 2013 that I started the coach to 5k and now I have run 4 half marathons! #bloghop

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    1. The Princess still holds a special place for me. I hope Tink will be just as fun.

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  8. Did you catch the interview where Meb called out Rupp? It was awkward, but, Rupp, listen to your elders ;)
    I missed most of the beginning of the trials thanks to travel, but I'm so glad I was able to watch the end.

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    1. I did. I'm willing to give Rupp a small pass since track running involves close packs. This one I'll blame his coaches for not telling him the road rules.

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  9. Call me crazy, but I dislike watching sports on TV. DH and I watch most of our TV shows on demand or DVR while we are relaxing at night doing folding laundry or catching up on blogging :-)

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    1. I've been DVR-ing a lot more so I can skip the commercials.

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  10. You are so right. I honestly believe we can never experience true success without a lot of failure along the way, not only to teach us more, but to help us enjoy the success so much better!

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    1. Exactly. I could tell this race meant a lot for Amy because she wanted to erase 2012 and she came back so much stronger.

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  11. Love watching the marathon trials and seeing Amy overcome from 4th place last year was awesome. I did feel bad for Kara who was 4th this year, though. We got to experience the 2012 trials in person in Houston and that was an incredible experience!

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    1. That must've been fun! I was following the pre- during and post-events on social media and it looked awesome.

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  12. I did not get to see the trials on tv but thankfully my wonderful blogging community got me up to date! What a wonderful supportive friendship Shalane and Amy have! Truly touching! I'm glad you are in the blog hop too Lesley! It's is a lot of fun??

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    1. I loved seeing that teamwork. They trained together and were determined to make the team together.

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  13. So great to connect with you through the blog hop! I've always hated running - running the mile in high school for the physical fitness test was always the worst day for me. That's so great that you found a love of running! Maybe I should give it a go again now that I'm older and more into fitness to see if I'd actually enjoy it. :)

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    1. I hated timed trials. I don't know if that's when running became a chore for me, but grading physical activity is not the way to do it for kids.

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  14. I've never liked running either. Some years ago a doctor (podiatrist?) told me I have extreme laxity in my ankles. Because of this I don't even want to run the risk in trying to run.

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    1. I have weak ankles due to soccer, but I think they've gotten better over the years. The thing that's made running fun, for me, is I control everything about it.

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  15. I like to DVR shows because I hate to watch the commercials.

    I wish I had started running when I was younger - like your age - You are still young, you know.

    I love to read and travel but wish I had more time to do both. So jealous that you've been to Paris recently.

    Nice meeting you (virtually.)

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    1. I skip the commercials too. I'm used to TV on DVD now and really like when it's just the show.

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  16. It's great to see you again in another Blog Hop :) I also watched the Marathon Trials over the weekend and loved every minute, especially the Shalane/Amy teamwork. It was such an inspiring thing to see and proof that you can be very competitive while also working as a team.

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    1. It really did look like a training run. I don't know if Shalane would've made it if Amy hadn't been there with her.

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  17. I LOVE how a few of the blog hop participants so far started with RunDisney- that was what motivated me to become a runner too! I started with the Tower of Terror 10 miler and this weekend I will be doing Princess! I also hate commercials on TV- usually I end up watching my shows on my phone via Hulu, but for the trials it was unavoidable. I can't believe Galen Rupp won and it was his FIRST marathon! That's impressive!!

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    1. My parents started doing the races and I'd go to Disney for vacation. When I started thinking about long distance, I knew I wanted to do Disney races.

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  18. Even though I've been reading your blog it was nice to learn a little more about you in this post!
    I agree with alot of your thoughts about the trials...Amy's strong race definitely showed how important it was for her to come back after missing her chance 4 years ago!

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    1. I'm so happy she made it. I was pulling for her after her 4th place finish, and I was pulling for Ritz since he finished 4th last time too.

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  19. So what made you start to love running? And running longer distances?
    Happy to be able to visit your page through the blog hop!

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    1. My parents were doing half marathons and marathons, and I slowly became curious when I got back into shape. There was never an a-ha moment, but it was gradual and I kept thinking about it.

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  20. I watched the trials while I was at the gym. can I tell you how much it motivated me to get my run done!! I was fascinated and felt like I was running with them. And then when the channel switched to skiing I lost all steam. if only I could watch running while running all the time. so weird!! :)

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    1. I've watched races while on the treadmill too, and it's so inspiring. I was not happy that NBC cut out from the post-race coverage so quickly.

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  21. I too used to hate running. I dreaded running the mile for the physical fitness test in PE. And now I can't imagine my life without running.

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    1. Thinking about it, I think my dislike for running started with that timed mile in gym class.

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  22. I haven't watched the trails yet but I heard the ladies race was emotional and that Amy rocked it!! I feel badly for Kara....4th place is so close..I wold rather finish 10th or something....

    Nothing like failure to push and drive you!! Good for her!

    -Tamieka@footballingrunningmom

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    1. There was definitely more suspense in the women's race, and when Desi overtook Shalane, I got nervous for everyone.

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  23. I was really impressed with Amy (and her loyalty to Shalane) she knew what it felt like to be in 4th and was willing to do everything she could to not let it happen again. I'm really looking forward to Rio!

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    1. I read she talked to Meb after that, and he gave her great advice to keep working. I think she did a great job using the past 4 years to get better and achieve her dream.

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  24. I missed the trials!! Boo! I totally blanked they were on until I started to see people post about the results! Looked like a great race. Can't wait for the Olympics!!
    I am similar to you in that I didn't enjoy running till later in life even though I was involved in sports my whole life.
    Hello from another Texan ;)
    I requested you in IG (chocolaterunnergirl) :)

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    1. I put the trials on my calendar so I wouldn't forget. I was nervous for all the runners last week leading into the weekend.

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  25. I hated running when I was little, and tried to get myself into liking it in college-ish and after. I made it through a half-marathon and then went back to lifting weights. I love reading and traveling too though! :]! It was nice to learn more about you! <3

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    1. I really wish schools wouldn't make running so un-fun. They're doing it wrong because kids won't do something if it's not fun.

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  26. I can relate to hating running in my younger years. I always thought "running" meant running fast (and I have zero speed skills). I'm glad I was eventually enlightened ;-)

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    1. I had to run fast to be competitive, but nobody taught me how. I'm so happy to run at my speed now.

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  27. Hello from the blog hop! I'm so bummed I missed the trials, I slept in and with the time change in Alaska I miss everything! I totally hear you on hating running when you were younger. I was the exact same way, and now I can't get enough!

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    1. I love running so much now. My injuries have driven me crazy since I couldn't run. But I want to run now.

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  28. I despised running when I was younger as well. I had many creative excuses to get out of PE! But as an adult I've found that I enjoy it much more, although I'm still pretty slow. Nice to meet you through the Hop.

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    1. That's the great thing about running now. We're all at our own speed and enjoying it.

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  29. I'm been given crap this week for not watching the marathon trials. I hate watching sports on tv! I agree with the late to the game running but I am learning to love it more and more!

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    1. I watched because it was the first time it was live, but I wasn't happy that NBC was showing it. I find they're the worst for this sort of sport broadcast.

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