Monday, July 26, 2010

Fitness achievements.

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Ah, achievements.

By the time you hit 40, it makes sense that you would have an achievement or two to be proud of. And indeed I do. I'm proud of the family I've helped create, some of the work I've done, the friendships I've forged. I'm also proud of several fitness-related achievements and, this week, I hope you'll indulge me as I explain.

When I was first asked to write about my proudest fitness achievement I thought, "That's easy. My marathon. I'm proudest of training for and successfully running a marathon. I worked hard for months: Created my own plan, logged many solo long runs, pushed through doubts and did it. Yep, my marathon." And, you know, I am proud of that. But, proudest? Is that my proudest fitness achievement? Hmm . . . maybe.

Finishing the MHR marathon -- I even beat my goal time!

Or, maybe it is that second race I ran way, way back in the 1990s. See, I had run a cruddy, painful, thought-I-would-pass-out-or-vomit-or-both race in July of 1994 (I believe). Oh, it was terrible. I was under-trained and over-confident. And it was hot. I ran hard and burned out and just had the worst race ever. I crossed the finish line and thought, "Never again." A few minutes later, after refueling and calming down and realizing that I wasn't going to die I thought, "I need to do better. When's the next race?"

I found another race a few months later and I actually prepared for it. I ran well, in comparison to that first race, and it showed me that I could perform if I prepared. I am quite proud of not giving up after that first terrible race.

But, again, not sure if that is my proudest fitness achievement. I mean, I also gave up running on and off over the years before committing to it again in 2000. So maybe I'm proudest of that: Re-committing to running.

Well . . . perhaps. But, I'm proud of that sub-23 minute 5K I ran and I'm also proud of that very first 2 mile run/walk that I went on after not running for 10 months while pregnant with my first son. And there's the fact that I trained a group of new runners to run their first 5K this spring and the other fact that I'm still running at 29 weeks pregnant. I'm proud of those things to!

The new runners after their first 5K (plus me, and a few others who've run several races)

Ah, achievements.

My proudest fitness achievement. Well, hmm . . . I can see where I'm going with this (which is a good thing, considering I'm the writer here). When I look at my fitness achievements, the one I am most proud of, my true honest-to-goodness proudest fitness achievement is being a RUNNER.

I might not have been. I might have given up so, so many times. I might not have signed up for that first race, that second race, gone on that long run, endured that speed-work. But I did and I have stuck with it and I have enjoyed the miles I have run. They haven't all been easy and, in fact, many of the miles have been tough. But I've run them and I am proud of that. Proud that I have lived up to being a runner.

My proudest fitness achievement is being a runner.

Run on!

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45 comments:

  1. Hmm. Proudest fitness achievement??

    Like you, there's a lot of things I'm proud of that I've accomplished in regards to running.

    But I think the one thing is that I learned how to swim so I could do a triathlon. To say that I was scared is putting it very, very lightly...in fact, I'm still terrified of swimming in open water and have to fight off panic attacks. But I keep trying and I'll continue to keep trying so long as I can. I'm proud of myself for not giving up, even though it was/is the one thing that scares me the most.

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  2. Great post. I think you summed it up best...proudest moment is probably just being a runner.

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  3. My proudest fitness achievement was running a PR in the 800m event of my heptathlon in college. it was a 90 degree day and I needed a certain time to secure my place. I just went out and ran and it was the perfect race! It was painful but it was good pain, I knew I was running well and leaving everything on the track. After finishing the race, it is only the second time that I have cried tears of joy!

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  4. Running my first half marathon last year. I took training very seriously, and about 6 weeks before the race, I got second degree burns on my leg/knee due to a spilled casserole fresh out of the oven. For 1.5 weeks I couldn't even walk (I would just leave the house for doctor's appt, otherwise I spent the days lying down), much less run and the pain was the worst I've ever been in (and unfortunately I still have scars...). When I could walk again, it was still very painful, and I was taking small steps.

    3 weeks later, I could finally walk without pain and returned to training -- by then I couldn't even run 2 miles straight anymore, and had to take tons of walking breaks, but still forced myself to complete the distance (it's amazing how quickly you lose endurance after being bedridden for almost 2 weeks).

    By the time the half marathon came around, I completed the whole thing without walking once, and achieved my time goal as well. A month earlier I didn't even know if I'd be able to walk the half, much less run it!

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  5. My proudest fitness achievement was losing 25 pounds after college. It wasn't easy and required changing a lot of things, but the effort to lose that weight is what led to fitness becoming the part of my life it still is today.

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  6. My proudest fitness achievement is the self confidence that I have gained through running. Running has given me strength to say what I think and push through times when things are tough. Running has made me strong both inside and out. Everyday I am grateful for the day I decided to run those first few steps!

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  7. I should probably have a greater moment then this, having lost nearly 60 pounds, running a 5K for the first time (and many since then) and doing lots of things I never thought I could do. But really, I am most proud of learning to do a cartwheel! I'm nearly 30 and I just learned how. I was overweight as a kid and never went to gymnastics or even attempted a cartwheel on the playground because I didn't want to be laughed at. It's something I've always wanted to do!! And now I can do it whenever I want to!

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  8. My proudest fitness achievement is actually basketball related, not running related. I've torn my ACL twice (once in each knee). After the second one people expected me to quit the sport. I didn't. I rehabbed hard and made it back faster than anyone in the history of the program. Can't keep me down!

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  9. I (once) ran a mile in 10 and a half minutes which doesn't seem like a big deal, but it was a big accomplishment to me. I have asthma and running has always been difficult for me.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  10. really I still think crossing that very first marathon finish line is the best... now technically it should be everyone after that abecause I actually knew what I was getting in to at that point!

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  11. My best fitness achievement was learning how to swim freestyle for my first triathlon. I never thought I'd get the chance to learn how, but now I not only swim freestyle, but I've done three triathlons so far!

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  12. I like the way you think! I'm not sure I could single out my one greatest fitness achievement either - there have been so many. Hell, even last week's short 5 mile training run was an accomplishment and something to be proud of (sometimes it's the everyday runs that are most horrendous and provide the greatest struggle!)

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  13. My proudest fitness moment was recognizing that I am fit. Sure, I was involved in sports in high school, took swim lessons... but I never really saw myself as an athlete - just someone who wanted to be one.

    After I started racing, I saw a set of results (a month later) and saw that I came in the top 10 women. At that point, I realized that I am an athlete.

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  14. my proudest fitness moment happened in 2005 - when i decided that every day that i woke up and felt good, i would get out and move my body. it was a life changing moment. you won't find race results for me prior to that...

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  15. Doing my first marathon. I thought I'd be so happy and proud at the end, but really i was too out of it to care about anything other than pizza. I felt pretty good about myself later though

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  16. You have a lot to be proud of! I would have to say I have two. One was finishing Ironman Lake Placid back in 1999. The other is my Boston finish in 2007--I had a terrible race but I was damn well going to finish. After having to walk off and on beginning around mile 15, I made myself finish. It was a suffer-fest, but sometimes those count the most.

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  17. I would have to say my proudest moment in my fitness history would have to be the last 200 meters of my first marathon. I remember listening to the cheering crowds and being totally worn out and excited to be done, but also wanting the moment to last forever. There is such pride in that first 26.2 mile race.

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  18. Proudest moment? I haven't ran a half or a full marathon or a 10K. I just dabbled in four 5K races since September 2009. I am proud that no matter the cold or the hot, I am still running. It would be easy to just brush the whole running thing off and using the weather/temperature as an excuse. But I didn't. I complained about the cold and the hot, But I continue to run.
    That, I am proud. I am proud that I am a runner.

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  19. I played sports through high school and college, but I never thought I could run. This spring my goal was to do try running. Over the course of the spring, I did three 5k's and a four miler. I was really proud of myself when I shaved three minutes off my time over the course of the spring.

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  20. My proudest fitness achievement is that I don't give up. I keep on plugging away and running my miles every week, week after week after week and don't make excuses.

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  21. I agree, it's hard to pick out my proudest moment. I would have to say that it's a tie with all 4 of my half marathons. The feeling of training for and completing a distance that I never thought possible before I was a runner is just fabulous!!

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  22. Proudest fitness moment, not giving up after 2 surgeries in 6 months and still continuing to think of myself as a runner.

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  23. My Fitness journey has been a LONG one since I have been competing in sports since 6th grade. I am PROUD of helping my basketball team and volleyball team make it to State in High School, I am proud of placing 2nd in shot put in high school. I am proud of earing a college scholarship in Basketball and playing for Gonzaga. I am proud of shedding the baby weight and qualifying for BOSTON! I am proud that I can use my running to inspire others to get moving and be PROUD.

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  24. It takes being fit to be able to sing a two hour concert. So mine was singing at Lincoln Center in New York City. My regular pride is getting to the swimming pool 3 days a week for the last 6 years. Thanks for the contest.

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  25. As I am reading through your blog and trying to pin point my proudest moment, I thought it would certainly be my half marathon I completed in 2007. At this point I had been out of high school for 10 years and being a runner was something I had never EVER imagined. I couldn't even run the 9 minute mile in gym class! Looking back now I know it was completely mental, after all that is half the battle right there, what you allow your mind to believe or not believe. Although the half marathon was amazing to accomplish, and tears rolled quietly down my face at the finish line, I would have to say that my PROUDEST moment was the day I walked out of the hospital with my husband and twin daughters after 98 long days in the NICU. Our daughters were born 3 months early and weighed 1 lb 12 ounces and 1 lb 13 ounces. How many people can say they were born weighing that amount and are still alive today? It amazes me the life those two little girls have. They are healthy today and fiesty as ever. I have never witnessed anyone who wanted to live more than they did. So many times they could have given up, but they never did. I stood by their side every day in the hospital and helped nurse them through their difficult beginning. They taught me something about the will..... the will to live.... the will to not give up..... I use that in my life every day and especially during any run I am doing. Thank you Girls! You taught your mom the true meaning of life and never giving up.

    CRW

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  26. My proudest fitness achievement is coming back to running every time I've had to stop. Whether it be doctors orders, pregnancy, or life, I've come back from long breaks and kept going. Starting running after doing no exercise is a long process, especially when my memory was so good at reminding me what running "should" feel like.

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  27. My proudest fitness achievement is definitely completing the marathon last year. It had been a really tough year for me, as I had started it off with brains surgery to remove a tumor. But, I had committed the year earlier to running the marathon on November 1st and I was determined to prove to myself that I wouldn't let this surgery set me back. I worked hard, very hard, and even suffered a stress fracture in my right foot while running the race, but I finished. I crossed that line. I did it. With all the health issues I have, no one will ever be able to take that moment, running across the finish line in Central Park, away from me. Yes, that is definitely my proudest fitness achievement.

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  28. My proudest achievement(s):
    the first time I ran one mile without stopping
    my first 5k race
    the first time I ran 5k under 30 minutes
    winning my age group
    helping give other new runners the confidence to do what I already could & knew they could

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  29. I love your list of acheivements! I guess that my proudest achievement is getting back on the horse (running wise) after an injury. I am still new to this, after a long time of little activity, and it was easy to "give up" when I couldn't run for a month. I am proud of myself for fighting against the urge to quit and being ok with having to basically start over :).

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  30. I decided to start running as a replacement for my evening smoke sessions in the last leg of my journey to quit smoking. I huffed and puffed quite a bit those first few months, but kept going back for more and 3 years later feel better physically and emotionally than I have ever felt before. Some of my personal achievements that I count as achievements are:

    The second time I ever went out for a run. (I realized I didn't quit after the first run.)

    The first time I ran a mile without stopping.

    When I realized that going further than 3 miles was not so bad.

    Completing my first 5K.

    Crossing the finish line of my first half marathon this last Spring.

    Looking forward to many more accomplishments!

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  31. finishing a half marathon last year...the farthest i've ever ran...

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  32. Great achievements- you go girl!

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  33. I ran a marathon. And now am training for another!!!

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  34. My first marathon in 2004 was pretty memorable because it was my first. Maybe my proudest achievements have been the ones I've run since then. Yup, crazy enough to do it repeatedly. I'm training for my first fall marathon post-baby, so I think this one will be special.

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  35. Since I started running in November, one of my proudest moments was running one mile without walking. I still can remember that day.

    The second on the list would be completing my first half marathon along with my mom and my youngest sister.

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  36. bicycling 40 miles in one day. I thought I'd die, but I made it!!

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  37. My fitness achievement is losing 50 lbs.

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  38. Recent: 5k, 12 mile bike, 5k back to back
    Overall: first I thought of my two half marathons - first one late June in San Antonio in the dripping heat, second one sick as a dog in February this year. Then my 25 min 5k. Then I realized - just the fact that I can set these crazy goals for myself and I can put in the effort and not give up.

    I hope to add "Sprint and Olympic Tri finisher" to those proud moments this fall!

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  39. When I was finally able to a do a rollup in pilates.

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  40. You have many special running moments! Races bring proud moments, esp. when you finish when you thought you couldn't, but there are special moments in daily training, too - like the times when you complete a run you thought you were too tired to start or when you're surprised by a bit of speed that you didn't think was there.

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  41. Seeing my kids at the finish line of my first 5K. I still have a long way to go, but I was so proud for them to see me!

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  42. For me, it was probably my 1st half marathon. I had only been running for 3 months at that point and still remember the excitement at approaching the finish line. I was almost hyperventilating I was so excited! I have since since sone bigger races but nothing beat that feeling of pride at that moment!

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  43. My proudest fitness accomplishment was when I was in high school and won the regional cross country championship.

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  44. I'm running my first half marathon in November. I'm excited and a little nervous about that. I often wonder if I am the only person who has no desire to run a full marathon? I don't know, something about running for four plus hours just doesn't peak my interest. How hard that must be! I am so proud of anyone who has the guts to do that and finish. Congratulations on being a runner!

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  45. My proudest fitness achievement was losing the baby weight from my second pregnancy..see I worked at a candy factory (and the guys would always bring me over little leftovers everynight..and these little leftovers lead to BIG weight gain…like 55 lbs!) So after my daughter was born I became active at the Y we belonged to in aerobics and yoga and cut down on sugar and bad carbs. I lost all the baby weight in 8 months! I was so proud!

    kessandcrystal(at)aol.com

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