Welcome Old Dingos! Welcome New Dingos!
If you're interested in running, forward motion, or something approximating it, come and join the Dingos. Wondering if it's for you? Well, read our Wiki.
Really, dingohood is in the heart and soul, not the distance. Hang around a little and you get the impression we all run daily marathons. Hang around longer and you'll notice that, as is normal for human nature, those that run 1-3 miles at a time will report that they went running, and those that run 10+ miles will *always* quote the distance. It's kinda like reading baby message boards and coming away with the impression that every baby but yours was walking and reciting poetry by 9 months. It's just 'cuz all parents celebrate the walking. Those with 9 month olds will say "9 mo old dinglet is walking!" whereas those of us whose kids finally get off their tushes at 15 months will say "DS is walking! Yay!". Note the difference? Same goes with our distances. Really, a lot of us are running just a few miles at a time.
Some place below will be a race list (and maybe a refreshed results list?) to help us cheer on those who've entered a race.
Time for a reminder dingos! Post an intro, your resolutions, and why you run. Then get out the door (or hop on the 'mill) and get running.
Intro: I'm Geofizz, a geophysics prof (didja guess that?) living someplace I resent to do it. Two kids: DD-8 in third grade and DS-5, who is working hard to be old enough for school. DH is an enginerd currently working on figuring out if new amusement park rides will stand up. Dingo since 2004.
Goal: 762 miles for 2011. (That's last year's 750 + 12 more).
Why I run:
Stress management: I'm really not a very nice person when I'm not exercising. I also know I *have* to take care of myself or else.
Health: I want to see my grand kids graduate from college. I want to be able to play with my grand kids when they're young.
Weight management: I'm 2 pounds less than this time last year! 750 miles kept me.... in place. But I'm healthy and almost a normal weight, and I'm gonna take it and run.
Silence: My house can get pretty noisy. The park is sometimes a bit noisy, but it's at least not noise I'm responsible for.
To watch the seasons change: I love seeing the neighborhood throughout the year.
To be the biggest neighborhood busybody: Seriously, I know what everyone's up to cuz I run past their house every day. And for those that don't keep their blinds closed, really, you should. I know more about you than I want to.
The challenge: Sometimes running can be easy, sometimes challenging. In the last year, I learned to love the challenge, working to increase my cruising speed from 10:30 min/mile to ~9:15 min/mile. It took a lot of work, which to my surprise, I mostly loved.
To hang with the dingos. In the real and online worlds.
Edited by Geofizz - 1/1/11 at 4:45am