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Hello! After years of believing I was "not athletic" and wasn't really good at much of anything with my body, I trained for 8 weeks and completed my first Danskin Triathlon on Aug. 29th! This was a huge milestone for me!<br><br>
One of the things I noticed during my training was the huge difference in my attitude toward training for a race vs. "working out" to try to fix my weight or my shape or whatever. It was such a different mindset. I didn't resent or resist exercise (for the most part). I found that I really wanted to have a positive experience doing the race and the only way to do that was to prepare so that's what I did!<br><br>
Now that I know that I do 1000 times better if I'm focusing on a goal like a race vs. just "getting in shape" which is too nebulous and requires no specific time commitment, I'm all about finding doable races to train for!<br><br>
The next race in my area is the Marathon on Thanksgiving weekend. They take both walkers and runners for the full and the 1/2. I am going to walk the 1/2!<br><br>
I was wondering if anyone wanted to be a virtual training buddy? I found some good training plans and can post links later (once I find them again). Its very doable in the 12 weeks we have to train! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Here's to the continued fitness adventure! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Just wanted to give you encouragement. I haven't walked a half in along time... but I totally agree.. it is a different mindset to train for a race... gives you a different sense of purpose.<br><br>
GL! A. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I agree about having a goal as motivation. I always need to have some kind of race on my schedule so I have something to work towards. I'm not a "runner just to run" type, but I love racing. Best of luck with your 1/2. I'm actually doing one next weekend myself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 
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