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Dreams and Passions...

I was supposed to run a HM in Falmouth on Sunday...but we got to Taunton and found my daughter was covered in a rash, so we couldn't risk staying with my sister and her two little boys...so we had a maccy D's and came home ( great Friday night out !)

Also...first week in a new job meant I was totally exhausted..so Sunday I set off to do our own HM with my lad ,but he just couldn't find his groove...hot, bothered, tired..so we only did 7k and I was gutted ( I would never leave him).

I bought a Garmin on impulse and its crap. Plus its enormous, it just doesn't go with tight skirts and high heels at work...that really doesn't matter, but that is so much part of me, and so much of my running thing...I really don't want to be an athletic type that is all hardcore and all track suits and androgeny...

For me, my running demonstrates the passion and sexuality of who I am ( I hope that makes sense rather than sounding corny). This forum has enabled that, and I am so complete now, and fulfilled..more than I ever have been...so thankyou.....

SO...I have just signed up for a FULL ONE...only the Eden Marathon in October....It had to be the first, as the Eden HM was my first proper run, 6 months after graduating from C25K last October....I have learnt that I am not fast, but I have longevity, and its that where my passion lies. I want to run all day and not grow weary, just from the sheer passion of the journey..the run........Full on panthering in every respect.

My latest running tune...

Happy panthering

Juicyju

xxx

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Well no Friday night is complete without a visit to the golden arches. But I've just had to Google for half of the things you put there.... So now I know what a garmin is just shows how far and how much I have yet to learn.

Good luck with the full one! And where the heck does sexuality come into running? I just thought it was about getting out there and doing it.

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I did too.... But now you know? Oh and for me it has everything to do with it... Difficult to explain but at my age it's about finding yourself... !!

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Yes I completely agree with the sexuality thing and I now feel so much more in control confident happy and the kind of self I have always wanted to be- I just wonder if I would have felt the same if I had started running at aged 20 as I do now at 40 but I will never know! And this is all down to running and the lovely people on here who are so supportive. I run for me not times or to compete with other people just me! Xx

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so true isn't it...perhaps because we feel so much more in control and empowered to run and be ourselves.... and its time for us whci is just the best :)

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Bummer about last Sunday, but yay for the full one! Good luck and happy training, looking forward to the reports!

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Thankyou....!!

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Bad luck and you have could in called in for a cuppa (Taunton!!) Great music and good vibes! feeling the pace now.. Good luck for your big one! :)

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I'll remember that next time :) Thankyou!!

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Shame you couldn't do the HM as planned, and that things weren't right for your own run with your son, AND that your Garmin is crap! What a week for you. Respect for signing up for the Eden full marathon. I have no doubt you will do it , you are so determined. As an older convert to running (51), I know where you are coming from when you say it's about finding yourself - corny or not.

Happy panthering!

Chris

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Thankyou...and I hope I will manage it, its very hilly!!!

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Shame about all that over the weekend, but wow a full marathon to aim for! Hope your daughter is ok? x

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Thankyou...shes fine now!!!

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get a garmin forerunner 110 or for 210 hope you have not got one of those chunky ones and full marathon hat off to you happy running panther

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I did...its a Forerunner 110, and I have given it to my husband who is delighted!!

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mine a 210 they do a slim one and im sure 110 s in slim as well and can be worn as watch have fun bet the husband loving the watch sorry

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Always family first. I know what you mean on the watch thing. I only wear my running watch for running as its far to big for day to day for me. I like rocking the 1940/1950's look and it just doesn't fit in. all in all it sounded like you had a stressful week, what a fantastic way to combat it by signing up for full marathon. when a panther wants to do something she just goes right ahead and goes for it. GREAT. As you say slow and steady literally wins the race. I am great believer in the universe throws things at us for a reason yours was obviously it wanted you to go on to the full marathon. happy panthering as always.

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You always say such lovely words...and I love the sound of your 40's/ 50's vibe...I bet you look amazing..... and thankyou...

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Blimey that sounds so hectic & with so much going on there too. Even when you know that your are physically ready for it, sometimes life gets in the way so you just have to roll with it for now and bounce back (or rather pounce-back if you're a panther) back fitter, stronger and with more determination.

But way to go, many people bounce back and aim to get back to what they did the last time, not the panther, she pounces back and decides to do double what she did last time.

Huge respect for you as you have done so well sticking with it and you are the inspiration for so many of us on here.

Happy Running.... oh and every athlete at some point caves in to the lure of MaccyD's at some point or other!

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Thankyou...you know I always treat myself to a Maccy D's once a month as a treat after a day out...and its always so good...and thankyou for having such faith in the panther!

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That is a shame to hear that: I was looking forward to hearing about your fantastic run at the weekend. However, family first. Best of luck for the Eden Marathon.

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awww thankyou....and I am scared, but making panther plans!!!

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The Big One eh? You'll rock it!!

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Thankyou!!

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This sounds bl**dy stupid, I know, but as a relative newbie to this whole running malarky (starting week 7 tomorrow), I just wanted to say thank you for being a total inspiration. Your posts, and encouraging replies on here, make me sit back and think 'I want to be able to run like her.. I don't want it to be a chore. I want to be good enough to really feel, touch, smell, see, everything around me, and relish in my strength and endurance while doing it.'.

I said that'd sound stupid. But I feel better for having said it. Thanks for being an inspiration, JuicyJu!

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That doesn't sound stupid at all...in fact you've just made my day and made me a bit teary....so thank you so so much that means so much to me...feeling your passion for it too panther, and you are so close now, and then your journey will just continue and grow....! Have a fab weekend xx

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Had a mad few days and completely forgot about this!

Glad to have made your day. You've made mine enough, without even realising it. And god am I starting to get into it. Going outfor the second run of week 7 today, and really starting to relish my own strength and abilities. Feeling a bit like wonderwoman. I'm even ditching Laura- I can't listen to any more of that terrible music, and more importantly I don't feel like I need the encouragement any more. It's all already there, and I know I can do it.

Thanks again, lovely! xx

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