Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Competing against the World


My friend's husband Aaron is a marathon runner. He told me a statistic that I found very interesting. Apparently 80% of the world's population cannot run 3 miles without stopping. Now to the average person this stat would not be that exciting, but to me I was ecstatic. You see I can RUN 3 miles without stopping. I am in the 20%...wow!! What incredible motivation to get on the treadmill and kick butt:)

Whether you can run 5 miles or just run to the mailbox...I encourage you to push yourself. We can do more than we think we can. It's great to have a goal to stretch for. Now I wonder what other little statistics out there would be a self esteem booster??

Have a blessed day.


Photo credit - (photo #1) elvso, Flickr, (photo #2) alicepalice, Flickr
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21 comments:

  1. I can't run to the end of the block without stopping, but then again, I haven't tried...might not be able to make it to the end of the driveway. ;)

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  2. Maybe you should try to run a marathon...I love doing them. I run and walk most of it but I can run over 5 miles without stopping!

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  3. I haven't run for years. Hated it at school and probably wouldn't be much of a fan of it now! Now swimming on the other hand...

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  4. This is a motivation for me. I did a 1/2 marathon last October (and had not trained properly for it). I want to do one again this October, but I am not ready for it. I am signing up for it anyway. If that doesn't get my butt moving, nothing will.

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  5. Thanks for stopping by! I wish I had the motivation to run...but I do like to bike, so perhaps I should go get a bike already!

    You have such a cute blog, love the header picture!

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  6. i've run a leg of a marathon but can't imagine running the whole thing...it really amazes me.
    my running pals want me to do a half marathon this fall. i'm definitely not ready at this point.
    maybe your stat will get me pumped up too...
    chas

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  7. Uh-oh...I don't think I can run 1 mile w/o stopping. Yikes! I'd better get moving. Thanks for the inspiration and keep kicking booty on that tread mill!

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  8. I hadn't heard that stat before! I haven't tried recently...but I at least USED to be in the 20%! I am REALLY looking forward to getting back home and stepping it back up again! Thank you for the motivation!

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  9. That IS awesome...I'm not there yet, but working on it. I'm on week 3 of the "couch to 5K" program to work on my endurance. Your blog just adds to my motivation.

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  10. Yeah!! I was a runner before I started homeschooling and traded early morning runs for late evening swimming... Then I went and had a pedicure and they took out this awful cheese grater tool and shaved off all my running calouses!! I bet I could still do three miles though. Maybe I'll have to test that theory this weekend before we hike!

    Better stock up on Red Bull first.

    Ha.

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  11. I love the motivation in pushing yourself! I wasn't very active until a little over a hear ago, I've found a work out class called Turbo Kick that I LOVE! Anyways.....I'm starting to teach it, my first class is this saturday! So that is how I'm pushing myself farther than I ever thought I could go!

    Love the post! Very inspiring :) Although I don't htink I'm in the elite 20% :)

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  12. I live in Washington! It's wet and rainy here most of the time... except for right now when it's so stinkin' hot and I have no air conditioning!

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  13. Yeah, it kind of seems like that doesn't it? I think the rain drives us to our computers for solace. (snicker)

    I've been everywhere. I grew up in Montana, my dad was a preacher of tiny country churches and we moved around a LOT between my 7th grade and high school, roaming up into Canada even. It was horrible but I'm a bit of a social butterfly, so I managed. And then I met my sweetie and began dating between Junior and Senior years, and I was a goner after that. He had me at hello, and I was done. I think it was the brown eyes, the sweet heart for God, and the muscles in one nicely wrapped package.

    I feel like we need to exchange actual emails... (you can say no if you want to...) just saying is all...

    Sash

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  14. That's so neat to be in the 20%, good for you! I do enjoy running but haven't found a way past the shin splints. :( So it's walking for me. Hey, I can walk fast for 3 miles without stopping, does that count for anything?! lol
    ~Michelle

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  15. Oh gosh I don't know if I can, I'll have to check that one out. Whew!!

    Good on you!

    xxx

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  16. I used to run everywhere as a kid, down the block, up the alley that joined our streets, to the corner store to pick up milk for Mom. Now I have a treadmill and it sets loaded down with toys waiting for Grandkids to come. Shame on me, I need to get on and walk my blues away!

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  17. That's a great stat! I run everyday (about 3.5) and stop twice in my route, but can do it w/o stopping, if needed. I think this is AWESOME motivation and I wish I could do a triathlon. I'm thinking about it and learning more about the ones in our area. And I guess I need a nice little stat to help me! :)
    Thanks for the encouragement!

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  18. I know I'm part of the 80%! I aspire to do better. As soon as I dust off the treadmill.

    Thanks for stopping by today for my feature on SITS!

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  19. That's awesome!! For you of course because I am probably NOT in that 20% LOL!!

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  20. I am definitely part of the 80% that canNOT do that but I am in awe of people that can. I do want to push myself to walk more and walk farther and faster. I usually walk with the hubs and our dog but I can't really talk to him...I have to keep talking to myself to get through it and do a little more, just a little more.... :-)

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