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Sole to Soul Running is a very special kind of running/walking group. No matter what your fitness level, you'll find the support you need to accomplish goals you never thought were possible!

We offer support if you're just starting out or an experienced runner or walker. It's a great time to run -- or learn to run -- or walk. This group is for YOU; no matter what your pace or experience, we think you're perfect!  

 
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I'm not a certified coach or physician -- just someone who knows that running with wonderful people makes for a wonderful life.  Please see About Us for important information about my coaching skills (or lack thereof).  

Here's the thing:  It may start with the sole, but it changes the soul! 

We'd love for you to join us on our Saturday morning and race day adventures. See our Training Schedule each week for our meeting place and mileage. 

 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Ringing Success: What a PR Really Means
PRBell.jpgWe talk a lot about PRs -- personal records -- and how exciting it is to have a new best time. 

But what does a PR mean to a Sole to Soul runner? After all, our speed does NOT define our success as runners, especially not in our group. What does a PR mean when our motto is "At Peace With My Pace"? 

It's been YEARS since I ran for a PR -- it was the Rock n Roll in Las Vegas in 2013 for 2:27:08. I was THRILLED!  

Now, we have lots of Solemates who blew past that time on their very first half -- some who aim for (and achieve) sub-2-hour runs.  That's awesome!  Equally awesome are the 3:30 finishers. 

What makes a finish great is that you've put your best effort into it. You've pushed hard, but you're still smiling at the end. When you KNOW you've done your best...you HAVE.  That's where you find the peace in your pace.  That's what makes it so incredibly rewarding.

Our philosophy does not preclude trying to be stronger and feeling better. It does not mean we don't have goals.  It DOES mean that we are striving to be our best selves.  The time on the clock reflects that, no matter what they means in minutes.

My first PR was 3:21:11.  That was my first half, and I was so proud and excited.  I did get faster, eventually broke 2:30, and hung out around that time for a long time.  

Then I fell down. And I basically had to start over.  At the San Diego RnR in 2016-, my time was 3:14:05.  And I was thrilled then, too.  But to truly be a peace with my pace, I committed to training.  I wanted to see what I could do.  With the support of my Solemates, I just kept trying.  Getting faster was only important because it reflected the effort.  At the San Diego RnR in 2017, I ran 2:27:50.  

On Saturday, my 60th half and my first as a 56-year-old, at the Bridge of the Goddess Half, I ran 2:26:34.  A PR!!!!  A rang the PR bell with joy -- not because I was so fast (I was 16 out of 29 in my age group), but because I came back. With joy and sweat and love. 

In the end, it really doesn't matter how fast you go. You are always WAY faster than the people who don't even try.  It does matter that you find pride and happiness in your efforts -- that you know you gave it your all. 

So sweet Solemates, be at peace with YOUR pace, and know that you have us all behind you as you celebrate each accomplishment and ring in each new success. 
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Many of our members joined Sole to Soul to train for their first 1/2 marathon. Most of us never thought that running 13.1 miles was even possible when we first started training but, together, we learned that we could do it.

Our running motto is "At Peace With My Pace." I believe that with encouragement and support, you can cross the finish line -- still upright, smiling and ready to sign up for another adventure.

You can do this, too; please email me with questions!

Judy Minich
Founder, Sole to Soul Running


 

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