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100 Half-Marathons Blog

I walked my first half marathon in October 2015. It took three hours and fifty minutes to become hooked. Thirty-eight months later, I completed my 30 half-marathon. I think everyone should complete at least one half-marathon in their lifetime. It’s an accessible thrill you might find addicting.

Superman is not a real hero. You are!

Every action we take to cut down on pollution, to curb excess carbon emissions preserves the diversity, beauty and ecological well-being of our planet. I'd love it if there were a true Superman who could speedily fly counterclockwise to our earth's spin, reversing time and giving us a second chance to get ahead of the climate change we're experiencing. (Note: Whether we are in multi-millennial natural pattern or a human-created change, lessening our part is all good.) A superhero move available to each of us is replacing a single short car trip a week with a walk or bike ride.

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I Want to Belong

Yesterday I squeezed in a forty minute walk between a teaching commitment and a family one, while talking to my oldest, eldest BFF.  I was so proud of myself. I've found something I love.
My BFF's response, "Oh yeah. You love to belong."

"What? Belong? I'm not a belonger!" To say someone wants to belong is like saying they suffer from insecurity. I'm not saying I'm immune to insecurity, I just didn't see what it had to do with my commitment to officially register my commitment to complete 100 half-marathons by joining the club of the same name.

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Rahbin Shyne
Half Strategy

In every race there's someone who mostly jogs with some walking who shares the same overall pace as myself. They jog a ways and then start walking. Then, as I approach from behind, they get their jog back on to stay ahead. 

Races are relative. There's no ultimate slow or ultimate fast. Unless you're competing at the level of top three finishers by sex, your time is relatively faster than and relatively slower than other finishers. We all pick a person or group to be relatively faster than at some point during the race. Often, the choice is an entirely superficial, even prejudicial assessment of relative experience, age, condition, shape or gear.

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Rahbin Shyne
Roscoe - The Reservoir Dog of Love

Fitting in a walk is as simple as looking around for a good place to park. This tiny one block square park in Signal Hill was perfect for a few laps. What a privilege it was to choose this park in time to witness Roscoe's companion/owner's generosity. He didn't have to let a young man take over fetch and return time at the park. Nor did he have to let Roscoe tickle the soul of a young girl for a good ten minutes.

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Rahbin Shyne
"It's Gonna Finish Like It Started"

A relative of mine is quite the colorful character. He’s the kinda guy who might say “I’ll cut you” if you piss him off and then within a minute make a joke about the entire affair and leave you in stitches with an incorrect but hilarious retelling of the moment. The retelling will inevitably cast him as more intelligent and handsome. I overheard him say “Damn, how’d you get so handsome?” while looking in a mirror on more than a few occasions.

“It’s gonna finish like it started,” is another of his oft-repeated oldies but goodies.

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