6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Racing like Pooh

While watching the previews before Cars 2 with the Family a Winnie the Pooh trailer came on. I love quotes and stories of friendship so Winnie the Pooh is just my style... Don't get me wrong I am not a Pooh freak, Muscle Man and I promptly removed the Pooh and Balloons wallpaper in our first home just days after moving in. I digress..

This preview somehow clicked in my mind as a Racing Analogy.

There are times on Race Day when you may feel like all of the Characters in the Hundred Acre Wood.

Tiger- When you start the race everything is Bouncy Bouncy fun fun fun fun fun... The adrenaline will make you feel on top of the world, like you could bounce so high you could touch the Finish line. This BURST is often short lived and if you are like me you go out WAY Too fast...

Piglet- There are times when fear and self doubt sneak in, when you feel small, quiet and alone. Your burst of energy fades into stutter steps. If you have a friend with you these moments are much easier to get through.

Rabbit- The Brain can be sharp, figuring out your splits and how to get that PR. So focussed on the outcome, SMART to race this way, but it takes away some of the enjoyment.

Roo- Your childlike visions of the perfect race are fun to hold on to. You are mesmerized by all things new and shiny.. BUT when you reach a certain point of exhaustion you just want to crawl in your Mom's pouch and hide from the world.

Kanga- Racing is not a solo sport. We have all encountered people in a race that we want to help, or maybe someone helps us. It is the Mother instinct, you say a few kinds words or take someone along with you to help them through the tough spots.
Owl- Even in a 5K you will reach a point of exhaustion where you feel like a wise old owl but every thing comes out gibberish. Simple sentences, grabbing a water cup and calculating splits become impossible tasks.
Eeyore- I would say we all fight the internal Eeyore. The grumpy, downtrodden pesimist who cannot find hope through the gloom. Dark clouds hover and you may lose your tail if you don't kick those feelings. It is easy to go to that dark place, and the worst when you cant find your way out.
Christopher Robin- The second wind comes, and you can feel you're floating again, there is hope. You pull up your socks and skip along with a red balloon. You are doing what you do best and you enjoy it!! Head held high you make it to the FINISH!
Pooh- When it is all said and done there is a Rumbling in your tummy and you need to fuel up. Once you have eaten you are a silly ole bear, and you remember nothing but the good things.

  • Which Winnie the Pooh Character do you most resemble when you run/race?
  • Have you ever raced like Pooh? -That is meant to be funny :p
I leave you with some Pooh quotes...

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”

“When late morning rolls around and you're feeling a bit out of sorts, don't worry; you're probably just a little eleven o'clockish.”

“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.”

“You can't always sit in your corner of the forest and wait for people to come to you... you have to go to them sometimes.”

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. i'll always be with you.”



Danielle C. said...

LOL love the comparisons! Happy Friday to you too!

Elizabeth said...

Do you know why Tigger didn't have any friends? Because he played with Pooh. Haha. Sorry, corny joke :P I love Pooh, and yes, I've raced like Pooh more times than I'd like to remember. Lol! Cute analysis!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Great post. I love Winnie the Pooh!

I think I am almost everyone of the them at any given race. Given the day, right?

Have a great weekend!

Stephanie said...

hahah i love this!! very awesome. i used to love eeroye (or however u spell it) i totally had slippers that looked like him from the disney store

Zoƫ said...

Very interesting! I don't know who I'd be.
Happy Friday!

Michelle said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! Best post ever! :) Have a great weekend!

fancy nancy said...

What a fun post!!! These analogies are perfect!! Have a great weekend!!

Unknown said...

Love the analogy. I can't pick which one I would be though. I think a combination of a few in any given race, and probably I hit on all of them at some point.

Heidi said...

awwww Mel...I love that last quote!!!!

Unknown said...

Once I did a whole blog series on grown women who love pooh. Im so glad to read you are not a pooh person. But I totally love the post.

Janice {Run Far} said...

Not a Pooh person, but adored this post. You are so much fun.

Lisa said...

Genius! Truly genius! I think I go through each of the characters during my races for sure! I enjoyed this post so much I posted a link from my blog directly to it (hope you don't mind). Genius!!!


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