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Inspirational Local News Story about my nephew, Nick Newell

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

10 second commercial followed by video of my nephew Nick Newell, being refused entry into Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The quote from UFC President, Dana White is shocking to me, but I give him points for honesty.

Hoping Nick will eventually prevail and gain admittance into the #1 MMA venue, which is the UFC.

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MASRITE 1/29/2013 10:25PM

    Finally got to watch the video of your nephew. AMAZING!! He is so inspiring. I hope he gets to the top!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/24/2013 8:42AM

    A very strong and determined young man. Thanks for sharing the update.

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ROXYZMOM 1/23/2013 9:21PM

    Your nephew has worked so hard to get to this point I have no doubt that he won't give up. His victory will be extra sweet!

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CM_GARDNER78 1/23/2013 4:03PM

    Dana White will be eating his words...I don't doubt it. He's too busy worrying about the women's events....when he has time he'll check out your nephew and we'll be hearing about him in NO time!! Thanks for sharing this. I love the UFC - can't wait to see him in the octagon!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/23/2013 1:32PM

    He should be allowed to fight!!!

Dana White said 'no women' now he's getting an all women event. He'll be eating his words again with your nephew!!

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SEABREEZE65 1/23/2013 11:58AM

    A very strong young man in many ways!

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NATPLUMMER 1/23/2013 11:21AM

    emoticon He'll get there...he's got the drive.

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DALID414 1/23/2013 10:42AM

    My boyfriend said the same thing dixieworkhorse did about Dana not letting women fight. He'll be eating alphabet soup soon!

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MARATHONDAD 1/23/2013 10:19AM

    he will get there soon Dana white talks out of his ass most of the time. he will be in there soon enogh

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SOUTH_FORK 1/23/2013 10:06AM

    Love these updates on your nephew. Shame on Dana White- Nick has enough of a fight in the ring to not have to fight just to get into the ring!

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    Dana White also said that he would never allow women to fight in UFC and that is about to happen. Your nephew will be there shortly. I will definitely watch when he does.

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DAISYBELL6 1/23/2013 9:01AM

    Good for him! He sounds like a determined young man. Hopefully, he will prevail and be allowed to fight.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/23/2013 8:47AM

    This is an outrage. They should not discrimate against anyone.

emoticon I am cheering for your nephew, all the way. This is one tough sport and if he has a record that speaks for itself, let him fight. WOW, truly a remarkable young man.

You should start a petition or an email campaign to Dana White, you have a lot of support from your fellow Sparkies to back you up.

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I Do Other Stuff, Too.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

One of my other hobbies is ham radio. My interest got started with radio stuff when I was a teenager. My grandmother bought me a transistor radio, which had a short wave band on it. I used to lie in bed at night and listen to the distant AM radio stations from the US and overseas. Also, I heard the shore stations sending and receiving morse code to and from the ships at sea. I was fascinated with the patterns and wondered how this strange language worked.

Years later when I joined the Navy, I tested high in morse code aptitude, and was offered "Radio School". I did well with the morse code, my electronics not so well. I passed school and was sent to the Panama Canal Zone at Navy Radio Balboa, and was assigned the CW (continuous wave, or morse code) station quickly. I rapidly progressed to high speed CW, and have loved morse code ever since.

So the years passed, and I got my ham radio ticket, and I continued with my love of CW. I often operate high speed. There are few people who do this kind of speed, and it becomes necessary to go much slower if you want to accommodate and communicate with others via morse code. However, one must exercise high speed if one desires to maintain this level of speed. It can be stressful operating at just above ones maximum speed, but that's how you improve. For what it's worth, I am talking about 40 to 50 words per minute, a very fast pace.

So, all this typing to express what I have found to be, the similarities between CW/morse code exercise, and running exercise. The paces in each can be stressful or relaxing. But both paces are necessary to maintain a useful fun filled stride. To backtrack for a bit, I cannot compare my skills in running to my radio skills, one is average - the other is excellent. But, the comparison remains, regardless of skill level.

I thought about writing this blog when I participated in a radio exercise on January 1st of this year. We had an event called "Straight Key Night" whereby ham operators are asked to get back to their roots and use a hand key rather than an electronic keyer.

To chat more and relax more with other like minded hams. This once a year event is very popular, and there were lots of straight key operators on that night, and early the next day. I talked to 14 different stations and had a swell time. This pace for me, in not uncomfortable, and enjoyable. Even though I am capable of the higher speeds, I acclimate myself to the pace and enjoy.

There can me much enjoyment in the excitement of fast pacing and knowing you are in an elite category of participants. And, the converse is true, there is also much enjoyment to be gained in the slower stride of just enjoying a hobby for the sake of doing it.

I hesitated to write this blog, because it necessitated a longwinded explanation of ham radio. My first draft was really long, so I shortened it a lot. If you've gotten this far in the reading, thanks for sticking with me and I hope you've found it interesting.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/22/2013 8:49AM

    Thanks for sharing a little bit about you, who knew? And good comparision to running, I'm more of a dash dash dash instead of dot dot dot.

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FUNFROG79 1/21/2013 11:41AM

    Very cool, thanks for sharing!

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STRIVER57 1/21/2013 2:17AM

    very interesting blog. my father was a navy radio tech (in ww2).

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CM_GARDNER78 1/20/2013 10:48PM

    Wow! That is really cool! I love it! I do not know how to operate the hand key, but I have had the opportunity to tap on one. :-) Not sure I did anything that anyone could decipher, but fun nonetheless! I like watching people use them.

Thanks for sharing - I find this quite interesting!

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KA_JUN 1/20/2013 8:42PM

    Very interesting, thanks for posting it! emoticon

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NWFL59 1/20/2013 8:25PM

    Enjoyed the blog. The few times I use cw, its slow and mostly to work the short DX exchange but not to ragchew. For ragchewing I prefer PSK31 over most of the other modes. --... ...-- -.. . .-- ....- - -- -- emoticon

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JENN03275 1/20/2013 7:54PM

    Very interesting. Ty for sharing your other hobby.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/20/2013 7:43PM

    I was going to impress you with a reference to the Morse Code in Independence Day, but Synchrodad beat me to it.

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SPEEDYDOG 1/20/2013 7:32PM

    I know what you mean about long blogs. I think you did just fine explaining your hobby. I think it is cool that you can use a straight key. Can you tell certain key operators by their "fist"?

You probably don't use a key that often to be able to determine who sent a message just by listening to the rhythm.

Fun stuff.


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MASRITE 1/20/2013 7:24PM

    Loved reading about your other hobby!! Very interesting and didn't know much about ham radio until now!!

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SYNCHRODAD 1/20/2013 5:09PM

    Two current events in which Morse code saved the day. One was the peaceful acquisition of a first strike weapon called "Red October." Flashing Morse code. Then there was the world saving CW Morse code used when those pesky aliens had disrupted all enhanced communications in "Independence Day." I bet Samuel Morse never saw that coming.... emoticon

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DALID414 1/20/2013 4:14PM

    It was an awesome blog, I was very interested. Is this where the HAM part of your SparkPeople name is from?

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SOKKERNUT 1/20/2013 3:33PM

    What an very interesting hobby. How cool.

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RUN4FOOD 1/20/2013 2:21PM

    Don't think I've ever seen any comments on the similarities of running and morse code. Sounds to me like you are very good at both.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/20/2013 12:50PM

    Very interesting..Thanks for sharing!!

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JOPAPGH 1/20/2013 11:53AM

    I enjoyed this post. Rock on, regardless of speed!

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KELSEY54 1/20/2013 11:48AM

    That is so interesting. It is nice that you have stuck with it. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/20/2013 10:48AM


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SEABREEZE65 1/20/2013 9:40AM


My brother was in the Navy and stationed in the Panama Canal zone - you know - a few years ago - probably about 1963 give or take a couple of years. He had something to do with electronics at that time.

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KANDOLAKER 1/20/2013 9:04AM

    Very interesting indeed! Thanks for sharing!!

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ROXYZMOM 1/20/2013 8:58AM

    Very interesting! I learned something new today! Do you practice every day to keep up your speed?
And...Is that why your Spark name has "ham" in it?

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How Much Is a Dollar Worth To You?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I had a great 8 mile run this morning. I was really surprised that it went so well, because usually, the week after a longer race, I am pretty whipped. Not so, this last race or the HM before it. I actually 'raced' last time, not full out, but still raced and not just used it as a training run. And yet, I feel great today, 4 days later.

That is encouraging, I think my strategy of slowing down for most of my training runs is working for me. I have a 20 miler coming up this Saturday, and I am ready for it!

So, today I started out slow running, like 13mm and walking for the first mile. A nice warm up, then stepped it up a tad. Maybe run/walk for 3/1 minutes. Then around mile 3 I just ran and walked as felt like it, keeping my HR nice and low, around 145 BPM. I ended up running most of the last 3 miles or so. When it was done, I felt really good and invigorated. No sense of needing to 'rest' or recover at all.

When I was at mile 5 or so, I see a dollar lying on the ground. Woohoo! I found a buck! But wait... I am running so well, nice stride, my new method of paying close attention to my posture and foot placement is working great, I'm really in the zone. Maybe I should just keep running.

Are you freakin' kidding me? Who thinks like that? Did I actually just CONSIDER passing by that dollar, because I am in the "zone"? Man, you are pathetic, just stop and pick up the dollar already - how long will it take you - what? - 10 seconds?

Which what I did. I looked around and no one saw me stop running to pick it up. No cops, either. Heh heh. Got me a dollar.

Now I continue running and am wondering how I am going to describe this ridiculous scenario to my Spark Friends.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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DALID414 1/11/2013 2:14PM

    Thanks for the laugh, I REALLY needed it today (after the crappy week I've had).

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CM_GARDNER78 1/10/2013 10:52PM

    ALWAYS stop and pick it up!! LOL Even just a penny! :-D

Love the lesson of the slow training - it's good to keep in mind when I'm racing around feeling like I want to conquer the world in a day, and really if I just slow down I'm making better progress in the long run! Good lessons!

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LISAINMS 1/10/2013 5:03PM

    Bonus! I love when a great run pays off (one way or another, lol).

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REMEMBER2BME 1/10/2013 4:04PM

    Great job! It definitely sounds like you are in your zone. I love how you describe your scenario. It definitely means you are a runner when you consider such things.

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FUNFROG79 1/10/2013 2:15PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing, so funny!

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RUN4FOOD 1/10/2013 2:10PM

    Sounds like you are doing very well.
Congratulations on your good 8 mile run and good luck on your up coming 20 miler.

Me too on the $1, I would have picked it up.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/10/2013 1:50PM

    LOVE it!! I would've thought the same thing..but in the end I would've stopped to pick it up. It's amazing the things we think when we're in the zone!

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    Thanks for the smile! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 1/10/2013 12:43PM

    I would have picked the dollar up too LOL! I do pick up even pennies, because a couple of friends and I have kind of a laugh at who finds the most money on their runs. I throw whatever I find into a jar and save. May sound strange to stop my running for a penny but it's just a fun game. Many would not think it's worth it. But a little fun helps my run. A dollar I would definetely stop for. Now if I could just find a trillion dollar coin I would really be set! (That's in the news as a way to raise the ceiling debt. )

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KANDOLAKER 1/10/2013 12:05PM

    Ha- great blog! Hopefully you were able to get right back into that zone!

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JOPAPGH 1/10/2013 11:58AM

    Anything larger than a penny gets picked up. My biggest haul so far is a $20 bill.

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JACEUG 1/10/2013 11:19AM

    Nice one!

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ROXYZMOM 1/10/2013 11:06AM

    Yayyy! You were in the zone!! I would have picked it up too - and used it towards a protein shake when I was done :)

It is amazing to me how much I think of my SparkBuddies when I am running - everyone is so motivating! We are all in it together!
Pretty cool!

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NATPLUMMER 1/10/2013 10:59AM

    emoticon Fab run....and you even got paid for it ;-)

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SYNCHRODAD 1/10/2013 10:55AM

    What is funny is that all these thoughts occur in less than a second. Sounds like you turned around to get it. Your blog also shows how good you feel in the zone and how it influences your life. At the height of Bill Gates wealth accumulation in Microsoft stock gain, it was said he made more money during the time than he would get if he stopped to pick up a hundred dollar bill. I'd stop to pick up a hundred dollar bill, probably with a skid mark....

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-FROGGIE- 1/10/2013 10:52AM

    love it!!!


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HALFFAST 1/10/2013 10:48AM

    Too funny! And I could also see myself having the same conversation with myself. Hate to mess it up when I'm in my zone!

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SEABREEZE65 1/10/2013 10:40AM

    What a great running heart rate. Good for you. And now you are RICH! Woo Hoo!!

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SOUTH_FORK 1/10/2013 10:21AM

    Love this story- of course you had to go back for it! I had to fight off the urge to pick up a 18"x3' granite slab the other morning... I kept thinking I could somehow strap it onto the stroller and just keep going... Sanity prevailed on that one. Glad you're not too tuckered out from your runs; I can only imagine putting in that sort of mileage!

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FLGIRL1234 1/10/2013 10:16AM

    Hahaha. From one runner to the other I totally got why you didn't want to stop to pick up the dollar. lol, we are funny that way.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/10/2013 10:15AM

    Hahahahah, great story. I will come to a screeching halt to pick up a penny. I have a money jar with all my running money. I know I've had a good run when my fanny pack is full of coins, ahhhh the simple things in life amuse me. I found 3 five dollar bills once, cha-ching. emoticon It pays to run.

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Short half marathon report.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Had a pretty good Half Marathon this morning.

I decided to push a little harder on this race, but was careful to walk some intervals in the beginning, to warm up slowly and not get injured. I'm always cautious about getting injured. It just takes too long to recover, and I have a marathon coming up in a month, and that is my major priority right now.

The weather was great nice and cool in the beginning, but once the sun came out, I felt uncomfortable with it.

The first 10 miles were average pace of 9:20 or 9:40, But when I hit mile 10 I was getting tired and I started doing over 10mm for the last 3 miles. The race was on a fairly level road - an out and back course. But as y'all know the second half is a bit harder than the first. :)

I actually did well, time-wise. Even with the cautious start. I ended up with a 2:09:55 - just one minute and half over my PR.

There were only 7 guys in my AG, and I beat 5 of them and one of them beat me.

Okay, in case you're too lazy to do the math, I will tell you - I won a 2nd place award in my AG. I hope I don't drop it in tall grass, I might not be able to find it. I hope that doesn't sound ungrateful. I still like to win once in a while.

When they called my name, they mentioned my hometown, and some young lady was excited that she and I were both from 'Maitland'. While we chatted, I requested she take a pic of me. And there you see her effort above.

After only a year of running, this is all still new to me. Today I realised something. That is, every time I do a half marathon, it seems I have forgotten just how far 13.1 miles is.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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MASRITE 1/7/2013 9:12PM

    Another half? You are amazing!!! I just can't imagine running so many of those. And, another full for you, too. My inspiration!!

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LINDAKAY228 1/7/2013 1:11PM

    Great job! Winning a medal is always fun. I take it easy also because I don't want injuries either. Good luck on the full one coming up!

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/7/2013 10:16AM

    Way to go!

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HALFFAST 1/7/2013 9:14AM

    Awesome! Congrats on placing!

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SYNCHRODAD 1/7/2013 8:52AM

    Thanks for the inspiration. Dang, I have to retire so I will have all the training time I want. Never done a half or even a quarter... Thanks for the blog!

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REMEMBER2BME 1/7/2013 5:26AM

    Killer time. I have never been at that pace. I love reading your update. I am thinking that I really need a motivator and as you say, a half is plenty long.

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Great job!

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STRIVER57 1/7/2013 3:08AM

    very excellent!! and very fast!

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CM_GARDNER78 1/6/2013 11:27PM

    Congratulations!!! I only hope one day to think:

"Today I realised something. That is, every time I do a half marathon, it seems I have forgotten just how far 13.1 miles is."

WOW! Inspiring to the max. I know full well how far ONE mile is - I only hope some day to think like this! :-)

Great job!!

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WONDERWOMAN 1/6/2013 9:13PM

    "Today I realised something. That is, every time I do a half marathon, it seems I have forgotten just how far 13.1 miles is." LOL - glad I'm not alone in that thinking

Great job - congrats on placing!

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KANDOLAKER 1/6/2013 8:01PM

    Congratulations on a great run and for placing second in your AG!! Woohoo - way to go!!

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PMRUNNER 1/6/2013 7:45PM

    Vic, well done! Way to go! The half is fun and challenging race, glad to hear that you did so well.

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MIRAGE727 1/6/2013 7:10PM

    Outstanding effort!

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ANDY_54 1/6/2013 7:09PM

    Awesome report! I like hearing that other runners start out slow, too. It gives me hope, LOL. I only did 4 measly miles today and it about did me in--I'm in awe of all the running you do, cannot fathom a HM. Keep going, you're doing great!

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ONMYMEDS 1/6/2013 6:39PM

    Very nice job!! You've come a long way in a very short time. Congratulations. From the picture, it looks like you didn't even wrinkle your shirt.

I seem to forget just how far ANY of those distances are, from 5K on up. But then, at my age, I forget just about everything.

Well done, buddy!! You can never have too much bling.

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NATPLUMMER 1/6/2013 5:53PM

    Second place is awesome!!! I wish I could run as fast as you.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/6/2013 5:17PM

    Congratulations! Any hardware is great in my book.

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WINDSURFNERD 1/6/2013 5:12PM

    Congratulations on your 2nd place finish, 2:09 is a great time! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MICHIGANLORI 1/6/2013 4:12PM

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/6/2013 3:46PM

    That's an awesome time!! Congrats!!

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SEABREEZE65 1/6/2013 2:49PM

    I'm impressed!!!
Another bling to hang on your bling hanger!!


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COOP9002 1/6/2013 2:48PM

    Great job! You should be so proud of your accomplishment.

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ROXYZMOM 1/6/2013 2:46PM

    Congratulations! That's a great time!

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FUNFROG79 1/6/2013 2:31PM

    Congrats! Another great accomplishment! emoticon emoticon

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    Woo Hoo! Congrants on the race. Next time you will get the First's coming.

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MS0669 1/6/2013 2:12PM

    I think your time was awesome, and second place is awesome ! Way to go !

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JOPAPGH 1/6/2013 2:05PM

    Nice half finish time and good luck on your upcoming marathon. I begin training for the Pittsburgh Marathon tomorrow.

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RHONDALYN10 1/6/2013 2:00PM

    Woohoo! Way to go!!

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RUN4FOOD 1/6/2013 1:57PM

    Great half marathon.
Thank for sharing your experience.
Your pace was great.
Hope you do well on your full next month, sounds like you're ready.

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DALID414 1/6/2013 1:51PM

    Awesome job!
I've heard it compared to giving birth, you forget the pain of it all emoticon

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LAURIE5658 1/6/2013 1:49PM

    Vic, now you and I are syaing...Oh, I'm just running a HM this week. Who would ever thunk???!!! Great job, my friend!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 1/6/2013 1:40PM

    Vic, congrats on your time and age group placement. You inspire this somewhat young chick to keep trying to do more to improve myself. Lol! Funny you mentioned pushing yourself a lit bit more because you are afraid of getting injured. I had the same conversation with my running partner yesterday. I did push myself a little yesterday and ended up running a minute faster per mile compared to my last long run. Of course, I decided to do so because my legs were fresh....I only ran once last week (not by choice).

I hear you on the 13.1 distance. Somewhere around mile 10, I always ask myself why am I running 13 miles? But then when mile 12 rolls around, I run a little faster to get my medal and cold bottle of water. Really it is the cold bottle of water that motivates me to finish. Not kidding.

Rest up and then get back to your brave soul.

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Making New Year's resolutions is for suckers.

Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's resolutions are stupid. Who ever started this ridiculous concept? The idea is one is to vow to do something good next year. To start a good behavior or eliminate a bad behavior - because it is, after all, a NEW year coming up.

Stop smoking, start exercising, eat better quality food, be kinder to others - the list can go on and on.

I never understood this notion. Even when I was a little kid, I remember thinking. "What is so special about any given NEW year? If we want to do something differently, we can do it today or tomorrow, or one hour from now, or right now".

We humans can change for the better. All it takes is a little introspection, thought and determination.

What is it that's stopping you from living a better life? Think about the things which are doing that, and make an honest effort to alter or stop those bad behaviors.

If you use the 'New Year's Resolution' plan, you are destined for failure. Because the plan demands you make a resolution for the "new year" and stick to it. If you fail, you're done for.... until next year when you can try again. At least, that's the way I see the NYR plan.

With "The Boilham Resolution Plan" (okay wiser men than I have suggested the Boilham plan as well) you just honestly try to not continue with your bad habits.

Make your resolution any time of any day. If and when you stumble a bit, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. No need to wait another year to do the resolution thing.

You can make a change for the better. Try it now.

Thanks for reading and have a great new year in 2013.

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    I like the idea of new resolutions on your birthday. Celebrate your newest year with a good habit.

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/1/2013 10:17AM

    I agree! Although joining SP on 1/1/11 was my NYR for that year but I wisely set myself up for success by crafting the resolution to simply join SP and give it an honest try for a month instead of tying it to a specific weight loss amount or all or nothing behavior change. And it worked for me that time. I chose to do it as a NYR to give myself time in advance to get used to the idea of the changes I would need to make in order to get healthier and become ready to make the commitment.

Other than that I haven't really ever made NYRs. If you feel the need or desire to change something in your life you can do so at any time. Although I do make annual goals every January, but these are goals with action plans to achieve them, not wishes to be different (which is basically what a resolution is and why they mostly fail).

Happy New Year!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/31/2012 11:03PM

    Agreed! No New Year's Resolutions here! I do love the feeling of a "clean slate" though........hmmm...

Happy New Year to you and yours!! Many blessings beyond measure in 2013!!

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NWFL59 12/31/2012 7:55PM

    I'm with you as far as not waiting to some future date to initiate better habits, take action now and accept setbacks as minor blimps and not as show stoppers.
Enjoy your personal resolution plan. emoticon

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FLGIRL1234 12/31/2012 6:41PM

    emoticon emoticon Happy New Year with your CONTINUED road to health. :)

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BUTTERFLY-1976 12/31/2012 5:07PM

    I agree!! Happy New Year!!

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MASRITE 12/31/2012 4:23PM

    I definitely see where you're coming from with this one. My DH and I decided to start today with the better eating and so far, so good. Not waiting until January 1st or 2nd!!

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DALID414 12/31/2012 3:42PM

Thanks for the laugh!
I'm on board with The Boilham Resolution Plan!

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ANDY_54 12/31/2012 2:36PM

    Oh no! Here I made some resolutions before reading this! Seriously...I see the start of the new year to keep me going. For me, it's a time of reflection mostly and and an almost ache to accomplish more than what I've done. Having it on paper (in pencil, hehe) is good for me because I tend to lose sight of where I'm going awfully fast. And, for me anyway, they're basically a continuation of the journey.

Saying this, I agree with you in spirit--too many times resolutions are things that set you up for failure. Hope the satrt of the New Year is good for you (and all the days that follow)!

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HALFFAST 12/31/2012 2:05PM

    I completely agree. Happy New Year!

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JACKIE542 12/31/2012 1:31PM

    I agree! emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 12/31/2012 1:13PM

    Love it!
I haven't made resolutions for YEARS!
BUT, I do make annual goals and write them down. It has been fun to go back and look at my list for 2012 and see what I attained and what I didn't.......missed 1000 miles running by 31 miles. That is ok! I NEVER would have thought I would run 500 miles let alone 969 miles!
Happy New Year!

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FUNFROG79 12/31/2012 1:05PM

    Completely agree! Happy New Year!

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LINDAKAY228 12/31/2012 12:09PM

    I am totally with you and I stopped making resolutions a few years ago. It just set me up for failure. I'm in total agreement that any day is a good day to work on overcoming bad habits, not one special day of the year.
Have a great New Year!!

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SOUTH_FORK 12/31/2012 12:03PM

    i hear ya, boilham! i almost fell victim to NYR thinking this morning... but nipped it in the bud. i will say that some folks really need that psychological break of a new year as a time for change- i'll hope for the very best for them!

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WINDSURFNERD 12/31/2012 11:40AM

    Hear, hear! New year's introspection is fine as long as it leads to ACTION. My "all year" resolution is "decide if its something I really want, then do something NOW...otherwise let it go". happy New Year to you and best to you and yours 2013!

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SEABREEZE65 12/31/2012 11:36AM


Embrace today - whatever day that is!!

BTW - I make New Year's resolutions. Oh no.....

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NATPLUMMER 12/31/2012 10:55AM

    I love the Boilham Resolution Plan!!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 12/31/2012 10:49AM

    I hear ya. Don't put off doing something today thinking tomorrow, next week, or next year will be a better time to start. I used to do that with my weight....not anymore. I thought like this for years and it got me nowhere. I used to say to myself that I will start running after I lost weight. If I did that then I would have missed out on running numerous 5ks, 10ks and 3 half marathons.
I will never forget a mean comment I overheard before the start of my 2nd 5k. So the skinny girl said to her skinnier friend something like, "Wow, I can't believe she is wearing those (shorts)". I was 175 lbs at the time. Yes, I was a little overweight for my frame (5"8'), but in their world (size 0), I was huge.

I did make one promise to myself; learn Spanish. My husband is from Venezuela and it would come in handy living in Miami.

Wishing you a happy new year, Vic.

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