JMERLAU   68,115
SparkPoints
60,000-79,999 SparkPoints
 
 
JMERLAU's Recent Blog Entries

Watermelon Run 5K - The Review

Saturday, August 14, 2010

August 14th, 2010 - Watermelon Run 5K race, Ft. Worth, TX

The day started at 5:20 when the alarm woke me and yes I was nervous, full of energy, ready for a good run. I started getting the family around because today, they were all going to support and watch me run. Meant alot to have them there too! We left around 6:15am for the park and arrived around 7:15ish, find a place to park and off to registration.

Now....we all know that I'm a rookie to all this and this is only my third straight up race. (I've ran two extreme races too, the Warrior Dash and the Caveman Crawl)...but anyway...I say that because I've already learned, ya gotta roll with the punches. I see my friend Brian and his wife Ruth walking over the hill so I walk to meet them. Ruth didn't recognize me, I LOVE THAT! We walk and talk up to the registration table, the guy in front of me is paying with cash. I walked up and said "I pre paid on line". The guy looks at me....looks around and yells "Did anybody pull the online registration list?" On the inside, I was cracking up!! How low key can you get I thought. The guy finally looks back at me and said, just sign here and go ahead. So that's what we did! THEN they were saying we were using the wrong racing bibs. In the end, we had the right bibs and we were all set. My wife and daughters found a place to sit near the start/finish line, we visited with friends and got ready to roll.

My walkmeter (also does runs) didn't work today for some reason which ticks me off, but oh well, I'll live. I had to learn to use my sportsline watch to keep my pace, rather than the voice on my walkmeter telling me where I was at. Anyway.....it was a very flat course down through the park, turn around and run along the trinity river a while, then literally turn around and reverse your footsteps. At the 2 mile mark I kicked up a notch, which was too early honestly. I kicked it for about the last mile and about died on the last .1 of a mile. Did I mention it was probably about 90 degree's already when we ran, alot of the course was in the sun. I felt absolutely great about today's run!! I believe I'm dealing with sciatic nerve pain and that can be REALLY painful when it's flaring up, this has been kicking my butt all week!

My time was 28:12 and I was 3rd place in my age group!! I got a medal and everything!!! WOO HOO

There was also a FUN relay, that we didn't do. One person carried a watermelon 1/2 mile down and the other carried the watermelon back. That was pretty funny actually, I can't imagine carrying a watermelon that far while trying to run!!

I'd like to say thank to everybody for the AMAZING support that ya'll give me. The energy is amazing and I can nearly FEEL that energy when I'm out there pushing myself to be the best person I can be. One year ago, I would NEVER have thought about doing this, now, I can't WAIT to my next race!!

Am I really becoming a runner????

Here are the my four friends who ran today:


Here I am with my first race medal:


Next race.....Dallas Running Club 5mile breakfast bash Sept 5th....I HOPE to see ALOT of the DallasSpark team there!!!!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/18/2010 10:19PM

    The first of many trophies my friend. Keep it up!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOBBYD31 8/18/2010 6:10PM

    congratulations on the bling!!! and yes your are a runner.
now the bad news, i think your are hooked like the rest of us!

Report Inappropriate Comment
EDGEOFSANITY 8/17/2010 10:20AM

    emoticon Third place is awesome! And the medals can get addicting...

Report Inappropriate Comment
SP_COACH_NANCY 8/16/2010 5:17PM

  AWESOME JOB, Jerome on your 5K! Guess this means the medal collection has begun... emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PASHHR 8/16/2010 3:58PM

    emoticon
Great Race!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TOOKES519 8/16/2010 1:17PM

    Now that is something to be proud of my friend. I know I am sooo proud of you. Thanks for being an inspiration to us all.

emoticon

Kristi

Report Inappropriate Comment
AMYGOES211 8/15/2010 7:40PM

    Congrats on the medal, that is AWESOME!!! Can't wait for the breakfast bash, but man I need to get back into running, it's been two full weeks since i put on my running shoes!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLOOSIEMAGOO 8/15/2010 12:53PM

    Now, that what I call "Doing the Running Man!"

Good job Boss!!

Chana
Spark Baby!


Report Inappropriate Comment
BILLALEX70 8/15/2010 12:12PM

    BRAVO!

Great piece of hardware you earned.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEGA_MILES 8/15/2010 10:44AM

    Nicely done. I'm at the point that I can't imagine running in a race. Maybe in a year from now, I'll be blogging about my 5K.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RMX_DELETED 8/15/2010 10:40AM

  Awesome job Jerome! Proud of ya!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SOPHIEZ 8/15/2010 9:09AM

    You are Inspirational, man. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LEANNROCKS 8/15/2010 9:00AM

    EXCELLENTE!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MGRIFFITH32 8/15/2010 8:58AM

    I'm smiling big in FL. I know your wife and daughters were too. We are so proud of you, coach!

Report Inappropriate Comment
3CHIHUAHUA 8/15/2010 8:02AM

    we had a great day,
didn't we

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTHDUDE 8/15/2010 1:47AM

    You posted a good time! And 3rd Place to boot! Congratulations!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ELYMWX 8/15/2010 1:41AM

    Well done!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ABSOLUTZER0 8/15/2010 12:15AM

    Look at my bro taking it to another level! Woohoo! Congrats bro! You have been a runner. It is in ALL of us! You are now embracing it! Keep running! With you posting times like that, I guess I have to kick it up a notch, too! Don't worry....I'm coming bro!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JEMADORE77 8/14/2010 10:32PM

    Indeed, you are a runner! WOOOHOOOO! I LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing...

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMOF6BOYS 8/14/2010 10:01PM

    WOW! Way to go!!!! Amazing how much we can accomplish once we put our mind and heart into it :)



Report Inappropriate Comment
TODDJAMES 8/14/2010 9:47PM

    Sounds like another great run...Congrats! Bronze medalist...reads GREAT on a resume! Three seems to be your lucky number today! 3rd race...3rd place...the 3 girls in your life there...lucky man! Celebrate your success and the fact that so many are in your corner!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNINGWILD 8/14/2010 9:39PM

    emoticon Congratulations! I can't wait until the day that I can say I ran a 28 minute 5k! You rock!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPARKLE1908 8/14/2010 9:35PM

    WAY TO GO ROAD WARRIOR!

I am very proud of you (and everyone that was there) for getting out there in the heat and accomplishing your goals!!!!!!

Keep building up that medal count!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARLA0716 8/14/2010 9:28PM

    Congratulations on the medal! I should be heading to bed soon to get geared up for tomorrow. Will let you know how it goes. You're smart to do several 5s before venturing into longer distances. I'm not so 'swift'!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Talk about NEVER Giving Up......

Thursday, August 12, 2010

This touched me this morning so I thought I'd share ........

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfJ3DLmO-vM

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FLOOSIEMAGOO 8/15/2010 1:00PM

    Very inspiring! Thank you Jerome.

Chana
Spark Baby!


Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMOF6BOYS 8/14/2010 4:18PM

    Thank you for the link :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/14/2010 9:59AM

    Brought a tear to my eye. Thanks for pointing it out.

Report Inappropriate Comment
REGGIE2009 8/13/2010 10:55PM

    A heartfelt emoticonmy friend! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BARBARAROCKSIT 8/13/2010 1:51AM

    Wow.

Thank you for the link.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CSULLIVAN83 8/12/2010 11:51PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEGREATCAT 8/12/2010 3:54PM

    I have seen this before, but I could watch it a thousand times and still cry. I remember watching that at the time it happened. It was awesome at the time, it is still awesome. THANK YOU FOR SHARING AGAIN.


Report Inappropriate Comment
RMX_DELETED 8/12/2010 3:39PM

  Good stuff!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TODDJAMES 8/12/2010 2:26PM

    Seen this numerous times...but I NEVER TIRE of the gut check it does for you!

Thanks for sharing it!

Comment edited on: 8/12/2010 2:26:39 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
LEANNROCKS 8/12/2010 1:35PM

    A person has no soul if they can watch that video and not cry! Thanks Jerome! lynne

Report Inappropriate Comment
-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 8/12/2010 12:32PM

    emoticon You don't realize how badly I needed to see and hear this today!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MGRIFFITH32 8/12/2010 11:12AM

    Oh that was awesome. I have tears in my eyes. What a great dad and what a great Dad we have too! Thanks for sharing and for being you. :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOPERISING 8/12/2010 10:28AM

    J.. I needed that. Thank you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
THEVELVETONE 8/12/2010 9:21AM

    We can always count on you for that lift we need. Thanks emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
82TMOMMA 8/12/2010 9:12AM

    Thanx, I needed that reminder.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MCJULIEO 8/12/2010 8:57AM

    Very moving, and a very good message.

Report Inappropriate Comment
2WHEELER 8/12/2010 8:34AM

    Sometimes finishing is a bigger accomplishment than winning.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARLA0716 8/12/2010 8:14AM

    I love this. So inspiring....and the song is so fitting.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IOWEIT2ME 8/12/2010 8:04AM

    Thanks for sharing that video Jerome. It ministered to me man. Inspiring! I agree, talk about NEVER giving up!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MROSE721 8/12/2010 8:00AM

  WOW!!! just a great reminder that winners never quit and quitters never lose!! thanks for sharing!!! be blessed!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Down for a few days - bursitis issue

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I've not worked out since Sunday afternoon church football etc. I believe that the Bursa in my right hip has decided to flare up, grrrrrr!

I do NOT like being inactive for any length of time, but I've been resting for the most part of three days now. Tonight, I believe I will attempt a little RevAbs, Total Strength and Mercy Abs workout. I will not push my luck though as I have a 5K to run saturday morning!

I keep telling myself "Jerome, you have no limits" :-( maybe I do still have a few limits, the pain has been fairly high until today, I can live with it today!

I will be back to full strength soon, I feel like I'm letting my team down.

I will be back in action(FULL SWING) soon and will MAKE IT HAPPEN!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ABSOLUTZER0 8/13/2010 6:43PM

    Bro, now you know you had better listen to your body and take care of yourself!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LEANNROCKS 8/12/2010 1:36PM

    Let us down? Not a chance! Take care of YOU! lynne

Comment edited on: 8/12/2010 1:38:25 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
MGRIFFITH32 8/12/2010 11:14AM

    Let us down? Never! It's just our turn to lift you up. Rest up. It's that time. :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNINGPFUHL 8/12/2010 9:47AM

    First of all you aren't letting anyone down!! Second, listen to your body and take the time you need!

I tend to do the same thing: I have no limits and I've ignored general aches and pains. To the point that I'm going on 12 weeks with no running!

Time off is part of training. Don't think of it at "off time" think of it as training! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JAJOLLY422 8/12/2010 9:28AM

    Ooooohhh I hate bursitis!!!! It gets me from time to time in either hip - so I absolutely feel your pain!! Take it easy, alternate heat and ice, and get back soon!! :-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAPETERSON42 8/12/2010 8:39AM

    I hope it wasn't from getting tackled in a pew.
(My brain keeps missing words this morning.)

Comment edited on: 8/12/2010 8:39:40 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
BARBARAROCKSIT 8/11/2010 11:22PM

    Listening to your body and it's messages is one of the lessons we learn on this journey .. so go Jerome for listening to yours!



Report Inappropriate Comment
BOBBYD31 8/11/2010 10:48PM

    hang in there, it will go away soon!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CSULLIVAN83 8/11/2010 10:35PM

    Hope it feels better soon!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMOF6BOYS 8/11/2010 9:38PM

    GEEZ Jerome....I go on vacation and looks what happens!

I will be praying for a quick return for you!!! I know you will only get back to running when you are able to after complete rest and care :)



Report Inappropriate Comment
ANNASBF 8/11/2010 9:16PM

    I wrote to the wounded Speedy Dog about how my runner future SIL took up Yoga, something called Power Yoga, to stretch his ligaments out in a general way that seems to have eased his pain while running and his general joint pain with lifting and workouts. I heard a thing about aging and the tighting of connective tissue. Apparently that is a factor in running and exercise injury and inflammation. Just a thought that it might help you. I hate to hear you having to ease back from your challenges. Good luck with your bursitis. I've had it in my shoulder before and it lit me up big time, I hope it continues to ease up. Take care.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTHDUDE 8/11/2010 9:16PM

    Jerome,

Rest and recuperation is part of training. Injuries do happen. Enjoy the down time; get some family time in.

Tony

Report Inappropriate Comment
EDGEOFSANITY 8/11/2010 8:50PM

    Rest! You'll do fine on Saturday even with taking a few days off. And you're not letting anyone down. We've all had to deal with injuries and setbacks.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNINGWILD 8/11/2010 7:54PM

    The only person that you can let down.. that you WILL let down, is you if you push through pain. HEAL, and then you can get back into the action.
Until then, take it easy.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JRSGIRL1995 8/11/2010 7:36PM

    You could never let us down! Sometimes the body just says "I need a little rest". Be Careful you will be back at it real soon...

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPARKLE1908 8/11/2010 7:21PM

    Hmmm..trying to find a way to get some exercise in KNOWING that you need to rest completely?? sounds like a FITNESS ADDICT to me....lol

Take the break..really take it and relax for a day or 2....you have been doing great and you deserve a little "off" time....you'll be back at it soon enough....

ttyl

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRIGRAMPS 8/11/2010 7:03PM

    Get the Zyflamend, rest, enjoy wife and children!
-- Dr. Sam

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOGOSHIRE 8/11/2010 6:39PM

    Jerome, be well!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GARDENCHRIS 8/11/2010 6:36PM

    Sometimes our bodies just are trying to tell us to slow down a little bit.

Also as we get older :) the mind says one thing and the body say that's what you think! Mine tells me that all the time, I keep on, but sometimes I have to give it a rest or go slower. I do not like to admit that the body knows better than the mind. It is better to be consistent in the small things than burn out in the big things.

Hope you fell better soon.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TODDJAMES 8/11/2010 6:21PM

    Jerome this speaks VOLUMES to the progress you have made on this journey!

Just 8 months ago...you would have grunted about taking the trash to the curb, helping at home, playing with your daughters (your words)

Look at you now...you NEED to work out...to feel complete...to be your BEST!

And because of your AMAZING CHARACTER...you feel you need to workout...to help the team standings, to inspire others, to set the example...(I get this...I feel that too!)

Use this time as ME TIME! Rest and Recovery...revisit THE SPARK...enjoy your children before the craziness of school sets in.

If you TRUST THE PLAN for your life...this time is SUPPOSED TO BE THERE! Seize the moment...JUST LIKE YOU DO DAILY!

Be well my friend!

Report Inappropriate Comment


DRC Cross Country Race - The Review

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Saturday Aug 7th, 2010 - Planned event - Dallas Running Club Cross Country Relay races. This race is 6 miles with each member running a 2 mile leg each.

I rolled out of bed at about 5:15am because I couldn't sleep anymore, I still get the nerves of a little boy! I checked my email first thing and I'm glad I did. I was supposed to be running with two other sparkers from the Dallas Spark team, we were there Tortoise and the Hares team. Well, Lynette had gotten sick over night and wasn't going to make it for the race. I wasn't 100% sure who the third member was, but I fired off an email to see what her plans were anyway. Ofcourse I didn't hear anything since most normal people don't check their email that early! Strike one! I decided I was going to run anyway! I knew the DRC folks would pair us up if we didn't have a complete team. I did make one pit stop along the way to hopefully see some other Dallas Spark team members who were walking on the OTHER side of the lake from where the race was. I missed them to, strike two! I'm still in this game I thought so off I go to Norbuck park to run.

I found the check in table, explain that my team wasn't going to make it and they tell me to take my race bibs and go stand under the trees here and find people to make a team with?!?!?! WHAT..well that's sorta vague!! Oh well, I did go stand under the trees and within a few minutes I hear somebody say they were looking for a third. I spoke up...PICK ME PICK ME..well, not quite like that but that's how I felt inside. I met Carol and Urba who needed a third so off we go. The only thing at issue was they were entered as a female team, their third couldn't make it. (No Lynette, I did not put on the running skirt!!) It was all for fun anyway we thought, no big deal. I wore the bib number of their third since they were all sequenced out in order quite nicely. Then the girls picked up our baton, it is a relay after all. Well wouldn't you know the baton was a plastic rake about 2 feet long and lime green. It was great.

I ran the first 2 mile leg nearly as hard as I could run. It was truly cross country, too. I was careful to place each foot down so I wouldn't roll and ankle, it was pretty rough in some spots. First .75 mile was fairly flat, I could handle that, no sweat. Well, I was sweating cause it was already HOT in Dallas at the 8:05 am start. at the .75 marker I hit the first hill, not bad, but enough to take a little steam out of me. Then I looked up and saw the big hill, UGH!!! Not nice at all. Press on Jerome, remember, you have no limits I thought (previous blog), I kept pressing up the hill, legs burning, sweat dripping and lungs screaming. I made it to the top without passing out or stopping, success I thought. AH...look ahead, water!! Have you ever tried to run and drink water from a cup?? Lemme tell, this was my second attempt and I failed again!! Water all over me, gagging from choking, I laughed at myself, such a dork. Then we start down hill, with a volunteer warning, down hill, stumps, rocks, etc be careful he says. WHOA..it was horrible. Nearly every step had to be carefully thought out and placed carefully. I think the down hill part was the last .5 miles or so, something like that. I managed to pass a few (eat my dust) on that last part as I tried to finish big. THEN I had to remember....what was Carol wearing?!?!?!?! SHEESH, we'd just met gemme a break, oh wait, there she is. I handed her the baton and off she went. What fun!

I don't know any official times at all, but I do know my time was between 18-19 minutes, not bad for my second race ever!

I don't know our over all time either, BUT....I'm proud to announce that our team, The Corner Turners won SECOND place in the women's division...hahahahahahahahahahah. I didn't care, the girls ran up front to pick up our awards, while I hid in the back. WOO HOO...I have my first race trophy, a brand new shiny shot glass!!

All in all it was a great race, great time and made some new friends I hope to run with again one day. Thanks Carol and Urba for letting me run with ya!

Here is a pic with Carol and Urba (and the baton)


and here is my first trophy


after getting two strikes early in the day, I'd say I hit a homerun!

Adding Walkmeter stats. the time is not right because I forgot to turn it off
Route: New Route
Activity: Run
Google Maps URL: http://maps.google.com/?q=http://share.abv
io.com/bdb7/96b6/4b5b/5b74/Walkmeter-R
un-20100807-0808.kml
Shortened Google Maps URL: http://j.mp/cdcsvf
Started: Aug 7, 2010 8:08:24 AM
Run Time: 23:23
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 2.14 miles
Average: 10:56 /mile
Fastest Pace: 7:28 /mile

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RUNNINGPFUHL 8/9/2010 12:57PM

    LOOOVE IT!! You found your inner runner girl afterall!! :D

Report Inappropriate Comment
CUATROMOMMY 8/9/2010 11:50AM

    I'm so glad it worked out and that you guys won 2nd place. That's freaking awesome. Good job.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BRYANDEBNAM 8/9/2010 10:39AM

    TXT me next time. Maybe I will be a spur of the moment fill in :P

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRACEFULIFE 8/9/2010 12:11AM

    Got a trophy and a shot glass all in one, and met two fine looking dames. Sounds like a good day to me!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CASSIOEPIA 8/8/2010 10:23PM

    Congrats on taking the steps to race anyway, and it looks like you had a great day!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SOVERDAHL 8/8/2010 10:04PM

    Awesome!! I too cannot drink water and run ... sputtered and choked today during my 5K. Congrats on your run! Love the determination and will to go! Very inspiring!


Report Inappropriate Comment
SOVERDAHL 8/8/2010 10:00PM

    Awesome!! I too cannot drink water and run ... sputtered and choked today during my 5K. Congrats on your run! Love the determination and will to go! Very inspiring!


Report Inappropriate Comment
BILLALEX70 8/8/2010 10:32AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BEMORESTUBBORN 8/8/2010 10:20AM

    Congratulations!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MANDYLOVE_76 8/8/2010 9:54AM

    Congrats and way to go.

Report Inappropriate Comment
XENA1956 8/8/2010 1:08AM

    Loved your blog and the fact that you could pass as a woman, lol, your team did a fantastic job. My memory is like yours seem to be "Short term".

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOPERISING 8/7/2010 11:48PM

    Wow! I LOVE how you rolled with the punches today! You stayed so positive and made the best of it, even when your plans got all messed up. Way to go. And, uh.... congrats on coming in second in the woman's division. Muhahahaha, I love it! you are such a good sport!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LP2278 8/7/2010 11:14PM

    Great race report! Congrats on your time and your trophy! I also have great difficulty drinking from a cup while running. I'm planning to use my fuel belt in my half next Sunday. It has four water bottles to keep me hydrated.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PELESJEWEL 8/7/2010 11:07PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! Great Blog! Water - here's the tip: lean water cup sideways, slightly; pinch the top portion of the cup towards the middle to create a funnel, tip & pour in mouth. My run coach gave that tip to us at our first 5k...it works!

Comment edited on: 8/7/2010 11:12:53 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
SP_COACH_NANCY 8/7/2010 10:56PM

  Jerome, You are an AWESOME blogger! CONGRATS on your trophy and NOW Lynette will make for certain you wear that running skirt...LOL! Can't wait until the picnic in September!!!



Report Inappropriate Comment
TODDJAMES 8/7/2010 10:50PM

    Congratulations Jerome!

Report Inappropriate Comment
REGGIE2009 8/7/2010 10:45PM

    emoticonblog! Funny too! Nice trophy. You are the best my friend!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANNASBF 8/7/2010 10:26PM

    Great blog... don't know if my favorite part is the screaming legs and burning lungs.. the water gulping issues... or the fact that you had to struggle to remember what the heck your team mate looked like so you could pass the baton! Totally funny and well reported. Congrats on winning second place with the ladies... and for your stealth skills hiding in the bushes while the swag was handed out. Thanks... too much fun in one blog!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MIAMIA7 8/7/2010 8:54PM

    Ha, ha..too funny! Congrats on your first place-even if it was as a girl! Way to go and it sure sounds like it was fun. Glad you survived the rough down hill.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTHDUDE 8/7/2010 8:51PM

    Nice going Jerome. It sounds like you owned your run! Off-trails are dangerous, running under a nine is great! Have a good Sunday.

Tony

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOBBYD31 8/7/2010 8:31PM

    nice, it sounds like fun

Report Inappropriate Comment
MGRIFFITH32 8/7/2010 8:09PM

    You killed it...again. So proud. I know those ladies were so glad they picked THE MAN for their team. Keep the good news coming. :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
FREEDOMSTAR 8/7/2010 7:58PM

    great blog- lol

emoticon you crack me up

emoticonon getting it done and rolling with the changes in events
cheers
John

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMOF6BOYS 8/7/2010 7:13PM

    Way to go JEROME!!!!! WooHoo!!!

A #1 Race report!!! LOL!! I agree....maybe a skort next time and you can go with the girls to receive your trophy :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPARKLE1908 8/7/2010 6:57PM

    Great report!!! Love your trophy!!!!

You are becoming an ole pro at this running thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ELYMWX 8/7/2010 6:03PM

    Congrats! Trust me, it does get easier learning to drink while on the run - take small sips if at all possible, and swallow, don't gulp. Yeah, I know, not easy, but...

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNINGWILD 8/7/2010 6:00PM

    So funny! I think you should've thrown on a skort just for fun. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOGOSHIRE 8/7/2010 5:44PM

    Great post! Way to go!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ABSOLUTZER0 8/7/2010 5:42PM

    Great job as usual! Congrats bro! You pushed on and dug deeper! I have to agree with the comment about trying to drink water and run. I usually don't drink water if I am running under an hour, but at my first 5K I felt like I needed it and almost choked drinking it. I am glad you had a good time and made some new friends!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/7/2010 5:26PM

    That was great. Glad you had a good day and what sounds like a better run.

Report Inappropriate Comment
EDGEOFSANITY 8/7/2010 5:16PM

    Great job! Sounds like it was a lot of fun- wish I could have made it =(

Report Inappropriate Comment
BARBARAROCKSIT 8/7/2010 4:51PM

    too too funny!!

Love it.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARLA0716 8/7/2010 4:28PM

    Awesome! Sounds like a fun time was had by all! Hopefully I'm that successful next Sunday for my 10K - I'm not sure of the course, hopefully not too many hills!

Good for you for getting your first trophy! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRIGRAMPS 8/7/2010 4:25PM

    This is the best race report that I've ever read! ROFL (hysterically)

Report Inappropriate Comment


Today I CELEBRATE...Day 223 is a GREAT DAY

Friday, August 06, 2010

Today I celebrate!!!!

December 28th, 2009 I started the transformation of a lifetime. I wanted a better life for my wife, for my children, and for me. I've worked incredibly hard, WITHOUT making rocket science or brain surgery out of this process. Its' not that complicated really.

Do three three things:
1. know WHAT/HOW much you eat (track it)
2. shut up and sweat (exercise)
3. do it every single day!!

What does hard work look like??
Here I am at 264lbs



Here I am 91 lbs lighter - weighing in at 173.3 this morning



I'm DONE with weight loss officially now, HOWEVER, I'm STILL a work in progress, hoping to grow as a husband, father and person every single day!!

If I can do this....ANYBODY can do this!!

YES.....TODAY....I celebrate!!!! emoticon


I've added the chart below for my own good:

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NEENSTER1 8/11/2010 9:04AM

    You have come a long way. It is mind over matter. You are becoming the person YOU espire to be. emoticon emoticon Your right if emoticon We, anyone can do it. Be Encouraged and take good care. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARLA-216 8/10/2010 10:07AM

    Absolutely amazing! You're a rockstar and a wonderful example to all who are on a similar journey to better health.

Carla

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLOOSIEMAGOO 8/9/2010 11:53PM

    Congratulations Honey Bun,

I am so proud. You have done so much, in such a short time, with great enthusiasm. I am happy you're my friend.

Thank you for making me see, what I will be.

Chana
Spark Baby!


Report Inappropriate Comment
GEMINIJENNY25 8/8/2010 2:06PM

    wow you are emoticon Great job!!!!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVNGLEGND 8/7/2010 10:38PM

    Absolutely fabulous!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BTWCOACH 8/7/2010 7:22PM

    Nigel says (and I agree) that you a lot younger now... :-))))

Report Inappropriate Comment
TAMTAM64 8/7/2010 1:11PM

    What an awesome testimony to what a good diet and exercise can do! You were willing to do the hard work & now you are reaping the rewards. Congrats!

Tammy

Report Inappropriate Comment
EDGEOFSANITY 8/7/2010 1:09PM

    emoticon Awesome job!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMOF6BOYS 8/7/2010 10:15AM

    WooHoo! Looking good Jerome!! I totally agree....and especially love #2! Gotta do it....everyday!

CONGRATULATI
ONS on your total transformation!!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MINNA72 8/7/2010 3:14AM

    Now THAT's a transformation. You've done it, Jerome. Congrats!

Looking good. You have every reason to celebrate!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ABSOLUTZER0 8/7/2010 1:45AM

    Let's celebrate! Woohoo! Keep on KILLING IT BRO!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNINGWILD 8/6/2010 9:05PM

    2. shut up and sweat (exercise)
LOVE IT!

Report Inappropriate Comment
EVLOBOS310 8/6/2010 6:44PM

    You look fantastic! Such an inspiration to read this! emoticonon doing such an emoticon getting healthy!

Report Inappropriate Comment
EVLOBOS310 8/6/2010 6:44PM

    You look fantastic! Such an inspiration to read this! emoticonon doing such an emoticon getting healthy!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NANNER2121 8/6/2010 5:02PM

    Awesome and inspiring. I like that you are working on your whole person - family, husband - as well as your physical self.
Congrats on a fantastic life change.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BARBARAROCKSIT 8/6/2010 4:47PM

    emoticon

Well done!!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PASHHR 8/6/2010 4:01PM

    Yep, not complicated at all, just a lot of hard work. Great job getting it done.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PELESJEWEL 8/6/2010 2:42PM

    emoticon You look AWESOME..like a different person, and that's because you are! Losing 91 lbs CHANGES EVERYTHING...game on brother man, game on!! To say that I am proud of you and proud to call you my friend is an understatement. You inspire me every single day! Have a blast at your Relay Event tomorrow!

Report Inappropriate Comment
IOWEIT2ME 8/6/2010 2:10PM

    Can't argue with a formula that works! Inspiring! Like RMX982, I can't wait until I am able to post a similar blog! OUTSTANDING!!! Have a great weekend!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SOUTHIE2010 8/6/2010 1:55PM

    Woohoo!!! Congrats that is so exciting!!!

You are such an inspiration! Thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TODDJAMES 8/6/2010 1:44PM

    Jerome what an AMAZING feeling it must be!

To achieve EVERYTHING you wanted and to be READY to FINE TUNE and grow!

I am sure there are no words that accurately describe how you feel...beating your goal...and ahead of schedule!

Keep going...fine tune...refine...MAKE IT HAPPEN...inspire!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/6/2010 12:49PM

    That is a fantastic shot. You got all of the bulk away, not its just the fine tuning.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOPERISING 8/6/2010 12:41PM

    woohoo! You rock!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RMX_DELETED 8/6/2010 12:01PM

  Very very impressive. Can't wait to post a similar blog post in the future!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAPETERSON42 8/6/2010 10:45AM

    That is awesome! Way to Go!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOGOSHIRE 8/6/2010 10:45AM

    Awesome! But your BMI status is overweight at 173? How is that possible? You look fantastic!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TOOKES519 8/6/2010 10:41AM

    D^mn right ya do!!!!! You deserve this!!!!! Congrats!!!!

emoticon

Kristi

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRACEFULIFE 8/6/2010 10:41AM

    That's pretty awesome. Congratulations!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRIGRAMPS 8/6/2010 10:18AM

    Very cool to get the same pose! No more chubby cheeks! Amazing! Have a great weekend!

Report Inappropriate Comment
REGGIE2009 8/6/2010 10:14AM

    You look good my friend! I am so proud of you! You are my number one inspiration here on spark. Thank you for sharing a little of yourself with us. By the way. This weekend is yours in the making. Good luck on your race. You are definitely not a tortoise! You are a natural born road runner!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/6/2010 10:15:35 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARLA0716 8/6/2010 10:10AM

    Holy s**t Batman! What a difference! Very impressive emoticon emoticon

Was 173 your goal? I love watching people meet the goal...gives me hope!

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 Last Page