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SparkDallas Picnic

Sunday, September 26, 2010


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DRVILLEN 10/3/2010 7:57AM

  Jerome you rock!! I have met a few SP in my area of Canada, they don't seem to interested in getting together as a big group. We will keep trying and make it work!!
Again well done!!

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CSULLIVAN83 9/30/2010 11:22PM

    It was SO emoticon to meet everyone!!!

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CUATROMOMMY 9/28/2010 10:08PM

    It looks like it was a good time.

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TODDJAMES 9/27/2010 5:42PM

    Hey...I have to be have my wheels turning...WHAT IF THE BLAWG DAWG did a VIDEO POST?

HUGE...thanks for the idea!

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TODDJAMES 9/27/2010 5:41PM

    Jerome...Congrats! Your bring a city together...became a reality! Small and mighty was the first...GRAND and talked about will be the next!


Spark People is a better place with you in it!

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RUNNINGPFUHL 9/27/2010 2:02PM

    SA-WEET!!! It was awesome I can't wait to do it again!! :D

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3CHIHUAHUA 9/27/2010 10:06AM

    nice music


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ANNESYLVIA 9/27/2010 10:02AM

    Very nice. Does NY have one?

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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/27/2010 7:26AM

    Hey Jerome! that was cool! can't wait till we SparkKansas!

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MOMOF6BOYS 9/27/2010 7:18AM

    Cool!!! I am always looking for Sparkers in my little area...but have not had any luck with it at all...BUT, I WILL PRESS ON!!!

Looks like a great time had by all!!!

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MCSNYDER1 9/27/2010 6:43AM

    I am so jealous! I live in the middle of nowhere and the only way I'll meet others SparkFolks is to go to KC!!!!!

And, along with Nancy.....CUPCAKES????? WOO-HOO!!!!

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MINNA72 9/27/2010 1:14AM

    Cool pics! Looks like you all had fun! I'm just a smidge envious of the weather, we already have fall weather here (she says and puts on a scarf and gloves to head out...). :D

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NOMADDAD 9/27/2010 1:07AM

    Great job pulling the Picnic Together!!16 Dallas Sparkers in one place. The video was great - Thanks.

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NANHBH 9/27/2010 12:30AM

    Is that cake and cupcakes I see? YUM!

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FLBEACHBUM14 9/27/2010 12:28AM

    Hey, it looked great to me!

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XENA1956 9/26/2010 11:24PM

    What's broken, you all looked like you had a great time, the music worked and the pictures were great!

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JMERLAU 9/26/2010 10:49PM

    I know it's broken.....i'm tired and going to bed!

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Run the JailBreak 3.8 mile run - THE REVIEW

Monday, September 20, 2010

September 18th, 2010
Jail Break 3.8 mile run

I picked up my friend John at 2:30ish and we left for Texas Motor Speedway where parking was scheduled. John and I meet Jeff and Judy in the parking lot, put on our bug spray, race bibs in place, ID in hand, and we’re off to load the school bus to the race site. The site is about 2 miles down the road at DFW Adventure park and there was NO parking at that site.

Once at the race site, we unload and start to figure out the lay of the land so to speak. Porta pots, check! Starting gate, check! Finish Line, check! Band on stage, oh COOL, there is a jumbo tron that is showing live shots around the race course. We got Judy’s umbrella tent all setup so she’ll have some shade while we run. Judy is Jeff’s wife along to watch our ‘stuff’ and take pictures for us. John, Jeff and I walk over to watch people finish, just to see how muddy they were really. There were some who weren’t muddy at all, some who were covered in mud, we even watched a guy puke his guts out when he finished. I was cheering him on, encouraging more, ya know the type, yes, I was obnoxious. It was great, I can’t imagine why he got sick though, it wasn’t THAT BAD!!!

Finally…staging time, off we go up the hill to get ready to BREAK OUT!! I ofcourse had to find the porta pot again, check! I start stretching out and warming up my legs a little bit, moving closer to the front of the pack. This race is set to run 300 at a time every 30 minutes, however, I don’t believe there were 300 in our wave at all. Then here comes the sheriff to the stage. Some muscle head wearing a sheriff shirt and a meat head with pecs bigger than, well, you get the idea. They warm us up, jogging in place, high knees, etc. Then the count down. The gate falls, the sirens sound, the fog machine comes on and of we run!! We are breaking out, run prisoners run!!

The first set of obstacles are just small hills, down, up, down, up, down, oh crap, that’s water at the bottom of that hill, instantly, feet are soaking wet and weigh 25lbs!! Next was a just a little run and then we ran through some huge concrete tubes, made a big loop out and back on top of those tubes. Next up was the first lake with water cannons firing at us. This lake was about 50 yards across with 5-6 cannons blasting water into the air over us. Lake felt great since the first part of the course was all in the sun, about 97 degrees when we ran. From the lake there was a run through the trees, sorta like a trail run, the into an area like a small city where we had to run through the buildings, Jeff says there was a gun to shoot here, I missed that totally, then off to the trees again. I guess prisoners always run through the trees like this to keep the dogs and cops at bay, I dunno. At some point there was a zig zag thingy dealy setup that had a fog machine. I didn’t like this because it sucked the O2 out of the air. Then we’re off to the hay bales, huge hay bales, stacked 3 high, they took a little effort to get over it. Then we’re back into the trees for a long run down a ‘road’ in the trees. Along this road there were tires setup up that we had to high step through. Then we came to a slide down into the river, not a big slide, not a big river, but it was sorta fun. Then we ran down the river for about 50 yards or so, then climbed out of the river on the tires that were tied together on the river bank. Through a few more trees, then to a mud slick about 50 yards long. I walked this entire time, too dangerous. I’d rolled an ankle in the previous two races I’ve done like this so I didn’t want to chance anything! Then back out into the sun towards the finish line that was still just over a mile away. There were a few more small hills, then two HUGE tractor tires to climb over. Two more water holes that smelled like cow poo big time, it was horrible. Run a little more then crawl under the net through the mud. I managed to get the right side of my face caked with crap here and mud in my eye along with my contact, was not fun, but I was on my way to the finish line, one more pool of mud and then the finish line.

I finished in around 45 minutes or so even with an eye full of mud!!! After ward, I waited for John and Jeff to finish; both were probably within 5 minutes of me. We got cleaned up by the ‘cleaners’, people holding the fire hose blasting ice cold water at us! We hydrated with some water, cleaned up a little more, then Judy helped me clean up my eye and get my contact back in place, I hate my gas perm contacts with passion, but I can see with them in so I deal with it. We also got two free beers for running the race and yes, I drank them. I don’t drink much ever, but they tasted GREAT after that race! The four of us just watch people, listened to the band, visited with other races, found some Oklahoma Sooner fans and hung out for a while. John and I had our free chopped bbq sandwich, which was fantastic!!

We boarded that bus back to my car and I was home by 7:30pmish. I smelled like a cow patty in a big way, whew, shower never felt so good!!!

All in all, I had a GREAT time and would do it again!!

Below are a few pics from the event
Jerome, John and Jeff

I'm the one in the yellow



Three of us at the finish line

Huge BBQ cooker....

The t-shirt (long weekend to say the least)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/5/2010 12:48PM

    Looks like it was a great event.

So the question, which do you enjoy more, these or a "regular" race?

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ABSOLUTZER0 9/29/2010 3:59PM

    Awesome race bro! I see you got down and dirty! LOL! That is a nice looking smoker!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 9/26/2010 10:50PM

    This is cool -- I saw some guys in Little Elm wearing this t-shirt, and didn't know what it was! Thanks for sharing all the gritty details!

Thanks again for putting the picnic together -

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CSULLIVAN83 9/23/2010 11:41PM

    emoticon looks like a ton of fun!!

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BTWCOACH 9/23/2010 10:23AM

    Great job, Jerome!
I think you should talk Nigel into doing it with you next year!!! He needs something fun like that!!! :-)

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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/22/2010 1:25PM

    Jerome, that was awesome! we seriously need to do something fun like that for our event!! striped shirts or not!

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JUSTA123 9/22/2010 6:59AM

    emoticon story, and you guys were emoticon sounds like it was a great day!

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NOMADDAD 9/21/2010 11:12PM

    Great story! You almost make it sound fun!! Makes me want to go out and compete. Thanks for sharing.

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EDGEOFSANITY 9/21/2010 6:46AM

    What a great race! Looks like you had a lot of fun =)

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BILLALEX70 9/21/2010 4:39AM


Sounds like another successful, fun race. It looks like a good time was had by all; BBQ sandwiches to boot!

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FREEDOMSTAR 9/20/2010 7:53PM

    good job emoticon

wear that T with pride you earned it



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GRACEFULIFE 9/20/2010 7:32PM

    Want more pictures of that smoker!!!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 9/20/2010 7:30PM

    Looks like a lot of fun! Congrats on breaking out!

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DMGABBETT 9/20/2010 6:38PM

    Looks like a fun time. Thanks for sharing.

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3CHIHUAHUA 9/20/2010 5:44PM

    wear that shirt with PRIDE my friend

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MCSNYDER1 9/20/2010 5:31PM

    Jerome, that looks like so much fun!!!! And the t-shirt is great! Thanks for sharing all the fun and the pics!

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HOPERISING 9/20/2010 5:28PM

    Thats great Jerome! Love the pictures! Glad you finally got around to writing it, I was looking forward to it. :)

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    WOW!! what a fun race! love the muddy finishers!

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LEFTCIRCLES 9/20/2010 5:24PM

    That looks like a blast!!!

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TODDJAMES 9/20/2010 5:14PM

    My friend, my friend...only YOU can step in it and come out smelling like a rose! GREAT JOB Jerome! WooHoo! Break Free!!!

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Week in review

Friday, September 17, 2010

My week in review

Sat. Sept 11 – didn’t feel very well at all still. I did manage to get out and buy new running shoes and Garmin forerunner 305, eating wasn’t horrible but there was NO exercise.

Sun. Sept 12 – still didn’t feel very well at all. However I DID attempt a run because I was anxious to try the new shoes and Garmin. Here is a link that run.
It was a fairly BAD run to say the least!! It was REALLY hot!!

Monday Sept 13. Felt better. We (wife and I) started the phase 2 of RevAbs! GREAT series, I recommend it. I am seeing great transformations in my body as I work through that program. I also did week 4 day 1 of the 100 Push Up challenge

Tuesday Sept 14th – Day 2 of Phase 2 Revabs complete and it kicked my tail!! Felt GREAT though as I burned a bunch of calories and build some muscles!! After work I went for a run through the neighborhood. Here is my Tuesday run link
This was a decent run I think and felt great afterward.

Wednesday Sept 15th – Holy smokes RevAbs kicked it again today. Strength and Endurance workout that about killed me!! AHHHHHH the calories were melting away though which felt fantastic! I also ran 4.25 on the treadmill after work. I way over ate as we went to eat fajitas for dinner.

Thursday Sept 16th – I slacked this morning and DID NOT work out. Not proud of that, but I was exhausted and somewhat sore so I did not get out of bed at 4:30am to workout. Yes, I felt guilty for not doing it. I had a really rough day with work, loads of stress and pressure due to issues we were having. Went to open house for my 5th grader and was blown away by my DD’s teachers!! Wonderful ladies who LOVE HER!! Gave loads of compliments and called her a leader and trend setter in the classroom! Due to the stress of the day, I REALLY wanted to run. Didn’t get home till around 8:30pm, so I left around 9pm for my evening run. Keep in mind I’m usually in bed by 9:15-9:30pm. I ran on the track across from my house and ran just over 5miles. The BEST run I’ve ever done. Talk about stress relief, WOW. LOVE THAT…here is the link to that run:

Friday Sept 17th – RevAbs Power Intervals2 again today and it felt just as great today!! I LOVE that I can feel my abs firing, feel them working, KNOWING they are still in there fighting to come OUT and show the world what they look like.

Friday is also weigh day for me. SOOOO…..I got on the ole wii (my constant scale since I started) hoping for results as I’m wanting to drop another 5-7 lbs just to hit a ‘normal’ BMI. I’m pleased to say that to date I have lost a grand total of 95lbs which is 35.98% of my total body weight and my BMI is 25.08, which is STILL overweight, but I’m closer to normal than I’ve been in years. I’m not sure when I last weighed 169lbs, but it was probably high school or shortly thereafter. I feel fantastic and I am totally seeing my body transform and I like what I’m seeing!!

Are YOU doing the work necessary??
Are YOU watching what you put in your mouth??


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ANNESYLVIA 9/19/2010 1:15PM

    emoticonon the total weight loss of 95lbs!! I love the fact that you and your wife workout together! I need to get hubby on board! emoticon

Anne emoticon

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BILLALEX70 9/18/2010 10:54PM

    Great work Jerome!

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PELESJEWEL 9/18/2010 9:49AM

    I was wondering about you and now I see you have been sick. Looks like recovered and kick tail!! Answer is YES to all those questions at the end of your blog! Have a great weekend.

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MINNA72 9/18/2010 3:45AM

    Awesome week, Jerome! I need to look into this RevAbs thing.

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ELYMWX 9/17/2010 10:09PM

    I'm glad you're enjoying your 305!

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GRACEFULIFE 9/17/2010 9:06PM

    I'm thinking that I'm going to buy one of those Garmin doohickeys now that I'm determined to run a HM next year. I want to be able to just run free without planning out routes of certain mileage for training.... besides I like gadgets and I don't necessarily trust my HRM's calorie burn numbers!

And, am I doing it? I have 115 fitness minutes for today and am going to do a 20 minute yoga session in a bit. I'm BACK, baby! Better, stronger, and faster than ever. We can rebuild him. We have the technology.

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CUATROMOMMY 9/17/2010 8:49PM

    Sounds like a great week for you...overall.

I did work toward my goals this week. I did a lot better this week with food. I figure I just have to keep practicing doing the right thing and everything will fall into place for me.

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MANDYLOVE_76 9/17/2010 5:33PM

    You are rocking it... thanks for inspiring.

Can't wait to see you next weekend.

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NANHBH 9/17/2010 5:31PM

    Jerome, our fearless leader,

WOW, what an amazing week, in spite of it starting out with you not feeling well.

Congrats on raising such an awesome daughter! Gee, I wonder where she gets those leadership skills from?

I'm going to have to look into that "Garmin thing." I lost my heart rate monitor and from the sounds of it, the Garmin isn't that much more expensive than I paid for my last heart rate monitor. Does it do anything else, like cook dinner? hee hee

Have a fabulous weekend!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 9/17/2010 4:16PM

    You are definitely doing it. Congrats on the progress that you are making. You will reach "normal" BMI before you know it. emoticon


(The BMI issue is one of my main goals, too)
And, yes, I watch what goes in my mouth...I eat with my eyes

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BTWCOACH 9/17/2010 4:13PM

    You're a maniac, Jerome!!! But it is so worth it!!! I wouldn't worry too much about that BMI scale. Who made that anyway??? How did they come up with those numbers? I say, if you feel good where you are, then you are "normal"!!!! :-)))

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MOMOF6BOYS 9/17/2010 4:07PM

    Whew!!! pant, pant, huff, puff! You wore me out reading it! LOL!!

Way to go with the program! You will CONQUER it!!!! You set a great example for us....

Keep up the great workouts ;)

Yes, I am doing the work necessary....I keep getting my tush kicked with the FIRM: 500 Calorie Workout...I will succeed and get it :) I have this love/hate relationship with the instructor...Kelsie is her name!

Yes, I am watching what I put in my mouth!!! Watching it go in....then adding it to the tracker! I am kind of lazy though...If I don't feel like taking the time to put in the tracker...I don't eat. Now, that's a great program! LOL!!!

I am MAKING IT HAPPEN! I am seeing progress :)

Have a great weekend!!! Enjoy the famil ;)

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TODDJAMES 9/17/2010 3:58PM

    Congrats on your journey and sharing this information with people who are TRULY there to support you! I know MIH is filled with members proud of you!

Keep up the good work! 95 pounds...I bet YOU didn't even expect to see that!


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MEGA_MILES 9/17/2010 3:50PM

    To answer your questions

At my stage in the process YES



anks to you and others like you showing that it can be done. Thanks for your example and congratulations on your success.

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MCSNYDER1 9/17/2010 3:48PM

    I got tired just reading this!!!

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IOWEIT2ME 9/17/2010 3:39PM

    Your week in review blog makes me feel like a slacker, man! I love how you keep challenging yourself daily. You just keep raising the bar. No wonder you are such a great example for many of us! Very motivating blog my brother!

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5 Mile DRC Breakfast Bash - The Review

Saturday, September 04, 2010

September 4th, 2010

I didn't sleep all that great AGAIN, due to pre race nerves, AGAIN! Today is my longest race to date, which is still really odd for me to say. Considering 6 months ago I couldn't run 5 miles if I tried, 9 months ago, I would have NEVER signed up for a race, you've come along way Jerome, you've come along way!

Alarm went off at 5:30ish and I was up and starting to wake up and get myself around. That includes checking my Sparkmail, update status, etc, I'm obsessed I think. 6:20am and I'm outta here, off to White Rock Lake.

This race is starting at a new location for me at White Rock so I gave plenty of time to get there. I found Winfrey Point around 7am with plenty of time to spare. I couldn't believe how many runners were already there one hour before race time. I had to park a good 1/2 mile from the shelter when I arrived. Did I mention it was only about 70 degrees or so this morning, VERY nice change!!!

I got my arm pocket in place on my arm, hat on, keys, money and off I go to find my race bib. I love the way the Dallas Running Club lays out the bib in alphabetical order, makes it super easy to find. Maybe others do it too, I dunno. I start pinning the bib in place and her comes Lynette, very cool to see her again. We chit chat while waiting and watching for Leslie and Amy. Soon all 4 of us from the Dallas Spark team are there and ready for action.

I took a fairly quick walk down the drive way and back to get my legs warmed up a little. The over achieving Lynette and Leslie went for a little run. I got my legs warmed a little, did a little stretch and worked the hip flexors pretty well and I'm ready to go. The four of us start out standing together in the herd of runners, but that didn't last long.

The president of the DRC always starts the races, moment of silence, National Anthem, then his speech, "We are the Dallas Running Club and TODAY WE RUN"...I'm a goober, but I LOVE that!! SO just after 8am we're off. I start my watch ok, no issue with that. I start my walkmeter, tuck it away and off I go. Keeping a fairly good speed I thought, but why hasn't my walkmeter told me my pace yet. I pulled the iPhone out and tried again, again it quit, THEN I figured it out...JEROME IS A DORK!! I was pushing the wrong button...grrr!! dummy dummy dummy!! So somewhere around 1/2 mile I get the thing working right, sheesh. ( I really need a garmin) With 800 runners running that trail it was rather crowed at first around 1 mile it started to open up as those who thought they could run started to fade already. Lynette and Leslie were way ahead of me and Amy was right on my tail, I think anyway so the Dallas Spark team had it covered! WOO HOO

The trail around White Rock is beautiful, the lake was so calming and relaxing, I'm planning to run over there even more in the future. We came to a bridge over the spillway and I thought I'd lost my mind, the darn thing was bouncing up and down with every step!!! It was the strangest thing I've ever experienced. I was quite pleased to hear my walkmeter keep telling me I was on a 9 or so minute mile pace, that felt great. Runners elbow to elbow on one part of the trail, bikers, runners, dogs, you name it, they were there. As I approached the finish line I see Lynette had come back out on the course and ran in with me, that was REALLY cool of her to do! My pace immediately went up a little bit, then she says "Do you have a push for the end?" So off we went, her STILL faster than I, but I was pushing to a strong finish and finished in 45:14 (I think). My goal was under 50 minutes and I did NOT want to walk any! I managed to accomplish both goals for the day. Actually I met all three goals, as I got to meet Leslie and Amy, GREAT to meet you gals and I look forward to running more races with ya'll!!

I also may have Sparked atleast one of the Dallas Running Club Merchandise ladies. I won't go into detail of HOW we got on the subject, but my story came up (I share it everywhere) so I mentioned several times during the conversation!

Below is a picture of Lynette, Jerome, Amy and Leslie from the Dallas Spark team. We're all smiling so big because we said 'Coach Nancy' on the count of three.

Here is the info from my walkmeter after I got it running right:
Route: New Route
Activity: 5 Mile Breakfast Bash
Google Maps URL:
Shortened Google Maps URL:
Started: Sep 4, 2010 8:08:49 AM
Run Time: 40:15
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 4.46 miles
Average: 9:02 /mile
Fastest Pace: 7:10 /mile
Climb: 226 feet

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/12/2010 10:59PM

    Sounds like another great race for you.

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FLBEACHBUM14 9/7/2010 10:39PM

    Way to go, Jerome! You are really good at describing race day -- it's like I was there too! You had a great time too.

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ANNESYLVIA 9/6/2010 9:14AM

    emoticonI am glad to hear you made 3 out of 3 goals! emoticon And your blog...well I felt like I was there and did not even break a sweat! emoticon

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RMX_DELETED 9/6/2010 12:08AM

  Awesome job Jerome! You look very happy in your picture. Proud of ya man!

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BILLALEX70 9/5/2010 3:22PM

    Awesome job!

Get used to that lack of sleep before an event. I don't think that you ever shake those pre-race nerves the night before.

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PELESJEWEL 9/5/2010 11:39AM

    emoticon I'm so proud of you and to know you! Love the picture! You look so dang happy! Look at how far you've come on your journey! One word...transformation! Love it!

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MINNA72 9/5/2010 11:00AM

    Way to go, Jerome! Awesome race!

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NANHBH 9/5/2010 4:47AM

    emoticon Jerome!
Awesome race results. Congrats! Love it that you couldn't leave the house before Sparking!!! Too funny!

See Jerome run. Run, Jerome, RUN!
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RAFT4WAVES 9/5/2010 1:45AM

    emoticon. What a great day :)

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MCSNYDER1 9/4/2010 10:12PM

    What a great story!!!

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BTWCOACH 9/4/2010 9:49PM

    P.S. I love my Garmin!!! I can download my runs to then post them to my facebook page. It's really cool! :-)

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BTWCOACH 9/4/2010 9:47PM

    Great job on the race, Jerome. You are a "runnin fool"!!! :-)
It's always nice to find a new place to run.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!

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MANDYLOVE_76 9/4/2010 9:30PM

    Awesome job. I can't wait to start running with Spark Dallas. I'm hoping by the end of next month I'll lose enough to run with out my knees hurting so bad and then it's on.

Great job.

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SPARKLE1908 9/4/2010 9:10PM

    Way to go Dallas Sparkers!!!!! Sounds like a great run for everyone and it's always good to meet fellow sparkers!!!!!!!!!

SMH at you pressing the wrong button...we'll just say it was too early in the morning so it was an easy mistake to make!

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CUATROMOMMY 9/4/2010 8:54PM

    Sounds like it was a great run. Congrats on beating your goal by 5 minutes.

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MEGA_MILES 9/4/2010 7:17PM

    Just keep that fat guy way back in your dust. Sounds like you had a great morning. Hope you enjoy the rest of the long weekend. emoticon

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HEALTHDUDE 9/4/2010 6:43PM

    Nice improvement!! Sounds like you ran a solid and consistent race. 5 miles is alot different from a 5K. But if you can go 5 miles, then a 10k is just around the corner, and HM is just a gut check away from that! You are on track dude!!


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    Great! Enjoyed your story. :)

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EDGEOFSANITY 9/4/2010 5:29PM

    You ran a great race today Jerome! So glad I got to share the finsih with you!

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ABSOLUTZER0 9/4/2010 5:08PM

    WAY TO GO BRO!!! You know how to get me pumped don't you! I am glad you reached all of your goals today! I know what you mean about the Garmin. Sometimes I am like, why do I not have one, but I realize my little stop watch has to suffice for now. Yes, you have come along way and I am here with you the rest of the way! Here is to more goals being reached and more successful endeavors! Have a great weekend bro!

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Measure of success??

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

This is random - just something that I was curious about so I posted for my own good really.

I did NOT take any measurements of my body when I started this process on December 28th, 2009. I think most will understand why I didn't, I was HUGE!!

I DID take measurements on April 5th, which is the day I started Insanity at approx 211 lbs. Keep in mind that I'd lost around 60lbs already when these were taken.
Those measurements are as follows:
Neck = 17.5
chest = 43
waist = 39
hips = 41
right thigh = 23.5
left thigh = 24
right calf = 17
left calf = 16.5
right bicep = 13.5
left bicep = 13
right forearm = 12
left forearm = 11
Total all that together for 271 inches

I measured again on August 29th for fun, those are as follows:
Neck = 16.25
chest = 38.5
waist = 34
hips = 38
right thigh = 20
left thigh = 20
right calf = 15.5
left calf = 15.75
right bicep = 12.25
left bicep = 12.25
right forearm = 10.5
left forearm = 10.5
Total all that up = 243.5 inches

Since April 5th, 2010 I have lost 27.5 inches from my body total and I have lost 37.5 lbs since then.

Maintaining at around 173ish for the last month or so!!

What can I say...the first 265 days of 2010 have been GREAT for me and my family, I can't wait to see what the next 100 bring!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/8/2010 10:42PM

    You're going to keep making it happen!! That is what the next 100 days will bring.

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NOMADDAD 9/3/2010 11:45PM

    Awesome and Inspiring. Honestly - you are one of the people that keeps me checking in each day, and walking when I don't want to. (Which is pretty much every day!)

Whether you know it or not - you are a great role model and inspiration. Thanks


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    Brother, you're still huge. Just not fat. Very inspiring. -Spider

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    Awesome progress. Congratulations.

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MOMOF6BOYS 9/1/2010 11:27PM

    FANTASTIC, Jerome!

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CSULLIVAN83 9/1/2010 10:36PM

    That is SO awesome!! emoticon

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CUATROMOMMY 9/1/2010 10:25PM

    This is truly excellent and inspiring progress.

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MCSNYDER1 9/1/2010 7:21PM

    Jerome, That is awesome!!! You are the i"ncredible shrinking man"! I have occasionally shown your spark stuff to my chubby hubby. He needs to lose around 50 lbs. He just isn't ready to catch the Spark!

You are a real inspiration!

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MEGA_MILES 9/1/2010 3:54PM

    Now I understand what you were running from :-) emoticon

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HOPERISING 9/1/2010 1:39PM

    Jerome, you rock. I'm so blessed to know you.

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BILLALEX70 9/1/2010 12:16PM

    All of your hard work has paid off in spades!

Keep on Making It Happen!

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MANDYLOVE_76 9/1/2010 11:21AM

    WTG Jerome. You are truly an inspiration to me. Thank you for always being there to share you success and wisdom.


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    Nice work. Appreciate the numbers, it really puts it in black and white.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 9/1/2010 10:36AM

    That's awesome, Jerome. Many congrats to all your work and success!



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