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An Invitation......Band of Brothers breakfast

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Alright MEN......

YOU ARE INVITED! On July 23rd, The 'Band of Brothers' will be having a breakfast @ The Creek featuring our special guest speaker Russell Maryland. This is going to be an awesome morning. If you are in the DFW area (or even if you're not), everyone is invited...bring your friends...bring your sons...come and be blessed! Let me know so I can reserve you a seat...



  
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NANHBH 7/7/2011 9:50AM

    Why leave the women out? Don't we need to be blessed?
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RJ-CYCLES 7/6/2011 10:14PM

    Wish I could be there Jerome!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/6/2011 4:18PM

    cool Jerome! wish i could afford to send DwightyBob out there!

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DRC Independence Day Run - 10K race report

Saturday, July 02, 2011

July 2nd, 2011
Dallas Running Club (DRC) Independence 10K (my 4th, I think)
White Rock Lake

So this blog starts like most of my race blogs, didn't sleep well, got up early nerves, excited, ready! Beautiful day when I got up, but the heat came on quickly this morning.

I arrived plenty early and met Shelly (Iusecrayons) then found Lynette(Marathonmomto4) who was volunteering AND running this race. It was great seeing Lynette since I've not seen her since January when we did a race together. After collecting the bib and timing chip, I started the ole body warmup as usual, getting the legs going, etc.

fast forward to 8am. Race time. The gun sounds...WHAT HAPPENED to the big announcement that says "We are the DALLAS RUNNING CLUB....and TODAY...we RUN" and we all scream?!?! They've not done that for two races in a row, I need to contact management about that I think!

We're off an running, the opposite direction from any race I've run from Winfrey point. I quickly figured out the is because this direction there is tons of shade!! It was already over 80 when we started so that helped having the shade.

Mile 1 = 8:33
Mile 2 = 8:36
Mile 3 = 8:50
Mile 4 = 8:58
Mile 5 = 8:50
Mile 6 = 8:56
remainder = 8:05 = big time sprint to the end while chasing the dude in front of me, nope, I didn't catch him,dang it!!!

Official time was 55:31 total, officially a 9:05 mile average. I've never understood how my garmin is always OFF from the official times, etc. OH WELL! I had a great time on the run and visiting with several spark friends!! LOVE it when Spark friends get together for events like this. All in all it was a great run and a great preview of the 15K I'm running next week since most that race is the same course!

Here is a picture of Lynette, myself and Shelly


Here is a picture of Mich’s daughter, Mich, Me, Lynette, Susie and Gary


Oh yeah…this was my first race with my new art work as well.

it means WARRIOR

  
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BARBARAROCKSIT 7/9/2011 10:55AM

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NANHBH 7/7/2011 10:15AM

    J-man,

You're a running machine! Keep up the good work!
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TESSA321 7/6/2011 10:49AM

    Congratulations, you've come a long way! Keep it up!

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EDGEOFSANITY 7/4/2011 8:40AM

    Awesome run Jerome! Good luck next week on the 15k! You're going to rock it.

Can't wait to run with you in August =)

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/3/2011 11:41PM

    Way to Go Jerome! congrats on another great race. running in that heat has got to be hard, but you are making great time.

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K_FUHRMAN 7/3/2011 9:35AM

    Awesome! Thanks for the report. I hope that one day I will get the opportuntiy to run a race with you. It would be really fun.

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BTRTHANEVA 7/3/2011 7:49AM

    Congrats on an another fabulous race, J-Man! (or should I say road warrior???) You're gonna rock that 15K! KUDOS!

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ABSOLUTZER0 7/3/2011 6:15AM

    Congrats on a great race! You are going to ROCK that 15k! Bro you have got to show off the ink! May I suggest running shirtless?

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ABSOLUTZER0 7/3/2011 6:15AM

    Congrats on a great race! You are going to ROCK that 15k! Bro you have got to show off the ink! May I suggest running shirtless?

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DRC Bloomin 4 Mile race recap

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Saturday, June 4th, 2011
Dallas Running Club Bloomin 4 mile race
Dallas White Rock Lake
Winfrey Point
pictures taken - zero

As always, I was up early and didn't sleep great. I guess those excited nerves will never go away. Actually I hope they don't, that would mean that I don't get excited for races anymore, right?!?!

I was up around 5am or so to start getting ready, doing the normal race day activities. Shower, dress, peanut bar for breakfast, make my Spark and Mass Impact drink for later, water water water, then on to active stretching. I've learned that active stretching is the best thing for my body. After I do this for a while, I'll do the good ole stand by stretches, but I have to get my body warmed up first!!

I left home about 6:30ish for White Rock Lake, about a 30 minute drive. Beautiful morning to say the least, It was about 74ish when we ran, the lake was like glass, just a near perfect morning to run a bit! I met a buddy of mine, John at the race site and continued an active warm up the entire time we talked. Then Shelly showed up (IUSECRAYONS) and it's always great to see her. That lady is always smiling and happy, love that about her!! Amy was also there, but I never saw her, dang it. I drank my Spark/Mass impact, had one stinger waffle and I was ready to run!

Race started at 8am, and at 5 minutes till, I still wasn't ready. I didn't have my headphones on, no tunes running, Walk Meter not going, Garmin not on, geez, Jerome, get with the program dude! LOL I managed to get everything up and running quickly, thanks to my brand new iPhone 4! HA

8am sharp, the gun sounds and we're off. John and I started way at the back of the pack of about 600 runners or so. We did this to make us feel good about getting to pass some folks after the race started. The bad part is that path isn't all that wide so it gets tricky to get around those running the race as well as the typically bikers, walkers and runners on the path at the same time. Anyway, we're OFF and running. I was bobbing and weaving in and out of traffic and having a great time. Pink was in my earphones and that girl had me pumped up to run saturday! Mile 1 was 8:45 for the mile and I felt great.

Feeling good, following this dude in front of me as a pacer we come to the first little up hill section, not bad and i blew right threw it! Still feeling really good we come to the bridge that flexes and bends as you run across it. That dang thing almost throws me off every time I run on it!! FREAKS ME OUT!! Anyway, I made it across and shortly I'm at the 2 mile turn around point. Mile 2 was an 8:40 average, part of that was down hill, but ya know what, I'll take it anyway! HA

WOW, I'm feeling pretty good ya know, then I hit the bridge AGAIN and start the long climb up the hill. I slowed a little up that hill, it's a long gradual climb. I took it fairly easy up the hill, still following that dude as a pacer, keeping him in my sights! Mile 3 was an 8:47 average.

Alright, Mile 3 complete and I decide to turn it on, one mile left, I can do this, I can finish strong and LEAVE NOTHING!! I cranked out my stride and passed the guy in front of me and don't even look back. I feel the shoulders start to rise up a little bit and the legs start to cramp . I slowed up and relaxed in my stride. That dude had the nerve to pass me back with about a half mile left. I thought to myself "oh no he didn't!" (I'm goofy like that) I stepped it up again, pushing myself like I hadn't in any race I've run. It was cool that there were people actually cheering at the end, that helped fuel a little bit as well. I almost caught that guy, he finished 4 seconds ahead of me!!! Mile 4 was 8:26 average and I still felt good!! The Endorphin Warrior in me came out to say the least!! I LOVED every mile of that run!

I finished in 35:01 flat so my average was better than I was hoping for. My goal was an 8:45 average per mile and I beat that! I placed 12th out of 22 men in my age group(I'm always mid pack and that's OK) Overall place was 177th out of 541 runners on the result sheet.

Good race on a beautiful day!

link to my garmin stats
connect.garmin.com/activity/90040172
#.Te5dCpai-d8;email


After the race, I went hope and push mowed nearly a 1/3 of an acre (my lawn), then got in the car and drove to Oklahoma City to visit my Sister In-Law for 3.5 hours and drove home, 3 hours each way. Yes, Saturday June 4th was a very long day!

  
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KINSBAILE 6/13/2011 11:49AM

    Awesome race!

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TEDDYBABE 6/12/2011 9:53PM

    Great run! I agree, the jitters are sometimes the best part, except for the lack of sleep. Thanks for sharing. It always help to here what others are thinking and how they are reacting. 74 is a nice temp here in Texas. Take care.

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/7/2011 7:38PM

    Great report as usual! Good job on the pacing, too! You stayed consistent and went for it in the end. Doesn't it feel great to have something left in the tank? Again, good job bro!

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DARINGR8LY 6/7/2011 6:25PM

    Great details on your race. You have awesome energy too. Way to go. If I would have know I would be driving so much in one day I don't think I would have mowed the lawn. Look at you go. emoticon

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CBAILEYC 6/7/2011 4:24PM

    I love that "oh no he didn't" LOL Sounds like a great time!
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RUNNINGPFUHL 6/7/2011 3:48PM

    you ran such an awesome race!!! :D Can't wait for July 2!!!

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RUNNINGPFUHL 6/7/2011 3:48PM

    you ran such an awesome race!!! :D Can't wait for July 2!!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/7/2011 3:03PM

    sounds like a nice race Jerome! I might run this weekend. i havent run since my last race with has been almost a month ago. the hips are feeling pretty good. there is a race in Missouri i want to do this weekend, so we'll see!

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well.......I did it......and I'll be ready

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

OK OK OK....I admit, I sorta freaked out a little bit first thing this morning.

I sat down at the laptop, KNOWING it was June 1st, 2011. I've been looking forward to this day for a long time. I was going to register for my first FULL MARATHON, the Dallas White Rock Marathon!! I got to thinking, which is always sorta scary!

HOW IN THE WORLD IS THIS GUY GONNA RUN A MARATHON??

Then I remembered, my EVIL TWIN(that's what I call this guy) ISN'T HERE ANYMORE!!! Oh don't get me wrong, that Evil Twin will run, he always runs when I do, he's chasing me, WAAAAAAAY back there!! That dude will NEVER catch me again, NOPE, won't happen!

SO friends, on this day of June 1st, 2011, NATIONAL RUNNERS DAY, I registered for my first full marathon!! December 4th, 2011, I WILL RUN 26.2 miles (along with my friend ABSOLUTZER0) !!

THIS GUY - will do the running though


Why did I blog about it? Because this has been one of the moments on my journey that I've been looking forward to very much! I've always said that I would run the WRL 26.2 in 2011, and now I'm prepared to do so!

Hey Nicholas....Let's DO THIS!!!



This race benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.


  
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MAPETERSON42 6/22/2011 2:44PM

    Certainly not the first to say it, but awesome, awesome, awesome.

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HAPPY_KNEES 6/14/2011 10:31PM

    That's awesome! Go get 'em! When you look over your shoulder, your "evil twin" is nothing but a dot on the horizon.

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HAPPYHEFFALUMP 6/9/2011 9:46PM

  Good luck and best wishes! I would like to one day Run the Rock. :) I'm starting my training this weekend, I don't believe I'll be ready for the big race this year, but I want to run as many 5k races as I can find in the D/FW area. I do hope you'll follow up with us in December when you finish the race.

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NANHBH 6/7/2011 10:25PM

    Woo Hoo! Can't wait to hear the results of that race! You and Nicholas -- that will be a blast!
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SOBRIST 6/7/2011 5:32PM

    I laughed out loud at the image of your evil twin running waaay behind you! Thank you for that. I wish you all the success in the world! emoticon emoticon

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LEANNROCKS 6/5/2011 6:36PM

    After reading your blog, I thought I'd check up on my race - which is already closed. I am real proud of how far you have come!



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FLBEACHBUM14 6/5/2011 9:37AM

    Congratulations! I know you will do it!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 6/4/2011 3:30PM

    emoticon Cannot wait to read your post-race blog on this.

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RUNNER12COM 6/4/2011 2:49PM

    You are all kinds of awesome, my friend. I'm proud of you. Can't wait to hear the recap!

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KINSBAILE 6/2/2011 12:46PM

    AWESOME! I am now training for the 10K, we'll see how it goes!

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SPARKLE1908 6/2/2011 8:46AM

    Congratulations!!!! That is a great milestone and I know you will do wonderful in the marathon!!!!!

You rock!!!

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GRACEFULIFE 6/2/2011 7:46AM

    Wow dude, my knees feel for you already! Mine have been feeling better lately, the natural result of tough resistance training followed by rest and recovery! Just have to keep at it!

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ANDREA0301 6/2/2011 12:15AM

    Absolutely amazing!! Can't wait to follow along as you run your first full marathon!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/1/2011 11:53PM

    Yay Jerome! Congratulations. Wish i was going to be in TX to cheer you on for that one! gosh, only 6 months to wait to read all about it! i am sure that you and AZ will tear up some road!

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BTWCOACH 6/1/2011 10:26PM

    Congrats Jerome! You have a lot to look forward to!!!
I'm so proud of you and Nicholas!!!

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DMGABBETT 6/1/2011 9:42PM

    You and Nicholas will rock that 26.2 bro!

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CHELLEJOBEAN 6/1/2011 9:29PM

    Woo Hoo! Stick Msn Running! Ha!
Love you and so proud of you!
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MSANITAL 6/1/2011 7:55PM

    JMAY you just made my day..I really felt your motivation in this blog, you must be so proud.. you can do it...I know you can, your journey has really shown others that all you have to do is believe.. and you do.. you get a big woohoo Wednesday June bug.. emoticon

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DARINGR8LY 6/1/2011 7:46PM

    Awesome. It will be so thrilling to read the whole journey from now to run day. emoticon

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RAINEMARIE214 6/1/2011 7:43PM

    Thats awesome!! Congrats!!

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SLEEPYDEAN 6/1/2011 7:34PM

    Oh yeah! Way to kick out that negative self talk and believe in your strengths.

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MEGA_MILES 6/1/2011 7:22PM

    Jerome, that fat guy is sooooo dammed far behind you. You beat him down. You won. Don't look back. You are a new man!!!

Race on, have fun.

Have to run, tornado warning just issued for here. Going to the basement.



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UNNOUVEAUDEPART 6/1/2011 6:59PM

    Enjoy and good luck!

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LEANNROCKS 6/1/2011 6:55PM

    Jerome, you are such an inspiration! You are ready!

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MICHCLEARY 6/1/2011 6:54PM

    Wow - Proud of you!!!! Can't wait to cheer you on! Way to go.

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AMYGOES211 6/1/2011 6:43PM

    So proud of you, Jerome! No one will be more prepared than you!!!

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BOBF15 6/1/2011 6:29PM

    Wow, this is impressive, I won't likely ever do a marathon, but I have the same
'evil twin' that fights me every step of the way and he is going to be behind me too when I do my first 5K. For you, to slay your dragon you need a 26.2, me doing a 5k will slay my dragon, I mean run a 5k not walk it, run it.

Make It Happen, ... like ins Star Trek, "Make it so, Captain!

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PURPLE180 6/1/2011 6:29PM

    That is awesome! I know you can do it, hey look at all that you have accomplished. :-)

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3CHIHUAHUA 6/1/2011 6:28PM

    You should never explain to anyone why you blog!!
your blog is first and foremost for you

bingbat that is a hell of a good reason to blog in the first place


now on to what I really want to say


that is a GREAT cause
and you are a GREAT guy to run it

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CBAILEYC 6/1/2011 6:26PM

    Absolutely Fabulous! I can only imagine the level of freak out LOL but I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say 'you got this!'

What a great goal and accomplishment to work toward!
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PIXIEMOM13 6/1/2011 6:26PM

    How awesome for you! I want to one day do a marathon..but I'm nowhere near ready for it. Heck, I quail at the thought of signing up for a half marathon in May 2012. (lol)

But I have no doubts you can do what you've set your mind to do!

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JESQRD8 6/1/2011 6:20PM

  Congrats and good luck! that is a heck of an accomplishment -- now let the training begin!

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/1/2011 6:19PM

    You know I will be ready to run! We are going to ROCK the ROCK! LOL!

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is wondering......

Monday, May 30, 2011

what Apps do my friends use for the Android phones to track their walk/run stats??

I am TRYING the Motorola Atrix for a while and I want one that will email stats off the phone every mile, post to FB every mile, etc.

your input in requested please.

  
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HOWDOIHEARTTHEE 6/1/2011 10:59AM

    I don't have one.

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KANSASCHICA 6/1/2011 9:08AM

    I use CardioTrainer on my Droid

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NANHBH 5/31/2011 5:17PM

    You must be speaking a foreign language! LOL! I'm not techno-savvy, therefore I'm no help to you! Sorry.

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BILLALEX70 5/30/2011 4:26PM

    I was using RunKeeper on my Android before my runs got out to 14 miles. After that I bought a Garmin 410 because the battery on the phone just doesn't last long enough.

RunKeeper will let you post things to FB and track everything you're looking for. If you want they even sell a Bluetooth heart-rate strap and it'll track that for you also.

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OLDERDANDRT 5/30/2011 1:22PM

    I don't have a 'droid, but I thought you could get the actual Spark People app for the fitness and nutrition trackers???? Or maybe it was just the nutrition one. Sorry, wish I could help more. Hope you find the app. you need !

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RUN4FOOD 5/30/2011 12:12PM

    I have an iPhone and tried logmyrun. It seems to work fine except when I finish my run I have to turn the phone off to get the program to stop. What a pain. I will have to try either the runkeeper of the mapmyrun app.

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K_FUHRMAN 5/30/2011 11:32AM

    I use RunKeeper. I like it. I've tried a couple others and this is the one I like the best so far. It can do everything that you asked for. It even emails you congrat emails when you break your PR's. I have been busy at work and haven't had time to do any runs and it emailed me asking if everything was ok and encouraged me to get back at it. :)

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ROCKCHALKSPARK 5/30/2011 11:23AM

    mapmyrun - it's awesome!! you can use it for running/walking/biking - it uses GPS to track your distance, calories, time, etc. It's awesome!! And you can access it online, too, as well as save all of your runs to look at later. Good stuff! Make sure you opt out of the e-mails, though, because they can be really annoying.

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GOCELTICSGO 5/30/2011 11:18AM

    Oh dear...I am so not into the apps thing

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