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DRC Half - The Review - my 4th Half

Monday, November 07, 2011

Sunday November 6th, 2011
Dallas White Rock Lake

This race has been on my calendar FOREVER! I just wish Iíd remembered to register a little sooner, it would have been cheaper! Oh well, I needed the timed event so I paid the fee, at the encouragement of my wife to get out there and do it!

As usual, I didnít sleep well the night before, prolly didnít help that it was time change weekend as well, sigh. I was up and down all night!

Iíll add that my training hasnít been GREAT by any means lately. Iíve been dealing with piriformis/sciatic issues in my right butt cheek. Oh dear does that ever hurt sometimes, well, most of the time actually. Hurts to sit, stand, walk, you name it, itís a royal pain in the rear! Iím able to push through most of the time though, I just canít run really long miles like I need!

So I get up early and head over toward White Rock Lake since parking was going to be a huge mess, I planned to be really early so I didnít have to mess with shuttle busses. My plan worked out, I got to park in the lot I wanted and walk to the race site, WOOT! As usual, I have to find a potty, what can I say, I was getting my hydration on! LOL

I found my favorite Spark Coach Nancy, well, her husband anyway, eventually she strolls into the picture. I LOVE every time I get to see Nancy. She cares about people and I learn from her every time we get to visit! Thanks Nancy for being so awesome, you are amazing and inspire me daily!! We spent about an hour talking before the race as usually, and then here comes Mimi! She and Kevin had just finished a 9 mile run and they gave us the race course report. Loads of hills and humidity, two things we didnít want to hear!! Oh well, it is what it is, right. Amy was also there and itís always good to see her as well! I love seeing Spark buddies at these events! This was a big race and the starting line was in a spot that Iíve never seen it before so we started moving closer to the start line.

This is Nancy's friend Linda, Amy, Nancy and me

As we moved about in the crowd around the starting line, I lost Nancy and Amy, oh well, I knew where to find them, at the finish line!! This was the first race Iíve ever ran where they played the National Anthem and it was beautiful!! I love hearing that song as it makes me think of my Momma, she was the most patriotic person Iíve ever known. I had to get my music going and my walk meter set so it would post to FB every mile. I enjoy hearing the comments back to me when I do races, itís very encouraging! Soon we were off, slowly at first due to the crowd, it was HUGE! Clearly from the picture below it was a slow start and really for the first several miles.

Miles 1-3 were 9:06, 8:55 and 8:49 respectively. Outside of the onramp we had to climb to get onto the route, the first three miles were fairly flat. It was more about jockeying for position that it anything else.

Miles 4-6 were 9:13, 8:43, 8:58. This is when were started hitting the hills. Iíve never run this portion of the lake, well, it was actually the neighborhood by the lake before. The hills were killer. I always hear people say ENJOY, when you tell them you are running a race. SO, I try to enjoy them. I took in all the really cool old and beautiful homes along the course. There were people out cheering most of the route which was totally awesome to experience! There was lots of chatter, mainly me, talking to other runners on the hills, LOL! I shared with them how I hated this or that hill or how I welcomed the one really long downhill! HA

Miles 7-9 were 8:58, 9:01 and 8:56. This section was still in the hills; however most of it was down, so it wasnít bad. As we crossed the half way marker it was in front of some people watching the race. I started cheering for the marker saying how I loved that sign. The folks there cheered saying, ďYou can do itĒ it was awesome to hear I say! I as I rounded the corner right there I was right behind the 2 hour pace team, I mean like two paces behind them. :-) I said out loud, I feel a PR coming today, as long as I donít fall apart. Well, about mile 9 my piriformis stated cramping up big time. DANG IT!! I started my chant to myself, no pain, no pain, no pain. It worked! Sort ofÖugh!

Miles 10-12 were 8:56, 9:00 and 8:54. This is where my butt really started to be a pain! Couple strong cramps about put me on the ground, but I kept going, kept chanting, kept pushing. Somewhere in here I started losing the feeling in my right knee due to the sciatic pain. Maybe itís that it hurt so bad I just forgot about it, I dunno, I just know it hurt! I was doing the miles/distance/pace math and knew I could make it under two hours if I kept pushing. Press on Jerome, press on!

Miles 13 and beyond were 8:50 and 8:00. Thankfully the last 4 miles or so were basically flat, not entirely, but not like the first 7 miles were by any means. I was able to push myself and press to the end. There is something about finishing a race with people on either side of the street cheering for you, I LOVE THATÖwhat a rush, thatís all it is, total rush!! Seeing my friend Mimi step out near the finish line and cheer was awesome, NO CLUE what she was yelling, but she was yelling all the same. I was in a sprint to the finish when the guy next to me realized I was coming, he turned it on as well. It was exhilarating to finish a race of this magnitude like this, at least in my opinion. :-) I didnít stop my garmin right away because I didnít want a picture of me doing THAT! HA. I stopped it at 1:59:00ÖWOO HOOÖLess than two hours!!! I hobbled over to get my medal and a bottle of water, then to have my picture taken, thatís one Iíll buy Iím sure. :-) Then, it was off to find some muscle milk, I love that after a race, itís the only time I drink it.

Obviously me finishing and that's Mimi in the purple yelling at me. Thanks Mimi!

I was starting to be my legs back now so I waddled over to find Mimi, Kevin and Sean. We watched for Nancy to finish. She amazes me; she took a nice easy long run and was running very strong when she crossed the finish line!! Then came Amy and Nancyís 67 year old friend Linda a little later, I can only hope to run at that age! Ofcourse we stood around talking forever, taking pictures and enjoying the day! Eventually I went over to one of the village area and had one of the chiropractorsí to stretch me out a little bit and work on my pain in the tush! That helped, but I see a chiro weekly anyway, so no luck getting me to come to THEIR officeÖhehe.

All in all this was a GREAT race day for me. I got a PR for in my 4th half marathon of 1:58:56, my old record was 2:02:29(my first half ever). I didnít expect to run this well with all the piriformis issues Iíve had so it feels absolutely fantastic to have done it!

Link to my Garmin Stats:

The next milestone on my calendar is my first ever marathon on Dec 4th. Iíll be running this with my Bro. Nicholas!

The Bling!!

The Three Sparkateers

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KERRNEL 11/22/2011 11:24PM

    Great job! On the piriformis/sciatic issues...I have similar problems sometimes. I have found that a light deep-tissue massage (is there such a thing? lol) there a day or two before the race might help.

I never knew what it was until I was getting a lower back massage and the masseuse mentioned it and worked on it for a few minutes. Had no pain for a good two or three days after, which is rare for me. Might be worth checking out if you haven't already.

Thanks for being an inspiration to many!

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CAROLZ1967 11/20/2011 9:40PM

    Loved reading about the race! Great job!

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GOING-STRONG 11/17/2011 11:21PM

    Great job and congrats on that excellent time... under 2 hours! Woot Woot!

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MARYBETH_OHIO 11/16/2011 9:18PM

    Wow that is so awesome another achievement under your belt how cool is that..

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ELYMWX 11/15/2011 10:16PM

    Congratulations, Jerome!

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FLBEACHBUM14 11/13/2011 7:15PM

    Congrats on your PR Jerome! Great race report too!

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BTRTHANEVA 11/13/2011 3:42PM

    Congrats on your new PR! In spite of your pains, you persevered... Why, that's so like you, J-man!

Great to be surrounded by a caring, encouraging support network. You're all WINNERS!

Fantastic mile by mile recap, too. I'm in awe of all long distance runners. KUDOS, Jerome!

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LEANNROCKS 11/13/2011 7:35AM

    You are such an inspiration to train and run through all that pain. Hope you have a long rest scheduled in!

Congratulations on great times!

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NANHBH 11/10/2011 8:14PM

    Congratulations to our fearless leader!!! You gotta love the bling!

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JANETRIS 11/9/2011 9:23AM

    What a great race report! So glad you were able to race through the butt cheek issues. Racing with your friends makes it all worthwhile. It's has so much more meaning to share that experience with kindred spirits! Nicely done! emoticon emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 11/9/2011 12:11AM

    WOW Jerome, that was great! Congratulations!

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CYPATAYLOR2 11/8/2011 11:08PM

  Congratulations on an awesome finish!!! I have done 4 half-marathons and have never finished in such a great time. Way to go!!!!

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MILLETJ2W 11/8/2011 3:03PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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MANDYLOVE_76 11/8/2011 2:38PM

    WTG Jerome.

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HLTHYRNRMOM 11/8/2011 2:29PM

    WOW!! Great Race, congrats on your PR! I use to work the water stop on Spurry hill with Run On so, I know what you mean about the hills!! I want to do this race next year! Adding you as a friend!

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CHUBRUB3 11/8/2011 11:55AM

You did awesome through the pain and all. You inspire us, especially me.
Thanks for the post and a great run.

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JOPAPGH 11/8/2011 11:22AM

    Nice on the sub 2 hours, especially with hills and butt cheek pain.

Didn't know you had a marathon on the calendar. Looking forward to that report too.

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ETTEZEUS 11/8/2011 11:15AM

    Congrats on the PR and a great race!!
Love all the pics and that bling is awesome!!

Good luck with your first Marathon.
You're going to nail it!!

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KKINNEA 11/8/2011 10:50AM

    Great race and congrats on the new PR!

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RHYNIC 11/8/2011 10:17AM

    Well done, awesome blog, I want to run my next half marathon at your pace...wanta pace me? :-)

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MARGARITTM 11/8/2011 9:22AM

    Congrats on the sub 2 hours! That is my goal in Vegas on 12/4! Great job!

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RUNNINGPFUHL 11/8/2011 9:07AM


So sorry I wasn't there!

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ROOT4HOME 11/8/2011 8:31AM

    Congratulations on a new PR & sub 2hrs at that!!!! emoticon
You demonstrated a lot of character & toughness in this run w/all that PF pain! I kept going "ouch"! as I read this blog! Just AMAZING!!! Hope you find relief soon! Again, great race, fun times w/SP buddies, and have a blast on your upcoming full w/Nicholas!!!! Very exciting!!!!

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EDGEOFSANITY 11/8/2011 8:03AM

    Awesome job Jerome!

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DEEJ4FITNESS 11/8/2011 7:56AM

    CONGRATS Jerome on an amazing race!!!! A sub 2 had to feel FABULOUS, especially after pushing through the PF pain!! Racing is as much (and often more) mental than it is physical & you defeated the negative voices that would have slowed you down!! I'm very proud of you for your strong finish and amazing spirit!!

HA! When I read what you said about Nancy, my first thought was, "that's gonna make Nance cry!" Do I know our friend or what??? Thanks for sharing this with all of us!! Very inspiring!

Till I can deliver in person one day... Virtual HUGS!

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TAMTAM64 11/8/2011 7:20AM

    Great & inspiring race blog! It is so excited to see how our running and fitness is improving.

That was a tough course but you ran it so strong even with a pain in the tuss. LOL

One day Danny & I will drive to Dallas to run with you guys!

Run Strong,

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SP_COACH_NANCY 11/7/2011 11:35PM

  What a joy and a pleasure it is to not only call you my Spark Running Buddy, but a true friend! Your inspiration never ceases to amaze me!!! CONGRATS on a race well run. May our paths cross again soon...OK off to get some tissues....*sniff* *sniff* emoticon

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Shaun T LIVE - recap of workout with Shaun T

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011
Place: Arlington, TX Convention Center

I didnít sleep great the night before, almost as if I were running a race on the 22nd of October. I wasnít running a race though. Why be so nervous then Jerome??

Saturday at 6:30am I was in line at the convention center to check in with Beach Body. I was about to do my very first LIVE workout with Shaun T of Insanity and Insanity Asylum!! HOLY SMOKES, what have I gotten into here?!?!

I was surprised there werenít more in line yet. I mean, the workout didnít start till 9am, but this was SHAUN T after all! I sat around talking to those in line, mostly to a 16 year old kid who had done P90X with his Dad and lost over 30 pounds himself. He was excited and ready to roll with Shaun T as we all were.

One dude walked in with Taco Cabana for breakfastł SERIOUSLY DUDE??? I looked at him and asked that he hang onto that bag and use it as a barf bag, LOL!
My friend Sheryl showed up later and we just visited shared stories about our journey, etc. They tried to get me to do a BeachBody success story, but I didnít do it. Yes Iíve completed Insanity, but that was only one small part of my 100 pound journey, I didnít feel that I could give all the credit there.

Finally about 8:45 they opened the doors and everybody just rushed into the room, to the front by the stage of course!! So here we are, probably about 500 people stand shoulder to shoulder expecting to do an Asylum workout. Some people just kept pushing to the front and I got bold about calling them idiots, do they not realize they need more room to do this work out? Sheesh people, get real!

The energy in the room was incredible! Iím glad Iíd had my spark and mass impact so I was good and ready for this workout, I knew it would be incredible!! Of course the first thing they did was ask us to spread out. So we did, sort of!
Soon enough here came some white dude with hair on stage, umÖ.you are NOT Shaun T! LOL Shaun entered from the back of the room and came through the crowd to the stage. No talking, no welcome, just jogging in place, get after it right away! Let me tell you, we did some crazy stuff, I worked my butt offÖ.and LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!! Shaun worked the crowd very well even coming out onto the floor several times, once walked right by me. I guess I was doing a good job; he didnít stop and yell at me. HA!!

All in all I am SO glad I got to do this event. I learned a lot, I got an incredible workout and met some really cool people in the process!!

This is Kim, Sheryl, me and Carin

Pretty cool pic of Shaun T during the question and answer session following the workout. This guy is THE REAL DEAL!! I've admired him for over a year and think even more of him now!

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CHANGEDIN09 12/19/2011 9:33AM

    KUDOS to you for NOT endorsing it since as you said it was just one small part of your success. I have done P90X and LOVE IT but the Insanity series is harder for me to love! Maybe because it's harder for me to keep up. It is just SO FAST PACED.
Sounds like it was a cool day and a great thing to take part in. CONGRAATS.

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JUSTANEWME 11/6/2011 5:02PM

Wow my friend gave me a copy of his tape I have not been doing it long I love it he makes the work out fun... even though I am sweating and I am tired he makes me want to go on.......

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BD3269PM 11/5/2011 9:48AM

    Sounds like you have a great time and workout. Glad you enjoyed it. Keep on Sparking and stay motivated emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 11/5/2011 9:42AM

    That is awesome! What a great experience! I can see how you felt about the testimony. If this was only part of the reason, you really don't want to mislead people and think this will do it...100%...without other factors. I'm proud of you for taking that stand. Thanks for sharing the experience! Keep up the good work! Thanks for your encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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KINSBAILE 11/3/2011 11:06AM

    Nice, excellent!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/30/2011 9:16AM

    Woo-hoo! I tripped over your 100 pounds lost V-blog this morning because one of my Spark Friends commented on it, and I followed over. Then I saw the date and had to check out CURRENT Jerome. Outstanding maintenance, dude! Never look back.

I completely understand about not giving ONE program all the credit, as like you, I have used multiple tools over time to achieve the loss that I made... I've gone backwards and recovered multiple times, and it's ALWAYS worth it, struggling our way back.

Keep on running! Keep on living! You are an inspiration to us all.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 10/27/2011 11:27PM

    sounds like fun Jerome! nice to live in a big city where they have events like this. very cool!

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CHUBRUB3 10/27/2011 7:23PM

    Awesome experience!
I will look into his workouts, never heard of him before, but i am still a newbie.
Great job!

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JANETRIS 10/27/2011 2:18PM

    Geez....I would have been totally star struck! Sounds like a total blast. I'm so glad you were able to attend...what a memory! Thanks for posting! emoticon

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LUCKY117 10/27/2011 12:03PM

    oh i wish i had known you were going!! i was there too!!

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OKIEGIRL75 10/27/2011 10:36AM

    Sounds like it was a great time. Thanks for sharing.

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GREENMOUSE 10/27/2011 10:28AM

    I love that you haven't "ARRIVED" and are in some kind of holding pattern. You are always challenging and working. Love it.
Thanks for the inspiration!

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MANDYLOVE_76 10/27/2011 10:21AM

    That's awesome Jerome.

You keep me inspired. Thank you!

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NANHBH 10/27/2011 9:41AM

    I have no idea who Shaun T is, but glad that you had a great time working out with him! Keep on rockin' it!

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IOWEIT2ME 10/27/2011 8:58AM

    Thanks for sharing this, J! Inspiring!!

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SPARKLE1908 10/27/2011 8:29AM you'll be the star of your own workout DVD!!!!! I'm glad you are still enjoying this journey and taking it to new ROCK!!!!!

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MINNA72 10/27/2011 8:22AM

    Sounds like you had an awesome time! How cool to get to work out with Shaun T!

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Pumpkin Run - 10K - The REVIEW - new PR

Saturday, October 08, 2011

October 8th, 2011
Pumpkin Run 10K
Joe Pool Lake - Grand Prairie, TX

This race is sentimental for me because I ran this last year and was my first ever 10K race. I also ran this race last year with a major sports hernia and had surgery two weeks late.

I'd set out this year to be my PR, which was STILL this race from a year ago! I ran again with my friend Lynette which was an honor to run step for step most of the way. hehe. Lynette finished 3rd here last year and this year she WON! Congrats Lynette!

I came out of the gate strong with miles 1 and 2 being 7:58 and 8:07. About mile 1.5 or so, some little boy (maybe 9??) who was running the 5K looked at me and said..."Hey, can I try to keep up with you?" I said, sure, if I can try to keep up with you. He said SURE! He went on to tell me that he was kicking his Dad's tail who was also running the 5K. At the split, I said well little dude, good luck, he say's yeah, you too! Too cute!
Miles 3 and 4 were 8:30 and 8:57. It was hotter than I wanted and my piriformis started to tighten up quite a bit about mile 4. I actually had to stop and stretch for a moment.
Miles 5 and 6 were 8:53 and 8:30 with the last .31 (on my garmin) was 7:42.

Not AS fast as I wanted to run it, but I STILL got my PR by 30 seconds. I ran officially in 53:19.2 placing 8th out of 15 men in my age group. I was 54th out of 194 runners in the 10K race.

ALSO.....Lynette brought me a special gift, wasn't that nice of her! This started as a joke, then a .....then a dare....then reality! She made me a kilt, SO I WORE IT!!! LOL. It was funny and wasn't in the way. Here are a few pics.
Per Pace

Pre Race with a little LEG action

New the beginning of the race

Me and Lynette post race

Great fun....Great day...and my wife even missed her woman's retreat so she could be there to watch me, that was awesome!!!

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PIXIEMOM13 10/15/2011 4:51PM

    Nice Kilt! ;)

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KKINNEA 10/14/2011 11:27AM

    Great race report! The skirt is too much - can't believe you got the PR with an extra unexpected piece of equipment - shows what a great runner you are! Congrats on your new 10K PR!

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CHIFANG130 10/14/2011 11:19AM

    You guys were rocking the whole time. That was so cool and awesome!

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JANETRIS 10/11/2011 6:20PM

    Love the kid story!......Only real men wear kilts! ......Congrats on the run, and thanks for the great race report!...Jane emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 10/11/2011 4:38PM

    emoticon Love the kilt, too!! Did you ever see the kid again? Just wondering how well he did or not! heheI bet he whooped his daddy's behind!! emoticon

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KINSBAILE 10/11/2011 3:15PM

    Excellent job! I need to get a 10k in!

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NANHBH 10/11/2011 1:47PM


Love Sam's response --

Oh, Running man,
Oh, Running man,
Why don't you get some pants on!

OK, judging from the Chicago marathon this weekend, and now your photos, I see that racing is as much about entertaining the spectators as it is about doing well! Maybe I should rethink what I'm going to wear to my first 5K. They are encouraging us to dress up. I saw a guy at Chicago who spray painted his entire body - hair included - fluorescent orange and he had on orange running shorts, too. What to do, what do to, what to be outrageous?
emoticon a pirate?
emoticon a fairy princess?

Great times, Dude. Congrats on your PR. You know that it is YOU who has inspired me the most to try running. I can see now how it gets addicting!
You know what, I just realized I'm gonna run a PR on 10/22 -- because I've never run before! Although maybe I need to think about beating my training times. Hmmm...

Oh, yeah, I agree, there was no way Chelle was going to miss seeing you run in a kilt!
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MANDYLOVE_76 10/9/2011 5:05PM

    You inspire me all the time.
I need to start running more.
I love your sense of humor.
I love you ran in a kilt.

Keep up the good work dude! emoticon

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TRIGRAMPS 10/9/2011 2:35PM

    Oh, Running man,
Oh, Running man,
Why don't you get some pants on!

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ROOT4HOME 10/9/2011 11:05AM

    Great job on your new PR & kilt!! Too fun! Awesome pace too! emoticon

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MEGA_MILES 10/9/2011 2:58AM

    Dude your a hoot!!! I used to love teaseing you, asking who were you running from. It's now clear you aren't running from anyone anymore. You run for the love of it!!! Keep going!!!! emoticon emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/8/2011 10:12PM

    I love a good sense of humor. Looks like you and Lynette (my middle name) both have one. The kilt looks great on you hehe....You did good!! emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 10/8/2011 9:26PM

    Nice Job Jerome! glad you wore that kilt. looks like it was a fun time.

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CHUBRUB3 10/8/2011 8:58PM

    That is fantastic! So glad you did well and had fun. love the kilt! I also noticed your friend Lynette wore the barefoot runners. Do you know if she likes them?
Great job!
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TORTUETOO 10/8/2011 8:50PM

    Your wife just wanted to see you run in a kilt. :) GREAT race and what a pace! Wow! Awesome job, Jerome! emoticon

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OKIEGIRL75 10/8/2011 7:55PM

    Love the kilt and your friends tutu. Congrats on your time.

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Dallas Running Club - The Loop 15K - review

Monday, October 03, 2011

Saturday October 1st, 2011
Dallas Running Club
The Loop 15K
Dallas White Rock Lake

So I ran my only (hard to believe) my second 15K race this weekend. This blog will be fairly short and to the point, just enough to detail the event,,
I actually slept really well the night before, I couldn't believe that! My family was supposed to go with me, but Sydney was having horrible allergies and we decided that Chelle and the girls would stay home!

I arrived about an hour early and got my race bib and timing chip then started getting my legs going with an active warm up and stretch and trip to the porta pot and I was ready!

I met a friend John there so that was cool to see him again! We started way at the back, that's a great way to make ya feel good. You can pass lots of people that way...hahahaha. I ran with John the first mile or so, then took off. I saw another friend and co-worker of my wife on the run as well.

I made great time during the run and felt great about ever step.

Miles 1-3 were 8:38, 8:14 and 8:27 respectively and still feeling pretty strong!
Miles 4-6 were 8:24, 8:33 and 8:29 and I couldn't believe I was STILL holding 8's...WOW...Me, JEROME was running that fast?!?!?! GET OUT!!
Miles 7-9 were 8:34, 8:41 and 8:25 AMAZED!! WOW was I amazed. Relaxed and kicking it pretty well. My right knee did start to hurt a little toward the end, but nothing horrible!
My last .5 was 7:47.
My Garmin time was 1:20:30 and my official time was 1:20:57. Amazed even ME!! I placed 19th out of 44 in my age group.

My previous 15K, which was in July was 1:30:52 so I beat it by 10 minutes!! WHEW

It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed that run very much, THAT is why I run! I hit the runners high like never before!

There ya have it.....DRC 15K 2011 is in the books!


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CMA444 10/4/2011 2:30PM

    Great speed! I did the 15k as well but I'm not as fast. I average a 13 min mile (run/walk). I think my time (according to my watch and not the gun time) was 2:06. :)

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MELISSAB401 10/4/2011 1:01PM

    15K!!! That is HUGE!!! Congrats on your finish time...hell, congrats on being able to do it!!! I feel that I've earned a prize if I WALK a 10k!!!! Great job!!

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KJDOESLIFE 10/4/2011 12:11PM

    Great job and fantastic time!!

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NANHBH 10/4/2011 11:53AM

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Awesome race, Jerome! A 10-minute improvement - WOW! I can't wait to run my first 5K later this month. Who knows, a 15K may be in my sight - someday! Thanks for being our fearless leader. You have taught me much about discipline and perseverance.
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KKINNEA 10/4/2011 10:34AM

    Nice, great speeds!

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OKIEGIRL75 10/3/2011 10:46PM

    Congrats on beating your previous time. Great job!

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CHUBRUB3 10/3/2011 9:58PM

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Great job! You ran an awesome race.
Hope I can just run sometime soon in the future.
Take care,

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LUCKYDOGFARM 10/3/2011 8:12PM

    way to MIH Dude!

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PIXIEMOM13 10/3/2011 7:30PM

    Wow.. you are SUPER fast! Congrats on a great 15K

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RUNNER12COM 10/3/2011 7:19PM

    Well done, my friend. I'd say I'd sign up for a run out there with you, but you'd leave me in the dust by mile 2!

Congrats on a great 15k!

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Before and After

Monday, September 19, 2011

Just looking at old pictures tonight when I came across the BEFORE pic.

I can't believe our transformations!! WOW WOW WOW

This is my wife ChelleJoBean and I (with Emily) in China in 2005

the After picture was taken in July of 2011 in Tulsa, OK.

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ANNROSE126 1/2/2012 10:50AM

great pics. and it's true, u do look like a different guy. congrats.

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CMA444 10/4/2011 2:32PM


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PIXIEMOM13 10/3/2011 7:29PM

    Wow, what a difference! I wouldn't have known those pictures had the same man in them. You look years younger and tons happier!

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EBEAMS 9/30/2011 10:41PM

    I just watched your video from Dec 2010 and then clicked on this blog! Congratulations on your new lease on life and on finding running! There is just nothing that compares to taking control of your life and finding your running legs. Best wishes on your bright, beautiful future! emoticon

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SPDEWINA 9/30/2011 4:42AM

    You have always been my inspiration ..Everytime i feel demotivated i go back to watch your video..its like a drug pill.Thanks!

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GARDENCHRIS 9/29/2011 6:53AM

    Omg I wouldn't recognize you! Way to go! emoticon emoticon

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    Wow, that is amazing! emoticon

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JANETRIS 9/23/2011 5:31PM

    You are an inspiration! Thanks for posting.... emoticon

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KINSBAILE 9/22/2011 1:23PM

    That's the BEST :) I loved your vblog. That really got me to get into jogging. I was pretty big back then and I am glad you inspired me to keep on keeping on.

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HEALTHDUDE 9/22/2011 11:26AM

    I agree....WOW WOW WOW!!!!

It's nice to see people in pictures formated on the vertical instead of the horizontal???!!!

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NANHBH 9/21/2011 3:27PM

    You BOTH look amazing! And younger, too! Exercise really can turn back time!
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SHAR140 9/21/2011 8:58AM


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MEGA_MILES 9/21/2011 4:45AM

    Who's that big guy on the left? Is that the dude you've been running from? Now I know why you've been doing all that running. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPJOHNH 9/20/2011 5:55PM

    Walking, talking, living proof that you can take charge of your life and be the person you truly want to be.

You rock, buddy.

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ELYMWX 9/20/2011 5:10PM

    Great job, Jerome!

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MANDYLOVE_76 9/20/2011 3:24PM

    You look fantastic!.

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MANDYLOVE_76 9/20/2011 3:21PM

    J-Boy you look fantastic.

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ANDREA0301 9/20/2011 2:35PM

    Amazingly inspiring!!

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JERIBERI1 9/20/2011 12:15PM

    Wow! That's amazing!!

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JENN26POINT2 9/20/2011 11:59AM

    What a great transformation!! Be proud!!

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DMGABBETT 9/20/2011 11:21AM

    Wow is right! Congrats, and I agree - you guys do look younger now.

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 9/20/2011 10:27AM

    You both look so young...I mean two different people.

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KKINNEA 9/20/2011 10:19AM

    Great job to both of you!!

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MRSDRAEGER 9/20/2011 10:18AM

    Wow!! Absolutely amazing!! :) :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MICHCLEARY 9/20/2011 10:14AM

    Wow - amazing transformation! I love pics like that which prove it can be done.

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OKIEGIRL75 9/20/2011 10:02AM

    You both look great. Can't wait till I can post my after pics! Just think this is a positive reminder of all your hard work. It was so worth it.

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OLDERDANDRT 9/20/2011 9:45AM

    What a striking difference!! emoticon emoticon

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CHIFANG130 9/20/2011 9:22AM

    Wow! You two are looking like 10 years younger. Amazing!

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RAFT4WAVES 9/20/2011 7:29AM

    Absolutely Inspiring. You rocked it! :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 9/20/2011 7:14AM

    You both look amazing! And, is it ok to say you both look younger?!?

Love it!

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DEE797 9/20/2011 7:01AM

    emoticon You both look..... emoticon

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LAURIE5658 9/20/2011 6:42AM

    Amazing Jerome and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!


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FAITH2BWELL 9/20/2011 2:05AM

    Oh this is just great. I'm encourage just knowing that if I stay on the path that I'm on, I will get there too. You guys are looking good. Take care.


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REDFOXTROT2 9/20/2011 12:28AM

    Wow, way to go! You both look great!

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JESSIEJUICE 9/19/2011 11:47PM

    You look amazing!!

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EGGBASKET1 9/19/2011 10:55PM


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THETANK 9/19/2011 10:49PM

    Awesome work!!! I gotta say, I love going and looking at my before photos... I need to do a side-by-side like you have! Very inspirational!!!

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HSMOM2FOUR 9/19/2011 10:37PM

    Y'all look AWESOME!! You look so healthy, so happy, and so ENERGETIC!!! Great job!

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IRENESH 9/19/2011 10:32PM

    Wow. What for an inspiration! Congratulations!

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