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April - Another month in the right direction

Friday, April 09, 2010

I got a new roadbike a couple weeks ago and am having a blast on it! So much fun. I also got my head into the thought of a Triathlon someday again!

My running is coming along...... I got in 170 miles over my past 18 runs plus about 100 miles on the bike. This Sunday I am running a 20 miler for the first time in a year! I am really looking forward to it.

A lot of really positive things going on in my life right now, very pleased I am!
All my thanks to God, I keep messing up and he keeps picking me up and puttin me back on the track! :P
stay tuned - There is still a lot of road ahead!!

Thanks for stopping by!

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/14/2010 8:34PM

    AMEN... emoticon...I know that emoticon!!!

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JENNIFER124 4/10/2010 10:16AM

    i too am enjoying biking and now swimming to enhance the running i have been doing the last couple of years.. its just like you said.. SO MUCH FUN!! i hope to do a tri at the end of the summer.. happy biking!!

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RHYNIC 4/10/2010 8:14AM

    Mac that is awesome to hear. Those are a lot of running and cycling miles. I have also taken my bike out for a few spins...but mostly only 16k rides. One trail ride (1:45min) that ended with a glass of wine - that was fun. I will most likely never do a tri - I can't swin. There is a great triathlon in Yarmouth. You must come down and do it. Bring your wife, stay with us and make a weekend out of it. :-)

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Ending March on a good note

Friday, March 26, 2010

I have been working on aspects of my life, re-evaluating what is important to me and setting small attaintable goals. I had to get back to the basics again and have taken a whole approach to things; which is to first off ENJOY IT, above all things. I worked so hard at my health that I figured the only reward was a fast time in a race.
My last race was a hilly 5 miler. I finished in 33mins, won my age group, got this huge trophy and came in top 10.
I was so dissapointed after that race thiniking "I choaked, I could have ran 31mins, what went wrong!"
What was I thinking!!? 3 years ago I couldnt even run 5 miles! Instead of being down on myself, I should have thought..."Man, how far I have come in such a short time, this is awesome!" Thank you Lord!
So, shortley after I got injured, fell into a bad rut and have been trying to dig myself out ever since.
I got away from my faith during this time, and got greedy chasing my own personal goals.
With the help of a friend, I began reading daily again. One book "The Purpose Drive Life", put things back into perspective for me.

NOW, I am training again with new motivation and desire. I feel so fresh and new, like I am starting this thing all over again. BUT this time for all the right reasons!
If anyone who reads this could gain anything from my own personal mistakes, it should be that no matter what, appreciate every accomplishment, be thankful for every moment you are able to be out there taking care of yourself and never take it for granted. AND
put your trust in God's hand - because it is in that place that ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is possible.

Thanks for stopping by.

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JUST_BREATHE08 3/28/2010 6:09PM

    Hey Mac.....How emoticon!! You are doing a emoticonJob!! I love the Purpose Driven Life. Have read it a couple of times. I also have the workbook that goes with it. Absolutely Love It. Take Care. :) :)

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RUNNINGWILD 3/28/2010 3:21PM

    8 kilometers in 33 minutes? Mac!! that's darn good. I only wish to run that fast. And I've been running healthy and strong for 6 years.
Congratulations bud!

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RHYNIC 3/26/2010 3:24PM

    you sure are on the right path. what a resilient person you are. Walk on my friend, and be proud of yourself. gail

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NOTSPEEDY 3/26/2010 10:45AM

    Glad you are back on track. God is faithful and keeps bringing us back to Him.

God bless,

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March Madness begins...

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Things are going good with my health slowly but surely. I am not concerned with how fast I am travelling, but I am starting to track my miles again. I got a nice hilly 10.5 miles in Sunday, took monday off and again a hilly 10.5miles Tuesday. Today I ran 15 mins easy.
I am just taking it one run at a time and enjoying every minute of it. (WELL, ALMOST every minute. :P)
I just filled out a registration form for my first race this year. A half marathon in Ottowa.
IF everything continues to go good, I'll be ready to FINISH. My goal is just to finish and be un-injured doing so.
Not too long ago, I didn't think I'd be able to do this anymore so this one's going to be more special.
I had to re-evaluate everything I thought about life and running the past 10 months. I did some real soul searching. This time around I appreciate it more, enjoy it more and give thanks and praise to God every step of the way... I got another chance at my dream..my prayers were answered AGAIN! :)

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RHYNIC 3/5/2010 5:25PM

    sounds awesome Mike. Keep it up. Ottawa is a great race. I haven't run it but I have many friend who have. That is a fatanstic goal race.

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JUST_BREATHE08 3/5/2010 12:01AM

    AMEN!! emoticon emoticonBE SAFE!!

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BABY_GIRL69 3/3/2010 6:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonGod bless & Happy Hump Day! Dee

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas,
but for scars.

Elbert Hubbard

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MISTEANJAVA 2/7/2010 8:52PM

  What do yours say? Mine tell stories of attempts at greatness and lessons learned.

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JUST_BREATHE08 2/7/2010 8:34PM

    That is so Right! emoticon

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A new year, a new outlook and another new chapter begins...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

It has been awhile since my last post for sure. Wow, what a struggle with my health since my last post as well. During my recovery my back issues returned again along with some other issues I won't get into.To sum it up, it hasn't been pretty and I had fallen on some hard times phsically and mentally. Not being able to do what I wanted to do because my body wasn't able to really got me down and in a bad spot.

BUT you know, you would be surprised what inspiration can do for one's spirit.
Just when I needed it most, two things happened on the same day....

I found this quote "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
Wow, did that hit home with me..

AND I was inspired so much by a fellow SP member. (U know who U R!) who has an amazing running streak going not to mention many other accomplishments to be proud of.
I got to thinking, well.... If I can just run at least a mile everyday this year, then that's something to aim for.
I started officially again Jan 1, 2010.

The first few runs were real bad. 15-20 mins.....I just wanted to get out there and do it so bad, I forced myself out despite my issues.
My supportive but concerned wife to be stood by awaiting my return to ask how I did. When I tried to respond I just broke down and cried those first couple days and headed for a hot bath.

Well, a lot of prayers I've prayed and I believe once again they are being answered.
The runs are getting better by the day, as is my back, my head and everything else for that matter.
Jan 17th and it is 17 days in a row. I have not taken pain medications or any other meds for 4 days now. I ran a slow but steady 1 hour, 40 mins today. WOW. I am so proud of that.
I used to run Sunday runs between 2-3hrs.
3 weeks back I thought that would never be possible again! God willing, that may just hapen.
But if it doesn't, it doesn't and it's just not meant to be like that.
I am so thankful just to be able to be out there running, believe me. I have such a new appreciation for it now.

I have 12 weeks of physio ahead of me here, which I hope will help as well.

Never say never, and remember:
If you come with everything you have and give all you got, you are always a winner!

stay tuned...


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LAB-LOVER 1/21/2010 7:41AM

    There IS life after back pain. I know -- I've been there.
Hang in there -- sounds like you're on the upswing!

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MIKEMACDUDE 1/18/2010 10:52PM

    Aaaawe....Thanks my SP buddies, you gals rock! Thanks for stoppin by and checkin' in on me!
All the best,
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HILLSEEKER50 1/18/2010 6:15PM

    Hey Big Mac!!!! We've been missing you:)) Sorry to hear you've had a rough patch but it seems you've overcome that!!!!!Good to hear you're back on the road doing what you love. Hope you see much improvement as time goes by!!! Hang in there buddy,you're doing GREAT!!!


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