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2014 Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot

Friday, December 19, 2014

In 2010, D & I decided to do our first 5K, the St Petersburg Times Turkey Trot. We walked it. Four years and a name change later, we've done over 70 races! This race also marked the first time we wore our Team Hope for the Warriors Tampa colors! D & I be wearing these colors at many run races from now on!
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This year was special. Gianna and Mommy joined us! I believe this was Gianna's third 5K with us and Mommy's second!



It was in the low 50s I believe but for us Floridians... emoticon

This 5K was all about the fun and kicking off Thanksgiving in a healthy way!


This Duo was quite the hit as they were the first musical team to encounter after the half mile mark.
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About .5 miles in, we started to go through a major neightborhood! Lots of residents kicked off their Thanksgiving breakfast outside, cheering us on!

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This band had the right idea with their family gathering!



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I love this Bluegrass band every year. As we passed they did Man of Constant Sorrow from the Oh Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack! It also marked a round 2 mile mark.



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As we came to within two blocks of the stadium finish, this group did excellent jazz style Christmas numbers.



At the 3 mile marker and entrance to the stadium, D & Mommy started to have fun to Gianna's delight!



I know Gianna enjoyed seeing this Finish Line along with about 17,000 of our closest friends!




No question, this Turkey Trot was the best for the pure intrinsic value and family! Let's see if I can get them back out there in January 2015!



Happy Holidays, Y'all!
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KPETSCHE 12/24/2014 10:04AM

    You are a blast Monty! emoticon

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DSSECRETS 12/23/2014 7:53AM

    You forgot Miles for Men - this was Mommy's 2nd 5k with us.
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SPEDED2 12/20/2014 10:31PM

    Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

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MARGARITTM 12/20/2014 6:51AM

    What a wonderful event and fun fun fun.......so jealous of your family support.

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KERRYG155 12/19/2014 8:35PM

    There's nothing like family and great entertainment to get you through a run!

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NATPLUMMER 12/19/2014 7:03PM

    emoticon Looks like a great time was had by all :-)

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/19/2014 7:01PM

    BTW, the Missoula 1/2 marathon in the middle of July usually starts in the 40s

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/19/2014 7:01PM

    Wow! All that for a 5K!? Sooo cool!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/19/2014 6:59PM

    Love the new uniform and D just rocks it! Love it when you run with the whole family, too. But seriously, 50? C'mon... come do my Wild Turkey Chase HM or even a 5K Turkey Trot "up north"... 18F at my start line on Thanksgiving Day. Seriously, though, part of what you say is SO TRUE of temperatures in Florida. Somehow it just seems so cold down there if it's not 80!

It's one of those psychological things, I'm sure. emoticon emoticon emoticon sending sunshine for New Year's and Christmas!

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GABY1948 12/19/2014 5:56PM

    Looks like total fun! And the pics are GREAT!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/19/2014 4:10PM

    What fun! Congratulations to all.
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In My Previous Life...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

...my priorities were so wrong...



...I was negative...



...I was filled with excuses...



...and believed my own lies about family being my priority...



...then D set the example by action...



...I realized that I had to become healthy to truly take care of my family...



...and I found success!



Tomorrow, D & I are doing the Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot with our Daughter-in-Law, and our reason for living, Gianna! It's also our 4 year anniversary as runners... We've finishing over 70 races since 2010!

Have the best Thanksgiving ever!
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KATHIC2 12/17/2014 9:16AM

  Very inspiring!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/28/2014 7:49PM

    Wonderful, interesting blog -- good points AND fun to read!! Congrats on 70 races. All I've got to say is WOW!!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/27/2014 5:11PM

    Happy Thanksgiving Monty!!! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/26/2014 9:30PM

    Happy Happy Thanksgiving to your whole family... have a great run!

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KERRYG155 11/26/2014 8:48PM

    Wonder blog-wonderful job of turning your life around and what a great way to spend Thanksgiving morning!

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GABY1948 11/26/2014 3:25PM

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That is WONDERFUL! Happy Thanksgiving!

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KRISZTA11 11/26/2014 3:07PM

    Your story is amazing!
I wish you and your family a wonderful race!
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NATPLUMMER 11/26/2014 1:45PM

    Have a wonderful holiday! emoticon

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Too Much Negativity!

Friday, November 21, 2014

I've been reading a lot of negativity today. Isn't it amazing when you embrace the positive, you can either see it coming in yourself or you read it between the lines of someone else!

It tries to bring me down then I overload in "Positive Waves!"









Have a POSITIVE Weekend!
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DEBBYFROMMT 11/22/2014 9:22PM

    You are absolutely right! Negative people suck all the energy out of me. One reason I always try to stay positive!!! More energy more stuff gets done!

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KERRYG155 11/21/2014 8:47PM

    Thanks! I like that last one.

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GABY1948 11/21/2014 4:46PM

    emoticon I agree with you totally...actually the world seems FULL of negativity anymore!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/21/2014 2:01PM

    I try to follow the Biblical injunction "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

It helps.

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2014 Inaugural Honeymoon Half!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Race Site Dawn at Honeymoon Island, Dunedin, FL,

D & I support a lot of our local races! Our BFF, Suzanne, created this new race and caused a lot of excitement because of it! This year, she included a Half Marathon, a 10K, and a 5K to give everyone a feel for which will become an exclusive annual Half Marathon!
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Because I would be doing the TriRock the next day, (Didn't know I would DNS due to disability), I only did the 10K. Even though D trained for the Half, she decided to do the 10K as well.

Sunrise at Honeymoon Island



D & I started the race together. I planned on staying with her but her walk speed was killing me. Another lady, who I swim train with, was keeping up with D so I decided to do a light jog, stop take photos, jog a little and repeat throughout the 10K. I was really having fun with it, and cheered on all my friends as we shared the same course with Half racers.



I'm going to guess that D was pointing out the plungers used for course lane markers!


Coming back into Honeymoon Island from Dunedin Causeway, I ran into longtime local SparkFriend, TIAGAYEPFA! I laughed so hard when we both stopped mid-race as she said we had to take a selfie! THAT's Enjoying the Journey!


My TriBud, Brad caught me crossing the finish!


D's Official Finish Shot!


D made Podium for the first time!

I think she liked it up there.

So many of our race community attended and it was definitely a family affair!

The Blonde in the middle is our close friend and new Mayor of Dunedin!


This is how we roll!


There was a Scott Bike donated for silent auction by Outspokin, My Tri Team Sponsor. D saw it & wanted it. I put a bid on it earlier in the day. Later, D wanted to mess with me so she had our friends, Fred & Suzi, overbid me by 50 CENTS! I turned it on them and said they could have it. DOH! After making them sweat a bit, I won the bike, we just put it on my bike rack, and D had a new ride! This is after we had a good laugh!



The Bling (4 1/2" x 4") says it all!

A party with a Half Marathon thrown in!

Wanna see more? Log in to Facebook then click the link.
https://www.facebook.com/TheMayansWe
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Thanks for stopping by!
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KPETSCHE 11/24/2014 1:14AM

    I LOVE your race reports Monty!! Thanks so much - it looks like a blast.
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MBTEPP 11/21/2014 9:04PM

    You sure know how to have fun at the races!

You rock!

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/20/2014 11:16AM

    What a great race! And D's bike! LOL!!! I hope you are ok! But it looks like that race was so much fun! (we wait until March before our race season starts and only hope it's not in the snow)

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DSSECRETS 11/20/2014 9:21AM

    Glad you know that's MY bike!!!

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JAMIRBLAZE 11/19/2014 10:08AM

    Great report! Hope whatever caused your DNF is better!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/18/2014 9:26PM

    Fun in the sun!

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KERRYG155 11/18/2014 7:49PM

    You have SO much fun at all your races!!! One day I hope to get back into it.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/18/2014 7:34PM

    What a fun time! BTW, you must have your FB set to "friends only" and we're not... so couldn't access the link at the bottom. Still, great bling & great friends and the new ride... it's all good!

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GABY1948 11/18/2014 4:36PM

    GREAT pics and yes, going to go see the rest!

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Inaugural East Lake Fire Rescue 5K

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ever since 9-11, I realized the utmost respect for our First Responders! They serve & protect us every day in our own backyards! When I found out my friend Suzanna was Race Director of this new race, I was in!
D was at Honeymoon Island doing her training long run of 11 miles so I represented at this race. Another friend, Ashley worked some great race photography and shared with me.

The field of runners was smaller than most races I run. Regardless, the quality was still strong as several of our Elite from my two run clubs participated.

Had to check out the Finish Line so...


The race was unique as we left en masse from the Fire Station to the Starting Line, led by full flashing lights of the Engine Co. 57 fire truck and our Pinellas Country Sheriffs! I loved the hometown feel of this race!





Suzanne started us with an air horn, followed by the sirens of the fire engine, and we were off. Way cool!





The course was one of the prettiest, and easiest, running on closed streets through the park portion of a neighborhood bordered by Tarpon Lake!
I decided to just have fun with it, start my Garmin for distance, and not get hung up on pace. I embraced the run as a gift on a gorgeous morning. Focusing only on my Pose run style, it felt like I was on cruise control and came in to the finish strong.



Runners came to the finish line cheered on by family, friends, and cooks waiting to serve a fantastic pancake breakfast!



Post Breakfast Bling was served as well....



...and I was happy with the outcome.

I'm closing with a photo I shot showing how Race Directors will wind down and celebrate a successful race!

Needless to say, 'Zanna makes races fun for all!

Thanks for taking the time to read about one of my most fun races!
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MBTEPP 11/21/2014 9:10PM

    Congrats on a great finish!

What a great cause!

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KERRYG155 11/14/2014 10:16PM

    Looks like a really fun race. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/14/2014 7:18PM

    Love it, great race report, as usual. It's all about the fun, the bling is gravy! emoticon

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JEREMY723 11/14/2014 6:30PM

    Looks like a great event and what great weather!

(Written as I look outside at several inches of snow)

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MJREIMERS 11/14/2014 3:51PM

    emoticon I love when races "have meaning." It sounds like a fun day and you looked great on the podium!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/14/2014 2:05PM

    Thanks for sharing that fun race -- you all look spectacular.

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JAMIRBLAZE 11/14/2014 1:39PM

    Very nice! Though I'm not so sure about the Nebraska gear.... emoticon

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Great Race.

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KRISZTA11 11/14/2014 11:36AM

    Great race, thank you for sharing!
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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/14/2014 11:20AM

    Great!

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NATPLUMMER 11/14/2014 10:34AM

    Awesome!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 11/14/2014 10:29AM

    Great event!

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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