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I was 16 once????

Friday, January 25, 2013

BL 21 - I am to write down the things I would have done differently when I was 16...

or how I would changed my life.

first and foremost would have married my second wife the first time instead of being married for 31 years to the first wife. I know that wasn't an option. When we are young we make silly decisions - looking back its easier see what we would have changed.

I worked alot when I was 16, I would have changed that and played a bit more and less work. I had to work if I wanted a car and clothes.

would have finished college.

thats it! things I would have changed.

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TKAYSMILES 1/30/2013 2:21PM

    Don't we all want to change things from age 16?? Thanks for sharing Mike...great having you back on Spark!!!

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JOPAPGH 1/30/2013 1:29PM

    I would have wagged more and barked less...

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MYSOLDIERSWIFE 1/30/2013 12:14PM

    hehe--what a great idea... most the the things I would do differently were excellent lessons--but I love that you would have played more! I wish I had realized how much time I wouldn't have for playing as an adult when I was that age--maybe I would have played more too ;-)

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LUCYLU22 1/28/2013 3:14PM

    I love your perspective on the silly decisions we make when we are young...


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TIGGER622 1/27/2013 2:43PM

    awwwww i could see hard working mike at 16, how sweet!

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CASSIOEPIA 1/26/2013 9:21AM

    Wow! There's a question. There's so much I would do differently, with the vision of hindsight. But I would then have made different mistakes, so what would be better?

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BOBBYD31 1/25/2013 8:14PM

    16 oh my what an age! lol

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MEADSBAY 1/25/2013 8:11PM

    For better or worse-
you would not be the man you are today were you not with your first wife for those 31 years.

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LCDM83 1/25/2013 7:53PM

    Our perspective on life changes after we've lived it longer than 16 years, doesn't it?

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NEWRUNNER2 1/25/2013 7:41PM

    Thanks for your honesty!

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Update on January goals

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Goals for January
1. Run 45 miles
2. Journal food at least 20 times
3 Drink more Water
4. Work out 4 times per week.

Goal number one - I have run 20 miles so far - doing ok with this goal.

Goal number two - I have journaled my food everyday so far in January.

Goal number Three - doing good.

Goal number Four - Doing great on the workouts.

I have lost 5 pounds so far in January

I feel good about how things are going....

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MYSOLDIERSWIFE 1/30/2013 12:33PM

    i should totally do this! great job Mike!

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TIGGER622 1/23/2013 1:39PM

    You are doing awesome!!! Keep up the good work buddy!!!

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LCDM83 1/16/2013 7:45PM

    You've got achievable goals- keep up the great work! Your fellow spies will love you if you make those 4 days competition days... LCW, TNT, Weekend challenge. Maybe we can even talk you into bumping it up to 5 days and streak!

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SHERREE66 1/15/2013 3:05PM

    Wonderful goals, Mike! 5 pounds already this month! I'm so glad you're a Spy.

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BILLALEX70 1/15/2013 10:08AM

    Rock on Mike!

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CASSIOEPIA 1/15/2013 7:16AM

    Way to come back strong!


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ARNETTELEE 1/15/2013 3:25AM

  Great goals!

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End of 2012 and looking forward to 2013

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

It has been a year since a wrote a blog. I am back here because I need to get healthy again.

2011 was one of the hardest years in my 55 years. Divorce, Bankruptcy, lost my Mom and Business. Through all this I was able to keep my weight maintained.

Life changed for me - I moved from where I had lived for 25 years. I started a new life and met someone wonderful. We dated for 5 months and Married in March. Both of us are doing our 2nd marriage.

I guess falling in love is hard on the waistline. Well mine has expanded - alot less exercising and food choices not very good - equals some pounds gained. Around 30 for me.

I know what to do! starting in January - Going to get back on track! I have done better in December - no weight gain - Going to Join BL Challenge!

I thought I would write down some goals for 2013 and goals for January.

I really want to get back to running so My first goal is to run a Half Marathon by June 30, 2013 and working out 4 times at the gym per week.

I know I can do this - I lost 100 pounds before and that was hard, but I have the knowledge.

Other goals are to start Journaling my food.. So in Summary

Goals for 2013

1. Half Marathon completed by June 30, 2012
2. Work out 4 times per week
3. Journal my food at least 5/7 times per week
4. 600 miles run by December 31, 2013

Goals for January
1. Run 45 miles
2. Journal food at least 20 times
3 Drink more Water
4. Work out 4 times per week.

I look foward to getting back in shape!

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BILLALEX70 1/7/2013 8:44AM

    Rock it Mike!

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CAROLCRC 1/3/2013 8:10AM

    I like that you are not vowing to journal/track every day. Much better than the all-or-nothing mentality.

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JOPAPGH 1/2/2013 4:55PM


Nice to see you here again. These look like solid, doable goals.

Hope you have a great, injury free 2013!

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ETTEZEUS 1/2/2013 11:42AM

    Go Mike!
You can do it!!

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MEADSBAY 1/2/2013 10:24AM

    emoticon back, Mike!
Life is surely full of ups and downs, isn't it.
May 2013 be your best year ever!

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CARILOUIE 1/2/2013 9:37AM

    Good to see you back, Mike!

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SYNCHRODAD 1/2/2013 9:07AM

    Sounds like all your body mechanics are still in good order. Keep them that way by a reasonable ramp up of your physical activity level. Don't bend or break something! It is easy for us to "overachieve" on the road back to fitness and suffer setbacks or stoppers. You are older now, be patient with yourself. Have a great 2013!

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BRIAN36 1/2/2013 8:54AM

    I love your goals. Very specific. It's obvious you know what it takes and I wish you the best in achieving your goals.

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CASSIOEPIA 1/2/2013 8:01AM

    Glad to have you back. Time to get busy!

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LIZZYP609 1/2/2013 7:28AM

    Oh Mike! It is so good to see you back to Spark! Sorry about the weight gain but I am happy that you had a good 2012 even with that!

Sure hope you will be an Outlaw! :-)

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I am glad 2011 is almost over

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

This has been a great year in some repects and others very crummy.

When writing a blog like this do you start with the negative or the positive.

It has been quite awhile since I have written a blog. Things that have made this year are first and foremost was my Divorce in June. I am still healing a nd recovering from that. I feel like 6 months after this event I am healing and feeling much better about my future. I am happier - I mean there are alot of stuff that goes along with the divorce. i am dealing with it. Thanks to my Spark friends who have really helped me and want to thank them.

Divorce is hard but I am doing well in moving on.

My Mom passed away in May!

so with all the things that have happened I still have a great attitude. Most of all because of my faith in God and knowing he loves me.

Many great things have happened to me lots of good races - I ran 8 half Marathons this year. 4 of those halfs were under 2 hours so I was very happy with that. I ran with many with friends and that makes them especially fun. Highlight was going to JASR in Pittsburgh in March. Looking forward to returning. I also ran my second Hood to Coast Relay with some wonderful friends. it was so fun. Ran many other races too.

I have maintained my 100 pound weight loss from 2009 - I have done it with my running and I ran almost 1000 miles this year.

The running has helped with my stress for the year and I continue to look forward to 2012.

My goals for 2012 I haven't come up with, but you know it will be about running and some personal things in my life.

Ihave met a wonderful lady and we are just starting to find out about each other so that is my priority right now and starting my new job. I will continue to be healthy but I know I haven't been around much - I have learned what I need to do to stay healthy. I will continue and spread the word to whomever I have contact with..

I thank al my friends for supporting me when I needed it - thank You

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BANKER-CHUCK 1/18/2012 12:40PM

    You have gone through a lot Mike and have managed to stay focused on your healthy lifestyle. Divorce is a tough one to get over, I did it but was able to move on. The pain will stick around for many years but I have equated it to when I quit smoking. The urge to smoke is still with me from 7 years ago when I quit, but I have learned to deal with it.
Good luck to you.

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TIGGER622 1/4/2012 2:27PM

    You are awesome and this is going to be YOUR year!!! You deserve it! Miss you buddy!

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CARILOUIE 12/31/2011 1:53PM

    Mike, I'm wishing you a blessed and happy 2012. I'm super excited for JASR! It will be great to see you.

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LAB-LOVER 12/31/2011 8:30AM

    Here's to better 2012 - you did amazing well, given your challenges!

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CASSIOEPIA 12/30/2011 10:48PM

    Here's to a better 2012 for both of us! Great job on your running.

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GAYEMC 12/30/2011 10:20PM

    It sounds like you have turned a page and are moving forward. good luck my friend.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/29/2011 6:06PM

    You have done amazingly well considering the challenges you faced this year. Here's to a great year in 2012 ~ see you in March!

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DDHEART 12/29/2011 4:07PM

    Oh Dear Mike, I knew about your mom and also the challenges of business in this economy but didn't know about your personal challenges. I am so sorry you had all this to deal with in 2011 but your running sustained you and as you say you have learned the skills you needed to stay healthy. We're about to turn the page in the calendar and it sounds as though you are also turning a page in your life. I've missed you but I'm also so glad you have some positive things happening. 2012 will be awesome as Suezette says!

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RUNNING-LIFE 12/29/2011 3:06PM

    I, too have had a busy year. Lots of downs not too many ups. I applaud your positive Mike. You are a inspiration to me! I hope 2012 treats you well. Happy New Year!

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MEADSBAY 12/29/2011 2:30PM

    My very best wishes for a happy healthy 2012, my friend!

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BOBBYD31 12/29/2011 2:29PM

    see you in march my friend! have a happy new year you have weathered the storm of 2011 well!

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TORTUETOO 12/29/2011 12:05PM

    Well, on the upside, at least you still have your appendix. emoticon Hugs, buddy. emoticon

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CANDIS799 12/29/2011 11:41AM

    You have a great attitude and will no doubt come out on top! Happy 2012!!!

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FINDINGMEIN2012 12/29/2011 10:41AM

    Best wishes for a wonderful 2012, Mike!!

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GOEGIRL 12/29/2011 9:35AM

    It's so good to 'hear' from you again. I'm glad you're still keepin' on keepin' on. Well done on managing a difficult year and best of luck for smooth sailing in 2012.

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LIZZYP609 12/29/2011 8:35AM

    this year has been a difficult year, makes my worries look like little ant hills. The important thing is that you have gotten through it and your future looks bright! Keep the SPARK Mike! emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 12/29/2011 8:27AM

    Happy New Year Mike! You gonna do real well in 2012!

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LAURIE5658 12/29/2011 8:02AM

    Each new day is a gift from God and I have a hunch He will fill your life in 2012 with so much joy!


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DEEJ4FITNESS 12/29/2011 8:00AM

    I wish you the best for 2012 Mike!! I know it's been a rough year but I also know God has been faithful and I celebrate that with you!

May you be blessed with a bright future & continued good health as you lead by example!

Look forward to seeing ya again in March!

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DREBENEZER 12/29/2011 7:51AM

    2012 is going to be a great year!

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TAMTAM64 12/29/2011 6:41AM

    I can't wait to see what 2012 brings for you! It's gonna be a GREAT YEAR!

Happy New Year, Mike! I am looking forward to seeing you in March. :)


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*MADHU* 12/29/2011 4:50AM

    You did emoticon emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 12/28/2011 11:43PM

    Happy New Year's Mike!
2012 will be awesome for you!!

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BILLALEX70 12/28/2011 11:07PM

    Keep your chin up Mike and keep moving forward.

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DAISEYTWO 12/28/2011 10:57PM

    Keep up the good work. Sounds like 2012 is going to be a very good year for you. God Bless!

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Half Marathon #12

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The past few weeks have been very tough for me. I know that most of you know I have had a very tough year. Life just gets tough sometimes. Well I have really been struggling even with my running – Since HTC at the end of August – I have been in a bit of depression. It was caused more from my personal issues but I just haven’t felt like running.
The only thing that has helped me has been signing up for some races – I have run 2 - 10k’s and today I ran a half Marathon. My running has always been a great stress reliever for me and it really has helped. I am thankful I had those races to keep me focused on something besides my Personal problems.
I ran the two 10k’s – one at 53 minutes and the other at 52 minutes
Then today I ran a half Marathon – It was my 12th Half Marathon Since April of 2010. I have had quite a journey and I am so thankful for all those people that have encouraged me and been my friends.
In the last 6 months I have been struggling with Spark people – having a hard time keeping up with the teams that have been there for me. I have many friends and I sometimes feel like I have deserted them, but I know that right now that I need to work on me and my personal issues.
I decided to run the North County Wine Half. I know most of my friends are wondering why I would even sign up for a wine half because I don’t drink wine because of religious reasons.
When I first signed up for the run – I looked at the elevation chart and it looked very hilly – in fact there was more up or down then any level miles. That had me a bit concerned but before the race – I decided I would just go out and run and see how it goes. So, I had no expectations –
I had met a few friends at the race and so I was way back in the pack with them – since it was a chip timed race it doesn’t matter where you start. I would say there was about 500 runners.
I told myself I was going to go out slow and since I knew the first mile was uphill – I just did it slow. Mile 1 pace – 9:15
I was feeling really good, I was passing lots of people but I tried to keep holding back! I didn’t want to go out to fast and even though I was trying to take it easy – I looked down at the garmin and my pace was now 8:50 – I was going to fast but now we were headed downhill and I just kept going and was feeling good. Mile 2 Pace – 8:26 The next few miles were either downhill or level – Mile 3 Pace – 8:37 – I was beginning to think I was going to have a great run but I also knew that there were some hills coming up.
The race started at one winery and the second water station was in the 2nd winery. It was kind a cool running through the vineyard and that made the run fun.

I was still running good. Mile 4 Pace 8:29 – I still felt good and was really a bit surprised that I felt so good with all that had gone on in the last month. My running has suffered. Mile 5 Pace 8:37 .
This was such a beautiful run in the countryside – The weather was perfect for running around 55-60 degrees and cloudy and no rain. A perfect fall day to do a run. Christmas tree farms – lots of green – A few pics – I like taking pictures as I run. They came out a little blurry sometimes but I am running a race.

The run now has turned into rolling hills with some up and some down – at this point in the race its more up and its that way until the end of the race.
Mile 6 Pace – 9:43 This went way up because we ran through the vineyard and a water station and more hills – took a picture of the grapes.
Mile 7 Pace 9:58 – More hills but I am still feeling good – I am running right up them with no problems – I seem to be passing the same runners over and over so we start talking to each other. I love doing this talking to the other runners.
Since this is my 12th Half marathon – it seems like some of the HM the miles go by so slowly this one the miles some to go by quickly. I guess its because there are lots of turns and you don’t have those long stretches of road in front of you. I remember one spot where I could see that there was a big hill in front of me down the road a ways and was so happy when just before the hills starts we turn and no hill. I loved that. Mile 8 Pace 8:53
I still am doing well – I am really amazed I feel so good – I did an 11 mile run about 2 weeks ago and it was very hard and I guess that is why I was so concerned for this race. Mile 9 Pace 10:00 More hills
Around this time we head into the second Vineyard and as we get to water station – I get my water and then the head out – We actually get to run through the barn – how cool is that –

I am still feeling strong – Mile 10 pace – 9:18
I continue through – I am really feeling pretty good – I am thankful I prepared this week with a couple 6 mile runs and my nutrition was good this week. I am sure that is making all the difference. The 10k last week I felt terrible during the run. Not today – I took my Hammer gel – one at the beginning of the race and around 7 miles and I know at the end of the race I had a lot left more on that coming up.
Mile 11 Pace – 10:03 mostly up on the hills right now and then the big hill – The steepest hill of the whole run and they put it at 11.50 into the run.

The hill just kept going up and up!
Not really fair but I guess its like life. Not always fair! I tell myself that I am going to run up it – but halfway up and start to walk. Another runner joins me and we walk up together – one of those runners that I have been leap frogging the entire race – come to find out she is having issues with her Allergies and breathing issues. Well we get to the top and more up but I decide I am going to for it. Get too the 12 mile mark. Mile 12 Pace – 10:27 that hill I walked up.
Time for the home stretch – I push – Push some more Mile 13 pace 8:30
I had a lot left in the tank and I finish strong – 1:59:44 was the garmin time – Not sure of the official time – the gun time was 2:00:45 but I started way back so I know I was under 2 hours – at the beginning of the day – I didn’t think it was possible.

It was a great day with Pizza and Wine after – no wine for me, but shared my wine ticket with my friends – on the way home it began to rain and so I think the fall rains are here to stay. I feel good about today and the accomplishment and I ran a very smart race.

Sorry this is so long but it really was a fun day!!!

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JEM0622 10/25/2011 8:54AM

    You are a speedy guy! Congrats.

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ETTEZEUS 10/9/2011 11:15PM

    WTG Mike!
Loved all the pictures!!

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MADZOE 10/7/2011 8:49PM

    Thank you for sharing. You are such an inspiration. I still remember seeing you at Champoeg park and was in such awe of the Runner that you are. Glad you are sticking to it.

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TORTUETOO 10/3/2011 11:00AM

    Great job! I think this was a "therapy" half, huh? You killed it. I'm so proud of you! emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERMOMTO3 10/2/2011 9:12PM

    MIke, loved the blog. Love the photo's!! Don't feel bad Mike I've been more MIA than I should be. Take care Mike and know that you can email me or call if you need to!! ((hugs))

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KELLEEH 10/2/2011 7:07PM

    Wow I am so impressed - 12 half marathons! And what a great time! Those pictures are awesome... thanks for sharing them.

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TIGGER622 10/2/2011 5:15PM

    What a wonderful blog Mike!!! I have been MIA a bit lately myself, so please know that I am still here thinking of you!!! You had an awesome race, I am so excited for you! You are such an inspiration!!!! HUGS Friend! Hang in there!

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MEADSBAY 10/2/2011 4:48PM

    How beautiful!
Take care of yourself, Mike.

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LINDAKAY228 10/2/2011 2:02PM

    I'm so glad you had such an awesome race! I loved the pics too! Thanks for posting them.

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GAYEMC 10/2/2011 1:10PM

    Glad to hear you had a good run, and what a beautiful place to do it in. Makes me want to go for a country drive through Yamhill.

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TRUEART2 10/2/2011 12:47PM

    It was so great to see you Mike! Thanks for the great blog - now I can enjoy the scenery all over again. I have to say that was one of the most fun runs I've done. Thanks so much for telling me about it!

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ZORAHGAIL 10/2/2011 12:42PM

    Awesome job Mike! Great race report & thanks for the pics.

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CBAILEYC 10/2/2011 12:32PM

    Glad to hear you had a great run! I know how getting out there in the miles can help.

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CASSIOEPIA 10/2/2011 12:23PM

    What gorgeous scenery to run through. It looks like a great run yesterday Mike. Congratulations on #12!

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MBSHAZZER 10/2/2011 12:04PM

    Mike, what a great race. And whether or not you drink wine, vineyards make for fantastic scenery to run through.

Nice job on your 12th HM! :D

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