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More on yesterday's 5k...

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I went back and looked at my time from a year ago in the Ronald McDonald of Delaware "Run for the House" 5K -- I've made some strides!

Last year: 33:20 / 10:43 per mile pace

This year: 28:33 / 9:11 per mile pace

In that time, I've learned the importance of great running shoes, good training, good pre-race nutrition, and having a race plan!

All of these will be important in my upcoming 10K in July. One more 5K to run in (race TBD) before I tackle the "BIG" race.

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DOUGDC 4/26/2013 10:13AM

    That's great discipline and great progress to show for it. Congratulations.
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LOVEROFANIMALS 4/24/2013 8:46AM

    Great job! emoticon

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THEFLYINGJ 4/22/2013 5:45PM

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Great job! So proud!

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MOBYCARP 4/21/2013 7:29PM

    It took me a while to learn about great shoes being better than adequate shoes.

Train well for that 10K, and have fun!

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CHUBRUB3 4/21/2013 12:51PM

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KAYOTIC 4/21/2013 11:02AM

    Nice progress! emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 4/21/2013 9:33AM

    Great job, much faster.

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A new personal best (5K race)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Ran in the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware "Run for the house" 5K this morning. This was the first 5K I ever ran in a year ago, so now it has become a tradition! Anyway, happy to report I ran a PB of 28:33! I believe that was at least 5 minutes fast than a year ago, so great progress, and of course, for a great cause!

I'll be looking for a another 5K race to run in late May or early June, then comes what will be one of the biggest challenges of my racing life (which is just a little over a year old!) -- a 10K race in July - my first EVER!!

  
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SEABREEZE64 4/25/2013 7:34AM

    Congratulations on your PB!!!

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MOBYCARP 4/21/2013 7:23PM

    Congratulations on the personal best time! Losing that weight helped quite a bit, didn't it?

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DOUGDC 4/21/2013 11:30AM

    Congrats on the new personal best -- and that's a big margin from a year ago.
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RUN4FOOD 4/21/2013 7:30AM

    Congratulations on your new 5K PR.
Now on to your 10K where you get to set a new PR for yourself.

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CATHOLICCORGI 4/21/2013 7:17AM

    I admire you for running! emoticon emoticon
I would like to walk a 5K one day...
Keep up the great work! SPARK on!
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MESEATURTLE 4/21/2013 7:06AM

    Awesome!!!!

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KELLIEBEAN 4/21/2013 6:58AM

    Wow, that was great! A great cause. continues success to you!

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PMRUNNER 4/21/2013 1:59AM

    Woo Hoo!

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/21/2013 1:09AM

    Congrats, Patrick! Onwards and upwards : )
Doing my first-ever distance event tomorrow, the Vancouver Sun Run. 10k. I've registered one category faster than walking. My goal? To finish the race upright : )

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MICHELLE2343 4/20/2013 10:13PM

    That's awesome. I just did my first 5K last night and now look forward to another 5K in June. Way to go on your personal best!

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Sadness in Boston

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I had just gotten off of a conference call yesterday afternoon when my wife broke the sad news to me about the bombing at the Boston Marathon. While not the same size and scope as the 9/11 tragedy, a lot of those same feelings from nearly 12 years ago came rushing back. Sadness, anger, and fear all came right to mind.

I'm a BIG Boston Red Sox fan, and now being an avid runner, this incident hit closer to home. It will be a few years before I am ready for a marathon, but clearly Boston will be in the picture when that time comes. And thankfully, the Marathon will go on, albeit with lots of new security procedures starting in 2014.

What is truly sad are that the person or persons responsible for this. That they think this is "right" -- killing and injuring innocent people. That they have the kind of time and apparently the resources to carry out such a bad thing. That their life / lives are so unfulfilled with good things that this is where gone to. It makes no sense to me....

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RASPBERRY56 4/21/2013 9:39AM

    I had to redo this post as I was about to make some very politically incorrect statements - but it really concerns me that certain people's actions have resulted in a major American city FORCED to SHELTER IN PLACE - that had to have been absolute HELL ON EARTH for all - I can't even begin to imagine what people's thoughts must have been while essentially being trapped in their homes or wherever......

May we find all the answers ASAP so that we can work diligently to get this world to turn around and get back on the right track!

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TECH1960PS 4/17/2013 1:27PM

    It just makes me so mad, the senselessness of it, I pray for all those poor people affected by this horrendous act of terror.

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 4/17/2013 8:05AM

    The sadness and shock weigh heavily, the diabolism challenges comprehension, the loss will be felt forever.

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BEAUTIFULLYMADE 4/17/2013 6:42AM

    It will be a long while before I could run much less a marathon, but it really saddens me that someone would do such a thing. I don't have tv, so I only know bits and pieces of what I've read online. I'll keep that situation in my prayers, and hope that this doesn't keep any of those people from reaching their goals in the future.

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IUHRYTR 4/16/2013 9:07PM

    The world is changing and not getting any kinder. emoticon -- Lou

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HDHAWK 4/16/2013 8:19PM

    No sense at all. Hopefully the responsible party will be brought to justice.

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CHUBRUB3 4/16/2013 8:03PM

    So very very sad about this tragedy and all the victims and their families.
My prayers and heart are with them.
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GETSTRONGRRR 4/16/2013 7:30PM

    Just like 9/11 and Oklahoma City, they'll be found!

Remember, "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm"

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HANSBRINK 4/16/2013 2:23PM

  Yes, it makes no sense. I am remembering and praying for the families and those injured by this act.

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BRENDAGAIL9 4/16/2013 11:58AM

    When I turned on my TV to watch my soap opera I couldn't believe what I was hearing. At first I did not know what happened until I heard Boston mentioned. Then I was glued to the TV the rest of the day. I can't believe this is happening but from now on no one knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men/women.

All I can say is we have to be aware of our surroundings. It can/will happen anywhere.

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GETTO140 4/16/2013 11:24AM

    I can't make any sense of it.

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JIMDAB 4/16/2013 10:48AM

    I think this was done to hit us with the fact that there is no place at ll we can absoutely feel safe.It is sad that it takes bravery t attend a normal event...

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PDQ1203 4/16/2013 9:25AM

    i couldn't believe it when i heard the first news story - thought they got it wrong
than i saw the news footage

for sure... it makes no sense

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OOPS! Forgot the hat...

Monday, April 08, 2013

I was so excited to get outside yesterday and do yard work (it was sunny and in the 60's -- PREFECT yard work kind of day!), that I forgot to wear a hat! A year ago, there was hair on my head (granted, not too much!), now there is none! And the sun was VERY strong yesterday, so the head is a little warm this morning!

A good lesson learned before the sun gets even stronger....

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BARCONIUS 4/9/2013 8:49PM

    Yeah, I can relate. It looks like I have a full head of hair, but there's a definite bald spot on top, and I have to keep it covered. Ouch!

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CASEYSAUER 4/9/2013 7:24AM

    Sunscreen and a good hat are your best friends in the garden!

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MOBYCARP 4/8/2013 7:43PM

    Yeah, that happens with a shaved head. A couple years ago, I got sunburn from the sun shining through the holes in my bike helmet. Took a couple weeks to heal up, and I went out and bought a wicking cap designed to go under the helmet.

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/8/2013 12:02PM

    oh, jeez, Patrick, that's a bummer! Hope there's not blistering--that would be no fun at all : )



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JIMDAB 4/8/2013 11:02AM

    I know the feeling!
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Watch for those burns!

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CHRISTINASP 4/8/2013 10:33AM

    Maybe just carrying a large handkerchief with you at all times would help. In case you forget again, you could protect your head with the handkerchief...

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PMRUNNER 4/8/2013 8:12AM

    Hats and sunscreen!

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DARJR50 4/8/2013 7:42AM

  OUCH!!!!!

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RUN4FOOD 4/8/2013 7:36AM

    Sunburn isn't a good thing. Be careful.

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WELLNESSME09 4/8/2013 7:28AM

    Oops, not a good thing lol, must remember that hat. emoticon



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Gator

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Today marks 3 years since our first male greyhound, Gator, crossed the rainbow bridge. Thankfully the pain of losing him has gotten easier as the time has passed, and we know that he is truly having a better and pain free life. I sometimes have visions of him being with my mom.

He was a 90 lb+ boy, a great racer, but a cuddle bunny! His last few days on earth 3 years ago were tough, but we learned so much from him. 3 months after he passed, we adopted Tomas, and much like Gator, is a big goofy boy!

So Gator, if you can read my blog (and I bet you can!), we love you, we miss you, and say hi to mom for me!

  
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IUHRYTR 4/4/2013 10:50PM

    Won't it be a wonderful day when we're reunited with our family, friends and pets? Keep the happy memories of the time you two had together in mind during the sad times. Doing that has helped me often when the tears begin. emoticon -- Lou

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TEXASLYNN 4/3/2013 3:20PM

    My Precious Baby (picture on my Spark Page) has been gone a little over a year and my Tinker almost 17. I'd tell you it gets better but that would be a lie. It's just a different normal. My border girls help and we're planning their first birday party in less than two weeks.

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CHRISTINASP 4/3/2013 1:51PM

    Very touching. It's clear that you loved Gator so much. Loosing a dog and dealing with their pain is such a challenge.

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LABOSOXGIRL 4/3/2013 11:34AM

    Sorry for your loss, it's really hard to deal with losing a furbaby! It equates to losing a child. I don't know how I will deal with it when one of my two crosses the bridge.

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SHANALOUISA 4/3/2013 10:51AM

    I can totally understand this. Whereas I haven't lost my big guy yet, the mere thought of it is enought to get me all misty eyed (seriously I'm tearing up right now). I swear I'm going to need grief conseling when it's time for my furbaby to cross rainbow bridge. RIP Gator!

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LADYJ6942 4/3/2013 10:18AM

    I feel you. I put down my favorite dog when I was in my senior year of high school. It was a tough day and I've not met another quite like him. Hugs

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GAL7288 4/3/2013 10:03AM

    I lost my lab Fluffy not too long ago, we had him since he was a puppy and seeing him struggle the last year was painful, so it was a bittersweet feeling letting him go. It's always tough to loose your pets, especially when they are a big part of the family. But you do learn from them. So sorry for your loss, but I would also think of him as a gain, you gained a new pet, and the knowledge that Gator left you.

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