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My Annual 5K Run-2013

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Earlier last month I took part in my annual 5K run. Once again this was a free event that was well attended by the local community. This is my fourth year participating in this awesome event and this year I was fortunate enough to meet more SparkPeople members. I met up with Nancy (BUTEAFULL), Debra (DGRIFFITH51), and Angela (DARINGR8LY).



Check-in went without a hitch.



Before the start of the race Angela and I walked through Health Fair. It was bustling with activity.



We even saw the mascot, Bernie, for the local baseball team!



The actual race went well. Although I did not establish a Personal Best I did come in 138th place with a race time of 24:08. And considering that I was battling a cold and had some stiff back issues earlier in the week I think I did pretty well!



I canít wait for next yearís race. I love meeting up with SparkFriends!



  
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BOPPY_ 6/16/2014 3:07PM

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    Nice pics....thanx for sharing

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TERRYT55 5/8/2013 12:13AM

    Great pictures, Raul. I'm going to try to remember this race so I can meet you and some other SP members. Congrats on your terrific time

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SPUNKYDUCKY 4/19/2013 3:28PM

    Sorry for the late reply - just back from Ghana - love that you got to meet other Sparkies - that is always the best part of races for me. I am personally pretty impressed with your time! Hope all is well!

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NEWSWEETBREEZES 4/14/2013 10:22AM

    Wicket ! 24 mins!
I can't wait to get out there.
Congratulations !!

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BUTEAFULL 4/9/2013 8:40PM

    emoticon you finally posted the photos, I think we all looked pretty good, and I had a good time

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    emoticon glad you had a great time! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 4/9/2013 7:38PM

    WOW, that is an awesome time! WTG!!!

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INGMARIE 4/9/2013 2:52PM

    emoticon glad you had a good time, and #138 not bad and way faster than I
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GEMINISUE 4/9/2013 11:52AM

    So happy your enjoyed your day your race and meeting up with Spark Friends!

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123ELAINE456 4/9/2013 10:53AM

  Awesome!!! Nice way to meet Spark Friends. The Pictures are Great too. Good Race. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care.

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MEXGAL1 4/9/2013 10:06AM

    Totally cool! I love meeting sparks friends as well. Thanks so much for sharing.
Have a terrific day.

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DGRIFFITH51 4/9/2013 9:51AM

    It was great meeting you at the 5K. So nice to spend the day with members of Spark People in our community! Great to see the pictures too! I need to post mine.

Blessings!
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-POOKIE- 4/9/2013 9:45AM

    emoticon pretty cool getting to meet friends!

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DARINGR8LY 4/9/2013 8:40AM

    Thanks for sharing the day with your fellow sparkers. The day was even more special because you were there. I look forward to seeing you at more events in the future. Keep on "moving us."
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My First 1/2 Marathon!

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Earlier this year (January 5, 2013 to be exact) I participated in my first half marathon. The name of the event was the 1st New Yearís Race in Los Angeles. I have participated in 5K races before and regularly run between 7-8 miles every Saturday yet I was concerned about the distance. Would I be able to run for 13.5 miles non-stop? I sometimes do run as far as 12 miles some weekends but these runs usually involve short interruptions as I wait for a green light. And this run was scheduled for the evening so I wondered how my body would do in the coolness of the night. Nevertheless I decided to jump in with both feet and take advantage of this wonderful experience.
Thankfully my mom lives in Los Angeles so I was able to get to the city early and take advantage of her hospitality! I shared a wonderful meal with her, making sure that I filled myself up with enough energy to get through this race. I rested up for a few hours and then got myself ready.
Traffic was extremely congested as we got closer to downtown and I was fearful that I might not make it in time. Thankfully I did but then as I was checking I was told that I was not showing up on their system! Fortunately I brought my confirmation email with me so I was able to resolve this issue. As I was pinning my race number I wondered what else could go wrong. The surrounding festivities quickly dissipated any misgiving I might have been feeling as it was literally a party in the streets of downtown Los Angeles! It was a wonderful feeling as I felt I was part of something big.


As our corral was led to the starting line I made sure that my watch and FitBit One were ready. In a previous 5K my time was grossly misreported but thanks to my watch and FitBit I was able to rectify the time. I wanted to be certain that I had some back-up timing devices just in case. As the race started I was filled with adrenaline and had to calm myself down so as not to burn out in the first few 100 yards! I got myself at a steady pace, shooting for 10 minute miles.





The first part of the race involved some hills as we moved towards Chavez Ravine, the home of my favorite baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. As we entered the parking lot we encountered a rather steep hill that I completed with ease. As we continued up the hilly roads I could see the lights of Dodger Stadium. Little did I know that within a few minutes I would be fulfilling a dream of mine. That opportunity presented itself as we stepped foot into the actual playing field itself! I was filled with excitement as my mind raced through memories of attending my first game with my father back in July 1969. As we ran around the dirt portion of the stadium I was literally overwhelmed with fond Dodger memories. This truly was the highlight of my run!



Exiting the stadium my mind returned to reality and I decided to lock my sights on a couple of the faster-moving runners. That strategy paid off handsomely as I continued to move ahead of runners. After picking up my last cup of water at the 12 mile station I decided to push myself to see if I could complete the race in less than two hours.

As I made the last turn down the final straightaway I increased my speed, pushing myself to cross the finish line. As I crossed the finish line I looked up at the clock at saw that my time was 2:01:44!

A feeling of exhilaration enveloped my body as I was met by volunteers offering me a medal for finishing the race, an aluminum wrap to keep me warm, and, best of all, a long row of food to replenish my body. I drank a couple of bottles of water, gulped some coconut water, peeled a banana, ate a protein bar, and had a bag of blue corn chips. Boy, was I famished and tired! This picture keenly displays my relief at finishing this grueling race and, believe it or not, the joy I was feeling!

I checked my watch and my FitBit. My watch clocked me at 1:54:14 while my FitBit clocked me at 1:59:00. According to the FitBit site I burned a total of 1,632 calories, climbed a total of 80 floors, and took 19,330 steps. The FitBit calculated the distance to be 13.63 miles. The actual distance of a half marathon is 13.1094. This represents a difference of 4%. Not bad considering that my steps were far from uniform. Later I checked online for the posted race results and my official bib time was 1:53:44!
A nice aside to this story was my local paper picking up my name in the raceís Media Alert. I spoke with the paperís reporter and shared my story. Here is the link for that story if you are interested in reading it:

www.pe.com/local-news/san-bernardino
-county/san-bernardino-county-headline
s-index/20130114-colton-resident-sheds
-150-pounds-runs-half-marathon.ece


So ends my very first half marathon. Would I run in another one? Yes, in fact, I have already registered for the 2014 New Yearís Race!


  
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LINDAMARIEZ1 3/1/2014 4:24AM

    You are the best...... emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 7/3/2013 12:58AM

    That is absolutely fantastic! Can't wait to do my first 1/2 marathon. You are such an inspiration. Love to follow your blogs!

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JANEMARIE77 5/21/2013 7:56AM

    woohoo way to go

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TERRYT55 5/8/2013 12:12AM

    I smiled all the way through your blog! Congrats on your first 1/2 marathon. It sounds like you had a great time especially at Dodger Stadium. I've only broken the three hour mark once and here you are at two hours.......less than 10 minute miles! You are amazing.

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NOTFATCAT 4/12/2013 5:08PM

    What a wonderful story. You Rock!! (Pun intended.)

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RUDITUDI2000 4/11/2013 12:37AM

    Congratulations on all you have accomplished. So very inspiring! You rocked that race, under 2 hours!! emoticon emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 4/9/2013 8:50PM

    what dedication you have, I doubt I'll ever get to a marathon since I can't run but short distances

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L1ZB3TH354 4/9/2013 8:46PM

    Your mom must be so proud of you! I read your article and I am so inspired! Keep up the great work! Keep sparking!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/9/2013 7:43PM

    I am soooo proud of you! Way to go on the race, the article is AWESOME, and way to Spread the Spark!!!!



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BOOKAPHILE 4/9/2013 3:10PM

    Oh the happiness of attaining a goal! Well done, Raul!

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INGMARIE 4/9/2013 2:55PM

    Congratulations. emoticon emoticon

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PIXIEMOM13 4/9/2013 1:53PM

    That is really awesome! Love your race report and the article done on your accomplishments!

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DRB13_1 4/9/2013 1:42PM

    That is too COOL!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I didn't realize you were that fast a runner. emoticon emoticon
It's extra special when locations include the special sights - running through Dodger Stadium must have been a blast. (I imagine the Marine Corps Marathon is also worth it for running past all the memorials and statues; and of course, Disney includes the parks.)
Nice BLING, well earned. Glad you didn't let them deter you when the computer didn't cooperate with the registration. What a wonderful memory and accomplishment!
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COFFEE_123456 4/9/2013 10:56AM

    That is awesome! Congratulations - what a big success!

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-POOKIE- 4/9/2013 9:47AM

    Loved reading this!

Your memories while getting to run the stadium made this a special event thats for sure x

Well done!

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OPALMOMMYFIRST 4/9/2013 8:53AM

    Great blog! You inspire me every day whether you know it or not. Congrats on your first half marathon. The part about you running in the stadium brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful!

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DARINGR8LY 4/9/2013 8:32AM

    Mr. Raul what a great story! I wanted to cry when you mentioned fulfilling your dream of running in Dodgers stadium. It must be so exciting to see the athlete in you showing up. You probably could easily do a marathon next. There is no end to your success story.

You continue to inspire me and more than than likely thousands of others. Thank you for being a great spark buddy and a awe inspiring athlete. emoticon

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CATLOVER110 4/9/2013 6:07AM

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing the story of your race. Way to go! emoticon

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MOTLORAC 4/9/2013 2:59AM

    Absolutely amazing. What a great experience. Best of luck for your next race.
Thanks,
Tom

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STEPBYSTEP_ 4/9/2013 2:40AM

    wow! you are a true inspiration ! thanks so much for sharing the story of your half marathon; traffic jams, cooler evenings, crowds and all (and all that before the race began). totally impressive to read how you took the steep hill; focused on the fast runners and took encouragement from going on the field of the dodgers stadium. a truly great experience for you!!!

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THANK YOU SPARKPEOPLE.COM!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I have just received an email from SparkPeople.com advising me that my personal weight loss story has been selected by the HuffPost Healthy Living website! Generally I am a very private person but when SparkPeople.com approached me about sharing my weight loss story I jumped at the chance. I owe so much to SparkPeople.com and want to share my story in hopes that it spurs others to start a healthier lifestyle.


Here is the link for my weight loss story:

www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/21/we
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LINDAMARIEZ1 3/1/2014 4:26AM

    Never stop sparking emoticon

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DEEDAYE 8/4/2013 10:20PM

    Thank you for sharing your story, it is an inspiration to those of us who are still trying to make our way!

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    You have come a long way, baby! emoticon

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    WOW! Congratulations! What an inspiration you are and will be!! emoticon emoticon June

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    What an inspiration you have become! What courage!!!
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DIVINEPRINCESS 1/26/2013 4:43PM

    Congratulations to you---on losing the weight, for adopting a healthier lifestyle and for overcoming your natural tendency to privacy-- to share your journey. This was just the inspiration I needed to keep on going.

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CAMAEL100 1/24/2013 6:47AM

    Awesome, Congrats!

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RAINBOWZLPN 12/30/2012 5:42PM

    Congrats! I always read these stories....you SO deserve to be there!

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LADYPIXEL 10/16/2012 3:32PM

    That is a fantastic story -- you rock! I'm not up to your level of weight loss yet, but I'm getting there, albeit much more slowly. :)

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TRAVELGRRL 10/16/2012 2:50PM

    YOU ROCK! Wow, thanks for adding me as a friend and also for sending me the email encouraging me to introduce myself to the Fitbit Users, Unite team. Did we Fitbitters ever get a shot in the arm with Sparkpeople's syncing announcement yesterday!

Your story is amazing and I've forwarded a link to a Sparkfriend of mine who has been struggling. I think men on Sparkpeople need more positive role models -- LIKE YOU! Congratulations again for being recognized for all of your hard work and effort.

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COOLMAMA11 9/2/2012 7:27PM

    Congratulations, you are an inspiration to all of us. I have appreciated the encouragement that you have offered me...thank you!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/31/2012 3:05AM

    You have accomplished so much! I do appreciate you sharing with us! You are truly an inspiration! May you always have continued success!

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VICTORY2XS 7/17/2012 8:07PM

    I appreciate so much that you shared your journey with us. It is so inspiring. I know now when I want to give up, I will be motivated by your story to keep going, to meet my short-term goals and to keep the end goal in sight aways.

Denise

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    This is so amazing!! I am inspired!! You are awesome!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THOMS1 7/3/2012 10:03AM

    emoticonYou my friend have given me some much needed inspiration to continue my journey. I feel like I have been stuck in the same place for the last 6 months losing and then gaining. I wish you continued success. emoticon

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DURANGOREDDOG 6/30/2012 8:58PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing accomplishment.

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    You still inspire me! GREAT for you! emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon, 2!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 6/28/2012 7:48AM

    Way to go!!!! Good for you, it;s great to hear.


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CAMAEL100 6/28/2012 7:08AM

    Well done, you deserve it. You have done great - did you ever think when you started out that you would end up being an inspiration. When we set out on a journey we never know where we end up!

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  great job

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    Great job!
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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 6/18/2012 7:52PM

    What an inspiration!

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EMILYDOODLE 6/15/2012 2:05PM

  that is so inspiring, keep up the good work!

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DAREDEVILME 6/15/2012 10:52AM

    You're a total inspiration....congratulations!!

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    It's always good to hear a success story. emoticon emoticon

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    WTG! an inspiring story--keep it up! emoticon

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WELLREDHEAD 6/14/2012 1:42PM

    I loved reading your story today - you inspire me even more now!

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TERRYT55 6/13/2012 7:43PM

    So COOL.......I loved reading your story. Congrats

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/13/2012 6:27AM

    That was a great story! Congratulations!

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SRHALLIN 6/7/2012 12:00AM

    Congratulations! You've come a very long way, and you should be so proud of yourself!

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BASS6196 6/2/2012 10:13AM

    This is awesome. I always read the Huffpost weight loss stories. It's great to see one that mentions Sparkpeople.
Way to go!!!

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    COOL!!!

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    Congratulations!

Keep the Spark alive!

-M

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ALL HAIL TO THE MIGHTY CUBS!

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Quite honestly I did not expect to have to write this blog. My Dodgers have gotten off to a fast start and appear to be playing on all cylinders. Meanwhile the Cubs are struggling, entering the weekend series with a 8-17 record and a dismal 6-8 record at home. But I guess that is why they play them because after all the dust had settled the Cubbies won the weekend series!

Game 1

The series opened on a cold cloudy afternoon in the Windy City. Paul Maholm, the Cubís starting pitcher, pitches a good game, pitching six strong innings of three hit ball, while striking out four Dodgers. The Dodger starter, Chad Billingsley, pitched a decent game but he walked three batters. The offensive star of the game was old-timer Alfonso Soriano, who went 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs. The final score was 5-4.


Game 2

Game 2 was played under another cold cloudy Chicago day. Chris Capuano, the Dodgersí starter, pitched brilliantly, going a full seven innings, allowing only three hits, and striking out seven Cubbies. This was Chrisí fourth win on the season. In addition to pitching brilliantly, Chris also drove in two runs, leading the Dodgers to an easy 5-1 victory over the Cubs.


Game 3

The rubber match was another afternoon game but due to a 2:41 minute rain delay did not get started till the early evening. Once again the weather was unforgiving. Nevertheless the Dodgers entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead when disaster struck! Javy Guerra, the Dodgersí relief pitcher, continued slumping with a poor performance and allowed the Cubs to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. In the bottom of the 11th inning, the Dodgersí pitcher, Jamey Wright, walked David DeJesus with the base loaded to provide the Cubs with the win. The star of this game was an up and coming player named Bryan LaHair, who went 3 for 4 and increased his batting average to .390!


As promised to IILAAD65 I have changed the background for my SparkPage to honor the Cubs! UGH!! I will keep this background until the next series in Los Angeles, scheduled for August. OMG, I am not really certain if I can keep this background for that long but I will because a bet is a bet! Congratulations Beth, you hold the upper hand this time!

  
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SPUNKYDUCKY 5/22/2012 9:52PM

    Love your enthusiasm! I don't know much about sports (or anything) but I enjoyed your blog!

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PRINCESSAA12 5/15/2012 2:42AM

    Your new background is nice!

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TERRYT55 5/12/2012 12:43PM

    You are a good sport, Raul!

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IILAAD65 5/9/2012 12:16PM

    I LOVE MY CUBBIEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!
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I KNOW this was hard to do... BUT I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LDMCNIEL 5/8/2012 8:02PM

    Love it!!

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NOTFATCAT 5/8/2012 5:39PM

    You're a good man, Raul. You can hang in with the page for a few months.

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MEXGAL1 5/8/2012 4:53PM

    Just way too funny. So nice that you honor your bets. I do as well. Well, throw this into the mix.....I am a Phillies fan. Have been my whole life. So put that in your pipe and smoke it! Nothing much to brag about this year as far as Phillies go. At least we won a series or two in my lifetime. Woo hoo.
Here's to baseball and the joy it brings us all.
Sallie

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DARINGR8LY 5/8/2012 3:33PM

    Such a person of honor. Good for you Raul. I hope things go your way soon. emoticon

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MY ANNUAL 5K RUN

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Last Saturday I took part in my annual 5K run. I take part in this race because it is sponsored by our local hospital, offers an awesome health fair, and, the best reason, is a free event!






This was my third year of taking part in this event. The first year I walked the course and last year I ran the course. I finished the race with a time of 25:05. I was determined to beat that time and trained hard leading up to the event. I was also excited because I would finally be meeting one of my dearest SparkFriends, AWEISE. We were to meet up at last yearís event but, due to poor planning, were unable to do so. This year we formulated a better plan.
Upon arrival at the location I noticed a large crowd and wondered if I had perhaps gotten too late of a start that morning. Then I remembered that since I pre-registered for the event I was able to bypass the registration line and proceed immediately to the pre-registration line and pick-up my bib and tracking device. Thereís a lesson to be learned here, ALWAYS pre-register for an event, it saves a lot of time! Anyhow I pinned on my bib, secured my tracking device to my running shoes and waited for AWEISE. I did not have to wait long as she arrived right at the time she promised. AWEISE is an awesome lady. I felt so comfortable speaking with her, almost like we were long-time friends. We chatted about last yearís event, about our cell phone plans (I know, weird subject!), and our respective spouses. My camera took an awkward picture by itself (argh, if I could ever learn how to properly use my camera phone I would be dangerous!) of AWEISE.



BTW, she has been recently re-thinking her health goals and needs our support, so, if you have an opportunity stop by her page and leave her a supportive comment! Anyhow, she moved on to check out the health fair while I waited for a second friend.
As the start time neared I entered the running corral, got my iTouch ready to go, and enjoyed the few minutes before the start of the race.



This year the start was handled more professionally as the runners were separated from the walkers. Last year the start of the race proved to be an obstacle course as I had to navigate around walkers and strollers. Separating the two types of participants would allow the runners to get a quick start without having to worry about bumping into a slower participant.
As the race started I started off at a good steady pace, navigating around slower runners and finding a ďlaneĒ that I could use to run with little or no impediments. I paid little attention to the other participants rather I concentrated on finding a good pace and keeping my eyes ahead of me so as not to trip over something or run through water. As I hit the downward slope portion of the course I tried to keep my pace steady. I passed the Mile 1 marker feeling very strong so I decided to increase my pace. As I approached the water station I decided to skip it as I had drank a couple of bottles of water before the race. I passed the Mile 2 marker still feeling strong but keeping in mind that the upward slope would be rearing its ugly head shortly. As I approached the start of the hill I pushed myself to keep the same pace, keeping in mind that I just needed to put one foot in front of the other. As I passed the Mile 3 marker I was elated that I still felt strong. Turning the corner and headed down the home stretch I kicked it up another gear and sprinted to the finish line! I forgot to look at the race clock as I passed it but my unofficial time was 23:46! I stopped at the race tracker station to turn in my tracker and waited for results to be posted. A few minutes later they were posted and I officially finished in 112th place with a race time of 23:48!



That, my friends, averages to a sub 8 minute mile. (Ok, ok, I am tooting my own horn but I worked hard for that time!)

Anyhow, as I waited at the finish line for AWEISE to cross it, I was struck by the outpouring of support by bystanders as their friends/family members approached and crossed the finish line. I was particularly overcome with emotion by a motherís reaction (apparently she had run the race, too, having finished before) as her ten year old son crossed the finish line with a gusto that put me to shame! Moments later she was enthusiastically cheering her eight year old daughter as she approached the finish line with the same gusto as her brother. The smile on her face was simply priceless. As she crossed the finish line she ran into her motherís arms! OMG, that was beautiful! Iím sorry I am sucker for family moments like these, simply AWESOME!

I saw AWEISE cross the finish line and captured the moment with an extremely short video. (Again, user-error resulted in a poor video, sorry!)



As I was fumbling with my phone I lost track of AWEISE and attempted to find her in the large crowd but was unable to do so.

I canít wait until next yearís event. Until then I am going to work on my phone camera skills!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUEJENN 6/27/2012 10:44PM

    Congratulations. Great story. An inspiration!!

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VADAVICTORIA 4/15/2012 11:13AM

    Congrats on beating last year's time! Looks like you had an awesome sparky time! emoticon

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RUNNINGPFUHL 4/11/2012 1:49PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog!!!

Great run!! Great event!!

So glad you meet up with a Sparker!! That's always super nice! :)

Yes, I can see how you'd be dangerous if you knew how to work the camera! emoticon

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LUCYLIN101 4/1/2012 10:56PM

    What an inspiration! Thanks for sharing!!!
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NEWSWEETBREEZES 3/31/2012 2:42PM

    I just saw you comment congratulating Gilmore a spark friend of mine and yours. I thank you for sharing you Spark Page and I see you have lost 150 pounds and after reading your blog I am so overwhelmed with joy. I am so happy for you that you were able to break you own best time .

Thank you again for sharing it has helped me tremendously. I would love to add you to my Spark friends.
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HAPPYSOUL91 3/29/2012 11:04AM

    A very good blog...woo hoo on the run

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TERRYT55 3/28/2012 6:16PM

    Hi Raul........SO COOL to read about your race. Congrats on your time! I run that fast ONLY in my dreams emoticon

I am so jealous that you met a fellow sparker. If you do another race let me know, maybe I can meet both you and AWEISE.

I am a sucker for family moments too......Thanks for sharing your memories of the race.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 3/28/2012 1:07AM

    That is absolutely inspiring and wonderful! I am so proud of you for making your goal and improving your own time! It sounds like you worked hard and completely deserved to get excited! I have been biking a lot recently, which is great. Recently got orthotics made for me feet which should be in next week to help me get back to some running this summer. Thanks for sharing your story and your pics!
Hollynn

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BUTEAFULL 3/18/2012 11:24AM

    please post a thread next year so more of us can take advantage of this FREE 5K please
love the photos BTW

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DARINGR8LY 3/17/2012 1:10AM

    You did so great. You deserve a big toot! What will you do next?

It was a pleasure meeting you. You are such a nice person. Thank you for your kind words. Also the pictures. Now I have something to snag.

I really HATE doing things 100% by myself. Meeting you made me feel like I wasn't alone though I did the race by myself. No way could I keep up with you.

We'll have to plan to do another race this year. There are always tons of them going on.

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GRANDMAPATTYV 3/16/2012 2:27PM

    What an AWESOME experience!!! You are truly a roll model for all of us! Keep up the fantastic work ~ patty emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 3/16/2012 12:28PM

    Wow! Congratulations!

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GWTRIKER 3/15/2012 9:19PM

    Thanks for sharing those great photos! I agree--toot away, hard work deserves it.

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JOYINKY 3/15/2012 7:37PM

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations! Looks like a wonderful day and you did work hard to earn that time! Love the pictures; thanks for sharing!

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NOTFATCAT 3/15/2012 5:46PM

    What a great story and day and event.
But, yes, you do need to work on your phone camera technique!!

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 3/15/2012 5:12PM

    Way to go on your time. That is amazing! And you are such a great sparkfriend! emoticon

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WORKTHEGOAL 3/15/2012 3:50PM

    Lovely. As for blowing your own horn - emoticon shout it from the rooftops - you are amazing.

You work hard to achieve your accomplishments and are a great inspiration to so many others.

As for ending with the family - I had a lump in my throat - am such a softie!

Enjoy your camera self-tuition. If your commitment is anything to go by, you'll be great at that too!

Love M and congratulations.

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DELHSI 3/15/2012 3:44PM

    How awesome!! It's pretty cool that this is a free event - rare to find for a 5k and a hospital! It is also so cool that you were able to meet up with a spark friend - AWEISE (I'll be visiting her page next).

You should be so proud of that 8 min mile! If that was me, I wouldn't be tooting my own horn - I'd be whippin' out the megaphone!

As regards to those phone - picture taking skills, I'm right there with ya. I've gotten some nice shots of my thumb and my steering wheel - ha!

As always, you're an incredible source of inspiration.
~Della

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