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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

emoticon was yesterday. I didn't do any exercise but I did stay within my calories, drink my 2Lof water AND get all my fruits and veggies. I'm alloted 1940 calories and I only ate 1871. So, I got my first gold star in a very long time.
Today was day two. I did a 28:28 minute 4.13km run tonight. I also kept my calories within range (1777). Fruits, veggies AND water goals were achieved.
Another gold star! emoticon
Tomorrow is another run day and I've made plans with a friend to go to Yoga on Friday. Now all I need is something to do on Thursday and Saturday.

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JESUS.SAVED.ME 10/20/2010 7:01PM

    Way to go!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 10/20/2010 6:40PM

    Great job!

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GEOGIRL 10/20/2010 12:54PM

  Woohoo sounds like the new plan is working for you! I'm working on getting back to tracking calories....but it seems like there isn't enough time in a day to get in all of the exercise I want....

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SLYMGIRL 10/20/2010 9:33AM

    Awesome!!! Good job!

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KEAKMAN 10/20/2010 8:26AM

    Come kayak with me on Thursday! It's still sunny and warm enough for that down here.

Great job getting those gold stars! emoticon emoticon Can't wait until you have a page full of 'em!

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 10/20/2010 1:04AM

    Great job! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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7042 to go

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ok. I read Kate/KEAKMAN's blog about her Spark America minutes and I got to thinking about mine. It turns out, I set a goal of 15,600 for 2010 and I still have 7,042 to go. And I have 74 days to do it. I could be a little bit screwed. That's 95 minutes a day.. no breaks, no rest days.

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JESUS.SAVED.ME 10/19/2010 6:31PM

    I had low expectations of myself at the beginning of the year so I set a goal of 330 mins. I'm at 2??, which is still lame! You're doing awesome!

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KASHMIR 10/19/2010 5:54PM

    Penny, you and I are just about equal on minutes per day needed to make goal! I agree, are are you sure you haven't missed tracking some days? (I know I have, just too lazy to go back through my training books)

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RUNNINGWILD 10/19/2010 5:44PM

    emoticon Bobby! (if only there was a way to track THAT - I'd be way over my minutes)

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BOBBYD31 10/19/2010 4:00PM

    i think paul was also talking emoticon

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GEOGIRL 10/19/2010 2:57PM

  Looking back at mine I set a really low goal....I've surpassed it but I really need to kick it up a notch in the future!

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PEHASS2 10/19/2010 1:40PM

    I'm not sure about meeting your goal, but any extra activity you want to do to try to come close and want company, I am ready and willing, be it yoga, walks, classes or whatever emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 10/19/2010 9:26AM

    Oh I'm with you P.... I have to do 100 minutes a day to reach my goal

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RDARLING 10/19/2010 8:33AM

    Yeah, Good luck with that one! If anyone can do it you can!

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KEAKMAN 10/19/2010 8:13AM

    Go Penny go! (Can't believe that we both have to log 95 minutes a day. If only ST counted.....)

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CASSIOEPIA 10/19/2010 7:44AM

    I can't hardly believe that you don't already have more minutes. I have over 11,000 already. Do you think you may have missed tracking some?

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You win some....

Monday, October 11, 2010

and some just plain suck emoticon I'm not sure where today's HM went wrong. I had a good night's sleep the last three days, I hydrated and I ate pretty close to normal. I didn't change anything and STILL everything went sideways. The only thing that I can think of is that the yogurt I had this morning was not known to me.
The race started okay. I spent the first seven or so kms running with Paul and another running friend from Calgary, Karen. Then my tummy decided to make a rumble.... I told Paul that I had to stop at the next porta-pottie and he was to keep running no matter what. Four more stops just like that one, a foot cramp, a leg cramp, a phlegmy cough...... oh and my favourite shirt decided to chafe me again... and I was considering sitting down at the side of the road and waiting for a cab. With about six kilometres to go I found my lifeline - Logan. He rollerbladed along with me until the finish line. He encouraged me, distracted me and just made running and walking a LOT more enjoyable. Don't get me wrong, it was still hard and it still sucked BUT it sucked a whole lot less with him there. I got a stylin' new medal and a really cool shirt out of the day and a new PB for Victoria = 2:42:17. My second worst time ever but, again, you run the race you're dealt. You can bet that I'll be back. You can also bet that the stars will align for me next time. And, as my little running coach stated, "now you'll have a good race in Vegas". Bring it on!

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GAYEMC 10/13/2010 8:03PM

    I'm sorry you didn't have the race you wanted, but you FINISHED! emoticon

I haven't forgot about the H2C photos. I'm headed to DC this weekend but I'll try and figure it out when I get back!

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JESUS.SAVED.ME 10/12/2010 4:36PM

    AHHH, sorry the race didn't go the way you hoped but you still have tonnes to count as successes. Hope you enjoyed your vacation, it was so nice to meet all of you finally!

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PINKCHICK130 10/12/2010 12:05PM

    My half PB is still Victoria 2:45 (it was my first) and I've gotten slower ever Congrats for sticking it out and finishing!

Cheers to Logan for being there to keep you going. And yes we are all going to ROCK in Vegas one way or another!

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GEOGIRL 10/12/2010 10:16AM

  Awesome dedication finishing! Not every race and be your best and you'll kick the next one in the butt :)

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 10/12/2010 12:58AM

    Hey, you finished and I think that's terrific! Way to go!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 10/11/2010 11:59PM

    Good job just finishing Penny! It would have been so much easier to quit, but how would you be feeling right now?

And I think it's super cool that Logan helped you over the finish line. emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 10/11/2010 1:52PM

    Love that Logan was there to save you - you and he will both remember those moments for a long time, likely forever! And Nancy is right, now the stars will align for you in Vegas Baby!!!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Dinner. Wish I could be a fly on that wall!

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KEAKMAN 10/11/2010 1:01PM

    "you run the race you're dealt."

THAT is one of the wisest things I have read in a long time. And something that I need to remind myself of for a long time to come. I am sorry that you had such a tough race, and I know how it feels to have a sucky one, but I am so proud of you for NOT calling that cab. You did it, and now you know just how strong you are and how much you can endure. Here's hoping that you never have another race to test either of those qualities in you.....and have a GREAT time in Vegas!

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BOBBYD31 10/11/2010 11:00AM

    penny sorry to hear you had a rough run but how cool was that of logan to bring you home. you got the bad one out of your way now vegas will rock. give trish a hug for me.

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GOEGIRL 10/11/2010 10:56AM

    Aw, bummer! I'm sorry you had a rough race. I certainly understand THAT issue - lol! It's good to hear that you're letting it go so readily, and looking ahead to the next one.

HUGE congratulations on finishing despite all the setbacks.

Hope your recovery goes smoothly, have a GREAT Thanksgiving.

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MKKAYA 10/11/2010 10:09AM

    Penny, it was great seeing you again. I know the run sucked but at least you can say you were there for my PR. Have a great day with Trish! Your boys are great even if Logan beat me the lap swimming. LOL

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MIAMIA7 10/11/2010 9:31AM

    Way to hang in there Penny! And it's still a good time! How great to have Logan bring you home to the end. Almost brings tears to your eyes. Go get 'em in Vegas!

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ETTEZEUS 10/11/2010 8:54AM

    I still think you did great!
But it also explains why I couldn't find your results on the website.....I gave up looking for you after 2:30....LOL

Sure wish I was running Vegas but I got 4 HMs before Nov 28th, the first one being this Saturday.

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day with Trish!

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RACING4ME 10/11/2010 2:04AM

    Oh sweetie!! Sometimes we just have to accept the hardware!! LOVE that Logan was there for you:)

Can't wait to have you hanging with me for Thanksgiving dinner;)

Love ya lady!!


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My Hood to Coast experience (part 2)

Friday, September 03, 2010

Being a Coastie may *sound* glamourous but, in retrospect, it was kind of like being fit and homeless with seven of your closest friends and a couple thousand of your closest competitors. But I'm going to step away from that thought and focus on the REALLY good stuff.
The way this race works, for those of you NOT in my Rookie Runner or HTC groups, is you get a team of 12 together (plus 2 drivers, plus 3 volunteers, plus -in our case- two crazy ladies that came along to do whatever we told them to do - LOVE YOU!) and split up into two vehicles. The 197 miles of HTC is divided into 36 legs, each runner doing 3 legs. Those running the first six legs of twelve go in Vehicle #1 (my van) and those running the last six go in Vehicle #2. My sub-team consisted of: Kate, Trish, Leah, Jackie, Cary and myself. (BIG SHOUT OUT TO Robin, our time keeper, Bob, our driver, and Gaye, our inner cheerleader) We ran in that order... once I completed my leg, I handed the slap-bracelet off to Maria and Vehicle #2 took over. At which point, Vehicle #1 gets to rest for a few hours, eat and dream about not living in a van. Along the way, I learned a few things that I began, mostly to keep my mind off the comforts of home, food cravings, needing to pee and the fact that I was missing my boyfriend back home (not necessarily in that order), compiling and uploading to FaceBook. These included, but are not limited to:
Rule #1 - Always check under your butt first.
Rule #2 - Slide the door lock ALL the way over in the honey buckets :)
Rule #3 - Know whether you're coming or going.
Rule #4 - If you're running downhill & you've had children Kegals & Kotex are your friends.
Rule #5 - Make sure all your gadgets are secure.
Rule #6 - Wipe before you slap :)
Rule #7 - Be careful when you ask your angels for help.
Rule #12 - You can never make too many potty breaks.
Rule #13 - Knowing which side is up is as important as knowing whether you¡¦re coming or going.

My first leg, number 6, was the longest of the three at 7.42 miles. It was deemed "hard¨ because it had"challenging uphills and gradual downhills along Highway 26 on paved shoulder¨. I began running some time after 11:00 a.m. I'm looking at the HTC legend now and it says I lost 500 feet in elevation. Huh, interesting...... see here's what I remember: screaming tractor trailers, hot sun, nice people, one lady driver that tried to take out my temporary running buddy, Christie, and I and seeing Maria waiting for me at my first "Finish¨ line. Strangely enough, I remember no rolling hills and not much of anything else...then it was time to find the team, down a chocolate milk and jump into the van to head to Kate's house. During our "break¨ (legs 7 through 12 - remember, Vehicle #2), we had the opportunity to clean up a little, do some laundry, eat a Subway sub (turkey and veggies on whole wheat -YUM!) pass out for an undermined amount of time ANNNNND get back in the van.
Want to see some more great photos? These ones were taken by Bob, our driver (packer, coffee-finder & all around good guy).

Our next legs, began in the dark. I believe that my fellow Coasties have already covered this experience rather nicely so I¡¦m going to keep this simple. For leg 18, I was glowing like a Christmas tree, running uphill for 4.15 miles. The HTC deemed this one "Hard¨ because it was a "short leg over gradual uphill terrain on paved back country roads". Yeh. I learned a couple more things on this route. The first being, when you pay $2 for a headlamp at the dollar store, you get what you pay for. Second, I run a little faster when the bushes rustle. Third, some drivers are just plain rude and/or dumb. I actually had to stop a la "deer in the headlights¨ in front of a car because he didn't dim his lights and I couldn't see where the road was ahead of me because of him. GRRR. Oh yes, short... I finished in 44:57. Jumped back in the van and nestled down for a good night's sleep - NOT. I tried to take my shoe off and caused a really nasty charlie horse in my hamstring. Good thing Trish was there and that we're really super close because the next thing I heard was "I'm taking off your pants¨. I'm not sure what magic lotion, potion or spray she used but my next recollection was of someone telling me it was time to move on to the third and final portion of Kate's run.

Stopping here because I don't know if Spark has a limit on blog size and I don't want to lose anything.

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GAYEMC 9/5/2010 10:07PM

    OMG, I loved the "things to remember". Something about running downhill tops it off.

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RACING4ME 9/4/2010 1:29AM

    LOLOL!!! Yeah, when I finished my first leg, all I could say was PULLLEASE!!! Depends next time:);)

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CASSIOEPIA 9/3/2010 10:25PM

    I'm glad you were there to help with the hills! I loved the lessons learned, and kept checking in on FB to see more and more.

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BOBBYD31 9/3/2010 8:40PM

    ROTFLOL you are tooo funny this is great. where is the next page?????

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ETTEZEUS 9/3/2010 6:38PM

    Nice pictures.

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LYNNANN43 9/3/2010 3:31PM

    What a GREAT read!!!

I laughed hard at rule #4. I thank the good Lord everyday that I had bladder sling surgery in April. Instead of Poise Co. becoming my best friend, I can actually run in running shorts as intended! LOL

Can't wait for the finale installment!

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JOPAPGH 9/3/2010 2:36PM

    Great read Penny!

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IPA-RAY 9/3/2010 2:22PM

    I had no idea how MUCH,MUCH,VERY MUCH easier it was being a Ghostie than a Coastie until I started reading these Blogs. And I'm pretty sure the combined time of the Coasties was faster than that of the Ghosties.

But yinz were running way downhill at the start.

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MIAMIA7 9/3/2010 2:09PM

    So cool! O.K. Ready for another installment!

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TRUEART2 9/3/2010 11:05AM

    "Being a Coastie may *sound* glamourous but, in retrospect, it was kind of like being fit and homeless with seven of your closest friends and a couple thousand of your closest competitors." - isn't that the truth!?! Somehow it is all worth it and makes you want to do it again! Miss you already! Why aren't we doing a relay this weekend? LOL

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RDARLING 9/3/2010 10:06AM

    **GIGGLES** all around! Loved LOVED LOVED rule #4! How true it is!

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DDHEART 9/3/2010 9:30AM

    OMG! Thanks for the laughs this morning....sorry for your having to learn the lessons that made me laugh but it doesn't take too much imagination to know how you learned them emoticon Now, I said it on facebook when you posted it don't have to have had children to know about the value of super absorbancy!!!

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KEAKMAN 9/3/2010 9:12AM

    Penny, it's like I was there with you! Great blog, and I love knowing what prompted those important things to remember. Sorry about the rude drivers - wish they weren't but gotta deal with 'em. Glad none caused you lasting physical harm!

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TORTUETOO 9/3/2010 8:24AM

    I'm taking off your pants...LOL. Things you only trust to fellow runners emoticon

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DREBENEZER 9/3/2010 7:43AM

    She stops just as the story is getting good!! Can't wait to read the finale!! Great job!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 9/3/2010 2:46AM

    Loved reading about your experience. Sounds like it was great!

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RACING4ME 9/3/2010 2:07AM

    Girlfriend....I'm so glad we are close as well:) Talked to my RMT today, and he was super proud that I paid attention when he was muscle stripping my hamstring (I told him I did it with you, and he was in awe).

We had sooo much fun, and will most definitely do more runs:)

Love ya,

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    Awesome blogs Penny! I'm giggling in all the right places and I *loved* your pics. Isn't Oregon gorgeous?!??!!?

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My Hood to Coast Experience 2010

Thursday, September 02, 2010

My journey to Oregon began on Wednesday. I hopped a plane at 13:00 from Calgary and set off to meet, for the very first time, my teammates from “Sparkin’ Hood to Coast”. With the exception of one, RACING4ME/Trish, I’d only ever spoken to these people online. Strangely enough, I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be.
My first meet-up was with KAYAKID/Mike at the airport. I didn’t have any trouble picking him out of the crowd of people waiting. He looks exactly like he does in every one of his pictures, right down to the infectious smile. Once I’d collected my luggage, we set off to see the sights a little. We had some time to kill before picking up Trish from the same airport. He took me to Vista House on Crown Point overlooking the Gorge, Wakeena Falls and Multnomah Falls… we hiked in .2 mile increments. This gave me a chance to shake out the muscles after sitting on the plane for over an hour and a half and it also gave Mike and I a chance to bond a little more. After all, we’d be spending a LOT of time together in the next few days.

Then it was back to PDX to pick up Trish. I was pretty excited and had decided that I was going to let Mike see if he could pick her out of the crowds… and then I messed it up when she waved (I waved back & blew it LOL). From there, we headed off to the the hotel and Red Robin. Let me tell you this: their onion rings ROCK! (and that’s all I’m going to say about that). Except that I also got to meet KEAKMAN/Kate and KGPOSSIBLE/Kim that night for the first time. So far, so good… there didn’t seem to be a psychopath or serial killer amongst the new faces.
Thursday was another full day of new faces and “real” names. The girls from California arrived (SPRING4FAL/Leah, GLOBE_TREKKER/Maria & MISSJCISRUNNING /Jackie) and our favourite Texan joined us (SP_COACH_NANCY). Finally, FUDTRISHA/Jyll, BEANCOUNTER/Polly and TRUEART2/Cary. Somewhere along the way, GAYEMC/Gaye and KASHMIR/Robin made it into the mix.

I have to admit, between the time when I woke up and the time that we started decorating the vans, it’s a blur. A big, EXCITING blur…. Oh wait! Trish, Mike, Nancy and I did a 5 km walk/run/stroll that day… that’s why – everything’s blocked out by runner’s brain! I *DO* remember fresh fruit and baked ziti and an amazing send off speech/pep talk from one half of our fearless leaders. Here it is in her words..

No dry eyes after that one, let me tell ya!
Friday, omigosh, the day started at 2:50 a.m. and if you know me… I mean REALLY know me, you know that I don’t do mornings unless they happen after 11:00 a.m. BUT the alarm went off, I bounced out of bed and found some breakfast so that we could start the 2.5 hour drive up to the top of Mt. Hood. Good news: we found Starbucks! Bad news…. I was sitting in a van and I had just found Starbucks AND I was already super-excited about everything. No worries though, Kate made good use of my excess energy by making me run from the registration line to the van a bunch of times.. “we need to show a safety vest”, “they need to see our blinky lights”, “no, they need to see TWO blinky lights”…. It was around about this time that I discovered Brock from Gresham
I don’t know anything else about him except he donned two OfficeMax “197” temporary tattoos in lieu of nip guards AND he didn’t seem to mind that I was about to make him famous for it. One last team photo, this time of "Van 1", and Kate was off to start the Hood To Coast.
(to be cont’d)

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GAYEMC 9/3/2010 7:45PM

    OK, I don't know how I missed this, but what a good read! A week ago today Kate was getting ready to run across the bridge into downtown Portland. I was having a quick nap before I met you folks in the industrial area. It's another beautiful sunny day here, but 87 out. Good thing the race wasn't this weekend!

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MIAMIA7 9/3/2010 2:02PM

    Ooo...oooo going to the next blog/part!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 9/3/2010 2:45AM

    Wow, sounds like fun! Thanks for telling us about it.

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2WHEELER 9/2/2010 10:06PM

    Wish I had been there.

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DREBENEZER 9/2/2010 9:37PM

    To be continued??? Let's hope this isn't the season cliffhanger!!

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BOBBYD31 9/2/2010 9:16PM

    ok that was not nice i thought i was going to read a book then to be continued????? you kidding me

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ROBBIEMARIE 9/2/2010 5:51PM

    Loving reading all the blogs from this exciting time! I'm dreaming of next year and an old lady from Ohio being there.....

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LYNNANN43 9/2/2010 11:17AM

    I haven't met a psychopath or serial killer SPer yet either:D


P.S. Love the pics of the pre-race hike:)

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GIGI1222 9/2/2010 11:07AM

    Thanks for sharing. I have been living through all of your blogs on the fun!!

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RDARLING 9/2/2010 10:59AM

    Penny- I can't WAIT to hear the rest. Your blog is FANTASTIC! It is super fun to meet Sparkers in person- and that group in PDX is FABULOUS (just wish I could have met Kate)!

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JOPAPGH 9/2/2010 10:48AM

    Nice start to your story Penny!

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DDHEART 9/2/2010 10:33AM

    Loved this! Your pictures are fantastic and I had to laugh when I read "there didn’t seem to be a psychopath or serial killer amongst the new faces." You know that's because those qualities were reserved for the Ghosties!! LOL well maybe not but "crazies" yes! LOL

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GEOGIRL 9/2/2010 10:13AM

  Sounds like an awesome experience! Thanks for sharing!

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KEAKMAN 9/2/2010 9:39AM

    Great start to your story! We need to pull all of these together and make a Sparkin' Hood to Coast book complete with pics. Maybe next year we can get you in van 2 - no wait, then you have to get up early and run....sorry, no way to avoid early mornings with HTC! (and thanks for running errands for me!)

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ETTEZEUS 9/2/2010 8:46AM

    Excellent start! Looking forward to more!

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KASHMIR 9/2/2010 8:24AM

    Love it!!! Can't wait to read more of your impressions of the weekend.

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CASSIOEPIA 9/2/2010 8:11AM

    "So far, so good… there didn’t seem to be a psychopath or serial killer amongst the new faces." I loved it! Although it would seem safe enough, ya never know!

Thank you for your blog. I was seriously thinking I was going to have to start prodding those Canadian girls to get a move on with the blogging! LOL. Keep the chapters coming - hate to say I was wrong, but I think I'm actually enjoying all the stories better that way.

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GLOBE_TREKKER 9/2/2010 1:50AM

    Love the blog! And well, I can't say it enough "I love Hot Brock too!" hahahaha. So much fun meeting you and getting to know you :)

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RACING4ME 9/2/2010 1:47AM

    Omygoodness...our blogs are going to be HUGE:) I haven't had time to get mine done:) NICE pics hon!!

Love ya!

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