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Visualizing Success

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Only two days left until the Wicked 10K, I love this run, love seeing all the creative costumes. No one has guessed exactly what I am going as this year. Here's another clue:

Turned my ordinary running fanny pack into an extraordinary Prada bag, no purchase necessary, just the imagination. I'm dangerous with a hot glue gun and sequins.

I received a lovely notepad of post-it notes a couple of weeks ago from my friend Sami. She is so creative and had made me halloween-themed motivational quotes. I have been putting a new one on my mirror each day. Today's ....Visualize Success. I am visualizing it as we speak, I can see the finish line and a new PR. Are you visualizing success????

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SHARON10002 10/29/2012 2:15PM

    Have a blast! How high will your heels be? emoticon
Good for you visualizing your success!
I know you'll do great!!!!

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JANEMARIE77 10/26/2012 8:24AM

    Run girl run have fun do your best

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SAMI199 10/26/2012 6:29AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm visualizing us shopping at Prada-lol

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LORI-K 10/25/2012 1:52PM

    FUN!!! Excited for you! I am guessing you are going to be one sexy devil wearing Prada? Cant wait to see pics! Good luck!

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LISAINMS 10/25/2012 12:47PM

    Love the Prada bag and can't wait to see your complete costume!

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KANDOLAKER 10/25/2012 12:11PM

    What fun - great that you are putting so much fun into the 10K. Enjoy the race and all the best!

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NATPLUMMER 10/25/2012 11:06AM

    Ohhhhhh....I get it. You're channeling Meryl Streep.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 10/25/2012 10:47AM

    Indeed I am!!!! I'm visualizing myself 25 lbs. (now 22 lbs.) lighter. If I stand in front of my fridge just right, I look awesome! My inspiration? Keep the fridge door shut and look at my booty!

I can't wait to see your costume for the race. You're too much fun!!! I want to be just like you someday! emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 10/25/2012 10:00AM

    You are quite good at that hot glue gun. Can't wait to see the whole running out fit and of course hear your finishing time. Today I'm focusing on my success. emoticon

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JLITT62 10/25/2012 9:04AM

    Yeah, now I'm guessing the devil wears prada, too (love that movie!). You're very creative even if I'm wrong!

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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 10/25/2012 8:15AM

    Yes I am now, at this minute, visualizing success thanks to you!! YOU ROCK!! Have a great race!

(Does your costume have something to do with the Devil Wears Prada or Cruella De Vil, the villain from the 101 Dalmatians? lol)

Comment edited on: 10/25/2012 8:18:48 AM

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Sneak Peek

Monday, October 22, 2012

I'm so excited, this is race week, woo hoo. The Wicked 10K is this weekend. This is a fun race as everyone is dressed in costumes, it's amazing what people can come up with. As always, I have to be different, i always design my own costume, I want to be unique - I walk to the beat of a different drum ya know. I'm sure there won't be another one like me there that's for sure. I'm excited that it's my SIL's first 10K - we enjoyed a great long run on Saturday, we ran the 10K race course so he could be familiar with where it goes and then tacked another 4.7 miles , including two bridge crossings so we could meet our long run (9 miles), which ended up being 10.7-miles. Only one more long run before his first half marathon debut. I am so excited for the upcoming half-marathon, and the Wicked 10K fit perfectly into our training schedule as we use it as a stepping stone for the big one next month. Looking forward to both.

Any guesses as to what I am going as? Danny, don't reveal please.

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FUN2BAROUND 10/29/2012 2:23PM

    Devil wearing Prada??
CUTE hat!

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SHARON10002 10/29/2012 2:17PM

    A very fashionable devil is my guess . . .
I hope your tail is short emoticon !

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BILL60 10/24/2012 7:54AM

    You go out there and take absolutely no prisoners. And pictures, please.


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JANEMARIE77 10/23/2012 9:29PM

    have fun you little emoticon

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1HAPPYSUSAN 10/23/2012 2:21PM

    Woo Hoo! Awesome job! I am so excited for you and your race this weekend! You go, Girl!

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THATGIRL0515 10/23/2012 10:20AM

    Don't forget the MONSTER MILE! woo woo emoticon

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GROEDER 10/23/2012 7:26AM

    Great costume!!!! Have fun at the 10K and good luck in your first half marathon.

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SAMI199 10/23/2012 6:47AM

    Awesome ! I wonder what you are????


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2HAMSDIET 10/23/2012 1:02AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DGIBSON02 10/22/2012 8:26PM

    that was an awesome run. can't believe i'm looking forward to running 11 miles next week. i am either insane, a runner, or an insane runner

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JLITT62 10/22/2012 10:46AM

    Some kind of devil . . . so against type!

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NATPLUMMER 10/22/2012 10:43AM

    emoticon Fab run!!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

I am so happy to announce that my granddaughter's modeling career was officially launched last night. The big modeling debut, her first modeling gig last night at VA Fashion Week. I never knew VA had a fashion week, I thought that was reserved for NYC and Paris, but what do I know? I'm a little outta touch with the fashion world since my idea of fashion is doning the latest running gear, bright colors of course.

She was so nervous waiting backstage, the Designer that she was modeling for was last on the program, so I know she was just dying backstage waiting to get going. We were all anxiously awaiting her turn, we had the cameras ready and waiting for action. Then out she stepped onto the runway, I was just so taken back, WOW, she is such a beautiful girl and when the heck did she turn into a fashion model, lol. Time flies.

Congrats missy, you were gorgeous, fabulous and awesomeness all wrapped into one future Super Model. Look out fashion world, this is only the beginning. Remember you saw it here first.

Can you tell I'm a proud Gma?

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1HOTMAMA2BE 10/21/2012 6:07PM

    You SHOULD be proud! I would be too! Beautiful!!!

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SHARON10002 10/21/2012 12:18AM

    What a beautiful young woman, and such a beautiful smile, too!
She looks alot like you. You must have bustin' at the seams with pride!
I hope this is just the beginning for her.

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2HAMSDIET 10/20/2012 11:04PM

    emoticon she looks so much like you. emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 10/19/2012 12:40PM

    She's gorge! Looks like she did a great job.

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RUNNER12COM 10/19/2012 11:16AM

    That's so cool!

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1HAPPYSUSAN 10/19/2012 10:55AM

    What a thrill! From this nana to you, Grandma, I can only imagine the pride and sheer joy you felt last night! Congratulations to all and thanks so much for sharing,this happy time with us! We get to be proud right along with you!

Missy is a beautiful young woman! emoticon

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DGIBSON02 10/19/2012 10:49AM

    and just think, shes young enough to have a "lengthy" career in it if she chooses to. I'm one proud papa today!!!!

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MYLADY4 10/19/2012 9:51AM

    emoticon She's beautiful, just like her mama.

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TOOTHFUL99 10/19/2012 9:09AM

    That is so awesome! Having her family there was extra special for her, too!

(And I'm with you on fashion. Spandex and a helmet for me!)

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NATPLUMMER 10/19/2012 9:05AM

    emoticon She is beautiful...just like her grandma.

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JANEMARIE77 10/19/2012 8:48AM

    you have every right to be proud what a wonderful smile

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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 10/19/2012 8:42AM

    She's beautiful!! Congrats!!

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SAMI199 10/19/2012 8:29AM

    Amazing! I'll remember I saw her here first when she hits the big Apple!


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BOILHAM 10/19/2012 8:19AM

    Very cool. You have all the right to be proud, what a gorgeous granddaughter!

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GROEDER 10/19/2012 8:05AM

    You SHOULD be proud!!!!! Your granddaughter is a beautiful young lady. Congrats to you both.

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Rave Run

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hey guys, I'm still here, been MIA every now and then, but still hanging tough. Wanted to share my great weekend experiences with you. Flew to NY to visit dad.

I enjoyed a simple pleasure on the flight there.... I read the entire issue of November's Runner's World, woo hoo. In Runner's World magazine every month they feature a "Rave Run", gorgeous places to run. Here is this month's pic.

Nothing more beautiful than that in my opinion.

It's so great to be following in dad's footsteps of becoming a runner and we both share in the love of running. Dad used to run ultras and then some back in the day (NOTE: I do not aspire to be an ultra-runner, lol). Dad knows how important my running training is so he planned a run for Friday morning, and what a lovely spot he selected - the Gennessee Thruway - an 82 mile trail. Wasnt sure I was going to like trail running, I was so scared I was going to trip over something and injure myself, however I couldn't wait to experience it. I'm hooked, it was great, a whole lot more kind on the body than the pavement.

It was a crisp 38 degrees. Crisp is a term obviously for people who live in cooler climates, I just call it downright cold, brrrrrr. But I was prepared with some heavier running gear so it really wasn't that cold. When we got to the trail I was so overwhelmed with the beauty and serenity of it all. Nature had rolled out the yellow, orange, red, and brown leaf carpet. This is my "rave run".

Dad hung up his running shoes a few years ago but he walked the trail with his dogs while I did a quick five-miler. I was worried being alone out there, but dad assured me it was a straight path, no twists and turns to get lost on, he said just run til you get tired and then turn around. After running for about 3 miles I quickly discovered I wasn't "alone" out there, OMG, I had forgotten about wildlife...a deer jumped in the bushes right next to me, a squirrel scampered across the path in front of me, yikes, and then I discovered a huge pile of poo, just off to the side of the trail....OMG, bears. So from that point on, I was on the lookout, lol.

I didn't want to leave dad behind waiting on me forever, felt like I could have run forever on that trail with such beautful conditions (scenery, temperture, solitude), so I ended it at 5-miles. WOW, totally exhilerating.
Dad was waiting back at the truck with a fresh apple, what a nice surprise, I don't think I have enjoyed an apple more than I did that morning, it was becaues it was presented to me with love. Thanks dad for showing me and sharing a great experience.

To keep the good "rave" going, here's Rave 2:
We went on to enjoy some quality daddy-daughter time with great dinners, target shooting with his new sniper rifle, walking the dogs, visit to see my grandma and aunt. Wish I could have stayed longer, it's quality that counts, not quantity but wish I had both.

Rave 3:
Yesterday was life back to normal. Met the SIL for a 8-mile run yesterday morning, less than a month til the half marathon, he's getting excited and his running is improving tremendously. Go Danny !!!!

Rave 4:
Enjoyed having the whole family and close friends (all 17 of us) over for football and dinner. Good times and laughter with the whole gang, including my hilarious teenage grandson, and my future model granddaughter and of little chunky pie playing cornhole. Life is good.

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LAURELSPARK 10/16/2012 8:58PM

    Sounds like you had a great time and got in some great exercise!


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SUEAZZI 10/16/2012 12:49PM

    Awesome trail run and time spent with your Dad... priceless. emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 10/15/2012 11:05PM

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BOILHAM 10/15/2012 10:24PM

    Beautiful looking trail run, and you got to spend some time with Dad, how coo is that? Glad you had such a good time.

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DGIBSON02 10/15/2012 3:14PM

    i'm a 17'r as well. I was good yesterday after that 8+ miler until I sat down for awhile. that's when the legs stiffened a bit.

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JLITT62 10/15/2012 1:09PM

    In tbe winter, 38 is warm! The trail I ran on in HI was NOT kind to the legs . . . too gravelly & uneven . . . I only ran it once, then just walked it & waited til the concrete path started.

Glad you've had such good times with family . . . was beginning to worry about you!

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MZSLYDE01 10/15/2012 12:38PM

    OMGosh I swear we are twins. We enjoy so many of the same things.
I loved that rave run - the pics are beautiful. I am now planning my own rave run girl. Now that you tell me it's a lot more kind to the body than pavement. I have lots of trails around my area I am sure of it. Being I live in the stix. LOL
But what a great time you had with your beloved family. That is super awesome. I love your dad already.
The chunky pie is getting so big. He'll be walking in no time. Also we have the famous cornhole game too - we had our neighbor's dad make ours in GREEN BAY... Woot Woot.
Love ya girl - I am planning my rave run right now.

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NATPLUMMER 10/15/2012 10:33AM

    You certainly got in a rave run of your own!!
Wow...and a rave weekend!! Awesome!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 10/15/2012 9:44AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Your daddy is so special! Love it!

I miss our family time when we'd all get together. After my grandmother passed two years ago, we don't get together like we did when she was alive. Sad. We just do Thanksgiving and Easter now. I'm going to have to round everyone up here soon just because.

Have a great week my friend!

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MADAMES 10/15/2012 9:27AM

    Sounds perfect. I teared up reading about the apple! Family IS the best!

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TOOTHFUL99 10/15/2012 9:21AM

    What a nice experience with your father. That will be something you can hold onto forever!

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MYLADY4 10/15/2012 9:18AM

    I LOVE trail running but it can be a bit unnerving since you never know what animals can surprise you. Sounded so fun.

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THATGIRL0515 10/15/2012 9:08AM

    I'm a 17'r!

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BILL60 10/15/2012 8:49AM

    It's obvious that you and your Dad share a very special relationship. It's awesome to hear about it. What a tremendous weekend for you. Hang tough and remember those very special moments.

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STRIVER57 10/15/2012 8:27AM

    all sounds really lovely!

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ONMYMEDS 10/15/2012 8:24AM

    Your "rave run" looks at least as good as the one in Runners World.

Family and friends and a good run, can it get any better than that?

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SAMI199 10/15/2012 8:13AM

    There is nothing better than a "crisp" fall day in Western NY. Family&Friends -the emoticon


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Running Payday

Monday, October 08, 2012

What a super exciting weekend. It was a much needed one too. I had the week from Haydes last week and a string of bad luck last week, but I am happy to report the stress level has diminished and I think my luck turned around (two days in a row anyway).

Went shopping on Saturday, found my favorite collectable shoes, on sale, so I had to splurge (less than $30). I only visit this store maybe once or twice a year so I figured I better load up - 17 new lovely shoes to add to my collection.

Didn't do my long run on Saturday, had a headache so I beat myself most of the day about it, so I planned to do it on Sunday. I headed out the door and I got exactly one block and it started to pour, so I turned around and went back home, bummed. I got DH to set up the treadmill, managed two miles on that before I said....the heck with this. I hate the treadmill. It had stopped raining so I decided to get out and try it again. This time, no rain. The whole time I was running I thought, geez I'm tired, why didn't I just skip it, well...this new mantra I had been repeating to myself really kept me going...

"Don't quit when you're tired, quit when you're done"

The whole time I'm running I usually scan the pavement for coins, I'll stop in a heartbeat to pick up a penny. So my runs usually net about 10 to 15 cents, on a good day it can be 30 cents. Well let me just say.... yesterday was payday. I had just finished my 7-mile run and was walking my usual cool down quarter-mile and I looked down on the sidewalk and low and behold, a $5 bill, so I bent down to pick it up and even better.... it was three $5 bills. Woo hoo, I was so danged excited I sprinted home to show the DH, woo hoo, woo hoo. So for all my family and friends who think I'm nuts for stopping to collect coins, get a load of this pic.....

Can you tell I was giddy and goofy? LOL.

Lastly, I want to give a huge shout out to my my buddy MZSLYDE01...she ran her first 5K race on Saturday and rocked it. Way to go lady, hop on over to her page to give her a big WOO HOO !!!

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JLITT62 10/14/2012 6:21PM

    Payday indeed! I use any $5 bills I have as mad money . . . don't pay for much in cash, so I don't get a whole lot of em!

Never found any cash on my runs . . . does the little garden snake I almost stepped on today count as lucky??

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SUEAZZI 10/9/2012 10:11AM

    I knew you loved shoes BUT holy cow, didn't realize the depth of your passion! I found a $20 once and felt like I hit the jackpot LOL. I think Coach Nancy posted a blog once about how long it took her to collect $100 on her runs... it's an awesome goal and adds fun along the way. Great job getting out there when you weren't feeling the burn; sometimes that's when I do my best... funny huh! emoticon emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 10/8/2012 1:21PM

    One day my DH was walking across the street and found a $20 bill. We did our errand, walked back across the same street, and he found ANOTHER $20 bill! That has never happened to me. Great job on the run and the money!

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BOILHAM 10/8/2012 11:41AM

    You are so funny! Love the picture with the cash! And good job on not giving up, even when you didn't quite feel like running. See? Ya got paid for it, too. Still laughing.
When we were little kids, my older brother always told me "look for money" when we went anywhere walking. We were poor, so every found penny helped. Thanks for the memory!

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SAMI199 10/8/2012 11:22AM

    emoticon I am going to start on my new money -making walk right now-lol. Love the shoes!

emoticon $$$$$$$ emoticon

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MZSLYDE01 10/8/2012 10:02AM

    Girl - WOW I have to say that money pic motivates me to get outside to do my walks/runs more often... LOL. Glad you found it - it paid for half your shoes.. Ha Ha. AND THOSE SHOES ARE SO ADORABLE. You picked some really cute ones. Can't believe how many they had.
So Thanks for the shout out and the awesome comment on my blog. I feel pretty excited about Saturday as you know. I am very proud. It feels so great. I will use your mantra when I am doing my runs from now on. I will post the pics on my blog tomorrow too. WOOT WOOT.

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2HAMSDIET 10/8/2012 9:57AM

    Great shoes. Never knew that running had such extra pay days. Sound like a sign to me that this week is a much better week if not we know that you will push threw it. Have a great week. emoticon

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MYLADY4 10/8/2012 9:43AM

    That's great about finding money. Good job a
on getting a run done too.

The shoes are pretty cool. we used to get my MIL collectable shoes until she told me one day that she really did not like them after getting them as gifts for 20 years.

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TOOTHFUL99 10/8/2012 9:16AM

    Who says running doesn't pay off?? Way to go!!

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THATGIRL0515 10/8/2012 9:10AM

    CAB-confirmed! Thats a good thing! Now you need more shoes! emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 10/8/2012 9:07AM

    I love your new running mantra. May I borrow? See, your run paid for your shoes. :)

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ONMYMEDS 10/8/2012 8:51AM

    Just proves that running pays off in more ways than one. Nice job.

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BILL60 10/8/2012 8:41AM

    Congrats on your $$ find. And, of course, congrats on hanging tough (as usual). You must have one large closet, to be able to store all of those shoes.

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DGIBSON02 10/8/2012 8:34AM

    I know what you mean. When I woke up for my run on Saturday, I felt like crap and didn't want to run. Those are the days that we have to push through and it was worth it, a new personal best for distance and time.

I expect something nice with that $15 lol.

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GROEDER 10/8/2012 7:53AM

    You must be a pro now that you are making money for running!!! LOL
Congrats on the shoe find, and way to go - sticking with your run. I hope today is as good as your weekend was.

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AZMOMXTWO 10/8/2012 7:45AM

  way to go on thr run bonus on the money

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