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Can't Do Everything

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

You truly can't do everything. You have to pick and choose. This last weekend I did the Disney Princess Half Marathon. It was a great experience and I don't regret my choice. BUT I missed the opening ceremonies of the Polk Senior Games. And hubby gave up one event (Senior Smarts) that he would have participated in.

Right now hubby is competing in checkers. Hope he does well. He has chess, Sudoku, and bag toss coming up; I have 5K run, 5K walk, 900 meter walk, and bag toss coming up. A lot of our dancing friends were at the opening and will be at the dozen or more dancing competitions. We are beginners and not competing, but may get to go watch some. Hope so.

And there were many other events this week end, too. Although 9 of us from my running group participated in the Princess HM, 29 people ran in Gasparilla distance events. I think they had a 5K, 8K, 10K, 15K, HM, and maybe a marathon, too. At least there were a whole bunch of events to choose from and some people did multiple races. And 2 people went from our group to Jacksonville to run in the Breast Cancer Half Marathon. Luckily they got to finish. Many of the BC marathon runners were pulled off the course due to lightning. I know that had to be disappointing for those forced to quit after training for months.

Although I didn't get a picture of me at the Princess HM, I've been asked to don my Princess shirt, SparkSkirt, and medal and get one snapped because our Galloway director is making a princess picture collage. OK. I'll do it. I suspect part of the reason I did not insist on pictures was because my nose was all red, I felt kind of bloated, and really didn't feel that great. I didn't even tuck my shirt in and did not wear all the fairy godmother costume I had planned on wearing. I will definitely be glad when this cold is gone. I have trouble sleeping well when my nose is congested. Luckily, running seems to clear my nose about better than anything!! I may have to lower my expectations for my Senior Games 5K performance, but definitely will still give it my best! Any day I can run is a great day, even though I can't run every race!!

  
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BLUENOSE63 2/26/2014 4:32PM

  There a ton of races I would like to do but unfortunately not enough time nor money to do all the races I want t do!

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YJNANA 2/26/2014 12:14PM

    Your an inspiration :)
I think I needed to see your story to get my motivation going again.
congrat's on all your achievements. Your amazing.

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JUST_TRI_IT 2/26/2014 9:22AM

    It is so energizing to read how you live your life!

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POSITIVE41 2/26/2014 5:38AM

    all the fun stuff seems to collect around the same date. Glad you had a good time at your HM - can't wait to see the picture in your gear!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/26/2014 3:39AM

    Sometimes it is so hard to choose when there are lots of activities at conflicting times. You chose well, my friend. Although your HM didn't yield a PR for you, you had a wonderful Disney experience. I'm so sorry that your cold got in the way of having more fun! Enjoy the parts of the Senior Games that you can participate in this year. For those that you missed, there is always next year!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/25/2014 9:13PM

    Yes, indeed, one has to pick and choose... sorry you weren't at the top of your "dress as fairy godmother" form... but you picked a fine event. emoticon

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TAICHIDANCER 2/25/2014 8:49PM

    Can't do everything, you're right. But we're all impressed with all that you do manage to do.

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MSLZZY 2/25/2014 8:42PM

    You still accomplished a lot so don't sell yourself short! Woohoo for making good choices!

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WATERMELLEN 2/25/2014 8:30PM

    My goodness, you may not be able to do EVERYTHING but you sure do a LOT!! Amazing, absolutely!!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/25/2014 7:02PM

    Wish we had senior games around here -- sounds like soooo much fun!

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SLIMLILA 2/25/2014 7:00PM

    Wow, and I thought I was doing a lot... Senior Games sounds like a lot of fun...
Enjoy

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GABY1948 2/25/2014 6:05PM

    You are so right about can't do EVERYTHING! But so glad you did all that you did...cause that is SUPER in my book!

Can't wait to see you shine in that picture!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/25/2014 2:59PM

    How lucky you are to have senior games in your area. Of course, Florida has a LOT of seniors, doesn't it.

We had senior Olympics when we lived in Northern VA, and my Dad competed in the 90s. I wasn't old enough yet, but we used to plan that I would join him when I turned 55 and he would have been 85. Unfortunately, he died at age 80 which made the yearly event sad for me and I never participated.

Now I would love to participate and we don't have any opportunities like that around here.

Enjoy the experience with DH and friends.

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MEXGAL1 2/25/2014 2:26PM

    Best of everything to you in the Senior games....good for you!
sallie

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_LINDA 2/25/2014 2:04PM

    Good luck at the senior games! They seem to have a variety of games to participate in. Our games here are pretty basic, nothing like Sudoku or checkers. Bridge, bowling, etc.
Feel better soon!

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MIRAGE727 2/25/2014 1:39PM

    Marsha, if you want challenge, check out the variations for Gasparilla next year. The prices are better, the courses are PR rich, and you're supporting a great local organization!
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HEATHER3477 2/25/2014 1:30PM

    Really glad you got to participate in the activities. Sounds like it was a lot of fun. emoticon

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Flavor of the Princess HM

Monday, February 24, 2014

If you want to get a flavor of the Disney Princess Half Marathon, this 5 minute video captures it:

www.rundisney.com/results/princess-h
alf-marathon/


Sorry I didn't get any pictures, but I'll never forget it!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 2/25/2014 8:51AM

    Nice!

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GABY1948 2/25/2014 8:40AM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing, Marsha!

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SEABREEZE65 2/25/2014 6:09AM

    Glad you had such a great time! Enjoyed the video!!!

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HARROWJET 2/24/2014 8:42PM

    That was great. Thanks for sharing.

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 2/24/2014 1:55PM

    Great video! You can still take a picture in your tiara with your medal :)



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MEXGAL1 2/24/2014 1:36PM

    Thanks for sharing...woo hoo!
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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_LINDA 2/24/2014 1:21PM

    That looks really cool!!!

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COASTAL6 2/24/2014 8:31AM

    WOW!
It looks like a lot of fun.
I just started doing 5k's.
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DIANNEMT 2/24/2014 8:07AM

    Looks like it was way fun! What time did you start running? It was pretty dark!

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BUSYGRANNY5 2/24/2014 7:33AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this clip! Awesome!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/24/2014 7:28AM

    Looks like such fun! I ran the video.

btw... Did you know Gasparilla (the pirates) were running a half yesterday, too? I didn't until Rachel wrote me on FB... next year, 2015... she's got me on the hook to come run it with her in Tampa. She promises to be better trained this time!

By the way, she's doing well... new job, moved to Miami for it, and got her eardrum replaced. Oh, no! That means I have to stay "half fit" for another year!

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    Awesome fun!! Thanks for sharing the clip. You rock! emoticon

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Disney Magic

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I did it! Completed my 4th half marathon, the Disney Princess. It was really fun. There was entertainment almost the whole way.

My official time was 2:30 and maybe 35 seconds. That's not a PR, but just 4 minutes off of it. If I hadn't had the potty stop and twice circled back to kiss my hubby who couldn't find me in the crowd, I probably would have PR'ed. It was really funny when the woman behind me asked if I knew that man I had just kissed passionately!! She thought we should all just start kissing spectators! Not sure I want to be responsible for starting that custom.

There were 25000 runners. Sarah, The Program Director of our Galloway group, finished just 61 seconds ahead of me, but I never saw her. I knew about 10 people running, but didn't find any of them. Oh, well.

Now I'm feeling really spent. Don't remember being this tired after my other HMs. Could be because I've been fighting a cold or because I had to get up at 2am this morning. I know I should have pictures for this blog, but hubby didn't get any. May have to buy one. Right now I'm going to concentrate on getting rested.

  
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RAINEMARIE214 2/26/2014 5:28PM

    Glad you had a good race at PHM! I think I might have saw you - were you in Corral G? I was in Corral G and I was sitting on the ground and you might have passed me, but it didnt click in my head until a few minutes later and then I couldnt see where you were :)

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AQUAGIRL08 2/25/2014 8:51AM

    Rest. Is a good idea!

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ANNWOGGER 2/24/2014 3:46PM

    Congratulations! That is terrific! Too funny about the person wanting to know if you knew your DH that you kissed passionately! What a great time!

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LAILATN 2/24/2014 9:02AM

    Way to go!

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You're awesome.

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    Fantastic!
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Way to go - and great time!

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GAILCAN 2/24/2014 12:48AM

    Good for you! That's one of my goals is to run a Disney HM :) emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 2/23/2014 9:40PM

    Well done. I hope you rest well now and recover.

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LEWILL1982 2/23/2014 8:12PM

    Congratulations! Great race, I just logged in to see if your race report was up! Love that your husband was out there for you, too, so fun!

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WATERMELLEN 2/23/2014 7:38PM

    Sounds like it may have been a personal best kiss: how wonderful to feel that way about your DH! Way more important than PR in the half: but you did great with that too!! Now: well deserved rest!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/23/2014 7:24PM

    Terrific job! Sounds like a wonderful day all around.

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DIANNEMT 2/23/2014 7:12PM

    Fantastic!!

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 2/23/2014 5:36PM

    emoticon Fantastic! Passionate kisses on the racing circuit....that could be a Valentine's Day HM :)



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GABY1948 2/23/2014 5:27PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm so proud of you, Marsha! I knew you would do it! You ROCK! Go rest!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/23/2014 3:57PM

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Take a well deserved nap!

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DONNABRIGHT 2/23/2014 3:40PM

    We should send you a tiara! Well done!

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RUN4FOOD 2/23/2014 3:05PM

    Congratulations! Very good time, especially for a run know more for happiness than PR's.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/23/2014 2:41PM

    Wow, good for you. Congrats!

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1BEACHWALKER 2/23/2014 2:26PM

    That is fantastic Marsha! I admire you for even doing it! And getting up at 2 am to prepare..that is something! You rock!! emoticon emoticon

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No wonder you couldn't find anyone!

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HARROWJET 2/23/2014 1:47PM

    emoticon now rest up and get rid of that cold.

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TERI-RIFIC 2/23/2014 1:45PM

    emoticon Did you know him? - too funny!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/23/2014 1:45PM

    I'd been waiting with 'bated breath for your race report... and you ROCKED it, as anticipated! Rest up, take it easy, and bask in the glory, you PRINCESS you! emoticon

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Expect to Outrun My Nose!!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

My very first race was the Senior Games 5K in March 2011. The night before I suddenly came down with a stiff neck, sore shoulders, sore hips, and various other aches and pains. My dear daughter, the massage therapist, came and rubbed and bio-freezed me and I was fine. At the time I wondered if it could be psycho-somatic or all in my head. In speaking to other runners, it seems to be a common affliction to have mysterious symptoms develop pre-race.

This time my foot that I was quite concerned about has healed. However, now my throat is sore, I'm sneezing, and my nose is running. Could this all be in my head? Well, literally it is in my head, but I don't think it is hypochondria this time. Hubby had a cold a couple weeks ago and Natalie was sick last week.But I really don't see it slowing me down. I think I'll shake it off. Truly if I'm feeling awful, I could walk the HM, but I don't think that's going to happen. I just have a positive feeling that it is going to be fun and I'm going to be fine.

  
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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/22/2014 9:09PM

    I hope you wake up feeling great. Have a fun race!

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STRIVER57 2/22/2014 4:03PM

    so glad your foot's better!


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GABY1948 2/22/2014 4:00PM

    Praying for you, Marsha! You are GOING TO BE FINE!!!!! emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 2/22/2014 3:02PM

    You'll enjoy the race no matter how you do it. You have such a drive to push yourself. Have fun.

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NATPLUMMER 2/22/2014 12:37PM

    You'll be fine….but you might want to carry some kleenex ;-)

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BLUENOSE63 2/22/2014 8:57AM

  I normally don't advocate medicine but take the nose spray just for the race to keep your passages open.

Good luck.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/22/2014 7:05AM

    I agree with MSLZZY. Good luck!

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MSLZZY 2/22/2014 7:00AM

    Take some Kleenex along and run like the wind!

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WATERMELLEN 2/21/2014 10:03PM

    So glad the foot is better (you run on those, right?) Here's hoping that the nose dries up before start time!!

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 2/21/2014 8:38PM

    This may sound strange, but warm jello always helps me when I have a sore throat. I mix up a package of sugar free jello and sip a cup of it while it's still warm. It coats the throat.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/21/2014 8:25PM

    Jitters is a contributing factor, I'm betting... once you start running, you are going to be FINE! Anyway, that's MY story and I'm sticking to it. emoticon

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_LINDA 2/21/2014 8:13PM

    Hope you can shake this before the race, but it doesn't sound good when your loved ones have been already sick :( Load up on Vitamin C, water and plenty of rest!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/21/2014 7:40PM

    No matter what happens, you will have fun and you WILL be fine! Go get 'em!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/21/2014 7:29PM

    I don't know about Florida, but here in Austin, I would immediately suspect tree pollin. They are starting to show up in the counts. Do you ever rise your sinuses?

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/21/2014 7:23PM

    Hope all turns out well. Have fun.

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MEXGAL1 2/21/2014 6:38PM

    Great positive self talk. I am sending you tons of positive thoughts for tomorrow.
Best of everything to you.
Sallie

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POSITIVE41 2/21/2014 6:18PM

    Hope you shake the cold before the race! Best of luck.

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Half Marathon Weather

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sunday's weather for the Disney Princess HM looks pretty good, with a low of 62 degrees and a high of 80. Bet we'll finish before it is 75; maybe just 70. Ideal running weather is 55 degrees, but I'm pretty comfortable running in some heat. The hourly forecast will be available tomorrow. Rain chance for the day is 50% and humidity is over 90%, so that could be a concern. I'm a little paranoid about falling, so I don't like slippery. Usually rains in the afternoon, though, so I'm hoping there will be no downpour during the race. Overall, I'm feeling positive!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 2/25/2014 8:49AM

    You can do it!

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MSLZZY 2/21/2014 3:29PM

    Anyone reading this and surrounded by snow will be totally jealous of the warm weather. Hope the rain stays away! HUGS!

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NEW-CAZ 2/21/2014 2:16AM

    Good luck!

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MEXGAL1 2/20/2014 7:45PM

    glad to hear this...hope the weather is perfect for you!

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_LINDA 2/20/2014 6:59PM

    Sounds great!!

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GABY1948 2/20/2014 6:36PM

    Praying for PERFECT weather for you! Try not to think too much about falling!

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WATERMELLEN 2/20/2014 6:23PM

    Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not!

(But: I'm hoping it's not rainy/slippery for ya!!)

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/20/2014 4:30PM

    Humidity adds a extra challenge -- be sure to stay hydrated (it can be deceptive when it is humid).

Since you live in the area, I trust that you are adapted to running outside in these conditions. You should do fine! Have a great race!

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DONNABRIGHT 2/20/2014 3:44PM

    Wishing you the best of luck and no falling!

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 2/20/2014 3:07PM

    Wanna trade weather? NO???? OH OK, have a great HM! I am pulling for you to have 55-60 during the race and dry pavement!

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NATPLUMMER 2/20/2014 2:54PM

    You'll do great!!

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ADRIENALINE 2/20/2014 2:33PM

    Good luck to you. You aren't going to slip and fall. I'm looking forward to hearing about your awesome time!

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MIRAGE727 2/20/2014 2:07PM

    Funny, I was just trying to get a read on the Excalibur Ten Miler in Viera on Mar 2! I'll wear my CW-X compression shorts & a tech shirt. (long or short sleeve depending on temp) My last two Halfs, on Jan 18 & Feb 1, I wore too many clothes!
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LEWILL1982 2/20/2014 1:46PM

    You go girl! Looking forward to your race report on the other side!

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