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Hope Starts Here Challenge 10K with Pics...

Saturday, May 07, 2011







THATS ME WITH MY SPARKBUDDY BRENDA..









No real detailed race report except that the weather was perfect. i could not have asked for a better event to start off my racing year. I got to have a Sparkmeet this time with Brenda
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge.asp?id=BURTON79B

BTW.. Stop by Brendas page and give her a HUGE Woo Hoo for placing 5th in her age group. She had things to do so she took off and i contacted her wondering if she knew about her group placement... always happy to pass on good news!! she did awesome! For me, I got to shave 7 minutes off of my 10K time inspite of taking on Marquettes version of heartbreak hill. For any locals reading this, we took Presque Isle the reverse way...yes up that monster hill... on my way down i was chanting "happy quads..happy quads.." over and over as my legs were tested...whew that glad that part was over.

The event was a 5K, 10K, Duathalon, and walk for brain cancer research. The Duathalon event consisted of a 5K run, 10 mile cycle then transition to a 5K run again... watching this part of the event really makes me think. I cant really train for a tri, no real places to swim in a training environment but a Duathalon.... im really seriously thinking I want to do this event next year. I LOVE cycling/mountain biking and havent done it much but it was my first love long before running. It is how I broke my first plateau and got past 330 lbs.

I am also really kicking around the concept of training for the Ore to Shore mountain bike marathon. They have 2 events, one is a 48 mile mostly off road race and the other is a similar 28 mile race, again mostly off road.
www.oretoshore.com/event
s.html


Not doing it this year but maybe next year...... One of these days I really want to lose enough weight to actually be competitive and place for my age group... not a bad dream. I never used to dream like that when I was 385 lbs but now..... it is not far fetched. i believe in myself now and that is the greatest victory of all.
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ABSOLUTZER0 5/10/2011 1:48PM

    Woohoo! Looks like it was fun going on there! Always good to meet a Spark buddy!

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BURTON79B 5/9/2011 2:08PM

    Thanks for the nice words in your blog! It was great to see ya! I also would also like to train for the duathalon next year! Or maybe even a triathalon...swimming would be my weekpoint but I do love the water!!!

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KITHKINCAID 5/9/2011 1:26PM

    WOOHOO! Looks like a great day! 7 minutes is nothin to shake a stick at either!

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KKINNEA 5/9/2011 1:12PM

    Great job on your race!

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MOMONTHERUN1 5/9/2011 12:49PM

    Awesome job and I love that you are smiling in every picture. You look great!

Lianne

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/9/2011 12:40PM

    Awesome job!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/9/2011 12:10PM

    Congrats to you - you look so happy emoticon

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CBAILEYC 5/9/2011 8:49AM

    What a great job! Congrats on dropping those extra minutes from your time! Gotta love improvement that means forwarded momentum.
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C~

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DETERMINED_SOUL 5/8/2011 7:41PM

    It looks and sounds like you had a blast emoticon

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KATHY_NATURELVR 5/8/2011 4:44PM

    Awesome job!!

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MIMOTOGO 5/8/2011 2:50PM

    Great job Robert! Love your happy smile! Keep on Sparking, your journey is very inspiring.

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ALEXSDAD 5/8/2011 1:24PM

  Great run Robert- Glad to read and see all this!

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ELYMWX 5/8/2011 12:44PM

    Well done, Robert!

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HOTRODSANDY 5/8/2011 12:09PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/8/2011 10:33AM

    You are amazing and those pictures are really great. As it has been said "nuture your dreams, you go as far as you think, therefore think big"

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SOCKITTOME 5/8/2011 10:26AM

    You are totally awesome!!! Way to go, you finished and shaved a big chunk of time off in the process. I'm excited for you!!!!!


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PONTIACGIRL71 5/8/2011 10:13AM

    Such a beautiful smile :)

Congratulations, that must be the best feeling!

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REMEMBER2BME 5/8/2011 7:41AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Job well done!

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MIZZSB 5/8/2011 4:46AM

    OMG Robert you look AMAZING

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LOGOULD 5/7/2011 11:29PM

    Robert, you are looking amazing....I will certainely stop by to congratulate your spark buddy too! I, too, hope one day to place in my age catagory, but for now, just seeing consistent improvement is reward enough. That duathalon sounds like a blast! You should seriously go for it. It's a blast to have another fitness regime or two to switch up the running with.

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CM_GARDNER78 5/7/2011 9:36PM

    That is AWESOME!! I need to start paying attention to races in MQT so I can come down there and meet you guys!!! I'm glad the weather was SO AWESOME for you!! You did great! Way to go!! :-)
~ Christa

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IMIN2GENES 5/7/2011 9:24PM

    Great job! Congratulations!
Chris

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MEGA_MILES 5/7/2011 8:59PM

    DUDE you look awesome!!!! Congratulations and keep rocking it! YEAH!!!

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CANNIE50 5/7/2011 8:49PM

    So glad you had a great race! emoticon

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DAD2GETFIT 5/7/2011 8:40PM

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JDMMAMMA 5/7/2011 8:11PM

    So cool!!! emoticon emoticon

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MISSFITOKSANA 5/7/2011 7:40PM

    So Proud of you!!!

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WONDERWOMAN 5/7/2011 7:37PM

    Woo Hoo! I'm there next year!

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DARLENEK04 5/7/2011 6:28PM

  Believing in yourself is a victory in itself....

Keep at it..........

Darlene

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DAVEYSHADOW 5/7/2011 6:25PM

    emoticon great news on the PB!

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ABB698 5/7/2011 6:11PM

    emoticon on a successful day!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/7/2011 5:58PM

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ONESTUBBORNTART 5/7/2011 5:47PM

    Wonderful!! Congratulations! emoticon

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ERLYWA 5/7/2011 5:38PM

    "I believe in myself now and that is the greatest victory of all." Beautiful!!

You are so very inspiring with how hard you work to meet your goals! Then each time you meet one, your brain starts working on something entirely new (like the duathalon), which just keeps propelling you forward. It is so AWESOME to watch, and to learn from.

Woo hooooo!! :)

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