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Cellcom Half Marathon Green Bay, WI

Sunday, May 15, 2011




just a quick update. more to come. Got done with the Cellcom Half Marathon, this race is absolutely worth the effort to participate in. Well organized, lots of bling and a great atmosphere.

I guess what I wanted most to bring up is that even in spite of having a great race, my self consciousness is very much alive and well... go figure.

I run my best race and all i am concerned about is that somone will see my spare tire. Oh please. If there is one place i should not feel self conscious, its here. I debated not posting my pics because they are not slim trim and svelte. If anything, thats the reason i should post them. People need to see that you dont have to be perfect to run, to have victory, to live your best life. how silly it is to wait until all is perfect until you put yourself out there.

If there is a less than perfect runner out there who needs a boost or a reminder that greatness does not lie in the externals, my next post is for you. i refuse to allow myself to feel that my experience was anything less than what it was just because i am squishy.

We ROCKED this race and had some fantastic fellowship with some Sparkies and feel renewed in my spirit to carry on another day and make this dream of mine happen.

Its time for us to Waddle On!! Thank you John Bingham.
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CARROT143 5/23/2011 11:34AM

    Been meaning to comment on how awesome and inspiring you being back in the racing mode is...stay strong my friend! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 5/19/2011 12:11PM

    Congratulations, Robert! Your SPARK is back! And never feel self-conscious! I can't tell you how many times I've been lapped by someone much larger than me at the end of a race. Size has nothing to do with your athletic achievements! Be proud!

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/19/2011 11:53AM

    Awesome, awesome job--and you look great, by the way! You have much to be proud of and to celebrate. I have felt the same way about the pics of me at races, but doggone it, I decided am going to get all the pics I can because I RAN a RACE when most people will never do that. Celebrate, enjoy the recovery, and get that next blog posted--looking forward to reading the full race report!

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WANNABFIT34 5/19/2011 12:01AM

    I know the feeling about the spare tire pics, the best pic of my race my stomach looks huge, but then its like wait didn't I just finish a darn HM and do better than my goal time?! Time for you to get rocking and rolling for the full!!

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KIMMYLOU2012 5/18/2011 5:37PM

    Are you kidding? DOn't ever not pose for pics like this!!! It is absolutely great that you can run these races. Look what you have done for yourself! You look great and more importantly how great do you feel. WHo cares what other people think. And anyway they are thinking the same thing about themselves. LOL

You have nothing to be ashamed of, and should only be PROUD of everything you have accomplished. I know I am proud of you!

Keep on going! Before you know it these thoughts will not even enter your mind.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/18/2011 11:45AM

    Great job!! I have learned most people aren't look at you they are worried about you looking at them. LOL

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CATHLEEN2009 5/18/2011 11:17AM

    Thats so awesome way to go!! You made up your mind to do something and your doing it, that is motivational and inspiring to me!!!!

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JOPAPGH 5/18/2011 10:10AM

    Looking good, and so confident!

Glad you had a great race.

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LIZGILB 5/17/2011 10:16PM

    Congrats!! You look so happy in your pictures. Keep on smiling.

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LSELL1183 5/16/2011 10:06PM

    Way to go! The weather on Sunday was less than awesome. That wind (20-40 mph) was wicked just watching the race. I can't imagine how hard it was to run it.

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LOGOULD 5/16/2011 9:58PM

    Oh, NO FAIR!!!!! I have been waiting and waiting for this race report and you tease us! LOL!!! Just kidding, your face tells the story - it must have been the race of a lifetime. emoticon Youare such an inspiration to the rest of us mere mortals! Now, fingers to the keyboards, you must be in recovery so get on the blogging - I know that more story is yet to be told!!! emoticon emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 5/16/2011 9:57PM

    I was watching the GB news and trying to see if I could see you! :-) Congrats....you look fantastic!! Way to go!!

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TAKINBACKMYBODY 5/16/2011 8:47PM

    Awesome - LOVE the pics - you look great!!! emoticon emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 5/16/2011 8:40PM

    emoticon Robert!! So happy for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAD2GETFIT 5/16/2011 8:24PM

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 5/16/2011 8:09PM

    One of the things I love the most about you is you are so real. Please continue being yourself. Congrats on your face. You should feel very accomplished!

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DARLENEK04 5/16/2011 3:32PM

  There is lots less of you too look at, Robert, than there was......and the more you run the more
of the spare tire you will lose.....keep your nose to the ahhhh grindstone so to speak and
before you know it, you will be looking back and saying, gee, I can't believe that was me
and look at ME NOW................WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO
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Darlene

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MIMOTOGO 5/16/2011 2:49PM

    Robert you are so amazing! Look how far you have come! Now is when you should feel so good about your victory. WE are celebrating your wonderful race and happy you are able to do it. Keep on keeping on! We love your journey.

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GRSMITH80 5/16/2011 1:05PM

    You look like you had a great time! Congrats! I'm still pudgy and I'm running a marathon this weekend for my kids (and a 5k the day before with my oldest daughter) so you're right it's not about being svelte and perfect it's about pushing yourself to new heights and loving yourself! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 5/16/2011 12:39PM

    And here I was thinking that you look FANTASTIC!!! Waddle On friend. You rock!

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CAMROLA 5/16/2011 12:38PM

    LOVE this blog, and the insight it provides to us fellow penguins--thank you for sharting your story, and congrats for a race well run and a job well done!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 5/16/2011 12:20PM

    emoticon emoticon I love reading your blogs. I am not a fan of running, but you make me want to run.

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CBAILEYC 5/16/2011 12:15PM

    Congrats on your HM, and on putting aside squishy-fears! You inspire!
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NEWSGIRL2177 5/16/2011 12:10PM

    Congrats!! You look very happy. That's all that matters, right?!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 5/16/2011 11:06AM

    Woot WOOT!! Great job!!

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MOMONTHERUN1 5/16/2011 10:53AM

    Great job!! It doesn't matter that you arr squishy. What matters is that you finished and look at that handsome grin!!! BE PROUD!!! You are accomplishing amazing things and I am rooting you on all the way!

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JMERLAU 5/16/2011 10:30AM

    AWESOME DUDE!!!

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/16/2011 10:24AM

    You did an awesome job! Like REEKU731, I was here in Arkansas cheering and tracking you and LEFTCIRCLES! I'm so pumped and I can't wait to join you next year. Woohoo!



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ALEXSMOMMYRUNS 5/16/2011 10:09AM

    Congrats and great job!! Love your attitude about the race...doesn't matter how runners look or what they wear, just get out there and do it!

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/16/2011 9:58AM

    emoticon emoticon outstanding job!

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REEKU731 5/16/2011 9:56AM

    You are a ROCKSTAR and I am SO proud of you! I can't wait to see your pics!!! I was cheering for you and LEFTCIRCLES all the way down here in NM!!! I hope I cheered loud enough!!! You both are amazing!!!

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DMGABBETT 5/16/2011 9:30AM

    Way to go! emoticon

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SUSANSERENE 5/16/2011 9:29AM

    Woo hoo! I'm so proud of you! That smile on your face is so beautiful and is 100% genuine! You accomplished that half marathon and you're alive and well and gorgeous! Penguins around the world are beaming along with you!

When I look at your pictures I see that smile first, the medal second. I don't see anything less than the effort, energy and success of your run. Nothing squishy, for sure. :)

You make us proud!
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RUNNER4LIFE08 5/16/2011 9:18AM

    Love your pics! You look so happy and so proud! You made me smile!

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I may have to check out that race for next year. I live in Minnesota so it is just a jump, hop, and a skip over.

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ELAINEROSE5 5/16/2011 9:10AM

    Love it!!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/16/2011 9:04AM

    Woo hoo, you're awesome! Glad you posted the pics. Thanks to you, I've gotten brave and started running in my neighborhood... where people can see me... You're an inspiration, thank you! Congrats on the 1/2!

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KRISTIARLINE 5/16/2011 8:51AM

    There a lot of us that don't even dream of running such a race -- squishy or not. You're the one that crossed the finish line. YOU ROCK. Your looks are not the only sign of accomplishment; you've trained your body to do amazing things. Be proud, you've earned it!
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LKEITHO 5/16/2011 8:11AM

    You are absolutely right! Glad you posted the pics, and congratulations on a great run!

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KAMAPERRY 5/16/2011 8:09AM

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DRB13_1 5/16/2011 8:01AM

    Thanks for sharing your succsess with us..and your insecurities too. We love you as you are and applaud you for all you are becoming! emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 5/16/2011 7:42AM

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WooHoo! I say again. I LOVE the pics. You are beaming and you can just see that accomplishment on your face. I am lovin' it! You did outstanding and I think you look great, love those dimples.

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SEABREEZE64 5/16/2011 6:31AM

    One of the great parts of SPARK - is the utter honesty that everyone shares. There is no need to hide spare tires or (for me) wrinkled skin. It is the safest website that I know of - where one can truly be themselves - and everyone says...

WTG....awesome race! and - YOU LOOK GREAT!!!

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DARKTHOR 5/16/2011 5:09AM

    I am sorry to inform you that you are not perfect. The good news is, nobody else is either. What you are is awesome. You are awesomely doing wonderful things with your life and with your health and just going out and living! You are moving in super-fantastic positive directions and that is just about as perfect as any of us get.

If the worst thing you can come up with about yourself is that you're a bit squishy then you are doing pretty darn well. Keep doing your thing, keep celebrating that you are alive and healthy, keep inspiring people, particularly yourself!

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DAVEYSHADOW 5/16/2011 3:20AM

    emoticon on completing the race and emoticon on reminding us that we don't all have to be super slim athletes to complete these challenges!

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LILIVW 5/16/2011 1:10AM

    I am so glad you had such a great race. You look great - post away and hold your head up high for all your great accomplishments!

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KELLI_A 5/16/2011 1:09AM

    Great job! You look so happy in your pictures.

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CANNIE50 5/16/2011 12:45AM

    Great job on the half! You look healthy and happy and like you just ran a good race. Love the orange, by the way - good color for you.

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CHELAGETSFIT 5/16/2011 12:36AM

    I'm SO FREAKING PROUD of YOU!!

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MOTIVATED@LAST 5/16/2011 12:32AM

    Well done on a half marathon!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/16/2011 12:18AM

    Congrats on your half!! I soooo understand your feelings!! Just ran a mud run and out of all the races I've done this is the one that nearly had me puking before the race even started-lol!! I felt I wasn't "fit enough" for this race, that I was destined to fail. But, I got SO MUCH support and encouragement at every step of the way it is probably my favorite race ever :). Keep knocking down those bad thoughts...you are an awesome example of what one can accomplish through sheer determination!! Thanks for posting and thanks for running that half :)!!

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