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All Dressed up and ready to RUN

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

December 31, 2011
Allen Texas
New Years Double

This was a brand new race to the area that included a 5K, Half and Full marathon on New Years Eve AND the same on New Years Days. I had several CRAZY friends who ran this on BOTH days. I only ran on December 31, but I had to get all dressed up to do it!

It was a beautiful day of about 42 when we arrived at race site and just over 50 when we finished. Absolutely beautiful New Years Eve day!

You MIGHT recognize that crazy man with me. YEP, That's SDJ himself, in ALLEN TEXAS of all places?!?! It was a GREAT honor to finally meet John in person and spend 13.1 miles talking. Yep, we were all dressed up and ready to run!

Of course there were more spark friends there as well. Lynette, Amy and of course Nancy all ran as well.

This pic includes my lovely wife and family as well as Nancy's husband. They were the support staff! Note the champagne bottle and glasses? :-)

We saw this guy, Patrick, trying to take his own picture with his medal after the race. John and Nancy walked over and just took over for him, it was awesome. Told him where to stand, how to pose, etc This was his first half.

Yep - all dressed up and ready to run.

what?? we just ran 13.1 miles, we deserve to celebrate that, right?!

The champagne was first used to toast my lovely wife and our 21 years of marriage we celebrated on NYE. We also toasted an incredible way to end 2011 and begin 2012.


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BFMONICA 2/21/2012 12:15PM


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ANDREA0301 1/16/2012 12:37PM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate a healthy year together!!

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LESLIESENIOR 1/13/2012 8:08PM

    Happy New Year to you. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience. SD John linked us to your blog. We are all living vicariously through you all!!!
Leslie in California

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CHIFANG130 1/13/2012 3:58PM

    So nice to see the smiling faces on everyone!!! What a great way to kick off 2012. emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/13/2012 1:08PM

    What a fun race and a great blog! I did a half on the 31st as well, but they didn't have quite such a fun party atmosphere. Maybe I need to come to Texas next year for this one. Happy anniversary, too!

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NANHBH 1/13/2012 12:18PM

    What a cool get-up! Did they sell those shirts that look like tuxes? Congrats on your wedding anniversary, too. You guys are such a cute couple. I may have to come to TX for New Year's Eve next year. No way would I be running a race on NYE in Chicago!

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ON2VICTORY 1/12/2012 1:01PM

    dud, you are really baiting the hook for me! that looks more fun than a human being ought to legally have!

im thinking..........

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MIZZSB 1/12/2012 2:33AM

    Looking good Jerome!!
And what a way to end a year !!

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_LINDA 1/12/2012 1:59AM

    Well done! A run and fun, what more could you ask for!!
Looking fabulous!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/11/2012 9:52PM

    Very cool!

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AMYGOES211 1/11/2012 6:25PM

    It was great seeing you again, Jerome! Always a pleasure :)

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OKIEGIRL75 1/11/2012 6:10PM

    Awesome. What a way to spend New Years.

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COOPAH 1/11/2012 5:31PM

    Awesome man lol love it

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MINNA72 1/11/2012 4:55PM

    Whoa, that looks like it was a ton of fun! Congrats on another half marathon!

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EDGEOFSANITY 1/11/2012 4:19PM

    Great write up! But you missed the best part of it... Trying to get up the next morning and do it all over again lol!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 1/11/2012 3:43PM

    Looked like a great time! Awesome way to end a year!

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CHUBRUB3 1/11/2012 3:39PM

You are amazing and should be very proud of all you accomplish and all you inspire.

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KKINNEA 1/11/2012 3:15PM

    Awesome! You guys look pretty natty and sounds like you had a ton of fun!

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CBAILEYC 1/11/2012 3:15PM

    Great blog and pictures! Congrats!

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RUNNER12COM 1/11/2012 3:11PM

    Love it, love it, love it! It was an amazing experience and I had the best time. And yep, if you want to get to know someone better, spend a couple hours and 13.1 miles running with them!

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/11/2012 3:04PM

    Woohoo! What a way to send out 2011 and bring in 2012! Next time, Chelle can dress up, too!

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