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Got something very special in the mail today..

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

The first time I ever saw the video about Dick and Rick Hoyt, I cried like a baby. I was touched. I contacted them via their website and told them my story. Their message is simple.. "YES YOU CAN!"

Today, I got a personally signed picture that says simply:
"To Robert, Yes You Can"
-Dick and Rick Hoyt.

it was a simple message but in a world filled with fly by night fathers and men who cut and run at the first sign of trouble, Rick Hoyt is a HERO in every sense of the word and has laid down his life to give his son a better life and as a result, he has something deeper and richer than most of us mere mortal men can only imagine.

A man who has completed well over a thousand races including 6 Ironman triathlons, to hear him say to me YES YOU CAN means so much.

I am framing this and putting it in my gym.


Thank you Mr Hoyt.

-The pic is actually color but my scanner is dying so I did it in greyscale.

Their Story...

This is their website...

BTW, as an added note, I have been doing much better with my foot. after weeks of stretching and treatment, I am becoming far more pain free. there is still some stiffness but each morning has been almost pain free since it seems like I had a breakthrough in stretching. IT seemed like my stretching wasn't accomplishing anything then POW, something gave way and it is like I am really on the road to recovery for real. After months of PF pain, that is a huge step.

I even dared to go on a treadmill run and crushed my mile run time. Last year my average mile time was 14:30 on a good day. This morning I did a mile in 12:05 without any huffing and puffing or pain, I felt awesome and like I had some real hope that I will get past it. Being able to run a short distance was like a ray of sun breaking through.


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USAINI 3/27/2012 12:07AM


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AROCHFORD 3/24/2012 12:33PM

    Love them too! Thanks for sharing. They helped get me through my first tri! I said if he can do it pushing his son then why not me! And yes you can!

Keep SParking!!!!!!!!!

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MICKEYMAX 3/23/2012 10:49PM

    Great story, and I am so glad that you are on the mend!

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METAMORPHUS 3/23/2012 4:19AM

    yay!!!!!!! on ur run and thank God you healing too
am at work now so amma watch the video at home cos i know amma start crying, i cry over a mom hugging her son, so you can imagine me at work after watching the video!
Regards to ur beautiful are the one right? who stayed behind for his daughter 16th bday?.....o mehn! u shud have seen me crying like a baby at that gesture.........ok i talk too much so amma stop typing emoticon

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GEMINISUE 3/20/2012 12:54PM

    This is a DAD!!!!

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STEPHM-ARATHON 3/20/2012 12:34PM

    Great job on your mile time!

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    What an inspiration!

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GRILLDADDY 3/19/2012 3:40PM

  Great Stuff

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JEM0622 3/18/2012 9:38PM

    Thanks for making me cry! emoticon I did not know about this team, but I thank you for bringing it to my attention. emoticon emoticon

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ASTRONGNEWME 3/14/2012 11:53AM

    I work for a foundation that assists people with disabilities, so their story was very relevant to what I do every day. Thank you for sharing this picture and the link to their story. I love that they didn't give up on their son.

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REEKU731 3/13/2012 9:59AM

    OMG this is amazing!! Their story is incredible and totally makes me cry as well!! I'd hang that proudly in my gym as well!! Congratulations to you! Keep up all the great work!!!

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HDHAWK 3/12/2012 11:19PM

    I love their story. It always makes me cry too! I'm glad your foot is doing better!

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LILMISSRED79 3/12/2012 11:06PM


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SERENEART 3/12/2012 9:37PM

    way cool!!!!

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CANNIE50 3/12/2012 8:40PM

    I get tears in my eyes just hearing their names, and remembering their story. I am so glad to hear that you are gaining relief from the P.F. - nice job on the run!

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CCHELLEZ 3/11/2012 11:39PM

  Glad to hear you're healing AND still progressing.
Good balance.

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CHIPLEY_FL 3/11/2012 7:06PM

    What kind of stretches are you doing to help with your PF?
You are an inspiration.

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KATHY_NATURELVR 3/11/2012 5:37PM

    I've seen the Team Hoyt video numerous times over the years and it brings a tear to my eye every time. Such a powerful story and what an awesome father. He is truly an inspiration.

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LMULLINS4LIFE 3/11/2012 5:05PM

    OMGosh, that is SOOOO COOL!!!!

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KAITMEND 3/11/2012 12:29PM

    I was lucky enough to hear Dick Hoyt speak this year at my school systems 'opening day for teachers' amazing story!

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MEEBELO 3/10/2012 10:25PM

    What an inspiration the are!

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LESLISNEWLIFE 3/10/2012 9:24PM

    THAT is sooo awesome Robert!! emoticon I also bawled like a baby when you sent me this story...Soooo inspirational! emoticon

I am glad that you are doing well with your foot! You rock! emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 3/10/2012 8:25PM

    YES.YOU.CAN! Awesome!!!

I, too, love their story! Makes my heart MELT! Aww! That is awesome. :-)

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TRUE-NESS 3/10/2012 7:27PM

    Their story is certainly BEYOND inspirational. I cry STILL when I see it!

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JEANNETTE59 3/10/2012 6:02PM

  The Hoyts are an emoticon team and even though I know their story it was a good day for a reminder (feeling a little low). Your blog picked me up and gave me one swift kick and I am grateful.

Glad your P.F. is feeling better. Just keep doing what your doing. Yes You Can emoticon

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DRB13_1 3/10/2012 2:15PM

    Yes, frame the photo and continue to both use the inspiration and BE the inspiration.
Glad your foot is better, and congrats on seeing the improvement in your mile time! Exciting!

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MAUREENGRACE1 3/10/2012 1:56PM

    Hi Robert, once again you have given by sharing. I too have P.F. but am getting better at walking due to stretching, swimming and general exercise. Reading your blogs has made me realise I do not have to sit around feeling sorry for myself, but get out there and enjoy life.
Maureen emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/10/2012 1:35PM

    What a wonderful gift to receive--their story has inspired many of us to believe that we can do more. That is FABULOUS news about the pain and about the run; as I say, you are going to come back from this stronger and better, Robert. I have no doubt at all about that; yes you can!

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MIQUEY73 3/10/2012 1:23PM

    How awesome! Great idea to put it in your gym.

And congrats on your run! That deserves a big emoticon

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COUNTING_DOWN 3/10/2012 12:06PM

    I'm from the Boston area originally. Seeing them run the marathon give you chills like you can't imagine. Talk about lighting up the crowd. Treasure that picture, and let it push you to places you never dreamed possible. Go for it!

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CAMROLA 3/10/2012 11:28AM

    I read about the Hoyt's a year or two ago & was so moved & inspired! Your post reminded me of what really matters.. Yes, you can. Yes, I can. Thanks for always inspiring me!

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BASEBALLMOM410 3/10/2012 11:02AM

    I came across their videos several months ago and cried like a baby too! What an amazing and inspiring story. Congrats on the awesome mile run! emoticon

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SKIRNIR 3/10/2012 10:54AM

    I had to watch a different video to see that Team Hoyt was and what an interesting story. Rick certainly seems to appreciate his dad's efforts and loves the races it looks like.

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CIVIAV 3/10/2012 10:14AM

    Yes we can!

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JENJESS48 3/10/2012 10:07AM

    This calls for a big, fat emoticon

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BILL60 3/10/2012 9:21AM

    The "Hoyts" have, in the past, motivated me to do things I didn't think possible. Bottom line: You bet our Bepee that I can!!

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SKINNYMINNIE25 3/10/2012 9:17AM

    Glad the foot is better. BTW Dick will be 72 in May. What an amazing story. Thanks for sharing.


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LKEITHO 3/10/2012 9:05AM

    That video is definitely one of my favorites. And they are right - you can do this! Especially now that it seems like the foot is doing better.

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CASSIOEPIA 3/10/2012 8:35AM

    Loved their video, and I loved your blog of hope (I too suffer with PF pain).

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LINDAKAY228 3/10/2012 8:35AM

    I've seen their story a few times before and it is so amazing and inspirational. That autographed picture will surely be such an inspiration. If they can you can, and I can. I need to get really hustling again. Thanks for sharing.

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FIT2BETHIN 3/10/2012 8:28AM

    Good for you! I hope you continue to be pain free! Thanks for sharing the Hoyt story...incredibly inspiring!

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    Thank you for sharing this lovely story, Robert. Now I'm going to get off this couch and go for a run emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/10/2012 7:48AM

    yes you can, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOURBONIAN 3/10/2012 7:13AM

    That's awesome!

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CMHARRISON12 3/10/2012 7:12AM

    Robert, Thanks so much for sharing with us this special encouragement in your life. The Hoyt's have been inspirational to me as well. I don't run much anymore due to chronic nerve pain in both feet with morton's nueromas, however, I DO spin and Zumba and other activities that push me. Just so you know, YOU, Robert are often the voice in my head saying "You can!" and "Dig Deeper!". Your journey has been so helpful to me, thanks for all you do to encourage your SparkFriends!

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FITFOODIE806 3/10/2012 7:01AM

    Yes you can! Is right!!! Those are my favorite 3 words. I say it to myself over and over again to the rhythm of my feet during a hard run.
Thanks for sharing the Hoyt's story with people. There are not enough superlatives I the world for the 2 of them.
And high five on the mile!

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MCDOWN75 3/10/2012 6:55AM

    Thank you.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/10/2012 6:49AM

    YES you can! I've seen their story and It's amazing!

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DANA564 3/10/2012 6:45AM

    Yes, I've seen the story on the Hoyts, truly inspirational. I had also heard because of his dedication to his son and training, his marriage fell apart. I'm not sure of the details but once again it is all about BALANCE. Hooray for your foot and your mile run! emoticon You will be back to running your marathon! Yes, emoticon

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LITTLEBO 3/10/2012 1:17AM

    I remember seeing a blurb on this duo competing in a triathalon. They didn't make the time to continue on, and I cried like a baby, too.

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