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Saturday, May 05, 2012

Last year, then this year:

Got my packet this morning. This year they have your NAME on the tag... well, your first name, anyway. We shall see how that flies with the spectators. Weather man has lowered the predicted high for tomorrow to 76 F, and upped the chance of rain to 60%. WELL! That sure beats the 90 degrees and sun that's out there right now for a 13.1 mile effort.

I actually listened to the motivational speaker this year... a young man who pulled himself out of depression by starting to run (slowly), when he originally weighed 365 pounds... finishing an Ironman, in the end, 120 pounds lighter. He would fit right in at Spark - the message sounds familiar. The most important thing, from his perspective: he is now HAPPY!

Onward! I'll give the after-race report tomorrow.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MNTWINSGAL 5/6/2012 2:21PM

    Woo Hoo! Sounds like an awesome day, Barb. I'm so glad the rain deferred to the race, and your happiness and humility is absolutely bringing a tear to my eye.

Congrats, congrats, congrats!

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_LINDA 5/6/2012 1:29AM

    Go, Barb, GO!
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Me cheering you on!

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SUNNY1432 5/5/2012 11:04PM

    emoticon Hope you have fun!! emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/5/2012 10:05PM

    Have a great race!!!

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LJCANNON 5/5/2012 9:49PM

    emoticon Good Luck, Barb!!!

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LEANJEAN6 5/5/2012 9:30PM

    Hope you finish it in a great time!!!--Hope you enjoy the day too Barb!!--Lynda emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/5/2012 9:20PM

    Good luck, Barb!!

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REJ7777 5/5/2012 9:09PM

    It's encouraging that the forecast is predicting cooler weather! Wishing you a great race and am looking forward to reading about it. emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 5/5/2012 8:07PM

    Have a wonderful fun walk/run !!! I did my Half today - what a great experience - one I never dreamed I would have!!! Can't wait to hear about yours!!!

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SUE_2U 5/5/2012 8:03PM

    You're going to do so well, especially if it is not as hot.
Wow... I can't imagine running a marathon at my weight. That young man is such an inspiration. Ironman! My goodness! He sure does sound like one who is Spark On!

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MSLZZY 5/5/2012 7:37PM

    Good luck! HUGS!

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WATERMELLEN 5/5/2012 7:12PM

    All best with all of it!!

Happy, healthy . . . sounds good. Nothing better, in fact!

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MOBYCARP 5/5/2012 7:06PM

    Best of luck with the weather; may it rain and knock all the allergens out of the air, then be dry enough to be comfortable when you're doing the HM!

I look forward to a report tomorrow that tells us how much fun you had.

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KARIDIAN1 5/5/2012 6:08PM

    You look great, have a good time.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/5/2012 5:24PM

    Good luck, Barb!

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