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My second Runiversary

Friday, June 01, 2012

It's been 2 years!? Time does go by fast when you are having fun. It has indeed been a very exciting year. I went from 6 races in 2010 to 50 in 2011. Don't worry, I'll never do 50 again.

This second year of running has not been without hard times. I think I ran too much. Yes, it's possible. I was too stubborn and myopic to stop. I did learn though, so it wasn't in vain.

There is more to come as I travel and run races and meet more people. I love meeting Sparkers and other awesome people. I enjoy helping others reach goals. Seeing my family members start to run brings joy to my heart. I love this family and I will continue to inspire and motivate the masses! More adventures to come. You never know where I'll be next.

Here is a snapshot of some of the crazy things that happened this past year.

2011-12: Going the Distance pt. 2
- 43 races
- Finished the remainder of the Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix Series races (21)
- Ran my first ultra (Full mOOn 50k) - July 16
- Finished the 3-3-3 (3 races, 3 days, 3 states) - AR, MS, TN
- Became a member of Marathon Maniacs (#4893), Run it Fast (#116), & IRC
- Part of Team Marathon Bar and ICEdot Athletes
- Volunteered at more races than ever! Woohoo!
- Started writing articles for Arkansas Outside
- Joined Pace Per Mile as State Reporter
- Awarded Rookie of the Year

On to the photos! Woohoo!

Looking at this picture makes me hot! Sheesh! Mt. Magazine 15k (06/04/11)

Carmel Half Marathon (06/11/11)

About to kill myself at the the Go! Mile (06/18/11)

Yes, it was hot at the Malvern Brickfest 5k (06/25/11)

My buddy Jarrod and me after the Firecracker 5k (07/04/11)

I'm about to do whip my hair around after Tomato Festival 5k. Watch out! (07/09/11)

With Mark "Superman" Cato and his niece after Dam Night Run 5k (07/30/11)

Watermelon 5k (08/13/11)

A cool medal I snagged during my 3-3-3 fiasco (09/05/11)

You have to see the back, too!

BTWCOACH & FLBEACHBUM14 after Chick-fil-A 5k (09/06/11)

My first RnR race. I was in St. Louis and I met LOGOULD (10/23/11)

Pacing was fun. I'm doing it again this year at Soaring Wings Half Marathon (10/29/11)

World's Highest Hill 5-Miler in Oklahoma (11/12/11)

Dallas White Rock Marathon with JMERLAU (12/04/11)


Became Marathon Maniac #4893 after Mississippi Blues Marathon (01/07/12)

Ironman award for running all 21 Grand Prix races (02/04/12)

Marathon Maniac/Half Fanatic group pic at Little Rock Marathon (03/04/12)

Helping FLBEACHBUM14 finish his first half at Germantown Half Marathon (03/18/12)

Watching my step at Hoof It For Heifer 20k (04/14/12)

Finishing strong at Carmel Marathon (04/21/12)

Another pic from Carmel.

Kicking it with Gumby after RnR Country Music Half Marathon (04/28/12)

I got to meet Sparker JETERSGAL729 in Nashville at RnR CMM.

Helping a great guy in at Jesse is Awesome Half Marathon (05/13/12)

Me and the awesome ON2VICTORY2 at Green Bay Marathon (05/20/12)

Madison Half Marathon with NBMA (05/27/12)

Just a tad intense, eh?

I calmed down and met BRENDA_2012 at the Brat Fest while in Madison.

Run It Fast #116

Idiots Running Club...Some of this stuff I do is downright idiotic!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SBNORMAL 7/1/2012 8:47AM

  Love the blog, real inspiration. Run RUN RUN!!! emoticon emoticon

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MATTERJT 6/19/2012 2:18PM

    Wow! I'm so amazed at all the races you've participated in. I'm hoping to do my first Half Marathon sometime this year. The most I've ever run is 6 miles.

So tell me, do you carry any water with you on the long runs? I don't see anything attached to you. I thought that on long runs, you need to have something to drink or else you'd heel over. LOL!!!

Just trying to figure out what I need for the Half Marathon so I don't forget anything.

I love to travel, so hopefully, sometime in the future, we can meet up at a race. Then you can add me to the list of fellow sparkers that you have met. :-)

Awesome accomplishments! You are so inspiring! :-)

Have a wonderful day!

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    Way to go on all you have accomplished! Can't wait to see what's in store for you this year:)

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DROPPINOS 6/6/2012 1:38PM

    awesome pices & blog! Congrats emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JSTETSER 6/4/2012 6:18AM

    Watching the transformation in the photos is amazing.
You have come a long way in 2 years of running!

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TDONOVAN41 6/3/2012 12:34AM

    Well, I am truly impressed! emoticon

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SHERYL_B 6/2/2012 10:35PM

    What a great look back!

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JENNYDJENNY 6/2/2012 9:49PM

    awesome!!!!!!!!! VERY INSPIRING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KAREN_NY 6/2/2012 7:23PM

    Happy runiversary and HOLY WOW!!!! Just.... WOW.

Thanks for sharing such great pics - that Tupelo medal is evil.... in a good way. ;)

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ERLYWA 6/2/2012 12:23PM

    LOVE the blog! The pictures are awesome! I have another goal for you for 2012: SMILE in more of your pictures! LOL It's a great smile, you need to show it more!

Congrats on your successful second year of running. You are an inspiration to many, keep it up!


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DRB13_1 6/2/2012 10:39AM

    Now THAT's what I call a BLOG!!! emoticon
Love all the pics and YES, You are a Superman!
Badwater, here he comes!
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LAURIE5658 6/2/2012 10:25AM

    Nicholas, you are a prime example of awesomeness. Seriously!!!

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NATPLUMMER 6/2/2012 10:12AM

    Great races, great times!! :-)

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SEABREEZE65 6/2/2012 8:22AM

    What a great blog and all the photos are fantastic. You much have a "good" photographer following you from race to race!!!!

You are one strong runner!


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LMULLINS4LIFE 6/2/2012 6:33AM

    You crazy crazy fellow geek! Boy, do I look up to ya!

Thanks for welcoming me into your family and always always encouraging, motivating and lifting up. Said it before and I'll say it have a God-given gift. For running and for loving others.

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JMERLAU 6/2/2012 6:09AM

    SO proud to call you my Brother! I'm proud of you on many level Nicholas!

Keep inspiring the people!


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WONDERWOMAN 6/2/2012 12:14AM

    What amazing accomplishments in such a short time. Slow down. emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 6/2/2012 12:03AM

    Thanks for the honorable mention! It was a pleasure to meet the superhero!


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FRECKS96 6/1/2012 10:43PM

    AWESOME!!! You amaze me with all you do, congrats on reaching so many achievements this past year and good luck to all of them on the horizon!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/1/2012 10:25PM

    to heck with Jesse being Awesome, You are the Awesome one!
Congratulations on 2 great years of running, learning and most of all being fit! keep on going!

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PERFECTLY_LIFE 6/1/2012 9:48PM

That's all I got.
Fav pic...
And where is the pic if you sleeping your way through Green Bay?!
Just wondering...

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BRENDA_2012 6/1/2012 9:41PM

    emoticon Blog!!

emoticon on all of your accomplishments!

You are a great inspriation to me and I am glad that I got to meet you!!


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LOGOULD 6/1/2012 9:34PM

    WHEW!!! I'm tired just perusing your adventures of the past years - but what incredibly rich experiences they all were. You are truly a God-send to our running family and I, for one am blessed to know you! You personify the title Maniac --- GO GO GO #4893!!!

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JANETRIS 6/1/2012 8:48PM

    I love it....what a great 2 years! You've created so many memories and so much great progress! You make me want to love!! Here's to the next 2 years!! emoticon

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JETERSGAL729 6/1/2012 8:48PM

    Yay! Hopefully we'll get to meet again and get a much better picture together! One were I look half way decent! Was great to meet you for sure!!

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MYLADY4 6/1/2012 8:19PM

    Over achiever!!!!!!! Good for you though and glad you have made many new friends and had so many great adventures.

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MARATHONDAD 6/1/2012 6:32PM

    50 races in 1 year is nuts lol way to go buddy!!! You should come to winnipeg in Canada to run a half with me and my wife lol how do you join the marathon maniacs thats my kind of club lol. keep on running buddy!! I love to read your blogs and pick your brain for advice!!!

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MBSHAZZER 6/1/2012 6:01PM

    FIFTY RACES in ONE year?! Dude, I've been running since 1996 and I don't think I've done 50 races since then! You are AMAZING!!!!

Happy runniversary, just in time for National Run Day! Can't believe it's only been 2 years, you are truly a natural! CONGRATS!!!

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    Great blog. I can't even imagine all that running at this point.

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STARLIGHT615 6/1/2012 5:25PM

    Amazing!! Congrats on all ur races!

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NANCYRUBIO 6/1/2012 5:10PM

    emoticon emoticon on all your hard work. Love the pictures, thanks~

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LINDAKAY228 6/1/2012 5:10PM

    Congratulations on 2 amazing years and the lessons learned along the way! May you have many many more running years ahead!

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ABILUCHA 6/1/2012 5:05PM

    Whew! What a year! You, sir, are just a teeny bit nuts! :)

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