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A Sunday Morning Half from a Different Perspective!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

DSSECRETS & I had an opportunity to meet and support SPENDERELLA61 (MARSHA) & ONEKIDSMOM (BARBARA) at the 2012 Lady Speed Stick Half Marathon in St Petersburg, Florida! We seized the day 'cause we are committed to our SparkFamily!
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Due to our own race schedules and an slightly inflamed Achilles, we couldn't run this HM but will next year! (We have the Turkey Trot this Thursday then the Space Coast half next Sunday!) I did find out our SparkFriends were doing this Half so D & I decided to support them in real time!
D & I were up at 4:30am today as we wanted to make sure to meet at Corral 4 to give all the positive waves we could to Marsha & Barb!


What better time to shake the pre-race jitters than to seize the photo op in the Corral! (I was the one nervous! These ladies were ready to own this Half!)


We said good luck, cleared the Corral area, and gave the ladies time to focus.


It was ten minutes to race time!


And they're off!


D & I did a bit of speed walking to get to the .5 mile point just in time to catch a blur of Barb followed by Marsha!


At this point, we wouldn't see them until they returned, passing the 7 mile marker. Earlier, D & I heard music. I thought it was a band. D thought, with all the instruments heard, it had to be a DJ!
THE BAND!
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The Bass Guitarist loved that I came over & shot the photo!


These guys were so good & focused on keeping the runners involved as they came by!



We found an opportunity to get breakfast then came back just in time to catch "Team Spark" again. More than halfway finished, with smiles on the faces, they were looking strong!


They turned by the band and headed to towards The Pier, a landmark in St Pete! They would do a U-Turn and pass us again!
I caught Barb...


but missed a shot of Marsha. I ran ahead of them to get some distance and was able to shoot another good shot of our happy runners!


At this point, we knew they would go to Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays! (They actually went into the dome and ran on the field turf!) We headed to the finish line to wait for their triumphant return!

I found the 13 Mile marker with the race clock on it and was compelled to shoot it!


When we got back, D went to scope the post-race infield area. I hung at the finish, cheering runners in.
To my surprise, I saw a friend I had run with the week before. She had Achilles surgery last year, and gave me advice on the care of my recovering Achilles. I shouted out just before she crossed, she gave me a smile, and then put on her determined look as she finished out!


I also caught this runner on her way to The Pier! Everyone cheered for her as she came to the finish with the flag she had carried during the entire half!

I get emotional at the finish line!

Then I saw Marsha & Barb coming to the finish!

The woman in the rainbow tutu was the finish line Mistress of Ceremonies, callin out runner names and encouraging runners to the finish!

Seconds after they crossed the finish, Barb & Marsha struck a pose for me!


It was so cool to have our Nation's Heroes present the finisher's medals, first to Marsha with Barb ready to receive hers! Priceless!


Well done, Ladies! D & I thank you for sharing the experience. It was a truly blessed Sunday morning!





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AGK3112 11/22/2012 12:32PM

    emoticon Pictures... & emoticon blog

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MDMNINA 11/20/2012 1:21PM

    Meeting fellow sparkers is the greatest!

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LJCANNON 11/20/2012 12:49AM

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What a wonderful Day!! Your Pictures and narrative makes me feel almost like I was there.

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DSSECRETS 11/19/2012 2:55PM

    So glad I could be there to share this awesome accomplishment with Marsha and Barbara!
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TRILLIUM22 11/19/2012 1:17PM

    Love the blog and the pictures. I bet they both really appreciated you being there, cheering them on and taking photos.

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LESLIELENORE 11/19/2012 11:49AM

    Great pictures! How cool that you got to go cheer on some fellow sparkers.

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MEXGAL1 11/19/2012 9:38AM

    How wonderful for you and your wife to get up early and support other sparkers!!! You guys are simply great! I had sent a sparks goodie to Marsha letting her know I was thinking of her. So proud of her for her accomplishment. They both look so happy.
Thank you so much for taking photos and posting to share with us.
Have a terrific week.
Sallie

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KKKAREN 11/19/2012 9:18AM

    Monty is was so great of your and D to go cheer on your fellow sparkers!

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THIMBLER 11/19/2012 6:43AM

    Thank you for sharing this amazing race. I hope you AT gets to feeling better soon and you have a great race on Thursday and Sunday. I am doing the Turkey Trot and nervouse enough about that, but I know it will be fun too. Can't wait!

You and D have a great Thanksgiving!!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 11/19/2012 5:28AM

    Thanks for taking photos of my inspirations! emoticon

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KRISZTA11 11/19/2012 2:57AM

    Thank you for sharing the photos and the race report!
You did a great thing supporting SP friend, and inspired so many of us.
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WINDSURFNERD 11/19/2012 12:16AM

    Great race report! You are a hero for supporting the racers...I know my cheer squad gave me the positive energy to finish strong and smiling! And the pix will help record the big moment, a huge gift.
Naomi

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/18/2012 10:44PM

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/18/2012 9:30PM

    What a really cool and supportive thing to do!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/18/2012 8:52PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your blog and pictures with us. Marsha was really lucky to have both of you there to cheer her on!

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PMRUNNER 11/18/2012 7:56PM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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PLANTAGO 11/18/2012 7:47PM

    What a cool blog! Yeah! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 11/18/2012 6:43PM

    Soooooo great of you to support Barb and Marsha and get all of these fabulous photos to share with their celebrating fans here at SP!! Thank you!!

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ROXYZMOM 11/18/2012 6:40PM

    That is too cool! How wonderful you were to go cheer them on! I am sparked!!

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KARIDIAN1 11/18/2012 6:27PM

    Great photos of both of them. Have been following Barbs Spark journey for some time now. Thanks for sharing the photos with everyone.

Great bling for the medals too.

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_LINDA 11/18/2012 6:06PM

    Fantastic photos! So wonderful to see all those triumphant finishers! Thanks for being there for our wonderul Spark friends and helping celebrate with them on their big day!!

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MDOTZERO 11/18/2012 5:40PM

    Thanks so much for sharing all of these photos! Good luck with your achilles and upcoming races!

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NATPLUMMER 11/18/2012 5:39PM

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DALID414 11/18/2012 5:33PM

    That's awesome!

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/18/2012 5:24PM

    Monty, I know you wanted to do this race, but you are a champion to cheer on others! That means so much in a race! So get that achilles tendon healed up and get the next HM!!!

(It's so hard to imagine wearing shorts in November!)

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SHARON10002 11/18/2012 5:03PM

    Thanks for all of the great pictures and all of your hard work with your commentary account of the race!

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SUNNY332 11/18/2012 5:01PM

    Oh my goodness, what a great post of the race. I am a good friend of Barbs and she directed us to your blog.

Best wishes to you on your Turkey Trot and the Space Coast Half next weekend.

Thanks for posting and being so supportive.

Sunny

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KERRYG155 11/18/2012 4:50PM

    Good for them for doing the race and doing so well and it's really great that you were there to support them!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/18/2012 4:39PM

    Thanks so much for your support and the great photos! We had our personal photogs and cheerleaders. Woo-hoo for the Spark community! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 11/18/2012 4:35PM

    Monty, What can I say?? You went way over and above the call of duty supporting and helping us through this half!! I just can't say THANKS enough. You are a SparkFriend extraordinaire!! Thanks go to Darren, too!

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SEABREEZE64 11/18/2012 4:17PM

    Great "cheering" blog!

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