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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Alot has happened over the last week / weekend. I've got exactly 5 minutes to tell it all so I will very quickly summarize it. It's a real rush of excitement when you are finally seeing your goals starting to come to pass.

One big race wasn't enough for me. It was hard to just lay down my sword after the 70.3 and call it quits for the year so I signed up for the Iron Mountain Half Marathon in September and the Whistlestop Half Marathon in October. In November I am going to be travelling to an RRCA seminar for running coach certification.

Also getting my CPR / AED / First Aid training in about a month or so as well to get that lined up for both the RRCA and the ACE certification requirements.

The best part of all is that I met with the gym manager yesterday and nailed down some concrete times to start my classes. This has some real potential to get big and the manager is behind me 100%. If this takes off I will also be travelling to 2 other locations as well to teach. I'll pass that on as I go.

Also, once certified, I will also be starting up a Couch to 5k running group and also a Half Marathon training group. The HM group is mostly aimed at getting first timers across the finish line but is for all runners. In our class we will embrace "no runner left behind". Everyone finishes. The vision is to pick out a local race and that I would see everyone through to the finish line, have a group party at the end, share "war stories" etc... everything that I can think of to really make the first event as memorable as possible so it will stick with them for the rest of their journey.. I know what it has done for me and the sense of camaraderie is something that I never really had but would like to give to others. It's important.

OK...gotta run.... it's off to work...

What are you going to do to reach for YOUR goals today?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LCRUMLEY81 8/28/2013 8:19AM

  great job

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MIMIDOT 8/28/2013 8:18AM

    You're doing great! Thanks for sharing.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 8/28/2013 8:11AM


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IDICEM 8/28/2013 7:16AM

    Like the Energizer bunny, you just keep going. Love it! Great news on the classes and the HM!

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WATERDIAMONDS 8/28/2013 7:00AM

    Every step you've taken, all the dues you've paid--look how they're coming together for you!

Congratulations just isn't enough. You have found your true calling in life, and I'm so proud of you.

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PENOWOK 8/28/2013 6:44AM

    That's truly awesome, Robert! Congrats!!

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SHERYLP461 8/28/2013 6:34AM

    You rock!

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THEBEV2 8/28/2013 6:07AM

    I wish I could join your HM Training Group. Its hard going it alone. Too bad I live in PA. Awesome job following through and making your dreams reality Robert!

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BESSHAILE 8/28/2013 5:36AM

    I can't wait to hear about your adventures in coaching.

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LRSILVER 8/28/2013 4:48AM

    WTG.woo hoo.

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SANDYCRANE 8/28/2013 4:48AM

    You will be a great teacher and leader. Congratulations.


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ASMARTERWAY 8/28/2013 3:29AM

    You've come a long way.

Today I'm going to the gym after work, stretching in the office and eating a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner to reach my goal. Thanks for sharing yours.


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LIVEDAILY 8/27/2013 10:50PM

    Wonderful!! Good for you!!

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ALDEBARANIAN 8/27/2013 10:45PM

    This is great. No moss on that stone! :)

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 8/27/2013 9:33PM

    You're a good way!

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COLOR-BLUE 8/27/2013 9:31PM


emoticon on your new lifestyle change!!! God has been grooming you for this very time, when you can spread you wings and SOAR LIKE THE EAGLES!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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BOILHAM 8/27/2013 8:15PM

    There's no stopping you! Glad you are enjoying all this.

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KARRENLYNN 8/27/2013 7:44PM

    How exciting that your on your way to accomplishing goals that make you happy. You've been sounding much happier as you've been working on things outside of your job. I'm really happy for you and I'm cheering you on!


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RUNNERRACHEL 8/27/2013 7:39PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Goals for the day: Workout in the morning DONE. Bonus workout in the afternoon...getting to it! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 8/27/2013 5:38PM

    You are so amazing! I know you are going to carry that in as you do the classes and the other projects you have lined up!

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ALIDOSHA 8/27/2013 5:19PM

    I feel dumb - your activity is astonishing indeed! You've been blessed indeed! emoticon

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    Maybe you should do a class in the lower peninsula too and give some love to your troll friends :) Congrats on everything! You are going to do amazing with your class! It's a great opportunity to inspire so many other people!

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REALLY_ROBIN 8/27/2013 3:24PM

  A group of marine's has that motto. They do a 100 mile run in 24 hours to honor all those affected by war and to remember those who have fallen, near my house once a year. And it's not at all about who finishes first. They cross the finish line all together at the end...helping each other along the way. That's awesome what you have going on....I'm glad you are passing your knowledge along to help those who come after! Hugs...Robin

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DALID414 8/27/2013 2:06PM

    No runner left behind- I love that motto!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/27/2013 1:59PM

    Congrats on finding your new goal and proceeding to rock the world while getting there.

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LINDAK25 8/27/2013 1:51PM

    Wow, you are a busy man! Good for you. Can you imagine doing this 100 pounds ago? You really did get your life back and then some.

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KATHIC2 8/27/2013 1:05PM

  I would love to attend!

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SHAPEITUP3 8/27/2013 1:00PM

    i wish you lived near me!!! I would participate in your groups for sure!

GOOD LUCK, my friend!

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SJKENT1 8/27/2013 11:56AM

    You have so much to share. Good for you!

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LEAH956A 8/27/2013 11:34AM

    That is really awesome that you are sharing your enthusiasm with others! I am sure you will be an awesome inspiration for your students! How empowering to know that bigger and better things await you!!

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MOMMINATOR 8/27/2013 11:33AM

    What an amazing journey you are on, my friend!
ROCK on!

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SLIMLEAF 8/27/2013 10:26AM

    It's great to hear of your energy and enthusiasm, Robert.

Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your exciting news!

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PATTISTAMPS 8/27/2013 10:17AM

    YES!!! I am so excited for you! I really really hope that this will put you on a path to where you can support yourself and your family with your training work, and be able to quit the mining work. I know you can do this! You have come so far!

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CATIATM 8/27/2013 9:45AM

    You are on FIRE! Good for you!!!!! emoticon

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JASMINELOU 8/27/2013 9:33AM


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CM_GARDNER78 8/27/2013 9:20AM

    Awesome. One of those locations wouldn't happen to take you to the Copper Country, would it?! ;-) Can't wait to hear how your first class goes!!!! :-)

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GINGERLY4 8/27/2013 9:16AM

    You are going to be one busy man!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 8/27/2013 8:56AM


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GINGERHAWK 8/27/2013 8:47AM

  What a WONDERFUL update - yay for you! I can't wait to hear more about the classes, running groups, etc as you progress in the planning!

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VICKYMARIEC 8/27/2013 8:46AM

    WOW! Did you EVER think any of this would be possible?! Congrats!!!!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/27/2013 8:24AM

    Wow! You're rocking this stuff out!! emoticon emoticon

And to answer your questions about my goals today: Tracking my food, making healthy choices, lots of freggies, lean protein & whole grains. Drinking my water. Tonight is ST night.

Have a great day!! emoticon

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BLUEROSE73 8/27/2013 8:23AM

    That is awesome to hear. Congratulations on everything that is falling into place for you.

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DOGLADY13 8/27/2013 7:55AM

    To answer your question - today's goal is to eat well, swim and log all of it.

Your excitement about training others is almost tangible. It put a smile on my face.

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DR8561 8/27/2013 7:39AM

    emoticon I hope the coaching really takes off!

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MSLZZY 8/27/2013 7:32AM

    Such exciting news! You will be an emoticon coach! Good luck!

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NUOVAELLE 8/27/2013 7:28AM

    There's nothing more inspiring than a person who is motivated by their own success and keeps on trying to reach their goals and setting new ones!
Good luck with everything! You deserve all the success that's about to come!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/27/2013 7:07AM

    I'm very excited for you. I wish I could be your first student!

To reach my goal of building my running stamina, I have a doctors appoint this morning to confirm what I believe is that I have plantar faciitis. I want to recovery correctly so I can get back to running safely as soon as possible.

Have a great day!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/27/2013 6:51AM

    Wow! That was wonderful!

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    That is super!!! Woohoo! You have come along way and you are not done yet! Passing it on to others is really cool. Thank you.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/27/2013 6:31AM

    Press on, fellow traveller... you know, I started reading your blog posts here on Spark when you posted the blogs that became the basis of your class. They contain much truth, lessons that so many of us have had to learn through trial and error for ourselves. I applaud your progress, and I predict that one day I'll be saying "I knew him when..."

Spark on!

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