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Proud, Happy, Blessed

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Here's part of my Galloway running group, Dream Chasers, yesterday during the Miracle Mile. I'm in purple running shorts, mostly blocked by Fritz. I ended up passing him before it was over. As I posted yesterday, I finished the mile in 8:50 and was happy with that result. I'm already in the fastest half marathon group, so my assignment won't change. This year all the fast runners are in the marathon groups.

We have over 70 people in our group this year, but only 45 ran the Miracle Mile. Some chickened out. A group of 8 of our fastest runners were running the Grandfather Mountain Marathon, so they are excused. I came in 7th out of the runners yesterday. Except for Fritz who is 77, I was the oldest. We ran the Miracle Mile in waves by group so that the timers would be sure to get everyone's time correctly.

Here's my niece, Allyson, running fourth with the grey shirt/blue shorts, smiling. She ran her mile in 10:03. I think she was expecting to be faster. She is in the Cruise Control group, but was hoping to move up. Hope she'll be content with her assignment

My nephew, Martin, is in this group, the Turtles. He's running third in black shirt/blue shorts. He finished in 10:32 which is super good for him. His one mile time last year was over a minute slower. Of course he's lost more than 15 pounds in the year. He's hoping to be moved up to Allyson's group which would drive her nuts. Isn't sibling rivalry fun??

The Turtles run faster than the Super Sloths, which is lead by my friend, Shyre. Unfortunately she is in Costa Rica, and like many of our members, missed this event. Quite a few people had good vacation excuses.

Here's the Miracle Mile course we ran yesterday. It is just south and slightly east of our YMCA. It was not closed to traffic, but other than that, I liked the course. It was not as flat as a high school track, but not much incline.

While we're at it, let me throw in one more Lakeland-related running picture, although we did not run here yesterday:

It's a neighborhood we run fairly often, including during the Mayfaire 5K and the Lakeland Half Marathon I'll be running again this November.

Proud to be a runner! Happy to be a runner! Blessed to be a runner!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LEWILL1982 7/14/2014 9:57AM

    That's awesome, great time!

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JUNEPA 7/13/2014 10:10PM

    Way to improve your MM

Great your nephew and niece are participating and improving too !!

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MJREIMERS 7/13/2014 8:11PM

    emoticon running and I'm so happy for you! Keep enjoying it!

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FROSTY99 7/13/2014 5:33PM

    So glad you are able to do something that you enjoy so much. Getting healthy has blessed your life in so many ways and this is just one of them.

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ONMYMEDS 7/13/2014 12:44PM

    I love your enthusiasm for the sport.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/13/2014 12:33PM

    Well done!!! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 7/13/2014 12:22PM

    Yes you are truly blessed to be a runner.
Enjoy your Sunday.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/13/2014 11:49AM

    emoticon run, and Spark on! emoticon

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FOCUSONME57 7/13/2014 10:50AM

    emoticon emoticon Congrats on passing Fritz :)

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WATERMELLEN 7/13/2014 10:31AM

    What a glorious part of the world you live in!! And loved these pictures which really capture what an inspiration you are to your family (and us)!

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_LINDA 7/13/2014 10:22AM

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Yes indeed, and your absolute joy and love of the sport shine through and is inspiring to your niece and nephew!

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50YEARSAWIFE 7/13/2014 10:20AM

    You are amazing!!!! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/13/2014 10:18AM

    Your blogs make me smile. What an inspiration you are!

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GABY1948 7/13/2014 9:56AM

    I agree with the others, you are a GREAT runner, Marsha! emoticon

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HARROWJET 7/13/2014 9:54AM

    How nice to have family members running too. emoticon

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MIRAGE727 7/13/2014 9:11AM

    Love the Galloway Groups. My sister has been a member from the start of this year and I'm so proud of her. She did 6 miles yesterday, has lost 5 pounds for the year, and is coming along nicely. She is extremely happy with the group. Great job on your Miracle Mile, Marsha!

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SPINNINGJW 7/13/2014 8:46AM

    What a nice report on the Miracle Mile. Give your nephew my congratulations on his weight loss and healthy habits. He probably runs faster than I do. I think I would be a super sloth.

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HOLLYM48 7/13/2014 8:43AM

    wow, you are an awesome runner! Your time is unbelievable. Way to go. Continue having fun running! That is inspirational to me. I am running the 5K color run this morning and looking forward to getting drenched with color and having fun!

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