MIRAGE727's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIRAGE727 MIRAGE727's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Stop Wasting Your Time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803201 ...on what was! You can even turn THAT into an excuse! Nobody wants to hear negative! FOCUS! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l170083292.jpg"> <BR> <BR> AND always look for ways to improve! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l269904087.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Every day will get better and better! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Much love... <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:27:44 EST My 4th SparkVersary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799778 After 57 pounds, 53 5Ks, 3 10Ks, 1 10Miler, 8 Half Marathons, 2 Duathlons & 7 Triathlons, I AM A WINNER ON THIS AMAZING RACE! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l434434768.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yeah, I stole that from CBS's Amazing Race! I love when Phil says that to the winners every season. <BR> <BR> All I can say is patience, perseverance, consistency, focus, belief, commitment, positivity, they've all become a part of living a healthy lifestyle. If you know me, then... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:15:29 EST Speaking from the Heart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798958 Tonight I did my Wednesday Night Run Club! At the after-run social, I spoke with a 24 year old young lady! I knew she had broken up with one of the premier runners in our area. In her own right, she was an age group podium athlete. We had done the Longleaf Triathlon together this past Sunday. I told her that at my age, I was inspired by her efforts. She knew my story and told me the same. <BR> She told me that had she stayed home, she would have cried through the night. She was glad she ca... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:41:06 EST Patience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793506 Lately, I'd "acquired" a few nicks and bruises. So, I've had to focus on everything I could to insure the healing process once again. <BR> <BR> We're always faced with the challenge of patience. I especially recognized it when I started this journey almost four years ago. <BR> I focused on how I would come out of it stronger, wiser, and renewed like a Phoenix! I found a way to get through it and uttered these words to myself! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 15:59:17 EST 2014 Hooters DBL Duathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792967 On MONDAY, Sep 22 I did the Hooters DBL (Du it Before Lunch) Duathlon! A local Race Director & close friend came up with an idea and went for it. Have a Duathlon on a Monday and see who shows up! Over 100 athletes showed up at 6:00am at Ft DeSoto, Fl. <BR> <BR> My Dear Friend, Race Director & Multisport Cheerleader Extraordinaire, Suzanne! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l552871242.jpg"> <BR> At Packet Pickup! <BR> <BR> I got up at 4:45am, Monday morning, got my gear... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:47:46 EST 2014 Thin Mint Sprint http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789119 <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <BR> So, last year's theme was "the ultimatum run" where I had to finish in the Top 50 to score a box of Thin Mints for D. This year, it was all about doing " a fun run with Gianna!" We could also look forward to a post-race Girl Scout cookie tasting ! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> D & I were nursing slight knee and calf situations so it was perfect to do the race "at G's pace." G spent the night so we could get out to the "S... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:49:42 EST Become a Runner? at 60? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787294 <BR> 2012 Tampa Bay AIDS Walk 5K <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1877099404.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2012 Santa's Twilight 5K <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1873167244.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2013 Gasparilla Too Good for Drugs Kids Races <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1433343777.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1620029336.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2014 Miles for Men 5K <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:58:52 EST 2014 Miles for Men Prostate Cancer Awareness Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784830 Since 2008, I've been the proud recipient of 3 biopsies! I will add here that all were benign. Because of this history, I've become keenly aware of prostate cancer and support awareness. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I also have a loving supportive family. So DSCESRETS (DW), LEC22041 (my Sis, Linnie), Gwen (DiL), and my Gianna, ALL did the race in support! This is the money shot! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l318599893.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Tri-Partner, Rob and his... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:33:28 EST Everyone Has the Right! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783214 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1353050532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l873219003.jpg"> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:32:53 EST 2014 Tarpon Springs Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782138 First & foremost, I'm thankful for my wife, DSSECRETS, who is always with me at my Triathlons. She takes all the fabulous photos, which can be very telling about the journey. She also shows the wonderful support I have. My Sis, LEC22041, made her 2nd trip from the DC area, just to see me do another Tri! She also joined us in the Miles 4 Men 5K later in the day! <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> You get up at 4:00am, you hit the Tri Transition Site early, and you get the best spot on the rack! ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:48:54 EST FIRST THOUGHT of the DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777048 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1501522333.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found that when I get up in the morning, I'm excited by the fact that I have the opportunity to make myself better. I try to carry that with me throughout the day. <BR> <BR> Dr Seuss provides a great daily thought! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l484618189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Learn it! Love it! Live it! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1781089168.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ro... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:21:56 EST RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771770 You've committed. You pressed the button. You're feeling good! AND you walk away, thinking, "Can't wait to start tomorrow!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1885581195.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1498552094.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l921004217.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l663765957.jpg"> <BR> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:07:10 EST STOP! READ! RECOMMIT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770158 No matter where you are in the journey, STOP for 60 SECONDS, and recommit to become better than you ever have before! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l352065363.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l849834684.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1535874844.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1426882209.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Much love... <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:12:47 EST PLEEEZE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769196 I'm tired of reading, "I'm taking the weekend off!" "I'm going to take a break!" <BR> I wouldn't say it if I didn't care! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1093102001.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Stay Focused! You want to realize your goals! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1578542362.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Give it everything you got...then a little more! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l178942684.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Show th... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:30:21 EST Courage to Tri Report AND Reality Check! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767236 When I crossed the Finish Line, I realized how fitting this Triathlon name truly was! <BR> <BR> Once again, DSSECRETS created a fantastic photographic story of this race and I am so thankful for her effort! <BR> <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> We arrived around 5:30am with more than enough time for me to get situated & relaxed. <BR> After completing my transition area, I went over to say hey to our bike mechanic who volunteered his time for this Tri! Team Outspokin rocks! <BR> <img src="http:/... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:44:41 EST 2014 Top Gun Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757708 I wasn't going to do Top Gun this year but then I realized it was my first Tri and this was my 1st Anniversary as a Triathlete! My sis came to visit so she could see my Tri and be with me during my procedure. (Which you all know came out with great results!) I had a full SUV with DSSECRETS, my Sis, and Rob, my training bud, with me. <BR> <BR> I gave D my smartphone and she shot all the photos here. She did a fab job! <BR> <em>380</em> <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Arrived at the Race ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:06:40 EST Geeking on The Run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756016 I've been reading over several running forums. I found a recurring theme of Personal Records (PR) & Personal Bests (PB) which made me think. <BR> <em>182</em> <BR> I've now done enough Triathlons to try to compare my times The swim depended on the day's conditions. They've either been choppy and calm. The bike distance for a Sprint can range from 400 to 750 meters The run can always vary in distance from the fixed 3.1 miles and in altitude. So, I look at my performance relatively. <BR> ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 22:36:01 EST FREE YOUR MIND! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751951 I'm a Geek, a Nerd, and I've lived Big Bang Theory! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l621717575.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've always been too analytical! I've always been intellectually sound. I've learned to be a bit better on this journey! It's not always about data! SO, it became important to go out of my comfort zone to try new ways of doing things. Holistic healing, yoga, and meditation come to mind! They are all realized in my journey now. <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 22:57:42 EST I GOT THIS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749398 Ya Just Gotta Believe! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l199959899.jpg"> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:22:48 EST No Breaks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747190 I believe any lifestyle is 24/7! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l992012725.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:58:07 EST Negative People! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744907 I have to remind myself every day! People outside of my circle of influence, former friends, and seeing what others tolerate can really get old! I will take the action I need to resolve the negativity trying to infiltrate the life I OWN! <BR> The negative miserable people are there in life! I've let go of those people who were supposedly friends! I turn on the rest! <BR> Don't defend or give me reasons for them being around you! It tells me they own you! (I also have a delete key!) <BR> <e... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:17:44 EST A Secret to Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740366 In everything we do... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2130289920.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...we will find how much potential we have within! And THAT will determine our success! <BR> <BR> Much love... <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:32:24 EST To 5K Your Way Running Team & All Needing Motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739500 There are days when my mind starts to play games with me and all these bs excuses start to come out! <BR> "My stomach aches!" I THINK I have a headache." "My legs feel heavy!' <BR> BLAH! BLAH! BLAH! <BR> We all have these moments! Then I dive into my "Run Life" folder... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1678412309.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1810900239.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l28... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:26:11 EST "I'm NOT Motivated!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737239 Hell no, I didn't say that! I will never say that! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2095316609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now! When you start to feel that excuse coming on.... <BR> YOU go here... <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles_list.asp </link> <BR> <BR> ...and read until you get it! Self-educate! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1620505240.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's Rock! <BR> <em... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:38:29 EST The Best Medal I Have! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735447 I've been a runner since Nov 2010. We've accumulated a nice rack load of medals in that time... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l608403143.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got this card from My Granddaughter Gianna on May 25, my 64th Birthday! THIS is my most precious and priceless medal I've ever received in my life! Inside the card she writes, "I could never have a better Grandad!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1184789164.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Gia... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 15:30:39 EST 2014 Kiwanis Midnight Run on Dunedin Causeway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732630 Since D & I have embraced a healthy lifestyle in 2010, we started several new traditions. One of them is doing this race every July 3 at 11:25pm. I used to finish it after Midnight. Not any more! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I distinctly remember getting seriously ill in May 2011. I was in the hospital for 5 days. I started recovery and set a goal to do this race, our first Midnight Run! I used an "Interval" walk/run to get through it and was proud of the fact I did it in 47 minutes. <B... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 17:17:31 EST Embrace What it Takes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731473 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l221219418.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Believe me when I say, "It's worth it!" <BR> <BR> Much love.. <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:57:35 EST Don't Read This 'cause I'm Ragin'! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730756 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l822118973.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <BR> This is not directed at anyone who has a serious medical condition that cannot be controlled. I feel and pray for healings. <BR> <BR> I'm ragin' on! <BR> I've been gifted with the knowledge to read and profile people! It really helps me when I play poker...and it can pay good too! <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> The bad thing about it is I can read something someone writes and I know why they're wr... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 17:31:30 EST For All My Tri Sisters! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725034 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l220177754.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...and I tri...hard! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> There are too many Tri women who inspire & motivate me! Thank you all! <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:34:16 EST Message to Self! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724121 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1601800729.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need to remember this every day! After all these years, I can't waste my energy and time. If I embrace every moment and try to make it positive, life is good! I'm going to focus on and embrace this starting right now! <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:43:59 EST MY Sunday Sermon: Dig Deep Within! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723460 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l114264671.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No one said this would be easy! You have to challenge yourself. If you truly want to live to have healthy babies, to see your kids grow up, to be an active grandparent, to take care of others, to live without fear of early death, you focus all your energy on your goals. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l271542743.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You get organized and you make the time, you prioritize, ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:53:38 EST 2014 Dunedin Rotary Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720495 This was my 1st Tri of 2014. Last year, I volunteered to advance my Tri education. I swore I would do it this year...especially since it's about 3.5 miles from my front door! Yeah...Paradise! <BR> <BR> I love this shot I took just before dawn of the Tri Race Site! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l120559454.jpg"> <BR> Yeah, life is beautiful! <BR> <BR> The Transition area at dawn.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1722303379.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Si... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:37:31 EST Pajama 5K Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716600 So, some of my rowdy runner friends put pressure on me to sign us up for this Friday evening fun run. Yes, it was just an excuse for a bunch of people to run around Safety Harbor, Fl. at 7:30pm..in their nightwear! <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> Now, some of you know how I preach to "have fun on your run!" THIS is the perfect example. AND the after party was going to rock hard! <BR> <em>236</em> <BR> Let's just go to the photos! <BR> <BR> These ladies were on their way to check in and obliged ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:32:30 EST 2014 TES Field Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699505 I am a proud volunteer at Gianna's Trinity Elementary School! I was very excited when called to work her Field Day! Now, 200 years ago, or 54 to be exact, my Field Day consisted of track and field events! G told me there would be hair painting, slushies, tug-of-war, and a lot of games! Obviously, I needed to be educated on modern education. <BR> <BR> So I picked up Gianna early so we could go to breakfast before we went to school! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1004... Tue, 20 May 2014 20:34:43 EST RuPaul Says... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698302 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l483518669.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Start...Right Here, Right Now! <BR> <BR> "Forget the Haters! They're losers and I said it!" <BR> ~ Monty <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 19 May 2014 10:24:18 EST 3 Year Maintaining Anniversary Secrets of Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697081 I found this photo from Fall 2007 (57 years old) just to post it today! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1358775204.jpg"> <BR> <BR> February 2014 (63 years old) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l850490044.jpg"> <BR> Half Marathon Personal Record! <BR> <BR> I'm not going to go on any further about what I've achieved! I am going to share what I've discovered and some of what worked for me since I joined SparkPeople in October of 2010. THIS is re... Sat, 17 May 2014 14:13:49 EST Get the Best out of Yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689077 I created & posted this as leader to my SparkPeople's Official 5K Your Way Running Program Team. I thought it's message might strengthen focus in all my friends. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l451637967.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Learn more about Meb Keflezighi, our 2014 Boston Marathon winner! <BR> Embrace inspiration! <BR> <link>marathonmeb.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Stay Healthy, My Friends!" <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 6 May 2014 15:43:00 EST Rx: Positive Waves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683165 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1036473139.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We all go through times of adversity. Whether it's illness, family or personal crisis, even on our journey, we have to address it properly. Taking a positive road is the healthiest proactive measure. Embrace it and come out of the challenge stronger. It should be part of every remedy! <BR> <BR> Much love...Monty <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:47:17 EST Don't Settle for Anything Less! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682243 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2142308863.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Beautiful can be used as an excuse. It can also affect your health! Give beautiful a long healthy life! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:53:46 EST What Would Rinny Do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681923 The highlight of my day...seeing this Rock Star run by me twice! <BR> <BR> Mirinda "Rinny" Carfrae <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l233088345.jpg"> <BR> 2013 Kona Ironman World Championship <BR> <BR> <link>mirindacarfrae.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm comin' back strong! <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:28:15 EST TO ALL RUNNERS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681053 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1928363657.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and for those who asked what I bought at the Expo... <BR> <BR> The ISM Adamo Breakaway Bike Seat. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1665901846.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:01:40 EST OMG! I MET A ROCK STAR TRIATHLETE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680592 I went with my TriBud, Rob, to hit the St Anthony's Triathlon Sport & Health Expo today! We started scoping out great buys. <BR> <BR> We went over to TYR to check out their wetsuits, sample all kinds of energy drinks, gels, checked out gear, new bikes and whatever! We made it over to Outspokin' Bicycles, our soon to be permanent Race Team Sponsors, then hit ISM and checked out their bike seats. We got a great education on their new design which enables one to seat properly on the bones mean... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:50:18 EST OMG! I'm Thinking Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679513 Crazy day...in my mind! <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> It's wash day, bedclothes and a lot of running/workout clothes! Go figure. I do a lot of thinking on these days. Huh? <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> I'm looking for race running shorts alternatives...and I think I found several. The research will continue! <BR> <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> I'm also looking at my race schedule. Between great runs and Triathlons, it's a crowded year! That's w... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:11:50 EST The Strong Ones! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678648 I saw this on Facebook. No doubt, it applies to men as well as women! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l90908000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Need a reality check? Think about where you started from, where you are, and where you're going. <BR> <BR> Then remember this... <BR> <BR> <link>www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nat<BR>ion/wp/2014/04/22/the-story-behind-tha<BR>t-boston-marathon-photo-of-runners-car<BR>rying-a-competitor-toward-the-finish/ </link> <BR> <BR> We're ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:32:22 EST 2014 Hooters Beach Bunny 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677207 I decided to work this race with my close friends who create these fun races. I enjoy giving back and I also educate our new volunteers on how to perform as they can encourage and support runners. I don't want to see a volunteer more concerned about anything else but the runners on the course. Most of you runners know what I'm talking about. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Anyway I just wanted to share some fun and photos today! <BR> <BR> my Bud, Suzanne of Xanadu Race Management! <BR> <img src=... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:42:31 EST 2014 Iron Girl 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674494 I'm always proud of my family. D & Linnie had me beaming all day. I love this race celebrating the assertiveness, empowerment, and independence of Women! I truly support! So, this day I am crew to them and all Iron Girls! I hope my girls will be joined by Gianna, my Granddaughter, next year! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> 0600hrs <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l639365830.jpg"> <BR> D, Susan (run teammate & close friend) & Linnie hit the race site early and are ready... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:44:47 EST 2014 Leprechaun Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672594 Last years' Challenge was a Duathlon the first day in Palm Harbor then a 5K the next day in Dunedin! <BR> <em>57</em> <em>108</em> <em>57</em> <BR> This year's challenge was doing a 10K, 5K, & 1Miler, one right after the other! You can do the challenge or choose the races you want to run! Oh yeah, we did the Challenge! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l334999508.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Suzanne, Xanadu Race Management Director, always comes up with the best fun... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:46:03 EST 2014 Inaugural Excalibur 10 Miler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666308 Better Late than Never! <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> We got locked out of the Space Coast Marathon/Half this past November so I looked around and found the same Race Director, a friend, was creating this new annual race. So... <BR> <BR> Road Trip to Viera, FL! <BR> We drove directly to Running Zone in Melbourne and hit Packet Pickup. We picked up our armor shirts! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l147649245.jpg"> <BR> <BR> D & I decided to try out the Royal Throne! <BR> ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:13:28 EST RUNNERS UNITE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664159 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/27/se<BR>lf-magazine-cancer-survivor_n_5043271.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> Last night, Dunedin Running Club in Dunedin, FL ran down Edgewater Linear Park, parallel to Edgewater Dr.! The support from drivers, walkers, and all who witnessed was off the hook! Everyone asked about it! <BR> You mess with 2 runners, you mess with 35,904,000 runners in the US! (2009 survey) We will rock you! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 09:48:37 EST Healthy Lifestyle Fallout! (Part Deux) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635297 I got up this morning, took out my bike, rode to breakfast, and got a 'lil bonus cross training in. The beauty is that I got my quads fired up. That's great since the last two Half Marathons left me with DOMS specifically aimed at my quads. I'm biking tomorrow as well. <BR> Feeling positive about the Excalibur 10 Miler on Sunday! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l644360262.jpg"> <BR> (See Kelly's Heroes! Donald Sutherland rocks it!) <BR> <... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:06:58 EST