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4/18/14 5:25 P

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I do the Sprints now until I feel I own them. Sprints include 750 Meter Swim, 10-13 mile bike then a 5K.
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4/17/14 9:48 A

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Monty, how far do you run in a triathlon?

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4/17/14 9:40 A

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Outstanding, Debbie! I know you'll reach your goal.
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I'm cross training right now as I'm looking at 5 Triathlons this year starting in June. The St Pete Mad Dogs Triathlon Club invited me to volunteer at St Anthony's Triathlon, Apr 27, the USA Triathlon Regional Championships. I hope to do this premiere event next year.
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Looking forward to another Run for Boston tonight at Run Club!
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4/16/14 1:41 P

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Well, I'm not marathon ready or even half marathon ready but I already ran 10 miles this week (worked out inside because of the snow) and plan to get a total marathon in by Boston Marathon day April 21

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4/16/14 8:58 A

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Already missing my "Iron Girl" sister on so many levels!
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Last night I did one more run for Boston. I believe most of us take it to heart and are inspired by the incredible heart shown by our own! I am truly blessed to be the runner I am today. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this could happen! It proves to me anything is possible!
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4/15/14 6:40 A

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Having breakfast with Sis this morn on the way to Tampa International for her flight back to DC.
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Thinking about doing a solid paced distance at Run Group tonight.
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4/14/14 9:41 P

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That was a big ooops, Debby!
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4/14/14 9:07 A

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I like your new pic Monty!

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4/13/14 10:52 P

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Seriously! Went to watch the women own Iron Girl, celebratory breakfast, checked out The Masters, went to dinner with our running friends then went to cheer on one of our own runners as she rocked her Roller Derby team! What a fab Sunday in Paradise!
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Went to breakfast then Iron Girl Expo with D & Lin! Met with Milestones Sports Jewelry as we are on their Race Team for several races in 2014. I will probably become an Ambassador for them as I'll wear their colors at several Triathlons this year.
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We stopped for a snack break at Sea Dog Brewing Company before coming home. Now, we're taking a break then getting ready to go to our Besties' (and running bud!) Renewal Vows at Honeymoon Island then the after party at their parents' house. Sigh...another day in Paradise!
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4/10/14 1:21 P

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I'll be Cheerleading and probably do more than a 5K just running around. I'm gonna Garmin it!
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Had a great time at North Pinellas Tribe run group last night. D really enjoyed and will look for opportunities to go back! Lin had a good time as well!
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Today, took Sis to a new place for breakfast then did some shopping. Now, we're chillin' until Dunedin Running Club tonight.
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4/8/14 1:36 P

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Monty, are working the run? My favorite run is the Women's run in Billings the day before Mother's Day. All the men work the intersections and I think they have as much fun as the runners!

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Going to Tampa International to pick up my Sis. Going to spend the week showing her how to live a healthy lifestyle in the kitchen, in training, and in life a bit more! She's doing the Iron Girl 5K on Sunday with D and a bunch of other women runners from all three of my run groups! Great race! I'm excited for all of them!
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Getting the house ready for my Sister's return visit tomorrow! She's doing the Iron Girl Run next Sunday with D and a lot of my run group members! I'll be cheerleading!
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I'm excited to hear that she's now with a Galloway Training Group in the DC Metro Area! I'll work with her on "The Pinellas Trail." I'll also be showing her how to cook clean, tasty, and healthy this week! I'm excited that she is starting to embrace the fringes of a healthy lifestyle! Baby steps! We started in Dec and she's already done 2 5K and a 5 Miler. More importantly, she building a lot of quality training miles! Good times.
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4/6/14 9:58 P

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Brunch with great friends, then off to Crystal Beach for an arts & crafts festival, then chillin' at home for the evening. Sometimes, ya just need a break!
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Hope you get better soon, Deb!
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Got up this morning and took off on the road with D to breakfast! Round trip was 4.5 miles and so worth it. It was nice to share the time as we do different paces at races.
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I already nailed two speed training sessions and a slower paced 5K earlier this week. I just thought the weekend deserved a 'lil road work!
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Now, quality time with Gianna at the Palm Harbor Citrus Festival! Saturday is fund day!
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4/4/14 1:28 P

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I couldn't agree with you more, Debby!
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I saw that picture on the internet a few days ago. Shame on "Self" magazine. That is very bad. They should support anything that supports cancer. I've run in races where we wore tutus, grass skirts, tiaras, you name it. It's all part of supporting whatever charity that run is put on for.

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Gianna & I had a fab afternoon, splitting a sammie at Crispers then scoring challenging books for her to read at her school book fair!
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After dropping her back home, I made it to my Dunedin Running Club where we all sported "tutus," running down Edgewater Linear Park by the water. People on the road would sound their horns and shout encouragement!
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www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/27/self-mag
azine-cancer-survivor_n_5043271.html


Really? You're going to slam just 2 of 35,904,000 runners (2009 poll) in the US and think we're going to stay quiet?

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This afternoon, I pick up Gianna from school, get a healthy dinner, take her back to school for the Book Fair, drop her at home then go to run group for a training run. Gonna fuel clean and keep my energy level up!
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After two days of run training, I'm still going to do another 5K this evening, just very light & focused on form with recovery as the goal. I've rediscovered my body reacts positive to it. I'm still working strength training as it's vital to a good run! I'm fueling clean too! What's on your plate?
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Over the last few months, I've experienced emotional impact on my weight. I've hit the upper levels of my weight range, and have take positive action to recover. I'm going to focus on my nutrition, & training with a fresh attitude. Short term goals help.
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No matter what, we will all go through these times. It's what we do about it that counts! You feel so much better embracing the positive!
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Looking forward to Run Group tonight!
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Had a fun time last night, doing the Capital Beer House Mustache 5K with my run partner AND becoming a Top Finisher! We enjoyed an amazing post run party with our run group members who ran! Good times!
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This morning, we're having brunch with Gianna & Mommy and listening to my good friend, Cyndi, play guitar! This weekend is perfect for good mental health!
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Got together with closest running friends last night at a house party last night! Today, it's breakfast out, local downtown market, chill time, then a fun 5K in Downtown Clearwater taking me over the Clearwater Memorial Bridge into Clearwater Beach and back! Good to be back in Paradise!
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Good to be home. That said, I always regroup, and insure I'm in my healthy lifestyle. As I am doing a twilight 5K tomorrow night, I'm already preparing with my nutrition, and light training! My run plan is to start a solid pace, see how I'm doing then decide how strong I will go. Focusing on staying healthy is the best positive action I could be in after a mentally exhaustive week.
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You always appreciate what you have after being away from it! Just got home, took advantage of my amazing shower closet, and now I'm just going to relax! Can't wait to sleep in my king bed! It's the best cure for mental exhaustion...that...and running!
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Will be nice to sleep in your own bed huh Monty?

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My Mom was placed with my Dad yesterday. Tonight, I'm spending the night in Georgia and will be back home tomorrow. These were the fastest 4 days of my life!

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All I can say is after arriving in the DC Metro Area, I'm ready to come home to Dunedin, Florida!

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Got a fairly early start on the road to Northern Virginia this morning. Stopped in Lumberton, NC for the night. Watched the NCAA Men & Women dance tonight. It was sadistically sweet to watch the Tarheels lose while eating a fire grilled Sirloin in a NC Outback!


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Focused on packing for the road trip back to Arlington, VA to have my Mom interred with my Dad at Arlington Cemetery on Tuesday. I hope to start the return home on Wednesday. I'm so glad I got to spend time with Gianna this week. It's taken my mind off the fact that my Mom's birthday was yesterday. Life goes on!

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I picked up Gianna this morning and we went to breakfast. We went directly to see opening day Muppets Most Wanted opening day! I loved that she enjoyed it since we have nothing but state of the art animation these days. Not making it available in 3D speaks volumes for the artistry of Jim Henson. After I had to go to Costco, and Gianna was such a help. She loves being a part of anything, and I include her in it all.
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This was her last weekday of Spring Break. I'm so glad I got to spend some of it with her. After all, she's our Spark!
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Positive waves, Team!
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We all find ourselves at points when we need to regroup and focus a bit harder on our journey. I am constantly doing that. Whether I've had a bit of a weight flux within my range (+-5 #), incurred a running injury, or want to improve my performance, I make the proper adjustments and continue to go forward! Ignoring an issue simply blocks you from your goals. Stay strong, stay focused, & stay positive! Don't end up living a lie! It's too easy. I've been there! Let's rock this thing!
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Well, G & I dropped Auntie Linnie at the airport after breakfast then headed home, got our supplies for the beach and headed to Honeymoon Island Beach! I spent the next 1 1/2 hours watching G boogie board the waves! We ate a late lumch and I took her home. Needless to say, we had a great time!
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Gianna & I took Auntie Linda to meet Winter at Clearwater Marine Aquarium today! We went to Frenchy's Rockaway Grill on Clearwater Beach for a snack! That was a treat for G as she was raised a Beach Baby and loves playing in the sand! Just another day in Paradise!
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After an extended weekend of running, I actually took the day off and embraced recovery! Had a leisurely breakfast with my Sister then we went to see Dallas Buyers Club and found out why Matthew McConaughey & Jared Leto won their Oscars!
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After Saturday's challenge, I was quite surprised to start a walk in the morning with D & Sis to breakfast at Lulu's Beach House! I ran up and back to add 4 miles to the weekend. This evening, I feel great and will run smartly tomorrow night with my run group!
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D, Linnie, & I spend most of the day in Dunedin! I did the Leprechaun Challenge, They did the 5K.
My run partner and I set a new 10K Personal Best. I took 1st in my Age Group! After we finished the 10K/5K/1Mile Challenge, we took about 16 of our closest running friends to a great local place where we sat outside on the patio in the glorious sun and spent most of the day enjoying the company!
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We finally made it back home where we relaxed, showered, recovered, and went back out to another place where we sat outside in the beer garden and listened to a friend play guitar. Perfectly mellow to bring a great day to a peaceful close! Life is good!
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Auntie Linnie and I took Gianna running around on her 1st day of Spring Break! We did breakfast, then walked the Downtown Market, hit "Mr Peabody and Sherman" (in 3D!), went birthday present shopping for Mommy, had a snack, bought G new shoes at Justice, then Mom took her home! Yeah, THAT's why I run Halfs and do Triathlons!
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Now, I'm getting myself mentally ready for the Leprechaun Challenge in the morning!
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Chaired my PR Committee this morning, gonna run around with my sis, gotta pickup Gianna from school this afternoon, then Dunedin Running Club tonight! It's another day in Paradise!
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Picked up my sister from Tampa International! Great to see her again. I'm bringing her to Dunedin Running Group tomorrow night! We're working on her nutrition. She keeps coming down, I'll have her doing a Half Marathon in no time!
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She's doing the St Paddy's 5K with D on Saturday while I do the Leprechaun Challenge! Should be a great week!
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Today, I spent time with the owner of Lulu's (Home of the Beach Runners), planning St Paddy's Training Run and Party. I ended up having her register for Iron Girl in April!
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This evening at my ARC/Sea Dog Run Group, I did 4 miles of speed training, 12 passes over a foot bridge! Exhilarating and confidence building added to the addiction! This is what I plan to do every week now! Combined with what I did last night, I am quite happy my run plan is coming together!
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Tomorrow, my sis, Linnie, arrives at Noon! I know we'll do some light training before our races on Saturday! Yes, I am enabling her run addiction!
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FYI. Debby & I are evaluating this class team. The activity is minimal with the exception of Debby & me. Lurking is minimal by recent response.

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Last night, D & I went to a Craft Brew Fest with our running friends from several run groups. By the end of the night, I was committed to do the Armadillo Run this morning!
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Hadn't run since my 10 Miler but went ahead and decided to take it easy. That didn't last as I started to work a faster pace with a couple of my friends, backed off, came in with a decent time 1 minute slower than my PR. I can't complain.
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Got up early to take G to school then take Cuz to breakfast on the way to Sarasota for a Spring Training Orioles game! This evening we're all headed to the Brews & BBQ Fest in Tarpon Springs! Every year he's finding it harder to return back to the DC Metro area! Go figure!
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I'm totally with you, Debby!
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Had a great time with my cuz today, pretty quiet all things considered, but had a great dinner then headed with him to Run Group so he could see how we roll in Paradise! The Post-run social was a blast. Once again, I'm blessed to have the friends I have! Life is good!
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PowerSkparkHeroes where are you!

Monty you and I are the only posting on here anymore. Maybe it's time to send out another team message!

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No cold here! 68 degrees at 11:29pm!
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I finally got a good night's sleep last night. It took me quite a while to get back on MST. Wow, I was surprised it took so long!

Monty, I heard it got pretty cold (well cold for Florida) down there. I don't know where you are, but did you get any of it?

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Did a great recovery walk/run with D & Lulu's Beach Runners last night! Feelin' good this morning!
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This morning, I'm doing Breakfast Club with a couple of my "very close run bros!" One of them is starting his training for Augusta Half Ironman in Sept! He's riding his Cervelo to Lulu's.
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Later this morning, I'm going to Tampa International to pick up D's cousin from Germantown, MD. He's comin' down for his yearly "Spring Training visit" He's also getting the bonus as we're celebratin' Mardi Gras in Dunedin tonight with about 20,000 of our closest friends! Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!
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It's gonna be a great day!
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Just returned from slumming in Cocoa Beach...
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& back home in Dunedin, Fl!
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83 degrees, sunny, and getting ready to meet my new run group. Lulu's Beach Runners!
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still waiting......

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Ok Monty, patiently waiting for the blog........

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Having a great time in Cocoa Beach in the aftermath of exceeding my 10 Miler goal time by 8 minutes! Once again it confirms a pace I realized at the beginning of February I can work on! Exciting times!
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Having a great time in Cocoa Beach in the aftermath of exceeding my 10 Miler goal time by 8 minutes! Once again it confirms a pace I realized at the beginning of February I can work on! Exciting times!
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Hi everyone! I'm back. What have I missed? 249 emails and it will take a while to sort everything out. Hope all is well. Will take me a while to get back up to speed

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Great times at Run Club last night! Lots of positive waves to fuel the mind! I can't say enough about good run group support!
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Today will be a semi quiet day with a bit more cycling as a pre-race tuneup! Early tomorrow morning, we're off to Viera, FL (just south of Cocoa, north of Melbourne) for the Inaugural Excalibur 10 Miler! I love it when we do a brand new race! Should be a lot of fun with a medieval theme hosted by Medieval Times!
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Got out on my bike and hit some cross training in prep for my 10 Miler! I love that training. Too much fun and too much to see! I feel the same way about running! Ya just gotta embrace your training AND a healthy lifestyle!
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Feeling pretty good right now. My blog explains it all! AND I might visit another run group tonight just to support!
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Thanks, Shawn.

Good start to the run group last night! Had a good core of runners to work with. I see the potential to grow. Got great feedback and interest in posts this morning! It's a great location. I power walked it with D to keep my calf loose and be smart about it.
Looks like I have run groups Monday through Thursday now. I'll mix and match during the week or vary my training runs.
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Good luck tonight with the new run club Monty. Also hope your leg feels better.

I'm back from my San Francisco trip, and had a week to recover. Tough couple of weeks, and very little exercise. Luckily the hotel where we stayed had loads of healthy foods to choose from. I'm starting to feel like it's actually possible that spring will come this year. Yesterday my husband and I got out for a 5 mile walk in Valley Forge park. Most trails are still covered in snow and ice, but they have a 5 mile paved loop that they actually plowed somehow. It was a beautiful day and every man, woman, child, and dog seemed to have the same idea, but it was still fun and really nice to get out in the nice weather.

I'm hoping to get myself back into my daily sparking. I've been somewhat overwhelmed lately, but it's time to dig my way out and get back to it.

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I'm excited!
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This evening, we kick off a new run group! My friend Louise owns Lulu's Beach House Cafe in Old Town Pam Harbor, 1.8 miles away from my house. She asked me to help her put this together as she knew my history. I measured out the 5K course on Pinellas Trail from Old Town to Crystal Beach and back! I'm going to add an additional 2 miles for long runs. We're also going to tie this in with a local charity, an annual 5K, two committed sponsors, and a new club tech shirt!
We're encouraged with the positive response. Let's see what our first night numbers will be. Starting small and building up will be good! The important thing is we're bringing new people to the starting line!
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What a surprise!
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Proper care of run injuries will start to show it's effects within 24 hours! It's encouraging but means I will continue to nurse my leg throughout the week into the 10 miler next Sunday! This is a great test on my ability to respond to an injury. Yes, I've come back in the past but I'm doing things that will directly impact a specific area. We'll see how we go along this week!
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Went out for a training run...and tweaked my calf area, specifically my Soleus muscle. I'm treating it with Massage, Ice, Glucosamine HCI 1500 mg., MSM 1500 mg, Ibuprofen 200mg, Hydration, electrolite loading and strict adherence to schedule. I will be ready for my 10 miler a week from tomorrow! Positive waves!
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We have a little thing here in Tampa Bay called the Gasparilla Distance Classic with about 7 different races and 4 combination challenges! I believe it's the run premier event in the Tampa Bay area! D & I are going to the huge Expo today just to shop as we are on the road next week to do the Excalibur 10 Miler!
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Last year I did the Gasparilla Half Marathon of which the last 7 miles, I will never forget! I was in serious Meniscus pain and still finished. I realized how pain tolerant I could be. I also found I was lucky I didn't incur more damage! Lesson Learned!
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Last night, I ran the new run club 5K distance and marked the start, 1 Mile, 1.55Mile, and Finish points! I felt like a Rogue Graffiti Artist with a can of Orange Marker Spray!
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This morning, we worked on communications and sponsors. This is so much fun! Life is good..& Healthy!
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Had breakfast with D this morning at Lulu's Beach House in Palm Harbor.
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Louise (the owner) had expressed the desire to start a run group open to all, knew we were avid runners, and had been bouncing ideas around for a while now.
This morning, we have locked on Monday as our day. Tomorrow, "Lulu" & I will test run the Pinellas Trail from the Beach House to Crystal Beach and back. We will mark a 3.1 mile track. (5K). Runners will be open to their training distance! We're also going to expose runners to all phases of the healthy lifestyle including good fuel, Yoga, and cross training. I'm excited to be a part of this effort!
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Very late last night, after a great Valentine's Day dinner with D, G, & Mommy, I was watch the Olympics when I heard G coughing. I knew we couldn't risk her running her race in that condition. So, I scrubbed her mission!

We spoke, went over the Girls on the Run 5K in May and she decided to do that race next. It will also give me a change to train for a 5K with her and make it as fun as I could for her.

The four of us went for brunch (Gianna picked the place), then spent time walking our downtown Arts & Crafts Show. Quality time for all and we made it a positive experience despite not making it to the race. Lif4e is good!
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Happy Valentine's Day, Team!
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Took my new run shoes out and gave them their first 2 mile spin! These ASICS 3000-2s feel lighter but as comfy as my Kayanos I've worn for the last 3 years! I've got two weeks until my Excalibur Ten Miler so I'll continue to "test drive" them.
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I'm channeling positive waves and warm sunny skies!
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My sis just called from the DC Metro area....9 inches of snow overnight! Such is life! I'm looking at 60 degree sunny skies here! I will not complain!
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Hope everyone is doing fine and sharing their journey here in the forums!
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I had my City Public Relations Committee meeting early this morning with one of our Commissioners as a guest! Good stuff & productive!
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Looking forward to running in my new ASICS GT 3000-2s at my Running Club this evening! The goal is a nice slow pace, focusing on form! Wanna be ready for my Excalibur Ten Miler on March 1!
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I would like to be race ready, but I haven't been out running since last month. Have been out snowshoeing and cross country skiing, but running is different. This morning we had a complete white out. Blowing heavy snow. Couldn't even see the trees in the front yard kinda white out. Would be nice to have reasonable weather to run at all in much less stay race ready! Ok, Monty, send some of the sunshine up here!

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Truthfully, Debby, I need to work and focus on maintaining everyday! I just try to keep a positive attitude. I know my run performance will be suffer if I fuel bad. That extra "payload" doesn't help either. That's why I support running races. It's not the speed that matters. That will come naturally. It's staying race ready that keeps me focused on a healthy lifestyle. I guess it's one of my "secrets to success!"
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You are so good Monty! I'm going to get my hair cut. Always makes me feel more human!

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Focusing on all kinds of personal and civic business today! Also going to work on strength training aimed at core and legs today on clean fuel!
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Got up this morning to see D going out for her cardio! Gorgeous day! She came back and we were off to Gulfport for the 2014 Cool Art Show! Ended up spending the whole day walking around in town!
Found that a friend, who sold healthy food at open markets, now had her own healthy cafe in town! It was literally a reunion as we hung out for a dessert and caught up! Then we bought some good fuel to take home for the week! What a great Sunday!
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Hung out with D at home today. Enjoyed creating fantastic Mexican Breakfast Wraps and watching the recorded opening ceremonies of some shindig in "Sochi?" What's that all about?
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U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
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I'm attending another Yelp Elite Social Pre-Opening this evening! I saw the menu and got a bit dizzy! I've prepared properly and know I will continue to keep focus on positive waves and what it feels like in the 12th mile of a Half Marathon when I'm about to post a new PR!
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Good morning team! Waiting for the temp to get above zero and I will get outside. It may be a while, snowing and cloudy. I may just take today off.

Hope you all have a good Saturday!

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Going to keep busy today, keep myself proactive, and focus on positive waves!
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G'Morning, All!
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Oh my goodness! Checked the weather this AM and saw Billings, Debby! REALLY? That cold is just wrong!
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In the aftermath of a 3 day recovery from my Half, once again I've learned good stuff!
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It has taken me about 72 hours to recover from this race.I will focus on strengthening my glutes, quads, and calves. I'm adjusting my strength training accordingly.
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My "self-inflicted injury" was predicted by my American Running Company General Manager, who fits me for my running shoes.I told her about my late race repetitive ankle kicking, a symptom of getting tired on the run. The right shoe will keep me on track.I read about this in Runners World as well. . A couple of months ago, she had explained how my ASICS Kayanos are correcting my pronating issue to the point that I can now move to the GT-3000-2. I came in ready to buy my new shoe but have to wait until the new shipment arrives!
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Dang Monty, Here I thought I was burning more calories. I dress warm enough that I don't shiver. Matter-of-fact, I usually work up a sweat, especially snowshoeing. Oh well, it felt good to get out.

Anyway, it looks like it's going to be a sunny day, but right now it's -23 and the predicted high is only -12. So I will stay in today, keep a fire going and work out to a Coach Nichole DVD.

Bummer. It is so cold that our local ski hill is not even opening today. I'm ready for spring.

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G'Morning, Team!
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Busy Girl, Debby! For the time being, we're in a warm trend here in Paradise. Our high will be 73.
As for burning calories in cold weather? Here's one discussion.

www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/16/calories
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Today, I'll be spending most of my time working on my new PC and running errands. Last night, I went to my American Running Company/Sea Dog Run Group. I was looking to buy my new ASICS GT-3000-2 wheels. My size was sold out but a new shipment will be coming in any day.
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I also used my gift card from taking 3rd place in my age group during the 2013 season. Scored new pairs of Balega Ultra Light No Show socks. My ASISC have more than enough cushioning comfort. I think I might turn to Balega over Feetures as the compression is a bit more than I want.
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Holy moly, yesterday just flew by. I don't know what happened, got out and fed neighbors llamas, brought more wood up to the house, shoveled off the deck (for the 3rd time this week sheesh) and ending up taking a sick patient down to Billings (that's what I do, take sick/cardiac, critical patients to a bigger hospital on the ambulance. The road were NOT good)

But then the rest of the day got away from me. So here to say hello to everyone! Sparking inside because it's -9 right now.

Ok, here's a question: If it's subzero outside, do you burn more calories (just staying warm) than you do when it's in the 50s or 60s?

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Yesterday was interesting! Started off by going into Tampa to have lunch with D, then confirming an interment date for my Mom joining my Dad at Arlington Cemetery, insuring her Pastor will be there, and plan for a gathering after.
I also locked in March visits by my Sis & our cousin.
My sis will be here for St. Paddy's events including Dunedin 10K, 5K, & 1 mile races with a huge after-race street party.
My cousin is making his annual Spring Training visit where we go to different games in Tampa, Clearwater, Dunedin, & Sarasota! Too much well deserved fun!
I've said it before. Nothing is better than family & friends for the healing process.
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I'm finding out how long recovery takes for me after a Half. Historically, it's taken 24 to 48 hours. I know this period will vary depending on the individual. I'm more interested in this past Half since I pushed myself a bit harder. I'm becoming best friends with "The Stick," & rolling my quads out. I'm also seeing where DOMS has surfaced. That will just give me areas to strengthen for the future. I know this will help me in the running future!
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Yes, I did a new PB & PR at the Best Damn Race! Considering my training was spotty at most, I'm happy with the result. I'm going to take a break and then train for the Excalibur Ten Miler at the end of the month!
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Gianna spent the night & had a girl's evening with D! This morning, we went to breakfast at one of her fave places, then did a healthy walkabout. Did I mention when I cam home, I slept in the guest room as G took over my half of the bed?
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Now, it's chill/recovery time. D is recording the Super Bowl so she can review the commercials, and I'll be joining my run group to watch the spectacle!
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Did The Best Damn Race Half and PR'ed it!
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Went to Dunedin High School for the Wrestling District Championship to support my Run Group kids!
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Then ended the night with friends recapping the day!
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My goodness you guys have been busy beavers!!!

It's cold cold cold here. My car thermometer has been reaching only single digits on the drive in. My knees are not liking this weather. I haven't made it to the Y all week and I've been working way too many hours. Tonight we are going out for a healthy dinner and then I have the weekend to catch up on my exercise.

Headed to San Francisco on Monday for work. 12 hour shifts helping bring our software live in a busy Emergency Department. Probably not being too realistic that I'll get a lot of formal exercise done, but I've been making sure to get in my daily steps. I think I'll up my goal to 15000 while I'm away to compensate somewhat.

I am ready for spring.
Have a good couple of weeks, I'm not sure how much I'll get to post while I'm away.


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Fun Run Group last night!
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Got up early this morning, picked up Gianna and escorted her to school breakfast! Met her BFF & Daddy, shared breakfast together, and had a wonderful time. THIS is what living a healthy lifestyle is all about. I get years with my Baby Girl!
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I want a "Girls on the Run" program in her school so bad! I am going to follow up on this!
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Now, I'm getting ready to meet my Run Group Teammate and do packet pickup for the Best Damn Race Half in the morning! Life is awesome!
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Holy moly, yesterday was a busy but fitness active day! I snowshoed to the neighbors to feed their llamas (about a quarter mile away) then shoveled the deck -- several feet of wind blown snow, took me about an hour, and I slept like a rock last night. But today I have to do it all again! Don't you just love winter?

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Monty, 55? That is cool for Florida. Looks like the panhandle was suppose to get down to freezing. 7 (above) here right now and about a foot of snow last night. But you never hear about Montana on TWC.

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I'm focusing on my Half this weekend, & working out my race plan. Clarity will come at the Starting Line!
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I've been fueling well all week, hydration is good, legs feel good, and I'm doing a totally new course. Should be fun no matter what! The Best Damn Race is fast becoming one of the premier races in the Tampa Bay, and now Orlando!
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On a sidebar, I'm excited that my new PC is being built to my Specs. The last one I built lasted 5 solid years but the CPU, Motherboard and XP 64 Pro are now defunct! So much for my "geeking out!" The Big Bang Theory gang would be proud!
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I'm embarrassed to say the weather last night was in the low 60s to hi 50s. Today it didn't reach above 55. We'll be fine!
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Today, I went for my biannual checkup. My Dr. was pleased with my numbers. There was an elevated PSA number which I told him was being followed up with another bit of lab work and a visit to my Urologist next week. We'll see.
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I spent this afternoon in the kitchen making a chicken stew and some tasty tuna salad at D's request. I love cooking. This evening, I'm happy to say that my work area was totally cleaned up as well! That's how we roll! Gordon, Graham, and Joe (Master Chef) would be proud!
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So how much snow did everyone get? Monty, did it get "cold" down there?

They are predicting 10 - 15 inches here, but you don't hear that on TWC

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This morning, I went out and did my last sweep for a new PC. I found a local business that could build to my specifications, giving me the best parts from CPU to Motherboard. Yes, I am a geek!
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I met Gianna & Mommy at my running store, had G fitted, and she walked out with her first pair of running shoes. Like D & Sis, she is now a Brooks Girl! (Adrenaline GTS 14) SHE wanted real running shoes for her Gasparilla Kids Run in two weeks! Yes, I am proud of her!
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Wow, Debby! You were truckin' Montana! Glad to see you made it safely!
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After a fairly busy weekend, I'm taking it easy. I'll do light run training just to keep loose. I have another Half on Saturday and I want to post a decent time. Clean fueling, hydration, and solid strength training will help!
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Hi everyone! I have seen much of the state this past week, spent Wednesday in Havre, took DD#3 back to school in Missoula, from there drove down to Bozeman to ski with DH and DD#2, then to Big Timber, Harlowtown and back here. All in all, about 950 miles. the last 200 miles the roads were NOT good. Icy and snow covered, but I made it. A good night sleep and I will be ready to spark tomorrow!

Hope you all are well!

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Sunday morning healthy breakfast at Lulu's Beach House, a 'lil shopping then back home to chill. Tonight I have a special event in Tampa. As it's with Yelp as (I am with the Elite Review Team), it involves food! Though I go into the valley of gluttony, I will be strong. I've already started a light intake day but will still look for bad calories and embrace portion control. I've learned repeatedly to prepare for events like this and remember how I've worked to get to where I am today! There are no splurge days, and breaks from a healthy lifestyle. I will focus on my priorities!
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I got up early, had a healthy breakfast, then headed to work for our local race manager who has the best casual races aimed at getting people out and active! I took photos all over the site then got people over to the starting line. I was going to be spotting the finishers as the crossed the line. I was going to run but decided to embrace my job and help wherever I could. The race was a simple 5K followed by a "mutt march!" for our pups! Too much fun as i love our four legged babies! After, everything was done, I went to lunch with my good friend/elite Triathlete and his family. We spent 2 hours just kicking back on the cafe deck by our marina. Beautiful afternoon and a great day.
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I am ready to move to Florida Monty!!! It is freezing here. 2 degrees for the morning drive.
Anyone take any kind of anti-inflamatory for knees? I had been taking motrin but my knees have been killing me lately. I switched to Aleve and it's been much better.

I am heading out to San Francisco for 2 weeks in early February so I'm looking forward to some warmer weather while I'm there. My work schedule will be pretty demanding while I'm there but hoping for at least a few outside runs.

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