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4/1/11 8:58 A

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For me, JASR was a turning point in my journey. I was shy and quiet and did not reach out to others. Although I connected with a great friend, I could have introduced myself to others. After coming home and reading their blogs, I am looking forward to my next Spark meetup at the rally. I am going to meet and get to know as many others as I can. I was lead to SparkPeople for a reason and I am going to be the most supportive friend I can be.

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3/30/11 1:20 P

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WOW! I can tell that I'm going to cry like a baby when I read Coach Nancy's Daily SparkBlog! emoticon

~~~ Lynn ~~~ Pittsburgh, PA


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3/30/11 1:13 P

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JASR was the first race where I truly did not care about my time at all. JASR was all about enjoying time with the Sparkers, not the race itself.

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3/30/11 11:30 A

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Leaving Pittsburgh was so bittersweet - so sad to leave such amazing people, but their energy, knowledge, and constant inspiration made me excited to get home and push forward on my spark journey with new enthusiasm!

Can't wait to see everyone again!

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3/30/11 7:26 A

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This was my 1st 5K ever! I wanted to do in Pittsburgh, 271 miles from home, because there were so many sparkpeople going. I was so excited to meet everyone and so PROUD to cross that finish line. No one cared that I was walking...when I crossed the finish line there were sparkers cheering for ME! What an amazing time!

~~~ CINDY ~~~

You never know how strong you are until strong is the only choice you have...

Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding...in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight...

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3/29/11 9:30 P

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A Great Workout + Many New Friends + Fun + Laughter = the Sparkpeople @ JASR
Can't wait until next year!

Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right!


Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
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3/29/11 8:08 A

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Coach Nancy - looks like no one could actually give you just one sentence. Imagine that?? How about "It felt right"" There was so much love, support and genuine concern offered for everyone there. It was better than family really since there was true sharing without any judgement. Awesome. Thanks everyone.

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3/29/11 12:46 A

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The weekend was pure energy! I loved seeing my old Spark friends who are now family and enjoyed meeting new Spark friends and welcoming them into my family! I couldn't have asked for a better weekend!

Carrie, guess who else had tears when she was leaving the airport?

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3/29/11 12:14 A

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I felt included and cherished and almost cried when I received a hug. I was warmed from the inside out, and I ended the day still soaring from the high you all gave me. My one sentence? Thank you.

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must first set yourself on fire!


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3/28/11 11:56 P

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I was too shy to approach you all! but I love and felt your persence and support! the homemade spark badges re-newed my motivation on my 1/2 marathon! and your cheers I did hear!

hopeful next time I am more assertive and say HI


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3/28/11 11:08 P

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I have had a tough last 6 months and being with my sparks friends meant the world to me. I am so happy to have met many of my Spark friends of over 2 years. Thank you for all the hugs. Priceless!!!!

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3/28/11 11:02 P

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JASR was a transformational experience for me! I met some inspirational characters, gained deeper relationships with my online ('imaginary') friends, found some fantastic new friends, and discovered a new joy for running and renewed energy for my Spark journey.

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3/28/11 10:55 P

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I went to JARS for its 8.1mile “training” race…left with new friendships and even stronger, established ones! Love Sparkpeople!!

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3/28/11 10:08 P

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The sheer enthusiasm for the success of every person, on their journey, is evident in the eyes of all the Sparkpeople at JASR. Never before have I had so many people look me in the eye and really want to know how I did. Never before have I so truly wanted to know how these people, many of whom I had only ever met online, felt after their runs.

JASR was celebrated in fun, hills and icicles ;) (That was Dennis' contribution!)

Anne

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3/28/11 8:58 P

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This was my fifth meet up with distant Sparkfriends. Each time was great, but no other matched the sheer numbers and energy of this Spark event.

"John" or "JoPa" if John only makes things confusing.
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3/28/11 8:53 P

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I always thought that the Spark differentiator is its members. This weekend reinforced that as we got to witness friendship, support, and inspiration from everyone who was there!

The most powerful agent of growth and transformation is something much more basic than any technique: a change of heart. -John Welwood

If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves. -Thomas Edison



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3/28/11 8:48 P

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Sparkfriends make the best friends!

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.
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3/28/11 7:58 P

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I am feeling really good about myself for the first time in quite a while. I am working on my plan for my upcoming year and this WILL be my year. I really am inspired by so many of you - if you can do it so can I and so will I!

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3/28/11 7:53 P

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I only could be at the run due to what is going on in my personal life but it was great to meet other Sparkers and just be accepted without feeling any judgement.

If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you are not hungry. -Michael Pollan, Food Rules
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain.
Mastering others is strength, Mastering yourself is true power.
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3/28/11 7:20 P

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I have made a lot of running friends in my local running club but spark runners understand that it is not easy to lose weight, start running and change your life and nobody I met at JASR would tell me that I am not an athlete or put runner in quotes. Suzy

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3/28/11 7:05 P

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From my odd flight times pick-up and drop-off to the rescue from my nap-turned-into-sleep, the love and support I felt from everyone was unlike anything I had ever felt before.

Nancy - I had a moment at the airport. I cried like a baby. My glasses were spotty, my nose was runny... phew.

Carrie

"For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else." - Winston Churchill




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3/28/11 6:54 P

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Just a few short years ago I was unhealthy and unhappy. This weekend I felt love, happiness, motivation and the support of spark friends surround me and it showed me just how happy, healthy and perfect my life is! Thank you all!

Anne

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I am now who I always wanted to be!


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3/28/11 6:17 P

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Hey Bobby....want to add a $135 speeding ticket to that list? Lol!

~~Jennie~~

Success comes with self-acceptance.


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3/28/11 6:16 P

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I was shy but everyone seemed super nice.

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3/28/11 6:07 P

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For this first timer, walking into a room full of welcoming, energetic, positive people that, regardless of where you came from, why you joined spark , whether you were walking or running created a spark of warmth and a feeling of family in me that will last forever!

Thank you all!

"The journey of a million miles starts with a single step"
My first step was joining SparkPeople!
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3/28/11 6:07 P

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They may call them "sparkfriends" but they're really more of a family that cheers, supports and encourages you every step of the way.

**Jenny**

"Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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3/28/11 6:02 P

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The sharing of friendships that went beyond running; the making of memories and family.

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3/28/11 6:02 P

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hotel room in cranberry $100, new running shoes $130, JASR race registration $30, a weekend running and hanging out with 40+ spark friends -"PRICELESS"

britt and bonnie's spark patches were fantastic

Edited by: BOBBYD31 at: 3/29/2011 (18:12)
Bobby D - Ellwood City, PA

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3/28/11 5:55 P

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This was like a delicious cake, the Sparkers were the ingredients of the batter and then were whipped into the batter during the race. The cake was baked light and airy during lunch and then topped with a delightful frosting in the evening. Enjoyed!!

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3/28/11 5:36 P

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It was like my hometown was hosting the SparkOlympics! LOL

~~~ Lynn ~~~ Pittsburgh, PA


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It was a great event where I got to actually meet old friends I have only talked with online, and also forge new friendships that will grow over time both online and in person.

~~Jennie~~

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3/28/11 3:57 P

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Many of us are part of training groups and may even run with friends but when you have time to chat eye to eye with a fellow Sparker who has shared your fitness journey, supported you in your challenges & celebrated your joys, there are no words to describe the experience; relationship makes all the difference!! Cheering one another across yet another finish line ROCKS!!

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~Deej -

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3/28/11 3:42 P

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There is no experience that matches being with such a diverse group of "like-minded" people. All are accepted, and some day I will learn not say I'm "just a" walker. As my peers have said, walker or runner all are athletes. Sparkers are all family!
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Sorry Nancy - but they aren't long sentences.

Edited by: CALIDREAMER76 at: 3/28/2011 (15:43)
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I want to live in the spirit of faith. I accept everything that comes my way as given me by the loving will of God, who sincerely desires my happiness (St. Faustina).


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3/28/11 3:08 P

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Never before have I walked into a room of complete strangers and knew immediately that I was among friends and felt a part of a special group of people who hold the similar desire to live a better healthier life.

Think highly of yourself because the world takes you at your estimate.



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3/28/11 3:02 P

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My foot hurt, my pants fell down, but I really enjoyed having yinz around.

"The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware." Henry Miller.

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3/28/11 2:54 P

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To me JASR weekend represented the strengthening of close friendships and the forming of new Spark friends. Its the love, laughter and support that matter the most and running is the added bonus!!

Edited by: LAURIE5658 at: 3/28/2011 (14:55)
~*~Laurie~Moline, IL ~*~

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OK everyone, I need your help. I am going to write a blog about our amazing weekend and I would like everyone's input on this weekend. I would like to include as many member's responses as I can so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE keep it short. One sentence per member would be best.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!

HUGS!
Nancy

PS. I am going to include lots of photos, too! So if you have a GREAT photo of the group (I may have one) please send it to me at nghoward@verizon.net.



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