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Gasparilla Race Weekend 2017

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Did you spend hump day the way I did?

HUMP Day!  The middle of the week.  The toughest day of the week and the day we all drag our butts to knowing that if we can just get past this day the rest of the week is all downhill.  The day when you know the weekend is getting closer.  The day of the awesome, talking camel!


So the question remains……….. did you spend hump day the way I spent hump day?


Well did you do this?


Or this?

My work out today was fantastic!  I ran 1 mile on the treadmill and then I did weights, back and biceps.  I also LOVE these gloves.  They are G-Loves and they are perfect for women.  I love that they fit my hands perfectly and there are grips in exactly the right places.  Very comfortable and easy to put on and take off.


You have to check them out!  Click here  I totally love them!

Alright my friends – did you spend hump day the way I did?  What did you do?



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Honolulu Marathon

I just realized I never posted this post about our marathon.  So here we go.

We did it!  We are Marathoners!  This was such an amazing trip and so worth it all.  The marathon was amazing and sucked all at the same time.  I am so glad we did it together.  I know I wouldn’t have been able to make it thru this alone.  We flew into Honolulu early so we could adjust to the time and all before the marathon.  Also I wanted to be able to enjoy some of Hawaii just in case I broke myself during the marathon.  LOL

The race expo was awesome!

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Race morning was crazy.  As we walked to the start of the race it started to rain.  It stopped before the start of the race but once the sun came up it was so muggy and humid.  Training in Florida summer helped us deal with this.  SCORE!  Lots of people in this race.


We stared the marathon and were really just enjoying the run and taking in all the sights of Hawaii.  It was beautiful!

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It really was about mile 18 that thinks started to really sink in and hurt and we still had 8 miles to go.


20 miles in and I was toast!  That is where to “why did I do this?”  started to kick in.


At mile 23 I really did think I was dead!  But it was almost over and we tried to make the best of it and knew we would have a great reward at the end.


Then came this big ass hill, or should I say volcano, at mile 24.  Yup Diamond Head.  We ran up Diamond Head at mile 24!  This hurt.


So it was downhill after that and we did it!  It was an amazing feeling to cross that finish line.

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We enjoyed this race as much as possible and didn’t stress about time.  My goal was 5 1/2 hours.  We finished in 6:01:01.  We stopped to pee (D not me) and almost throw up (D not me) and take lots of pictures along the way to document our first (and my only) marathon.  I am so proud to be a marathoner!  I pushed my body to do something only few can do and I am proud of that.  I am also happy to report that I didn’t break anything along the way.  WOOHOO  26.2 miles baby!



Posted by on March 6, 2016 in Running


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Running Medal Display

Over the past 4 years, D and I have run many races.  We enjoy it and love that we do it as a team.  Well 2 times the races and 2 times the race medals start to add up.  We needed  a display for them.  I looked and looked for one I liked but couldn’t find one that really displayed the medal and the race bid.  Finally, I decided to just make my own.  D had brought home some scrap pallet wood planks and we used those.  We cut them down to 42″ and then used a 2×4 for the “legs” on the wall.  I cut the 2×4 to the 4″ width of the pallet board and then ripped it in half so it was a 2x2x4.  Then I added wood glue to them.


I screwed that piece into the pallet board and patched the hole.



Then sanded the entire thing down and painted them a gloss black paint.



Then I put small 1″ screws along the back bottom section of the boards to hold the race bibs.  The screws are placed every 2 1/2″ apart so the medal will fit in between the screws.  The board sits off the wall enough to be able to put the bibs and medals on once it is hung.  I then hung them on the wall with wall anchors and a 3 1/2″ screw that went right thru the face of the board.


After we hung them then we hung the medals on them and the race bibs.  The medals are just wrapped around and the weight of the medal holds them in place.  To hang the medal put the ribbon behind the plank from the top and then pull the ribbon up around the front of the plank and tuck it over the top plank.  Then drape the medal over the end of the ribbon to hold it in place.


We had a lot of medals to organize.


I love the way these turned out!  I need to make more since this is only 2012-2014 medals.  LOL



Total cost of this project – FREE!!!!  Yup just used scrap pallet wood and screws I had on hand.  woohoo!



Posted by on January 19, 2016 in Running


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This morning I saw a post on a runner’s site I am part of that caught my attention.  Do you know what your runiversary is?  Some runners said they didn’t know and others knew exactly what their date was.  As for me – Yes I know exactly what my date is.  January 10, 2012!


Hard to believe that was almost 4 years ago.  My first run was a 15:30 pace.  I thought I was going to die before I finished that run.  I could not imagine ever thinking I would be a runner.  I could never imagine how that first run would change my life.  I could never imagine the bond I have with my wife because of running.  I could never imagine running a 5K race, a 10K race, a 15K race or a Half Marathon!  BUT I DID!!  I did run all those races and more!  I have run so many races and I have really enjoyed all the experiences I have had.  I also have had the best running partners over these past years and have met some amazing people and friends due to running.

In 25 days I will be doing something I could never imagine I would ever do when I started running in January 2012.  Up until March of this year I would have told you this was something I never wanted to do – funny how things change.  In 25 days I will be running my first full Marathon!

The training for this marathon has been tough, both mentally and physically.   I have dealt with ankle pain and calf pain.  I have stuck to a training schedule and have adjusted it as needed to keep moving forward and get my training in.  It has been hard!  It has been time consuming!  It has been challenging!

A few weeks ago we ran 20 miles – our longest run to date.   I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through this run – but I did!  My pace for 20 miles was 11:35.  Not to shabby!

This weekend we will run 23 miles.  That is our last long run before we run the marathon.    I am so blessed to have my wife by my side for all of this.  The excitement is building as are the nerves.  When I stop and think I will be running 26.2 miles and my goal is 5 ½ hours – I start to think I am crazy!  But I will also me a marathoner!

26.2 start


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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Running


Marathon Training Plan

I have been looking and looking for a decent training plan.  Most plans are not long enough for me and most plans only go up to 20 miles as the longest training run.  So I have decided to make my own, big surprise I know.  My plan is to try to take it nice and slow in the beginning and start adding weights into my routine to build muscle and strengthen my knees before I start adding any major distance.  My problem with weights is that I tend to get really sore the day or two after my workouts.  Then I get annoyed because I can’t run without hurting and then I stop the weights.  I need to take it easy on my runs and push thru a few weeks of weights to get my body past that point of being sore each week.  I figure at least 2-3 weeks and we will be good.

This is the plan I have come up with.  I plan to run 3 days a week and add weights at least 2 days.  I can then add a third day of weights or take a rest day depending on how I am feeling that week.  I will then start to increase my miles.  I am running all my runs at a 3:1 split, run 3 minutes walk 1 minute.  This will be how I am training and I will be running the marathon.

40 Week Marathon Training Plan

I am trying to come up with a decent weights plan that will work with this schedule.  I need to have that planned out by tomorrow.  Wish me luck.

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Posted by on March 21, 2015 in Running


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39 Weeks

39 weeks seems like such a long time.

39 weeks and you could look like this.


39 weeks and you could look like this.


39 weeks and you could be training for this.


26 point feakin’ 2 miles!!!!

Yes –  I am going to run my first full marathon!  I am so excited and so scared all at the same time.  I even suckered my wife into running it with me.  🙂  I am officially 39 weeks away from my biggest race ever and this is where I am currently on the scale.


Not exactly where I want to be and I have no one to blame but myself.  So it is time to get back on track and focus on what my goals are.

Here we go on another wonderful journey!  Time to make a training schedule and focus on my strength and nutrition to prepare for the next 39 weeks. Tickets are bought and there is no turning back now.


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Posted by on March 17, 2015 in Running


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