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Merry Christmas Sparkfriends!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas Sparkfriends!

  
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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 12/25/2013 10:05AM

    Merry Xmas to youtoo! Enjoy the holiday season and keep looking for healthy opportunities!
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Free 5Ks

Thursday, October 03, 2013

We are very fortunate to be a part of Parkruns, an organization that provides timing and reporting for the members. The runs are held early Saturday morning when we don't have a charity race on the same trail, and we are e-mailed our results that evening. Then we go for coffee and breakfast. I can even go on the weekends I work - run and done!

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FITWITHIN 10/6/2013 11:12AM

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SMITTY4RL 10/3/2013 3:50PM

    I like that! And I like the meet and greet afterwards too--it builds a sense of community ;-). Nice! emoticon

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MARGARITTM 10/3/2013 12:43PM

    Free always work for me!

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ANDREWMOM 10/3/2013 9:26AM

    neat!

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Speaking of racing

Monday, August 05, 2013

Last Saturday I got the awesome opportunity to speak to a running group and members of the general public about races and how to earn bling! Here are some pics I want to share.


There were about 5 other speakers on other subjects and an audience of about 30. We had a great time and learned so much!

  
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MARGARITTM 8/6/2013 1:00PM

    Congrats!

I could use a few tps too!

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TXPATRIOT 8/5/2013 11:42PM

    That is so cool!

And I agree, you look great in the pictures, especially one in front of the door

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BLKLILY 8/5/2013 9:06PM

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It great to see a woman of color representing and trying to get more of us active; LOVE it :)

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NAPPIGURL 8/5/2013 8:02PM

    Great pictures! Way to go!

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Another volunteer day

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Got up 4 dark 30 this morning to volunteer at a Watermelon 5k run. Such a rewarding experience!

  
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COOP9002 7/5/2013 7:36PM

    Excellent job in giving of yourself.

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NAPPIGURL 7/4/2013 7:03PM

    Sounds like fun! That's awesome that you all have races so frequently!

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MARGARITTM 7/4/2013 6:54PM

    If it wasn't for the volunteers there would be no races..... In case anyone forgot to say it or was too out of breath........THANK YOU!

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-PAULA 7/4/2013 6:21PM

    With over 6000 total participants, there were a lot of watermelons!

We are fortunate to have a 5K every Saturday. First we have free, timed 5Ks every week except about once a month there is a charity run. Lots of opportunities to volunteer if I don't want to run in the humidity!

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BLKLILY 7/4/2013 5:37PM

    That sounds so fun "Watermelon 5k"

What is the significance of watermelon?

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DAPHNE_RUNS 7/4/2013 4:13PM

    It must be a wonderful feeling to volunteer. You also get to see running from a different perspective being on the other side of the table as well. The weather has been nice for the month of June. The usual hot and humid weather is finally start to make an appearance, here in Miami.

Happy 4th Paula !

When is your next race?

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Orange Blossom Half Marathon & 5K - March 5, 2013

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

This is a special price half marathon I registered for on Black Friday for $25. I figured even if I didn't do it, I wouldn't loose much. I didn't realize at that time it was only a week after the Disney Princess Half I had already registered for. When I found out, I knew it would be interesting.

The week before the half marathon I encountered all types of issues telling my mind don't do it. This hurt, that hurt, real job insecurities with layoffs happening that very week, still getting over Princess, GI issues, sinus problems, I had to work that day and didn't know if I could switch shifts, I could go on an on. I even posted on my BGR group FB page that I was not going to do it.

Friday afternoon I picked up my packet locally (I don't believe in giving away or selling my bib) and got the name and e-mail address of the contact person to see if I could volunteer instead of run. She replied no refund (I didn't expect or ask for one). I then replied I would be there Sunday and hoped to meet her.

Two days before the race, a friend posted on my page this picture:

The message didn't move me, the picture didn't move me, it was the motto of the race organizers - "be inspiring" that inspired me to be there so that I could continue to be an inspiration. I would be to the run and plan to take pics and cheer on my team.

Race day morning I didn't carpool because I had to be back by noon to start an 8-hour shift at work. I chatted with my BGR sisters a bit and learned the 5K that was scheduled for Saturday had been rescheduled to run the same time as the half. I found the race director and she was able to transfer me to the 5K.

Here are our pre-run pics with me putting on pom poms:

I did get a chance to take pics of my team during the race:

I won an age group award - my first!!!!!

Post race pic with me holding my award tile:



  
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BILL60 3/6/2013 8:11AM

    Way to go!! Congrats.

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WINDSURFNERD 3/5/2013 11:38AM

    emoticon emoticon Age Group winner!! Nice trophy and great pix! Sometimes the best "win" is the way we exceed our own expectations, isn't it? Congratulations!
Naomi

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