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The Strong Ones!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I saw this on Facebook. No doubt, it applies to men as well as women!



Need a reality check? Think about where you started from, where you are, and where you're going.

Then remember this...

www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nat
ion/wp/2014/04/22/the-story-behind-tha
t-boston-marathon-photo-of-runners-car
rying-a-competitor-toward-the-finish/


We're on the journey together.
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ONEKIDSMOM 4/23/2014 8:26PM

    emoticon I can always count on my running Spark friends to point me at the best stuff! Tears well up, watching that clip!

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MARGARITTM 4/23/2014 4:16PM

    tank you!

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MBTEPP 4/23/2014 3:22PM

    Goosebumps!

Runners are a very supportive community, and this is a pinnacle example.

Bravo!

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REGILIEH 4/23/2014 1:23PM

    This is SOOO TRUE!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/23/2014 11:46AM

    Wow!

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2014 Hooters Beach Bunny 5K

Monday, April 21, 2014

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.
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Anyway I just wanted to share some fun and photos today!

my Bud, Suzanne of Xanadu Race Management!

Giving Pre-Race instructions!

Birthday Girl Lucy wanted to do this run on her birthday. 'Zanna found out and had her hold The Flag for the National Anthem!




Last minute rules of engagement...


Debbie had the right attitude...


Lucy was ready to rock...


...and they're off!

That's Clearwater Beach's Pier 60 in the background!

You run 1.55 miles, u-turn, and head home to the finish, insuring you're running on the best packed beach sand without getting wet! I mean, "Why so serious?" It's about the fun, not the speed!
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My peeps headed to the finish!

Rob, run club mate and Tri-Bro!


Carol always runs a great race!


Crazy Debbie, turning in a great time!


My Run Partner, Jen

Obviously her time would've been better had I run with her!
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As always, it's better to look good than to run fast!


When all was done, it was time to party!
And where better that the 3rd floor Deck of Hooters in Clearwater Beach!

Gorgeous view of the beach and our Gulf!


Snuck up on our Hooters Run Girls getting ready to destroy some wings!


You need to sample our "LOCAL" race target rich environment and taste the fun!

AND if you're comin' down to the Tampa Bay area, just holla!
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KPETSCHE 4/23/2014 1:06AM

    I always love to read your race reports Monty. Thanks for sharing the lovely pics and commentary.

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MARGARITTM 4/22/2014 3:55PM

    looks fun! Love Clearwater Beach!

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IRISHF 4/22/2014 3:21PM

    That looks like a super fun race!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/22/2014 12:44PM

    Yep - ran by that morning - and knew you all wouldn't be swimming.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/22/2014 12:38PM

    Great report, Monty!! Thanks.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/22/2014 10:44AM

    Looks like fun!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/21/2014 8:30PM

    Once again a great race report... from the volunteer side. I'm going to have to move to Florida just for the racing weather or something. emoticon

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KERRYG155 4/21/2014 5:10PM

    Nice place for a race! I think we do need to head over to that coast again.

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PRESBESS 4/21/2014 4:15PM

    super cool!
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TATERCAT 4/21/2014 3:58PM

    Sounds like a great race! How much harder is it to race on the sand? I have ran on sand as a kid and I always found it difficult - I cannot imagine racing on it.

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NATPLUMMER 4/21/2014 3:54PM

    Looks like everybody had a good time :-)

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2014 Iron Girl 5K

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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!
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0600hrs

D, Susan (run teammate & close friend) & Linnie hit the race site early and are ready to roar!

I see SparkPeople!

JJSSPARK, DSSECRETS, LEC22041

I love the corral before the race. This is Linnie's first Iron Girl. D's showing positive waves and support!


D & I have an ongoing thing about racing on the Clearwater Memorial Bridge. This is the perfect pre-race pic in front of the palm tree she loves and the ominous bridge!


Phinley, the Clearwater Threshers Minor League Baseball Team Mascot, assists at the corral seconds before the 5K Start.


I love this shot showing so many emotions second before the start!


I moved down to the end of the start chute on the advice of my good friend & fab Race Director, Chris Lauber. The race started and we were taken back to see the first runners come off the line!

Check out all the girls with their energy & youth! I wish them all long healthy, happy lives! I think both of us were tearing up! Shhhh, don't tell a soul!

I also saw another teammate of mine, Kat! She is a constant volunteer at races and worked my Tris last year!


JJSSPARK coming out of the chute and owning Iron Girl!


D waving and Linnie gets focused as they go by the Iron Girl Race Site!


I ran up ahead and tried to catch them one last time as they made the turn heading to "the bridge!"

Great shot of D's sunglasses and her waving!
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I started back to the Finish Line and had to take this shot as the runners continued to come from the starting line!

You just have to love the life of the race!

After visiting with my Run Team Sponsors, Milestones Sports Jewelry, and seeing friends on the race site, I went over to the finish line and caught JJSSPARK just as she crossed the finish line!

Jenn, you are an Iron Girl!
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And here comes D & Linnie. I love the smiles!



Check out the baby Iron Girl to the left! She gave it her all!


I yelled and they finally say me!

This is true jubilation on the finish!

Side note: I'm certain the woman on the ground was the Iron Girl Half Overall Winner. They started 30 minutes before the 5K did. I check on her and she was "just taking a break!"

I'm so proud of my Iron Girls!


I believe no matter who you are, never lose the emotion and heartbeat of a run!

Whether you walk, jog, run, or crawl, don't miss the opportunity to become an Iron Girl! There's a lot of love out there!
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Thanks for your time!
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I'm going out for a run!
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PDQ1203 4/19/2014 9:29AM

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STRIVER57 4/18/2014 11:38AM

    yay to D & Linnie and their crew!

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SEABREEZE64 4/18/2014 7:42AM

    Love all the photos and commentary!!!!

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MBTEPP 4/17/2014 9:13PM

    It's great to see you supporting the women in your life. It looks like a great event!

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Great Pictures.

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KERRYG155 4/17/2014 8:28PM

    Great pictures. Thanks for posting!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/17/2014 8:06PM

    emoticon Love this positive and bubbly race report!

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Your gals did great!

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MIRAGE727 4/17/2014 5:41PM

    I'm totally with you, Debby! I want Gianna to have the power to stand on her own being and determine her path. I'm glad she has a strong role model in D. G's the reason I strongly support Girls on the Run and am working withe the GOTR Program Coordinator to get the program in her school! Yes, there is truly something special there.
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DEBBYFROMMT 4/17/2014 4:34PM

    I love all women's races. The Women's Run in Billings usually has close to 10,000 women from all over the state (and all over the country)! No offense to the guys, but there is something special about women getting together to improve their lives


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REGILIEH 4/17/2014 3:53PM

    YEA!!!!

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2014 Leprechaun Challenge

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Last years' Challenge was a Duathlon the first day in Palm Harbor then a 5K the next day in Dunedin!
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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!



Suzanne, Xanadu Race Management Director, always comes up with the best fun run events!


Jen,my run partner, worked the Challenge Check-in Table before our races.


My Sis had come in from DC to do the 5K with D. They went to get a bite before the 5K. D caught us at the first mile of our 10K!


Jen had trained light for this event so I tried to keep a reasonable pace. I started to find it was hard to maintain a slower pace. I asked Jen how she felt and stepped it up a bit. When we crossed the finish, we had a new PR by 3.5 minutes.



We had a few minutes for the 10K to finish then went out on the 5K!


I was able to capture D crossing the 5K finish line!


DSSECRETS & LEC22041 had a fun & successful 5K!


We crossed the finish line with a respectable time, and got ready to kill the 1Miler!
One of our run club teammates decided to joined us. Jen stayed with her pace as she was starting to show a bit wear. She told me to go on, and I finished strong.
This time D caught me at the 1Miler Finish!



Suzanne announced I took 1st in my 10K Age Group...


..and pointed me to the podium!


Then brought me back as Challenger Top Finisher in my Age Group! I was joined by other Age Group winners. Very cool!


So a few of us, composed from 3 run groups we belonged to, decided to celebrate at Dunedin Smokehouse. We set a record for largest table on the patio! YES!


What a kickoff to St Patrick's Day! That's how we roll in Paradise!
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Thanks to all for taking the time to read & comment on this latest blog!
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MBTEPP 4/21/2014 5:05PM

    Super FUN! You sure know how to party post race!

Congrats to all.

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SEABREEZE64 4/16/2014 9:40AM

    How fun! Congratulations!!!

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MDMNINA 4/15/2014 3:04PM

    You look good in green!

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KERRYG155 4/15/2014 12:09PM

    That does look like a lot of fun.

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KKKAREN 4/15/2014 10:26AM

    good job, you're becoming a running celebrity now!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/15/2014 10:07AM

    congrats

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STEPHLOKI 4/15/2014 8:01AM

    Looks like such a fun event! Glad to hear you were able to enjoy with your sister!

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MIPALADY23 4/15/2014 7:58AM

    YEAH!!! Sweet successs!!!!!


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    Great pics as always. You know me, pumps me up for my own future outings! emoticon

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2014 Inaugural Excalibur 10 Miler

Monday, April 07, 2014

Better Late than Never!
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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...

Road Trip to Viera, FL!
We drove directly to Running Zone in Melbourne and hit Packet Pickup. We picked up our armor shirts!


D & I decided to try out the Royal Throne!



After we took care of business, we went to our home for the weekend, International Palms Resort, old school but lots of fun! We unloaded our travel gear then went to Port Canaveral to have an early light pre-race dinner! Satisfied, we crashed early as we wanted to be at race site at 5:30am....

Owning the Finish Line!


Imagine a scene from Braveheart. We are the Maroon Force! Across from us, on the field of battle, the Blue Force!


The Maroon & Blue Knights battle to determine victory...


They battle to a draw and it is left to the Forces to decide the victor on the race!


I decided to stay with a pace group for a change and found it so helpful and a fun experience! Always learning!


I crossed the Finish Line 8 minutes under my goal time!


D was having fun on the run with her new BFF!


She looked really good on the finish! As I missed her crossing, (long story) I found this pic of her!
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Royalty greeted us...


...and the crown was passed!


We had conquered the course and claimed the Royal Throne!


For being a first race, this was fantastically managed, and fun was the name of the game. Medieval Times was a major Sponsor and provided a great atmosphere. Priced reasonably, THIS is a race in Florida to do!
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MDMNINA 4/9/2014 12:52PM

    Looks like you had fun! Great photos.

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/7/2014 8:43PM

    Love the photos... D looks GREAT before AND after on that throne. Good thing you're a wise enough man to treat her like the Princess that she is! emoticon emoticon

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MBTEPP 4/7/2014 6:44PM

    What a fun race! They really stayed in character. Congratulations!

Great race report.



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REGILIEH 4/7/2014 1:31PM

    WOW!!! Looks FANTASTIC!!! Glad you had a great time!

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KERRYG155 4/7/2014 12:20PM

    Love the way you just sit back and make that throne your own! I also love the finish photo with the crowns and that Husker shirt! Great job on finding a fun race to do.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/7/2014 11:29AM

    Awesome! ANd the shirts are great.

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MARGARITTM 4/7/2014 10:41AM

    Looks well done! I would do that in FL next year!

Nice shirt too!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/7/2014 10:35AM

    Looks like you had a great time.

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KPETSCHE 4/7/2014 10:32AM

    Thanks again, Monty, for a wonderful race recap. It looked like a really great time was had by all!
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Run on, Monty, Run on!!!

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NATPLUMMER 4/7/2014 9:58AM

    Awesome!! That looks like great fun!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/7/2014 9:48AM

    Wow, that's some finish line!
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