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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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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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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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    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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    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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    Wow, that's some finish line!
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RUNNERS UNITE!

Friday, April 04, 2014

www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/27/se
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Last night, Dunedin Running Club in Dunedin, FL ran down Edgewater Linear Park, parallel to Edgewater Dr.! The support from drivers, walkers, and all who witnessed was off the hook! Everyone asked about it!
You mess with 2 runners, you mess with 35,904,000 runners in the US! (2009 survey) We will rock you!
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Dunedin Running Club! Proud to be a part of the family!

  
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KPETSCHE 4/5/2014 11:51AM

    Congrats to you and the entire running community that supports others who run, for whatever their reason. It's totally embarrassing that anyone would write a story like the one that Self magazine published. I also think you rock that pink tutu!

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    Nice tutu, Monty! Runners ARE a community! I feel it every time I go out, as I'm sure you do. Proud of your club, there. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 4/4/2014 5:58PM

    Good for you! Self Mag really made a mistake on that one. So glad your group took it on. Great support. Runners unite, indeed. -Marsha

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TATERCAT 4/4/2014 2:00PM

    This is the first time I have heard of this. How awful for Self magazine to run something like that!
It seems like you had a blast and great job on supporting the cause!

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MBTEPP 4/4/2014 1:48PM

    Shame on Self Mag for that HUGE mistake. I posted to FB.

Great show of support!

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STARDUSTD 4/4/2014 11:51AM

  Where's YOUR tutu?

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KERRYG155 4/4/2014 11:36AM

    Looks like everyone was having a great time!

The magazine article making fun of the tutus shows how little they check out facts or even care.

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Healthy Lifestyle Fallout! (Part Deux)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I got up this morning, took out my bike, rode to breakfast, and got a 'lil bonus cross training in. The beauty is that I got my quads fired up. That's great since the last two Half Marathons left me with DOMS specifically aimed at my quads. I'm biking tomorrow as well.
Feeling positive about the Excalibur 10 Miler on Sunday!
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(See Kelly's Heroes! Donald Sutherland rocks it!)
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MBTEPP 3/8/2014 9:35AM

    I am slow to the party. I hope it was a good race!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/5/2014 9:46AM

    I know my QUADS hurt after I seriously push myself at races. I know right now they are feeling good, because they are just training runs.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/3/2014 7:07PM

    Enjoy your 10K. You've done the work, now reap the reward! Riding to breakfast is really fun!! Good idea.

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DEBBYFROMMT 3/1/2014 5:09PM

    Kelly's Heroes, so many big names in that movie! Glad you are fired up for the Excalibur 10!

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    Great job, Monty! Enjoy that 10-miler on Sunday, too!

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MDMNINA 2/27/2014 4:26PM

    Enjoy your 10 miler! You should come up and do the Disney World Tower of Terror 10 Mile in the fall.

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