Monday, November 24, 2008

Ready for the Weekend!

Almost 700 miles for the month! Great Job! How many miles for December?
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Some of us have events this weekend!
Good Luck to Lizzie Lee, Jim, Marathon Girl Leslie, & OrtingRunner!
Some of us were volunteers this week, Thanks Akshaye!
Thanks everyone!
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Look at all of you! We made our 500 miles even with colds and other maladies! AND... We have an additional weekend to go!
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Lets think about December and how many miles we want to commit to?
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Please update your runs!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Got Story?

In this group are people with similar interests. We have a lot of sidewalk, pavement, track & trail under our shoes. That is a lot of experience. We gather with other people and tell the tales of running and competitions. Hey, most of us blog about our passion for the sport.

Jim thinks that there is a potential for a book out of the many tales of running. He hears them where he lives and exercises. He reads them on blogs. He hears them during competitions. He shares tales on the trails.

He'd like to hear your story.

If you'd like to share a dream, contact Jim. Jim can be reached through his blog,, or through his e-mail.

Thanks, Jim, for thinking of us!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Event Calendar

11/26/2008 - Added a JadeLady event!
This must be a good idea.
I can't keep it updated! Are we good at this avocation or what?
An updated event calendar! If you'd like to add or remove an event, just post a message here! Thanks!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Here Is The Skinny!

2 marathon events were completed this past weekend! Shirly Perly and Marathon Chris completed marathons last weekend. Shirley ran the Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa, OK. Chris ran the San Antonio marathon.

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you caught that cold you so stridently tried to miss? Then you knew you had it on the very morning of the marathon event? Then on the way to the starting line, you twist your ankle? Well, Marathon Chris is experienced! You know what? This class runner completed the marathon with both of those things! Go, Marathon Chris, go!

If you get a chance, commend these two runners! Congratulations!

What a team of runners we have!

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Here is the skinny on this one! As a group, we already have over 300 miles logged so far this month! And we did it in only 2 weeks! I know that I say it all the time, but what a group we are!

Now... I've signed up for another marathon. So for the next few weeks, I will continue to contribute to the overall. Let's start thinking about December and the target miles.

I am working on an update of events that are coming up. If you have a competition scheduled (as a participant or a volunteer - We all know that those volunteers are oh so necessary!) then let me know! Look for an update soon!

Thanks everybody for being a part of this! Each and everyone of you are really great being a part of this! Thanks!

Now... Get out there and run or walk!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

November 10 Update!

Are you aware that we have achieved almost 300 miles in just 2 weekends? What an inspiring group to run with. Why I feel that I could almost complete a marathon running with this group!

I have set the goal for November at 500 miles. 500 miles! And we have already achieved half of that with 3 weekends still to go!

Let's keep this up! I have a marathon coming up in the near future that I sincerely hope to complete (I am training to complete that goal in the near future). I know that many of you have a marathon goal in mind for the near future. There also some half-marathon, Tris, 10ks and other races as well!

Maybe we should take the time and update our goal/event calendar!

Run on, friends!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

In your Thoughts and Prayers!

You know, as a group, we share our experiences. Most of our experiences are positive ones. Occasionally, though, something else can come up that also needs to be shared. Please keep Tim and Susan Feeney in your thoughts and prayers. The following article is from our friend and fellow runner, Jim Reed.

*NOTE - Because of this special announcement, please leave your run amounts for the weekend of 11/7 to 11/9 on last week's chart. I will update it from there! Charlie (cewtwo)

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A Moment to Reflect

The photo is of Tim and Susan Feeney. I took the photo one day after the 2007 Marine Corps Marathon. We had met at the World War II Memorial and walked around the monuments pausing to eat lunch at a hot dog truck. Best hot dog I ever had!

Tim was unable to run the marathon with us. In June 2006, several days after completing the Mickelson Trail Marathon in Deadwood, SD, Tim was diagnosed with a brain tumor. For over two years he has fought hard and endured pain and treatment which puts a marathon in the category of "a walk in the park". I often feel a sense of guilt when I complain about an ache or a pain. We can take two Tylenol and and put an ice pack on the injury and it goes away. Unfortunately, all of the modern technology and medicines could not take Tim's tumor away. Several weeks ago Tim made a decision to cease any further treatment for the tumor. He is at home with Susan and is receiving hospice care.

He has been running about the same time as myself, four plus years. We have done training runs, 5K's, 10K's, halfs and marathons together. He was a "Group Leader" in our training program, teaching new runners how to adapt to the rigors of marathon training. He helped many runners accomplish goals they never thought possible. However, no matter how hard we try, we cannot help Tim achieve the goal of health.

As runners we enter a race with the goal being the finish line. Tim is running the race of and for his life and this time we don't want to see the finish line. We want someone to declare a false start and go back to when things were fun and we laughed and told stories.

Susan has been continuing her running, in fact she completed a training run this morning. She may be tiny, but her nickname is "Big Dog". Several years ago Susan didn't think she could run with our pace group. The old saying is, "if you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch." Well, Susan got off the porch and ran with the "Big Dogs".

I read a quote from Olympic champion Jesse Owens that's speaks to the battle Tim is facing. "The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that's where it's at."

Please keep Tim and Susan in your prayers.

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Thanks, Jim, for including all of us in this important time of your life and that of your friends.

You can read Jim's blog at