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Weekly Running Log

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Waiting For A Cure 8k...Plus

This week has been a very hectic and emotional one for me (and other running friends). Without going into a lot of detail, I'll start by commenting on my runs for the week. Getting in an 11-miler this week was nice with running 8 of them with my friend, Frank. I began increasing my miles before he began his program but we'll catch up in another week when my mileage drops back. The heat-and-humidity combo is getting better. As long as the heat is not high, I can deal with the humidity easier. This week I biked two days and really enjoyed it. Plans are to bike 1-2 times a week. Hope I can report that I've kept that plan.

On a sad note, I was and have been totally wiped out over the news of a good friend's test results. Bill G. is a picture of health and it was discovered that he has been diagnosed with cancer of the stomach and liver. He's a strong person and overcame another cancer episode when he was 30. I have no doubt that he will continue to live life to its fullest in spite of this diagnosis. Oddly, HE has encouraged me through his many posts as a result of this news. How ashamed of myself am I!! He played a big role during my first marathon training and race earlier this year and with yesterday's race it appears he will continue to be my role model and encourager during hard times/races. I began taking photos of other GCRC winners within the year and only have a couple to share of him. He's always a winner! Just look what good shape he's in...you're my hero, Bill!! I've also learned recently that he is an Ironman...oh, my gosh, I want to be like him soooo bad! He's #277 and #21.

On to the race...
Kent and I pre-regisgered for this race knowing it was going to be a tough one. As a matter of fact, the closer it got, the more "mind games" it began to play on me. Changing from last year, this race is now a TAC Certified 8k race and is now run over and back on the Ocean Springs Bridge! Man...this thing is tough just to run it, much less RACE it. At first, I was very excited and pumped. Then memories of the toughness of "just running" IT came back to mind. But this time it's a race. I believe I'm right in saying this is the first 8k race registered in the MS State Running Records. Congrats to everyone that made the new list! Here are a few pics. Although I HATE showing my finishing photo, I have few action pics...thanks, Ed W. for taking it! Check out "part" of the incline of the bridge in the background...whoa!

Now, tell me, is this not something you want to shield your kid's eyes from?? Scary, huh??

Kent crossing the line strong. He's doing so good in RW and actually had a really good time for this hilly race AND fighting a bout of gout at the same time. I'm sooo proud of you!! Muah!!! And, yeah, YOU are my first and foremost hero!

Tommy P. as he crosses the line. Congrats on 3rd place in your a/g!

Kent 3rd Overall RW...great job!

Nancy-2nd & Me- 3rd in our age group. Good runners out today...yay!

Ed W. on right.

Bob C. on left.

Race results can be found here.

Candid shots:

Pic with a great friend, Ed W.

Bob C., Adam F., ?, Leah, Mark K., Allen S. (standing)

Mark, you don't deserve that donut...quit smiling...you did NOT race today!!

Well, I'll say "what a different week this has been!" All in all, it's ended with keeping a positive attitude. Live the best and hardest you can with a smile on your face. You may never know how you influence others! Until next time...



Ed W said...

Well written, Robbie! Keep it up, you are quite the encourager yourself! Ed

Ed W said...


Robbie, I tried to copy and paste the video link here, but I'm not so sure.... I will have to try it on my home computer if it doesn't work ?

Ed W said...


Does this work?

2017 Races

  • 12/10/17...MS Coast Half
  • 12/09/17...MS Coast 5k
  • 11/25/17...Kaiser Half
  • 11/18/17...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/11/17...Rotary Oyster 5k
  • 10/14/17...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 02/18/17...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/04/17...Double Bridge 15k
  • 01/29/17...Big Beach Half

2017 Bike Rides

  • 10/01/17...Southern Magnolia Ride [25.85]
  • 05/13/17...Good Life Ride [26]


  • MS Coast Double Down...5k & Half
  • Run The Beach...3 Half's

2017 Goals

  • Back-to-Back Races [Done]
  • 3 Half Marathons [Done +1]
  • 1,000 Miles-No
  • First Half Marathon Series [3 Done]
  • Work on core/strength 2-3 times a week-No
  • Lose 25 pounds-No
  • NEVER give up! YES!!
  • Control/Eliminate refined sugars-Good

2016 Races

  • 10/15/16...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/16...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 03/19/16...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/13/16...St. Pat's Leprechaun 5k
  • 03/05/16...Bay to Breakfast 12k...1st trail race
  • 02/20/16...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/13/16...Double Bridge 15k

2016 Goals

  • Run 1,000 miles-Done
  • Bike 300 miles
  • Half Marathon-Done
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Push through the hard times-Done
  • Cut back on refined sugar

2015 Races

  • 12/19/15...Make It To The Line 4 Miler
  • 11/21/15...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/14/15...Oyster 5k
  • 10/10/15...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/15...PHind a Cure-W/D
  • 05/02/15...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 04/18/15...Zydeco 5k - W/D
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Remember the Fallen 5k
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Boston Strong 5k
  • 04/11/15...Magnolia 5k
  • 03/28/15...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/07/15...Circle K 5k
  • 03/01/15...Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k
  • 02/28/15...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/07/15...Double Bridge 15k

2015 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Overlook past failures
  • Push through the hard times/things

2014 Races

  • 12/06/14...St. Jude's Half Marathon
  • 08/16/14...Pinky 5k Virtual
  • 08/15/14...Howl @ the Moon 10k Virtual
  • 02/15/14...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/01/14...Double Bridge 15k

2014 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • 700 Running Miles
  • Strengthen my Upper Body
  • Recuperate, Recover, Renew
  • Get active in WW
  • Eat Fruit Daily
  • Start Clean Eating
  • Begin Eliminating Sugar from Diet

2013 Races

11-30-13...Stennis 5k
11-23-13...Turkey Trot 5k
11-08-13...Run For The Kids Virtual Half [St. Jude's]
10-12-13...Shrimp Festival 5k
09-22-13...Talladega Half
07-04-13...Wesson 2 Miles
06-29-13...Emz Liverpalooza 5k
05-18-13...Pursuit of Fun 5k
04-20-13..Warrior Dash
04-07-13...Gulf Coast Half-Pensacola
03-23-13...Azalea Trail 10k
03-10-13...Leprechaun 5k
02-24-13...NOLA Marathon
02-02-13...Double Bridge 15k-Pensacola
01-13-13....Gulf Coast Half-Lulu's

2013 Goals

  • 3 Half Marathons-Done-Plus 1
  • 1 Marathon-Done
  • 1000 Running Miles-No, due to RC Tendonitis & Broken Shoulder
  • Eat fruit daily-A little aggressive but better
  • Maintain weight in 130's-Did NOT happen!

2012 Races

12-08-12...FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k
11-24-12...Jingle Bell 10k
11-17-12...Turkey Trot 5k
10-27-12...Jazz Half
10-20-12...OS Rotary 5k
10-13-12...Race for Grace 5k
09-29-12...5k For Katlyn
07-04-12...Wesson 2 Mile
04-15-12...Gulf Coast Half...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
04-14-12...Diversity Dash 5k
03-24-12...Azalea Trail 10k
03-03-12...MS50 20k...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
02-25-12...Kids Need Heroes 5k
02-11-12...Sweetheart 5k
02-04-12..Double Bridge 15k
01-14-12...Pensacola Half

2012 Goals

  • 1 Full Marathon-Marine Corp filled up
  • 3 Half Marathons-2 Down-Sick had to drop 2
  • 20 Miles-Wkly Mileage-Bronchitis kept me from this
  • Cross Training 2x Week-Poor Commitment
  • Weekly Weights W/O-Again Poor Commitment

2011 Races

  • 11-26-11...Kaiser Half
  • 11-19-11...Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11-11-11...Thumbs Up for Bill 5k
  • 11-05-11...Senior Bowl 10k
  • 10-22-11...Running the Streets 5k
  • 10-15-11...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 10-08-11...Mullet Run 5k
  • 09-24-11...Waiting for a Cure 8k
  • 09-05-11...Labor Your Legs 5k
  • 07-04-11...Wesson 2 Miles
  • 06-04-11...Bay Fest 5k
  • 05-14-11...Stargazer 5k
  • 04-30-11...Fiesta 5 Flags 5k
  • 04-16-11...St. Benedict's 5k
  • 04-10-11...Gulf Coast Half
  • 03-26-11...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03-19-11...St. Patrick's 5k
  • 03-05-11...Eco 5k
  • 02-13-11...Mardi Gras Marathon

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