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Hawaii 5KO rainbow run 6 remaining!

This place is simply amazing! So much beauty packed in such a small place.  So beautiful in fact I grew a rainbow out of my head. Lol


Since my body is still on east coast time and woke me up at zero dark thirty (aka 3:30am), I decided to catch a Hawaiian sunrise and knock my 5K run out at the same time.


My actual run time is gonna suck because I kept stopping for pictures. This is a bad place to be for a “picture selfie taking addict” like myself.


Doesn’t he make bread?


Took my 5K talents to the pier

I ran late last night, but just really wanted to get my run out of the way so I can enjoy the beach with the kiddies.

My body is actually very sore from the 8 hour plane ride and all the hustle and bustle of taking a trip.  I think I’ll splurge and get myself a massage while I’m here.


I did my actual run along the beach where there were many Kodak moments.



It’s very surreal how close to the end of my 5Ks I’ve become.“>358th 5K only 6 remain.



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Last double digit 5K (10 remain) #355 

Today marks a very special run day. Not only is this the last of the double digit 5K runs (10 remaining), I also was honored to be able to run with one of my real life heroes Jordan Flores!  Jordan qualified for the para-triathlon national championships this past year!

A real life super hero Jordan Flores

Jordan had a 4 mile recovery workout planned, so I decided to do his plan with him. I programmed the workout on my Garmin 910XT watch and off we went.  This is the first time I’ve run farther than a 5K in a long time.

With my recent calf strain problems I should have been reluctant to run much past 3 miles. However, I was so honored that Jordan wanted to run one of my last 5Ks with me that I threw caution to the wind.

Jordan is a winner in every way and inspires me to keep pushing forward.  His high energy and positive outlook is contagious.  I first met Jordan at Lucky’s Lake  and our friendship continues to grow.  I’m sure we will see even greater things from Jordan this year!!

A smile that could melt an iceberg

The actual run went by very quickly for me as we talked and shared stories about triathlon races and such.  Also, the left calf pain that was trying to take me out yesterday, was non-existent during the run.  355th 5K


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Double shift 5K #347 (18 remaining)

A really rough night at work where it was call after call all night long. I also knew that I had a double shift to work today starting at 3pm till 7am the next morning.  I knew it would be important for me to get some sleep after working all night.

Unfortunately, I could only sleep 3 hours and don’t know why??  I just laid on my couch too tired to really run, but not sleepy enough to get back to sleep.  Therefore, I decided to get off the couch and at least get my 5K run in.  I knew it would be almost impossible to run once I got to work, due to only getting a half hour for lunch.

I had an absolutely exhausted run today.  I was feeling very achy, crickety and crotchety. I did manage to complete my run, but it was not pretty.  I contained my run to a little semi shaded loop in my neighborhood. 347th 5K

I still can’t believe my runs are now in the teens, with just a little over two weeks remaining.


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You inspire me 5K #341

Mixed emotions about this being the last day of school. On one hand no more rushing to get the kids to school, the drudgery of finding variety in their lunches and let’s not forget homework. On the other hand, now what do do with their summer activities?

The good news is my son made honor roll after struggling to adapt to his new school mid year. 

While picking up my son from school, another parent asked me “are you the guy I always see running everyday? In the heat, in the rain? I replied yes that’s me.  She said very inspiring, I look at you and I think wow! 341st 5K

I dont need to tell you how inflated my ego became. Inspiring others is the main reason I’m doing this crazy 5K a day. 

The run was tiring as it always is the more consecutive days I’m working on third shift.  

The weather was perfect as it was just about to rain and cloudy.  The rain cut me a break and provided shade for my entire run. Ah, life’s little surprises. 

a nice sunless run

The beauty of West Orange trail


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My brave Ani 5K #340 (25 remaining)


It is with a heavy heart that I’m posting this about my daughter Ani who is a student at  Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida.

While hanging out with friends whom she knew, she was raped over the weekend.  The roommate of a co-worker offered her a ride and committed this cowardly act on her.

When I first found out about it, I went numb and didn’t’ quite know what to do.  Then the usual emotions of rage, anger and sadistic thoughts of chopping one’s member off and feeding it to him through a straw came to mind.

For a brief moment I thought Ani would be the covered in shame and hide in a shell.  But, anyone who knows Ani knows she is a very outspoken person.  Not only did she press charges against the rapist, but she posted it on Facebook, included a picture of him and brought him to swift justice!  This monster is now sitting behind bars because I’m guessing he was counting on her being so ashamed that she’d keep it quiet.

Often times these cowardly predators count on their victims hiding in shame.  Ani, instead was more concern about other girls who may need the strength to come forward too.   I’m very proud of Ani for facing her fear and coming out about what happened to her.

Please ladies (and guys), if someone violates you, the best healing is to talk about it with others.  Come forward and bring the villain to justice.  Shame can only exist in isolation.  The moment you share an awful experience with another, healing begins.  Chances are great that you are not alone in your suffering.

A friend of Ani’s has created a support page for her if you would like to help her in this healing process.  Anais Rape Treatment Fund

I dedicated my 5K run to my beautiful, caring, funning, jovial, intelligent, creative and loving daughter Anais.  I decided to run in a place that I know to be full of beauty like her.  She loves butterflies, so I thought what a good place to start my run at the Butterfly Garden on West Orange Trail.


My run times are slow, as I stopped quite a bit to take pictures of beauty to remind myself that even when life gets ugly, there is beauty if you look for it.  To find some place I can begin to process all the emotions of such an experience.

finding beauty during an ugly time

finding beauty during an ugly time #2


finding beauty during an ugly time #3

beauty #4

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beauty 7

beauty 8

A nice cushy run route

beauty 9

beauty 10

Beautiful house along the trail

A great place to sit and reflect

Butterfly garden photo op

beauty is everywhere


As a final positive word, I came across the sign during the final steps of my 5K.

The route I chose was the perfect place to get healing.  Lots of beautiful flowers, pond, birds, trees, and a soft covered trail to ease my sore body.  I ran a really fast loop that I dedicated to Ani to symbolize a speedy healing for all impacted. I was hoping that my 25 remaining 5K would be about something other than this, but we can’t control what life throws at us sometimes.“>Ani’s rape awareness 5K #340 (25 remaining)







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Beat the heat 5k #338 (27 left)

My whole objective for this run was to get out early and avoid the ever increasing heat.
It has been extremely hot and humid, especially by my normal early evening run. The longer I wait in the day to run my 5K, the hotter it gets and more miserable I feel.

My run was a “sweatfest”, my main objective was to find a route where it was mostly shaded in my neighborhood.  By the time I got out there, it was already a “cool” 87 degrees and getting hotter.  I did manage to find a route where the path was about 70% shaded.

My favorite Florida tree the crepe myrtle


Amazingly after two days of running with my old shoes (misplaced my new shoes), my knees started to hurt. I’m still amazed at how a little worn down rubber can make my knees hurt.  After about two miles, I felt a jarring pain in my left knee that caused me great concern.

Luckily this run was on my new shoes, but it appears as though the damage has already been done. I’ll have to monitor this latest injury as I continue these last days.  #339 5K


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Let’s go Lego 5K #335 (30 remain)

I can’t believe I only have 30 runs left. I wanted to run someplace I have never been before on this landmark day.  Legoland is the magical place I decided to go.

There were lots of cool photo ops. I didn’t go in the park itself, but the hotel and surrounding areas were nice.

I wound up running on some rolling hills which were not fun.

I was a bit tired at the end of my run, but the hills and heat took a toll. 335th 5K


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