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The photos are in! Michael Stippich did a great job on them, and if you are looking for someone to do your holiday photos, Michael would be a great choice! You can find him on Facebook.

Here’s a link to the pictures.

If you “Facebook”, feel free to tag those that you know.

Thanks again for coming out!


Thanks to everyone that showed up today for the Sweetwater Creek 5K and Family Fun Run! The weather was perfect and the leaves were beautiful.

In regards to the course confusion, the only thing I have to offer are my sincerest apologies. After the race, many of you let me know that in spite of the mix up, you still had a good time and enjoyed the race. I really appreciate that.

Here’s a link to the complete race results.

Thanks to Big Peach Running Co, Road ID, Kudo Sports, Chris Hartman and State Farm, and the USA Track & Field Association.

Special thanks to the volunteers that came out early and gave of their time and energy to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Photos will be coming soon, and I’ll send an email to all the participants when they are.


So…Joshua Perkins and I participated in the Virginia Tough Mudder on October 22nd. It was quite the adventure. You can hear all the details, including an obstacle-by-obstacle breakdown of the course, on this week’s podcast. Hear about the hills, walls, hills, water, and hills that we faced…in front of a LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE! Just click HERE to start listening!

If you’re interested, you can watch the Tough Mudder Virginia 2011 Official Video!! If you pause it at :26 seconds, you can see Joshua and I in the background. Joshua’s the tall one…and I’m the one with gray hair!

In the news:
Washington Post: 3 years after deadline, FDA still hasn’t defined “gluten free”

So, one month out from the Tough Mudder, and not only am I NOT at the half way point for my weight loss, I’m actually dealing with an injury. I’m having right hip and knee pain, apparently associated with my ITB.

Not. Fun. At. All.

It’s hard to describe the type of pain that I experience when it kicks in, but let’s just say I cannot run on it. After about 3/4s of a mile, the pain starts, and it gradually worsens until I have to stop running. I can keep walking, but it is painful.

So I’ve come up with a simple, two-step for dealing with injury.

1) Come up with a plan to fix it.
2) Do that plan.

Unfortunately, neither step is really that simple. We’ll see how it goes.

In just about two months, my friend Joshua and I will be heading north to participate in the Virginia Tough Mudder. If you don’t know what the Tough Mudder is, go HERE, to Joshua’s blog and read about A) the Tough Mudder, and B) his prep for it.

Now that I’ve been on my weight-loss journey for about 14 months or so, after 135+ lbs of weight loss, I’m approaching my predicted plateau. If you want to hear my thoughts about all things plateau related, you can LISTEN to our podcast on that topic. For those of you that have already heard that podcast, I won’t rehash it here.

That being said, I’m setting an ambitious goal for myself. My goal is to lose 20 lbs more in the next two months.  In addition to ramping up my strength training, I think losing that last 20 lbs will put me where I need to be in order to be successful at the Tough Mudder.

So, there it is…I’ve put it out there for the world to read, should they choose to do so. Cheer me on…or better yet…join me!

PHOTOS are in!  Below is a link to all the race photos.  Thanks to Angel Wings Photography for all the great photos from before, during, and after the race! You can purchase copies of any of the photos through Smug Mug.  That’s a great way to give back to Angel Wings for doing the photos.  Of course, you can also download a photo by putting your mouse over the image.  A toolbar will appear, and you can save the image by clicking the folder icon…it’s the one on the bottom.  Let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks so much for joining us!  Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our next event, the Sweetwater Creek 5K and Family Fun Run on November 5th!
See you next time!

Thanks so much to everyone that participated in the race today. I hope that everyone had as much fun as I did. You can get the complete race results HERE.

Congrats to our winners:

  • Open Male: Ricardo Rodriguez – 18:45
  • Open Female: Tara Mooney – 19:36
  • Youth Male: Carlos Quintana – 18:54
  • Youth Female: Alyssa Dannenfelser – 28:11
  • Masters Male: Doug Landrau – 21:02
  • Masters Female: Jennifer Summey – 28:30

Again, I really appreciate everyone turning out today. I am still pretty new to the race directing game, so I would love feedback! I hope that any and all of you will go to and leave a review of the race. I’m still learning, and your input can only help. I know! I forgot the milemarkers. Sorry! It’s on my list for next time. If you don’t want to go to Active, just shoot me an email:

Pictures will be posted soon.  You can check back here at, or just watch for an email letting you know when they’re up!

We had such a great race-day turnout, that we RAN OUT OF T-SHIRTS!  A good problem to have, but still an issue.  I will be placing a followup order with the printer tomorrow.  He’s pretty quick.  Once the t-shirts are in, I’ll send out a communication to confirm your mailing address, etc.  Thanks for your patience.

November 5th, 2011 – Sweetwater Creek 5K & Family Fun Run

This is going to be an awesome trail run through one of the most scenic State Parks in the metro area, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Situated near Six Flags, it’s conveniently located right off of I-20. Pass the word! Online registration is open now, and I’ll have a registration form available for download if you’d rather pay for a stamp than pay the fee!

Big Peach Running Co.
State Farm Insurance
Angel Wings Photography
Mostaza Seed Graphics

One last thanks from me, the youth, and the staff of the Marietta Vineyard Church.

See you next time!