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Well it's about time for me to celebrate one year with the 30s <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br>
It was in late March last year that I was sitting at work thinking about what to do to get in shape. Spring was starting and I was ready to start <i>walking</i> in our park again. Yet a friend had mentioned in passing "well you do more good if you <i>run</i> than walking". Yeah...... logically sound. So I google "running plans" and see something called C25K. When I click on that link it takes me to some place called <a href="http://www.coolrunning.com" target="_blank">www.coolrunning.com</a>.<br><br>
After asking tons of newbie questions I notice a daily 30's thread. I dip my toe in the water and WHAMMO- one year and a new website (THANK GOODNESS) later........ <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
It's been an interesting year for me. I learned a lot of negative things about myself. Things such as........I am a liar. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> I apologize to you all for not keeping my word:<br><br>
"are you kidding, I'm not paying big bucks just for a pair of shoes to run in? It's not that important."<br><br>
-later I drove over an hour and a half to the closest Fleet Feet store to get professionally fitted shoes by a veteran of 40 marathons<br><br>
"I'm not running any races, I'll never do that. I just want to lose a little weight"<br><br>
-later I run a 5k and has a second on tap in about a month<br><br>
"wik socks? Erm........ it's not that serious for me but thanks"<br><br>
-later to discover they are most comfy socks in the world for running or casual and I throw away all the old school tube socks.<br><br>
"it's too cold here in the winter. I'll probably have to stop around November and resume in March"<br><br>
-later to buy an entire new wardrobe of sweatshirts, pants, gloves, pull over hood that covers everything but my eyes, etc. and did not miss one run in the winter months due to temperature.<br><br>
I could probably list others but you get the idea. So funny those famous last words. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
I've also had to sacrifice and have lost much since I met you all...<img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> about 5 pounds and 4+ inches in the waist. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Ok this part I have dreaded........the thank you list. I almost don't want to because I will forget someone. IF I do no offense intended. I tried to think of everyone I could. Also there are some of you I don't know well but would like to in "year 2". But here goes my humble attempt:<br><br><b>McTortle</b>: Mary you are just so freaking.......fun. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Your posts just make me smile almost by default. I love your sense of humor. Not only that, when you get serious you have a real talent for expressing your wonder at everyday life. Your honesty at facing the daily struggles we all face is very refreshing. We have become very good friends and I am so much the better for it. Thank you!<br><br>
/enter the Birmingham crew I met<br><br><b>Tiff</b>: My first real life 30 person to meet- and twice! You folks really do exist?! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> We became instant friends from the moment you joined kick and I am very glad. Such an awesome lady. Tiff has become a super friend and almost like a little sister who checks up on me and is a constant source of encouragement. Thank you<br><br><b>Beth</b>: I enjoy talking with you about McCartney. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> One of the first friends I met on coolrunning and I thank you for putting up with me. I enjoy chatting with you. Glad to have met you!<br><b><br>
Bob</b>: a super guy and a great roommate. I enjoyed meeting you and talking sports. Thanks for all the answers to my barrage of running questions. heh<br><b><br>
Tim</b>: what a super host. He took this complete noob rookie and helped make my first race, on the road no less, a great success. I mentioned before that it made a big impression on me that Tim was so patient and encouraging to me. He wanted to make my first race a great time and he succeeded.<br><b><br>
Flemdawg</b>: Despite being heated college rivals.........this guy is all right. Peace in our times???! A very fun and positive person. I've enjoyed our rivalry jabs during foosball season. I'm was glad to meet you at B'ham.<br><br>
/end B'ham peeps<br><b><br>
StartingOver</b>: Colleen has become my daily e-mail buddy since my wicked office blocked kr at work. I'm sure our work days would have been much more productive but I'd rather be talking to you than working LOL. Thanks for the chats.<br><b><br>
Jill</b>: I've enjoyed our yahoo chats. It's been very fun to talk to and get to meet you.<br><b><br>
Theia</b>: my U2 buddy! I enjoy chatting about the world's best band and swapping dvds and cds with you! SO glad you got good news lately on your health. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><b><br>
Heater</b>: you are a blast dude! I don't know you very well but you rarely fail to make me laugh with your posts. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Glad your dad is on the full road to recovery.<br><br>
Dear <b>Oache</b>,<br><br>
Your unique style of posting ALMOST brings an air of sophistication to this crazy group of people...... almost <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
sincerely,<br><br>
Maples<br><b><br>
PhillyTom</b>: thanks for taking the time to write a 10k running program for me. Also thanks for answering my various questions.<br><br><b>Brandy</b>:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/funny-pictures-cute-kittens-cage.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
I don't know you very well but I do love your pictures. They always make me smile and I look forward to them every day.<br><br><b>Bard73</b>: seems like everytime you talk to me you are encouraging me. That's so nice. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Thanks<br><b><br>
Winter</b>: my first ever live online video............ erm conversation. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> jk! We had fun one night struggling to get our cameras working and got to chat face to face. As I told you before, your sense of humor is simply fantastic. I love your quick wit. It gets me every time.<br><br><b>Moon</b>: another very fun dude. I enjoy your posts and your sense of humor as well.<br><b><br>
Katholeen</b>: wishing you well with the job search. I enjoy hearing updates about your possible leads. Great hat pictures as well!<br><b><br>
Solitude</b>: our fearless moderator and friend. Yet another very fun person in our happy group.<br><br>
Gosh there are tons of you that I see every day and have even talked. Yet I don't really know that well but hope to in the future:<br><br><b>Auntie Moe, BigG, Beaker, Voodoo, Litch, Prae, LLmanynamesberg, Runningfromlaw, Runninginnyc, Biah, Nettie, KP, Govandals, Duckgeek, 2oh, Scratch, Mykemp, PacerChris, Korbel, Jenruns, Solarpowered, Ailarie, Frankie</b> and....... a cast of dozens I probably forgot.<br><br>
I just wanted to make a post to celebrate one of the most enjoyable parts of my life- interacting with my new 30s friends everyday. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Thank you all <img alt="icon_salut.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_salut.gif">
 

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<b>Maples</b> this is one the top posts I have seen in here.... ever.<br><br>
great to be a part of this insanity here with ya man!
 

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Indeed it's good to have you here. You're one of the folks who make it so great. Happy anniversary! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Happy Runniversary! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> It was great to meet you in Bham, too! Here's to another year of running! <cheers!>
 

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<img alt="hello2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/hello2.gif"> Woooo hoooo!<br><br>
Great post Maples, happy anniversary bud!
 

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Maples,<br><br>
You are a lovely man and I mean that in a kind and irish pubby type of way. I'm still amazed that one of these hawt and single 30's beauties has yet to kidnap you for their very own.<br><br>
In the mean time, I wish you well as you grow into your running and will enjoy reading your first marathon report someday.<br><br>
your pal,<br><br>
oache
 

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Happy anniversary, Maples!! Here's a little something just for you.<br><br><i>It's a beautiful day</i><br><i>The sky falls and you feel like</i><br><i>It's a beautiful day<br>
Don’t let it get away<br><br></i>
 

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Wow! What a great post. Truly, it was a pleasure meeting you. Your story is a great one and is very inspiring. You're a great guy and a fun addition to the group. I look forward to meeting you again at a race near by. Congrats! Keep up the good work.
 

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Congrats on a year! Keep up the good work.
 

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<b>Chris</b>, you are hilarious! I love all of those little white lies of yours. Too funny. But I guess that's what learning about running is all about. Realizing that all those little things really do make a difference. I'm missing our chats, too bad you can't IM during the day as that's the only time I'm online lately. And I missed this news about another 5K ... when is it?<br><br>
Congratulations on your running anniversary.
 

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Chris - what an amazing post. Thank you for your thoughts and for showing us how much you've grown and learned and changed in this past year. It has been so much fun getting to know you!! Happy Anniversary my friend!
 

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So glad you took the time to share this with us! The 30's board is all about the people and you, my friend, have added greatly to it! Here's to many more years of running, more races, more meet ups, more of all the good things this board brings to each and every one of us!
 

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Very well said, <b>Maples</b> - thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, and may this second year bring you even more good times with us and your running. Happy anniversary!
 

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Grats Maples!<br><br>
Btw.. you aren't a liar. You simply changed your mind! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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<b>Maples</b> very cool post ( even if I was one of those dozens left out <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> )<br><br>
Its been an amazing year for a lot of us in one way or another and its been great watching you progress. Keep up the great work!
 

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ACK DUDE I swear you are on the sheet of paper where I listed the names! You deserve an edit!
 

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Glad you survived the year with this Motley Crew, the support, friendship, and laughs are amazing, the whole experience is life altering.
 

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Maples - great post.<br><br>
I'm glad you've had a great experience not only with making running part of who you are, but with this group of friends we have here.<br><br>
Looking forward to meeting you at some point down the road.<br><br>
KP<br><br>
oh, and <span style="color:#000080;">War</span> <span>Eagle</span>!
 
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