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I love to run but there are times when I would rather not. This is when the voices start. Chants, name calling, guilt and reverse psychology is how they get me up and out the door. I don't really mind the voices and have actually started looking forward to their daily calls. Together we have formed a running club that supports, encourages and competes with each other. I love these peeps. They are much more experienced, talented and tougher than I am. Pushing me out the door, through the hard miles and up the monster hills when I am feeling lazy or want to give up. Some people have "real" training partners, coaches and support crews. My team is ALWAYS with me and helps me to keep my eye on the prize and not veer off the track. Sounds crazy- Yeah, probably is.........

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Garmin 235 Raffle



Idiots Running Club Relay for Life Garmin 235 Raffle
New in box  Garmin 235
$8.97 per ticket
150 tickets will be sold
Winner will be selected using a random number generator app
Winning number will be drawn when all tickets are sold
Drawing will be recorded on video
If all tickets are not sold he winner will be chosen on June 10th 2017
Purchase tickets through PayPal and your number will be emailed











Monday, April 3, 2017

Win Or Don't Come Home

Win or don't come home. This is what I tell the athletes I coach. "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." Saunders, and later, Lombardi had it right in my opinion. At least to some degree. Winning is important and must be regarded as the ultimate goal in every race, contest or game. Why? Because even from a very early age, competitive people realize that losing sucks and winning makes us feel good. Of course, winning doesn't always mean the top of the podium or the most points on a scoreboard. 

Winning can be measured in many different ways but, for me, the only real unit of measurement is self satisfaction. When running a race myself or coaching athletes through a race or game the definition of winning is set early in the training cycle or practice. It's a simple formula. Look at the areas of strength that are already in place, identify the weaknesses and assess the realistic potential to improve in both areas. Have a basic idea of where you would be on that day if the race or game was scheduled and then look forward and set a lofty but realistic goal that you want to reach. 

Set a plan. Do the work. No excuses. Be ready to overcome obstacles that will get in the way and mentally lead you off track. Know that the motivation isn't going to come from a YouTube video or meme on Facebook. It must be a self motivation that lives in your heart. It can't be just words you say or something you pretend you want because it sounds cool. It must be real, true and non-negotiable. The days will be long, the hours and minutes you dedicate should make you question your sanity and your friends and family will claim you are obsessed. All of that is good. And necessary if you truly have your eye on the prize. 

Do all of that and you will win. When it's time to compete you will be prepared, confident and focused to chase the goal. But.... be smart. Don't try to do more than you should or more than you can. Know what you need to do for YOU to be successful and stick to the script as much as possible but adapt quickly to changes or setbacks. Attempting to overreach will always put you in a situation that rarely has a successful outcome. 

Does this mean you shouldn't put it all on the line and take chances? Absolutely not. It means that you should consistently put it all on the line but take calculated chances. Being brave and confident is much different than being brave, confident AND stupid. Success and winning are born out of pushing past the perceived limits we have set in our minds and expanding the knowledge of our abilities. If we stay comfortable being comfortable then we will never get better or understand the potential for greatness. 

Winning is defined by you. Any improvements gained from the first training session or practice will shine in the overall breakdown of performance when it's all over. They will be easy to see for most people looking but always difficult for the athlete to recognize. Even when ALL the goals are met and the podium, personal record or scoreboard dictate that you are a "winner" there may be a lot of self doubt and questions about what you could have done better. 

There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, without it you will begin a slow decline into a losing mentality. Never settling for good enough and always wanting more is the only way to continue winning. Look at the good, learn from the bad and move on. Remember yesterday but focus on tomorrow. Growth comes from true self evaluation and honesty not from the number of likes you get on Facebook. Knowing that you have pulled off a win even when others don't immediately recognize the situation is enough to keep the train on the tracks and headed in the right direction. 

In the end, winning and losing isn't measured on a scoreboard, podium, trophy or any other outside judge. When done right- Winning is a mindset that begins with a goal and earned through the self motivation to become better. Being the best at anything is fun to dream about but is rarely a realistic outcome as there is always somebody, somewhere who is willing to work harder and longer than you. But you can easily and realistically continue to strive to become the best that you can be. Will you ever achieve the goal of becoming the best that you can be? I hope not. If you do then you have settled for good enough. Good enough will always mean - Could be better. Be better. Win or don't come home. 




Monday, June 6, 2016

GoPro or Hot Tub Relay for Life Raffle

Another raffle?? Yep. Another raffle to benefit the ACS via the Idiots Running Club Relay for Life Team in our quest to rid the world of the evil that is cancer.

A very generous supporter has donated your choice of a portable hot tub or theGoPro Hero4 Silver Camera Bundle. 

It will be tough choice for the winner to choose between the two but I have faith that you will make the right decision. But... if you screw it up and wish you had picked the other - it will be okay. 

Why? How will it be okay? Well... Because tickets for this raffle are only ONE DOLLAR each. One dollar. $1. One buck. With ticket prices that low you will have some cash piling up to be spent on the other. (Disclaimer- This is a hypothetical situation. I do not know, nor can I guarantee that money will be piling up at your house waiting to be spent) 

Donations for tickets can be made directly to the Relay for Life via this link -> http://bit.ly/PrizeEyeing
******Please be sure to add GoPro/Hot Tub in the notes.*****

Drawing will be held on June 10th/11th live during the Ozark County Missouri Relay for Life event. 

Quick... Buy ALL the tickets. http://bit.ly/PrizeEyeing

Free Shipping in the continental United States only. 



Thursday, June 2, 2016

ElliptiGo Arc Raffle Round #2

****ONLY 74 TICKETS HAVE BEEN SOLD - YOUR ODDS OF WINNING ARE FAVORABLE***  Updated 6/9/2016 13:15

The first raffle for the ElliptiGo Arc was a great success. Unfortunately there could only be one winner. Everybody knows that second place is the first loser. That sucks if you didn't win. Once in a while in life we get a second chance at greatness. This is a really dramatic and drawn out way of announcing another ElliptiGo Arc raffle for the Idiots Running Club Relay for Life Team. So... Buy ALL the tickets.

You know you NEED one of these.




Raffle tickets are $16.58 each with a limited quantity of 181 available. Retail value is $1299.

Why the weird numbers? Because.

All proceeds above my costs will benefit the ACS via the Idiots Running Club Relay for Life Team.

After you complete your purchase I will send you the potentially winning number. On June 10th (or before if the 181st ticket is sold prior to the 10th) a winner will be selected using a random number generator app and will be streamed live for all to witness. That's as fair as it gets.

Delivery will be approximately 10 days after a winner is chosen. Free Shipping included in the continental U.S. Only.

Use the paypal button to purchase ALL the tickets. Good luck.



Congrats to Norman Eubank from Pontiac, MO on winning the first ElliptiGo Arc Raffle. .