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2019 Turkey Season (Year 2 of the New Normal)

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 02:56 PM by Black Spurs

For the 2018 season, I didn't even find it worth putting anything in this forum other than a short snippet...
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2017 Louisiana Turkey Season Review

Posted April 25th, 2017 at 02:27 PM by Black Spurs

I canít complain too much about my 2017 turkey season, and if you know how my spring of 2016 was, anything...
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4/14/17

Posted April 14th, 2017 at 05:23 PM by Black Spurs
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4/14/17
The last time I heard this turkey gobble was March 26th. I have hunted him one evening...
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2017 Spring Turkey Season Week One Summary

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 02:24 PM by Black Spurs

My brother and I got the double on opening day. Since then, it has been less than stellar.
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Opening Day 2017 (Copied from forum post)

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 05:00 PM by Black Spurs
Updated March 28th, 2017 at 02:27 PM by Black Spurs

I am just posting my forum post over here so I can keep up with some of this stuff. I just realized...
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Cottonmouth 100 Mile Endurance Run

Posted November 18th, 2015 at 02:20 PM by Black Spurs

I find it hard to figure out where to start to tell the story of this race. I could never get truly...
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New Mexico 2015 (Part II)

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 12:50 PM by Black Spurs
Updated April 20th, 2015 at 01:47 PM by Black Spurs

I made my way down an old trail for a mile or so that had very little use in the way of human traffic...
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New Mexico 2015 (Part I)

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 11:42 AM by Black Spurs
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We arrived at the edge of the 2.7 million acre Gila National Forest at about 5:45 AM, Sunday, April...
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Equinox Ultra (March 2015)

Posted March 22nd, 2015 at 11:13 AM by Black Spurs
Updated March 23rd, 2015 at 02:42 AM by Black Spurs

The Equinox Ultra event offers three races on some of the best trails in the South, in my opinion. Runners...
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Pinhoti 100 (2014)

Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 11:42 AM by Black Spurs
Updated November 5th, 2014 at 02:03 PM by Black Spurs

This yearís Pinhoti 100 Mile Endurance Run was a very important race to me. This race is really the...
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Bobcat Bait 50 Mile Trail Race Report

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 06:48 PM by Black Spurs

September 20, 2014 was the second annual Bobcat Bait 50 Mile/50K Trail run in Mandeville, Louisiana....
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Tailwind Nutrition (Follow up review)

Posted June 5th, 2014 at 10:44 AM by Black Spurs

This past weekend, I ventured over to the West Feliciana Sports Complex in St. Francisville, Louisiana....
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Initial thoughts on Tailwind Nutrition

Posted May 5th, 2014 at 01:09 PM by Black Spurs

Well, turkey season is over, so I am focused back on running again. I have only raced once this year,...
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Turkey Season 2014

Posted April 23rd, 2014 at 08:47 AM by Black Spurs

I have had a very successful spring turkey season for 2014, but I am one of the few who has from what...
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Mt. Cheaha 50K (2/22/14)

Posted February 23rd, 2014 at 07:43 PM by Black Spurs
Updated February 24th, 2014 at 05:11 PM by Black Spurs

Mt. Cheaha 50K
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The Mt. Cheaha 50K runs from Porterís Gap...
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Spring Transition: Last races/first hunts

Posted February 17th, 2014 at 01:55 PM by Black Spurs

This winter has been an eventful one on the trails. I helped crew/pace a friend to his first 100 mile...
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Rocky Report 2014

Posted February 6th, 2014 at 02:53 PM by Black Spurs

Rocky Report 2014

We got to Texas for the Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile Endurance Run with high...
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Misc. Ramblings and a Book Review

Posted December 23rd, 2013 at 09:16 AM by Black Spurs

It has been awhile since I have done anything on here, so I figured I would kill a couple of birds with...
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Halloween Night Trail Race

Posted October 27th, 2013 at 02:00 PM by Black Spurs
Updated October 27th, 2013 at 09:08 PM by Black Spurs

About a week or so ago, I was notified that I had won an entry into the Q50 Six Mile Halloween Night...
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Thunderbird Trail Half Marathon (Re-visited)

Posted October 8th, 2013 at 05:39 PM by Black Spurs

Yesterday, October 7th, I decided to do two things: take a day off to go up to some of my favorite trails...
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Turkey Season 2013 Review

Posted April 21st, 2013 at 08:07 PM by Black Spurs

This year has been just about the most enjoyable turkey season that I have had in several years. I have...
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RR 100 Miler (Part II)

Posted February 5th, 2013 at 11:06 AM by Black Spurs

Loop 2 for my brother brought him in at 4:30 PM, which was 10 hours and 28 minutes. He was averaging...
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RR 100 Miler (Part I)

Posted February 5th, 2013 at 11:05 AM by Black Spurs

The race season ended with a mixed bag of great victory and agonizing defeat. I didnít think Rocky could...
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Thunderbird Trail Half Marathon

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 05:59 AM by Black Spurs

I donít know where to begin to talk about the Thunderbird Half Marathon 2012. I guess I can review what...
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So, Now What?

Posted November 11th, 2012 at 09:01 PM by Black Spurs

Now what? That is the question on my mind. My wife wanted Pinhoti to be my last 100 mile race, but my...
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Pinhoti (The Carnage)

Posted November 4th, 2012 at 07:18 PM by Black Spurs

We ran into Dennis and Randy who are both from Mississippi at the packet pickup. Dennis has been the...
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Race Plan/Race Strategy

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 09:29 PM by Black Spurs

The term "race" implies that there is goal to beat someone to the finish line, but to me,...
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September is Gone

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 09:03 PM by Black Spurs

September was a great month of training for this next 100 miler. I have noticed that throughout this...
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August Review

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 09:29 PM by Black Spurs

It seems like months since I have posted on this blog. It has certainly been an eventful month. Running...
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As July Ends...

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 09:27 AM by Black Spurs

I find myself with a pretty good block of training, overall. I have increased my monthly mileage in...
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The Summer Heat Takes a Toll

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 01:33 PM by Black Spurs

The first couple of months of this training phase has gone pretty well compared to other races for which...
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Month One Review (Pinhoti)

Posted June 12th, 2012 at 09:27 PM by Black Spurs

The first month of training toward running Pinhoti is over. All things considered, things have gone...
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Random Jibberish...

Posted May 31st, 2012 at 07:50 PM by Black Spurs
Updated May 31st, 2012 at 10:46 PM by Black Spurs

I'll try not to bore you folks with weekly ramblings about uneventful things, but then again, I might....
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First Two Weeks Toward Pinhoti 100

Posted May 24th, 2012 at 03:38 PM by Black Spurs

I had a nice break from running during turkey season. I still maintained somewhere between 20 and 25...
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Quest For A Limit (Part II) The Conclusion

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 07:39 PM by Black Spurs

From my journal:

April 22, 2012 (Updated)

I walked across the field at...
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Quest For A Limit in 2012 (Part I)

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 07:34 PM by Black Spurs

From my journal:

4/13/12
The first thing that hit me when I opened the truck door...
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Turkey Season 2012 in Review

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 02:12 PM by Black Spurs

I have always wanted to fill a tag the first week and the last day. I have limited out the first four...
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2012 Turkey Season, thus far...

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 04:27 PM by Black Spurs

At this point in the season, one begins to wonder if it is over. Are they finished? Did we miss it?...
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Advanced Tactics and Marketing Strategies

Posted February 24th, 2012 at 10:48 AM by Black Spurs

What drives the trends with call makers? Money is the obvious answer.

Several years ago...
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Scouting Trip

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 05:13 PM by Black Spurs

An Outing

The grass was cut; the wife and kids were gone to town. Turkey season is in...
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Reflections on the first 100 miler

Posted February 10th, 2012 at 03:44 PM by Black Spurs

It must have been around mile 95 when I first had the thought enter my mind that "I will never...
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Rocky Raccoon 100 Miler

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 08:41 AM by Black Spurs
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Saturday, February 4, 2012 started off with a bang, literally. Moments before we started a bolt of lightning...
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Tapering for Rocky Raccoon 100 Miler

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 08:56 PM by Black Spurs

Well, it is again time to take a break to be in good condition for a long race. Rocky Raccoon is coming...
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To The New Turkey Hunter

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 10:00 PM by Black Spurs

I responded to someone in the Turkey Hunting Forum with the post below. Most of the stuff I write is...
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100K Aftermath...

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 09:04 AM by Black Spurs

The Cajun Coyote 100K, to my mind, seems like 10 years ago, but my body has reminded me that it was...
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Cajun Coyote 100K Report

Posted December 4th, 2011 at 09:43 PM by Black Spurs

This race turned out to be everything I hoped for and then some.
Loop 1:
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Tapering

Posted November 21st, 2011 at 02:21 PM by Black Spurs

Last week, I had some residual effects of the 40+ miler from the week before. I had a pain in my left...
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40 Miler

Posted November 13th, 2011 at 07:32 AM by Black Spurs

Veteran's Day ended up being a half day off for me. I had a Veteran's Day ceremony at my daughter's...
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One month out from 100K

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 02:12 PM by Black Spurs

The last weekend of October welcomed me with cool temperatures. The 31 miles I ran last Sunday, followed...
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Another 50K Training Run Done

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 02:18 PM by Black Spurs

After returning from Utah, I was in a bit of funk with trail running. It is hard to match the grandeur...
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Rocky Mountain Training Run

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 01:20 PM by Black Spurs

I had a trip to Logan, UT last week, and I was fortunate enough to be able to schedule a run along the...
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Another series of back to back long runs

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 10:14 PM by Black Spurs

I have never been a morning bowhunter, or rifle hunter for that matter. I seldom see deer in the morning....
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Trail Marathon

Posted September 25th, 2011 at 09:06 PM by Black Spurs

I ran a trail marathon today, and I won. Of course, I was the only runner in the event, and it was an...
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First Series of Back to Back Long Runs (Done)

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 03:43 PM by Black Spurs

Over the past few months, I have done some shorter back to back (B2B) longer runs. Generally, those...
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The last two weeks (9/2/11 to 9/15/11)

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 05:52 PM by Black Spurs

Well, I have been out of the loop for the past couple of weeks. I don't know if I posted about the last...
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Week 2 (100K/100M Program)

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 08:57 PM by Black Spurs

Week two started with a pretty quick 9 miler on Tuesday, a little more actually, but things felt quite...
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Week 1 (100K/100 Miler Training Review)

Posted August 21st, 2011 at 02:35 PM by Black Spurs

Normally, I start my training week on Saturday. But, I changed the first day to Monday to fit the training...
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On Through the Night

Posted July 31st, 2011 at 06:16 PM by Black Spurs
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It was 8 PM when we stepped off for the night 50k. Basically, this run was a training run to get accustomed...
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Hogs and Trails

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 10:25 AM by Black Spurs

I have been meaning to head up to the north end of the parish for awhile for a trail run, and I finally...
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Another week down...

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 03:44 PM by Black Spurs

Yesterday I decided to take the day off to take care of some personal business. The first order of business...
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Running, Rabbits, Geese, and Turkeys

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 06:26 PM by Black Spurs

I set my clock to get up at 4 AM this morning. I finally rolled out of bed around 4:30. I guess I was...
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The past two weeks in review

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 09:29 PM by Black Spurs

Since the March ultra and turkey season, I have slowly built my mileage back to what I consider a decent...
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Back on the trails for a 100.

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 11:44 PM by Black Spurs
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I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet and signed up for my first 100K race. The Cajun Coyote 100K...
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April 30, 2011

Posted May 1st, 2011 at 08:33 PM by Black Spurs

Because I was pre-occupied with turkey season, I had to push it pretty hard to get my minimum standard...
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Back on the trails

Posted April 25th, 2011 at 01:11 PM by Black Spurs

Whew!!! I am glad turkey season is over. It was fun and action packed. It was by far the best "one...
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Things to remember:

Posted March 18th, 2011 at 05:49 AM by Black Spurs

Tonight, many longbearded gobblers will wrap their feet around the limb of a pine or oak tree for the...
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Recovery and the immediate future

Posted March 9th, 2011 at 09:03 PM by Black Spurs

After the 50K on March 5th, I decided it might be a good idea to get in about a 4 mile run the next...
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Carl Touchstone 50 (Saturday, March 5, 2011)

Posted March 6th, 2011 at 05:11 AM by Black Spurs

My brother and I ran the Carl Touchstone 50 this morning. I don't think I have ever experienced more...
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50K Taper

Posted February 26th, 2011 at 05:26 AM by Black Spurs

Hmmm. I don't like to taper before a long race. I like to run. If you rest too much, you sort of go...
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Last Long Week

Posted February 13th, 2011 at 07:41 AM by Black Spurs

Last weekend marke four weeks before the MS50 (Carl Touchstone 50 Trail Race) in the middle of the DeSoto...
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On the turkey decoy

Posted January 17th, 2011 at 10:11 PM by Black Spurs

One of the most common things I find in the world of the turkey or deer hunter is the debates we have...
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1/15/2011 Turkey Sign and Trails

Posted January 16th, 2011 at 10:07 PM by Black Spurs

No deer hunters on the lease this weekend. So, I took the time to do a 14+ mile trail run on Saturday....
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1/10/2011. More trails...

Posted January 10th, 2011 at 08:31 PM by Black Spurs
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After talking to my mountain running buddy in Utah about my training plan, he told me that he was concerned...
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First Run of 2011

Posted January 2nd, 2011 at 02:39 PM by Black Spurs

The first run of 2011 was an absolute disaster. The day before, which was New Year's Eve, I ate an absurdly...
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First 25 miler (12/28/10)

Posted December 29th, 2010 at 05:16 PM by Black Spurs

I sort of dragged around yesterday morning because of the cold. Plus, I had a frozen water pipe. I didn't...
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12/23/2010

Posted December 24th, 2010 at 06:36 AM by Black Spurs

Trail:

As luck would have it, I got off early on Dec. 23. They are starting to knock...
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50K Training

Posted December 23rd, 2010 at 01:09 PM by Black Spurs

I think, although I haven't gone back and actually looked, that I have mentioned running or exercising...
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Frustration

Posted April 4th, 2010 at 08:23 AM by Black Spurs

Personal Observations On Frustration (April 4, 2010)

Everybody who turkey hunts, sooner...
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Journal Entry 12 (12/5/09) The Race

Posted December 5th, 2009 at 01:09 PM by Black Spurs
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Well, there wasn't much snow in BR for the race, which was fine with me. But it was cold!!! I completed...
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Journal Entry 11 (11/25/09)

Posted November 25th, 2009 at 06:38 AM by Black Spurs

Not much to report this morning. I ran an easy 3.25 miles in 31.05. I think it was around 9:34 per mile....
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Journal Entry 10 (11/22/09)

Posted November 22nd, 2009 at 11:03 AM by Black Spurs
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There is a saying that "Slow and steady wins the race." I guess if I define winning as finishing...
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Running Journal Entry 9 (11/17/09)

Posted November 17th, 2009 at 11:58 AM by Black Spurs

This morning was quite nice. I made a 5 mile run in 38:56:23, record time for me on a 5 miler. That...
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Running Journal Entry 8 (11/15/09)

Posted November 15th, 2009 at 10:57 AM by Black Spurs

My run this morning was tough. I don't know what was going on with me. I re-did my route to a 12.6 mile...
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Running Journal Entry 7 (11/13/09)

Posted November 13th, 2009 at 08:51 PM by Black Spurs

I did a 4 this morning in 31:40:19. That is a 7:55 per mile average, which is a good time for me. I...
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Running Journal Entry 6 (11/10/09)

Posted November 10th, 2009 at 07:13 AM by Black Spurs

This morning I ran a 4 mile run in 31 minutes, 10 seconds. That is my personal best for a 4 miler. An...
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Running Journal Entry 4 and 5. (11/8/09)

Posted November 8th, 2009 at 12:10 PM by Black Spurs

I didn't know the streets of Atlanta, GA well enough to feel comfortable running on them. So, I was...
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Running Journal: Entry 3 (11/4/09)

Posted November 4th, 2009 at 10:22 AM by Black Spurs

This morning was pretty nice at around 55 degrees or so. I did a 4 mile run at a pretty easy pace. I...
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Running Journal: Entry 2 11/03/09

Posted November 3rd, 2009 at 07:07 AM by Black Spurs

I ran a 5K (3.1 miles) this morning; actually, it was probably more like 3.2 miles. My time was 24 minutes,...
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Running Journal

Posted November 2nd, 2009 at 06:40 AM by Black Spurs

Not that anybody cares, but I find this to be a good place to start keeping my running journal. So,...
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General Fitness cont...

Posted October 31st, 2009 at 07:55 AM by Black Spurs

I have been on a serious running kick for the last 6 months. I decided about a month ago to go ahead...
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General Fitness

Posted July 22nd, 2009 at 08:57 PM by Black Spurs

I am just wondering how many people out there have a general or specific fitness program that they try...
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HB172

Posted May 6th, 2009 at 10:04 PM by Black Spurs

I have mixed feelings about the bill. Most of the turkeys I have killed have been early in the season....
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Season in review

Posted April 21st, 2009 at 03:52 PM by Black Spurs

We still have a few days left; I do have a guy to take this weekend. I will go out and listen the rest...
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On Human Voice Volume

Posted April 18th, 2009 at 05:10 PM by Black Spurs

The casual turkey hunter is a creature that I have a hard time understanding. I have heard them say...
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Shotgun patterning

Posted March 8th, 2009 at 02:48 PM by Black Spurs

I went out this afternoon to shoot my Mossberg. It is a yearly task that I dread. The gun kicks very...
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