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karen eyink

wow, well done.

gina harpur

Congrats!!!! Your finish time doesn't matter, it's the fact that you finished!! You are healthier because you trained and made it. Hip, hip hurray for you.

libbi m.

Awesome! Looking forward to the rest of the story.

julie pilch

Thats awesome Karen!! What an inspiration you are! I can barely jog to the end of the road. Well done you should be so proud of yourself xxx

sasha farina

i am SO PROUD of you, Karen!




Congratulations! Pretty or not, it's a major accomplishment! :)

Kim S.

wow, that's awesome. good for you!


You Rock Karen!! Knew you could do it:)
Congratulations on such a major accomplishment!!


Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment!


You are awesome girl - congratulations!


Pretty awesome girlie!!! Congrats!

Kathy C.

Oh Karen -- GREAT JOB!!!!!!! :)

Glad it was on Sunday and not Saturday....TOO flippin' hot up here on Saturday.

Yeah YOU!

~ Kathy

Shannon R

Congratulations! Can't wait to hear all about it!


Great job Karen! So happy for you!! I've been hoping that you would keep up your training after your other race........especially with Josh being away, the training is so good for us mentally and physically and the sense of accomplishment when you cross that finish line is amazing!!!

Keep up the good work!


Absolutely are strong, you are smart, you are are just the best! Congratulations on this accomplishment. YEA!!!!!!!


congratulations!!! thats very inspiring :-)

Corri C

Nice! Congratulations!


Very Cool! Thank you for reminding me to keep my goals alive too along with what my family needs. You are a wonderful inspiration!!

Corrine A.

AMAZING!!! Congrats!

Julie McD

Yea You! Congrats!


BRILLIANT!!! Congrats...awesome effort!!!

Jennifer Fike

That's Amazing!!! I'm so glad you stuck to it!


Congrats, Karen. Way to rock what you got.

nancy in ks



Congratulations, Karen! I'd be WAY too tired to blog about that if I'd accomplished that feat! Great job!


proud of you girl!!


So IMPRESSED! You go girl!!

Jessica W

Congratulations, what an accomplishment!


What a huge accomplishment. WTG Karen!


Way to go Karen! I'm so proud of you.


Great job!


that's awesome sistah! So proud for you!


WOWEE! Karen, you are a ROCKSTAR!! Can't wait to hear all the details...


WAY TO GO KAREN! You inspire me!


YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!! Way to go! I'm so proud of you. Can't wait to read the blog. I did my first one this summer too.

Desiree Chandler

You are amazing!!!! Great job! can't wait to read all about it. :)

 ♥ Debbie

You Rock Karen!! Congrats on your great accomplishment!


CONGRATULATIONS KAREN! Atta Girl! Be proud of yourself regardless of how pretty it was or wasn't. did it!

Susan Ringler

Woo Hoo!!!! I barely made it through our huge school for Open House last night and you are doing all this! What a wimp I am and what an amazing person you are--- I knew that already, though!

Congrats and kudos to you Miss Karen! Glad to see you surface on here. We miss you when you are gone. No pressure cause we know how unbelievably busy you are now-- just letting you know you are missed!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

amazing! Congratulations! I know your whole family, all of your students and all of your readers are so proud of you!

Michelle Arthur

A HUGH CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I am so impressed.....

Julie in Aust.

Damn you are awesome! That photo of you might just be all I need to get up off the lounge in the morning and turn on my Wii Fit again.

So very proud of you Karen...are you?

Have a great week Karen...thankyou for the kickstart!

Beth B.

Congratulations - that is awesome!! What an inspiration you are!

Nancy Wyatt

Congrats Karen!! Hugs from Conroe, TX!


WOW! That is amazing! I’m so proud of you… and a little jealous ;)

Becky T.

YOU ROCK!!! Congrats! :-)


Amazing, Karen! What an accomplishment. Ballerinas are supposed to be pretty, not triathletes! You did it and that's what counts. Congrats.

Tanya A

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!


Awesome! You Rock! Congratulations. I can do the 1 mile swim and I could probably do the bike ride but there is no way I could run 6 miles - way to go.

Mary Ann Jenkins

That is AWESOME Karen!!! WOW!!

Kelly C

Congrats Karen!!! WTG...what an accomplishment and I am sure you are very proud!!! Woot Woot!


Pretty or not, you DID it! You are an inspiration to start swimming after my knee injury from just running. Maybe a triathlon is what I need! Best to Josh Downs!

Gina f.

Yea Karen!! That is a huge goal met; you should be very proud of yourself!


Congrats and good for your for just doing it and getting it done. I'm training for a half marathon in November and it's always inspiring when others set goals and finish!! Great accomplishment to you!!!


Wow! Good for you! What an accomplishment.

Not to rain on your parade but that finish line looks lonely, where is everyone?

Debbie Donovan

Way to go Karen! That is awesome.


That's so great - you're awesome! I'm sure your sweet hubby is very proud of you. You're inspiring. Thank you! xoxo


Wow - wonderful! Congratulations to you!




Congratulations- what a huge accomplishment!


Congrats Karen...looking forward to that post!!!!

Stacey H

You are an inspiration to me and to many others! Congratulations on your accomplishment!

Much love,



I think that's so admirable - congratulations Karen.


thrilled to see this! you did it!

Nancy McPeak

You are AWESOME! Congratulations!

Shelly McCrary

Anxiously awaiting the long blog post about the experience! Congratulations on following through with all of the training and completing the event. That's quite a feat! You should be very proud of yourself!

Michelle Adams

Rock on, Karen!!!!

Karen P (kphike)

Wow. Wow. Wow -that is sooooo awesome! Way to go!

Jennifer O.

Awesome! Hope you are feeling very proud of yourself!

Heather D.

Congratulations, Karen! That is awesome!!! This just goes to show you you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to! You are such a strong woman!!!!


I am so PROUD of you Karen!! Congratulations!!! Keep up the good work :)


You are amazing! What an awesome goal you set for yourself; you have got to be so proud of your accomplishment--I know I am. Congrats on your success.

teresa b

Wooohooo!! You Rock Karen Russell!!! Way TO GO!!!!


way to go sister!

Diane W.

That's great, Karen, you're an inspiration to us all, can't wait to hear all about it. Congratulations on your finish and awesome accomplishment!


AWESOME. Great for you, great example for your kids, great inspiration for me.


Wow! Congratulations! You should be so proud and beaming from ear to ear. I can only imagine that it's not only a physical triumph but a mental one too. I hate any form of exercise so when I'm doing my little 2 mile jog each day, it's not really my muscles I have to fight! It's my brain... screaming NO! STOP! So AWESOME that you did it!


WOW congrats! that is AWESOME

Jen Spain

Karen Russell, you freakin' rock! I'm sending you a huge cheer and a high five -- way to go!

Lisa V.

Congratulations Karen! You Rock!!


aweeesome !


Congrats Karen, you truly are an inspiration in many ways!


I am bad about posting comments but wanted to congratulate you on your accomplishment!! Way to go!

I'm also bad about keeping up with your posts, so just read about your husband going to Afghanistan. He and all of your family are in my prayers & will remain so until you post the good news that he's home safe and sound. God bless.


CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is so awesome! So proud of you!


Great job! So happy for you.


Congrats! I so admire people who run marathons or triathlons.


That a girl.....


Woo Hoo! Good for you.


Way to Go Karen! :D


Congratulations Karen! What an amazing accomplishment!

Amy Taylor

Just another reason I really admire you Karen! Congrats! Way to go!


Girl, I'm SO proud of you!! Hope you're as proud of yourself!!





Dawn Wheeler (Go Beavs)

WOW Karen! This is an amazing accomplishment. You should be soooooo proud of yourself. You are an inspiration to many. Thank you for sharing your trials, tribulations and successes with all of us. The world is a better place because of great people like you.


Awesome!!!! Well done :)


I've been waiting to hear your story. So proud of you.


Karen, you are an inspiration to us all. And a fabulous role model for your kids, too! :) You and Mr. Downs are in my thoughts and prayers until he is safely in your arms again...


Hooray-way to go! What an accomplishment! And, who cares if it wasn't pretty - it was a lot more than what just about everyone else in the country did on that morning:)


Woo Hoo! Yippee!

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