Carol Fenelon Earles@carol_ponytail_earles

Running makes this wife, mom, and teacher happy.

Happy 3rd Anniversary to my daughter, @deecourtney18, and son-in-law, @willietc!! We love y'all so much!! #happyanniversary #3rdanniversary #proudmom #beautifulcouple #abitbiased


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***The Rest of the Story***
A few days ago I posted about Ironman Flordia. After completing IMFL, I took a few weeks off from swimming and biking to rest and recover. The first time getting back on my bike, I took a minor spill tearing a hole through my rotator cuff. The orthopedist did not recommend surgery; although, he told me it would never heal. This left me with limited range of motion with my dominant arm, and what movement I did have was pretty painful. When I finally came to terms with not being able to swim or bike, I focused on my marathoning. I let my triathlon goals dwindle and eventually die altogether. @tanewen3 did not! She kept nudging me to get back in the water and on the bike. I was relunctant. Terrified. But, Tracey kept on gently persuading me to take my bike to the shop to be checked and fixed from whatever damage had ensued from my wreck. Three weeks ago I finally went out for a two mile ride. She immediately registered me for a triathlon near her home. I did it, y'all! I tri-ed again!! I could not have done it without her. She even insisted I rode her faster bike while she rode her older, heavier bike. #friendsdontletfriendsquit #lastoutofthewater #lastoffthebike #lasttocrossthefinishline #lasttounrack #swimbikerun #doggypaddled #warattheshore #jerseyshore #longbranch #newjersey #longbranchnj #atlanticocean
War at the Shore Triathlon 06/30/18


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FLASHBACK FRIDAY to eight months ago today when I did my third Ironman. Here is a photo recap (somewhat in reverse) of that event. I was so grateful having Billy with me through it all; he is absolutely the best putting up with my crazy goals. Seeing a running friend at an ice cream shop while shuffling to my car post-race was a wonderful surprise (misery loves company), and sharing pre-race formalities with other amazing running friends, mother and daughter -- @tshieldsa and @swimbikerunpiyo, made everything soooo much better. This seems like ages ago, a dream...
#ironmanflorida2017 #panamacitybeach #ironman #ironmantri #imfl #swimbikerun #itried #iwill #triagain #marathonmanics


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Happy Independence Day, y'all!
Sunday I was blessed to attend this church service and hear this glorious patriotic hymn as a prelude to Fourth of July while visiting @tanewen3 at the Shore. Oh, and Tracey is up there singing her heart out in that choir. #happyindependenceday #happyfourthofjuly #glorygloryhallelujah #battlehymnoftherepublic #mineeyeshaveseentheglory #greatauditorium #oceangrove #newjersey #nj #momapproved


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What a fun Father's Day Billy and I had! Thank you, @deecourtney18 and @willietc, for taking us out for a scrumptious Father's Day feast. We had a blast catching up and capturing photos!
#happyfathersday #fathersday #thatsmyhusband #earlesgirls #ilovemyfamily #proudparents #foodfamilyfun #livelaughlove


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Maniacal Monday! It was absolutely wonderful seeing so many Marathon Maniacs during the first day of Mainly Marathons Heartland Series on 06-03-18. I always love being reunited with long-time running friends while making new running friends along the way. #marathonmanics #halffanatics #doubleagents #runnerlife #marathoners #mainlymarathons #heartlandseries #minnesotabrothers #runhappy #runningisbetterwithfriends #runningmakesmehappy


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Happy National Best Friend Day!! Yes, I am a day late. Good luck with your triathlon today, @tanewen3 ! You are an amazing friend and athlete; I cannot imagine this crazy journey we call life without you. I am counting down the days till running with you in Massachusetts in a few weeks!
#happynationalbestfriendday #bestfriendday #bestfriends #bff #polaropposites #runnershigh #finishline #runningmakesmehappy #runningisbetterwithfriends #runners #marathonmaniacs #titanium #halffanatics #sun #doubleagents #titaniumsun #goalstoreach #everest


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My Memorial Day Weekend Double Marathon was MAGNIFICENT!! I was very leery leading into this weekend. Sure, I had completed many double marathons in the past, but this was going to be my first full double since last Thanksgiving. That one was so difficult for me, I swore it would be the last double marathon I would ever do. But, life happens and goals change. So, I set out solo for my VT/CT double. This was also the longest I had driven for a race weekend: twenty-four hours to get there (I overnighted about half-way), four hours in between race venues, and then twenty hours directly from the finish line and straight through the night to get home (I missed my dog, y'all). The logistics of getting to and from races are usually more challenging than the actual races themselves. This weekend was no exception. I was delighted to see so many running friends, friends that totally get this craziness, at both races!! The familiar faces, smiles, and encouragement from friends make every race better!! Oh, and it was refreshing to realize later that my combined finishing time was over four hours faster than that of my last double. No, I was not fast this time, either, but that gives an idea of how much I struggled at my last double. This is really rejuvenating as my summer race schedule includes more doubles as I attempt to climb more peaks. #goalstoreach #memorialdayweekend #VermontCityMarathon #burlington #vermont #burlingtonvermont #memorialday #OhBoyMarathon #waterbury #connecticut #waterburyct #marathonmaniacs #roamingambassador #marathon #50statesmarathonclub #runnerlife #runningmakesmehappy #runningisbetterwithfriends


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Flashback to early May and a wonderful Wisconsin race weekend. I ran the Wisconsin Marathon in Kenosha on Saturday and the Eau Claire Half Marathon on Sunday. Both races helped throw me into warmer weather and get acclimated in preparation for upcoming summer events as the temperatures climbed higher than I had experienced yet this year. I was honored to have shared miles and smiles with several friends out there, but a special shout-out needs to be screamed for Dave Bell who completed both his 6th (in Kenosha) and 7th (in Eau Claire) circuits of marathons in all 50 States on the same weekend. Wow! Oh, and Happy Friendversary to Dave as Facebook alerted me yesterday that we have been FB friends for seven years. My friends are fabulously fantastic!! #flashbackfriday #mytribe #roamingambassador #rovingambassador #marathonmanics #wisconsinmarathon #kenosha #wisconsin #kenoshawisconsin #carthagecollege #lakemichigan #halffanatics #eauclairemarathon #eauclaire #eauclairewisconsin #50statesmarathonclub #doubleagents #runningisbetterwithfriends #runnerlife #runningmakesmehappy #goalstoreach


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Now that another school year has come to an end (I already miss my kiddos), I may have a "little" time to catch up on a few running posts. This past weekend I ran two excellent events, the Horse Capital Marathon in Lexington, Kentucky and the Cleveland Half Marathon in Ohio. One was run on beautiful, hilly country roads with never-ending views of affluent horse farms and well-kept pastures while the other one was run through an urban jungle highlighting so many historic landmarks and fancy structures. I loved them both! It is an absolute must that I give a shout-out to @shamrocksandy, a fellow Marathon Maniac Ambassador, not only for getting my packet for me, but also for pacing me through my half on the second day. She was wonderful! When I split-off a little past Mile 10 to head on in toward the half finish line, I actually wished I had registered for the full. Whoa...usually by that point, I am so relieved that I am not out there for an additional 13.1 miles. Sandy kept things very relaxed and stress-free while keeping our little group exactly on pace. #runningisbetterwithfriends #marathonmanics #halffanatics #doubleagents #horsecapitalmarathon #racerise #lexington #kentucky #lexingtonkentucky #riteaidclevelandmarathon #cleveland #ohio #clevelandohio #runningmakesmehappy #iloverunningintherain #goalstoreach


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