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South Padre Island Sand Crab

5K & 10K Nighttime Beach Run:

  • Last Saturday, April 28th, 2012.
  • My first 10K race at night.
  • Lots of friendly participants from a wide range of ages and abilities.
  • Totally fun.
  • Cool after-party with BBQ and music.
  • More information in case you’re interested in joining next year:

I still have some sore muscles, but it was worth it. 🙂



a spring in your step

Oh the joys of walking barefoot in the grass!  Perhaps this Spring season you’ll walk on some grass and have a spring in your step, too. 🙂

YouTube Description: Cows belong in fields. We have known it for a long time. And the cows agree!  In March 2012, we visited a farm in the UK to film cows being released from their indoor winter housing to their fresh pasture for spring and summer grazing.  As you will see from the video, the cows could not have been happier.




ease up

Although I have been walking most days to keep fit, I have not gone running for quite some time… actually since I ran a 10K early last month.  It turned out that a few sore muscles included a strained or pulled muscle and my body just needed a break.  Somehow over the past several weeks I forgot that, and yesterday I was feeling guilty that I hadn’t been running regularly.  In the middle of my yoga routine this morning, I had a realization when I felt a little pain while stretching my right leg: I realized (again!) that I should ease up on myself.  I have reasons for doing things (like taking an extended break from running), even if I don’t always remember the reasons. 🙂

I hope you are not too hard on yourself today with certain heavy thoughts.


finish line

I completed my first 10K in Texas today!  And on the beach no less!  Whoo-hoo!  It was a beautiful morning, not too hot or too cold.  Running on the packed sand was easier than the softer parts of the beach.  The sound of the waves was helpful for my focus.  Beachgoers were friendly and often smiled or said hello.  My only mishap was missing an important turn near the pier.  Since the slower runners lost track of the lead pack and there weren’t any signs pointing out which direction we were supposed to go, a few of us ended up running a bit farther than we were supposed to.  I guess these things can happen at smaller local races.  I was okay in the end and am proud that I finished.  A few blisters and some sore muscles, but I’m good overall.  And in true South Texas-style, I had some very yummy breakfast tacos and homestyle potatoes afterwards.  Port Aransas is definitely growing on me. 🙂

19th Annual Port Aransas Sand & Surf Beach Run – Finish Line:

Who would have thought I would run into a fellow Michigander?  It’s a small world.  Go Blue!  This lovely lady is in her 80s.  She informed me that I should keep moving at any age.  If I remember correctly, she won her age division for the 2-mile walk.



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