Saturday, July 24, 2010

Lumberjack Days in Stillwater

Children lining up for drinks after the 1 mile kids' race.
We usually run the 5K and our runner guy runs the 10 mile, but today we enjoyed being spectators.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Make It by Midnight Marathon

Here we are, happy finishers, all lit up with reflective strips and flashlights.

This picture has a few added flowers that I found on PhotoSuite.

Cute dog added to the celebration for some runners.

For a good race report:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Make It By Midnight in Macon

Marathon and Half Marathon in Macon, Georgia.
Runners decide when to start... in order to finish by midnight.
Temp hovered around 88 degrees, cooled off some by a 20 minute downpour midrace.

We all received tiaras for finishing before midnight .. and finisher's medals, of course. We three had a great time.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

If you don't take care of your body

"If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?"

Message seen on a shirt at a marathon in Idaho

Words for Wednesday

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Yes we did take some fireworks pictures on the Fourth of July.

Of course fireworks are better in person. Even on TV there is motion.

Billboards in the city of Superior, Wisconsin this week. (May click to enlarge, of course.)

Nice kitty on the front lawn, seen on our Saturday run. But Kitty, why are you outdoors chasing song birds?

Eleven runners plus Sweet Pea and I gathered at the Northland tennis courts on the NW side of Stillwater MN, on Co Rd. 12.
Come and run 5 miles at 7:00 on Saturday mornings.
Clouds after sunrise were inspiring yesterday.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Marine on St. Croix

Annual 4th of July 2 and 4 mile race: we all did the four mile.
The race starts at an old historic grade school and drops
around 200-300 feet (We aren't sure) ... while rolling up and down gentle hills.. nearly to the level of the St. Croix River, east of the Twin Cities, in Washington County.

We see running friends at this race, so gathering at registration is fun. POURING rain the hour preceding the race added a different atmosphere this year. Loyal supporters showed up. Participants were hopeful, and the rain stopped entirely before the National Anthem, sung live from the local firetruck.

Big, unfair age groups for old folks... age 60-69! But anyway...
Our 69 year old Don took SECOND place in that age group.

When Sweet Pea and I came in, the woman collecting the timing chips as runners crossed the finish, recognized us, greeted us with a smile, and thanked us for coming again.
With a shortage of competition, I did get a blue ribbon for first in age group. I'm discovering that not many old bats run races.
Keeping Sweet Pea's pace keeps me from overdoing.
And, well, races involve getting out of bed, putting on race clothes and covering the distance to the finish! I'm happy.

The race was fun to do, as usual.
Apologies to our families, who may have already read some of this.

The shirt: We have no idea why 4 blue horses, but it is outstanding.

Happy Birthday, America!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Flower Power

Running among the flowers in July!
Some St. Croix Runners gathered this morning.
Sweet Pea and I ran here, noticing that the mower carefully left a row of wild flowers along the trail.

It is lily season in Minnesota.

Spectacular flowers in that neighborhood, I thought.

No rain, temperatures above freezing, joints working pretty well, glorious flowers: Great to be running!