Friday, May 29, 2009
Then, on Sunday, marathon training officially kicks off at Fleet Feet Sports. The first run is short, hence the Saturday longer run, but I guess it is time to get back on the training schedule.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Bwhahahaha. It is an ugly race pic just waiting to be captured.
Thanks to Hill Country Rambling for the pics
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Pure crazy beach chicken. Is that an extra finger on my left hand, too? That is not film cut off at the top, either - I was running under the bridge, handing off to Carol, and then she got to run that beast. Here is a shot that is a little less chicken-like. Still ugly, but not avian:
All of our team's pictures are HERE. Carolyn will notice that there is no baton in any of them (she dropped it on the beach) and that she appears to be, in fact, goose stepping. Welcome to my world of ugly race pics.
Thanks (kind of) to (you guessed it) Brightroom.com for 'allowing' me screencap their pictures.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
In Corpus Christi: 11,922
In Iraq: 200
Youngest/Oldest: 10 to mid-70s
Medical staff: 200
Runners taken to the hospital: 5
Runners treated for heat exhaustion: more than 50
Police: 30 with Corpus Christi Police Department and Nueces County constables
Parking trouble: None. No citations were written for dozens of vehicles parked along Ocean Drive medians near Cole Park because of the nature of the event, police said.
Portable toilets: 200
Ice: 14 tons
Barbecue sandwiches: 6,000
Bananas: 800 pounds
Oranges: 1,200 pounds
Pepsi: 4,000 gallons
Beer: 90 kegs
Water: 10 truckloads
Total event cost: $350,000
Disbursement of proceeds from entries (about $50,000):
• One $10,000 track scholarship awarded for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi track program
• Half of the remainder goes to volunteer youth groups: Boy Scouts, Young Marines, Boys & Girls Club and school youth groups
• Other half goes to nonprofit organizations: divided between Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi Navy Relief Society and its Christmas/Thanksgiving basket fund and to Corpus Christi Police Department for needed equipment
Source: Beach to Bay organizers
Sunday, May 17, 2009
1st leg: Carloyn fell down the stairs when coming down to ensure I was awake on race morning. No major injuries, but major bruises and lumps. Then, she ran the 4 beach miles and dropped the baton. I'm sure there were many of those out there, since there were almost 2,000 teams.
High-five handoff to me (no baton) - No problems, but dang, it was hot
3rd leg handoff to Carol went well, but we still were not sure if the 4th leg running was positioned. In fact, she was. Maria worked until almost midnight the night before and changed in the car to make it to the exchange point about 10 minutes early.
Maria handed off to Janie, who had foot surgery a couple of months ago, but was back to run. She handed off to Bernice, who finished in the heat. We made it in about 4:52. Then drank beers and ate pizza in the park and headed back to the beach for bbq and party that got a bit rained out.
Now I'm home, retrieving critters (who are all doing fine), and heading back to real life.
This last picture was actually in the Corpus Christi newspaper - it's Jake (left) handing off to Joe (right) on our male masters team.
thanks to Carolyn and the Corpus Christi paper for the pics
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Anyway, here is what the dogs did to fight the heat (this pool is also my ice bath after long runs. It may be time to buy a new, bigger pool):
Gwen playing hippo - and blowing bubbles - her favorite!