Friday, December 31, 2010


Time spent running this year: 187:45:22 h:m:s

Elevation Gain: 39,425 ft

Thursday, December 30, 2010

and starting for the Green Bay Packers in 2025-2030

my nephews (and niece - I'm pretty sure she'll be tough enough to show her stuff)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I stopped running

...but only for 6 days.  But, that's a lot.  And I felt it - sluggish and just down.  So, tonight, I headed out and ran on the Riverwalk Museum Reach.  It's not a fast run, especially with tourists in town for the Alamo Bowl and holidays, but it was nice.  Then, I hit the mini Wednesday night farmers market for veggies for dinner.  It is amazing how much an easy run and a fresh meal clears my head - and gets me back on track when I'm not on a training schedule.  Next 'race' up - Cobweb Chaser, January 1.  Yep, it's the way to start another running year.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Here are some Brak Pak pics from our holiday BBQ (tamales)

and here's Gwen, with visions of sugar plums dancing in her head (she made her own bed - complete with 'pillow')

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Stray Dog Xmas

Every year, a bunch of us 'stray dogs' get together for a holiday celebration.  This year, we had dinner at Picante Grill (their service just keeps getting worse), exchanged small gifts (I returned to giving out reusable shopping bags), and headed to the University of the Incarnate Word to admire their lights.  I always enjoy this gathering of buddies.

Thanks to Jill Acha for the pics!


and here's my little podcar, enjoying the Christmas spirit!

Happy holidays to all - and may you run many miles in the New Year (or laugh at me trying to).  Love, Sal

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mission 10 miler

I woke up Saturday morning and did not even feel like running a 5k.  Unfortunately, I was registered for a 10 miler.  So, I made it out to Mission County Park and gutted this one out, bouncy bridges and all.  But, the weather was decent (not as cold as past years) and it was a nice run.

Thanks to Tom Lake for the pics!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Reindeer Run 5k

Well, the course was a little short, but this was a nice fun run in the fog along the riverwalk.  I run this route a lot, and it was fun to look across the river and see the fast folks heading back.  A couple of Marines "threatened" to steal my MCM jacket (the race is a Toys for Tots benefit - and so I dressed in appropriate Marines gear).  Afterward, I hit the farmer's market for postrace chow of beet and gargonzola salad. yum.  This week is very very busy - and there's the SARR 10 miler on Saturday.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Nice Wednesday Run

I should have carried my camera.  I ran an easy run along the Riverwalk North tonight - along the way, I stopped at the boat locks and talked to the tourists in the boat - they were planning on Mexican food for dinner downtown and I gave my recommendations.  I ran into a very friendly possum on the way back - he was content to lie there until I gave him a nudge (dogs were coming).  Then, I returned to the Pearl Brewery, where I replenished my vegetable stores at the farmers market and played with the San Antonio Nature Hounds (I did not bring my hounds - they would have pushed me in the river).  And then (and then) I ordered a veggiewich at Wheelie Gourmet and, while I waited for my sandwich, watched the cop do a pretty good job at Wii bowling (on the side of the mealtruck) and listened to the band.  Surely (and don't call me Shirley) a nice run.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"free" pets

I have a menagerie of free pets.  Only, as I order $200 worth of heartworm and flea control (x3 months) from Australia, I realize how not free they are.  But they are amsuing.  More so than cable.

Here's Dingo with her new love, the next-door cabrito (Gwen finds him interesting, but Dingo is in love)

 And here's Simba, chilling in front of the heater.  Her favorite thing is lying on me on the couch after long runs, but this is a close second.
 And there's Vaca, who loves to run around the house and puff his tail.  For no reason whatsoever. 

The wonderful thing is that, when you surround yourself with crazies, you look pretty normal.  Not furry, not free, but normal.

Friday, December 3, 2010

no race weekend

I was going to run the Jingle Paws 5k with Gwen tomorrow, but my shoulder still hurts and I do not feel like be dragged around by a pitoodle.  So, tonight, I went for an easy run along the Riverwalk North and snapped some pics of the F.I.S.H.