The cool, or may I say, cold front has arrived in Gulf Shores. Night before last it was 95 degrees heat index at 9:30 pm and yesterday morning it was already in the low 70's. This morning it was in the low 50's when we got up. Now that ought to do a number on your sinuses! Along with it has come 20-30 mph wind gusts...all day long!! These gusts, being cold, would slice right through you. But the good thing is that the temp is perfect for running. The day was beautiful. The sun was shining and the air was clear and crisp. Just a gorgeous day!
We participated in Fairhope's 5k Mullet Run this morning. The run was organized very well and it was only their second time to do it. Great job!! Runners received great looking long sleeved shirts. It was quite chilly at first but only because of the wind and once you got started it was just perfect. Don't think I even broke a sweat...no, really. Kent and I both ran very well. We ran through the historical district and it was so pretty. I probably would have broken my PR except for the fact that the entire second to third mile was all uphill! That was hard. But we really enjoyed the run very much, challenge included. Kent won 3rd place in his age group and I won first place in mine. The awards were beautiful clay pieces made by a local artist which was signed on the back. The first place one is larger. Here they are:
At the end of the race everyone enjoyed fantastic sausage jambalaya, fried fish with cocktail sause and grits with bacon, cheese and green onions to top it. This was a little strange to us-having grits; but not to the locals. It was one of the first things to empty. It wasn't our cup of tea with it being so cold, maybe if it had been hot, but not cold. Publix was a sponsor and they had lots of bananas and all kinds of donuts. Every race we've been to where they were involved, they've done an excellent job. The race was in conjunction with the Art Festival. So we went downtown to see what all they had. The exhibitors were real artists. We saw some beautiful art!
As I am writing this, the sun is going down. It is so beautiful. It's hard to believe that each day can be so very different. A few minutes ago the sun poked its head out of the middle of heavy, dense clouds and made the sky so pretty. Today was no exception to see God's hand at work. A gorgeous sunset...yea and amen!! What a blessed way to end such a great day!
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life."
Blogging Without Obligation
After coming across what seemed to be the 4000th or so post on someone’s blog starting with “I’m sorry I haven’t posted in awhile.” I decided it is time to rethink what makes a good blog and the expectations that have come to be part of it. I am thinking that no one should utter those words again . . .and with that thought I give you Blogging Without Obligation. •Because you shouldn’t have to look at your blog like it is a treadmill. •Because its okay to just say what you have to say. If that makes for a long post, fine. Short post, fine. Frequent post, fine. Infrequent post, fine. •Because its okay to not always be enthralled with the sound of your own typing. •Because sometimes less is more. •Because only blogging when you feel truly inspired keeps up the integrity of your blog. •Because they are probably not going to inscribe your stat, link and comment numbers on your tombstone. •Because for most of us blogging is just a hobby. A way to express yourself and connect with others. You should not have to apologize for lapses in posts. Just take a step back and enjoy life, not everything you do has to be “bloggable”. •Because if you blog without obligation you will naturally keep your blog around longer, because it won’t be a chore. Plus, just think you will be doing your part to eradicate post pollution. One post at a time. . .
You'll find some great and quick snacks to have on hand at this site. Though it refers to kids, they are great for anyone. After all, we're all humans! Run HERE to see them.
Meals for Energy
Click HERE to get some great meals for pre race day and post race.