Saturday, March 1, 2014

Vacationing in the Rio Grande Valley

11:52PM - McAllen Tx.  Quick up date.  Second day of Vacationing - Birding with BTFF (Better Than Family Friends) Woody and Bendy from Michigan.  They just escaped Michigan's brutal cold spell and something like -7 degree weather.  It was -30 something near their cabin and -40 in the U.P.  It was windy here today but we had a high temperature of just shy of 90 degrees.

We have spent the last two days birding, eating and laughing!  We have seen over 50 species of birds and turtles, alligators, butterflies, "bummies" (bunnies), lizards and dragonflies.  We have visited just a couple of the many(!) birding sites.  We have gotten lost, and had to turn around a few times (darn GPS!), but we have made it back to the hotel everytime so far.

So far we have only done 1 geocache, which we muggled from a bunch of kindergartner kids!! But hey I claimed the smilie,  as we signed the log and returned the cache to its hiding place.  Mr. Wood has added a couple of birds to his life list.  Although we continue to search for the Ringed and Green Kingfishers!

Some of the coolest birds we have seen include the Pauraque, (Boom)  Chachalaca, Common Ground Dove, Herons, oh I'll stop or I will add 30 or 40 more!

I will add more to the blog in a bit,  as it is "a feeding" time again.   Those of you who know Bendy and Wood know what I am talking about.  :-)

Well gotta run (and bird).

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Good Start!

Well I have taken the next step towards running the half.  I developed a training plan.  I even sent copies to Lindsay, Stefanie and Mark.    So far I am sticking pretty much to plan, although I have delayed one run and advanced tomorrows run to today.  I was worried the weather might be worse tomorrow, as it was almost 80 yesterday and in the 40's today.  But I wasn't sure if I was worried it might get hot again, or colder....ya gotta love Texas!

Last week I exercised 3 times for 2.4 hours and  9 miles.

I ran today for 3 miles at a pace of 16 minutes a mile.  I need to speed it up just a bit.  My goal for the half is 3:16:30 ok, it is really 15 minute pace for the 13.1 miles, I think that math works...

Went to the library, HEB, stop at Hill Country Optical and set up an eye appointment for Friday.  Did lots of other errands, faxed a form for Leta, cashed a check, redeemed some scratch-off lottery tickets, and did some grocery shopping.  Did some chores around the apartment too.

Made a crockpot of chili and some corn bread muffins for supper.

And finally, designed and ordered a couple of Custom Journals for Leta and Abby to "circle journal".
Here is the final work up.  (Only 1 problem, I spelled Abby's name with an "e".)  Oy Vay!

In the "heart" it says "Yaya and Abbey's Journal - 2014"  Below that it has a quote "Families are like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts.  And I am nuts about you!"

Well gotta run!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Super Bowl 7K and weekly Recap

Erica Freezing At Super Bowl Sunday 7K
It was a very cold and blustery day, even a bit of rain in the air. But Adrian Neri, Jarrett Ersch, and myself met in the HEB parking lot at 6:30 am and headed to Lady Bird Johnson Community Park in San Antonio. We met my daughter Erica and picked up our packets. We had planned on being a team of 7 but unfortuneately Sanda and Alex Switzer were unable to attend, due to the recent loss of their husband and father. Erica's Tom couldn't make due to an errrr...unavoidable hangover and good common sense not to out running in 40 degree, raining, windy conditions. We did have a good time with Jarrett leading the team with a chip time of 36:51.0 or 8:28 per mile, Adrian came in next with a time of 40:08.2 or 9:14 pace, good for 11th in his age bracket. Erica came in next at 57:33 or 13:14 per mile, but she ran with me, so I probably pulled down her time. I came across the finish line at 57:37.4 or 13:37. After the race we enjoyed lots of treats with the main sponsor being HEB. The goodies included pizza, wings, nachos, chips, cookies, fruit. We all enjoyed hot chocolate and coffee and other adult beverages were available. There was a good turn out for this race, and they signed up 20-30 people for the bone marrow registry. The race was a fund raiser for "Transplants for Children" charity. We returned to Fredericksburg, happy for a safe race and good day! I was even so motivated, I am considering the Lone Star Half Marathon planned for April 19th.

As for my other goals for the week, I did exercise quite a bit, at least walking! 6 Work outs, for 14.1 miles! But didn't really accomplish any progress on my other goals and resolutions for 2014.
Jarrett Ersch with Spurs Coyote before Race

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Yesterday and today - double check

Yesterday pushed carts for almost an hour.  Today got up and walked 40 minutes on the treadmill

Gotta run

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Good news / Bad news

Well the string ended at 8 days in a row.  I worked late on the 9th...and promised myself I would work out after I got home....You guessed it,  I sat down and that was it.  Guess I have to work out prior to going to  work.

Now for the good news.  I "worked out " twice yesterday, both times at work pushing carts,  and both times for over a hour.

Also, when I weighed in on Monday I was back in the "one derlands "  : -)

Gotta run

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Great start to week 2

Got up, ate a healthy breakfast, and then worked out.  Ran for a half hour on the treadmill.  I had been concerned about running outside as it was cold and foggy and I was worried about hitting a patch of ice and falling.  But by the time I was finshed with my workout, the sun was out and it was warming up.

First week done!

Rode mom's  stationary bike while watching MSU beat 2nd ranked, longest winning streak OSU!  Sure helped burn off nervous engery in the 3rd qtr.

Thank you Spartans.