An Emu, a Wiener and a Haunted House, Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

This morning I ran an easy 5 mile route through the neighborhood and took lots of pictures which I thought I would share with you. These are mostly pics of the halloween decorations in the neighborhood as well as some of the decorations in my yard.

Enjoy and hope you have a safe and wonderful Halloween!

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Halloween Decorations

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Halloween

My neighbors actually put on a free haunted house for all the kids in the neighborhood and it’s open for 5 or 6 hours halloween night. The kids all love it and I think it’s great that they do this for free besides giving the kids loads of candy.

Haunted House

haunted house

And in case you thought I wouldn’t include some sort of exotic animal on a day like Halloween, here ya go:

Emu, dog

And here’s my baby boy all dressed up….and asleep.

Hank the Hotdog

What are your plans for Halloween?

How to strategize for a race with a top secret map.

Good day runners and others! Hope it’s going well for you. This morning I got my butt up at the crack of dawn and I ran 7 miles. It felt awesome. While it’s getting a bit warmer outside, it was still pretty cool this morning with a temperature of 68 and it was so nice. I love cooler weather.

sweatshirts

I am working on my strategy for the half marathon this weekend and I practiced negative splits this morning. I’d prefer to run negative splits if I can do it, because I always end up with a better overall time. I tried to find an accurate map of the race course online but I had been told it may be changing. So I couldn’t really rely on anything that I found online and that sorta sucked because if I knew the course and whether it was flat, hilly or a bit of both, I could be a bit better prepared and at least come up with some sort of strategy. I like to know what I’m up against so I can plan out my splits mile per mile if possible; or develop an escape plan, you know, whatever works.

Finally, this afternoon I got an email from the race director. The email subject was: Blue Moon ½ Marathon and 5K map release!

Wait wut? Was the map a top secret? Is there a reason we couldn’t see it before? I pondered on that for a moment and then clicked on the link. In essence, here’s most of what I saw:

map of race course

Notice anything? I don’t know about you but I’m a little concerned about miles 7 and 12, or rather the fact that there are two of them. Am I just reading this wrong? Please tell me I’m not as navigationally challenged as I think I am. This map looks all kinds of f’d up, doesn’t it? Maybe mile 7 is just a continuation from where it is first posted but what is going on with mile 12? So much for my preparation, if I had to go by this map I think I’d be even more confused, so I’m just gonna wing it and follow the dude on the bike. Yep, that’s my strategy.

Or maybe I could use this next strategy. This guy decided to play a little prank on some runners and others in a local park. This would definitely help me pick up my pace:

Anybody wanna volunteer to prank me? Scare me into the win? Or a PR at least? Anybody?

Now tell me, is there something I may be missing on this map? Have you ever had a hard time figuring out a race course?

Another half marathon and the Uh Oh bird that lives in my tree

No time to rest.

This Sunday I have another half marathon, the Blue Moon Half Marathon in Ozona, Florida. Fortunately, this one starts at 7:30am and it’s after daylight savings time begins so I get to sleep in an extra hour. Unfortunately it’s already started to heat back up here and tomorrow and Thursday will be in the high 80’s so I’m worried about the weather on Sunday. I cannot run fast in hot weather for long distances. I just can’t, regardless of the beer that’s waiting for me at the finish line. If you want me to run fast in the heat you better be giving out diamonds.

Anyway, as it stands right now, this is the weather forecast:

weather forecast

If it stays like this, I’ll be okay with it because Sunday looks tolerable.

As far as training goes, I’m continuing with the shopping regimen. It seems to be working for me so far. I did run 6 miles on Monday and I’ll probably start running again tomorrow but I’m also going to get in as many cross training shopping sessions as I can before Sunday. I know, I’m evil, I can’t help myself.

I took it easy today, chillaxin under my Jacaranda tree and I spotted this little guy:

Cormorant

Cormorant

That’s a cormorant. He actually lives in the jacaranda tree and he talks a lot. It sounds like he says ‘uh oh’. It cracks me up. It’s pretty cool to see him dive into the water for food. They are actually pretty amazing birds.

Allright, that’s all I got for now.

Have you ever run two big races back to back? How’d it go?