Month: December 2007

Sunday’s Easy/Long Run

I went for a long run this morning. It was about 8 miles, I had planned to meet up with the Sunday Morning Austin Runners Club group, but I was an hour late. So I ran most of the course myself. I started from home and ran 2 miles to the starting location, then ran …

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picture of a sandpiper

Todays bird watching adventures

Today Elizabeth, Marilyn, Tom and I traveled to three locations looking for birds. The sites were Mount Bonnell, Emma Long Park, and the Wild Basin Preserve. All three areas are part of the Balcones Canyonlands. The birds that we saw were as follows: Kite (Emma Long Park) Sandpiper (Emma Long Park) Turkey Vultures (Emma Long …

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Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory

A visit to the Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory with Elizabeth, Tom and Marilyn. A chilly day, but sunny. We saw a number of ducks and some grebes: Eared Grebes, Northern Pintails, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks, Coots. We also saw some turkey vultures and several sparrows we couldn’t identify.

nicholas, st nicholas day, christmas

How did St. Nicholas become Santa Claus?

St. Nicholas (ascetic Bishop of the early church in Asia Minor, feast day Dec. 6th, known as the patron saint and protector of children) became Santa Claus (jolly old elf with red suit, a big round tummy and a chuckling laugh, flying the world on Dec. 25th with 8 tiny reindeer)

calm sunny day in winter countryside

Winter Solstice

Last night the wind was blowing, the temperature was dropping, and I was thinking, “Thank goodness I don’t have to go out tomorrow!” Today the sun is shining, taking off that 27-degree chill quite rapidly, and it might actually become a nice day. But I still don’t have to go out if I don’t want …

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Sunday’s Easy Run

Had a very good run this morning with Daniel, his wife Andrea, his mother-in-law Marilla and Chloe, their 10-year-old dog. We started at 9 AM and ran a little over 5 miles at about an 11 minute pace. The temperature was a little above freezing with no wind. In other words a perfect day to …

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Rained out!

One quarter of the way through my Interval run it started raining. I had adjusted the distances on my two intense legs and I was just getting them dialed in. The new interval session is as follows: Run until lap is pressed. Repeat the following 4 times. Run .33 miles keeping pace below 8:45 minutes …

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5 Mile Easy Run

This morning I went for an easy run. I was planning to do 12 miles, my last long run was 10 miles, but that was under ideal conditions: I was running about 20 miles per week, I was 5 lbs lighter, had not given blood during the previous week and I had not been to …

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Ran the Trail Of Lights 5K

I ran the Trail Of Lights 5K this evening, but I just about didn’t make it. I left a more than an hour before the race, but I should have known something was wrong when I hit the heavy traffic at about 45th street on Mopac. I was moving only about 35 mph on the …

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The organization that I gave blood to.

Yes! I Gave Blood Today!

I gave blood during the blood drive at work today, because I know that my type O blood is always appreciated. I try do this minor civic duty on a regular basis, so I went out and I gave a pint of blood when the blood van visited our company. This brought back many memories …

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