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Memorial Run

Monday, May 26, 2014

Our running group met this morning at 6:10am for a 6.8 mile run through a nature preserve. We wore blue for Memorial Day and all signed up for our miles to be counted. We saw lots of alligators of various sizes and heard even more of them. Cranes, anhinga, ibis, egrets, cardinals, storks, and some beautiful birds I can't name were all in abundance.

Of the 13 of us, I'm pretty sure I was the only one retired and the oldest. There were 2 younger women (30-somethings) that led the pack and then I ran with the next 3 people. We got faster each mile, one through six, and then slowed down some to finish. It was a glorious morning. Loved the pink sunrise. Good to see the water level up much higher than last year this time.

I haven't had much experience running on gravel and sand. The program director suggested a very light step and I certainly tried. I did stay upright. Definitely would not want to have fallen off the trail as there was swamp and muck and crawly things all around. The powers that be are trying to return this area that had been drained for cattle ranching back to wetlands. It is the headlands for the Peace River and connected to our aquifer. Looks like they are succeeding. I was a little afraid to mix bug repellent with my sun screen, but the bugs didn't seem interested in me today although other runners were swatting like crazy.

Enjoyed a great breakfast hour after the run with a wonderful group of runners!

Edit: Here's a picture of this morning. The caption on FaceBook read:
Trail run this morning at Circle B where we ran 6.8 miles in honor of the 6800+ men & women who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting the war on terror, their families and those still fighting.

Edit Two: One more picture from FaceBook of our run this morning. Beautiful in a creepy sort of Old Florida way:


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PDQ1203 5/29/2014 6:35AM


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AQUAGIRL08 5/28/2014 4:53PM

    Sounds like a great run! Thanks for sharing the pictures too!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/28/2014 10:15AM

    Not creepy at all!

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FRAN0426 5/28/2014 12:37AM

    What an experience for all of you, WTG alligators and all. I don't think I would be running there but all of you ---fantastic

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EILEENV3 5/27/2014 8:27PM

    Love that you are SO active and proving age does not have to stop someone from being active. emoticon

Been hearing the gators quite often lately when I've been kayaking. I thought mating season was all over. It could be the mom's warning people to stay away.

I like Circle B Bar but it's a place I don't feel comfortable walking on my own. I've seen too many pictures of gators on the trail taken by the photographers that hang out there. Think I feel safer in most of the places I kayak in.

If your group ever wants a very challenging run, try the Tenoroc trail that starts at Saddlecreek County Park. There is more up & down than usual for Florida hiking. Be aware, it's only open Friday through Monday and there is a $3/fee. There is a self-pay station with envelopes. Quite often people jog through there.

If you want more info on that trail, let me know.

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GABY1948 5/27/2014 4:47PM

    Glad you had a great run....but no gators for me, thanks! Keep up your great work though, Marsha! emoticon

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 5/27/2014 2:34PM

    How beautiful!!! I have always wanted to go to Circle B, but things get in the way.

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MSLZZY 5/27/2014 10:21AM

    Just gorgeous but I would have been beating the bugs off with a stick, which makes running very hard to do.

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MILLEDGE2 5/27/2014 6:30AM


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_LINDA 5/26/2014 9:19PM

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That is fantastic! I, of course prefer softer, wooded trails as opposed to pavement, but ALLIGATORS?? I would be RUNNING scared through there lol. But great scenery and lovely to see all that wildlife! Would be very distracting -so glad you didn't have a mishap!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/26/2014 7:39PM

    emoticon emoticon on finishing your 6.8 mile run. Looks like a great place to run but no alligators for me.
Beautiful picture of the sunrise!!! Thank you so much for sharing...
Continued blessings and hugs,

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MEXGAL1 5/26/2014 4:27PM


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SPINNINGJW 5/26/2014 4:05PM

Glad you had a nice run. You can keep the 'gators.

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HARROWJET 5/26/2014 3:03PM

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FOCUSONME57 5/26/2014 1:29PM

    You ran with alligators ?!?!?

The pictures are beautiful. I guess I don't know enough about alligators. I would have been terrified.

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WATERMELLEN 5/26/2014 1:20PM

    Yikes! I would be running VERY fast through alligator territory . . . they give me the creeps pretty much!!

Would have loved the birds, of course!!

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WIZKEY 5/26/2014 1:05PM

    Sounds like an awesome run!! How nice to see so much nature and congratulations on staying upright on tricky footing!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/26/2014 12:53PM

    I agree with Onmymeds - great run, except for the alligators. I've been known to jump when I hear rustling in the bushes and it's usually only a chipmunk or squirrel.

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NATPLUMMER 5/26/2014 12:30PM


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FROSTY99 5/26/2014 12:25PM

    Sounds like a wonderful morning. I so enjoy my early morning walks as the birds serenade me, I watch the gators swimming in the lake and sometimes see other "critters". It is the best part of the day to me.
Happy Memorial Day

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ONMYMEDS 5/26/2014 12:23PM

    Sounds like a really great run, although I think I could do without the alligators. Don't think I need to worry, 'gators are pretty scarce around Chicago.


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