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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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