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good on ya, pedro!

and, for the record, i'm not believing that's a real license plate in the earlier post... just no way.


Congrats for finishing your 15K. That's, what, about 9.3 miles? I ran a marathon in Melbourne, Australia in 2002. It was really confusing because the course was marked in KMs and I couldn't figure out how many KM there were in 26.2 miles. The brain wasn't up to 26.2 x 8 / 5, so I guessed 38. I was wrong by 4.2 KM.

To race longer you need to run longer in training. Most marathoners do a long run every second weekend or every 2 out of 3 weekends. They start at 8-10 miles and increase by 2 miles each run. On the off weekends, they run 1/2 to 2/3 the long distance, possibly a little faster.

The key to the long runs is "run slow". It is actually more beneficial to run slow compared to running hard every time.

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Seen at low tide

  • American White Pelican
    Saw 30 in one flock on a weptember evening while fishing
  • Hummingbird
    Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
  • Flamingo!
    One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
  • Falcon!
    Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
  • Black Skimmer
    These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
  • Dead sea turtle
    cool, but smelly
  • Reddish Egret
    These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
  • Sand Piper
  • Brown Pelican
    I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
  • Wood Pecker
    They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.
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