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Weekend

Monday, September 01, 2014

Spent the weekend taking some me time. Saturday, I went and had my hair done for the first time ine two years. The selfie is REALLY bad, but you can get the idea. Color came out all wrong in the picture, I'm black and red. Hubby says it looks good, I just really needed to have something different.



Then yesterday we spent the day at Brookfield Zoo. I love the zoo. If you need to go on about animals on display, please don't. Przewalski's horse. I say no more.

So we had a great time. Stingray bay was open this time and we got to pet the rays. Hubby commented on how much they seem to like me. They have had this exhibit for the last 4 years (I think). I always end up with a swarm around my hands. They are such awesome creatures I love it. However they always find a way to soak me, and yesterday was no different. I was petting on and another tried to push in. The one I was petting went for a wind slap, I ended up with a face (and mouth) full of salt water. I also had one of the southern rays mistake my pinky for a shrimp. They might not have teeth but those dental plates can crush. I've got a bruised pinky today, but nothing that is all that difficult.

Today, we have errands and getting things back in order. Oh well, guess I have to get back to real life eventually.

Speaking of real life, I'm trying to get back to my healthy eating and exercise plans. I've looked at all my past logs, I've made my plan - and I've done nothing about it. I'm not happy with myself about that. So here we go again. I see the train tracks, I want to get back on track, and I honestly don't know what keeps stopping me. I don't have time to figure it out. I need to just do it as the phrase goes.

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 9/2/2014 3:27AM

    I think you look great!! I like your hair! Glad you are finding some "ME" time. It sounds like fun visiting those rays. Animals know whether someone is a good person or not. I know you'll get back on track. emoticon emoticon starts tomorrow!

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CIPHER1971 9/2/2014 2:44AM

    Lovely pic and I love rays too.

the old saying goes fake it till you make it.

Have a great day

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STARTINGINLIMBO 9/2/2014 12:17AM

    Your hair looks really good! Wow, a mouthful of that stuff? ewwwww heh
Yep, start again, it's great we can!

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WARRIORGIRL121 9/1/2014 11:35PM

    Glad you had a good weekend... I love your new hairstyle... I think it looks fantastic! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I always love how light and soft that hair feels after a trip to the hairdresser's... a fresh cut always gives a new bounce and shine to it! emoticon

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 9/1/2014 9:22PM

    Hairstyle/color is very flattering...looks great!
I love the zoo....Brookfield Zoo is a wonderful place.

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MJREIMERS 9/1/2014 7:39PM

    I'm glad you had a good weekend. I agree with your hubby, your hair looks emoticon I love the color!!

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JUSTME29 9/1/2014 7:09PM

    You look great! Your hair looks fabulous! and it sounds like you had a great weekend to boot. You rested, rejuvenated, seen some animals, petted some rays, and now you'll have the spark you need to carry through with your plan.

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ICECUB 9/1/2014 6:04PM

    GLAD YOU ENOYED THE ZOO. I WENT ONCE AND LOVED IT. YOUR PICTURE LOOKS GREAT AND I LOVE YOUR HAIR.

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MAVERICKDR 9/1/2014 5:45PM

    Glad you enjoyed the zoo; I love 'em (especially since I'm close to the Philadelphia Zoo, first zoo in the US). Hope you have a nicer week.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/1/2014 5:42PM

    You look fabulous!!!! I like it.

Wow! I don't know why, but I'd have to get my courage up to pet the sting ray.

I love Brookfield Zoo. When we lived in IL, we had a family pass. Went all the time. Awesome place.

HUGS and hope that pinky feels better.

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ISLAMOM 9/1/2014 2:19PM

    Love your hair!! So happy you got some "me" time....we all need it!!

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NILLAPEPSI 9/1/2014 1:54PM

    You look beautimous!!! Your hair looks fantastic! Sounds like a fun time with the rays. emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 9/1/2014 1:34PM

    Well I think your hair looks pretty darned cute! ........... emoticon ........ Glad you are finding ME time ...... ME too.............. resting today and getting ready for a very big work week! ............ The zoo sounds fun! ........ Hope all goes well for you in September! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 9/1/2014 12:48PM

    Those rays know you are good people! I am still floundering a bit with getting back on track after my vacation this summer. Time for me to get to it!

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Too Hot for my girls to walk today.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I was horribly hot and humid again here today. I had wanted to take a long walk with the girls but it was just too much once we got out there. They were both suffering after a bit over a mile. We did our normal 3 mile route and then headed back into the house. They have both just been laying in front of a fan for the last two hours.

We had a friend follow us for a bit while we were walking along. When you see this picture, remember this is only about 5 to 6 feet from me and my dogs.



  
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JUMPINJULIE 9/1/2014 1:16AM

    Great picture I hope it cools down soon.

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/31/2014 7:33PM

    I understand. I don't like hot humid weather either. Poor you and poor puppies!

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SOULFISH80 8/29/2014 9:08PM

    It is a shame when the weather gets in our way. Usually for me it's will power, but the weather has interupted many a good work out. Glad you and your girls are still sparking away.

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KALEWINE 8/27/2014 10:58PM

    Hot and humid is a way of life where I live. I'm totally over summer.

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OHANAMAMA 8/26/2014 2:02PM

    super hot and humid here, too.
but very cool about y'all's tag along. :)

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LIVINGFREE19 8/26/2014 12:32AM

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MJREIMERS 8/25/2014 9:32PM

    It's been very hot and humid here, too. Too hot for any creature.

How cool that you were that close to a Heron. I'm surprised it came that close to you and your dogs! Very nice.



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JUSTME29 8/25/2014 9:25PM

    Very cool company on your walk. It should be cooling down pretty soon, and then it'll be too cold. Sigh.

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/25/2014 7:25PM

    very cool!

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STARTINGINLIMBO 8/25/2014 7:22PM

    Nice picture!

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/25/2014 4:22PM

    The birds are such a welcome surprise on our walks!

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MICHELLE_391 8/25/2014 10:00AM

    Ugh. I know. Punim barely made it a mile. Heck, I barely did. 5K steps for the day yesterday. Pretty sad.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 8/25/2014 7:11AM

    It was roasting around here too. We went swimming in the river for the afternoon!

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/25/2014 4:10AM

    At least you got 3 miles in. Better than none at all. I think that bird is a crane can't tell for sure but it looks like a blue crane. Beautiful either way!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/25/2014 3:52AM

    Hot dogs. I'd have been in front of the fan, too.

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CIPHER1971 8/25/2014 3:29AM

    Lovely bird.

Hope you dogs feel cooler.

Have a great day

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DARLENEK04 8/24/2014 9:40PM

  Well if you have to be followed, a big bird is a nice follower....

It is hot here also, too hot to get the bikes out and ride...

Darlenek

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MAVERICKDR 8/24/2014 9:15PM

    Nothing to say about the ankle so it must be feeling a little better. Take care in that heat and humidity...no more bronchitis!

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JAXMOMMY 8/24/2014 7:51PM

    I'll take some of that heat, thank you! It really cooled down here! Tell me who the friend is!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2014 7:42PM

    Water, water, water!!! And glad you relaxed after your walk.

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LIMOM2TWINS 8/24/2014 7:35PM

    Good for you for sticking it out - water please emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 8/24/2014 7:24PM

    Wow--this guy followed ........ Amazing! Sounds like the girls are glad to be back home w/ a fan cooling them off .......... Good work on getting 3 mi. in! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 8/24/2014 7:15PM

    Good for you to get 3 miles in. Cooper didn't want to walk today either.

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ALICIA214 8/24/2014 7:11PM

 

I Love those birds,the first one I saw was so motionless I thought it was a statue on a
man made island in one of our beautiful public gardens ...
Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me..

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HOLLYM48 8/24/2014 7:01PM

    It is so hard to walk when it is hot and humid but good job for sticking it out for 3 miles.

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UMBILICAL 8/24/2014 6:58PM

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Epic Fail was an Epic Success!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Today’s race was unplanned. See I had registered for 2015 Foam Fest when I complete this year’s. It was my favorite race. However, I guess it wasn’t high on everyone’s list as the organization went bankrupt. Red Frog events offered a free registration to one of their other events. I looked at the five choices with hubby. He thought that Epic Fail looked promising and it was close to home (soldier Field). It was a bit close to my Black Light race but I figured why not, it was inflatable obstacles (which I like) and was free (aweseome). So with less than 2 weeks to prepare I registered.

Got up this am and got ready. I really didn’t have an outfit set for this one. I knew there would be water – so no tutu. Like I said, I had not planned on this race and after last week’s horrible experience I really wasn’t in the mood. I knew I would be dealing with walkers and hot humid conditions. However, when I say I ‘m going to do something – I’m gonna do it.

We had breakfast and headed out. The fog was thicker than pea soup this am; you couldn’t even see the lake from LSD. It was so humid and muggy I knew I was going to have breathing problems. We got there uber early, so we took some pictures and just hung out at the field. I actually ended up sneaking into an earlier wave. Somehow I don’t think I’m the only one.



They were only letting us go in small groups at a time, 10 to 15 people every 5 minutes. It was really different from most starts. It kept the pack very spread out – very nice for an obstacle run. There were 12 inflatable obstacles, several hills on the lake front, and up and down the stairs of Soldier Field. As I approached the first obstacle I was alone. It was those bouncy balls that we used to ride on hanging from ropes. I started teasing with the guys swinging the balls by dropping into a boxing stance. They laugh and one yelled “Jab”, so I did. So they were yelling jab or cross as I went through 12 rows of swinging balls! We were all laughing by the time I got through.

Next we had walls to go over. They were only 4 foot walls but it was fun. Then under a cargo net. I love these obstacles – good use for a commando crawl and I actually know how to do it!!!

It was so hot I was dying before mile one. I noticed that most people were slowing jogging at BEST. There were several people who had been pulled out or stopped the race. The EMTs were very busy. I heard at the end of the race that 4 people had gone down and the race was less than an hour over. It was supposed to go on for 5.


There were climbs and slides and an awesome foam block pit to wade through. The staff was great! They really kept a good look-out on people and were a ton of fun in the foam pit. There was one problem with this obstacle though; the foam blocks were sticking to sweaty skin! It was so humid there was not evaporation of sweat, just more water. I had blocks stuck to my legs and arms.

We then had a short run back to Soldier Field, we hit mile two and they had a horrible trick on us. Two balance beam obstacles. My legs where trembling from the heat and strain of keeping up a slow jog. I wasn’t certain I could handle them but somehow I kept my balance. Normally I can barely walk a straight line but somehow I did a 6 inch beam and then a 10 floating buoys.

Then it was up the stairs of Soldier Field. We had a slip-n-slide at the top. Then an inflatable bouncy house with a crawl tunnels. We ran around Soldier Field and down the stairs. The last obstacle was a 4 story inflatable slide. It was awesome!!



I crossed the finish in 47 minutes yelling: “AGAIN”. It was horribly hot and sweaty but this was the most fun I’ve had in forever! It really was an Epic race. I so hope they come back to Chicago next year, I will gladly pay for this one!!


  
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JUMPINJULIE 9/1/2014 1:15AM

    Sounds like fun.

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/31/2014 7:34PM

    Looks like it was fun!

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OPTIMIST1948 8/27/2014 9:01AM

    That sounds like so much fun. I have a cousin in Chicago and would love an excuse to come and visit and do something fun like that. SparkMail me next year so I have an excuse to call her and go.

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/25/2014 7:24PM

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STARTINGINLIMBO 8/25/2014 6:47PM

    So cool! Good for you!

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CIPHER1971 8/25/2014 3:23AM

    WOOT - looks glorious, I am so glad it was fun after the last one

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MAVERICKDR 8/24/2014 9:13PM

    You needed some fun like that. Glad you did iit!

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JAXMOMMY 8/24/2014 7:56PM

    Sounds like awesome fun! So happy for you after the very disappointing black light run! What a way to bring out the inner child! Yay you!

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HOLLYM48 8/24/2014 7:26PM

    Great job! I hate it when it is the hot and humid, so hard on the body but you did it and even made it sound fun! Way to go!

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/24/2014 6:39PM

    Wow! You are amazing!! I can't believe you managed that race with the all of that heat and humidity! It sounds like you had fun though. I hope that they do come back next year so you can do it again. Glad this race was the complete opposite of your last race. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHAPING-DESTINY 8/24/2014 5:54PM

    emoticon You go with your good self girl!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/24/2014 2:56PM

    So glad you had a great time!! emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/24/2014 2:36PM

    Beautiful lady, you really deserved something SO well paced and organized after that last snafu.

Sounds like it was sweaty enough that you could have really used a water obstacle in the middle or near the end!

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JUSTME29 8/24/2014 1:38PM

    That sounds so great! I hope it makes up for the one it replaced. Kinds of refreshes your faith in race organizers after the last disaster.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/24/2014 12:57PM

    seriously this is beyond awesome! I'd almost want to get on a plane and do it with you. LOL

Great job Sparkie :o)

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NOLABUG79 8/24/2014 12:43PM

    That sounds like a lot of fun.


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GARDENCHRIS 8/24/2014 11:34AM

    glad you had so much fun..... the humid weather here has been stifling ..... so I am impressed! Your crazy! But I'm impressed!

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MJREIMERS 8/24/2014 11:32AM

    It sounds like a riot!! I love when good things happen out of not-so-good circumstances. emoticon

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KALEWINE 8/24/2014 9:53AM

    Awesome! I'm glad you had so much fun!

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LIVINGFREE19 8/24/2014 1:06AM

    That is super that you had so much fun!

Woo hoo!

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BOPPY_ 8/24/2014 12:50AM

    You actually made Chicago, in the summer, sound like fun.

But, I know better. ;-)

Thanks for the nostalgia w/o the heat and humidity, :-|, 8-)

Nice work on the race!

Lee

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_JODI404 8/23/2014 11:39PM

    That sounds totally cool!! Glad you did it!! Awesome recap & pics!

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MICHELLE_391 8/23/2014 11:13PM

    OMG - I can't believe you managed all that in this humidity! Congratulations! It sounds like you had a really good time - I hope it makes up for the nightmare run.

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LESLIELENORE 8/23/2014 10:55PM

    That is so awesome! I am glad you had this fun experience to balance your previous bad experience. It was hot and sticky here today as well. Glad I didn't go for one of my long runs today!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/23/2014 9:42PM

    Sounds wonderful! ! I'm glad you were ok in the awfulness. I've been afraid to try to do my walk/run, let alone an obstacle course! !

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KELLIEBEAN 8/23/2014 9:42PM

    Awesome. I'll have to watch for that one if it comes back next year. Looks super fun!

I bow down to you doing that this morning in this heat and humidity. I had planned a run around my neighborhood this morning but taking the dog out in the humidity this morning ended that idea. You are amazing!

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STARPESCADO 8/23/2014 9:34PM

    OMG U ROCK!

I live here too and U were running in a sauna it WAS SO HOT AND HUMID TODAY!!!!! :)


So happy that you accomplished this!!!

Congrats!

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PMRUNNER 8/23/2014 8:58PM

    Woo hoo! Sounds like a blast! Hopefully it won't be so hot next year.

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ISLAMOM 8/23/2014 8:50PM

    how awesome!! that does sound like fun! good for you for getting out there and getting it done!! way to go, girl!

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Dunes Day!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I had a really nice day today. A friend of mine came over and we took our dogs to the Dunes.

We got a bit of a late start but that didn’t matter. We walked our dogs around the neighborhood a bit so they would be calmer together in the car. Then we headed out to the Dunes.

We did trail 9 (one of the “moderate” trails). We also took the dogs down to the beach. Tazzy actually got her first time “off-leash” in the water. She was nervous about it but ended up having a ton of fun. When we went to walk down the beach, Tazzy refused to move without me putting her leash back on. It was really kind of cute.

I got home to an empty house, hubby and boy child were both at work. Took Gypsy out for a short walk and then just sat down to relax with Uncle Vinny.

My ankle is very sore and a bit swollen. The compression socks really help while on my feet today. I may wear them to work tomorrow. I know I’m passed the point for icing my ankle so I’m just going to go for the pain killer and keep it up for the rest of the night. Hopefully it should start to feel better soon.

  
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JUMPINJULIE 9/1/2014 1:12AM

    Sounds like a fun day.

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/31/2014 7:36PM

    Awww, Tazzy is such a doll. Glad you had a good time but sorry to hear of your ankle. Hope it's doing much better by now.

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MAVERICKDR 8/24/2014 9:11PM

    Holding you in the light for a speedy recovery on that ankle.

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MICHELLE_391 8/23/2014 11:18PM

    It was a lovely day - I'm working on stamina so that next time, I can make it up that hill again!

I didn't realize your ankle was in bad shape after; I'm sorry to hear that. I hope it healed quickly before your race today.

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MJREIMERS 8/20/2014 7:09PM

    I'm glad you had a nice time with your friend and the pups. I hope your ankle recoups quickly! Hang in there!

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/19/2014 2:53PM

    Sounds like so much fun! Wishing you relief and mobility.

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WICKEDMELISSA 8/19/2014 10:42AM

    I enjoy those kind of relaxing exercise days
Hope your feeling better

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ALLYCANDOIT 8/18/2014 8:01PM

    Sounds like the best day. Sorry about the ankle.

Ally

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ICECUB 8/18/2014 7:44PM

    GLAD YOU HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME. TAZZY IS A SMART PUP.

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TWEETYKC00 8/18/2014 5:56PM

    glad you had such a good day.

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2BDYNAMIC 8/18/2014 4:59PM

    Glad you got to go for a walk and have some fun ............ Have a good week!!

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JAXMOMMY 8/18/2014 3:25PM

    Good for you! Take it easy on that ankle! Just hate that you hurt it in the first place! Your Dunes Days just sound awesome!

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/18/2014 1:57PM

    Glad your ankle is getting a bit better.

Tazzy is such a smart pup!

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OHANAMAMA 8/18/2014 1:00PM

    what a great day! I hope your ankle is feeling better.

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JUSTME29 8/18/2014 9:00AM

    I hope your ankle feels better quickly. I think you should file a complaint with the event organizers about the safety of the course -you probably wouldn't be the only one.

It does sound like a fund day at the dunes, and Tazzy insisting on her leash definitely sounds very cute.

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KALEWINE 8/18/2014 8:52AM

    Glad you had a good time at the dunes! I hope your ankle feels better soon!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/18/2014 7:17AM

    hope you feel better! NO more night runs for YOU!

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ISLAMOM 8/18/2014 6:16AM

    Glad you had a great day! Hope your ankle recovers quickly!! Keep on going!!

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/18/2014 4:53AM

    I'm sorry your ankle is still hurting and swollen. Glad you had a good day though with your friend and the dogs. Funny about Tazzy not wanting to go without her leash.

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NILLAPEPSI 8/18/2014 4:01AM

    So glad you had a good day. Keep smiling! Take care of that ankle.

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CIPHER1971 8/18/2014 2:22AM

    Glad you had a good day, I hope your ankle heals quickly

Have a great day

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KELLIEBEAN 8/17/2014 9:53PM

    What a great day. I hope the ankle is okay.



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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2014 9:36PM

    Glad you had a nice Dunes day!!

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LESLIELENORE 8/17/2014 9:33PM

    Grrr about the ankle! But yay that you had a good day today. If Cooper loses his collar for some reason while I am out walking he just lays down and looks at me like "what now, mom?"

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LIVINGFREE19 8/17/2014 9:14PM

    Sounds like a fun day with the dogs!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/17/2014 9:07PM

    Wow, you really got it at that run. :( I'm so sorry. I'm glad you guys had fun though!

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Black Light Run - NEVER again!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I am normally very excited to write a race report. Even the traumatic experiences of the China Town 5K – rain, cold, bronchitis, etc- did not make me passé about writing my report. This race, however, I am hard pressed to write about.

See, I have absolutely NOTHING good to say about this race. The organization was horrible. The staff was rude. The course was dangerous. I will try to give a truthful account and let you decided if I am being overly harsh.

The “before” party started at 6:30 pm, the race was scheduled to start at 9. I arrived at the park at about 7. It took over 45 minutes to park. They could not seem to decide how or where to park the cars. I had three people attempt to collect the parking fee from me, even though I already had a paid ticket on my dashboard.

I finally got parked and headed into the race. I met up with two friends at the “before” party just a few minutes before they called for us to line up. We were herded into cattle shoots with absolutely no organization. They did not attempt to have runner or walkers separate. There were no set waves. It took over 45 minutes to reach the start.

Once we did reach the start they were asking walkers to stay to the right and runners to the left. I moved to the left hand side and awaited the countdown. Within 20 feet of the start line it was too dark to see the ground. This was problematic in and of itself but to add to the fun, there were orange construction cones littering the ground. I saw at least 5 people go down tripping over them. I think they were supposed to be course markers but without a 5 cent glow stick they were invisible. Guess no one thought to go to the dollar store.

There were far more walkers than runners at this event. The walkers also just kind of wandered all over the path. At times they were walking 6 across the path, leaving no room to get around. It proved even more fun as these same people were stopping dead in the middle to the path to take pictures, send pictures, text, tweet , and whatever else could be done on a cell phone. The more “busy” these walkers were, the more indignant they were about being passed. Oh and did I mention they had been serving beer at the before party so not all of these lovelies were sober!

We did a lap around the park and then we were weaving back and forth through the back lot. The problem here was there were several transitions between gravel (black) and asphalt (black). The idea of a 99 cent roll of duct tape to mark the edges with something visible under black light and/or some kid with a small flashlight obviously did not occur to the planners of this race. Instead we were all left to be surprised by these frequent changes, resulting in twisted ankles (mine being a victim 3 times) and several more tumbles.

Now, just like at a color run there were “glow” stations throughout the run. Unlike the color run, these stations were places for people to collect and play. The volunteers were taking pictures under the lights and painting people with color which made getting through almost impossible. Even better, they would NOT let us run around the color station. Also, I’m not certain what they were using but it was not the nice corn starch of the color runs. This stuff left a nice dry burning sensation in your throat you breathed it in. Add to that – no water stations! Yes there was one at the midpoint of the race. There was no one handing out water, you couldn’t get up to the table, and the water was just over a Dixie cup.

Believe it or not there is tons of “ick” I left out. How about the volunteers that wouldn’t let you have any water at the start of the race and yelled at me for taking water from the “wrong end of the table” at the end of the race?!? These same people insisted that it was one cup per runner (remember Dixie cup) and that if you needed more you had to go buy a bottle for 4 bucks.

It took me 37 minutes to complete this run. I would lay money on 5 minutes of that was wasted getting through color stations and trying to weave around people who didn’t want to move but didn’t want to be passed. My ankle was sore, I was experiencing that “aggravated tired”. I really just wanted to get out of there. However, there was one more insult to suffer.

There were no lights in the parking lot. So you had people from stone sober to intoxicated trying to find where they had left their cars in the dark. Also, they had no parking attendants so cars were going every which way trying to find a way out. All I have to say is I only like Frogger as a video game!!

Fortunately I had a good friend close by with a hot tub and a beer. A light beer no less, so I didn’t even go over calorie!

Hey – found a good spot!!!

  
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JUMPINJULIE 9/1/2014 1:10AM

    Sounds awful. I hope your ankle feels better soon.

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MAVERICKDR 8/24/2014 9:09PM

    All's Well That Ends Well is a play by William Shakespeare. You lived to tell the tale, and the run ended better than it started. You will fight another day.

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CASEYSAUER 8/21/2014 1:11PM

    WOW! I would never do that run again either!

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WICKEDMELISSA 8/19/2014 10:40AM

    wow, that does not sound like a fun 5K at all That is too bad that this event was so poorly organized

Hope your ankle is better quickly!!

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JAXMOMMY 8/18/2014 3:21PM

    Yikes! It just may be me, and I'm a firm drinker, but why would they have beer before a race? Sounds terribly unorganized, terribly rude and terribly dangerous! Sounds like the walkers should have just taken an evening stroll in their neighborhoods. the idea of not allowing runners waater just seems cruel! As someone else said.... Glad you made it out alive! Gld a friend had a hot tub and a light beer waiting too!

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OPTIMIST1948 8/18/2014 11:23AM

    Good ideas will always suffer from bad execution. Sheesh.

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REEDWEEB 8/18/2014 8:46AM

    Wow, that was a horrible run! You would have thought being at night there would have been more precautions taken. Sorry about the ankle. Glad you made it out alive!! lol emoticon

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PUPPYWHISPERS 8/18/2014 8:35AM

    Oh my gosh--I've had some bad race experiences, but nothing compared to this race. The funny thing is, there is a similar race here this weekend that I had considered donig, but changed my mind. Boy, am I glad! Something about trying to run alongside drunken walkers in the dark does not sound like fun.

I hope your ankle is feeling better, and I hope you can find a small, more enjoyable race to do very soon!

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/17/2014 9:16PM

    Yikes! That would have been really frustrating! If they're going to do a night run then they should have done better to light where you were supposed to be going. And the whole water thing and being rude would have been even more frustrating. It seems like a really dumb idea to serve liquor before a run or even walk. The people who put together this event seem like they were young, inexperienced and trying to make the race as cheap as possible to make their profits better. I hope your ankle is feeling better now.

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/17/2014 7:56PM

    emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/17/2014 7:42PM

    That sounds awful.
If there is a way to get in touch with the organizers of this race, I think I would do that with your concerns and suggestions.

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NILLAPEPSI 8/17/2014 5:17PM

    Yikes! Yeah, I wouldn't do that race again. Glad you survived.

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MJREIMERS 8/17/2014 3:56PM

    I'm sorry that the run was so frustrating. I'm sure that fewer "runners" will be at the event next year. Someone could have broken a leg or even worse!
I'm glad you found some enjoyment at the end of the day!

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ICECUB 8/17/2014 3:10PM

    SOUNDS TERRIBLE. NO ORGANIZATION. THIS WAS DANGEROUS ESPECIALLY PEOPLE DRINKING AND THEN LEAVING A DARK PARKING LOT.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2014 2:07PM

    Good grief! That's all I can say!

HUGS

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/17/2014 2:01PM

    Sorry you had a bad experience. What a blessing that was so unusual. Better luck next time.

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GARDENCHRIS 8/17/2014 1:02PM

    sounds like a real horror!

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_JODI404 8/17/2014 12:29PM

    That is really bad!!! I totally understand the never again!!

Glad you had your own nice ending in a hot tub. Hope your ankle is better quickly!!

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STARTINGINLIMBO 8/17/2014 11:21AM

    Wow....sounds dangerous in so many ways, and just plain nasty. They sound like they were forced to be part of the thing and they were taking it out on everyone participating of their own free will. UGH! I hope your ankle will be okay...

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JUSTME29 8/17/2014 10:46AM

    It sounds like this one was geared more for the drinkers and wanderers, not for runners or even actual walkers. It doesn't sounds safe at all! I'm glad you didn't get more seriously injured, and I hope you don't end up in any more racers from these organizers.

Glad you had a friend's place to go to to wind down at the end.

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HOLLYM48 8/17/2014 9:43AM

    wow, that does not sound like a fun 5K at all. That sucks because those should be the most fun and yet they really bombed big time. But I am sure you will find others that are better organized and much more fun next time. Good job on completing the race regardless of the conditions and I am glad you were able to get out of the parking area without any fender benders!

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KALEWINE 8/17/2014 9:39AM

    Wow! That sounds awful!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/17/2014 8:08AM

    That sounds pretty frustrating, all-around. Ugh.

I hope you'll share these comments with the organizers. It sounds like they need to hear them.

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RASPBERRY56 8/17/2014 7:11AM

    Sorry about your bad experience - don't know what would be worse......the rudeness, or the co-mingling of runners and walkers! Of course, having to deal with both would be horrific! Perhaps, if there is any sense of justice in the world, this event will *no longer be held*!

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MIDNIGHTER1 8/17/2014 6:33AM

    Wow! Talk about total disorganization. Seems more like a keg party thrown by college students with little attention paid to the event. You get happy to participate in an event and it is not well organized takes a little bit away from it.
I always like to read about your events or see pictures,but it seems like you did not have a very good time. I hope your ankle heals nd you enjoyed that beer at the end.

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CIPHER1971 8/17/2014 5:27AM

    Sounds awful, at least you never will run it again.

Have a great day

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/17/2014 2:20AM

    Well, it was good catching up with you! There's another bright spot! I'm glad to have finished it, but I agree on pretty much all points. It seemed that towards the end of the race it was a TOUCH better - I saw someone towards the end (past the water station) with a light saying "not much further!) and a few arrows lit. But that's it. I think I'll sign up for the Hot Chocolate next since you've given it rave reviews before.
Here's to the next race being better!!!

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GHK1962 8/17/2014 1:37AM

    Although I have not seen any of your other run reviews ... the fact that you mentioned that you had done several ... means to me that this one I take as good info. (In my experience, those how like running and do run reviews tend to be pretty fair.)

That is too bad that this event was so poorly organized. (I can't believe they had beer BEFORE the event. That is just a recipe for disaster that only attracts partiers it would seem.)

Most all events I have ever been to, no matter what goes on, the paramount issues is safety. Without that ...

I mean, night runs can be fun ... ahh ... well, I saw a glow run near my area ... I better take a better look before I enter.

Thanks for the review at any rate ... and I hope your next run event goes a LOT better.

And .. I have seen you commenting on another's blog I comment on ... so thought I'd stop by yours :)

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WEARINGTHIN 8/17/2014 1:33AM

    Maybe next race. Glenn

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2BDYNAMIC 8/17/2014 12:16AM

    Wow! This sounds like a nightmare! ........... Odd they held it at night in the dark too ........... and no organization ................ I wonder if they are going to repeat next year? .............. I think I might bow out from this group ........... and rude too! Wow ........... Sorry and hope the next one makes up for this! ......... emoticon

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SHAPING-DESTINY 8/16/2014 11:29PM

    How sad! emoticon I only hope your ankle gets well soon!

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LESLIELENORE 8/16/2014 11:29PM

    Agh! I would be so frustrated. They don't need to be trying to organize something like this if they are so lax over important details. Safety first!

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