Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Day 5K

I miss being in Oak Park today because the Lake/Harlem cycling group rides no matter what the weather.  Fortunately, Florence hosts a similar informal event every year. This is the third or fourth time I've participated in the 5K run.  It has gotten bigger as the years go by.  The first time I ran, about fourteen years ago, there were about ten of us.  Now we're up to fifty or sixty. The organizers of the event rely on start photo to estimate number of participants.  Strictly old school event.

Happy New Year!!!!

our greentrees gang...the oldsters
my running buddies, Kris & Cathy

The three of us.
 I was the first woman to finish, which was a proud accomplishment for me in past year(s).  I have a feeling that this may be the last year I'm bestowed with that honor. Competition will be getting tougher and I'll be slowing down.

This gentleman is 85 and a fierce runner.
The ever handsome and charming David, Kris' husband and testament to health and wellness himself.

I was lucky to be included in the Greentrees gang, because we returned to Alice's light and sunny home where she had created a fabulous brunch spread. A gluten-free egg dish, fresh scones, fruit salad, ham and mimosas, topped off by home-made fudge.  We sat and enjoyed each other's company and the stunning view of our Siuslaw River.  A welcome respite for me during this busy visit.

Alice's living room has Afghan fever.  There are THREE Afghans created by herself.
One of my people!

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