Good morning, runners! Anybody else love the afternoon showers we've been having? It makes all the difference in the world when your run is in 99 degree heat index instead of 100!
First of all, WE'RE NOW A BLOG! Welcome to the first edition of MILEAGE from the Anniston Star Community Blogs!
Anniston Runners Club members will still receive your email e-news, so you don't have to do anything different. But please direct your on-the-fence running buddies to our blog at the Anniston Star website under the Community Pages. And check out our running blog, Mileage!
If you're not a member of the Anniston Runners Club, hurry over to our online membership page at active.com to sign up. It's fast and inexpensive, plus it qualifies you for super discounts on local entry fees, lets you participate in the Grand Prix, and gets you all kinds of news on area races, product reviews, and more.
Remember, I will still need race reports, updates, and more from the ARC members, just make sure that the items you send me are appropriate for the Internet as a whole. Thanks!
2) RACE REPORTS
Karen Gregg Runs Boston!!! (Sort of...)
We were on vacation in Boston the same weekend as the BAA Inaugural 10K. I decided this was closest I'd come to the Boston Marathon so I signed up.
It was a nice route - the water stops and course support were good. I had a PR, wasn't last and received a finisher's medal - so I consider this one of my best race experiences :-) But, the BAA doesn't have anything on ARC and Woodstock!!!!! As I participate in other races, I'm always amazed what a great job we do here in Anniston.
Hayley Long Wins Big!
Just over 4 hours away, David Long and I travelled to Brevard, NC for the 4th. We participated in the 16th annual Firecracker run. It was a great organized race, except for loosing our registrations. We had to pull up our checking account on the Iphone and prove we already paid... Somehow, something always happens to me. I guess that is what makes life interesting. The course had a few hills, and steep competition. When the race started the temps were in the low 60's! My times continue to improve after my injury. I placed 31st out of 287 runners and 1st in my age group 40-49. David placed 52nd overall and 8th in his age group 40-49.
Way to go, runners!
3) UPCOMING EVENTS
Register & Receive a Stylish Tee!
Solutia Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis
Marathon & 1/2 Marathon for the benefit of Team Activities for Special Kids
October 23, 2011
Don't let recent race sell outs get you down... we still have a spot for you at the starting line.
The first 150 to register for the Solutia Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon or Half Marathon with online code TEETIME will receive a stylish t-shirt!
Registration has opened for the next Disney Endurance event! Hurry, these fill up FAST!
There's also an event coming in a couple of weeks...WOODSTOCK! Have you registered? Are you signed up to volunteer??? HAVE YOU BEEN TRAINING??? If the answer to any or all of those questions is a sheepishly embarrassed, "No," then we've got you covered!
Registration is still live at Active.com!
There's still time to sign up to volunteer by emailing Dennis Dunn (email@example.com)!
There are mega training groups several times a week (Sat am at 7:30, Thurs pm at 5:45) who will push you the whole way!
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Be sure to check out our sister blog, Tri Talk, with all the multisport news an athlete can handle!
WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
DON’T TELL me I’ve nothing to do.
From the window of my barn I see Ozzie coming through the hedgerow from next door. I like Ozzie a lot, but I’m not sure he feels the same. Efforts to pet and feed over the years have been a flop at best.
What Ozzie likes to do is hunt. I mean really hunt.
You see, Ozzie is a brindle, bob-tailed, three-legged cat and he loves to feed on whatever he can find in the hedgerow across my back yard, including field mice and squirrels.
Ozzie is flat out deadly, too.
Since losing his right front leg to a tumor a couple of years back, he has taught himself a new way to hunt. He keeps stalking to a minimum. But with the patience of Job, he settles down and waits for a meal to come within striking distance.
When the meal does, it’s “Wham” and Ozzie heads for the dinner table.
He’s a wonder to watch ...
IT IS A typical day at the Smith Estate. I am out in my barn kicked back in what I call “Archie’s Recliner.” I am reading a book, listening to Merle Haggard on the stereo, and watching TV (how’s that for multi-tasking, huh?) The blonde is out and about.
The phone rings. It is from the blonde. She is at Sears in the Quintard Mall ...
“Sweetheart, I’m at Sears looking at vacuum cleaners. I can get a small one to go with a regular one. What do you think I should do?”
Recovering from the shock of her asking my permission for anything, I agree to the double dip and then make a mistake with “What’s going on, you asking my permission?”
From the other end, there is a happy laugh with:
“It’d be different if it were shoes and a dress.”
I managed a quiet goodbye (without choking), hung up, and went back to singing along with Merle. It seemed fitting he was in the middle of “I’m Gonna Sit Right Here And Drink” at the time.
JOE ESTEP deserves a standing ovation. Joe runs the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame and, this past Saturday night, put together another classic.
Held at the “new” Oxford Civic Center, the 2013 induction played to a near packed house.
Outstanding Joe, outstanding.
FOR THOSE asking, the Peach Man’s tomatoes are a week away, but Ken Easterling will be at Regions in Oxford on Friday morning at 6 with another load of Chilton County peaches.
If no sell-out in Oxford he heads for the Anniston post office along about 8 . . . but don’t bet he gets there.
IF YOU’RE lining up at the Walmart deli at Lenlock, I hope you get lucky and a young lady by the name of Vanesa Durham waits on you. She did for me a few days back and while I’ve had an unpleasant moment or two there, Vanesa left me feeling pretty good.
Walmart could use more like her.
BIRTHDAYS: June 12 – Annette Vice; June 14 – Sage Snow; June 15 – Twins Brettnie and Dakota Smith; June 17 – Aiden Lloyd; 11; June 18 – Don Beabout.
And Jeff Jones, June 17. A member of a vanishing breed (The Great Generation), Jeff drove a “weasel” jeep ashore at Normandy, June 6, 1944.
QUOTABLE: “My doctor tells me I should start slowing it down - but there are more old drunks than there are old doctors so let's all have another round.”
Thanks for visiting ...
George Smith may be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.