My friend S signed us up for a 5K run/walk on Sunday. An avid runner herself (we ran cross country and track together in high school and she's been running ever since), she generously offered to walk the course with me.
The morning was cloudy and grey, but the runners added plenty of colour to the scene. Some crazy costumes were in evidence:
S had brought matching neon t-shirts and pink boas for us to wear. I added crochet flowers for extra beauty:
|Planet Penny Cotton Club yarn, of course!|
Our 3.1 miles of walking and talking (with lots of laughter) went very quickly. Before we knew it, we had reached the finish line.
And here we are in our crochet-trimmed shirts, proudly wearing our surfboard medals...
...and clutching some of the goodies the volunteers shoved into our hands at the finish:
Fruit was also available for replenishing lost calories:
After the event, we hung around to watch the costume contest. The finalists included runners dressed as a Bavarian, a team of Minions, Jackie O, Medusa, and a mother/son superhero duo:
The mother-and-son duo won (based mainly on the extreme cuteness of the shorter partner, I think).
Next we took a stroll on the misty beach. That's Huntington Beach Pier in the background below:
The water was full of floating surfers who never seemed to catch a wave. All they did was sit around on their boards...
...or so it seemed.
While editing my photos later, I found I had unknowingly snapped one of them actually SURFING in the background of this shorebird shot:
We saw packs of little sandpipers scooting across the sands...
...lots of typical California beach shells (most of them less than an inch long)...
...and bird tracks large and small (these are the small ones):
Then we said goodbye to the ocean...
...got back in the car, and headed inland to our parents' homes.
A very good Sunday walk with a friend. :)
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