Oshie having a blast rolling around in the sand. He loves doing this and it looks hilarious. Unfortunately this means that there will be sand falling out of his coat for a few days, even after a long bath outside. He loves doing it though and we just can’t say no to him (even if we did he would still do it).
I can’t remember if I mentioned this or not but I have been training to run my first half marathon in September. I am not sure what made me wan to run because normally I hate running if some kind of sport is not involved. Anyway, two weeks ago I convinced my wife, brother his roommate to do join me in an 8k beach race. I was more than ready for it and so was my wife and Scott (brothers roommate) but my brother not so much. It kicked is ass but in true Marine form he pushed himself through it and finished.
This is what happens when you don’t run Ethan!
We competed as a team and none of us were really concerned about time ( I was a little because I am always competitive). We did all finish together sort of ha-ha. I finished first with Scott a minute or two behind. I then circled back to run in with my brother and wife. Nancy hung back with Ethan to make sure he would be alright and partly because it was hot and humid and she just didn’t want to run fast. In the end we all crossed the finish line together and had a excellent time.
Best part was taking a dip in the ocean to cool off afterwards.
So one race down and more to follow. Unless we find one soon, my next race will be the Marine Corps Half Marathon which is what started me on this running kick. At the moment I don’t plan to run a full marathon but I also had never planned on running a half so who knows. Happy running!
It is officially summer and that means it is time to hit the beach. This is what we have to look forward to with Oshie. With the amount of sand he will carry home we could build our own beach in the backyard. Stay safe out there and have fun this summer folks!
I took this photo with my cell phone while out on my morning run. The weather was perfect and I ended up running 9 miles. I finished the run in 74 minutes with an average pace of 8:18 per mile. Not bad for someone who until a month ago hadn’t run in at least a year. I am looking forward to my first half marathon in September.
Now off to get some food with Nancy, my brother Ethan and family friend Scott. Later we will be kayaking/canoeing with the dogs. Gonna be a hot one today!
The Cormorant is a very odd looking bird. I found this one lounging in the sun on a pylon at a marina. They have a somewhat prehistoric/pterodactyl look going for them which is more noticeable in flight or when their wings are spread in. The eyes are what drew my attention, the color is very interesting and unlike any other bird eye I have seen. From a distance you might mistake them for a duck floating in the water. Of course there are obvious physical differences but from a distance you can differentiate by noticing that they float much lower in the water. Cormorants are related to Boobies and are found all over North America. They eat fish and catch them by diving underwater.
Taken with my Canon 7dmkii and a Canon 400 f/5.6L lens.