9th Annual Eckerd College Alumni Egg Hunt

March 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I can’t believe it’s almost Easter, but getting the invitation for the 9th Annual Eckerd College Alumni Egg Hunt made it real. I’m pretty sure we have been to every one of the annual events. (btw, Chad is the alumnus…class of “91)

I know we were at the First Annual EC Alumni Egg Hunt. I have the photos to prove it.

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It was the spring of 2004. Cal was two years old and I was 8 months pregnant with Mack.

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With the T kids, who are both now teenagers. Zoe is driving! I’m so old.

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For the 2nd Annual EC Alumni Egg Hunt we had Mack.

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Yes, that’s me quite a bit heavier. I remember being hot and uncomfortable. But not as uncomfortable as Mack was around the Easter Bunny.

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Oh, my little sweet potato.

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The boys are very accustomed to the Eckerd Egg Hunt tradition, so they were more than happy when we headed there this morning for the 9th Annual Hunt.

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After running 10 miles this morning and having eaten nothing (except coffee with milk…my stomach did not want food at 5 o’clock this morning), I was very happy that the traditional grilled cheese and chicken nuggets were being offered.

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They also had fruit and veggies and brownies.

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The first order of business is always lunch!

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Apparently they knew I would look cute today…check out my name tag typo:

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Cal said he was only in it for the candy…

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but Mack wanted a balloon axe.

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Obligatory Mom and boys photo shoot:

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Yes, my dress was kind of short in case you didn’t notice. I knew it was too short and I wore it anyway. Deal.

The wind made my hair crazy.

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Childhood made the boys crazy.

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Pretty soon it was time for the boys to line up in the “big kids” area.

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Eckerd has a beautiful campus on the waterfront.

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On your mark…

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Get set…

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Go!

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Both boys ended up with a basketful of eggs. Candy!

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It was great to see our friend Jesse T. who works for Eckerd. Those are his munchkins (the “T” kids) above. Again, it was windy!

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Jesse took a family portrait for us:

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I can’t believe I didn’t get a photo of the Easter Bunny this year! Nobody seemed interested in him really. Times are changing around here. I wonder how many more Annual Eckerd Egg Hunts we have ahead of us?

I guess you can tell from Chad’s t-shirt above what our early evening plans include (that would be NCAA basketball for my non-US readers). Go Big Blue! I’m all filled in on the historic rivalry backstory. Chad listened to me talk about running, then I had to listen to him talk about basketball. We have this marriage thing down.

Running the Meisner Bridge

March 31, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I’m going to divide my day up into two posts, so this is Saturday, part one.

This morning I got up at an ungodly hour to meet the IRunMommies at the foot of the Meisner Bridge at 6:00 a.m. We had about eight ladies this morning. I cut them some slack and didn’t ask for a group shot (you’re welcome mommies). The Meisner bridge is one of the spans approaching the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from the north (actually, it is one of four spans that comprise the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Complex, but whatever).

It was pitch dark when we set off on the pedestrian trail that runs parallel to Interstate 275. I have driven this bridge countless times and never noticed this pedestrian trail. I only bothered to take one photo in the darkness…the Skyway off in the distance.

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The pedestrian trail ends right at the beginning of the Skyway State Fishing Pier (North) which was created from the old Sunshine Skyway bridge after it had to be demolished in the 1980’s.

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It was really nice out this morning. Kind of cloudy, not too hot.

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My friend Britt and I had decided we wanted to do 10 miles this morning and she was kind enough to stick with me for the whole route. She looped back for me (slowpoke) several times. Thanks Britt! We passed some of the other IRunMommies on the fishing pier.

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At five miles (for me)…the half-way mark:

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The sun was just rising.

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Another view of the (somewhat closer) Sunshine Skyway Bridge:

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Running next to a big interstate is cool…

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as is running under one.

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The whole route seemed hilly to me. I felt like I was either going up or down an incline the entire time. I guess this is because the whole route is really part of the bridge complex.

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Tampa Bay on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.

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Approaching the Meisner Bridge again, this time from the south and in the light.

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I definitely felt like this bridge was the rival of the Belleair Causeway Bridge. It may even be bigger, or at least longer. On my first time up the bridge I ran the whole thing. In fact I pretty much ran the first five miles, only pausing a couple of times to take pictures. The second half of my run involved more walking breaks (and thus more pictures).

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On the second time up the bridge I had to take a couple of walking breaks. After about mile seven my body wanted to be done. It was so nice to have Britt sticking with me. It felt good to get to the top!

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Notice our matching visors? Unplanned. Running geeks.

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One last shot of the Sunshine Skyway:

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The best part of this run is that the last mile is almost all downhill. Thus, my last mile was my fastest!

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It wasn’t fast and it wasn’t easy, but it’s done! I really liked this route, which could be any distance up to 11 miles (we didn’t quite go to the end of the fishing pier). I’m glad to know about this “hill” option in St. Pete. It was great running with you Britt!

Next up…a nostalgic egg hunt.