Saturday, January 16, 2010


I received an invitation last week, via Facebook, to attend a run and brunch this morning as a surprise for Aron's 28th birthday. This was before we ran Angel Island together so it was a little tough to keep it from her but I DID! Phew.

I was scheduled to work today but after juggling some schedules around, I freed up the day. I was nervous about running with Aron and her friends, thinking they were all going to be as speedy as she is. But, I figured if they were too fast, it would be no big deal - I'm used to running alone most of the time anyway. We met in a very popular parking lot in Danville at 9:00 a.m. and waited for Aron and her hubby Chris to show up. They ran six miles before they met up with us. Chris showed up first. Then we saw Aron running toward us. She looked a little confused when she recognized Tara (in the lavender top) standing there and then she looked at the rest of us and finally realized what was going on. We all wished her a happy birthday, gave her a hug then took a group photo before we took off down the Iron Horse Trail together.

At first we were in two groups of three, running very close together and chatting. Pretty soon we broke into three groups of two, still yackin' it up. At three wide, we were pretty much taking up the entire path! At 2.5 miles, Maritza (second from the left) and I turned around to make our run five miles. It was so great running with her because she and I seem to run the same speed. Not everyone runs eight minute miles! I was so happy to actually have someone to run with. She and I ran the 2.5 miles back while getting to know each other a little bit more. It was very enjoyable!

After everyone finished running, we drove to Walnut Creek for brunch at one of Aron's favorite restaurants. It was a very nice little place and the food was excellent. And the coffee was to die for, especially after running in the cold. There was even CAKE! It was very nice of Chris to pick up the tab for all of us. I was surprised and did not expect that AT ALL. Thanks again Chris! It was great getting to know a few of Aron's friends. I hope to "run" into them again. LOL I took more pictures but I don't want to steal Aron's thunder by posting them here. I emailed them to her. If you want to read about her day, keep watching runner's rambles for her to update her blog about it.

We are supposed to have rain for the next six days so as soon as I got home from Walnut Creek I took Boomer (and I picked up Bella) to the Alameda Creek Trail for some off-leash running. We ran into a few old friends and they were happy to see Boomer. We had a nice 3.5 mile walk/run. Just in time too. The sky is turning grey and the wind is blowing. The storms are coming!

MED2010 Accountability
01/13 - bike 17 miles, walk 2 miles, class (Camp24) at the gym
01/14 - class (24SET) at the gym
01/15 - walk 2 miles
01/16 - run 5 miles, walk 3.5 miles

Until later.............


Mel-2nd Chances said...

HOW FUN!!!! Great group shot, and what an amazing idea!

Iris said...

Nice job on the MED 2010. Great idea - I might adopt it!

As for your question about why so many clothes inside? After running in 15 degree weather, we were still chilled while eating our post race cinnamon rolls! We didn't actually make them - just got to enjoy them. :)

Stuart said...

What fun!

You know this post is a bit link light me thinks! ;-)

Glenn Jones said...

Now you did it. I have to follow Aron to find out all of the details. Seriously - sounds like fun!

Also, time to batten down the hatches for a few days. I think that this storm is actually going to hit Southern California worse - they are predicting somewhere between 5 and 8 inches of rain in the lowlands and up to 25 inches in the hills.

Southbaygirl said...

what an awesome surprise!! You are all so lucky to live so close to each other!! And I'm glad you had Maritza to run with!!


Nice surprise!
Great area to run in too, I'm jealous.
Hey, want to do me a favor? My wife started a blog and is looking for some "buddies". Unfortunately I'm her only follower and I give her too much of a hard time. Her link is

Missy said...

That rocks out! HOW FUN and I'm sure she was so surprised.

Marathon Maritza said...

Hooray! It was so much fun to run with you too, I was so happy to have a buddy as well!

Let's do it again soon! So glad you came out on Saturday.

aron said...

i read this post and "starred" it on saturday just hadnt come back to comment yet!

THANK YOU THANK you so much for coming and for taking pics! i am so glad you got to be there and got to meet the rest of the girls. it really meant so much to me that you were there. oh and THANK YOU for the top and socks! my new fav - and i am not just saying that ;)

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RBR said...

Soo fun! Only you are so gorgeous you blend right in with all those young hotties! I look like a toad-esque grandmother in pics with the likes of them!

Re: your comment - I am doing the same Cinderella training I did last year, which about in the cycling/wetsuit email! You have to join the club to participate for insurance purposes.

We must run/ride/have breakfast soon! :)

Fiftish said...

My hubby (OneHourIronman) sent me your way. Look forward to blogging with you!!

Irene said...

That looks like a lot of fun! It IS really nice to have someone who runs at your pace. It makes the miles go faster. :)

Anonymous said...

I am SO glad you were able to make it out for Aron's B-day! It was such a fun time! We will all have to get together again sometime soon :)