The other day I saw Picky Runner did a ‘day in the life of’ blog, so I thought I would follow suit on today. As a veteran this holiday is especially important to me, it is a time to remember those who fought for our freedom and are still fighting for it.
0530: Alarm goes off, snooze twice
0549: Finally wake up and get in the shower and get ready for the day.
0616: Make breakfast.
0633: Filled up the fountain as I left the house.
0641: Walked by my friend’s house, who is setting up for his annual 4th of July Parade.
0654: Arrived at Parade start line; since I am President of the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, I get to walk and represent the organization. We also have one of our volunteers who likes to dress as ‘Uncle Sam’ ride in a convertible.
0708: Lead runners pass parade start line.
0710: First Ladies pass in group of 3.
0714: Marching Ravens arrive.
0715: My best friend and his wife, pass by on race course.
0841: After over an hour of waiting and wondering where the car for the Parade was at, it finally arrived and the parade started.
0842: Parade starter dropped her pen, so I picked it up for her. When I handed it to her she said, “Oh, you probably shouldn’t have touched that I am really sick.” Great hope I don’t get sick!
0847: Someone in the crowd boos ‘Uncle Sam’ because Uncle Sam is the one who raises taxes…only in Dundalk.
0915: I always see people I know along the route, one person I always look forward to seeing is my second grade teacher, Mrs. Shatz (pronouned Shots) and her husband. I also saw my high school librarian, Mrs. Kimos and her husband in the same spot. Oddly, they don’t know each other, other than from seeing each other at the parade each year.
0950: The rain starts but we are close to the end, just a light rain, but I’m not looking forward to running in the rain again. After walking the 3 mile parade route and started and stopping, I’m pretty tired.
1010: The parade is over we pack up the decoration from the vehicle and I walk back to the DRC and then home. During the parade I always make sure to shake every Veteran’s hand, at least those that are easily identifiable.
1025: I arrive back home, it started raining pretty hard so I had put on my Lululemon Pack-it jacket, during the walk.
1040: Make a sandwich and relax.
1050: Called my parents since forgot to call them back from earlier in the week.
1056: Catch up on DVR’d shows.
1245: Woke up from a nap, still don’t feel like running. My legs and feet are so tired after the last few days.
1319: Started my run, today was 6 miles at ‘race pace’ I wanted to run a little faster but I ran an 8 min pace. Around mile 3 I saw a truck that had a Confederate flag on it. It really bothers me that people fly that flag, on a day like today. Probably not for the reasons you think. I’ll write more about that in another blog.
1432: Walked to my friend’s party. (see earlier pic)
1526: Left party to eat at the Heritage Fair before my shift at Stouten’s snowball stand starts. I help them out every year.
1529: Arrive at the Heritage Fair, Phil lives pretty close and it is a quick walk.
1538: Ate two slices of really greasy pizza, thank goodness I ran. There isn’t much for vegetarians to eat at the fair. I did see a sign that said Veggies and got excited, but when I got closer I saw they were deep fried veggies, sort of defeats the purpose. Then again greasy pizza can’t be that healthy either.
1600: Start my 6 hour shift working at the snowball stand.
2000: You could hear what was suppose to be the big band called ‘Merica’. Only in America are we to lazy to pronounce America.
2200: Shift is over and my legs and feet are throbbing from being on them all day.
2213: Arrive home!
How did you spend your 4th of July? Happy Independence Day!!!
-Veggie Fueled Runner