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these predawn runs have introduced me to whole new variety of local wildlife down by lake merritt.

i was already acquainted with the various birds that hang out there, but i’m learning a lot about stray dogs, rats and creepy guys just kind of standing around individually or in small groups near one of the public restrooms.

i bet it looks hilarious when i jump like a frightened schoolgirl every time a rat bolts across my path.

it’s worth it though, i have the whole day ahead of me once i’m done and i get to see stuff like this to start the day:



Just Announced!


Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving Day
8:00 AM
Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

You’re invited to join Jeff and I as we host the inaugural Chengenheimer Friendsgiving 5k at Lake Merritt! Kick off the Holiday season with friends and burn some calories while you’re at it! Runners, joggers, walkers and strollers are welcome.

We’ll meet under the pergola at the lake located on Embarcadero:

599 El Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94610

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Event starts promptly at 8 AM, so please arrive around 7:45 AM to warm-up or just ’cause you love seeing us.

FREE event! Post-race snacks will be provided.

Please feel free to invite your friends and family.


First Run, Dawn Patrol

First Grateful Tread run is in the can.  Did a loop around Lake Merritt as the sun was coming up.  It was cold, lungs hurt, but my legs felt OK.  Lookin’ forward to getting better at this.