Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

Nothing says Summer Lovin’ like a hot, steamy night with an electric storm on the horizon.

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Mcwilliams Boat Ramp, Vero Beach, 7/26/14

I snapped these pics at the McWilliams Park Boat Ramp while waiting for my friend Ivana to start her first ever road race…at age 70!

Shortly after her son died (unexpectedly) last December, Ivana began walking 3-4x per week to manage her sadness and stress levels.  Before too long, walking turned to jogging and the goal became training hard enough to compete in a marathon by 2015. Go Ivana! 🙂

Last night’s run was a family event to benefit the Vero Beach High School Cross Country team. Participants included kids as young as 6, and men well into their 80s, but Ivana was the sole entrant in the Women ages 70-75 category. 🙂

After a brief lightning delay, the starting gun and cheerleaders kicked things off:

32mins later, Ivana crossed the finish line with a time that marked her personal best. I wish I’d gotten clearer pictures, but dusk was rapidly falling.

The event finished with a traditional Summer lovin’ menu of Southern Pulled Pork, cole slaw and watermelon. Yum!20140726_200915

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Until next time….

PS:  Did it irk anyone else that WP left the “g” off the end of loving?  Arrrggghhhh!  I cringed every time I had to type that hokey spelling!

🙂 🙂 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

  1. The advantage of being the only entrant in your age bracket is that you usually take 1st. Congratulations to Ivana for a job well done and good on you for supporting her!

  2. Great effort for Ivana. She looks to be in pretty good shape.
    Congrats on your first race Ivana and your time is great. Hope you will continue and that you will be able to run in the 2015 Marathon. Keep it up!

  3. Summer loving … age 70 and she is up to a marathon… now I’m embarrassed at my own inability to tackle such a battle…. kudos to her… and I loved the photos…

    • Yes it really is something, isn’t it? Her son passed two weeks before Christmas. I’d probably still be in bed with the covers over my head.
      She started walking–strictly for solace–in the Lagoon Greenway across from her house…it’s very peaceful there (until the alligators took it over this past spring) and she felt closer to her son in nature. After awhile, she realized she was completing the 3mile trail much quicker than before so thought “maybe I should jog.” A few months later the trail wasn’t enough of a challenge and the alligators were getting a bit overwhelming so she started running over the bridge and back: you can see the bridge in the background of the first photo. EGADS that is one tough incline!
      I give her so much credit…Amazing woman, all around!

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