Wednesday, June 19, 2013

San Diego Trip and Rock and Roll Half Marathon

Just a few weeks ago, Roger and I traveled to San Diego and finished our first Rock and Roll Half Marathon. We've completed many other half marathons, but not the "Rock and Roll" variety. Not only was it a lot of fun, but there were many, MANY people dressed up along the way. The most popular outfit was Elvis, and we saw an entire group (guys and girls) sporting their attire. Probably the most interesting outfit I saw was while waiting in the corral before the start. A guy, wearing only a loincloth and a crazy wig, stepped into my corral. He received quite a few looks from the crowd, along with some smiles and laughs. A few girls had their picture taken with him...which is now probably their profile picture on Facebook! I'm not sure if he ran the entire race, as he was also barefoot, but I did wonder. Also along the way, there were a couple of guys that were running while dribbling a basketball. One of them set a new world record...Doctor Dribble. He had planned on running the full, but took a wrong turn and ran the half instead. Doctor Dribble finished his half in 1:39:27. Wow!! 

Our pre-run photo...wearing our  "throw away" t-shirts.
The course was new this year and had many downhill glides, which I was incredibly grateful to arrive at, and a few places that were steep uphills. There was decent crowd support along the way and excellent water/gatorade stops every couple miles. It seemed to me that the event was well organized and I thought starting in waves at the beginning helped tremendously with crowd control. The one thing that baffled me was the lack of bands along the course. I've never participated in a rock and roll half or full before, but it seemed like there were few bands on the half course. I only remember seeing four from start to finish. However, at the end of the run they did have an awesome 80's band, The Psychedelic Furs. That was one AWESOME post run concert!! 

Post run concert with Psychedelic Furs....great music!!

We did many other things on our visit to San Diego....

We visited the Safari Park to feed the giraffes, see the baby hippo, and a herd of elephants. 

Saw the cutest baby panda ever at the zoo!
The Dolphin Safari....where we didn't see a single dolphin!! It was one of those rare days, and a major disappointment.

And of course....ran on the beach. Even accidentally ran onto a nude beach. Oops!  

We also did some hiking in Torrey Pines State Park, visited an actual Blick Art Store (yippee!!), and ate  at some really great restaurants. It was a fun trip that was over too quickly. I always miss the beach and the cool air when I get home. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Blog Challenge

As the school year has ended and summer begins,  I've decided to challenge myself to create a post at least once a week. I've always wanted to write more, but with the intensity of this school year and spring half marathon training, I've had little energy left for much else. I think this is a great time to begin this challenge and am looking forward to blogging every week.

Speaking of blogs, I recently visited Kelly Rae Roberts blog and read about two fun photography apps, Over and PicTapGo. On a whim, I bought both of them! It wasn't a huge splurge as they were a total of $3.00.  Soon after making my purchase I was experimenting with the apps. Below is a brief summary about each app and my results with each one.

Using the app, Over, you can add various types of text to your photos. I always wondered how everyone was getting text over their I know! (I'm probably late in learning this information!) With a wide range of fonts and color to choose from it can be a difficult decision. There is also an option to add artwork (like the small bird in the flower picture below).

San Diego Safari Park...the giraffe is very photogenic!

With PicTapGo, you can use many types of photo effects, layer filters, enhance with lens effects, vignettes...and so much more. In the picture below, I added text and artwork using the Over app. Then I opened PicTapGo and used it to enhance the color of the original photo using a filter.

Text and art (little birdie) were added using Over.

The filter "Equalize" was applied using PicTapGo.

I thought both apps were user friendly and had many features.  I'm sure there are a ton of photography apps out there, so if you come across one you love and would like to share it, please do!