Off to Sedona for the Half Marathon | Bird Pics from the Gilbert Wetlands

Tomorrow is the Sedona Half Marathon. It’s going to be a quick weekend trip to Sedona. We leave this evening and come back on Sunday.

It will be a training run for me and I am not looking forward to running in cold 45 degree (or lower) weather. Adding to the misery will be elevation (Sedona sits at 4,300 ft) and steep hills. I’m not exactly sure what pace I should expect but am going to try and run the race at a slightly-over-8-minute pace. I have not prepared a race plan and am not going to this time.

Hilly Elevation Profile at the Sedona Half Marathon

I have decided to wear my new Neon Saucony Kinvara (nicknamed Arigato) shoes. I will use these same shoes to run the Tokyo Marathon in 23 days. In Sedona, I will wear a pink visor (to support my client Pink Jeep Tours), a long sleeve tech shirt (not sure which one), my favorite blue Lululemon shorts and Zensah compression (orange most likely). Look for my post-race report next week.

Last weekend, we went to the Gilbert Riparian Habitat for some bird-watching. It’s a small but superb sanctuary for birds; I can’t believe that I have lived here for 15+ years and this is my first visit. It’s only half-an-hour from my house! Look at all these pictures that I took last weekend…

American Avocet
Northern Pintail
Great Egret (with a fish)
Black Necked Stilt (I call it the Tuxedo bird)
Belted Kingfisher – Female
Rock Squirrel (posing for me)

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