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The HEART of it All....

The morning started off slow [for me, 'cause I try to get there as the starting gun is shot...but this time around I arrived early and had to stand around through the opening ceremonies  with a drone covering the live show, and the national anthem before I could get to walking the 5K designated route which equals a fraction over 3 miles. Finally, we're off. The morning was sunny, a slight ocean breeze blew in on us, keeping the body temps down a bit. Don't get me wrong...a paced walk with high humidity still gets you a'sweatin'!!!!


The crowd was phenomenal. The pledges were in, everyone was anxious and anticipating their time to completion. The last lap is climbing the 20 steep steps up to where the concessions stands are....one round about at the Houston Astros Farm Team's ballpark [What-a-burger Field]. which is easy slopes along the berm and stands, where it's shaded. But I get ahead of myself...


I have no idea how much was raised this year for heart/stroke research [the total numbers aren't posted yet], but in Texas alone, in 2018, the heart walks around the state raised a whopping 31 million dollars. I am hoping this year it will be more.  Just this ONE heart walk, in Corpus Christi, I'd estimate that there were 1000 to 1500 walkers [humans, baby carriages, and DOGS included] that was willing and able to attend.  Here are some  photos from the morning....


[the sting ray mascot in costume is Corpus Christi's Ice Hockey...the Ice Rays]

At the end, I stopped, rested, cooled down and replenished my electrolytes with water and banana before heading home, ready to call it a day.  By the way, my red ball cap has the American Heart Association logo and the word "survivor" on its bill.  Total this year was 8896 steps, time 1 hour and 6 minutes; which I added to the bottom of my blog page to compare previous years' walking time and distance in steps.






31 comments :

  1. Congratulations!! That is quite a distance in the humidity. Wow, there were a lot of people! You look so cute in that cap. And you look cool, calm, and collected.

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    1. I think this was one of the largest groups in the 3 yrs. I've attended.

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  2. Way to go and you beat last years time too. That's a huge crowd

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  3. Congrats, you did great! It is nice to see a big turnout. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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    1. Thanks Eileen. Enjoy your week with the grand-dogs!

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  4. Congratulations, Anni! Another year with lots of steps. I like your pretty hat and sunglasses. I wondered in the earlier pictures if that was you, and then I found out for sure! :-)

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  5. good job on making that walk in the heat and on the money raised. hope they got as much or more than last time... like your hat. i walked for one hour at the art walk in the village and it was so hot i had to give it up... sweat was stinging my eyes

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    1. Ya, you and I need some southern winter temps! Like NOW!

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  6. You sure did a great job - again - and look untouched in the last photo. Great going!! Love your sunglasses.

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    1. It's one of those athletic shirts that keeps you cool. It works wonders.

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  7. Congrats on completing the walk and in such good time. Such a good cause and wonderful seeing such great participation. Looking good in the red cap lady.
    That poor mascot though, he or she must have really suffered in the humidity.

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    1. I thought the same with the mascot!

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  8. Congrats to you and what an accomplishment!!!!!!!

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  9. That's a lot of steps in a short time! Congrats on a great finish!

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  10. Yay for you! That was a lot of steps and you still look good at the end!

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    1. I dressed for heat..and that helped some. Thanks Mari.

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  11. That's amazing to raise so much for this very worthwhile cause, you are amazing Anni. I applaud you :)

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    1. Thanks Denise. I really enjoy my time.

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  12. What a great event. It is heartwarming to see so many people talking part.

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    1. It was congested at first 'til most picked up their pace.

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  13. Oh my goodness...Anni well done on the 8,896 steps in just a smidgen over 1 hour!!
    I say round it off to 1 hour. Such a wonderful and most successful fundraiser.

    Hugs Cecilia
    PS thank you for your kind words on Kat and Pup...they are both very lucky were found wandering in rural GA by my friend and taken into the lap of luxury and no worries.

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    1. Kat & pup are a sweet duo!

      And thank you C! I love reading about bookoh bucks raised!

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  14. WTG, Anni! I don't know if I could stand the humidity/heat. And I used to work out in the weather all year long. But I was always out early in the heat and warmed with the day and it did not bother me.

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