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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Iowa race day

It was a great morning for a marathon (or half in my case).  At 7 am it was cool with temps in the low 40s.  The sun was just starting to come out and would soon end up being a very sunny day.

The course was flat and the residents of Des Moines came out in abundance.  I managed to cross the finish line in 1:41:32.  I'm happy with that time considering I have not trained for a couple weeks due to a hectic work schedule.  Indianapolis is up in a couple weeks and I'll try to get that time back to the 1:30s.

Enjoy the pics.

Up next:  Indiana


Ready to go

Finish line shot for #38


The obligatory post race Bloody Mary shot




Iowa arrival

I landed in Des Moines a bit late on Friday so held off on most of my sightseeing for the following day.

Saturday consisted of picking up my race packet followed by a nice tour of the city.  I went to see the State Capitol Building (a beautiful building), took a stroll through East Village, walked the Riverwalk, crossed the Women of Achievement Bridge, and visited the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Des Moines is a very nice city and the weather cooperated nicely with what started as a pretty cloudy day.

I ended the day with a nice Italian dinner at Cosi Cucina Italian Grill.  I don't know if I was just really hungry but that meal was one of the best meals I've had on my many trips.  Absolutely delicious.  I snapped a nice pic to show it off.

Enjoy.


En route to Des Moines


View of downtown Des Moines from my hotel


Delicious ham and cheese skillet at Waveland Cafe


All set

A walk though East Village




State 'Capitol Building



Riverwalk



Women of Achievement Bridge







Pappajohn Sculpture Park



Bliss

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Nebraska race day

It was a great race day today in Omaha.  We had cool morning temps, a relatively flat course, and great crowds.  The ending of the race came as a surprise to me (I didn't research this course map much) as we ended up turning into Ameritrade Park Stadium for the final loop before crossing the finish line.  That was pretty cool.

I ended up crossing the finish line in 1:45:13 (unofficial time).  I was pushing for a 1:40 finish but it's OK as it'll just leave me to train harder for my next race (Iowa next month).

This was a fun weekend in Nebraska.  It puts me at 37 completed half marathons/states with three left for 2014.

So stay tuned ...

Up next:  Des Moines, Iowa


6:30 am sunrise before race start

One loop around TD Ameritrade Park before crossing the finish


Almost there

Finish line shot


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Nebraska day 2

I spent day 2 in Omaha at the Henry Doorly Zoo and let me say it was pretty awesome.  I've been to a number of zoos but nothing really compares.  It was great.  I'll let the pics speak for themselves.

In addition I picked up my race packet for tomorrow so I'm all set.  More pics to come!

An early morning stroll through Old Market


Set for tomorrow