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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Arizona race day

Today was a big day marking the end of my 2014 race calendar and completing #40 of my 50 state challenge.  

It was a cold morning in the desert hovering in the upper 30s as we waited for the race to start.  But, after that it was 13.1 miles of flat highway on Route 77 with beautiful views of the mountains all around.  It was a great course and a nice way to end the year.  I finished in 1:42:17.

And now I look forward to Key West next month to kick off 2015.  It was a good year and I have a feeling it's going to be an even better 2015.

Up  next:  Key West, Florida

Sunset night before the race

The view at mile 10

#40 completed!

A busy 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Arizona arrival

It's nice going from upper 30s in DC to mid 70s here in Tucson.  The weather has been awesome since arrival.

I picked up my packet at the expo after I landed and then headed downtown to meet my buddy Mike to see the city.  Today I headed to Sabino Canyon to snap some photos before heading back to the hotel.

More pics tomorrow after the race.

En route to Tucson

View from my hotel balcony

All set

Sabino Canyon

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Indiana race weekend

It was a fun race weekend in Indianapolis.  I say that not only because Indianapolis was a nice city to visit but because I was accompanied by my brother in law Rich.  He flew in from NJ to join me and it was a lot of fun.

Race day was intense.  It started at 6:30 am with temps peaking only at 29 degrees.  By the time 8 am hit and the race started, it was only at 31.  It.  Was.  Cold.  Very cold.

However, the course was nice and flat with crowds all along the way.  The city really came out despite the cold weather and that many were probably still sleeping off Halloween.  I ended up finishing in 1:41:18 with a 7:44 pace.  I have Tucson coming up in a month and hope to shave off a minute to get me back in the 1:30s.

Many thanks to Rich for coming out and hopefully I'll have him accompany me again next year in Oklahoma City (already planning ahead).

Up next:  Arizona

A view of DC en route to Indianapolis

Rich and I after arrival to Indianapolis at RAM Restaurant

All set

7 am and 30 degrees but good to go!


Most intense Bloody Mary ever in my 50 state challenge
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indiana State House

Indiana sunset

A few drinks to cap the weekend at The Ball & Biscuit

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.


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


Women of Achievement Bridge

Pappajohn Sculpture Park