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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

In Their Shoes 5K - May 9, 2015

Running is great but it's always so much better when you can do it for a great cause.  "In Their Shoes" is a 5K to benefit Iraqi orphans.  Many thanks to my good friend Kristin for the invitation and introducing me to the Iraqi ambassador to the United States.  The entire morning was a memorable and great experience.

Group shot before race time with friends Kristin (right) and Andrea (left)

Ready to go
Pre race selfie with Andrea!

Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Lukman Faily crossing the finish line

Post race finish line shot with Ambassador Lukman Faily

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Oklahoma race day

Half marathon 42 done!

It was a nice morning today in Oklahoma City.  We saw cool temps and a huge crowd (both runners and spectators) for the 20th Oklahoma City Memorial marathon.  After a moment of silence for 168 seconds (for each person who died on the day of the bombing), it was race time.

The course was a bit hilly but not too hilly.  It took us through all neighborhoods of the city and the residents of OKC came out in full force.  I mean the crowds were really great.  

In the end I finished in 1:46.  I'm off for a couple months until June when I fly to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  I'm really looking forward to that one.

Until then ...

I snapped a couple shots of the memorial just before sunrise

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Oklahoma arrival

A very nice start to the weekend here in Oklahoma City.  I took in a number of the sites and 'must go to' spots for lunch.  The food has been delicious, weather perfect (85 and sunny today), and everyone I've met has been very nice.

Tomorrow is race day.  More pics to come along with race details.  

Hello, Oklahoma

The right way to start the weekend .. at Nic's Grill

Walking through Bricktown neighborhood


All set for race day

Took a drive to Lake Hefner

Back Door BBQ for lunch

Oklahoma State Capitol Building

Oklahoma National Memorial

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Florida - Key West - last day

Today we left Key West and I am now back in wintery DC.  However, before we left for Miami we were sure to stop by the Southernmost point of the US for a few pictures.

In Miami we stopped by the beach and then had a late lunch at The Front Porch Cafe. From there it was on to the airport.

This was a great five days with family and now I take a break from travel until April when I fly to Oklahoma City for #42.

More pics to come in April.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Florida - Key West - day 5

Today is our last day in Key West before driving back to Miami tomorrow.  We got in some beach time in this morning after breakfast at Southernmost Beach Cafe.

Stephanie and Anna then decided they wanted to para sail (I passed) so we went back down to the seaport to hit the waters.  Maria was a little nervous. She's not a big fan of boats but she got on nonetheless.  You couldn't have asked for a better day out on the water.  It was a beautiful day.

Tomorrow we head to Miami early to try to meet up with my cousin Francisco for an early dinner before our 9 pm flight.

More pics to come ...

The view from breakfast this morning at Southernmost Beach Cafe

Waiting to board for Stephanie and Anna to do some parasailing

Heading out ...

And up they go ...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Florida - Key West - day 4

An absolutely beautiful course today.  A six mile stretch of the race took us along the coast line where at 7 am all you're seeing is ocean and sunrise.  It was great and took your mind off running for six miles as you took in the incredible views.  I even stopped at mile five to snap a picture.

I finished in 1:48:35 placing 177 overall (total race participants was just shy of 3,000).  My sister, brother-in-law, niece and friend were all at the finish line (and start) to cheer me in.  It was a great race.

Afterwards we headed to Havana Key West for brunch (and traditional Bloody Mary shot) before heading back to the cottage to prep for jet skiing.

We finished the day with dinner at Southernmost Beach Cafe & Bar.  It's a beachfront open air cafe that also happens to be the most southern restaurant in the United States, just 90 miles from Cuba.

A fun day with one more tomorrow before heading back to Miami on Tuesday.

More pics to come ...

Ready to go

Pre race snap with my cheering section

The view at mile 5

Finish line

Bloody Mary time at Havana Key West

Jet skiing preview

Ready to jet ski

Dinner at the most southern restaurant in the US - just 90 miles to Cuba