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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