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April 2017

Memphis 13.1

7-8 April 2017

sunny 75 °F

Ok, so I lied on the last post.....I had ONE more mini trip before deployment. I had a surprise day off on Friday and as we were walking Emma we decided why not jet down to Memphis and do the 13.1 Race on Saturday morning.

So we did. The Marriott credit card we had just gave us a free night so we stayed right in town for the price of parking the car....$24 :(

Bardog was our pick for dinner because the menu looked good and it was really close. The manager started talking to us and gave us some good recommendations. He kept telling us how they have been voted one of the top restaurants in Memphis and they aren't even really a restaurant.

I liked their bar and the comment on the right of the picture that alcohol actually IS a solution.
I got the meatball hoagie made with Grandmas famous recipe. The manager was telling us the owner and thus the Grandma are Sicilian.
This sign for Piggly Wiggly was right outside our hotel and I thought it was pretty interesting that they were the first store to let people pick out their own groceries!
The race on Saturday started by the Mississippi and went past the giant Bass Pro Shop (the triangular building). It used to be where the basketball team played but is now a store!
It also went right down Beale Street although it wasn't as active at 8:00 in the morning as it usually is :)
The medal was a neat yellow guitar and pizza was at the finish. Just the thing we needed before driving home.

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Run the Bluegrass

31 March to 1 April

overcast 50 °F

A one night turn around is all we had after Costa Rica before we were driving to Lexington, Kentucky for the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon. Being true to myself I was trying to squeeze in one more run before leaving for Kuwait. I knew I loved Lexington and hadn't done one in Kentucky so I figured this one would be great. It is advertised as being the prettiest half marathon in the US.

The whole race experience was really first class. The Expo and start/finish were at Keeneland race track. The expo had tons of choices all in royal blue of Kentucky. They also had a big fake frame where you could get your picture with Lex. Lexington was a alive from 1850-1875 and was groundbreakingly fast for his time. He led to the mass development of the stopwatch and sired 236 winning sons and daughters. He is now immortalized in "Kentucky Blue" as the offical city logo.
He also shows up on the finishers medal for this year.
We ended up staying in Frankfurt, KY at a Best Western we had gift cards for. It was about 20 minutes from Keeneland and the BW has to be one of the most pretty I have seen. I looks like it belongs in horse country. Carb loading was at Da Vinci's a relatively new but local pizza joint where I had baked lasagna and Curt had chicken parm. We split the greatest apple pie dessert pizza I have ever tasted.

Race morning actually doesn't start all that early with a start of 0900. They play the call to post at the start for runners, the same as they do for the horses. Before long we are off and running 13 miles almost exclusively through beautiful horse farms. There aren't many horses hanging their heads over the fence waiting for pictures but it was still pretty.
The finish keeps the excellence going by giving me the choice of a banana or...DONUT!!!! They give a nice bag of goodies and beer tickets from a local brewery if you so chose. All together it is one of my favorite races and my 13th half marathon state.

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