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McGuires 5k 2013

On March 9, 2013, Susan and I participated in our second McGuire’s 5k. This year almost DSC0106517,000 people registered. That was not counting all of the Marines that also ran in the event. Susan and I just walked the route with our friends. We actually came in last place. To the right is a photograph of us right before the race.

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Myrtle Beach Marathon

On February 16, 2013, I ran my fifth marathon. I met my friends, Bill, Melanie and DSC01010Shannon in Myrtle Beach. On Friday night, everyone had dinner at our condo, which was right on the Atlantic Ocean. The next morning (Saturday) was the marathon. Bill, Melanie, and I ran the full marathon. Shannon and one of Bill’s friend ran the half marathon. The weather was great for a marathon. Slightly windy with temps between the high 40s and the low 50s. I was able to set a new personal record of 3:49:48. That was almost five minutes faster than my previous best time, which was DSC01021set at Disney. Bill, Melanie and Shannon also did well. All finished with respective times in their┬árespective age group. Here is a photograph right before the race.

Before the race we researched silly signs for Susan to hold. We found a sign that said “Nipple chafing turns me on.” We knew that would be hilarious for the runners and spectators. Susan received a lot of compliments, even from the police at the race. Here is a photograph of Susan holding the sign on the course.

After the marathon we all met at a Thai Restaurant to refuel. After eating everyone went to the Beach Bar, which was by my condo. To top off the evening, it started snowing in Myrtle Beach! To the right is all of us right before we ate.DSC01041

We had a real nice time. Mom helped out a great deal. She booked the condo for Susan and I. Mom also cared for Brian and Aaron while they were away for the weekend.

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Disney Marathon Weekend

During the first weekend of January 2012, I completed the Goofy Challenge. The challenge consists of running a half marathon (13.1 miles) on Saturday, and then completing a marathon disneymarathon1(26.2 miles) on Sunday. Susan and the boys took a couple of days off of school and traveled down to Orlando with me. Also, our friend from the Army, Bill Kendall and his wife, Melanie, flew in from Maine to run in the marathon with me. On Friday, everyone visited the expo to pickup the running packets. The expo was held in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. It was very crowded, but well organized. On Friday evening everyone relaxed at the resort pool, which was heated. Mom was kind enough to set everyone up in an upscale condo for the weekend.

On Saturday morning, we departed the condo about 3:45 in the morning. Traffic was very heavy. I barely made it to his starting corral for the 5:35am start. Susan and the boys were able to see me at the start and at the finish line. I ran through Epcot and Magic Kingdom during the half marathon. I held back during the half marathon to reserve energy for the following day. I finished the half marathon in 1 hour, 55 minutes. After the half marathon, my thighs were a bit sore. I rested Saturday evening while carb loading. Sunday we decided to leave a little bit earlier. This time, I made it to my corral with plenty of time to spare. disneymarathon2Bill, Melanie, and I all started the race together. We ran almost the first mile together. I never saw Melanie again on the course. I saw Bill at a turnaround, near mile 21. The marathon course took us through Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and MGM Studios. I had thigh discomfort the entire marathon. I finished the marathon in 3 hours and 54 minutes, which was a new personal record for me.

I enjoyed completing the Goofy Challenge. After doing it once though, I have no desire to do it again. The course support was very good. Disney did a superb job of distracting runners from the pain of running 26 miles. My favorite sight was when he first entered Animal Kingdom. Several Disney employees lined the roadway with various animals. Birds, an owl, a lamb and a pig watched as crazy humans ran by them for hours. The photograph above was taken right before the full marathon. The photograph on the left is of me finishing the full marathon.

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Maine Marathon

On October 2, 2011, I ran my second marathon. The marathon was at Portland, Maine. Our friend, Bill Kendall, and his wife, Melanie, ran the marathon with me. This was Bill and Melanie’s mainemaraton1first marathon. The marathon was smaller than the New Orleans Marathon that I ran in March. This marathon sold out at 3,500 runners. The weather did not cooperate. It rained the entire run. I finished in four hours and 11 seconds. I had a goal of finishing before four hours. I did shave off 33 minutes from my previous marathon. Bill finished in four hours and three minutes and Melanie finished in four hours and 20 minutes. We all were very happy with our finishing times. Bill and I might race again in January at the Disney Marathon in Orlando, FL. The mainemaraton2photograph on the right is of the three runners right before departing for the race.

Susan and I flew to Maine alone. The boys stayed in Pensacola under the watchful eye of their grandmother. Before leaving Maine, Bill and Melanie took us to the Portland Head Light. Portland Head Light is a famous lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth. The photograph on the left is Susan and I near the lighthouse at Portland Head Light.

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Gulf Coast Half Marathon

On April 10, 2011, I ran in the Gulf Coast Half Marathon. The race was held on Pensacola gulfcoasthalfmarathonBeach. Four of my coworkers ran in the race with me. The weather was far from optimal running conditions. The temperature at the start was about 71 degrees, it was humid and it was foggy. Several people collapsed during the race. I watched one female collapse about mile 11. After the race, I got dizzy and was scared I was going to pass out too. I finished the race in 1:56:29. To the right is a photograph of me and my friends before the race. Check out the fog in the background.

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Mardi Gras Marathon

On February 13, 2011, I ran my first marathon (26.2 miles). I chose the Mardi Gras Marathon to be my first marathon. The marathon was held in New Orleans, LA, where my mommardigrasmarathon lives. I was able to con my mom into running the half marathon (13.1 miles). Susan and I stayed in a historic hotel, the Le Pavilion, near the French Quarter. The hotel was very nice. My niece, Nicole, drove from Montgomery to cheer me on. This was Nicole’s first time in New Orleans. Susan took some time on Saturday to show her around the French Quarter.

This was the largest run that I ever participated in. I was amazed at the expo. Mom got a gait analysis for the first time. She learned she was wearing the wrong type shoe. Brian and Aaron enjoyed playing the games at the expo. Both of the boys won Brooks pillow shoes and medals. The lower photograph is Brian and Aaron at the expo with some of their winnings.

mardigrasmarathon2The morning of the run, I walked to the start line from the hotel. UPS trucks took care of the gear check. I was in corral eight. Mom was in corral 22. Mike streamed his run via Runkeeper. Two of my friends and Susan watched my progress on the Internet. I was able to see Susan, Nicole, Brian and Aaron at the start, half way point and the finish line. At mile 15, I hit the dreaded wall and started to slow from a 8:30 pace. At mile 23, my calves cramped and I was unable to run for long periods. I alternated between walking and running during miles 23 through 25. At mile 25 I was able to pick up a slow pace all the way to the finish line. I finished in 4 hours and 33 minutes. I hoped to complete the marathon in four hours or less. Mom had knee pain around mile three. She completed the half marathon in 3 hours 23 minutes. Mom actually completed seven minutes earlier than she estimated she would.

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Mardi Gras 5k Run

On 02/11/12, Aaron and I ran in the Mardi Gras 5k fun run. The run benefited the Special mardigras5kOlympics. I decided to dress in Mardi Gras attire for the run. The run was unique as the route was entirely on a golf course. During the route, you looped some areas three times, which became confusing at times. In fact, I thought I was finished when I still had about a quarter of a mile to go. I ended up finishing fourth overall. I received a trophy and a gift certificate for a restaurant. Aaron ran pretty fast as well. In fact, near the end he passed his former P.E. teacher! Susan and Forrest cheered on the runners. Forrest wasn’t sure what to do with all of the attention.

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New Years 2011

New Years 2011 was our best New Years ever. On December 30, 2010, we traveled to Atlanta, GA. When we arrived in Atlanta, we checked into our hotel room and left immediately to meet two of newyears20111my cousins for dinner. We met Lisa and Tracy for pizza. We has not seen his two cousins in several years. It was nice catching up with Lisa and Tracy. We had a lot in common with them. Lisa is a marathon runner. I was training for a marathon. Tracy teaches school, so her and Susan compared their school districts. After dinner, we walked to the Georgia Aquarium. The purpose of our trip to Atlanta was to watch the Chick Fil A Bowl on New Years Eve. The aquarium was hosting a fan party the night before the game. The team’s cheerleaders were there. Our friends Dan and Sam met us at aquarium. We enjoyed the exhibits at the aquarium. Brian and Aaron liked the petting tank the most. On the right is a photograph of Brian and Aaron at the aquarium. After checking out the aquarium we went back to the hotel. The adults stayed up late playing cards.

On the following day we set out to find Susan a new hair iron. I broke the iron when he was newyears20112pulling luggage out of the trunk. We found a hair iron in downtown Atlanta. We even found a Moe’s to eat at. We then went to the Georgia Dome for the Chick Fil A Bowl. FSU was playing against South Carolina. This was our first bowl game. Before the game, they dropped a lot of cows from the ceiling. The cows parachuted down like the commercial. I caught one of the cows for Aaron. South Carolina was ranked higher than FSU. A lot of people expected SC to win. Florida State played an amazing game. FSU won 26-17. The photograph on the left is Susan and I before the game started.

The game ended a little before 11pm on New Years Eve. We walked from the Georgia Dome to Underground Atlanta. We wanted to watch the Peach Drop. When we got near the Peach Drop, the police had the roads blocked. We could not get near Underground Atlanta. A teenager was shot near the Peach Drop. We walked into a parking garage and was able to see the lighted peach. At midnight we watched the Peach Drop from a distance. Atlanta had a firework show that started after the Peach Drop. We couldn’t see the fireworks though. They were being lit from the top of the parking garage we were in. The New Years Eve celebration turned into a funny disaster. We decided to call it a night and walked back to the hotel, which was about another mile. The poor girls were in pain since both were wearing high heeled boots. At the hotel we realized we were hungry. We ordered take out Thai food, which was actually real good. After feeding our hunger, thenewyears20113 adults hung out in the hotel bar.

We left New Years day for home. We stopped in Montgomery to visit with Susan’s mom. Susan’s mom watched Wiggles for us. We decided to stay with Susan’s mom for a night at the last minute. The photograph on the right is Susan and her mom on New Years day.

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FSU v. BYU 2010

On September 18, 2010, we went to a Florida State football game. FSU was playing Bingham fsubyu2010Young University. Last year, FSU beat BYU when they were ranked number five. Several of our friends went to the game with us. We met most of them for some tailgaiting before the game. FSU won the game 34-10. Later that night, several of us went out to celebrate the win over BYU. Here is a photograph of Susan and I right before the game.

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Saints Championship Tour

On July 27, 2010, Susan brought Brian and Aaron to the Pensacola Civic Center. The Civic Center was hosting the New Orleans Saints Championship Tour. saintstourI had to work and was not able to make the tour. The Saints were showing of the Lombardi trophy after winning the Super Bowl. Here is a photograph of Brian and Aaron standing near the Lombardi Trophy. Notice the marine protecting the trophy.

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