CT /RI DOUBLE THE PEOPLE , PLACE AND THE PACE

 
 
“THREE THINGS IN LIFE ARE IMPORTANT:
THE FIRST IS TO BE KIND;
THE SECOND IS TO BE KIND;
 THE THIRD IS TO BE KIND.” 
 
  -HENRY JAMES





THIS GREAT TRIP TO THE NORTHEAST FOR A FANTASTIC FALL WEEKEND OF RUNNING HAD AN OVERWHELMING THEME RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE, IT WAS KINDNESS FROM DOOR TO DOOR. 

 FIRST, MARY AT THE TAMPA AIRPORT GRACIOUSLY REROUTED MY TRAVEL TO  RHODE ISLAND VIA CHICAGO INSTEAD OF NEWARK  (WEATHER) TO AVOID A NIGHT ON THE FLOOR AT THE LESS THAN LOVELY NEWARK AIRPORT. THANK YOU MARY, SHE MULTI TASKED, POUNDED THAT KEYBOARD AND I WAS ABLE TO MAKE IT TO PROVIDENCE AS SCHEDULED. 

 

 

UPON ARRIVAL AT THE THURSDAY HOTEL, THE EXPERIMENT WITH SOME NOT QUITE 100% FOLKS WAS NOT WORKING  AND IT TOOK 4 TRIPS TO THE LOBBY TO GET A FUNCTIONAL KEY. THE NEXT MORNING AFTER AN IMPROMPTU   CHAT WITH  MANAGER JAY, I GOT COMPED FOR THE NIGHT. YAY HAMPTON WARWICK.

 
 
NAN AND JAY
 
 
AFTER A LOVELY DRIVE TO HARTFORD CT ENJOYING THE  PERFECT COLORS (SEE ABOVE)
I GOT A SUPER EARLY CHECK IN AT HARTFORD.
THANK YOU LADIES (HAMPTON)…. AND THEY ARE NOT PAYING ME)

 
 
THE STATE CAPITOL IN HARTFORD IS STUNNING. 
 THEY HAD A CONSTITUTION  IN 1639 THAT THE USA FOUNDERS COPIED 140 YRS LATER.

 
 
 

 
 
 
THE CONSTITUTION GOT HIDDEN IN A BIG OAK TREE TO SAVE IT DURING AN EARLY CONFLICT, AND THE CARVING IS FROM THAT TREE.
SO APPARENTLY THERE WAS A GROUP OF FOUNDERS BEFORE THE 1776 FELLOWS THAT HAD SOME GREAT GOVERNMENT GOING ON IN CT.
THERE WAS ALSO A COT DISPLAYED  FROM THAT DAY THAT BELONGED TO GENERAL LAFAYETTE.   IT WAS 2 CANVAS STRIPS LASHED TOGETHER WITH A LEATHER STRING. THE STRING WAS TIGHTENED TO MAKE A COMFY BED, HENCE THE EXPRESSION: SLEEP TIGHT.
 
THE REUNION OF THE 50 STATERS FEATURED LOTS OF FOLKS GETTING THEIR 50 STATE FINISH AWARD.
HERE IS DENIS MCCARTHY GETTING HIS ROUND 2…. AND HE DID 30 STATES IN ONE YEAR.
IMPRESSIVE

 
 
STEVE AND PAULA BOONE AND THE SOCK MONKEY  KEEP THE 50 STATE CLUB RUNNING AND THEY ARE
SO APPRECIATED






 
 
DAVE BELL DOES A GREAT JOB RUNNING THE CLUB, KEEPING TABS ON ALL THE FOLKS AND IS AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FACTS, GEOGRAPHY AND EVERYTHING RELATED TO MARATHONS.  THE ONLY TIME I EVER SAW HIM CRABBY WAS WHEN HE WANTED TO TOSS SOME COOKIES AFTER THE RACE  IN  COLORADO SPRINGS. HE RAN THE 50 STATES  BOOTH FOR 2 DAYS IN HARTFORD AND RAN 2 GREAT RACES AND KEEPS THE PARTY GOING.
I BELIEVE THIS GAL WAS ABOUT TO FINISH HER STATES.
 
OH YES THE SOCIAL CHAIR OF THE 50 STATES  THAT WOULD BE DENIS THE IRISHMAN FROM ST LOUIS.  WE MET   IN JULY IN MT AT MILE 23 , RAN IN COLORADO AND HAD  MORE MILES  IN CT AND RI.

 
BEFORE DAY 2

AFTER DAY 2  WITH A HAPPY  FIRST TIMER FROM CHINA !
 
THE ROUTE IN HARTFORD WAS GLORIOUS, THERE WAS A BIG FIELD AND THE RACE WAS VERY WELL PUT TOGETHER.

THE FINISH LINE -POSED ON FRIDAY

THE GANG SATURDAY MORNING

 

 
I RAN WITH MARSHA WHO DROVE FROM TEXAS, WE  MET IN MISSISSIPPI AND VARIOUS OTHER STATES. WE WERE YAKKING UP A STORM AND SOMEHOW GOT AHEAD OF THE 5 HR PACE  -WHOA NELLIE, PULL BACK THOSE  REINS
MARSHA FROM DALLAS

 
AND YES THOSE ARE  PEOPLE ON OLD FASHIONED BIKES

 
AND AN OLD  TOBACCO BARN. THE SLATS ROTATE TO LET AIR IN.
THESE ARE REALLY OLD.

 
 

THE GLORY MILES

 

 
FINISH AT HARTFORD
 
THIS GAL DOES MARATHON WEEKEND  DOUBLES WITH HER PAL AS A GIRL’S GETAWAY WEEKEND. HER FATHER IS A  REAL HATFIELD FROM THE MCCOYS. YES WE ARE GOING TO THAT MARATHON IN JUNE- YE HAW.
AN APPALACHIAN WEEKEND IS ON THE CALENDAR.
 
THE LAST 100 YDS OF HARTFORD I WAS SO HAPPY TO BE RUNNING A BIT FASTER AND REALIZED IN A BIG WAY THAT COMPLETION OF THE STATES IS GETTING VERY CLOSE.  I WAS A LITTLE WEEPY.
 
AFTER A GRILLED CHEESE, TOMATO SOUP- OH IT HIT THE SPOT- AND A LOST PHONE THAT WAS QUICKLY   FOUND,  DENIS AND I  HEADED OFF ON SOME LOVELY BACK ROADS TO NEWPORT RHODE ISLAND.  PACKET PICK UP NUMBER 2, CHECK.
 
HERE IS THE OCEAN AT NEWPORT.   THE WAVES HAD A PURPLE HUE, A LOCAL SAID IT WAS THE  SEAWEED.
 
AFTER MEETING KATE THE CELEBRITY FROM THE T REX BLOG AT A GREAT DINNER, IT WAS TIME TO PIN ON ANOTHER NUMBER AND REST UP TO DO IT AGAIN.
 
HERE IS THE GANG SUNDAY MORNING READY TO RUN AGAIN
 

 
CHERYL B  FROM IL,  WE  RAN THE STRIP IN VEGAS AT NIGHT IN 2011 , THE BELLAGIO PUT ON A SHOW JUST FOR US
WE  SAW ELVIS,  AND KEPT  RUNNING. 

 
 
THE ROUTE WAS STUNNING,  ALONG THE OCEAN WITH SOME HUGE OLD MANSIONS AND A BEAUTIFUL-COLLEGE- SALVE REGINA, JUST LIKE THE WHOOPI GOLDBERG SONG

TROY AND CATHY (71 YRS YOUNG) FROM RED BOIL TN AND DAGMAR FROM COLORADO SPRINGS

BILL O FROM BRADENTON RUNNING CLUB  OF ALL PLACES !

 

A COTTAGE

 
  PASS THE PEPTO BISMAL
 
I DID HAVE A CHANCE TO FINISH WITH THE MOST MARATHONS WORLD RECORD HOLDER LARRY MACON. WHAT A  THRILL.   NO PICS OF LARRY HE SPRINTED ALL THE WAY TO THE AIRPORT FOR AN EARLY FLIGHT.
 
 

 


 
  JUST  5 TO GO. OH YES
45TH STATE=CHECK.
 NEXT STOP IS PLYMOUTH ROCK MASS. THE MILES STANDISH MARATHON-IN NOVEMBER
****public apology- this is wrong. i forgot about maryland.  so sorry terrapins.
this was 44, 6 to go. how ambarassing.
  
 
THE ONE UNIVERSAL IN MY LITTLE ATHLETIC  WORLD IS ….THE SHOWER IS ALWAYS THE BEST PART, AND THANKS TO MIKE AT THE YMCA OUR STINKY CLAN  HAD  A GREAT CLEAN UP BEFORE HEADING OFF TO THE AIRPORT.
 
MIKE
 
ONE OF THE MYSTERIES OF THE NORTHEAST TO ME IS THAT EVEN THOUGH THE FOLKS HAVE BEEN THERE FOR 400 YRS IT IS STILL  VERY RURAL -THERE IS GREEN SPACE, FOREST AND ROOM TO BREATHE.  SO REMARKABLE AND PASTORAL.  CHICAGO  PLEASE TAKE NOTES.
 
A SHOUT OUT OF THANKS FOR  THE KINDNESS OF THOSE THAT GIVE US THE TIME OFF TO GO OUT  AND  RUN, THOSE THAT HELP US GET THERE, ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE ARE BLIPS, FOR   A CLEAN QUIET PLACE TO SLEEP,  AND SOME GOOD  FOOD TO KEEP GOING.  THE SAINTS THAT HOST  A MARATHON OR TWO  EVERY WEEKEND OF THE YEAR IN SOME  PLACE ON THE MAP YOUR PLACE IN HEAVEN IS A LITTLE BIGGER.
 
 
WHEN I STARTED CHECKING OFF MARATHONS IN STATES 3 YEARS AGO, IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE PACE AND  RANK.  THEN THE UNIQUE FEATURES, SIGHTS  OF THE PLACE  BECAME A PRIORITY AND MOST IMPORTANT.
 
AT THIS POINT THE PEOPLE ARE BY FAR  THE BEST PART OF THE TRIP AND IT IS TERRIFIC TO SEE FAMILIAR FOLKS AND MEET NEW ONES.
 
 PEOPLE ARE VERY  KIND EVERYWHERE AND MANY ARE WILLING TO GO OUT OF THE WAY WITH  A HELPING HAND ON THE 50 STATE JOURNEY.  NOTHING IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT KINDNESS FROM  EACH OTHER.  NOTHING.
WE CAN  PAY IT FORWARD  AND IT  WILL BECOME SO MUCH MORE.
 
HOW ABOUT THOSE  FAMILIES AND  SPOUSES AND NEIGHBORS  KEEPING THE LIGHT ON AT HOME ? ANYONE  WHO IS  ASSOCIATED WITH THIS QUEST  THAT CONSUMES OUR TIME, TALENTS AND ENERGY. 
 THANK YOU.     ALL.    BACK HOME     AND ON THE ROAD.

 DEBBIE M.

 


 
NEXT STOP FOR OUR FAMILY IS THE HALLOWEEN HALFATHON OUT AT SPOOKY FT DESOTO.  WE HAVE OUR HALLOWEEN NANDANNAS READY. 
 
IF YOU ARE A BANDANNA, I MEAN NANDANNA FAN LET ME KNOW A POSTAL  AND YOURS WILL BE ON THE WAY. I AM SPREADING KINDNESS THRU THE 50 STATES ONE NANDANNA  AT A TIME.  WITH TONS OF HELP FROM THE SEAMSTRESS EXTRAORDINAIRE SUE S.
 
THE EVERYDAY KINDNESS OF THE BACK ROADS MORE THAN MAKES UP FOR THE ACTS OF GREED IN THE HEADLINES.
 
CHARLES KURALT
 
 
LOVE TO ALL,
DARE TO DREAM BIG
FONDLY,
NW
 


 

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