Georgia or Vegas – either location keeps me on my 100 marathon path.

Two/three marathons a month (Jan-June, Sept-Oct), only one in July & August (attitude climbing both months).  Running consistent, training hard, on track for Dublin/October 29th.  Set a goal, visualize/see yourself there, make it happen.

Friday morning flight to Atlanta – chose Georgia, same day bib pick-up, AFB run location.  LOVE our country & any experience which supports our Armed Forces.  PLUS travelled to Hoover Dam just last month (Vegas run option).

Flight delay in Charlotte, didn’t ATL jet-bridge ‘til almost 7pm.  2 hour drive to Macon, quick shuteye, early a.m. start.

Much of the South was coated in ice just a week ago.  Many marathon friends were disappointed when Mississippi Blues cancelled their annual event.  6 days later – what a difference!  Gonna be a warm one today, high would top 80 degrees.

2 laps, 13.1 mile course = marathon medal #80.  Unexpected marathon delay…didn’t actually start running ‘til almost 9.  Sun already high.  Yep, gonna cook today.  Both of my 2017 winter runs have been crazy warm & balmy.

2 miles thru housing & base training facilities, short wooded trek, then 3 miles of open-space…ran parallel to the Base air strip.  Hefty hill at mile 10, popped up into a manicured golf course, easy rolling hills – one lap complete.

Second lap: started slow, stayed slow.  Walked in Florida 2 weeks ago, a steady jog would be momentum-building from last race.  ALSO, no meds – neither pain nor nausea pills (purposely didn’t pack either).  Ground heating up, air strip rotation ahead: no trees.

Watched participants shed their shirts.  Always been too self conscious to race shirtless.  NO more.

Pushed up the course’s one sizeable hill (now mile 23) & slogged to the Finish.  Zapped, always struggle in heat, breathing’s all over the place.  Not a great finish, but improved 20 minutes on 2017’s first marathon.

3 week break ‘til my next 26.2 mile trek…legs getting stronger, no more gutting thru 26.2.


Museum of Aviation Marathon

Warner Robins, GA



MOA Marathon Results


38        K R  Haga       4:54:47


Hotel shower & a swanky nite in Hotlanta.  Dinner at the Livingston, Marriott upper-floor stay (glass elevator ride UP).  Lazy Sunday morning start, pricey a.m. breakfast, afternoon flight home.

Next weekend: snow hiking in Staunton State Park 🙂



Marathoning, raw oysters, Frida Kahlo – and college football.  Agreed, all seemingly unrelated…but what a FUN start to 2017!

Lazy morning, 2 ½ mile bridge run (‘cause every day’s a run day), beach & breakfast.  That was my day before noon, quick shower & a change of clothes kicked off Jan 2nd Part 2.

Been to a few college football games – but never a Bowl game.  New Year, new adventure.  Purchased tickets late last Fall – while prices were reasonable, but still only Big Ten vs SEC…no idea which teams would finish strong & represent post-season.

Hotel check-out, hour drive to Tampa: today’s Outback Bowl played at Raymond James Stadium, NFL home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Haven’t been to a pro game YET, but this already my 6th stadium (Denver, Indianapolis, Seattle, Baltimore & Carolina)…lotta sightseeing marathoning the USA.

Mid-80’s, high beams & humidity…winter in “the Sunshine State”. LOL>  Slathered on sun block, borrowed a pair of shades & settled into an already in-progress game (slow to leave the beach this morning 🙂 ).  Iowa vs Florida: Tough day for the Hawkeyes, playing the local University team.  Chomp, chomp, chomp – fans with outstretched arms made the gator gesture…often.

Iowa trailed from the Start, double-digit hole by half-time, lost the game by 30.  My first Bowl game – not a close one.  Colorado home by 10pm, returned to bitter wind & snow.  New Year, new adventures…but always good to be home.  LOVE LOVE my Colorado life.



the Outback Bowl


Florida smashes Iowa in Outback Bowl, 30-3


AP Published 5:04 p.m. ET Jan. 2, 2017 | Updated 8:16 p.m. ET Jan. 2, 2017


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Austin Appleby threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns, helping Florida end a two-game losing streak with a 30-3 rout of Iowa in the Outback Bowl on Monday.


Mark Thompson scored on an 85-yard pass play in the first half and Appleby, a graduate transfer who spent the past four seasons at Purdue, tossed a 6-yard TD pass to DeAndre Goolsby to break the game open late in the third quarter. Chauncey Gardner, Jr., returned the first of his two fourth-quarter interceptions 58 yards for a 24-3 lead.


Florida (9-4) rebounded from lopsided losses to archrival Florida State and No. 1 Alabama, scoring more points on Iowa (8-5) than the Hawkeyes allowed to Michigan, Illinois and Nebraska combined while ending the regular season on a three-game winning streak.




The exhibit is an intriguing exploration of the life of Kahlo, her striking artwork and her fascinating psyche. Together with the exclusive photographs of family, friends and lovers, the exhibition gives a complete view of Kahlo’s world, along with the joys, passions and obsessions of this remarkable artist.


“With her dreamlike images, Kahlo has stirred huge public interest beyond the traditional art audience. In a way, Kahlo created a persona that serves as a contemporary feminine ideal – both tender and fierce,” says Dali Museum Executive Director, Dr. Hank Hine. “Much like Dali, she constructed an eccentric identity through the iconography in her paintings and then dressed and carried herself as the personality she created in her art. Painting by painting, she becomes a heroic figure of struggle and perseverance.”


In addition to some lazy beach lounging, drove to neighboring St. Pete & visited the Dalí Museum.  Deciding factor?  Frida Kahlo.  Hard to explain my life-long attraction.  Frida was a Communist, I an American imperialist – proud of our nation’s growth, our need to push forward, move boundaries, explore, expand, invent.

Kahlo was shocking but real, honest to her character, comfortable in her own skin.

Started with a 20-30 minute film, a brief explanation of her life & work.  Wore headphones briefly; began a self-guided tour provided by the Museum.  Two paintings in – unplugged, no longer interested in hearing what I was supposed to see & feel.  Sat, stood, stared, reflected, soaked in…natural emotion.

Kahlo’s work is raw – it provokes emotion.

Common trait?  We draw strength, passion from our topography.  Casa Azul, her ‘Blue House’.  The Rockies, my Colorado home.

Thankful Frida Kahlo’s work exists today.  60 years after her death, it still sparks discussion, it still evokes thought.


AND I walked the halls & toured Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí’s art…for whom the museum is named.  From the photos posted below, I did more than just ‘tour’ Dalí’s pieces.  I truly appreciated the experience…but I came to see Frida.




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