Greetings from beautiful Newport!

As promised, here are the pictures from Newport and the Breakers Marathon. This is a view of Narragansett Bay from the Pell Bridge. The day was absolutely perfect: blue skies, steady breeze, brilliant sunshine. You can't make this up.

It was the end of the sailing season, but the harbor was full of sailboats. From the very back corner of the harbor, all you could see were masts going on forever.

As we drove the Marathon course we saw on this girl sitting on the seawall strumming a guitar watching the waves come in. The view from Ocean Ave is stunning normally, but that day, it was positively breath-taking.

Moving along Ocean Ave while scouting out the course we saw so many mansions. Each one was bigger and grander than the last. Since we were in the car and there was a line of traffic behind us we didn't want to stop for pictures, but wifey was able to snap this good one of a mansion on the coast.

The building on top of the green hill is St. George's Academy for Boys. Poor guys that got stuck there--I didn't see an all-girl school anyway on the island. You can't make out many of the academic buildings here, but they're all Medieval style like the cathedral tower in the center. To top it off, you could see a soccer game being play on the gran patch to the left of the tower. I think I like this picture so much because it reminds me of Hogwarts from Harry Potter.

Fast forward to race day. Can you see the starting line? No? Well neither could anyone else! No marking whatsoever even though this is shot is point straight at it (the road is immediately behind the wall of runners).

Here I am being cold:

And here I am pretending to ignore it and heading off to the starting line:

Four hours later this was me:

Only because 10 minutes earlier I had done this:

At breakfast--does 2pm count as breakfast?--I finished off the meal with an Awful Awful at the Newport Creamery. Sooooo deeeliiiiiiciiiiiooouuussss. Notice how I'm holding onto the cup for dear life.


KimsRunning said...

Nice pics! I'm from Cape Cod, I know how cold it is right now, especially on the coast.....brrrrrr. That's why we live in Florida now!

Great race, srod...thanks for the "home" view!

Jess said...

Greta pics! Looks beautiful there!

The Laminator said...

Awesome pictures, SRod.

I've actually been to Newport so I remember those sights well.

Loved the video of your finish! That's definitely a keepsake.

Marcy said...

OMG!!! There you are WITHOUT shades on! LOL Dude I think this is the first time I've seen your eyes ;-)

Great pics homie!

Nitmos said...

Good photos. I love the drained, defeated post race pictures. But you were not defeated, of course. You pretty much kicked the race's ass.

Amanda said...

Wow what a view, that's a great promo for the run!! Are you upchucking in that photo.. I hope not.

Laura said...

Gosh, I was thinking about doing the Cox Providence one in May for Rhode Island, but you just made Breakers look like a can't miss!

Michelle J said...

Nice pics dude!

You actually look really good in that last photo!!

I like!

Run For Life said...

Nice photos, the views look stunning! The milkshake picture is hilarious with the death grip you have on it, lol.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Awesome!! Thanks for the pics. What a fantastic PR. You must be ecstatic.