Sunday, January 17, 2016

COOL DRY AND SUNNY

Today was a much better day, weather-wise, than YESTERDAY and would have been a better day to go to the farm...but today was also the running of the annual CHEVRON HOUSTON MARATHON.  

Chevron Houston Marathon finish line
No, we weren't in it, LOL, but since we've moved, we now live in the MIDDLE of it.  The starting line is a block over on one side of our building, and the finish line is right on the other side.  So needless to say, traffic is an issue with all the roads closed all over downtown.  Most residents say they just plan around it and stay in and since 2nd Man is sick, and I'm just getting over it, we stayed in.  

Still, it was fun to watch and cheer them on.  It's not farm life, but I thought I'd share a few pics anyway.

Houston Marathon final few hundred yards
This is the view from the balcony, the road to the finish line just a few hundred yards away.  Here, they divide the road into two, all the people on the right side in this photo are finishing up the half marathon, the other lane is for those finishing the full marathon.

Gebo Burka 
These are photos I took of the marathon winner as he ran past the building...

Gebo Burka wins the Houston Marathon
...and here he is running the last few hundred feet to the finish line.  His name is Gebo Burka and he ran the full marathon in 2 hrs 10 mins 54 secs.

TWENTY SIX MILES in a little over 2 hours.  Amazing that the human body can do that.  Well, not THIS one that's for sure!

Houston Co-Cathedral
While I was out taking photos, I took a few extra since I had the telephoto lens on.  Above is Houston's Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, opened just a few years ago.  It's a contemporary take on a Cathedral and I've been told it is beautiful inside, we will have to check that out sometime. 


Above is view toward the North, some classic old buildings mixed with the new high-right buildings.  We're enjoying living in downtown, it's a nice contradiction to our farm views and will get us our fill of urban life while we get things ready at the farm.  


It will DEFINITELY feel like a vacation when we go out on weekends and trade the downtown views for these views...



16 comments:

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i keep trying to convince myself that i have one last marathon left in me!

anne marie in philly said...

interesting and growing city. but I like the green of the farm better. BOTH of you get well soon!

Practical Parsimony said...

I remember Roger Bannister's four-minute mile. I guess that is the correct spelling.

The area where I live in residential, but three blocks from here is a park, pavilion and many festivals are held. It is a problem getting out of the neighborhood. Last summer there were seven festivals in a row!

Colleen said...

Great Photos. Takes lots and lots of training to run in marathons. I'm stiff and sore just thinking abt it.
On our menu for today; Italian Bowtie Soup. No bowtie pasta in pantry so will be using other.
It's 37deg @ 2;00am

Texas Rose said...

Great views of the happenings in downtown! You have front-row seats in the comfort of your home.
Wow - what a contrast between the downtown pictures - gray and white - and the farm picture - GREEN!
You have the best of both worlds right now.
Hope both you and 2nd Man get well soon.

Delores said...

Feel better soon, the both of you. I'm liking the farm shots the best.

Anke said...

Holy smokes that's fast!! It takes me longer to do a half...

1st Man said...

I keep trying to convince myself that I have ANY marathon in me, LOL! ;-)

1st Man said...

Amen to that!! It's a beautiful downtown and we are really enjoying living in the middle of it but yeah, green is what we need. Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

We have a park on the other side of us, a beautiful one, I'll get pics soon. But yeah, when there are events going on, I'm guessing it will be crazy too.

1st Man said...

Can' you imagine? I can't even!! Yum, bowtie pasta is my favorite shape, ha. But of course ANY pasta is my favorite. 37? Stay warm!!!

1st Man said...

It's a definite front row seat. And yeah, I never thought about the dichotomy of the the two images, color and all. It is the best of both worlds for the next few years. The adventure is just beginning!

1st Man said...

Thank you! And yes, the green of the farm is definitely our favorite. :-)

1st Man said...

Anyone who runs full, half or somewhere in between has my respect. That's crazy training to get ready for them. Proud of you!!

Anonymous said...

It's like you're a 2016 version of Green Acres!

Angie

1st Man said...

LOL! Don't think that hasn't been said here, ha. "New YORK is where I'd rather stay! I get allergic smelling hay!" Except we both like the green too, ha.