Yesterday was the Kinsale 4 Miler in Powell, OH. This is the third year in a row that I’ve participated in the event. This year, my friend Riley also ran. Since the event is billed more of a fun run, I brought my weimaraner Tobey. This is one of my favorite events of the year…. Mainly because it’s only a few miles from my house, but I also like the free beer included with race entry and the post race concert. This year, the entertainment was the Naked Karate Girls, who are neither naked, do karate, or female. However, they do rock out.
Lately, Tobey and I have been having some great runs so I set a goal to run a sub-32 minute race. I think on normal conditions this would have been an attainable goal, however on race day, the weather called for 38 degrees with 20+ MPH winds so it was questionable if we’d hit our target. The race takes the runners through part of the Golf Village sub-division and then through 6 holes on the golf course. In the end, we had a great race but finished at 32 minutes and 04 seconds with Tobey pushing me the entire time (I think if we went the pace he wanted, we would have been sub-20 minutes). Judging from the splits, we would have made our goal but we started out slow due to congestion on the course. Either way, being 4 seconds off my goal isn’t too bad and I’m really proud of the performance and it’s always special to be able to run with Tobey.
(The numbers are slightly off because I forgot to
stop my watch at the finish-line)
After the race, I took Tobey home, changed, and headed back for the concert. Parking was much easier on the way back as a lot of the participants headed home. Once the concert started, NKG again proved why they are the best cover band in Ohio. The energy and crowd were awesome and I was incredibly glad that I signed up for the race. All-in-all, an amazing night.
I’ve been lucky enough to call Columbus, Ohio home since I arrived at The Ohio State University in 1997. From the time I arrived, I loved living in a mid-size city. It has most of the benefits of large cities (Broadway plays, top-tier entertainment and concerts, professional sports teams (if you count a team that has never won a playoff game…. yay Bluejackets)) without the drawbacks that plague larger cities such as traffic and crime. Some of my favorite things about Columbus include the Olentangy Trail for running, the Alum Creek Dog Park and the amazing restaurants.
Recently, I’ve stumbled upon another thing I’m a big fan of. The Watershed Distillery, located in the wonderful Grandview Heights. Founded in 2010 by two people my age, the Watershed Distillery distills four unique spirits: Vodka, Bourbon, Bourbon Barrel Gin and Four Peel Gin. I took a tour in late 2012 (Thanks Matty G.!) and came away impressed with the operation. The co-founder (Dave Rigo) gave the tour and was personable and insightful. If you are in the Columbus area, tours run $10 (including samples) and can be booked directly on their website http://www.watersheddistillery.com/. Next time you’re in the market for some solid spirits, support a small local business or the next time you’re looking for a unique experience, I recommend scheduling a tour.
If you know of other hidden gems in the Columbus area, feel free to drop a note in the comments section.
As I was on my run tonight with my weimaraner Tobey, I literally had to stop on the way back to admire the sunset. It was an incredible shade of red, unlike any sunset I’ve ever seen in Powell or Ohio. It looked like there was a huge fire in the distance illuminating the sky. I wish I had my camera to take a picture… unfortunately, like most runners, I don’t carry one with me when I run. Instead, I use a small mp3 player and wear a GPS watch… This got me thinking…. with how small cameras have become, why don’t they make a watch with picture taking capabilities…. Garmin, Motorola, Nike… I’m calling you out and giving you my idea for free…. Someone needs to make this happen. Anyway, below is a picture of the sunset taken from a moving car about 10 minutes too late.
If you know of a watch-camera or have any other crazy ideas, please feel free to drop a note in the comments.
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Central Ohio had a decent amount of snow over Christmas. I took Tobey to a local field nearby and let him run around for 20-30 mins. Below are a few pictures.
Tobey was overly excited to be out in the open.
Exploring & Semi-Pointing