Country Music Half Marathon

Country Music Half Marathon – Country Strong

The St. Jude Country Music Half Marathon includes the best of Nashville, country music and a nice jaunt out and around the area.  This was part one of a two part “baby-moon” before our first child was born.  Von Gage Holbrook was “slated” to be born August 11th, 2012 but he was just too darn excited and joined us early on July 17th, 2012.  Nothing like an emergency C-Section to get the heart pumping!

Grand Ole’ Nashville

Country Music Half Marathon Hall of Fame Nashville is a killer little city filled with fun bars and tons country musicians who are trying to make it big.  There is also a lot of site seeing and Nissan Stadium where the Tennessee Titans play is a short walk from downtown.  One of the coolest things we did while in Nashville was visit the Country Music Hall of Fame.  One of the more interesting things I learned while there was that Bakersfield, California had its own vibrant country music scene that was a contrasting sound to the string orchestra laden Nashville sound!  Who knew.

I enjoy good food and drink while listening to good country music.  Nashville has no shortage of either.  We explored and found some fantastic places to dine.  We ate dinner at a wonderful steak house called Kayne Prime one night.  Amy was good and pregnant at the time so the drinking was all up to me.

The Race & Beating Sheryl Crow

Country Music Half Marathon FinishedI know I’m fast but beating Sheryl Crow fast?  Yup, I beat Sheryl by eight minutes.  Since I’m an honest person I have to say I didn’t even know she ran the race until three days later when my wife Amy informed me she was there.  Never mind that, now I’ve beaten Oprah and Sheryl Crow.  Fast.  Starting to earn that nickname, “white-lightning”.

This is another one of those races where I really cannot tell you much about it.  Some are more memorable than others for sure.  One surprise from the race was finishing right next to Nissan Stadium.  It is always fun to see a NFL stadium.  Part two of two on the “baby-moon” stop in a couple weeks.  I hope Portland is as weird as they say it is.

Thanks for the fun Nashville.  State of Tennessee in the books.

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