Month: November 2015

Bahrain Marathon Relay (BMR)

About a month and half ago there was talk of a marathon relay and I was asked if I wanted to participate. My first reaction was no because I am not a runner, never have been, never will be. Then after some talking to and assurance of oh no it’s totally fine, it’s a relay you only run a small part and then you are done combined with peer pressure I of course agreed. Although I am not a natural born runner I have gotten into running on and off. My last year in Egypt towards the end of the school year I started running and that continued until the summer, then I stopped. After I got to Bahrain I started running again. So for the past two months or so I have been getting up at 5 a.m. every morning and going for a run. Now I say run but it’s more of a trot like a turtle through the mud. Any case I was signed up to run. When I agreed to run the relay I failed to realized that it was the day after Thanksgiving. For this reason I had to make sure to watch my intake of turkey as well as beverages. I needed to make sure that I would be able to run the next day so I made sure that I was home nice and early to be ready for race day. On race day we all met on the street at 8:30 a.m. to get in the bus to head over to the start of the race at 10:00 a.m. The race started and ended at the Bahrain International Circuit racetrack. I have to admit that I had a great time.

1st Leg – Dave at the starting line ready to get it started!IMG_0689

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Leg – Heather is offScreen Shot 2015-11-28 at 5.01.04 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Leg – Peg was so fast we didn’t get a picture of her running or handing off the baton but here she is after her run in the bus.

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4th Leg – Horner in his grooveIMG_0701

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5th Leg – Kelli is offIMG_0702

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th Leg – Patrick ready to go…he also ran leg 12, what a guy!IMG_0704

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th Leg – Trina heading to her handoff spotIMG_0706

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8th Leg – Mags is all ready to run her first leg…she also ran lucky #13 – great job!IMG_0707

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9th Leg – Joseph’s ready! He’s handing off to me…IMG_7921

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th Leg – At this point I’ve realized that I was so excited when I started that I was sprinting and now I’m regretting that decision…IMG_7925

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th Leg – I handed off to this guy….JP….gogogo

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#12 – Patrick…great job of running 2 legs

#13 – Mags….also 2 legs – wow

#14 – Melissa finishing strong….IMG_7945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#15 – Bryan handing off to the anchor #16 Katy who was closing the race for us!IMG_3098

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our final time was 4:11:38 which was faster then last year’s time which was good for us but that just means that next year we need to try to break 4 hours. I’m pretty sure that everyone was happy with their times. I think everyone probably ran faster than what they expected. My sore legs are in agreement with that statement for sure. I had a great time documenting our journey, hanging out and even running my leg.

We couldn’t of competed without Kate, our trusty driver. She drove, dropped off, and picked up runners all day. Thank you so much! Much appreciated 🙂

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On the bus getting pumped up with JP!

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Great picture ladies!

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After race selfie with Peg 🙂 She’s pretty awesome.

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Later skaters

-B

Start of the school year…busy…busy

It’s been a little over two months since I’ve posted about life in Bahrain. I was finally able to post about a trip I took at the end of September, I’ve been that busy. The short story is – school is crazy busy and my 2 grad school classes are killing me so that’s why I’ve been away. After this weekend I hope to catch a hot second and catch up on some posts. Upcoming topics include – villa update, school update and life on the island.

Here is a picture from a morning run – it’s inside the golf course that’s why there’s grass 🙂

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Later skaters

-B

Tunis – To Visit Buddy!

At the end of September for our Eid break Peggy, Autum and I decided to take a trip to Tunis to see Buddy Lucie. Peggy and I left Bahrain and had a layover in Istanbul (easily one of my favorite airports) and met Autum there who flew from Cairo. We were on our way to see Buddy in one short flight.

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In Tunis on our way to Buddy’s house!

Once we arrived Peeter picked us up at the airport and we were off to see their new house. We arrived in the morning so we had a full day of sightseeing. The weather was great there, considering Peggy and I were coming from Bahrain. One day it was even a little overcast and rainy, which was amazing for us.

 

 

 

Reunited!! A

Reunited! Just a quick picture in front of the camel. 

The first day we went sightseeing around a little village where almost everything is blue with the Mediterranean feel to it. This of course makes sense because that is where Tunis is located. One of the main languages there is French so Buddy was able to navigate extremely well for us. It also gave us a chance to see Buddy speak her native language with other native speakers. We also went to the local market which was a pretty cool sight to see. There were spices, vegetables, meat, seafood, and fruits to buy.

 

 

Nice little town to walk around.

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After we walked around for a little bit we stopped for lunch at a restaurant that overlooked the Med. It was a great view.

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The next day we tried to hit up the beach but it was super windy and not enjoyable so we hung around the house, played with the kids, drank coffee and just hung out. Since the beach didn’t work out we decided to take a drive and look for some pottery. Tunis is know for the beautiful pottery that is made there. Lucie had some really nice pieces at her house so we decided to go for ourselves. In Egypt there is a little pottery village called Tunis Village so it makes a little more sense now where the name come from. Most of the places were closed due to the holiday but we did find one shop that was open. This was pretty much a one stop shop for us being it was the only one open and it everything we wanted. The prices were so cheap too. The cost of living in Tunis is very comparable to Egypt. The biggest problem that we had was worrying about if we would have enough room to bring it back with us to Egypt and Bahrain. Luckily we had an extra suitcase that we were bringing back so my entire carry on was jam packed with pottery. We got a lot of really nice bowls, a diffuser for my essential oils, coasters for the living room and a bunch of presents for the family. 

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It was a great trip and even better that we all were together!

Later skaters

-B