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Bourbon Chase, Day 4: The End

1 Nov

Day 4 was the end of the (bourbon) road.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of the end of the race.   Or the bourbon tasting, for that matter.  Just this Kentucky-made pottery horse (you know, because Kentucky is famous for horses and horse breeding).


Bon weekend à tous!

À lundi,



Bourbon Chase, Day 3: Woodford Reserve

31 Oct

We’re into Day 3 in Kentucky, and Day 2 of the Bourbon Chase relay race.  It’s a loooong day.  Only 2 hours of sleep the night before and a middle-of-the-night run.  (I ran 5.1 miles starting at 4am.)  Our final runner for this leg passes off the bracelet and we head to get some breakfast (at Dairy Queen, as it turns out).  The hand-off from our van to Van 1 takes place at the Woodford Reserve distillery.  Unfortunately, the weather is crappy, with spitting rain.

the bar (at 9am)

the distillery

I’m fascinated by shutters…

the old-fashioned method of transporting bourbon barrels across the premises

more barrels

another bucolic setting

runners chill before their next legs

traditional Mint Julep cups for sale

antique riding boots. cool, but not for sale : (


leaving Woodford Reserve after our first runners sets off

Happy Halloween!

À demain,


Bourbon Chase, Day 2: Maker’s Mark

29 Oct

Ooohhh…clearly I’m very behind in my blogging.  Anyway, without further ado…

And for the record, I realize these photos are not great quality, especially the ones taken indoors.  I didn’t bring my fancy new external flash : (


– The Maker’s Mark Distillery was the hand-off point from our team’s first van to our van.  We got there early so that we can tour a bit. –


red shutters..note the shape of the Maker’s Mark bottle carved in each of them


The sweet little covered bridge.


– Then we headed into the building where workers complete (put labels on, etc) the bottles for shipment. –





– Next, we checked out the Tasting Room for a special Maker’s Mark cocktail.  (Yes, I had one, pre-run!) –


– Then it was on to the shop. –



– Finally, we were back outside to see our van’s first runner take off. –

Go Barb!

Yep. Cheers to that!

All of that and we’re still on Day 1 of the actual run, and I won’t run my first leg for another 5 hours!  More tomorrow (promise!).

À demain,


Bourbon Chase: Day 1, Pre-race – Mexican dinner in the ‘burbs of Louisville

8 Oct

I did a really cool thing last weekend: I ran in the Bourbon Chase relay from Louisville to Lexington, Kentucky.  It was brutal and fun.  (Maybe that’s fair descriptor of life, too?)  Even with my misgivings at the time (horrible stomach cramps, lack of showering, lack of sleep), I would do it again.

When I signed up for the race a few months ago, I had a few specific reasons for doing it:

1) It pushed me out of my “comfort zone”  (“living” in a van with 5 strangers/new friends and running repeatedly without showering are not in my usual program).

2) It forced me to get back into running more than 3 miles.

3) As I’m still relatively new here in the Twin Cities, I jumped at the chance to meet people with a shared passion (running!).

4) It was a sneaky way to travel and see a part of the country that I didn’t know.  (Although it was really a working vacation ; )


As not to bore you with dozens of photos all at once, I’ll tell this story over the course of a few days.

This is, of course, DAY 1:

Not wanting a sugary drink, I opted for a Corona Lite.  I took the photo because I couldn’t believe how cheap it was – less than $3!!!

24 hours before race time: beer + chips

Dinner of champions?  No carb loading here.

In retrospect, Mexican probably wasn’t the best meal to prepare for a challenging run the next afternoon.  But hey, I didn’t choose it, so c’est la vie.  (Breakfast the next morning were eggs, grits and a biscuit at Cracker Barrel.)

À demain,