Kevyn’s Adventures


Kevyn on the Overland Track

Kevyn enjoyed the possums, wombats, pademelons, and wallabies in Tasmania, as well as the views. The leeches, mud, and rain – not so much.

Kevyn was not please with how the Aussies spelled his name.

Kevyn Ready for the Race, originally uploaded by bexadler.

On Sunday Melissa and I ran in the half marathon portion of the Blackmore’s Sydney Running Festival. The two of us have been keeping up on our running during this trip, with some tapering n the week leading up to the race. However, we both felt like we underperformed at the race. I got one of my worst recent half marathon times at 2:22:14. In July I was on course to run a 2:19 half. While I realize this isn’t a huge difference I was disappointed in my performance. I’d hoped to get closer to a 2:15 time. I’d like to blame the heat and the hills, but I’m sure that some of my problem was all of the alcohol I’ve consumed in the last couple of weeks. While I haven’t drank in excess, I also haven’t been drinking enough water, which has left me feeling dehydrated on most days. As a result my quads have really been feeling it ever since the race. I don’t think my legs have felt this sore from running since I did my marathon back in December – not good.

Aside from my poor performance though, the race was pretty fabulous. We hadn’t really had a chance to run within the central part of Sydney, as we’d been staying in a suburb to the north, so it was nice to see a large part of the city on race day. We started at Milson’s Point on the north side of the harbor, then ran over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and finished at the Sydney Opera House. The recovery area was in the Botanical Gardens, which we otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance to see during our trip. The finishing area was rather unorganized and difficult to navigate, especially when you’re looking for someone sans telephone in a sea of 30,000 other runners. It was a beautiful day for running, although with a high of about 75F I was grateful to have been in the half marathon group rather than the full.

I put my training shoes back on today and am hoping to make it to the full in December, although I have to admit that the half marathon on Sunday was rather discouraging. I found myself asking time and again whether I really had the courage to even try for another full marathon. I’m going to keep up my training (and pay more attention to my hydration!) in the hopes that I will indeed toe the starting line of that race in December. I guess my half in Auckland in October will be an easy test to see if I’ve got it in me…

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Testing out this wordpress app. on my phone. Sorry if the picture is huge. I’ll fix it when I have computer access. Kevyn and I are on our way!

Kevyn and I just spent 4 days camping in Death Valley National Park with a group of CouchSurfers. We weren’t able to post photos while we went because there was no reception, but we’ll be posting the rest in the next couple of days. First up are Kevyn’s pictures from the trip (since that’s what you’ve all been dying for anyway, yes?).

Day 1:


Kevyn wanted to stop along the road for a quick photo op – and to stretch his legs during the looooong drive down.

Kevyn, about to fry in Death Valley for four days. Also, the last of our cell service for the weekend.

Kevyn is NOT a team player. He decided to chill with a Corona while the rest of us set up camp for the night.

We got into camp late and were exhausted from having gotten up at 4 a.m. to start our 8-hour trek down to the campground, so after dinner and a little bit of campfire conversation, Kevyn and I hit the hay. Kevyn’s a little afraid of the dark, so I let him keep the headlamp for the night, just in case.

Day 2:

Another camper and I went for a 3-mile run just after sunrise and then joined Kevyn and the others for breakfast. Kev was highly upset by our choice of breakfast side dishes.

This is Kevyn at Badwater Basin, 282 feet below sea level. I couldn’t find a way to get the sign in the background and him in focus. That white blob on the mountain though says “Sea Level.”

Aside from gazing at the gorgeous starlit night sky, Kevyn’s favorite part of Death Valley were the sunsets. This is the view from Dante’s Peak at sunset.

Somehow I didn’t get any other pictures of Kevyn on Day 3 and 4, probably because we were too busy hiking and then packing up to come back. So, until next time!

My good friend is joining me today in New Orleans for a mini vacation that we planned around the Mardi Gras Marathon taking place here this Sunday. I had originally planned to do the whole 26.2, but after the CIM in December I decided to take a break from training for awhile so the half it is.

Anyway, Kevyn (my faithful travel companion, pictured above) and I are super stoked to get out and about to explore the Big Easy today, even after a hellish redeye that involved a 7-week-old baby seated right behind me and two Chatty Kathys with tiny bladders seated next to me (I had the aisle seat, lucky me!). I will not let it put a gray cloud over this gorgeous Louisiana day though. Oh how I love getting out and exploring a new city, and one with beignets at that!