Wednesday, October 31, 2012

MCM wrap up

This will be my wrap up post for the Marine Corps Marathon and the trip to DC.  Running the race was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever done.  The thrill of crossing the starting line and feeling the energy of the crowd gave me goose bumps. I'll never forget climbing the hill in Rosslyn at mile 2 or the streets of Georgetown around miles 8 & 9.  Running along the Potomac River starting at mile 10 was nice and flat.  Seeing pictures of fallen soldiers, including Spc Emard from Terrell, at mile 12 was emotional and gave me needed encouragement to continue. Once we reached the National Mall near the Washington Monument at mile 17 I knew I would be able to make the Gauntlet time requirement. Running past the Capital building was surreal and after running past the Smithsonian and the Department of Agriculture at mile 19, the only tough part left was "beating the bridge". You had to reach the 14th street bridge by 1:05pm in order to be allowed finish.  I reached the bridge in plenty of time. From there to the finish I did a speed walk more than a run. I was cramping in my thighs and quads but it wasn't that painful. Miles 21-24 were through Crystal City, lots of spectators, but my thoughts were really only about finishing.  We ran around the Pentagon and past the staging area through mile 25, by then it started to hit me that I was going to finish.  Before even hitting mile 26 I could hear the music at the finish.  I was able to find a little energy and tackle the last hill and turn to the finish line where I was greeted by a Marine Lt. who put the finishers medal around my neck and gave me a salute.  I cant even describe the feelings I was having, just unreal. From there I made my way to the photo area, got my picture taken and let it sink in that I just finished a marathon.  Next up, rest and a 26.2 tattoo.

Monday was supposed to be a sight seeing day, but Sandy forced us to leave early Monday morning.

I stopped long enough to take a picture of the Capital building.

Spec. Emard was killed in action on June 4, 2008.  This picture was placed along the race course around mile 12.  One of only about 25.  

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

MCM Start

My view at the start of the Marine Corps Marathon.  I was in the back of the pack by choice.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Marine Marathon Expo

Yesterday was busy, we did our best O.J. imitation, running through the airport, not killing 2 people, and made our plane to Baltimore.  Once we landed we headed straight to the Marine Corps Marathon Expo.  It was on the way into DC and easy to find.  Once there, we got our bibs, race shirt and bought a couple of official MCM shirts.  We drove over the Arlington to the hotel and relaxed the rest of the evening.  Today will be sightseeing!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Game Day/Get Away Day

Tonight the Tigers will honor the senior class of 2013 football players prior to their final home game of the year.

Personally, I'm leaving this morning for Washington DC for the Marine Corps Marathon.  I was able to catch a little of the Freshman B team last night before leaving early to go pack.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tiger Marching Band earns a 1 at UIL competition

Last night the Terrell Tiger marching band took part in the UIL Marching contest in Mesquite.  The Tigers performing songs from West Site Story earned the highest rating a 1.

The  2012 Tiger marching band performing at the UIL competition

The marching band walked through the Tiger head and received encouragement from the football players and cheerleaders prior to boarding the buses to Mesquite. 
The photos are courtesy Julie Kuhn.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Nine find forever homes

Saturday the Terrell Animal Animal Adoption Center held an Adopt-a-thon at Ben Gill Park.  ACO Cilla Wichmann and her team of volunteers were able to get 9 dogs adopted out!

Also on hand was Search One Rescue Team, Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue, Crosstimbers Ranch, and the Terrell Animal Alliance.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Another view

Another view of how much is done on the new overpass. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Freshman run record to 6-0

The Freshman Tigers beat Forney last night 66-26 to remain undefeated.  Michael Nelson quarterbacks the team, he had 2 passing TDs and 1 rushing TD.  The varsity Tigers travel to Forney tonight.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Highway 34 overpass progress

Highway 80 through Terrell is being closed at night this week so the Highway 34 overpass spans can be put in place.  This was the progress as of 8pm last night.  I'm hoping to get a peek tonight of how much more has been done. Not much room to spare on either side of the new bridge.

The building on the left is the Southland Athletic Building. 

The sign belongs to Cole Mountain.  I wouldn't say its the best, but it's pretty good, they have great chicken fried steaks. This is the back of the restaurant. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Volleyball Senior night

The Lady Tigers volleyball team honored their seniors prior to their match with Mesquite Poteet last night. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Calm waters

Only one more run at White Rock Lake before the Marine Corps Marathon.  This past Sunday morning the weather was perfect for a 9.5 mile run.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Till next year

The last of the State Fair picture.  There are more pictures on the Facebook page.  This ride is almost 200' tall.  I was next in line to ride in when it was shut down for maintenance.  Honest, I was next.....

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Just one more from the State Fair.....ok, there may be another during the week.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

"The Commandant's Own," The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps

One of the shows I look forward to the most at the State Fair of Texas is the performance by the Marine Corps Drum & Bugle Corps.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

BMX show at the State Fair

Yesterday was State Fair of Texas day for the staff of Terrell Daily Photo.  The BMX show is always a favorite.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Another view of the Fly-In

Today's photos are courtesy of Victoria Ware who works with Historical Air Tours.  They bring the Sky King, Stearman and the 1929 Travel Air to the Fly-In each year.  Next year I need to try to snag a ride in one of their planes.

The Stearman in formation with a T-6 and Travel Air over Terrell Municipal Airport

The Stearman from the 2011 Fly-In

Monday, October 8, 2012

White Rock

There were not many boats in the lake yesterday with the temperature in the high 40s and overcast.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Another White Rock Lake run

Today's run was 20 miles.  It's the last long run before the Marine Corps Marathon on the 28th.

Saturday, October 6, 2012


After running 8 miles, and watching the Cardinals win, dinner at Applebee's and watching the Rangers sounded good. The only thing missing was a Rangers win.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tigers JV Football

The varsity Tigers travel to West Mesquite for a Thursday night game.  Last night the JV team played West Mesquite at home. There is a small album from the game posted on the Terrell Daily Photo Facebook page.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Evening clouds

I noticed the strange clouds last night while finishing my run. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


The sunflowers were having a hard time finding the sun Sunday morning.

Monday, October 1, 2012

MCM training run

Yesterdays training run for the Marine Corps Marathon was 18 miles.  We ran in a steady rain at White Rock Lake in Dallas.  This is the spillway at around 9AM yesterday.  I finished 18.55 miles in 3:51.  Next Sundays run is 20 miles.  The marathon is on Oct 28th in DC