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2010 Get in Gear 10K

Posted Saturday, April 24th, 2010 09:40 pm GMT -5 in Running at 9:40 PM

This morning was wet and windy, but the 33rd Annual Get in Gear 10K still drew a big crowd. I lowered my 10K PR by 4 minutes, so I didn’t mind getting wet (although the walk back to the car was a bit cold).

My splits were 7:05, 7:08, 7:19, 7:21, 7:17 and 7:14, with a final time of 44:47 (7:13 pace). I finished 315th out of 3667 total runners (252nd out of 1626 men), which I’m pretty sure is my best finish in a major race.

With the 2010 Heart of the City race cancelled, I need to find another spring race. I’m currently only registered for Twin Cities in October, so I may sign up for Grandma’s or one of the other regional races (Minneapolis, Stillwater, Rochester or Madison).

I’d like to get a measure for how close I am to a Boston qualifying time for 2011, so maybe two spring marathons would be good (or crazy)…

How I’ve Spent My Time Lately

Posted Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 12:31 am GMT -5 in Technology,Travel,Work at 12:31 AM

Here are a few shots of what I’ve been working on lately. Various 318 projects this month have taken me to downtown Minneapolis, Novi, Michigan and Hurley, Wisconsin.

Nerd overload…

Yeah, I Bought an iPad on Day One

Posted Friday, April 9th, 2010 12:07 am GMT -5 in Technology at 12:07 AM

I was on the fence about the iPad and really didn’t want to form an opinion until I actually got to use one. Kid one needed an iPhone case last weekend, so we visited the Southdale Apple Store and I got to check it out. After about 20 minutes (and some advice/prodding from a couple of Apple employees I know), I left with a 16GB model and Apple case.

Most of the first day was spent syncing, configuring, tweaking and installing apps and media. The kids had it the next few days and then I left town on business for a few days and didn’t take it with me. So I still haven’t spent much time with it, but here are some initial thoughts:

  • Initial sync took a really long time.
  • It’s heavy if you try to hold it with one hand for any length of time – it really needs to sit on your lap or sit tilted up in the case on a tabletop.
  • The screen is gorgeous, but needs to be cleaned after almost every use.
  • The battery is as good as everyone says – and the device never gets hot.
  • I don’t like using any of my iPhone apps on it, with the exception of a few games.
  • The lack of caching more than a few pages in Safari is supremely annoying.
  • With the right set of apps, this is an awesome education tool for $500.
  • Speaking of apps, The Elements for iPad, by Touch Press, is incredible (and almost 2GB in size).
  • I like typing on it better than the iPhone, especially when it’s on a tabletop.

My hope was that this would be a good, affordable laptop substitute for my kids and I think it is. Strong apps, digital books, email, internet access, music, movies and more in a sturdy package for half the price of a Mac Book.

In my brief time using it, my favorite things are viewing photos, the New York Times app, watching videos via the ABC and Netflix apps and the Foxtrot iPad wallpaper I see every time I turn it on. I can’t wait to see what developers come up with next…


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Personal Records & Mileage

  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2018 Mileage: 53.8

Upcoming Races

  • Get in Gear 10K - 4/28

Upcoming Sporting Events

  • Monster Jam - 4/7
  • Twins vs. Houston - 4/9
  • Supercross - 4/14
  • Twins vs. Reds - 4/27
  • Twins vs. Detroit - 5/21
  • Twins vs. Cleveland - 6/3
  • Tapemark - 6/8-10
  • Twins vs. Boston - 6/20
  • Summer X Games - 7/19-22
  • Twins vs. Cleveland - 7/30
  • Twins vs. Pittsburgh - 8/15

Upcoming Concerts

  • Cloud Cult - 4/7, Orchestra Hall
  • Trampled by Turtles - 5/4, Palace
  • Kenny Chesney - 5/5, USBS
  • Caroline Smith - 5/17, Cedar
  • I Love the 90s - 5/18, Mystic Lake
  • David Byrne - 5/17, Orpheum
  • David Byrne - 5/18, Orpheum
  • Trampled by Turtles - 7/7, Bayfront
  • Jack White - 8/6, Armory
  • Beyonce & Jay Z - 8/8, USBS
  • Pearl Jam - 8/18, Wrigley Field
  • Pearl Jam - 8/20, Wrigley Field
  • Taylor Swift - 8/31 & 9/1, USBS
  • Leon Bridges - 9/20, Palace
  • Ed Sheeran - 10/20, USBS