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Still miss that tree

Posted Saturday, July 30th, 2016 12:57 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 12:57 PM

Willingers 12th hole, Northfield

Originally published by DK on July 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Skol, bitches!

Posted Friday, July 29th, 2016 02:55 pm GMT -5 in Family,Football at 2:55 PM

SK told me to say that

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2016 at 2:55 pm

The RV was rockin’

Posted Friday, July 29th, 2016 02:54 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:54 PM

Wyn 65 for lunch today

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Morrissey

Posted Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 10:21 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 10:21 PM

Something is squeezing my skull, something I can’t fight…

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2016 at 10:21 pm

The Voyage Begins

Posted Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 11:25 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Music,Work at 11:25 PM

Nicely done, Vikings crew

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2016 at 11:25 pm

St. Paul Central represent

Posted Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 11:17 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 11:17 PM

Mint Condition open U.S. Bank Stadium

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2016 at 11:17 pm

Black on Black on Black

Posted Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 11:13 pm GMT -5 in Food at 11:13 PM

Milkjam Creamery special – one day only

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2016 at 11:13 pm

Purple Lobby

Posted Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 10:53 am GMT -5 in Art,Music at 10:53 AM

Purple Palace

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2016 at 10:53 am

Butt-head

Posted Monday, July 25th, 2016 08:46 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 8:46 PM

I’m being what, Ozzy?

Originally published by DK on July 25, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Been to two of these

Posted Monday, July 25th, 2016 07:07 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Links,Travel at 7:07 PM

http://www.foodnetwork.com/restaurants/photos/best-bars-america-food-lovers.html

Originally published by DK on July 25, 2016 at 7:07 pm

TRUTH

Posted Monday, July 25th, 2016 02:59 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 2:59 PM

The new permanent lines are now live

Originally published by DK on July 25, 2016 at 2:59 pm

That answers that

Posted Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 06:58 pm GMT -5 in Football,News,Work at 6:58 PM

Sid’s seat in the new press box

Originally published by DK on July 23, 2016 at 6:58 pm

Texas Outlaws @ Ribfest

Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2016 08:25 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 8:25 PM

Mystic Lake on a hot, beautiful summer night

Originally published by DK on July 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm

The ribbon is cut

Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2016 01:10 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 1:10 PM

That went off without a hitch

Originally published by DK on July 22, 2016 at 1:10 pm

The Kenwood Burger

Posted Thursday, July 21st, 2016 02:58 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:58 PM

…from The Kenwood, Minneapolis 

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Moving On Up – Welcome ESPN

Posted Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 01:14 pm GMT -5 in Links,Sports at 1:14 PM

http://xgames.espn.go.com/xgames/minneapolis/

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2016 at 1:14 pm

X Marks the Spot

Posted Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 11:52 am GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 11:52 AM

Minneapolis 2017 & 2018

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2016 at 11:52 am

Dolly

Posted Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 10:09 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 10:09 PM

Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen. Pour myself a cup of ambition…

Originally published by DK on July 19, 2016 at 10:09 pm

Media Day Reflections

Posted Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 11:14 am GMT -5 in Design,Work at 11:14 AM

Club Purple Deck, Minneapolis 

Originally published by DK on July 19, 2016 at 11:14 am

Skol Mary Tyler Moore Style

Posted Sunday, July 17th, 2016 01:02 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Football at 1:02 PM

MK with some air time

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2016 at 1:02 pm

First scanned ticket

Posted Sunday, July 17th, 2016 01:01 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 1:01 PM

…at least at an actual gate.

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2016 at 1:01 pm

My close personal friend

Posted Saturday, July 16th, 2016 08:47 am GMT -5 in News,Work at 8:47 AM

The new media entrance 

Originally published by DK on July 16, 2016 at 8:47 am

Today’s the day

Posted Saturday, July 16th, 2016 08:45 am GMT -5 in Work at 8:45 AM

Open the Gates – first big event

Originally published by DK on July 16, 2016 at 8:45 am

Putting that bandwidth to work

Posted Friday, July 15th, 2016 10:38 am GMT -5 in Golf,Technology at 10:38 AM

TVs may not work, but this will do

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2016 at 10:38 am

Truth in advertising?

Posted Thursday, July 14th, 2016 09:45 pm GMT -5 in Cars at 9:45 PM

Nicely done, Brodozer

Originally published by DK on July 14, 2016 at 9:45 pm

Peter Sieve

Posted Thursday, July 14th, 2016 02:44 pm GMT -5 in Design,News,Quotes at 2:44 PM

…a vast, garish room that looks exactly like the inside of a Hummer-party limo as designed by casino bartenders…

Originally published by DK on July 14, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Video game flashbacks

Posted Thursday, July 14th, 2016 12:38 am GMT -5 in Games,History,Technology at 12:38 AM

Crystal Castles @ Up-Down Minneapolis 

Originally published by DK on July 14, 2016 at 12:38 am

Long hours and stress

Posted Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 12:35 pm GMT -5 in Food,Work at 12:35 PM

…but then stuff like this happens.

Originally published by DK on July 12, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Sledgehammer

Posted Monday, July 11th, 2016 07:44 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 7:44 AM

I’ve kicked the habit, shed my skin. This is the new stuff, I go dancing in…

Originally published by DK on July 11, 2016 at 7:44 am

Sushi @ Ruyi

Posted Sunday, July 10th, 2016 07:14 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 7:14 PM

That reminds me of someone…

Originally published by DK on July 10, 2016 at 7:14 pm

One rose away from $5800

Posted Sunday, July 10th, 2016 07:12 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 7:12 PM

Someday? Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, Milwaukee 

Originally published by DK on July 10, 2016 at 7:12 pm

That’s a nice touch

Posted Sunday, July 10th, 2016 07:11 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Travel at 7:11 PM

New hotel room phone = name on handset

Originally published by DK on July 10, 2016 at 7:11 pm

Gritty Sauce Forever

Posted Sunday, July 10th, 2016 07:09 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 7:09 PM

Almost the same as I remember 

Originally published by DK on July 10, 2016 at 7:09 pm

Common sense

Posted Sunday, July 10th, 2016 12:26 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 12:26 PM

We hope you have enjoyed reading it

Originally published by DK on July 10, 2016 at 12:26 pm

Nerd humor or Adele fan?

Posted Saturday, July 9th, 2016 09:09 pm GMT -5 in Music,Technology,Work at 9:09 PM

South Demarc @ work

Originally published by DK on July 9, 2016 at 9:09 pm

The tracks are alive!

Posted Saturday, July 9th, 2016 12:19 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 12:19 PM

First railroad vehicles at Sand Creek in ages (maybe ever?)

Originally published by DK on July 9, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Frankie at the Fetus

Posted Friday, July 8th, 2016 07:14 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Shopping at 7:14 PM

In-stores are the greatest

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2016 at 7:14 pm

Push It

Posted Friday, July 8th, 2016 12:44 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 12:44 AM

This is the noise that keeps me awake, my head explodes and my body aches…

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2016 at 12:44 am

Thank you, Milwaukee!

Posted Friday, July 8th, 2016 12:39 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Fashion,Music at 12:39 AM

We still love you, though 

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2016 at 12:39 am

The traveler has returned

Posted Thursday, July 7th, 2016 08:04 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 8:04 PM

…safely. ❤️

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2016 at 8:04 pm

Stadium Life

Posted Thursday, July 7th, 2016 08:12 am GMT -5 in Biking,Football,Work at 8:12 AM

More and more each day

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2016 at 8:12 am

Food truck oasis

Posted Thursday, July 7th, 2016 08:08 am GMT -5 in Food at 8:08 AM

Downtown Minneapolis 

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2016 at 8:08 am

Elie Wiesel Visits Disneyland

Posted Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 12:54 pm GMT -5 in Disney,History,Links at 12:54 PM

Elie Wiesel Visits Disneyland

Originally published by DK on July 5, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Wonderwall

Posted Monday, July 4th, 2016 08:51 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 8:51 PM

Back beat, the word is on the street, that the fire in your heart is out…

Originally published by DK on July 4, 2016 at 8:51 pm

Drove the car *and* the jetski

Posted Monday, July 4th, 2016 01:45 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Family,Holidays at 1:45 PM

First time for both

Originally published by DK on July 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm

USA! USA! USA!

Posted Monday, July 4th, 2016 01:26 pm GMT -5 in Holidays at 1:26 PM

Nothing says happy birthday America like Dirty Dog fireworks from China

Originally published by DK on July 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm

2016 Afton Trail Run 50K

Posted Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 01:46 pm GMT -5 in Running at 1:46 PM

Founded in 1994, the Afton Trail Run 50K is one of the premier trail races around, held annually on the Fourth of July weekend over the (very) hilly trails of Afton State Park. Part of John Storkamp’s excellent Rock Steady Racing series, I decided to add this one to the list for 2016 after handing out finisher medals there last year with Megan. Talked with John at the finish Saturday, but I never knew his full story – so inspiring (and makes me want to support his races even more).

Couldn’t ask for better weather for this race – it was around 60F at the start and never broke 80F. The sun was an issue towards the end, but a lot of this course is in the trees, so my sunburn wasn’t too bad. It did feel warm when I finished, but I know I was very, very lucky compared to prior years. The old “wet sponge tucked in my shirt” trick was quite handy and many thanks to the volunteer at the final aid station who poured ice water on my shoulders. Low humidity and a light, cool breeze also helped things immensely.

This course is quite challenging: two loops of 15.5 miles, 11 aid stations, a net elevation change of 9,340 feet and a 9 hour time limit to finish. Afton State Park wraps around Afton Alps ski area and borders the St. Croix River (both of which I know well), but I was constantly getting confused as to where I was during the race. The race map shows we ran all over the place – up and down the river valley, around the Highlands and Alps areas of the ski area and along two different stretches of the river.

I love race day packet pick-up: saves time (and fuel) and is just way more convenient all the way around. The race started at 6:30am and I got there around 5:30 to check in and pick up my number, the beautiful T-shirt and a race swag bag. Ran into WeRunMpls co-founder Kaitlyn, who was running the 50K with her dad. Hung out in the car for a bit, then we were off and running (one hour before the 25K start).

Completed the first loop in 3:15:35 (12:36 Minute Miles) and was passed by a million 25K runners towards the end. Since I decided to walk every hill on both loops, I was OK with that split. In my mind, I decided that even if the second loop took four fours, I’d still be way under 8. It took me 4:22 to complete that second lap, but I’m still fine overall with that time – I hadn’t run at all since Grandma’s and the weather was definitely warmer the second time through.

Speaking of two loops – I really prefer the out and back style of the Superior Spring 50K compared to this format. At Superior, each half seems different, since you are running up one way and down the other (even if it’s the same trail). At Afton, you get to the end of the first loop and all of the 25K runners are finishing right there, while you have to start all over again. Mentally, a tough image to process. John and I talked about the other differences between the two courses: Superior being much more technical and Afton usually having brutal weather.

Many props to 50K winner Kurt Keiser of Jordan, who at age 42 managed an overall pace of 7:14 over those hills to finish with a 3:44:27 (full results here). My pokey 7:37 was good for 191st out of 210 overall and 30th out of 33 in my age group. I know ultra trail racing isn’t all about the times for most people, but it would be nice to be a little closer to my road marathon performances. Still, this was a 52 minute PR at 50K, so there’s plenty of room for future improvement.

Big thanks to the wonderful group of volunteers, many of them trail runners themselves. The aid stations were delightful – just like a full service filling station. Every time I hit one, someone would run up and take my water bottle to refill while I visited the food table. My most frequent items: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pretzels, gummy bears, Coke and multiple salt tablets (I had recurring cramps in all four leg sections all day). The burger picnic at the end was very nice too (although I couldn’t manage to down the whole thing so soon after finishing).

Next up: State Fair Milk Run 5K

Originally published by DK on July 3, 2016 at 1:46 pm

Movie night in Minneapolis

Posted Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 06:50 pm GMT -5 in Movies at 6:50 PM

The Wailing @ St. Anthony Main

Originally published by DK on July 2, 2016 at 6:50 pm

All checked-in

Posted Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 05:31 am GMT -5 in Running at 5:31 AM

Afton 50K

Originally published by DK on July 2, 2016 at 5:31 am

Jayhawks at the MN Zoo

Posted Friday, July 1st, 2016 08:46 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Friends,Music at 8:46 PM

Beautiful night at SK’s house with DGS

Originally published by DK on July 1, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Carbo load, Mucci-style

Posted Friday, July 1st, 2016 07:58 pm GMT -5 in Food,Running at 7:58 PM

One seat left at the bar, walk right in

Originally published by DK on July 1, 2016 at 7:58 pm
 

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  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2018 Run Mileage: 113.7
  • 2018 Bike Mileage: 809.6

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  • Leon Bridges - 9/20, Palace
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  • Ed Sheeran - 10/20, USBS
  • Hippo Campus - 11/23, Palace
  • Elton John - 2/21, Target Center
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