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The past is alive and I can’t shake it. All you need to survive is to learn how to fake it…

- Western World

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Duluth Grill

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Road Trip Selfie

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Great day at SVCC

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Favorite golf shoes ever

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Due to an unexpected medical situation, Tone Loc has been replaced on the Old Skool Hip Hop lineup by Young MC…

- Northern Lights Casino

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Happy Troll

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Downtown Breakfast

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Gordy Rings

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Baby Bambi (x2)

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Hello again satay

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Tiny office visitor

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If you get caught between the Moon and New York City…the best that you can do is fall in love…

- Arthur’s Theme

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Way Past May

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Tree Trouble

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These could freeze tonight

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Pyro Planet

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Screams break the silence. Waking from the dead of night. Vengeance is boiling. He’s returned to kill the light…

- Bark at the Moon

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Old enough to solo

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July Fourth with the Turtle

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More cowbell in Afton

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Community Pride

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Inside Out in St. Paul

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Lebanon Hills Rocks

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Extra Mature

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Dipped cones are a mess

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It’s a crime what happened here

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Des Moines Marathon Planning

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 10:36 pm GMT -5

It’s been a few weeks since I signed up to run the 2015 IMT Des Moines Marathon and I really should come up with a formal training plan and get serious about running again. As my running log chart can attest, this has been a down year so far – less than 350 total miles in 2015 (and we’re already half done). Plus I now have the added pressure of a work colleague threatening to start a BQ challenge. Actually, that’s probably just what I need to get motivated again. Watch out, 3:25, I’m gunning for you again…

OK, maybe not. It would, however, be nice to PR on Sunday, October 18th. The race starts at 8am on the Locust Street Bridge in downtown Des Moines and has a course map that reminds me a little of Fargo (see above). There is roughly 150 feet of elevation change, though, so it’s not a completely flat course like one would expect to find in the great state of Iowa. Packet pickup is only open on Friday and Saturday, so I booked a room at the downtown Marriott on Saturday night. It’s close to the start/finish area and will have showers available afterwards, which sounded like a good plan.

Des Moines is a smaller race than I expected. Marathon weekend last year had about 9,000 total runners, which includes the marathon relay, half marathon and 5K events. Looks like they had just under 1600 marathon finishers, so it might seem a little more like Eau Claire than Fargo. I generally prefer larger races, but it will be interesting to see what I can do these days with fewer people on course.

Not sure what kind of training plan I’ll follow for this race – definitely need to pick up the mileage and continue cross-training. I still haven’t started my Wolverine workout plan due to travel/commute limitations, but I’d like to start adding in at least some of those new exercises. My weight is hovering a good 20 pounds higher than I want, but I’ve decided that I just don’t want to give up the things I like on the eating and drinking side of the equation. For now I’ll try the “increase workouts and practice restraint” method of weight control and see how that goes.

Step 1: 10K @ 5am – go!

I’ve never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight…

- Lady in Red

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Monkey Man has arrived

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Pea-sized hail

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Mini reunion at Lucky’s 13

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Sometimes I want to drink, sometimes I want to gamble…

- Dr. John

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First!

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Swim meet reflections

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Prince of Pork

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Someone still does tickets right

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Just missed it

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Carbonara at the Moose

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The streets are paved with diamonds and there’s just so much to see, but the best thing about New York City is you and me…

- They Might Be Giants

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A+ Recruitment Tool

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Best Concerts Ever

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 08:46 pm GMT -5

Colleen asked me the other day what are my top ten favorite concerts and I decided that was a very good question. After considerable thought, here’s my current list (in no particular order):

  • Tom Petty with Joe Cocker @ Red Rocks
  • Rolling Stones @ The Bank
  • Police Synchronicity Tour @ Met Center
  • Beastie Boys and Tenancious D @ The Roy
  • Arctic Monkeys @ First Ave
  • Cake @ Brooklyn Bowl Vegas
  • Richard Thompson @ Papa Charlies
  • Living Colour @ First Ave
  • Bruce Springsteen Seeger Sessions Tour @ Xcel
  • Robert Cray @ State Fair Bandshell

Honorable Mention: Bjork @ First Ave, U2 Joshua Tree Tour @ St. Paul Civic Center, Offspring @ First Ave, Freedy Johnston @ Aster Cafe, Kid Rock @ State Fair Grandstand, Macklemore @ State Fair Grandstand, Tracy Chapman @ First Ave, AmericanaramA (Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Richard Thompson) @ Midway Stadium, David Byrne @ The Fitz. Also need to pick one of the many Pearl Jam and Neil Young shows…

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Kwik Trip cookie sale

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It was a happy Father’s Day

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Don’t come a-hangin’ around my door, I don’t wanna see your face no more. I got more important things to do, than spend my time growin’ old with you…

- American Woman

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Rare CK sighting

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Personal Records & Mileage

  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Marathon - 3:43:32
  • 2015 Mileage: 418

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