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  • Wait, who are these people? https://t.co/6MY3vYNMci 1 day ago
  • Heading to the State Fair for the 47th year in a row (or is it 48?) 1 day ago
  • Appears my nine-year Milk Run streak has come to an end 2 days ago
  • Watching Atlanta-Miami on NBC and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to watch NFL games the same ever again 4 days ago
  • Nice to catch up with Brianne tonight at @BulldogNE 5 days ago
  • The concourses at TCF Bank last season – https://t.co/vOOITP9KrJ 6 days ago
  • Not sure why I never learned this word, but every time I see “penultimate,” I always think last 6 days ago

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Texas Outlaws @ Ribfest

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The ribbon is cut

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The Kenwood Burger

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X Marks the Spot

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

- Dolly

quote posted Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 10:09 pm GMT -5
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Media Day Reflections

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Skol Mary Tyler Moore Style

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First scanned ticket

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My close personal friend 

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Today’s the day

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Putting that bandwidth to work

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Truth in advertising?

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

- Peter Sieve

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Video game flashbacks

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Long hours and stress

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

- Sledgehammer

quote posted Monday, July 11th, 2016 07:44 am GMT -5
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Sushi @ Ruyi

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One rose away from $5800

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That’s a nice touch

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Gritty Sauce Forever

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Common sense

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Nerd humor or Adele fan?

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The tracks are alive!

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Frankie at the Fetus

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

- Push It

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Thank you, Milwaukee!

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The traveler has returned

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Stadium Life

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Food truck oasis

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

- Wonderwall

quote posted Monday, July 4th, 2016 08:51 pm GMT -5
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Drove the car *and* the jetski

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USA! USA! USA!

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2016 Afton Trail Run 50K

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 01:46 pm GMT -5

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).

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Movie night in Minneapolis

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All checked-in

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Jayhawks at the MN Zoo

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Carbo load, Mucci-style

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Bike rack city

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Reflections over purple

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Open for business

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About damn time

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Welcome – open the gates

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Carpe Damn Diem!

- Opus

quote posted Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 08:25 am GMT -5
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Some assembly required

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Flippin’ good burgers

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Minor league summer fun

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Happy Trails, SK

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Treasure-free Island

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Personal Records & Mileage

  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Marathon - 3:43:32
  • 2016 Mileage: 423.1

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