Carving pumpkins in the day is the way to goOriginally published by DK on October 31, 2015 at 11:19 pm
Did you know, Mr. Torrance, that your son is attempting to bring an outside party into this situation?Originally published by DK on October 31, 2015 at 8:30 pm
Lots of great stuff around Empire LakeOriginally published by DK on October 31, 2015 at 8:28 pm
These camper cabins were a nice, inexpensive break from civilizationOriginally published by DK on October 31, 2015 at 8:15 pm
Two beautiful daughters under perfect lightingOriginally published by DK on October 31, 2015 at 8:05 pm
I spy a semi-hidden MKOriginally published by DK on October 31, 2015 at 8:02 pm
Cabin number one @ Whitetail WoodsOriginally published by DK on October 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Club sandwich *burger* @ Ground Round FarmingtonOriginally published by DK on October 30, 2015 at 10:55 pm
All alone out here on the prairieOriginally published by DK on October 30, 2015 at 10:54 pm
The camper cabins at Whitetail Woods Regional ParkOriginally published by DK on October 30, 2015 at 7:33 pm
This town is beautifulOriginally published by DK on October 29, 2015 at 8:37 pm
Twin Cities! Let me see you do your thing…Originally published by DK on October 28, 2015 at 11:27 pm
It’s been a blast, Fortune BayOriginally published by DK on October 28, 2015 at 10:46 am
Thanks again, Mary and AlexOriginally published by DK on October 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm
Time to let the cat out of the bag:
Next month, I will be become the Director of IT for the new stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
I’d like to thank my family and friends for their support throughout the process and look forward to bringing this exciting project to life. I’d also like to thank Chairman Leecy and the entire Bois Forte Band of Chippewa for the opportunity to be a part of the Fortune Bay team the past five plus years. The Wilderness at Fortune Bay will always be one of my favorite golf courses in the world and the Lake Vermilion area is simply stunning. Thanks also to Mary and Alex on Birch Point for everything – you are the best!
#SkolOriginally published by DK on October 27, 2015 at 9:00 am
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-best-training-for-a-marathon-a-marathon-1445873867Originally published by DK on October 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm
If it all goes away tomorrow, it’s been a great ride…Originally published by DK on October 25, 2015 at 5:09 pm
It’s been almost exactly two months since we paid a visit to Saint Dinette in downtown St. Paul, so I don’t really remember all of the details of the stop (sorry, Mr. Niver). Regardless, my single thought was that the critically-acclaimed cheeseburger, along with those crinkle-cut fries and a Mexican Coke, might just be what I would order for my last meal if I ever find myself on death row. There are a lot of great burgers in town right now, but this triple threat might just top them all.
The room is beautiful – spacious and bright with high ceilings and windows that overlook the wonderful St. Paul Farmer’s Market kitty-corner from their building. They join Lenny’s neighborhood in the suddenly hip Lowertown anchored by the Saint’s nice new ballpark. If I knew all of that great stuff was coming, I may have never moved out of Galtier Plaza.
I thought I kept the receipt for when I eventually wrote this up, but now I can’t find it. I know Colleen started with the dilly beans and had something that wasn’t served hot (meatloaf?), so general manager Laurel Elm promptly removed the charge before we even knew it. We shared a dessert too, I think (churros?). Heh, this might be the lamest dining post ever…
We will get back again soon and I promise I will do a better job next time. Go and check it out yourself too, OK?Originally published by DK on October 25, 2015 at 4:45 pm
MK at Victoria Valley Orchard, ShorewoodOriginally published by DK on October 25, 2015 at 2:23 pm
Willingers 12th tee, Northfield, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on October 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm
Friday night dinnerOriginally published by DK on October 23, 2015 at 6:40 pm
State of Hockey Game Roster, Home Game 2, Thursday, October 22, 2015Originally published by DK on October 23, 2015 at 2:04 pm
Space is WasteOriginally published by DK on October 23, 2015 at 10:57 am
Wild vs. CBJ @ the XOriginally published by DK on October 22, 2015 at 7:43 pm
The Northland is almost frozenOriginally published by DK on October 22, 2015 at 9:29 am
Last weekend, 75% of the Kingsbury clan headed down I-35 to the Iowa state capital for the 14th running of the IMT Des Moines Marathon. I picked this race as part of the Fifty States quest, with Iowa and South Dakota being the closest ones to Minnesota that I hadn’t knocked off yet. Combine that with a very reasonable rate at the Downtown Marriott ($130 + tax) and what I thought was a rather flat state overall, it was a no-brainer pick for marathon number 25.
The hotel turned out to be great – within walking distance of the start and finish area, no forced two night minimum and a 2pm late check-out for runners to return and shower after the race. The room was your typical downtown business hotel as far as furnishings go and the staff was very friendly. Just like most business-class hotel chains, though, they still charge extra for wireless internet and a 30-second phone call I made from the room to Colleen’s mobile phone was billed at $5.75. Ouch.
As for the race, I was disappointed with my performance (4:37:23 – 10:36 pace, 895th overall, 77 out of 106 in my age division). I could blame lots of things, but it was mainly just a lack of faster training miles during this cycle that blew it for me at the end. Turns out this part of Iowa is far from flat – the course map shows a rise of “just” 150 feet, but the hills between miles three and eight were substantial. Not Superior Hiking Trail bad, but still very trying. Ironically enough, that part of the race was also my fastest (first 10K in 55:00 for an 8:52 pace).
The weather was really cold at the start – about 35F with clear, sunny skies and a light wind that picked up substantially as the morning went on. I had packed a “cold” outfit and a “warm” outfit and completely picked the wrong items to start with. It was great before the race, but once things started, I was too hot. Colleen and MK drove to around mile 16 and I was extremely thankful they had brought part of the other outfit with them.
One of my favorite parts of this course was the loop around the famous blue oval that is home to the Drake Relays. First held in 1910, this track has hosted a who’s who of the running world: Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner, Michael Johnson, Carl Lewis, Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Frank Shorter, Gwen Torrence and several hundred other Olympic athletes. My lap was probably one of the slowest ever recorded there, but it’s fun to think of Randy Wilson setting the 800m record (my high school event) on April 28, 1978 – a blazing 1:45.86!
I hit the halfway mark right at two hours and was hoping to stay in the 4:00 – 4:20 range, but I started to cramp up and had to take longer and longer walk breaks during the water stations. The sections around Waterworks Park and Grays Lake Park were not my favorite – you could see the huge loops around those areas and both felt like forever to complete (even though they were only about two miles long each). I saw Colleen and MK again around mile 25, then headed to the finish line, which was in the same spot where we started (Locust Street bridge). Running the second half 37 minutes slower than the first was just sad, but it’s over, it wasn’t my slowest marathon and it still counts as a finish.
My Garmin said I ran 26.4 miles, so I guess I took the tangents poorly. Here are the watch splits: 8:45, 8:53, 8:49, 9:01, 8:33, 9:03, 8:52, 9:05, 9:01, 9:04, 9:26, 9:34, 10:05, 10:14, 10:37, 11:56, 10:46, 11:35, 12:28, 12:01, 12:25, 12:25, 14:00, 12:08, 12:28 and 11:47. The official reported splits were: 10K – 55:00 (8:52), Half – 2:00:15 (9:11), 20 miles – 3:19:05 (9:58) and last 10K – 1:18:19. Nice food options at the end, which I also thought was organized very nicely. Still couldn’t find the family, but that my fault for not telling them where to meet ahead of time.
The expo was small, but nice. We saw our friend Kris Jessee, who ran the half in an impressive 1:43:58. You could tell this is really more of a half marathon event – there were just a couple of spots for marathon bib pick-up and a whole wall full of spots for the half. With just 1,392 people in the full, there was plenty of elbow room once we split from the half runners around mile three. The full marathon course was well supported throughout, but there weren’t a whole lot of spectators. They gave out the shirts at the expo and not at the finish (one of my minor pet peeves), but they are very nice. Cool medal design too.
The rest of trip was short, but fun. MK had a school project based on planning trips, so she practiced on this one. Based on her research, we stopped at the very cool Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and drove by the pretty state capital building. We also hit up locally-owned Zombie Burger + Drink Lab for lunch, where I ordered the huge double “Dead Moines” burger (smoked gouda, prosciutto, ham and truffle mayo). It was great, but trust me when I say a single is more than enough. RAYGUN, the Greatest Store in the Universe, was just down the street, so we of course had to stop in and do a little shopping there.
We didn’t stick around too long after the race on Sunday, breaking our locals-only food rule with a quick stop at Noodles and Company before hitting the road back north. The road construction on I-35 once we passed back into Minnesota was completely ridiculous. MNDOT really needs to study ways to improve that whole situation. The Iowa DOT runs some pretty awesome “modern” rest stops – perhaps they can give MNDOT a call and lend a helping hand…
To be fast, one needs to train fast…Originally published by DK on October 21, 2015 at 9:58 am
Insula Restaurant, Ely, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on October 20, 2015 at 3:47 pm
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Des Moines: Hell YesOriginally published by DK on October 17, 2015 at 6:52 pm
Nice location and good service, Des MoinesOriginally published by DK on October 17, 2015 at 5:43 pm
Greater Des Moines Botanical GardenOriginally published by DK on October 17, 2015 at 5:36 pm
Mountain Dew – filled by Stan and ClaireOriginally published by DK on October 17, 2015 at 5:29 pm
Very pretty building – plus GOLDOriginally published by DK on October 17, 2015 at 2:46 pm
So peaceful (and warm)Originally published by DK on October 17, 2015 at 1:34 pm
MK is in Vikings CountryOriginally published by DK on October 16, 2015 at 9:50 pm
Fuddruckers EdinaOriginally published by DK on October 16, 2015 at 9:44 pm
Des Moines Marathon this weekendOriginally published by DK on October 16, 2015 at 5:59 pm
…the reason that these extraordinary non-gaming attractions exist is because the damn casino is the cash register…Originally published by DK on October 16, 2015 at 10:39 am
Strategic planning sessionsOriginally published by DK on October 15, 2015 at 10:27 am
It’s a triple play at the Meadows Bar and GrilleOriginally published by DK on October 14, 2015 at 9:09 pm
Another milestone for the HondaOriginally published by DK on October 14, 2015 at 9:06 pm
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Out on the railroad track, they’re cleanin’ ol’ number nine. They’re scrubbin’ the boiler down. She really is lookin’ fine, a beauty, that number nine…Originally published by DK on October 14, 2015 at 8:00 am
#LegacyOriginally published by DK on October 13, 2015 at 8:13 am
Thanks to Bob Klas (Junior and Senior) for the invitationOriginally published by DK on October 12, 2015 at 7:35 pm
Charley Walters is your 2015 Mr. GolfOriginally published by DK on October 12, 2015 at 7:32 pm
Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on October 11, 2015 at 10:21 pm
Sociable Cider Werks & The Curious GoatOriginally published by DK on October 11, 2015 at 5:46 pm
All-day breakfast has (finally) arrivedOriginally published by DK on October 10, 2015 at 5:56 pm
One of several nemesis holes – the par five sixthOriginally published by DK on October 10, 2015 at 1:05 pm
Nice lunch visit with DGS @ Carbone’s Circle Pines/LexingtonOriginally published by DK on October 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm
We have liability on the Cubs every single year…Originally published by DK on October 8, 2015 at 10:43 am
Bear on the deck, Birch Point, Lake VermilionOriginally published by DK on October 7, 2015 at 7:44 pm
http://www.tylerpennelrunning.com/2015/10/07/tc-10-mile/Originally published by DK on October 7, 2015 at 6:08 pm
CK & MK @ BWW EaganOriginally published by DK on October 6, 2015 at 9:51 pm
The JV fish makes her Shakopee pool debut (on a Tuesday!)Originally published by DK on October 6, 2015 at 7:59 pm
U.S. Bank Stadium looking goodOriginally published by DK on October 6, 2015 at 1:46 pm
Twin Cities Marathon medalsOriginally published by DK on October 4, 2015 at 7:29 am
TC 10 Mile medalsOriginally published by DK on October 4, 2015 at 7:28 am
http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/features/track-by-track/track-by-track-frankie-lee-on-american-dreamerOriginally published by DK on October 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm
Buy the ticket, take the ride…Originally published by DK on October 3, 2015 at 12:37 am
Gordon Ramsey Steak, Paris Las VegasOriginally published by DK on October 2, 2015 at 10:12 pm
StubbornOriginally published by DK on October 2, 2015 at 10:11 pm
The new arena is getting closerOriginally published by DK on October 2, 2015 at 10:09 pm
That didn’t take longOriginally published by DK on October 2, 2015 at 10:08 pm
Cod sticky bun, chicken wings and teriyaki chicken bowl with egg, Monte Carlo Las VegasOriginally published by DK on October 2, 2015 at 7:29 pm
Creatures and Creativity – BGFAOriginally published by DK on October 2, 2015 at 5:14 pm
The Mirage and Treasure IslandOriginally published by DK on October 2, 2015 at 5:13 pm
Hot pastrami and Swiss on white, Carnegie Deli, MirageOriginally published by DK on October 2, 2015 at 1:13 pm