Love the shadowsOriginally published by DK on June 30, 2016 at 8:05 pm
Club Purple Patio SunsetOriginally published by DK on June 30, 2016 at 5:07 am
Happy days are hereOriginally published by DK on June 29, 2016 at 5:57 pm
Shake Shack @ Mall of AmericaOriginally published by DK on June 28, 2016 at 11:22 am
It’s an exciting week in MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on June 28, 2016 at 10:28 am
Carpe Damn Diem!Originally published by DK on June 28, 2016 at 8:25 am
Tiring, but probably good training for AftonOriginally published by DK on June 27, 2016 at 10:11 pm
My Burger – U of MNOriginally published by DK on June 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm
Way different than Midway Stadium (first time here for a Saints game)Originally published by DK on June 26, 2016 at 6:43 pm
Westward boundOriginally published by DK on June 26, 2016 at 6:39 pm
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It’s been almost three years since we visited Doug Flicker’s Piccolo in Minneapolis and Colleen decided that’s where she wanted to go for her birthday this year. Looking back at my post from 2013, just about everything still stands: great service and beautiful food combine for one of best special event restaurants around. The signed birthday card from the staff was a nice touch too – Amy’s idea?
I won’t go over all of the selections we picked for the seven courses, but take a look at the photos after the jump and read over the menu to see the amazing options that were presented Friday night. We had a table by the front window and the room was full by the time we finished, which is a good sign for the current health of the Minneapolis market.
Cecil’s always hits the spotOriginally published by DK on June 25, 2016 at 4:50 pm
Happy Birthday CKOriginally published by DK on June 23, 2016 at 9:54 pm
Book of Treasures!!!!Originally published by DK on June 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm
She got there eventuallyOriginally published by DK on June 21, 2016 at 8:01 pm
Eastside on WashingtonOriginally published by DK on June 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Lunch at EastsideOriginally published by DK on June 21, 2016 at 12:13 pm
http://www.startribune.com/ask-the-restaurant-critic-where-to-go-in-grand-marais-summer-parties-and-more/383344441/Originally published by DK on June 21, 2016 at 9:18 am
When the good people at Grandma’s Marathon announced plans for the 40th anniversary of the race, I perked up when they said runners who registered early would get a special jacket. When they published a picture of the medal, I signed up right away.
Guess I’m still a sucker for nice bling.
Lots of other people were apparently excited by this year too, with 9,100 runners selling out the race for the first time in quite a while. This was my eighth Grandma’s (and 26th marathon), but I hadn’t been up there to run since 2011. Love the race and how the city embraces the weekend, so I’m not sure why I waited so long to return again.
With my work schedule completely out of control right now, I was not nearly as prepared for this race as I would’ve liked to be. I did get in long runs of 17.5, 21.5 and 15 miles in the weeks leading up to the race, but there wasn’t much in the way of short weekday runs (or any cross-training or speed work). Add in my Garmin dying the week of the race and a forecast for hot and humid weather and my time expectations for this race went out the window.
My A, B, C and D goals were all very low-key: get an official finish under seven hours to get the damn medal, beat my worst Grandma’s time (5:26:54), keep it in the fours and, finally, try to beat my Des Moines time (4:37:23). Three out of four was pretty good on a day when the weather warning flags went from green to yellow to red to black as the day went on.
We stayed at my sister’s apartment again and I got dropped off downtown to catch the train to the start. I thought getting there at 4:50 was plenty of time, but the line to board was already down the street. Capacity must be way higher than it seems, though, as everyone in line before me only filled the front half of the train. Talked with three other runners on the way to Two Harbors, including a friendly woman from Colorado and a sixty-year-old gentleman who is a fan of the Galloway run-walk method.
We arrived at the starting line just before seven and I actually waited in line for a port-o-potty (which I think is a first for me). Maybe I missed it, but I don’t think they did the flyover before the start (which was always a highlight for me). Looked around a bit to see if I could find anybody I knew, but decided to head to the chute when it got crowded. No real announcement to start this year either – everyone just started moving slowly to the line and we were off.
Running without a Garmin was strangely liberating. I just wanted to take it slow and let my muscles take over instead of my brain. The only anxiety I had was due to the 4:15 pacer, who I traded places with twice. This race doesn’t have many clocks on course, so I knew I hit the halfway mark around 2:10. After that I had no idea until mile 25, but I knew I was going slower the second half because of walk breaks through each water stop to rehydrate, take on ice and sponges and pour water over my head (all tricks I learned the last time it was too hot).
As I’ve said before, this race takes on a whole new feel when you enter Duluth city limits after mile 18. The crowd support is amazing and they helped me run non-stop from the last water stop at mile 25 to the finish line, where I finished in 4:47:36 (10:59 Minute Miles). Full results can be found here, including my official splits (10K – 59:02, 13.1M – 2:10:22, 20M – 3:30:47 and 25M – 4:34:45).
Next up: Afton Trail Run 50K on July 2Originally published by DK on June 19, 2016 at 3:41 pm
My excellent father’s day card from kid one and twoOriginally published by DK on June 19, 2016 at 3:15 pm
Frog progressive on Black Orchid @ Grand Casino HinckleyOriginally published by DK on June 19, 2016 at 12:26 am
Grandma’s Marathon 40th Anniversary MedalOriginally published by DK on June 19, 2016 at 12:24 am
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Quick stop at the Y StoreOriginally published by DK on June 17, 2016 at 11:07 pm
Tears, memories and fellowship in TowerOriginally published by DK on June 17, 2016 at 11:05 pm
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RIP Alex Batinich – thanks for everything â¤ï¸Originally published by DK on June 15, 2016 at 7:25 pm
That flavor was pretty awesomeOriginally published by DK on June 15, 2016 at 12:57 pm
So much gearOriginally published by DK on June 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm
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In everything but locationOriginally published by DK on June 14, 2016 at 1:10 am
I think they prefer NidorksOriginally published by DK on June 14, 2016 at 1:08 am
These are the Dave’s I know…Originally published by DK on June 14, 2016 at 1:06 am
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The magazine rack at the Winona ShopkoOriginally published by DK on June 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm
http://www.mngolf.org/m/News/Van_Rooyen_Cruises_to_Victory_at_TapemarkOriginally published by DK on June 13, 2016 at 7:46 am
The South African Gopher takes it by fiveOriginally published by DK on June 12, 2016 at 9:03 pm
Phil Anderson starts things off on number one at SouthviewOriginally published by DK on June 12, 2016 at 7:09 am
One way or another, I’m gonna find ya, I’m gonna getcha getcha getcha getcha…Originally published by DK on June 12, 2016 at 7:06 am
Look what pulled up next to the Tapemark tentOriginally published by DK on June 11, 2016 at 6:16 pm
Kid two and friend out between hole four and hole eight @ SVCCOriginally published by DK on June 11, 2016 at 6:13 pm
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It’s not everyday one of your kids graduates from high school. It’s even rarer that the commencement ceremony happens in a zoo (with bare feet). Then again the School of Environmental Studies isn’t your typical high school.
I’m happy to report that kid one officially made it on June 2, 2016. We held a party to celebrate the following night over at Trapp Farm Park in Eagan. So proud of my beautiful, creative, talented, artistic, outspoken, expressive and kind daughter.
Tapemark #45 @ SVCCOriginally published by DK on June 11, 2016 at 6:18 am
Best metro donut shop?Originally published by DK on June 11, 2016 at 6:17 am
Love the improvements at Southview CCOriginally published by DK on June 10, 2016 at 7:51 pm
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AMC – Nicollet Mall, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on June 9, 2016 at 6:51 am
Bridge over 35EOriginally published by DK on June 8, 2016 at 7:14 am
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Goalposts are up at our little projectOriginally published by DK on June 7, 2016 at 3:28 pm
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Metallica at the Shark TankOriginally published by DK on June 6, 2016 at 7:21 pm
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Brookview Golf Course, Golden Valley, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on June 4, 2016 at 4:32 pm
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Not what I expected…Originally published by DK on June 3, 2016 at 12:33 pm
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Freshman Select @ EVHS – Seasons of LoveOriginally published by DK on June 1, 2016 at 6:21 pm