7 Minute Miles

Finisher Shirt Friday

Posted Friday, April 24th, 2015 01:25 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Marathons,Running at 1:25 PM

The governor said so

Originally published by DK on April 24, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Here Comes Apple Watch

Posted Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 06:50 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Mini Posts,Technology at 6:50 PM

A friend of mine asked me the other day if I was getting an Apple Watch and I actually hadn’t thought about it much (until today). Another friend was very excited when it was first announced and a few co-workers are counting down the days until the pre-order window, but I haven’t been super excited about April 24th. My two biggest reasons for this are 1) you need to have your phone for GPS (which kills the biggest runner reason for having one) and 2) I haven’t worn a watch since my first job out of college.

I do like the design and a few of the bands are very nice. I also like that they are doing both the 42mm and the 38mm sizes, as my wrists have always been rather small compared to the rest of my body. If I was going for the cheap end, I’d probably get a 38mm Space Gray aluminum sport model with a black sport band. For a more expensive (and stylish) option, I’d go for the 38mm stainless steel version with the Milanese loop band. Even if I had the money, I don’t really find the gold edition models any more appealing than a traditional Rolex (or my old Movado for that matter).

My Garmin Forerunner 610 is probably nearing the end of useful life, but right now I’d be more inclined to replace it with something like the fēnix 3 over an Apple Watch. That model retails for $500, though, so I’ll likely just wait and see what develops. I also find it funny how many people out there are already critical of Apple Watch functionality when hardly anyone has actually used one in real life. Apple didn’t get to be a bazillion-dollar company by releasing junk, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for now…

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Parents Are Parents

Posted Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 03:21 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Music,Shopping at 3:21 PM

…Springsteen is Boss @ Electric Fetus Duluth

Originally published by DK on February 4, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Whatever Ed wants

Posted Sunday, February 1st, 2015 09:34 am GMT -5 in Fashion,Music,Sports at 9:34 AM

Pearl Jam Seahawks Super Bowl T-shirt

Originally published by DK on February 1, 2015 at 9:34 am

Local chicks are better

Posted Friday, January 30th, 2015 11:12 am GMT -5 in Fashion,Food at 11:12 AM

Locally Laid Egg Company, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

My Gangsta Wrapper

Posted Thursday, December 18th, 2014 08:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion,Holidays at 8:42 PM

MK and her new Christmas shirt

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2014 at 8:42 pm

A Tiny Bite of the Big Apple

Posted Thursday, November 6th, 2014 12:06 am GMT -5 in Fashion,Food,Friends,Longform,Shopping,Travel at 12:06 AM

In addition to the big race, I was quite fortunate to experience a few additional things on my trip to New York (while still trying not to spend money). This trip was also a bit of an adventure for me, as I had never really had to figure out the subway system before. Both of my Delta flights were perfect – on time, window seats and great experiences with TSA Pre✓ at MSP and LGA. My one cab ride from the airport to Queens was inexpensive and quick.

I figured out the apartment situation the first night on my own, as my host Dillon had to work until 11pm. His place was really nice: smallish one bedroom on the third floor, with an elevator and balcony. It was located about two blocks from the N/Q line’s Astoria Boulevard station, which was really convenient. That train was a straight shot into Times Square, which I took on Saturday morning to head over to the race expo at the Javits Center, where I met my friends Deb and Jeff.

The expo was the same as last time: packed with people from all over the world. As I found out this week, the 2014 edition of the race was also the largest ever in the history of marathons (50,564 finishers). We walked right up to the bib areas, though, and really only had to wait in line to buy stuff. They also hand out the finisher shirts at the expo (just like Disney), so I picked mine up before buying a few five finger borough gloves for MK and SK. There were lots of other great things to buy there, but I didn’t want to burn all my cash on the first day. Stopped by the Sweaty Bands booth to look for my friend Kris, but she skipped this expo (and race).

Javits was also hosting a photography show and the huge Nikon booth was teasing me from just inside the guarded barrier. The marathon expo had a second level nearby, though, so we headed up there and found lots of interesting new booths. They handed out borough “passports” that you could get stamped to receive a free race poster. The inspiring Kathrine Switzer was there signing her book and a number of government and charity groups were handing out info.

The weather Saturday was crappy all day, with a cold, constant drizzle and relatively high winds. It wasn’t super fun walking around midtown, but we headed from Javits back to Times Square to wait in line at the TKTS booth to see if we could get discounted tickets to see Dillon’s show (he’s the sound engineer) – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. When we got up there, the guy said they only had five single seats left (for 50% off). Sold!

Once we had the tickets for the matinee, we walked over to Eighth Avenue to hit up Shake Shack for lunch. I ordered a single ShackBurger with no tomato, cheese fries and a vanilla malt. In hindsight, I don’t know if that was a great pre-race selection, but it sure tasted good (especially the bun). That place is always packed, but we didn’t have to wait too long.

After lunch, we walked up Eighth to 48th and waited outside the Walter Kerr Theater for a bit before the doors opened. Now that I think about it, we also got a drink across the street at Hurley’s Saloon and picked up some souvenirs for the girls at a tourist trap on Broadway. Once inside, we found our seats in the mezzanine and waited for the show to start. The guy sitting next to me was in town from Arkansas to run the marathon and said he was also a 2012 returnee. This was going to be his second marathon (he ran a BQ in his first at Chicago) and will retire from racing after Boston next April. So jealous. Oh yeah, he was wave one, corral A too…

The show was really fun. Jefferson Mays was outstanding, Lisa O’Hare was beautiful (and funny) and I really liked Carole Shelley as Miss Shingle. Bryce Pinkham was also very talented, turning from good to evil at the drop of a hat. The set design and lighting effects were cool and the orchestra and sound were perfect (of course). The play had two acts with an intermission and Dillon arranged to have our names at the stage door for an after show tour. We ended up actually getting escorted backstage by the other sound engineer Dave, who took us out the back exit and down the alley fire escape. Dillon let us walk out on center stage and showed us the very cramped backstage area, which was really special (thanks again, DJC!). Go see this show if you haven’t – there’s a reason it won four Tony Awards (including Best Musical).

After the show, we walked towards our dinner destination, stopping briefly at 30 Rock to watch the brave ice skaters gliding by in the rain. My pasta carbo load crosshairs were set on Alfredo’s, my old Italy EPCOT Center pals (RIP). The original restaurant is in Rome, but I’ve only known it from the Florida branch that closed on my brother’s birthday in 2007 (the New York location opened in 1977). I ordered a Caesar salad to start and (of course) had the fettuccine Alfredo. Not sure if it was my headache or the food, but it just didn’t seem the same to me, unfortunately.

After dinner, we walked up Fifth Avenue, stopping at the huge UNIQLO store to browse. They had a number of cool MoMA special edition jackets that I really wanted – Keith Haring and Andy Warhol designs for only $90! I restrained myself, though, and walked up to Tiffany & Co. to get a photo for free (no Cracker Jacks on this trip). Headed back to Queens after that and tried to rest up.

I already covered the race specifics in my other post, so I’ll jump to end of the race. I basically ended up walking all the way around the south half of Central Park and got back on the N train to Queens. Took a nice hot shower, changed and rested on the couch until Dillon got back from his Sunday afternoon performance. The local ABC affiliate re-ran the whole marathon broadcast, so I got to watch the two Kenyans battle down the stretch for their respective titles. It was a little reassuring to see the elites were also slowed down quite a bit by the conditions.

We walked a few blocks over to Chef Michael Psilakis’ Greek restaurant on Ditmars Boulevard, MP Taverna for dinner. Dillon had heard good things about it and when I saw the chef was a James Beard finalist, I was sold. My hanger steak & Greek sausage with smashed fries was delicious, as was our appetizer, yogurt dip with warm pita. Dillon ordered the spinach, feta & dill stuffed filet of sole, which he also enjoyed. We stopped in at the Sparrow Tavern on the way home for some Jameson and Laphroaig.

I attempted to sleep in a little on Monday, but was still up by nine. I packed up everything and decided to hop on the train one more time to head in to Times Square and a visit to the Cake Boss Cafe to pick up a couple gifts for Colleen. Before I left, I found an old Village Voice article that listed the top ten places to eat around Times Square. I decided the number one thing they picked sounded like a good plan and walked over to Sapporo on 49th:

Katsudon at Sapporo – This aging noodle shop has long been a haven for homesick Japanese travelers, and the ramen, gyoza, and curries are superb, but our greatest affection is for the luncheon delight katsudon, consisting of a perfectly fried pork cutlet mired in egg and onion, squirted with a vaguely sweet sauce and served over a big bowl of rice. A cup of miso soup comes alongside, making this one of the best under-$10 meals in town. 152 West 49th Street, 212-869-8972

Lunch was very good (I also added an order of Buffalo wings) and the location was perfect – the 49th Street N train station was basically right outside their door. I hopped back on the train, got my stuff and had Dillon drop me off at the airport on his way out of town. I hung out at the airport for a couple hours and arrived home that night around 8:30pm. Dillon’s suggestion to load A Dark Room on my phone was brilliant – no network connection required and it made the flight seem extra quick.

Growing up, I always preferred the West Coast (and especially LA) to New York. Living in the Midwest, I also hated how everything was so focused on the East Coast (all times Eastern, news broadcasts, New Years Eve countdowns, etc). Now that I’ve visited twice in the past two years, it’s starting to grow on me. I also realized this time just how much of New York I’ve never seen. I may not get back again for a while, but now I’d really like to (especially with the whole family). Until we meet again, Gotham…

Originally published by DK on November 6, 2014 at 12:06 am

Coach Purses up for grabs

Posted Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 07:17 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Fashion,Shopping at 7:17 PM

November casino promotion

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Nerdiest shirt ever?

Posted Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 10:11 am GMT -5 in Fashion,Technology at 10:11 AM

Run DMG @ JNUC 2014, Guthrie Theater

Originally published by DK on October 22, 2014 at 10:11 am

Trendytown

Posted Thursday, October 16th, 2014 05:49 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Travel at 5:49 PM

I-35 southbound

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Cowlick is a four letter word

Posted Sunday, August 17th, 2014 08:06 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,History,Personal at 8:06 PM

It’s always been bad…

Originally published by DK on August 17, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Won’t be long

Posted Thursday, August 14th, 2014 03:17 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Golf at 3:17 PM

2016 Ryder Cup @ Hazeltine

Originally published by DK on August 14, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Thrift Shop Stylin’

Posted Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 04:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion,Shopping at 4:25 PM

MK @ Mall of St. Paul

Originally published by DK on August 2, 2014 at 4:25 pm

MK stylin’ in Uptown

Posted Friday, July 25th, 2014 05:38 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion,Food at 5:38 PM

Dinner at coup d’état (with Libertine and Stella’s in the background)

Originally published by DK on July 25, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Finisher Shirt Friday

Posted Friday, April 25th, 2014 09:50 am GMT -5 in Fashion,Running at 9:50 AM

2014 Dopey Challenge

Originally published by DK on April 25, 2014 at 9:50 am

The New 17s

Posted Saturday, April 12th, 2014 05:35 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Running at 5:35 PM

Mizuno Wave Rider 17s

Originally published by DK on April 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Free jersey T’s

Posted Thursday, February 6th, 2014 07:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion,Hockey at 7:42 PM

Dad and I at the Wild-Preds game

Originally published by DK on February 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm

You must be this tall

Posted Friday, January 10th, 2014 06:13 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Travel at 6:13 PM

Yoda Disney shirt

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Colorado Mickey?

Posted Friday, January 10th, 2014 06:10 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Travel at 6:10 PM

Main Street USA

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm

I’m a big dork

Posted Friday, January 10th, 2014 03:29 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Travel at 3:29 PM

Gaston hat

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Yes, they do

Posted Thursday, January 9th, 2014 08:57 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Travel at 8:57 PM

Nerds Rock Disney pin set

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Aerosmith Mickey

Posted Thursday, January 9th, 2014 04:28 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Music,Travel at 4:28 PM

Nice leather pants, mouse

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2014 at 4:28 pm

That’s a lot of swag

Posted Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 04:05 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Marathons,Running at 4:05 PM

Dopey Challenge race shirts

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2014 at 4:05 pm

D&B

Posted Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 11:57 am GMT -5 in Art,Fashion,Running,Travel at 11:57 AM

Dooney & Bourke runDisney banner

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2014 at 11:57 am

Uptown Swag

Posted Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 02:46 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Fashion at 2:46 PM

Kid one and two before the show

Originally published by DK on December 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Get your roadside merch

Posted Saturday, November 16th, 2013 07:09 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Fashion,Music,Travel at 7:09 PM

Pearl Jam merch trailer, Oklahoma City

Originally published by DK on November 16, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I’ve never seen this side

Posted Friday, November 8th, 2013 01:34 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion at 1:34 PM

Kid one haircut with Kim

Originally published by DK on November 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Meow-y Christmas

Posted Thursday, November 7th, 2013 03:09 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion,Holidays at 3:09 PM

Kid two and her new favorite sweater at Target Eagan

Originally published by DK on November 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Cheesedog Halloween

Posted Monday, October 14th, 2013 08:19 am GMT -5 in Fashion,Holidays at 8:19 AM

Target T-shirt, Eagan

Originally published by DK on October 14, 2013 at 8:19 am

Seat cushions

Posted Friday, September 27th, 2013 09:48 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Fashion,Food,Travel at 9:48 PM

Pink Taco, Hard Rock Vegas

Originally published by DK on September 27, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Twins swag

Posted Friday, August 9th, 2013 05:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion at 5:42 PM

Kid two on the way to food trucks at Canterbury

Originally published by DK on August 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Tools of the Trade

Posted Friday, July 19th, 2013 12:49 pm GMT -5 in Fashion at 12:49 PM

Haircut with Kim

Originally published by DK on July 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm

The shirt says it all

Posted Friday, July 12th, 2013 02:57 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion at 2:57 PM

Captain Adorable

Originally published by DK on July 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Haircut girl

Posted Friday, July 5th, 2013 01:12 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion at 1:12 PM

Kid two after her visit with Kim

Originally published by DK on July 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

For Sarah

Posted Friday, June 28th, 2013 01:57 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Travel at 1:57 PM

Summerfest T-shirt Shop, Milwaukee

Originally published by DK on June 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm

One very happy girl

Posted Friday, June 14th, 2013 02:48 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion at 2:48 PM

Kid one at St. Sabrina’s, Uptown Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Stefon

Posted Sunday, May 19th, 2013 04:52 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Pop Culture,Quotes,Television at 4:52 PM

D.J. Baby Bok Choy!

Originally published by DK on May 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

The new shirt arrived

Posted Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 08:55 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Marathons,Running at 8:55 PM

Adidas Boston Stands As One T-Shirt fundraiser

Originally published by DK on May 2, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Poppin’ Tags

Posted Saturday, April 13th, 2013 11:02 am GMT -5 in Family,Fashion at 11:02 AM

Kid one at the thrift shop, Red Wing, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on April 13, 2013 at 11:02 am

Her new color

Posted Monday, April 1st, 2013 01:17 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion at 1:17 PM

Kid one and the latest hair dye

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Uptown Kicks

Posted Saturday, March 30th, 2013 12:49 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion at 12:49 PM

Kid one wearin’ moccasins that others have been walkin’ in

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm