Drastic conditions often call for drastic measures, so once it was apparent that this year’s Spring Park 6k was to be run in frozen tundra, I knew it was time to bust out my secret weapon. What was the secret weapon? Here’s a hint: Continue reading
For some reason, the holiday I have most consistently ran a race on has been not St. Patrick’s Day, the Fourth of July, or even New Year’s Day when everyone is enacting resolutions that last approximately 10 days. Instead it has been Thanksgiving Day. But perhaps this makes perfect sense considering that this is the one day of the year where us folks residing in the Land of the Free like to express our gratitude for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by force-feeding desserts, gravy, and de-feathered bird down our throats to the point of tummy explosion. Continue reading
Because I have become such a Microsoft fanboi over the last year, I was perusing the latest Microsoft News using the very nice News Bento Windows 8 app when an article about a Finnish music video caught my eye. Now, normally tunes from Finland aren’t my thing (not being able to understand the Finnish language for one thing), but it piqued my curiosity since it was filmed entirely with a Windows Phone, which can take photos at an eye-popping 41 megapixels and is supposedly far-and-away the best smartphone on the market today for professional photographers.
I was particularly delighted to see where it was filmed. A dead giveaway were the Fountains of Bellagio at 0:33 in the video. “I was just there!” I exclaimed to no one but my kitties. It appears that Kristal, the Finnish pop star, was doing a tour of Americana. She was even equipped with a Dodge Challenger rental car and started with Vegas, the City of Lights. Continue reading
With the completion of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon, I have now run a marathon in 25 states. Halfway there! Doing all 50 (plus District of Columbia) is merely a lifetime goal, so finishing the rest will take at least another decade at my current pace of 2+ marathon states per year.
Above is a graphic of the 25 completed states, and this post has more detail on exactly where and when I did them. All western continental states have been checked off. (“Go east young man,” advises my friend Jonathan.)
It should be noted that despite doing all these marathons, they are not getting any easier. Indeed, the last couple years my running performances have been trending much slower. Hopefully, this has stopped with the marathon in Vegas.
The last time I visited the place Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed as “the one great sight which every American should see,” a snowstorm suddenly came through and I got to see the canyon for approximately 45 seconds. Hence, when Bandy and Sara proposed doing a side trip to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, I was game. “I can guarantee that you will spend more than 45 seconds this time,” assured my bud. Continue reading