• 📸 Photoblogging - Day 15: Ethereal

    Seemed like we had the place to ourselves today at the Great Wolf Lodge

  • 📸 Photoblogging - Day 14: Wheels

    In honor of today’s prompt I took the OneWheel out for a ride today. So fun! But something I haven’t done as much this year for risk of injuring myself 🤣.

  • Doing a little work from the shed again today. Always good change of scenery but it is getting a little cooler out. I might have to move up my electrical timeline 😁

  • One year Micro Blogging 🥳

    I believe today marks my one year of using Micro blog or at least based on my post from a year ago today (my one year being a paid member is coming up). However, with that said I now see my On this Day page doesn’t work 😒 (add that to my list to look into another time).

    Thinking back, I can’t believe it took me so long to find this platform or maybe I saw it and didn’t think to use it.

    Either way I have enjoyed the past year learning about what is possible and in some places figuring out a work around or how it can work for me. Honestly, the best part of Micro.blog is the community and acquaintances that I have made through this platform. It kind of fits with what I have always looked for when blogging. I do it mostly for myself but if someone else reads it and finds it interesting then great. Also, since it is ingrained into everything else on Micro.Blog then I can find others that are like minded and interested in similar topics.

    Even after a year of using Micro.blog I am still not entirely sure what my setup is going to look like but for now it is working and the linking I have done between my older WordPress blog works.

  • 📸 Photoblogging - Day 13: Animals

    This is where this animal sleeps all day while I work nearby

  • 📸 Photoblogging - Day 12: Legend(ary)

    I think I know what I might fire up this weekend… I can’t even count the hours I have spent in my younger (and older) years playing this game.

  • 📸 Photoblogging - Day 11: Hygge

    Everyone wants to lay next to the doodle but she just likes soft blankets… 🐶

  • I really enjoy when October rolls around as my youngest always drifts to one of my favorite Halloween books to read and listen to. I prefer listening to it as the delivery of the lines are much better 😁

    Enjoy this video for those of you who don’t have the book

  • 📸 Photoblogging - Day 10: Bridges

    Decided to take to the foot bridges today through the woods and prairie… 🏃🏻‍♂️

  • 📸 Photoblogging - Day 9: Safe

    Fun little project for our 6 yo today putting this together. Obviously it is not the safest safe but she had fun and it is functional for her to put some candy in 😁

  • Nothing like a school carnival to bring out the gourmet hot dogs this one was the Chihuahua Dog.

  • 📸 Photoblogging - Day 8: Twilight

    Sometimes there is an advantage to getting up early in the morning before a long day of work. Still going… 🏃🏻‍♂️

  • 📸 Photoblogging - Day 7: Spice

    This isn’t even all of the spices and I am not sure how often we use any of them. Maybe that is not me, pizza or tacos anyone? 🤣

  • 📸 Photoblogging - Day 6: Street

    Back to the streets again today after 2 days of rest since the Marathon. The legs were not as excited as I thought but was glad to get them moving again without pain.

  • 📸 Photoblogging - Day 5: Toy

    My kids seem to be at that age where they go in phases with various toys. This was just sitting like this in our craft/toy room and probably hasn’t been touched for weeks 🤣

  • 📸 Photoblogging - Day 4: Sharp

    This time of year is great for fresh apples from a tree picked to be sliced up and eaten

  • 2021 Twin Cities Marathon Recap

    Well after all the build up for the past 9 months the race is done and I am happy with my own results. After, what has been a 20 year hiatus (more on that below) I was glad to conquer this one in much more style, less pain, and a time I had not planned for 😁. As I have told most people who ask me, it is amazing what some real training does when preparing for a marathon.

    Building up to race day I was asked what time or pace I was shooting for and in reality I didn’t have much thought. Well there was some thoughts but honestly my goal was faster than 20 years ago time but more specifically I was shooting for under 4 hrs since I felt even being 20 years older I could bet that time of 4:15:17 by 15 min. Not only did I beat that time I crushed it by 35 minutes for a time of 3:39:28.

    Also, I can’t thank my family enough for coming out to support me as it was great seeing people I knew from time to time throughout the day.

    Not to mention my champion wife who was trucking around the Twin Cities to various points even though she didn’t know the roads very well while with her was 3 kids of which some expired at my 2 hr mark.

    She was there for the first one 20 years ago so it was great to have her and the rest of my cheering section. Also, for the last push of 6 miles I saw my uncle on the sidelines saying “looks like you got this one” which was a great confidence booster in the middle of the 3 mile uphill climb.

    (This was early on in the race and I seem a little to happy)

    (Later on in the race still happy, I think)

    (Final push to the finish)

    ##2001 Race Background## 20 years ago on a whim I signed up for the 2001 Twin Cities Marathon sometime after I had just turned 20. I am not really sure what I was thinking but I believe in a way it was because I had not keep up running much from my High School days and missed it. I also thought I would share in the punishment and poor college student me signed my brother up (who was working at the time) as well since he lived in Minneapolis. I figured what was he going to do if I signed him up for it, not show up?

    I jumped right into some training plan I am sure I found on the internet at the time and was following it religiously throughout that summer as I stayed up at school and all my friends went home. However, when the training plan started to tick up miles school was back in session and my training fell off the radar. I don’t even think I ran anything of value or consistency the month before the race. Talk about coming in cold. In fact, the longest I had run before that 2001 Marathon was 13 miles.

    Let’s just say the day turned out as you would have expected, the adrenaline and excitement pushed me though probably 17 miles worth. Then I gritted it out for another 3 that I can’t remember. The last 6.2 miles were torchure and I think most of it has escaped me. From what I remember it was a lot of walking for that last 6.2 miles and seems right as up to that point I was tracking time well and then it took me one and fifteen minutes to complete that last 6.2 miles. I remember finally realizing that I as only 1 mile from the finish and I think that is when I started to somewhat run again knowing the end was finally in sight. The best part of that race was that I crossed the finish line with my uncle and to this day we all still joke how I touched the finish line first.

    However, in reality when I was dying on those last miles at some point he passed me up and I caught back up to him in the final stretch. Since that time but probably not right after I kept telling myself that if I was ever going to run another one and I did want to I wanted to make sure I trained for it much better than before. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t that the time was overly horrible but I knew I could have done better so it was my goal.

  • 📸 Photoblogging - Day 3: Majority

    A majority of people would not say this is a fun way to spend a Sunday morning. However, I had a great cheering crew today that made it even better than I could have hoped… 🏃🏻‍♂️

  • 📸 Photoblogging - Day 2: Dark

    Tomorrow is go time and it will be an early morning in the dark. So gathering up what I need for tonight and explaining to family where they can find me on the course. Hopefully running 😁🏃🏻‍♂️

    (9 hrs to go)

  • 📸 Photoblogging - Day 1: Touch

  • Was a littler warmer out today than I was thinking it would be. I sure hope it gets cooler again in the days to come. However, got my last run in until the day… 🏃🏻‍♂️

    (3 days to go)

  • Running toward the darkness… 🏃🏻‍♂️

    (Only hours remaining 🤣, ok 6 days to go)

  • Not sure why they are doing the hour countdown already. In a way it makes me feel like there is a bunch of time left… 🤔

  • I have some people to blame that I loaded STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town and started to play last night 🤦‍♂️. Let say I didn’t get to bed when I was hoping to.

  • Enjoying this amazing weather while trying to dial in some sort of pace 🤷‍♂️

    (9 days to go… single digits 😱)

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