Photos From Twin Cities Marathon Weekend

Posted on Oct 06, 2014 under Marathon, World Vision | No Comment

The kids participated in the annual Toddler Trot!

Caleb attempted his first race and made it maybe 10 feet on his own.  He was a little tired and tried to curl up for a nap when he fell down! So I carried him across the line!

Nadia on the other hand, was a professional and did a superb job.  I lined up with her and when they said “Go” she was off on her own.  I quickly walked around the outside to get her at the finish line. She was standing around in the middle of the sea of people contently waiting and looking for me!  We then picked up her hardware and found Felix and celebrated 3 athletes bringing home the medals!!


Before and after! Nadia ran the race by herself like a big kid! Caleb didn’t really run very far! @twincitiesinmotion

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On Marathon morning, I definitely felt a little weird not running, but loaded the kids up and headed to Mile 16 to cheer on the runners! I saw everyone I was hoping to see except for one friend, but if you turn around for a second you can easily miss someone!


Ready to cheer! #tcmarathon

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We arrived a little early and saw some of the wheelers and the elite crews. Lead men:


Lead pack through 16 #tcmarathon

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The winning man is wearing the Orange jersey.  Tyler Pennel won in his marathon debut with  a time of 2:13:32. Lead women:


Women’s leaders through 16 #tcmarathon

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These two women took 2nd (on right Heather Lieberg 2:34:08) and 3rd  (on the left Brianne Nelson 2:34:22) place overall. The eventual winner Esther Erb (2:34:00) was about 50 seconds behind them at the half way mark and about 30 seconds behind them at them at the 30k mark (18.6 miles). Lieberg and Nelson ran almost identical splits until the 24 mile mark (last split taken) and Erb was still 10 seconds behind them at the 24 mile mark.  That would have been a great finish to watch!

Stephen was competing in the inagural TC Ultra Looney Challenge (10k & 5k Saturday and Marathon on Sunday). He got 3rd overall for the Looney and was the 2nd Team World Vision runner that went by us.


Nice job on the ultra looney! #tclooney #teamworldvision #tcmarathon

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I didn’t take a lot of pictures, but here is a good mid-pack shot of some Team World Vision runners:


Go #teamworldvision runners rockin the day for clean water! #tcmarathon

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And the kids got a little tired with all the spectating! Thank Emily for helping entertain Nadia!


Spectating is hard work! #tcmarathon

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Last year I took the time to list a bunch of pictures I liked on Instagram. That took a lot of work. Check out the #tcmarathon tag to see some cool shots! It was another perfect day for a marathon!

September into October

Posted on Oct 05, 2014 under 30Days | No Comment

Fall is here!! September’s Challenge was to read a chapter from the Book of Proverbs every day.  I did read all 31 chapters of the book, just maybe not on their prescribed day!  I’ve been using the YouVersion App which allows you to highlight and make comments while you are reading. It also has a lot of Bible reading plans.  I didn’t take the time to see if there is a Proverbs reading plan, but I’m sure there is.  You can see some of the verses I highlighted here.  This one is a little humorous and it jumped out at me:  “A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.” Proverbs 15:17 But on a more serious note, there are a lot of good phrases there, even if you aren’t a person of faith. Next year I should probably actually pick a month with 31 days!

It appears I ran 9 miles in September for 2 runs…

I did bike almost 130 miles (128 recorded).  Which is slightly low as I didn’t record every 2 mile ride to church or Crossfit.

I did 9 CrossFit workouts.  I’ve realized that with Christy’s schedule I’m pretty much only able to go 4 times every two weeks without getting someone to watch the kids. We just finished up a 12-week Burgener squat cycle.  I might switch up my workout schedule so that I can go on the same days each week instead of missing every other week of M/F workouts.  I could go T/W/Th but I’m not sure my body could handle that, so I might try T/Th.  Thoughts?

The new job is getting better.  I’m feeling less overwhelmed on a daily basis.  I’m still not at a place where I’m comfortable to set some public goals.  But I am planing to have lunch with every 3rd grader (in small groups) over a 16 day period in October! If it goes well I’ll have lunch with other grades too.

October’s goal was:

30 Days of Core Work – Haven’t had a fitness challenge in a few months… Mix it up… 30 days of planks and push ups? or 30 days of planks and squats? Pick 2 or 3 areas and stick with it!

I had thought about changing this one, since I wasn’t planning to do CrossFit in January when I wrote the goals.  However, I know several people at the Box who are doing other “core” or body-weight workouts at home so I decided to leave it.  I’m planning to do at least 10 push-ups and situps each day.  I’m working on correct form for the push-ups so that I’ll stop getting corrected and have the strength to do a WOD with push-ups in it! Unforutnately (?) for my abs, they threw this at us on Friday!


That was a little rough #crossfit

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No other goals in October! How was your September?

Commuting Routes: So Many Choices!

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 under Bike, Course Comments | No Comment

With a new job comes a new commute.  This new commute is more than double my old one so we were happy that we never got around to selling our old Honda Civic that we bought the summer before we said “I do.”  I wanted to keep riding my bike, but realistically I won’t be able to ride daily.  The distance is the big factor, but really it is the time it takes to traverse that distance! It took me 3-4 weeks but I’ve figured out the fastest driving routes and have it down to between 15-20 minutes driving (which is about the time it took to bike commute to my old job)!  Biking takes much longer.  I was committed to trying and finally got around to it September 18th.  I had actually biked to work earlier, but that was from a car dealership that was about 4 miles away and almost exclusively on trail.

Locally we have a geowiki called Cyclopath that helps you find bike routes.  You can choose the fastest, shortest, or “friendliest.” Friendliest is supposed to be the easiest overall ride factoring in hills and bike lanes, etc.  As a geowiki users can login and update route info or tag sections as friendly or ones to avoid. All of that goes into the outputted route(s).  Google Maps now has a bike feature that can help you find a bike route.  Both are continually improving, with Cyclopath having the most updated info. I didn’t compare their routes turn for turn, but generally speaking they gave the same routes.

But I’m smarter than the computer!! So I didn’t actually follow either maps routes turn for turn and added some of my own flair which in at least one case probably didn’t work out for the best!  I’ve commuted twice now and took a little bit different route on the way home so I’ve got 4 routes to compare so far.  I think I have a winner that I’ll continue to use regularly.

The shortest route was 8.6 miles and the longest was 8.9. The shortest amount of moving time was 39:08 and longest was 40:20. Most importantly, the shortest elapsed or overall time was 39:55 compared to the longest at 45:36.

I’ve put them in reverse order below, so you’ll have to scroll down to see my favorite!
Route #1 was pretty much straight up urban without any scenery except buildings! Way too much stop and go and while it was mostly on bike lanes too much traffic (especially downtown).

Route #2 was still pretty urban with lots of stops. It was a little bit more scenic and this one I think I made some silly choices but that meant I went through the Sculpture Garden at least! This was also probably the hilliest with several rolling hills with too many stop signs at the bottom of a hill!!

Route #3 is mostly on the River Road, but once that ended I stayed on city streets.

Route #4 is pretty much the same as Route #3, except that it rejoined a trail network instead of taking the streets. This was the flattest ride of them all.

For now I’ll plan on using the route #4 knowing there are innumerable ways to extend the ride for a better workout if I want. If you are ever up for a longer ride come up and we can ride home together!

30 Days: August into September

Posted on Sep 07, 2014 under 30Days | No Comment

August’s Challenge was to take a picture every day.  I wanted it to be something more artistic than just “oh crap I need a picture.” For the most part I feel that I did a pretty good job.  A few of them were definitely last minute, but I did get one every day.  I didn’t always post it on the day I took it, but that only messed me up once.  I like taking pictures, but with two kids it isn’t always easy to go somewhere and just take pictures.

It is a little embarrassing to post these mileage totals.  My biking was saved by Powderhorn 24 and I did run a half marathon!

Running: 18.8 miles – this means I only ran 6 miles outside of my race. Oops!

Biking: 135.2 miles – 85 of this was Powderhorn.  I didn’t work for the first half so I didn’t get many commuting miles in and I didn’t really get out for any longer rides since Powderhorn was looming!

Crossfit: It looks like I was able to go 9 times.  Most of my workouts were missed due to Christy’s work schedule, but we were also on vacation, and I missed a couple due to my half and Powderhorn.  My goal is 3x a week which for August meant I should have gone 13 times.  I have been going MWF, but I’ve thrown in a couple of T,R just to get the workouts in.  I even went in one day for an afternoon open gym since it worked with my schedule and I’d missed at least one workout that week.

I started a new job at the end of  August.  I had been looking for a School Social Work job all summer and had 6 interviews.  After I had started working my old job for 2 days, I got another interview and a job offer.  So now I’m a School Social Worker at Jenny Lind Elementary in Minneapolis.  Since I started about a week after everyone else I was a little behind and overwhelmed by so many new things all at once – new school, new job, new people, new building systems, etc.  It is slowly starting to feel like home and getting into a rhythm. I hope to still be able to bike commute, thought it will be at least twice as far as my previous commute.  As a result of this job change, I didn’t create any work related goals.  We also had already decided that we needed to stop our volunteer role as site coordinators for an Adult ESL program.  It was a hard decision but given the demands of our schedule we weren’t doing it justice and were neglecting our roles as parents and spouses!

My September 30 Day plan is:

Proverb a Day – With school in full swing it seems fitting to go back to the Book of Wisdom and read a chapter from the Book of Proverbs each day.

It is always good to spend more time in the Bible.  I don’t feel like adding any additional goals this month.  How was your August?


8/31 Costco’s Christmas Creep

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Hard to believe Costco has Christmas and winter gear out before Labor Day. Ugh.

8/30 Lake Calhoun

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The beaches are only this quiet and empty in the mornings!

8/29 Reserved Parking

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My new job has a few perks!

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