Friday Funny 1050: Star Wars Valentines Cards

>> Friday, February 12, 2016

I love romantic cards.

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Friday Funny 1049: Why Women Live Longer Than Men

According to United Nations World Population Prospects, life expectancy is 68.5 years for males and 73.5 years for females. Here are 20 examples that show why men don't live as long:

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More Securian Photos and the Winter Run Mugs

>> Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Local photographer Wayne Kryduba (who shoots many photos for the MDRA) posted some photos from the Securian Run. Here are a few photos of his images I want to share:

Start of the half with the "mascot" leading us out. I'd be somewhere right under the arch.

Sweet race signs.

After making the final turn, it was 1 block to the finish!

The Securian mascot, and the Winter Run bear.

I mean no offense, but this runner must not be from the area. It was a beautiful
32 degree winter morning in MN - FAR too warm to only have your eyes showing.

The winner of the half. He had a major lead at the turn-around that he held on to.

The pack of Mill City runners that I noted in my race report who
finished 2nd through 7th (passing a 10K runner on the left).

The shirts.

Oh, and that photo of the shirt design reminds me of the best part about doing the Securian Run: the mugs! This was my 6th Securian Half, and here's my mug collection:

2008-2011, and then 2016 on the right.
(Yes, the logo and any design on the 3rd mug has totally worn off.)

The first year I did it (my FIRST half), the mugs had a built-in spoon.

2011, 2012, and 2016. The flare at the edge of this year's cup is a nice detail.
It fits my mouth nicely when chugging J├Ągermeister drinking tea.

Finally, that frozen face photo of me that was making its rounds appeared on the Securian Run Facebook page. (That photo was first part of a SlowTwitch article, and then was talked about on CCO's website and in a radio spot.) I got an email from the Securian people asking if they could post it, and then this appeared in the week leading up to the race:

Here's my race report if you missed it! Back with some training updates soon - another half marathon is just 10 days away!


Best Marathon Promotion EVER

>> Monday, February 08, 2016

If you're planning on registering for the TC Marathon, do it BEFORE Wednesday. This is why:

Their website notes this:

"One lucky registrant will win our GRAND PRIZE VIP PACKAGE containing a personal porta-potty at the start line reserved EXCLUSIVELY for you and your friends and two tickets to the VIP tent at the finish line!"

ONLY LIKE 4,000 FRIENDS OF MINE HAVE LET ME KNOW OF THIS PROMOTION. IT'S LIKE I HAVE A REPUTATION OR SOMETHING. I'm not registering for the Marathon (I'll be doing the TC 10 Mile), but I'll make sure my wife gets registered by tomorrow night. The 2016 TC Marathon will be her 16th TC Marathon in 17 years! And it'd be great if she could win the personal porta potty for the morning!

Awesome promotion idea, Twin Cities in Motion!

p.s. In related TC in Motion news, check out my last post if you missed it - it's Henry racing the TC Kids race at the U of M Fieldhouse this past weekend!


Henry Racing at the TC Kids Fieldhouse Fun Run

>> Saturday, February 06, 2016

Twin Cities in Motion hosted the TC Kids Fieldhouse Fun Run at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse this morning. (It's the same track where I just raced the Meet of the Miles indoor track meet.) Henry and Mama did the "4-year-old half mile" together. Here are a few pics:

Getting changed and ready to run.

Race number being pinned to Henry's back. Notice Charlie is (appropriately) in his track suit.

Pre-race pee.

All ready to go!

Doing some warm-ups around other kids.

Watching an opening wave.

Pre-race warm-ups were lead by runners from Team USA Minnesota.

Stretch it out.

A selfie with Mama before they started!

The group right before Henry's wave.

Henry finishing up his first lap! (Of 4.)

On the backstretch on lap 2.

Big smiles towards me and Charlie finishing lap 2.

Starting lap 3.

A walk break to end lap 3.

Off and running again! ONE MORE LAP!

Henry maybe needed to Body Glide before the race. There were some "itchy moments."

Sprinting to the finish!

Crossing the finish line! He did a half mile in about 7:15.

Sharing a post-race snack with his brother.

Thanks for the fun race, TC in Motion!


Friday Funny 1048: Nerdy Valentines

>> Friday, February 05, 2016

I had to look this one up. Turns out it's the "phenomenon by which people tend to
develop a preference for things merely because they are familiar with them." Nice.

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Friday Funny 1047: Bernie or Hillary

Leaning towards voting for a democrat in this upcoming election? Not sure of your choices? Here are some helpful signs put up all over town from the people at Obvious Plant:

Oh God. She'd totally do this.

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