Sidebar Updates

Posted by Jim on Jun 9th, 2015
Jun 9

I’ve made a long overdue update to my sidebar lists. Nissa and I have a baltic porter (named after the great jazz song) that will be ready to drink in a week…just in time for Nissa’s birthday. Sure, a strong, dark beer isn’t what you think of as the warm summer months roll in, but it’s a style I’ve wanted to brew for a while and a name I had to use. To get away from the dark malt beers, we are preparing to brew two seasonally appropriate beers in the next week. First up is a simple blonde ale. Second is a standard summertime saison that we will use a yeast we’re culturing from a bottle of De Blaugies/Hill Farmstead Le Vermontoise.

I’ve also updated my list of upcoming races. At the end of the month, I’m running the second Craft Brew Races 5k to be held in Portland. I won a bib in the lottery for the 40th Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC in October. As a training run for that race, I’ll head to Hampton, NH to take part in the Smuttynose Rockfest half marathon. Lastly, I am also running the Thunder Road marathon in Charlotte, NC in Novemeber. The last three races I’ve listed I will be running with my mom. She is also running the Mainly Marathons race in Sanford on August 24*. After finishing Thunder Road, she will have qualified for the Marathon Maniacs! Way to go Mom!

*Mainly Marathons is running a promotion right now where you can enter one of their races for free if you’ve never participated in one of their events! Check it out on their homepage.

Slow Progress

Posted by Jim on Nov 18th, 2014
Nov 18

I wanted to add a new item to the sidebar: a graphic displaying my progress towards running a marathon in all 50 states, plus DC. Unfortunately, the image generator used by this app seems to be a little slow. I don’t want to have to increase load times for every page on this site, so for now, I’ll simply put the image here. Maybe I’ll start including it on Facebook whenever I post one of my post-marathon status updates.

Create Your Own Visited States Map

More Cheaters

Posted by Jim on Nov 12th, 2014
Nov 12

Another article that ties into my last post; specifically, about cheating in marathons.

Chickamauga Marathon Winner Disqualified for Impossible Splits

Interactive Results

Posted by Jim on Nov 6th, 2014
Nov 6

I just came across this personalized results page for the Portland Marathon that I ran last month. I really like that it gives a visual representation of my position at various times throughout the race, as well as where I finished it the various divisions (age, gender, overall).


Portland Marathon Results Graphic


Speaking of running, I created an account at Athlinks, a race results community. I need to track down my results from some Smuttynose 5k‘s I ran in the mid-to-late 2000’s before it will be complete. There are some provisional results that haven’t posted yet as well, mainly because race directors spelled my name wrong in the results, or the races were so small they have never been linked to the site (I’m looking at you Moxie Days 5k).

I also keep an updated profile over at the Marathon Maniacs site, but I believe you need to be another Maniac to see it. If another Maniac comes across this post, please comment!

I was introduced to Athlinks because it was mentioned in this very interesting New Yorker article. It is about a supposed serial marathon cheater—a guy who has admitted to fabricating an entire race, complete with results. The article is worth reading even if you aren’t a runner.

It’s Funny and True

Posted by Jim on Aug 12th, 2011
Aug 12

weird toe shoes from toothpaste for dinner

Today’s Toothpaste for Dinner comic hits home.

Race Results

Posted by Jim on Jun 26th, 2008
Jun 26

Just in case you are wondering, here are mine and Nissa’s results from the Smuttynose 5K we ran this past Sunday.

I ran the course in 30:36, which put me at 420th palce overall.  I was 41 out of 48 for my division, with a pace of 9:53/mile.

Nissa came in at 567 with a time of 36:42.  She was 50 out of 61 in her division and had a pace of 11:51.