Dacks, 2013

Kelly Swimming in Chappel Pond

Kelly Swimming in Chappel Pond

Just got back from a week in the Adirondacks (Keene Valley, specifically). Spent a little time in Saratoga Springs, NY  & Burlington, VT to pick up various friends, so have a few recommendations out there now:

Hattie’s Chicken Shack in Saratoga Springs

Pure Pop Records in Burlington

Farmhouse Tap & Grill & El Cortijo in Burlington

Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier (for Creemees)

The Alchemist Cannery in Waterbury for Heady Topper

Taco Nite at Green Point Foods in Keene

&, as always, Liquids & Solids at the Handlebar in Lake Placid

Couple hikes, couple runs.

Buffalo Marathon Redux

Last month, I ran the Buffalo Marathon again. It’s been kind of a sluggish year running-wise, since I’ve been traveling so much, but overall I’m happy with my performance. That said, it was my slowest marathon since my first, the 2007 Thunder Road Marathon in Charlotte (stupidly running injured), and was a few minutes slower than my first go-round on the Buffalo course. 2013

2007 Thunder Road:   4:23:07
2008 Buffalo Marathon: 3:44:15
2009 NYC Marathon: 3:36:18
2011 Empire State Marathon: 3:34:36
2013 Buffalo Marathon: 3:49:55

The story those times don’t tell is how quickly I ran the first half this year (nearly my fastest ever, I believe:1:38:33 ) and how abysmally slow my second half was (I’ll spare you the math: 2:11). Just realized my fastest half had been 1:37:46 from the 2008 Buffalo race.

The day was pretty perfect; it started out in the mid-30s and eventually broke 50. I could tell it was going to get pretty warm, so I decided to just go all in early and see if I couldn’t do at least a half I could be proud of. Luckily, I found myself running alongside a 8866137437_9ecec3667f_owoman who was consistently holding at about 7:30, so I just challenged myself to stick with her until the half. Then, after mile 14, I spent a little more time at the water breaks hydrating and getting stiff. The last few miles were mostly painful in my feet.  My fastest mile was 7:23 (#3), and my slowest was 11:12 (#23)– part of a 5-mile double digit stretch at the end. Oof. The highlight was being featured on the Buffalo News website in my Longhorn gear. It pays to have a friend manning the cameras!

Now my plan is to work on speed and drop some weight over the summer and run a brisk fall half-marathon, shooting for a PR.

 

P’s Favorite Albums of 2011

My top 15 records of the year, in an undisclosed order, each with representative video:

Les Blanks – In Country

Baxter Dury – Happy Soup

Panda Bear – Tomboy

tUnEyArDs – whokill

Yuck – Yuck

Thee Oh Sees – Castlemania

Wye Oak – Civilian

Moon Duo – Mazes

The Men – Leave Home

Hella – Tripper

Computer Magic – Electric Fences EP

Belong – Common Era

Black Angels – Phosgene Nightmare EP

Forma – S/T

Wild Flag – Wild Flag

Honorable Mention:
Sons & Daughters – Mirror Mirror
The Ettes – Wicked Will
Widowspeak – S/T
Pure X – Pleasure
Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
Com Truise – Galactic Melt
Beach Fossils – What A Pleasure
Ladytron – Gravity the Seducer
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath 1972
Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pines
Nicole Atkins – Mondo Amore
Ducktails – Arcade Dynamics
Raveonettes – Evil Seeds
Blackout Beach – Fuck Death

This sounds terrible

Rosetta’s Pictures of 21 Lutetia, an asteroid discovered in 1852

Un-balanced “Granny Knot”

Ian’s Shoelace Site – Slipping Shoelace Knots, Crooked Bows.

It’s going to take me a while to process this, but I think it may help me finally tie my shoes properly.

via Anti-mega.

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