What A Year!

If 2011 proves to be anything like it’s predecessor, it’ll be another exciting year for me!

Looking back on 2010, it was one I won’t soon forget for all of the wonderful things that I was fortunate to experience.

It all began on January 1, 2010 in a warming tent in Minneapolis…

I was waiting for the start of the Polar Dash 10K to begin. It was a beautiful, sunny morning, with a temperature of zero degrees as I huddled near a portable heater for whatever warmth it could crank out! Myself and a couple of thousand other diehard runners were grateful when the race finally began so we could generate some heat of our own! I finished the race in about 48 minutes and a busy year of running was off to a good start!

I completed two marathons in 2010, which was a first for me. In May, I came up short for my quest for a Boston Marathon qualifying time in the Green Bay Marathon. However, before a leg injury slowed me down, I managed to post “personal records” at every interval. (Always look for the positives!) It was also really cool to run the final leg of the race thru Lambeau Field and I still laugh when I think of the song, “Running On Empty” playing in the stadium while I hobbled thru!

The Twin Cities Marathon was another memorable moment for me in 2010. With lower expectations and less training, I entered race with one goal, have fun! The weather was perfect and the crowds couldn’t have been better! Thousands of spectators lined the 26.2 mile course and made everyone feel like a superstar! The “inevitable” occurred just past the 20 mile mark when I hit “the wall” hard and the final six miles were a little less enjoyable! I was happy to finish in four hours and ten minutes and add another t-shirt to my collection!

I also found time to run a couple races in my native state of Iowa. Two weeks after the Green Bay Marathon, I ran one of my favorites, the Dam To Dam 20K in Des Moines. It was a rainy morning, but the crowd support was strong and I was able to crack the 1:40 mark and feel good! I returned to Des Moines in the fall and ran it’s half marathon in a time of 1:44.

"My friend" at the 2010 Polar Dash!
My “friend” at the 2010 Polar Dash!

Green Bay Marathon

Green Bay Marathon

Dam wet in Des Moines!

Dam wet in Des Moines!

2010 was a great year for my boys and myself in Boy Scouts!

The big news came in November when my oldest passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Years of hard work, fun and adventure paid off while earning Scouting’s highest rank. He will have his Court of Honor in 2011.

In June, my oldest son and I also had the opportunity to enjoy a trip of a lifetime to Sea Base Boy Scout Camp in Florida. Along with others from our troop, we spent a week sailing the Florida Keys on a forty foot sail boat. Sea, sun and sunscreen were plentiful on this fantastic trip!

With my son, sailing the Keys!

With my son, sailing the Keys!

There wasn’t much time to relax after returning from Sea Base as I prepared to head off on another scouting trip. Son #2 and I headed off with our troop for a week of backpacking in the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. The highlight of the trip came when our group made it to the top of Cloud Peak at 13,167 feet on a beautiful clear day.

My son & I on top of Cloud Peak!

My son & I on top of Cloud Peak!

Of course there were plenty of other memorable things for me in 2010…

My Northern Iowa Panthers upset the Kansas Jayhawks and made it to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. ( I still owe my neighbor & Michigan State grad a steak dinner!)

We had a nice, relaxing family spring break trip to Florida in April.

Our family enjoying many nice days on Lake Minnetonka as first-time members of a boat club. Tubing and skiing and hanging out with friends was a blast!

Taking in outdoor baseball at Target Field in Minneapolis. I was fortunate to get to four games this past season with the highlight coming when my son caught a foul ball. Of course, who could forget the night I was part of the “garbage” audit with my Waste Management neighbor, Vince?

And I didn’t forget “Snowpocalypse” that burried the Twin Cities with seventeen iches of snow and made for sad, but cool video of the Metrodome collasping!

For neighborhood bragging rights!

For neighborhood bragging rights!

Tubing on Lake Minnetonka!

Tubing on Lake Minnetonka!

Working "undercover" at Target Field!
Working “undercover” at Target Field!

My son's foul ball!

My son's foul ball!

Snowpocalypse '10

Snowpocalypse '10

So there you have it!

2010 was a year to remember for me!

Here’s hoping this past year was just as memorable for you and may 2011 be just as great for all of us!

Happy New Year!


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