Greg Nilsen

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Thoughts On Social Running

When I initially started running, one of the hardest parts was feeling like I was going it alone.  Running when I could fit it in got things done, but not having much interaction with others made it hard for me to stay accountable and dedicated. I then started running sporadically with a running group from Fleet Feet.  It started as one Sunday morning long-run a month with the group, and I got a chance to get out and explore the...

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Midweek Music Break: Weezer – Heart Songs

Ah, 80’s kid nostalgia wrapped up in a song…that’s a pretty accurate description of Weezer’s “Heart Songs”.  It’s basically a musical trip down memory lane as Weezer shares many of their musical influences with us. Everyone has songs like this: These are my heart songs They never feel wrong And when I wake for goodness sake These are the songs I keep singin’ There’s nothing fancy here, but just taking the trip with them is worth it.

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Midweek Music Break: Fuel – Bad Day

Gonna take another step back to my college days with this week’s Midweek Music Break.  Fuel hit it big in 1998 with their release of Sunburn, which vaulted them into the public eye, but it was the 2000 Something Like Human album that brought us “Bad Day”. This song hits the wheelhouse for the relationships (and lack thereof) of my young life: love, loss, longing, disappointment, frustration, and wondering what I was doing wrong.  Ok, you can chalk a lot of...

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2015 Pittsburgh Marathon Recap

On Sunday, my 4 months of training came to a head, as I made my way to downtown Pittsburgh for this year’s marathon, getting settled in corral D.  We got a beautiful day for the event, sunny with warm temperatures, and I was feeling good.  Thankfully, the event was very well organized, and I was calm and relaxed, despite 26.2 miles laying before me. That feeling continued throughout the first part of the race.  I started out at a comfortable...

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Midweek Music Break: Cake – The Distance

Ok, so 4 days to go until my marathon, so I’m going to go with something a little cliché: Cake’s “The Distance” Yea, it’s probably overdone when it comes to running, but it’s still a great song by a great band.  And it’s always great to throw back to this song. Besides, this fit’s almost too well with my efforts: The sun has gone down and the moon has come up And long ago somebody left with the cup But...

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One Week Until The Pittsburgh Marathon…

One week from now, I’ll be in the process of running The Pittsburgh Marathon.  I’m very excited for the race as it’s the culmination of 4 months of careful training (including dealing with some rough winter conditions).  I feel like I’m ready to go, and just need to finalize the race day logistics. That also means that my Lemieux Foundation Fundraising efforts are coming to a close.  So far, we’ve been able to raise more than $2200 for the foundation to...

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Midweek Music Break: We Were Promised Jetpacks – Quiet Little Voices

I came across “Quiet Little Voices” when exploring for new music, I think on Pandora, a number of years ago, but the band name (We Were Promised Jetpacks) also stood out.  After one listen, I was already hooked. The song has a great energy and passion, and it just keeps building and building throughout the song.   By the time it reaches the end, especially if I’m running, the blood is flowing and adrenaline is surging.  It’s not over complex musically or...

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Marathon Fundraiser Update – Above and Beyond!

Thank you so much to everyone who has not only helped me meet my fundraising goal of $500 for The Lemieux Foundation, but go beyond.  To date, you have helped me raise $625 to help cancer research and make hospital stays easier on children.  I’m so thankful to everyone who has contributed, and am excited for race day to come (Just over 3 weeks to go!). However, the foundation is still short of their goal at the current time.  They...

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Midweek Music Break: The Lonely Island – SPELL IT OUT

A little bit of humor this week, as a break from my last build-up week of running for the upcoming Pittsburgh Marathon. I love the throwback feel of this song (similar to 1991’s “Pin The Tail On The Donkey” by Naughty By Nature), but with The Lonely Island’s signature twist (“Wait, that’s gross…”). It’s witty, absurd, and a little bit disgusting (if you take it seriously…).   And, no, I will not be spelling it out for you, but YouTube...

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Closing In On Marathon Fundraiser Goal

Thanks to my very generous friends and family, I have now raised 90% of my goal to raise at least $500 for The Mario Lemieux Foundation as I run the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon.  I’m extremely thankful for everyone’s support thus far, and race day is still over 5 weeks away! If you haven’t yet contributed and would like to help me get over the hump, please visit my Team Lemieux page and add your donation.