Greg Nilsen

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Run Around The Square 2014

So, this morning I ran the Run Around the Square 5k.  I hadn’t run the race since 2010, which also happened to be my first 5k.  It’s a race I really like in general: I used to live in the neighborhood, the course is a mix of roads and park trails, the final 3/4 of a mile are all downhill, and there’s a great post-race atmosphere (hot dogs, beer and more!).  It’s about all you could ask for in a...

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Midweek Music Break: Dev – Lightspeed

Introducing a new feature here on the blog: the Midweek Music Break.  Each week, I will try to post a song that has caught my interest, and may be new or old, popular or obscure, or just plain weird.  In general, these will be short, but hopefully interesting. This week, I bring you Dev’s Lightspeed: Dev has an electronic/rap/dance style with a lot of great beats and a solid voice.  From her The Night The Sun Came Up debut album, Lightspeed...

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Finally, My Training Took A Turn For The Better

The last several weeks have been a struggle to run.  I’ve had a hard time finding my pace, felt my endurance was down, and was just generally struggling through my runs.  Some of that can probably be attributed to the weather, and some to not having a consistent schedule, but for the most part I felt I had just been slogging away the miles. Well, this week brought a cold front, and a week of better training that really helped...

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RIP Robin Williams

I’ll admit that there aren’t too many celebrity deaths that give me pause any more, but I was floored today to hear of the passing of Robin Williams at just 63.  While an apparent suicide, and I realize that he has had a troubled past and wrestled with addictions for a long time, I still see him as an amazing comedian who was unto his own, as well as an actor with depth who could pull off the serious roles....

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DJ GuruGreg

Some 15 years ago, I spent several weeks playing with audio software to put together some of my own music on my second-hand Gateway 2000 computer.  Much of that music has remained in my collection to this day, probably more because I created it than it’s awesomeness. However, I never really shared it much.  About a year after I created it, I did create a CD and give it away as a White Elephant gift, but that’s really the only...

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Why Orgainic? – Thoughts on Food

Over the past few years, I’ve made a lot of changes to my lifestyle.  After my second son was born, I got stuck in a cycle of inactivity, exhaustion, Mountain Dew and weight gain.  Finally, I reached my tipping point and decided that major changes needed to happen.  So, I tried running, since I didn’t have time (or desire) to fit trips to the gym in my schedule (I had tried once and failed), and ended up loving it.  I also...

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Nearing the End of the NCAAs Long, Dark, Twisted Road?

It’s been more than a few years now since I hit my disillusionment threshold with the NCAA.  Yes, I allowed myself to get sucked back into this years NCAA Basketball Tournament (I almost hate to admit my soft sport for the UConn Huskies still), but even then was sick of the corporate branding and general blandness that the NCAA and it’s “schools” have worked so hard at. And now there’s the O’Bannon v. NCAA trial going on, which makes for...

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Where did April go?

Where has the last month gone?  Oh yea, a week of travel plus a Game of Thrones marathon with my wife (starting from the beginning of the series)… Ok, so I wasn’t that motivated to post, though there were things worth noting.  I’m hoping to circle back to some of them, but for now I’ll just provide some running updates. I was a little more intermittent with my running in April than I would have liked, but I also got in...

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Dinner Dash: Sweet Kale Salad

As a follow up to my last post on the Smothered Pesto Gouda Chicken, I made a Sweet Kale Salad to go along with it that turned out really well.  And since my recipe plugin doesn’t like to let me post more than one recipe in a single post, you all get TWO posts! Here’s the Sweet Kale Salad recipe: Sweet Kale Salad   Print Prep time 40 mins Total time 40 mins   A simple kale salad that even my...