Greg Nilsen

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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...

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Dinner Dash: Smothered Pesto Gouda Chicken

I do a lot of cooking.  I’m the primary chef in our house, and I do a lot of experimenting.  I’m definitely not a stickler for recipes, and try to make a lot of what “sounds good” or make things to my taste at a given time.  At the same time, I try to make healthy meals that my whole family will enjoy (and that’s saying something with 5 and 3 year old boys). Tonight’s Smothered Pesto Gouda Chicken and...

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Adding time at the track…

This week I did my first organized track/speed workout since high school.   Last year I did do one track session on my own,  but never got back to the track and focused on increasing my miles for my first marathon. This year,  with a focus on getting faster,  I am hoping to join a group and make them a regular part of my workouts. This week was a mile warmup, high knees, butt kicks, a pair of strides,  6 800m...

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“Short” run with some new Guides

So, today was the first day of the year getting out on a run from home where I was able to wear shorts (in the upper 40′s at lunchtime today), and I was ready and raring to get out the door. What a great feeling. It was also my first run on a pair of Saucony Guide 7′s that I picked up over the weekends to replace the New Balance 860v3′s that I polished off in my marathon in November....

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Struggling with Running Slow

As I progress as a runner, one of the tings I tend to struggle with is running slowly.  I’ve done enough reading on training to know that I should be doing the majority of my runs at an easy pace.  However, actually putting that into practice is a bit more difficult. For example, I went out today with the intention of running an easy 3 miles, followed up by some core exercises.  For me right now, that should be about...

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Baking Roundup

So, this started out as a short post until I realized how behind I was.  I wanted to clean out the bin of baking that has been accumulating on me.  It’s amazing how quick they build up! Raspberry Citrus Cupcakes These were cupcakes I had made in the past for my sister’s bridal shower, but while I was on a business trip, I had some friends request that I make them at their house. However, there was a bit of...

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Blogging Thoughts

One of the challenges I have with blogging is that I always feel like I need to write a lot or make the post as meaningful as possible. It’s one of the reasons I don’t do it more often. However, with all of the thoughts half thunk and ideas never jotted down, the blog just gains empty space instead of becoming any kind of interaction. That said, I’m going to try working on some more quick posts (like this one)....

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On the run again…

So after six weeks of the Insanity program to keep me fit on the depths of winter,  boredom started setting in (there are only so many times you can go through the videos before you start lip syncing along) and a work trip to Florida and a break in the Pittsburgh weather gave me the chance to get back out and run.  After 4 runs in 5 days, even though it was only 15 total miles,  it felt like reconnecting...