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Reflections on NASPA Orlando

This past week I travelled to the annual National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) conference in Orlando, Florida. Seven years ago I attended my first national conference also in Florida. At that conference I was a first year graduate student  in a sea of over ten thousand attendees. That experience was incredibly overwhelming, I… Continue reading Reflections on NASPA Orlando

Training and Racing

I’m So Hungry! Training and Weight Loss

As per the norm, when moving to a new city about seven months ago, I gained about 15 pounds. The issue of stress eating compounded by a lack of training and races due to an impending knee surgery had me break the 190 mark for the first time in 8 years. At 5'7 on a… Continue reading I’m So Hungry! Training and Weight Loss

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Why Knee Surgery is Good For Workaholics

For the past four years (and my whole life) I have been a workaholic and a busybody. Every weekend was something else,  a conference, a retreat, or a campus event. Even weekends when we were off I tried to get as much done as possible because who knew when I'd have another free day. I… Continue reading Why Knee Surgery is Good For Workaholics

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The Ten Commandments of Biking to Work

Over the past few weeks, I've ridden my bike to work and around town by desire and necessity. Each day was a new learning experience. I've been through sweaty days, crashes, fun rides, and more so the following are my ten commandments of biking to work: 1. Wear your helmet. Wether you have hair or… Continue reading The Ten Commandments of Biking to Work

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Hero Rush LA: Confirmation on Not Doing First Time Races

Last week I ran the first Hero Rush LA. This was a 5K race planned by firefighters, donating to a good cause, so I figured I would give it a try. They touted the catchphrase "More challenge, less mud" so I figured the obstacles would be awesome, I was wrong. Maybe I am just getting… Continue reading Hero Rush LA: Confirmation on Not Doing First Time Races

Higher Education

NASPA 2012: Oh What a Little Ribbon Can Do!

This past March I visited Phoenix for the annual conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). While I was there I was able to check out four places on my restaurant list which will show up in later posts. I was also able to catch up with friends and colleagues I had… Continue reading NASPA 2012: Oh What a Little Ribbon Can Do!

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Europe and Back Again: Episode Italy

We arrived in Italy and took the train from the airport to Rome, my favorite city on this trip. Our hotel in Rome was near the Piazza Navona, which was where we had our first taste of wonderful Italian pasta. After our driving adventures in Greece we decided that tours and trains were the better… Continue reading Europe and Back Again: Episode Italy

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Europe and Back Again: Episode Greece

This past summer Virginia and I flew over to Europe for a three week trip in Greece and Italy, two countries I had been wanting to visit for a long time. We first arrived in Athens during the major austerity issues, protests, and riots. Luckily we missed the violence each time we arrived in that… Continue reading Europe and Back Again: Episode Greece

Training and Racing

2012 LA Marathon: My Goals Realized

After four months of training marathon weekend had finally arrived. We drove out in the pouring rain to stop by the expo and get my race bib. The expo was huge and it was cool to be right outside of Dodger stadium but we arrived late and it was cold and wet so a long… Continue reading 2012 LA Marathon: My Goals Realized

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Tough Mudder So Cal: Fun Race But No Photos

This year I ran in the Tough Mudder at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula, the same location as the Super Spartan Race just 11 miles instead of 8. I was worried that the course would be very similar but luckily it was not. I arrived in the morning, paid my $10 to park, and was… Continue reading Tough Mudder So Cal: Fun Race But No Photos