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February 13, 2018

Running for Consistency Over Speed

Orangetheory_Mile_Challenge

Over the weekend, I loved reading this article about focusing on processes rather than outcomes. It made me think of what I’ve been doing with running lately. On January 1st, I started trying to maintain a running streak. Unlike my successful streak last summer, this time, the stakes were a little higher – I had to run two miles in a day for it to count. That ended up being a lot harder than just one mile! With one mile, I could bang it out without feeling like I had even gotten a workout in – it was just a …

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January 27, 2016

Travel News: The Tarmac Rule Has Been Proven a Failure

Bozeman Airport

Back in 2010, while I was working at an airline, the infamous “tarmac delay rule” was passed. In layman’s terms, an aircraft can’t be on the tarmac for more than three hours. Otherwise, the airline will get hit with massive fines as punishment. Contrary to popular belief, those fines don’t go to the customers as retribution for their inconvenience; they are simply collected by the government, and serve as an incentive for airlines to bring delayed planes back to the gate. (It should be noted that the term tarmac is not technically correct, and what is meant is that the plane can’t …

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August 18, 2015

Choosing The Simple Life… and Accepting the Consequences

Neighborhood_Walk

This weekend, with Adam‘s help, I went back to the simple life. We spent Friday night at the baseball game downtown, where my company hosts an annual event with amazing field-level seats. And then on Saturday, we planned literally nothing all day long, slept late, and got errands done. I now have a new stainless steel dishwasher! (The old one broke, which means I am officially replacing my kitchen appliances one at a time until everything is stainless.) Adam installed the dishwasher for me while I tackled learning how to reupholster the chairs of my new (to me) dining set …

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February 26, 2015

App I Love: Duolingo

The Power of Massive Scale Online Collaboration

This isn’t going to be my typical app I love post. Usually, I write about apps that I love for their functionality. Today, however, I’m writing about an app that functions well… but that I love for its purpose and the goal behind it. I first heard about Duolingo from Ashley, who used it to help with her move to Switzerland and all the traveling she’s done from there. Last spring, when I was planning to go to Germany for the Pulheim Marathon, I used Duolingo for a few weeks to try to learn some elementary German so that I’d …

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February 12, 2015

Bad Science: Is Running As Bad For Your Health As Being a Couch Potato?

There’s been a new scientific article about running making the rounds lately, and it’s causing a bit of an uproar. In short, the 2012 Copenhagen City Heart Study was recently republished in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and all the media articles that have picked up on the results are using some form of the hyperbolic headline: “Running will kill you faster than sitting on the couch.” Um, what?! I don’t by any means consider science to be one of my strong suits, but I decided to do some digging to figure out what was going on …

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