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  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 7 Training: Hottest Half Race Recap and Thoughts

    I had a solid week of training this week! My long run for the week was supposed to be 9 miles, but I had already signed up for a 1/2 marathon in Dallas prior to knowing my training schedule. The race is called was the hottest half. Overall I was happy with my performance, I felt good despite the time...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 6 Training: Plan and Creative in Your Training

    Happy Monday! Week 5 was a solid week of training even with a very busy schedule. During training, I know all of you have had weeks where it seems you cannot get the time or place to run. This is where I found myself coming into this week. I knew it would be busy and training opportunities would be limited...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 5 Training: Songs that Get Me Going!

    Happy Monday! The training so far is going really well, and had a great 7 mile run last week with my good friends Dan and Michelle. It was great having company along and I was amazed how fast the run went on a very humid morning. Overall I am happy where I am at personally with the training and looking...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 4 Training: Listening to your body

    Happy Monday! Last week was not as solid of a week as I would like, but I had a little bit of knee issue creep up (bursitis). I have had this a few times, but now fun when it creeps up. I know I could have worked through the pain and kept my training going. Not a huge deal, but something I wanted to...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 3 Training: Adding Races to your Training Plan

    Okay so I missed posting last week but I did my training and I am really enjoying the plan! I know this will be a solid plan moving forward. Week 1 and 2 provided some great training and the weather was pretty cooperative. I even got to run in a 15k with my good friend and fellow Dopey trainee, Michelle...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 1 Training: Here I Go Again!

    Enjoy this 80’s interlude and this is an all skate song: I have decided to run in the happiest place on earth again . My main motivation for running this year, is that it is the 10 year anniversary of the Goofy challenge, and the medal looks great! As always Disney does a great job on their medals. However...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Microsoft Events: Do you want to stay informed?

    Whether or not you choose to believe me, here are a two things that I know to be true: Microsoft takes your privacy and preferences very seriously, and Microsoft wants you to stay “in-the-loop” about what’s coming. Often our marketing and operations people send out notices about up-coming events, such...
  • Blog Post: Join Early Experts: Enhance Your Skills And Career For Free!!

    In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform , adding Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Another Year of Running, Another Year in My Altra’s!

    So I know this is very late, but wow what a year! I had a great year of running in 2013, and all of my runs in my Provision 1.5 by Altra, still the best shoe on the planet. As you can see from my bling board I did a lot of running. One thing I really focused in on was my form this year, and still...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 for Business: Oh Start menu, how do I miss thee…or do I?

    One of the most often questions/feedback we get regarding Windows 8.1 is where is my Start menu. These conversations can get very passionate, and usually turn into a commentary around on how much we miss our Start menu. I am sure some folks want to punch the screen. I totally understand your frustration...
  • Blog Post: Students Are You Up for a Challenge? Enter the Imagine Cup 2012 IT Challenge NOW!

    Well we the Imagine Cup 2011 IT Challenge is back again and I have just one question for you?  Are you up for the Challenge ? If you answered yes, and if you are you a student, do you know a student or are you going back to school and can you answer a question like this then your ready for Round...
  • Blog Post: 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Training Week 4: Running with Someone

    Happy week 4!  This is going to be a great week of training and I am just jacked up and ready to run this week.  While I know I still have a long time to go until the run and several longs week in front of me, I feel good about this week!  I think what is helping me this week (and really...
  • Blog Post: It’s Not That Important

    We have all been there, your driving, you hear your cell phone ring, ding or beep, trust me it is not that important and here is why (please take a minute to read the article): Child killed in 3-car accident in Columbia Heights It is probably like hundreds of other similar stories you have seen. ...
  • Blog Post: 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Training Week 17: Part 2

    Okay, so this is supposed to be week 18, but I do not know how to count, so this week 17 redo.  I also realized I had signed up for a run called the New Years double, which I had committed to running a 1/2 marathon on New Years Eve and again on New Years Day.  Again I do not know how to count...
  • Blog Post: Recap (A Down Year): 5 Bold Predictions for the NFL 2011

    Well this year was not nearly as good as last, and is really a bummer year for my predictions.  I am getting a better understanding of what is the trends are, so look for some better predictions next year!  On the bright side I did pull a Chuck Woolery with my results this year: Total 2.2 Cleveland...
  • Blog Post: Goofy Training In LA and running around PDC

    Well the training is hitting the road for the next two weeks.  This is a fun thing but also my travel schedule is going to prevent me from getting my long runs in for the next two weeks.  This is a good thing and a bad thing.  It is a good thing from the sense my legs, I think, can use...
  • Blog Post: Fun TED Video, who was General Tso, and why does it taste so yummy

    I was checking this fun little video out of a talk delivered by Jennifer 8. Lee, and she talks about the mysteries of American Chinese Food.  I found out an interesting fact that in the United States there are more “Chinese” restaurants than there are McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, and KFC, combined...
  • Blog Post: Podcast: Episode 1 of The Triathlete and the Fat Guy: Our Story

    My good friend Brian and I will sharing with you tips and tricks on how we have changing our lives for a healthier lifestyle.  In this episode we talk about our story, what motivates us. -->   Comment if there are particular topics you would like us to cover...
  • Blog Post: Check Out Talk TechNet every Wed. and Friday!

    Talk TechNet is a twice weekly, one hour radio show for IT Professionals hosted by Senior Program Manager Keith Combs and myself.  Each episode focuses on a specific product or technology. Listeners are encouraged to call in and discuss the topic for the day, or ask questions to help unblock a deployment...
  • Blog Post: It’s Official I am in the 20th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Marathon!

    So who is with me just got the email today: Registration Confirmation for: 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Dear Matthew, Congratulations! You are now registered for 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon . Please check the event's official website for updates: http://www.runDisney.com This is for the...
  • Blog Post: What does 4,353,130 calories look like?

    Boxes and Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies .  My lovely wife took on the task of “Cookie Mom” this year which means she is responsible for the cookie inventory for my daughters troop.  So I decided to have fun with math!  That is a picture of yours truly surrounded by 343 cases of various Girl...
  • Blog Post: 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Training Week 9: Running Early in the Morning

    Just a quick post this morning and it is geared to everyone running in Disney or anywhere it gets hot.  I had a great run on Saturday morning, and felt strong throughout the 15 miles.  My one thought when the alarm went off Sat. at 5:30 am was, crap, I want to sleep more.  I also knew...
  • Blog Post: Goofy Training --- RACE WEEK!!

    Finally after several weeks of training, race week is here! I am a jumble of emotions, but mostly extremely excited to see what the Saturday and Sunday will be like. From a weather perspective the days look like they will be great running days: Sat , Jan 10 Mostly Sunny hi 76° lo 50° 10...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 10: Get Back To It

    While last week could be summed in two words, this week is summed up in on 3 letter acronym: DNF For runners you know what that means, did not finish. However, you may be wondering why that is the summary for my week of training. Simple I got a cold and Laryngitis . Now I could have muscled through and...
  • Blog Post: OFFICE 2010, SharePoint 2010 Launch events REGISTER NOW, seating is limited!!!!

    We are coming to a city near you and we want to see you at the events!  We are going to talk about Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.  Come out and spend some time hearing how these products can rock your world!  Here are just a small sampling of the cities we are heading to, we are going...