Monthly Archives: April 2010

Brews for Brains

Quick Post
So Quick update…. Life currently has me in a strangle hold. I find myself writing this and wondering why I’m not sleeping right now. Constantly on the go.

A few of the finishers celebrate before the rain.

We survived the Country Music Marathon. I won’t go into to many details but please check out our coach Kevin Leather’s blog for some details on the race and some great stories. He does a great job of capturing the moments. Congrats to all the runners and hope to see everyone again next year.

Personally I smashed by goal of cutting 5 minutes off my time. I blogged about my goals for 2010 and you can read that here. However I beat this by almost 9 minutes finishing in 2:21:51. I actually had a much tougher time this year. I felt much worse but do feel that starting my training a bit earlier, training harder, and being a 2nd timer helped.

Of course the after race party at the hotel with all the other Noggin families was fun as always, plenty of pool, beer, pizza, and action. It is so fun to get away and just take over a hotel every once in a while. Cowboy Glen was the kids entrainment this year with many renditions of Simon Says.

Cowboy Glen

Hey there you yellow bellied sap sucker!

On To the Next Thing…
This Sunday May 2nd at 2PM we will be having a fund raiser and race signup party for the Joggin for the Noggin 5K in August. Please stop out and have a brew, sign up for the race, or just enjoy our great company.

Details on the event can be found here.



Jogging For The Noggin Signup

It’s official the Joggin For The Noggin 5K registration page is up. This is a great 5K run through downtown Palatine, IL. My wife Amy and I are very involved in this race from a volunteer standpoint.

This race is very family oriented so bring the kids. More details coming soon.Joggin for the Noggin

Busy Month

Spring Break

Just got back this week from a wonderful spring break trip up to Boyne Mountain Michigan with the family. I highly recommend this place. This is our second trip up there, we have been there once in summer and now in early spring. We were able to get 2 days of skiing in and also 2 days of pool side with 80 degree temps. Can’t beat that! Learn more at

SQL Saturday

SQL Saturday Chicago is right around the corner. Can’t wait to see my coworker Dave Levy (Blog|Twitter) presenting as well as the many other folks I often communicate with via Twitter. Looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can. I have volunteered to help out wherever I’m needed  and look forward to the great sessions.


The 1/2 marathon I have been training for is finally 2 weeks away. Still time to make a charitable contribution to a great cause so please click here to donate. I have had a minor setback in my training as upon return from the trip I did something to my back. Have not been able to train for a week but frankly I was burnt out. I started early and was up to 11 miles before my recent setback. I even did a 4 miler over Boyne Mountain while on break. I needed a break and hope that I can be cleared by the doctor to run again this weekend and get back to where I was quickly.


Additionally baseball and softball starting up, yard work, and various home projects I have planned are keeping me very busy. Not to mention the beloved Chicago Blackhawks dominating and making the playoffs as well as the start of baseball season and the nightly White Sox games. I’m a busy guy.

Hope to keep the writing going and want to keep going on the technical and career oriented subjects as much as I can.