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Welcome, Grace Cory!

Monday, April 11th, 2011 · 5 Comments

On Friday, April 8, 2011 at 8:03pm the world got a little brighter when Jen and I welcomed our beautiful daughter, Grace Cory, into our lives. She was 5 pounds, 3 ounces and 18.5 inches when she was born, and is a perfect little baby. She’s a truly amazing little girl, and we’re cherishing every moment with her. We can’t believe she’s already here, and we’re so lucky to call her our daughter.

It’s hard to know what to write. How do you capture so many emotions in so few words? Her soft skin, her nose, her cute facial expressions, her chin-forward lunges, her bright blue eyes — there’s so much to love.

Like her name, Grace is a true blessing to us.

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Shamrock Shuffle 2011

Sunday, March 27th, 2011 · 6 Comments

I raced the Shamrock Shuffle 5-mile race in Glens Falls, NY today for the fourth year in a row. I may be getting older, but I’m also getting faster, which is a good feeling.

This was Race #45 (2nd of 2011). It was a beautiful, sunny day with some slight 5 MPW winds. Much better than last year’s 19 MPH winds. I had three goals. Here they are, in order of increasing difficulty:

  1. Beat last year’s time (32:33).
  2. Set 5-mile PR.
  3. Break 32:00.

Two of three isn’t bad. I set a PR (32:03, official time – view results PDF), beating last year’s time by 30 seconds and taking 6 seconds off my PR (set at 2010 Delmar Dash). I placed 22nd overall (of 350 552) and 2nd in division (results show 3 of 21, but 1 of 21 guy placed 3rd overall, and top 3 get overall awards, not division awards). I left before I was awarded my victory coffee mug. đŸ™‚

As for the race, I spent the first couple miles trying to fall into a steady pace. I didn’t really get into the groove until about Mile 3 when another guy put the pass on me. I answered and picked up the pace, staying on his heels until Mile 4, when I passed him, but didn’t give it my all just yet. We jockeyed for position a few times, and ultimately I pulled ahead as he slowed, passing a few more people before the finish, turning on a fast sprint to the line. I really picked it up as I saw the clock inching toward 32:00, but didn’t quite get across the line in time.

Really happy with the race. I pushed hard throughout, and felt strong but pleasantly spent by the end, satisfied I’d given it my all.

Shamrock Shuffle 5-miler historical improvement:

  • 2008: 41:51 (8:23 pace) (blog recap)
  • 2009: 33:39 (6:43 pace)
  • 2010: 32:33 (6:30 pace) (blog recap)
  • 2011: 32:03 (6:24 pace)

After the race, I was talking with a couple older guys who’d run the race — a 77-year-old (#209) who’s run just about all of the 25 Shamrock Shuffles, and a 74-year-old (#222). Both clocked in times of 50+ minutes, which is about a 10+ pace. Very respectable for that age. I told them that guys like them motivate me to keep on running, and I hoped I’d be as fit as they were when I was their age.

They said the secret is to listen to your body and not to push too hard, which many competitive runners have a tendency to do. The 77-year-old guy (a retired doctor) said his resting heart rate in the morning is 48, which is at least 12 BPM slower than mine.

Congrats to everyone who raced today!

Mile splits (view Garmin data):

Split Time Avg Pace Best Pace Avg HR Max HR Calories
1 0:06:34 6:34 5:44 162 174 122
2 0:06:21 6:21 5:44 172 181 123
3 0:06:21 6:21 5:48 168 176 122
4 0:06:26 6:26 6:03 166 172 123
5 0:06:14 6:14 4:41 163 174 121
6 0:00:04 4:04 4:14 161 163 1
Summary 0:32:02 6:23 4:14 166 181 612

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A Cold & Snowy Winter 2011

Monday, January 24th, 2011 · 3 Comments

This has been one of the snowiest and coldest winters we’ve experienced to date here in Saratoga Springs. This morning is just a bit absurd in terms of the cold factor. The temperature is anywhere from -16 °F to -27 °F (-34 °F with wind chill). I just walked the dogs around the block and can confirm that any way you look at it, that’s just a tad below unreasonably cold. At least the sun is shining. It’s mostly the wind that bites — your face, your nose hairs, your dogs’ feet.

Despite the cold, I’ve been making an effort to get back into my running routine, and yesterday braved the snow and cold for an awesome 10-miler, my longest since October’s Mohawk-Hudson Marathon. It felt really good, and I loved running in the snow with my YakTrax. I’ve been averaging about 24 miles per week in the first three weeks of the year.

In baby news, today marks the beginning of Week 27 of Jen’s pregnancy, and the start of the third and final trimester! The pregnancy’s been great so far, and is going by really quickly. Last night we had our first of five child birth education classes.

In house news, we’ve been looking to move to Albany — to be closer to Jen’s work and parents once baby arrives — and actually put in an offer last week on a house we loved. We were really disappointed that our offer lost out to another without contingency to sell another house (as we have to sell ours first). We’re coming to terms with the disappointment, and on the bright side, we still have a house we love in a town we love, so if we’re here through the summer, then oh darn, we’ll just have to enjoy another summer in Saratoga, which people come from all over the world to do!

We rocked in the New Year in Niagara Falls, where we witnessed the wedding of Richard and Melanie. We had an awesome time.

Last but far from least, we enjoyed an awesome and truly memorable Christmas 2010 here in Saratoga. My mom flew in from California, and my bro and Sierra came to rock in the New Year (and ’staches) from NYC. Jen’s parents joined us from Kinderhook on Christmas Day, as did Justin, Alexis, and Buzz.

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Niagara Falls 2011 New Year

Saturday, January 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment

Niagara Falls 2011 New Year, originally uploaded by Blog Master G.

Happy New Year! View from Richard and Melanie’s wedding weekend suite… congrats!

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ABMGC IV: Christmas Eve Showdown

Friday, December 24th, 2010 · 5 Comments

I went to New York City last night to rendezvous with my bro and see in person what his blog claimed he was sporting: A Chestache. There was some truth to the Chestache. I was impressed. We celebrated by watching Hot Tub Time Machine, one of the greatest movies ever.

But I digress.

Fast-forward to Christmas Eve evening. Anticipation was high. Our ladies were enamored (as always; how could two ladies be so lucky?). The chilly December air in Saratoga was a little warmer thanks to the warmth brought on by the glorious lip follicles.

Everyone knew this year would be good, but just how good? There was talk of ugly Christmas sweaters, so how could we go wrong, really?

Enough prose, let’s get to the point… initiate ABMGC IV: Christmas Eve Showdown 2010:


Yes, your eyes do not deceive you: The bear I wear has a mustache (and Santa hat) that matches mine.

And clearly the ladies were delighted:


Oh, and the bear has a mustachioed friend, the mouse:


May the mustache be with you. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good mustache!

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ABMGC IV: Mustache Independence Day

Sunday, December 19th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Yesterday marked Mustache Independence Day, the day the Anderson Brother mustaches would stand on their own, without help from their furry facial friends. Both Anderson Brothers complied.

Pete came out swinging with this post, featuring a before and a glorious, Puerto Rico LFT-sporting after:


Well done, chap!

Not to be outdone, my mustache was freed from its chin-based follicular neighbors, left to shine in all its sketchy, dirt-bag pride:


I think my expression says it all: Could a mustache that awesome really exist in the wild?

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ABMGC IV: The Santa ’Stache

Thursday, December 16th, 2010 · 2 Comments

’Tis the season to be jolly, and my mustache is jolly indeed. It’s at that stage of growth where it’s beginning to take on a life of its own: It tickles my lips, it blows in the wind, and it knows when you’ve been naughty, and when you’ve been nice.

It’s the final stretch — 8 days to the Christmas Eve ‘stache-off — and we’re well into the 12 days of ’Stachemas 2010. So in that spirit — and that of the December 11 drunken Santa day, for which I apparently did not get the memo, I present to you… the Santa ‘Stache:


As for the third-party Anderson Brothers competitors, they’re shaping up to be… well, not very competitive. I have to squint to see those ‘staches, Pipes and Matey. Maybe you should ask Santa for some expedited growth for Christmas?

Though Pete’s week 2 update was admirable, we’ve yet to see his update this week… so my ‘stache and I will wait with bated breath.

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ABMGC IV: The Yoda

Thursday, December 9th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Yesterday marked Day 7 of my fabulous 2010 mustache growth (and temporary partner, chin hair). So last night I was faced with the admittedly ridiculous (yet awesome) task of trying to capture myself looking like a mustachioed bad-ass in front of the mirror (inspired by this guy, of course). During one of those attempts, I accidentally had my iPhone on video mode:



Defeated, I decided to take my mustache and myself over to Justin’s place, where I spotted Yoda and his Mardi Gras beads, clearly eager to power my ‘stache with a shot of the Force:


Then Yoda said of my ‘stache: Approve I do.

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Happy Birthday, Jen!

Thursday, December 9th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Happy birthday to my best friend and wife, who brings so much happiness and joy not just to my life, but to the world at large. Jen makes the world a brighter place for the rest of us! Happy birthday, Jen! I’m lucky to have you in my life.


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It’s (Going to be) a Girl!

Monday, December 6th, 2010 · 9 Comments

It’s (Going to be) a Girl!, originally uploaded by Blog Master G.

Baby Anderson at Week 20 anatomy scan.

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