A Pebble Watch with Runkeeper is a Nice GPS Watch

Here’s something for runner dorks like myself.

A friend of mine used to say that you’re not running if you’re not going faster than 8-minute miles OR wearing headphones. By both of those two measures, I was definitely jogging today:

Pebble Watch with Runkeeper

I’ve experimented a bit with some tech options to distract me while running. The current setup is working fairly well. I normally run with my phone, with earbuds, listening to podcasts, with Runkeeper tracking my route/pace/time. And, with a Pebble watch, I can see real-time workout data without turning on my phone and looking at my phone while running (you probably need to be running 7-sevens for that to still be considered running).

Before arriving at the Pebble angle, I had a Garmin Forerunner 10 watch, which didn’t give me the data I was looking for. There were two main issues:

1. I couldn’t hear the mile markers while wearing earbuds.

2. I had to toggle between screens to see the data I was most interested in seeing (time/distance/pace).

A third issue is that it often took a long time to find a GPS signal at the start of workouts.

The Pebble itself isn’t a GPS. It just detects when Runkeeper is activated, then streams the data to the watch over Bluetooth. It works great. And, the price is nearly the same.

My Pebble is 6 months old now, and is showing some signs of wear. It either scratches easily or I should never buy a really expensive watch. Probably a bit of both. But, it gets the job done.

Nike’s Doping Runner: Christian Hesch

Dear @usantidoping, please ban @sub4medic for life. He stole money, dreams, and pride from me and all other american road racers.

Tyler McCandless, an elite national runner, is not pleased with fellow runner Christian Hesch’s behavior.

It turns out that Hesch has had a bit of an EPO habit. He’s admitted to boosting his blood’s ability to carry oxygen through injections of the banned substance.

Hesch, a self-described “profligate road racer,” said that over two years, beginning in August 2010, he injected himself with EPO 54 times before an empty EPO vial was found in his bag and he was reported to antidoping officials. In that time, he won nearly $40,000 in prize money in more than 75 races, including international competitions, United States championships and local road races.

The folks on the LetsRun messageboards saw this one coming, posting messages like this one more than a month ago:

Its going to be funny when this guy gets caught taking the juice. 4min mile then winning a half the next day with push ups thrown in.

Real scum bag

Here’s an example of Hesch stealing money from his competition. The Jackie Bristow 5K was a small running race in San Dinmas, California this past January that raises money to fight eating disorders. Five seconds earned Hesch $200 in prize money that would have otherwise gone to Mark Batres:

Jackie Bristow 5K 2012

If Hesch wants to put the past behind him, he could PayPal $200 to Mark Batres. A commenter on LetsRun feels the same way:

You will earn my respect when you pay back your ill-gotten prize money and not a second sooner.

Or, as someone who’s directly felt the financial pain of losing to the doper puts it:

You’re a POS and you owe me $500.

One thing that’s pretty pathetic is Hesch uses the handle @Sub4Medic on Twitter. He brands himself based on a sub-four minute mile performance, which appears to be drug enabled. He became his own lie.

Even worse, Christian Hesch tweeted with glee when a suspected doper dropped out of the Houston Marathon in January. Drew Wartenburg called Hesch out on that one:

Drew Wartenburg @Drew_Wartenburg Tweet

Hesch doesn’t seem to get the seriousness of what he’s done. For example, he claims to have “admitted voluntarily” to his violations:

Attempting to get ahead of bad news is not the definition of “admitting voluntarily”. If he can’t see that, he’s got a long ways to go to earn back his reputation.

Nike Team Run LA Dropped the Ball

Another disappointing aspect of this is the actions of Nike Team Run LA, based on the NY Times’ reporting describing their knowledge of Hesch’s doping in August 2012:

It was the last race he won before Nike Team Run LA teammates found an empty vial and confronted him.

“It was a weird situation to be in because you only read about top athletes doping,” said Justin Patananan, the captain for the Nike Team Run LA men’s group. “We gave Christian the liberty of dealing with USADA when he thought the time was right.”

Nike Team Run LA’s lackadaisical approach to dealing with their doper had consequences. Weeks later, Hesch won a half-marathon in Oregon and won “$500 in cash, a Riedel Decanter trophy and Double Magnum of wine from Ken Wright Cellars.”

That money and those wine gifts belong to Aissa Oghoughi:

Aissa Oghoughi's Stolen Victory

(Notice that Hesch hasn’t claimed that result on Athlinks. As of today, Hesch has 158 claimed race results on Athlinks. He hasn’t claimed any of his race results since the Twin Cities 1-Mile on May 17, 2012, yet continued to race through at least September.)

Here’s Hesch with the wine he stole from Oghoughi:

Hesch with a win after being caught doping

Nike Team Run LA’s known doper pretended to be a role model for young racers while wearing Nike gear, all the while knowing that his lies were catching up with him:

Nike Team Run LA could have done better.

It’s Time to Name Names

Hesch certainly could have done better. One way he could do better now is to not only get clean but to contribute to the sport by naming names of other dopers. The NY Times reported:

[Hesch] made the two-hour drive to Tijuana three times. On this first visit, another runner recommended pharmacies that other Southern Californian runners preferred. But since then he has chosen to find his own.

What does that mean, Christian? Perhaps you could live up to what you’ve said in your most recent tweet:

@Lamaur701 why do athletes do it if doesn't? of course it does, that's why we shouldn't do it & that's why i sucked- past tense #PlayClean

If “we” shouldn’t do it, then name names.

Help clean up the sport by sharing what you know.

If you chose to run clean in the future while knowing of others that aren’t, you’re still harming the sport for other clean runners.

Who is the “another runner” referred to in the NY Times article?

Who are the “other Southern Californian runners”?

Who else do you know across the country who’s doping?

If you want to improve the lives of the clean runners you’ve screwed, naming the names of other doping runners would be a good start.

For Hesch’s perspective, check out his apology letter at Competitor.com.

UPDATE: Runners World has more on Nike Team Run LA’s lackadaisical approach to dealing with dopers on their team.

I don’t think Hesch helped himself by throwing his former team under the bus in interviews with Runners World:

In two phone interviews with Runner’s World Newswire, on September 11 and 19, Hesch denied doping.

On the September 11 call, when asked about the conference call with Nike Team Run LA members, Hesch said, “There’s no admission of anything there. What am I to admit to? There’s no point of admitting to them something that has never happened.” On the September 11 call, Hesch also said that he had removed himself from the Nike Team Run LA roster because of “displeasure with the way the team has been directed.”

What a jerk.

Paul Ryan’s Factual Shortcuts Marathon Claim

I really like this story about Paul Ryan incorrectly claiming that he ran a marathon more than an hour faster than he really did. He claimed to have run a sub-3 hour marathon while actually running a bit over four hours.

To put this into perspective, here’s a distribution of finish times for the London Marathon in 2010 from Foot4ward.co.uk:

Marathon Finish Time Bell Curve

It turns out that Paul Ryan ran the 1991 Grandma’s Marathon, which had 3,221 finishers that year. The more than an hour difference between Ryan’s memory and reality would have moved him ahead of around 1,000 finishers.

How does someone like Ryan mistakenly shave more than an hour from his time? To me, the answer is obvious: while Ryan is clearly a a physically talented person, he couldn’t have put much effort into marathon training in order to run a time that slow. (I realize that even a 4-hour marathon isn’t slow [it’s still in the top-half of finishers], but it would be for someone who’s physically talented who applied their talent.)

If you don’t try, then end up with an average result, the experience isn’t all that memorable.

If you try, then end up with a great, average, or poor result, the experience is memorable.

If you run a marathon fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon (at the time, the cutoff was 3:10 for Ryan’s age class) you remember because you’d need to try to do that. I speak from experience, having run a Boston qualifying 3:08 at Grandma’s in 1992.

When I look at Paul Ryan’s ongoing problems with the truth (or, as the AP embarrassingly described it, making “factual shortcuts”) I see similar reactions to his statements from other groups.

With running, runners at Letsrun.com have been having fun with Ryan’s statement. For people passionate about running, this is pure ridiculousness.

But, the same thing seems to be happening with other groups who are passionate about topics that may have more to do with being Vice President. For example, Nobel Prize Economist Paul Krugman has been poking fun at Paul Ryan’s budget ideas for more than two years:

The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has, however, stepped into the breach. Its numbers indicate that the Ryan plan would reduce revenue by almost $4 trillion over the next decade. If you add these revenue losses to the numbers The Post cites, you get a much larger deficit in 2020, roughly $1.3 trillion.

And that’s about the same as the budget office’s estimate of the 2020 deficit under the Obama administration’s plans. That is, Mr. Ryan may speak about the deficit in apocalyptic terms, but even if you believe that his proposed spending cuts are feasible — which you shouldn’t — the Roadmap wouldn’t reduce the deficit. All it would do is cut benefits for the middle class while slashing taxes on the rich.

And I do mean slash. The Tax Policy Center finds that the Ryan plan would cut taxes on the richest 1 percent of the population in half, giving them 117 percent of the plan’s total tax cuts. That’s not a misprint. Even as it slashed taxes at the top, the plan would raise taxes for 95 percent of the population.

That’s Krugman’s way of saying “you can’t be serious”. While Ryan is serious about his plan, his plan appears to be about as serious as his training plan for the 1991 Grandma’s Marathon and would likely lead to similar results.

Taking shortcuts can lead to criticism. Check out the crap President Obama is receiving from beer aficionados regarding his home brew recipe:

The difference here is that Obama never claimed to be doing something he wasn’t, and is probably open to suggestions on how to improve the White House’s home brew in his second term. The truthful story – home brewing White House – was great without “factual shortcuts”.

Run Minneapolis: Bridge Number 9

Bridge Number 9

I ran my most inefficient Run Minneapolis run of all time on Thursday evening. Over seven miles, the only new territory I covered was crossing Bridge Number 9 over the Mississippi River. The picture above is facing downstream and east toward the University of Minnesota’s East Bank and Washington Avenue Bridge.

Bridge Number 9 is surely the least known bridge over the Mississippi River Gorge due to relatively hidden approaches from both sides. It’s a 98 year old railroad bridge that’s been living a second life as an underutilized pedestrian bridge since 1999.

The views from the bridge are great, and it’s a perfect way to get between the West Bank and Dinkytown.

Bridge Number Nine Loop

Run Minneapolis: Shingle Creek & Victory Neighborhoods

N 52nd Ave at N Xerxes Ave

Back on January 29th, Carly and I ran my last few blocks of the Shingle Creek Neighborhood, then dipped into Victory.

G&K Services

After a quick loop at 52nd, we busted south on Osseo Rd, which took us past G & K Services’s offices. We did not have branded identity apparel needs at the time, so kept running.

Humboldt Train Yard

Looking east from the Osseo Rd bridge, we saw the Humboldt Industrial Park, including the train yard (CP Rail).

Victory Neighborhood Sign

Coming off the bridge, we were welcomed into the Victory Neighborhood.

The Warren Artist Habitat

Osseo Rd took us to 44th Ave, where we passed The Warren (an artist habitat). This is also the home of the Camden Farmers Market in the summer.

Victory 44 Restaurant

Across the street at 44th & Penn is Victory 44 Restaurant (warning: auto-play sound). Great food. Awesome burger. They also have a coffee shop next door.

Chocolate City Hair Designs

Chocolate City Hair Designs used to be Jackie Ann’s Hair Salon. Their site is under reconstruction.

Emily's F&M Family Restaurant

I’ve heard good things about Emily’s F&M Cafe at 44th & Oliver.

Patrick Henry High School

As we continued east, we passed the back side of Patrick Henry High School at 44th & Newton.

Restoration, Counseling, and Community Services, LLC

Restoration, Counseling, and Community Services, LLC at 44th & Logain works with adults suffering from “alcohol and/or substance abuse dependency problems and associated criminal behaviors.??”

Southeast Asian Community Council

The Southeast Asian Community Council, at 44th & Knox, was “founded in 1986 by Southeast Asian refugee leaders to address the needs of community members.”

Webber Camden Market

Webber Camden Market, at 44th & James, was in the news lately when the owner, Kevin Aldwaik, explained the regulatory hurdles he’s faced trying to run a grocery store on the north side.

Hamilton Manor

Hamilton Manor offers low income housing apartments. According to HUD data found here, inspections look pretty darn good there.

North United Methodist Church

North United Methodist Church, at 44th & Fremont, with be turning 159 this year. It started in a log cabin near this site when this was was out in the country from downtown Minneapolis.

Webber Park

44th Ave runs into Webber Parkway just after Fremont. The tennis courts and pool were not getting much action at this time of year.

Patrick Henry High School Fields

We turned back west on 43rd Ave N, and passed Patrick Henry High School’s fields. The fields were named after Dick Cassidy in 2000 “For his outstanding work with Northside baseball through the years and for maintaining what may be the finest field in the Twin Cities at Henry High School”

Patrick Henry High School

Here is a better show of Henry HS from the front at 43rd & Morgan.

United Christian Fellowship Church

United Christian Fellowship Church at 43rd & Queen, has a Vision 2029 posted that describes missionary work throughout the world.

St. John's Missionary Baptist Church

If you’re in the market for a church, it looks like St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church at 43rd & Thomas is for sale. It’s also home to the Victory Neighborhood Association.

Victory Memorial Parkway

We eventually reached Victory Memorial Parkway, then headed north. VMP turns at 45th Ave, which is where I took this shot facing east.

We Watch We Call

It didn’t seem like swimsuit weather to me, but that didn’t stop the doll on this We Watch We Call sign. This wasn’t the only interesting sign along Memorial Drive.

Please Don't Drive on the Grass!

Someone really has a problem with people driving on the grass nearby. And, also seems to have a problem with people removing his signs based on the message on the back:

Please Don't Drive on the Grass! Note

Sounds good, John.

Ryan Lake

We then looped through a couple short streets north of Victory Memorial Parkway, which brought us past Ryan Lake (technically in Robbinsdale).

Shingle Creek Neighborhood Sign

We then worked our way back to the Shingle Creek Neighborhood and past this welcoming sign. They don’t go with the neighborhood watch warning style that’s popular in some other neighborhoods around the city.

Brooklyn Center Sign

We almost stepped foot in a suburb near the end of the run, but stayed clear.

Shingle Creek, Webber Camden & Victory Neighboods

Run Minneapolis: Morgan and Newton Ave N

N Newton Ave at N Frontage Rd

Back on December 11th, Carly, Nordica, Kevin, and I ran Morgan and Newton Avenues in North Minneapolis from Hwy 55 to the Dowling and back. We started by heading north on Morgan:

Sharei Zedeck Synagogue / St. John's Baptist Church

This building at 1119 Morgan Ave N was built in 1936 for the Sharei Zedeck Synagogue back when North Minneapolis had a large Jewish population. In 1969, it was sold to St. John’s Baptist Church (a baptist church with menorah’s on the exterior) which used the building through 2007. Now it appears to sit empty. Before 1936, Sharei Zedeck Synagogue was a few blocks east at 726 Bryant in a more ornate building that was razed for the Sumner Field housing projects in 1936.

By the way, Placeography has an excellent Minneapolis Jewish North Side Tour wiki.

Minneapolis 4th Precinct

The Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct. To get a feel for the action dealt with in this precinct, check out the 4th Precinct CARE Task Force website.

North Commons Park

North Commons Park appears to be well maintained.

Garden of Gethsemane Ministries Church

After crossing Broadway, we hit Ilion Ave N for a bit. This building was built by Forest Heights Congregational Church in 1908, and purchased by a Liberian congregation, Garden of Gethsemane Ministries, in 2003. It was in rough shape at the time. But, with help from The Ackerberg Group on behalf of Catalyst Community Partners, the church was restored in 2009.

Minneapolis Fire Station 14

Back on Morgan, we passed Minneapolis Fire Station 14 at Lowry. Megan Goodmundson has an action shot of the crew putting out a vacant house fire on Queen Ave N from earlier in the year.

Once we reached Dowling we turned back on Newton.

Beacon of Hope Church Key of Faith Church-God In Christ

This church at 2827 Newton Ave N appears to be currently the Beacon of Hope Church and formerly Key of Faith Church-God In Christ. The address is also home to CityLifeWorks.

Jordan New Life Hub/One Stop Family Support Center

This building at Newton at 25th Ave N is home to Jordan New Life Church (Lutheran ELCA) and JNL Hub (2nd building) which provides social services for the neighborhood.

The Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)

The Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, between Newton and Penn at Plymouth, is a University of Minnesota facility for studying and providing community development services.

United Christian Ministry Center

I couldn’t find any information online about United Christian Ministry Center at Newton and 8th Ave N.

Newton and Morgan Avenues North Running Route

Run Minneapolis: St Anthony West and East

NE 11th Ave at NE Main St

On December 18th, Carly and I toured St. Anthony West and East neighborhoods of Northeast Minneapolis from the Mississippi to Central Ave starting on 11th Ave NE at Main and heading toward the river.

Elements Pizza

We parked behind Elements Pizza at Broadway & Main.

Graco Skyway

11th Ave NE runs into Graco (Worldwide Leaders in Fluid Handling). The skyway runs between two of their buildings on a part of Sibley Street that is more of a parking lot for the company today.

Old Scherer Bros Lumber Location

Heading south on Sibley, we passed the old Scherer Bros Lumber location on the Mississippi. The Park Board purchased the property in 2009 and working to reconstruct the land as park land. Here is a before shot from Google’s satelite view:

Old Minneapolis Scherer Bros Lumber Location

Plymouth Ave Bridge

The Plymouth Ave Bridge remains closed. North and NE have been without a full set of bridges for quite some time now. Lowry appears to be closer to completion that Plymouth, where no work appears to be taking place.


Elsie’s Restaurant, Bar and Bowling Center, on Marshall at 8th, is a neighborhood institution. I’m a fan.

North East Yacht Club

Across the street from Elsie’s, the North East Yacht Club seems to specialize in large macro brews. At least, that’s been my experience.

St Anthony of Padua Catholic

St Anthony of Padua Catholic is on Main St at 8th. Established in 1849, it was the first Catholic mission parish established in Minneapolis.

Jesus is big in Northeast.

Catholic Eldercare

When we reached Broadway, we cut back toward the river on 9th & 10th, where we ran into Catholic Eldercare. This nursing home, associated with St Anthony of Padua Catholic, raises money at Elsie’s through pulltabs. It will be interesting to see what happens to their funding if pulltabs start funding a new Vikings stadium.

Battery City

Battery City, at 9th & Ramsey, has come and gone. This sure seems like a good site for a brewery. Know anyone looking for a location?

The 1029 Bar

Heading back up from the river on 11th, we turned in front of the 1029 Bar. A must-include in any legitimate NE dive bar tour.

Minneapolis Pioneers Statue

At Marshall & 5th, we encountered the latest home of the Pioneers Statue. It dates back to 1935, was downtown until 1961, and until recently resided at the point of Marshall & Main Streets. Now it’s in the newly refurbished area on Boom Island Park across Marshall from its previous location.

St. Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church

We turned east on 5th at Marshall, and passed St. Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church at University. Ornate dome.

St. Michael's and St. George's Ukrainian School

One block further east at 4th St NE and 5th Ave NE is St. Michael’s and St. George’s Ukrainian School. A Ukrainian Orthodox church.

All Saints Catholic Church

At the same corner is All Saints Catholic Church (Polish).

St. Anthony Park - Minneapolis

Yes, there is a park called St. Anthony in St. Anthony Park. This picture is from Spring St near Jefferson St NE.

Moose on Monroe

I found a bar in Minneapolis that I’ve never been to or even heard of: Moose on Monroe. That will change.

Spring Street Tavern?

Same situation. I’ve never been down Spring Street before, so have never been to the Spring Street Tavern.

Vegas Lounge

Vegas Lounge at Central Ave & Spring St takes karaoke seriously.

Lush Food Bar

Crossing Central Ave, we circled around Lush. This was the location for the official HRC gala after-party (a classy gay bar).

Park on Summer St at Central

We started working our way back toward the river on Summer St. This small park is on Summer at Central Ave.

St Maron's Catholic Church

Summer took us to 6th Ave NE, where we passed yet another church. St Maron’s Catholic Church (Maronite). St. Maron’s dates back to 1903, with the current church being constructed in 1948.

Dickman Park

We turned north on Main St and passed Dickman Park. It’s named after Ralph E. Dickman, a Hennepin County Commissioner.

Boom Island Park

At 8th, we looped through the small neighborhood tucked in between Elsie’s and Boom Island Park. Cool neighborhood. At the south end, I snapped this shot of the Minneapolis skyline.

St Anthony West and East Running Route

Run Minneapolis: Lind-Bohanon, Victory Memorial, North Mississippi River Park

N Mississippi Dr

Carly, Bill, and I chipped off the SE corner of the Lind-Bohanon Neighborhood along with a few streets in Webber-Camden and through N Mississippi River Park this morning.

Bohanon Park

We started at the park and worked our way west on 49th Ave N past Bohanon Park. The temps are not cooperating for skating rinks.

Community of Christ Church

We passed Community of Christ Church at Emerson. A tri-scripture church that used the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church

We circled back east at Humboldt on 48th, then passed Gethsemane Lutheran Church at 47th & Colfax. Norwegians in the neighborhood started the church in 1893. The current building was constructed in 1927. Gethsemane was in the news recently after food destined for their food shelf disappeared during delivery.

Shingle Creek Facing Downstream at 45th Ave N

We kept working our way east and west until we reached a bridge over Shingle Creek at 45th Ave N.

Running on Victory Memorial Parkway

Bill & Carly cruising along Victory Memorial Parkway. The running path is a little rough, but the bike path is in great shape.

Trails from Webber Park to North Mississippi River Park

We circled through a couple short streets off Victory Memorial Parkway, then heading down a trail off 45th Ave N to the Mississippi.

Camden Bridge from North Mississippi River Park

Looking south toward the Camden bridge.

Mississippi River from North Mississippi River Park

It was windy during our run. The white caps on the Mississippi confirm that. The elevators in the background are a General Mills facility off Marshall Ave in NE.

North Mississippi River Park Building

We wrapped up back at the North Mississippi Park building.

Lind-Bohanon and Victory Memorial Running Route

Run Minneapolis: Whittier, Stevens Square, Downtown, Metrodome

Clinton Ave S at E 25th St

Carly and I ran a 7 miler from Whittier, through Stevens Square, downtown, and past the Metrodome in the fresh snow on December 4th.

Clinton Field Park

We started at Clinton Field Park, next to the 35W sound wall.

Church of St. Stephen

Church of St. Stephen, the catholic church at at 22nd & Clinton, has a long history of helping the homeless and people with chemical dependencies in South Minneapolis. In 2008, the parish got a little too liberal for its own good, leading to a split in 2008. Here’s a right-wing take on what went wrong:

It got worse. The gifts were presented, pita bread and the de rigueur Kool Aid pitchers of wine, normally used by dissenting parishes. The Sacramental Minister remained seated. They were presented to laypeople. At this point, I started to lose track of what was going on. There was just too much wrong.

The female “minister” then said the priest’s “Blessed are you Lord” prayer while the Sacramental Minister watched.

Then at the “consecration” of the host and the wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, THE ENTIRE CONGREGATION RECITED THE WORDS OF THE CONSECRATION ALONG WITH THE PRIEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He resumed saying the Eucharistic Prayer and when he raised the platter of pita bread at the “Great Amen”, THE FEMALE “MINISTER” RAISED THE K-MART GLASS GOBLET OF WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE PRECIOUS BLOOD UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

Drifting from top-down authority, giving women positions of power, and pita bread. Whoops. The rebellious crowd now worships down the block under the name Spirit of St. Stephens.

Lincoln International High School

Lincoln International High School is a charter school targeting immigrant students. It’s in what I believe was previously a school affiliated with St. Stephens.

Old Apartments at 18th & Clinton

This is one of the older neighborhoods of Minneapolis, as these apartments illustrate.

Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center

We ran into the 35W/94 interchange, so had to cut over to 3rd Ave S, where we found the new Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center.

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Bridge on 3rd Ave over I-94

The design of bridge over I-94/35W was sponsored by Dayton’s (pre Marshall Fields, pre-Macy’s) and was inspired by a bridge design by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Central Lutheran Church

Central Lutheran Church was founded in 1917, and their current church building was completed in 1928.

Hennepin County WIC Program

The Hennepin County WIC Program program is across the street from the Minneapolis Convention Center. I’ve heard that this is the place you can go if you need financial help, but not if you’re in hardcore need of help, since that would look bad next to the convention center.

Campbell Mithun Tower

Campbell Mithun Tower lists “secure bike storage” among its on-site amenities. Sounds like a solid place to work.

Foshay Tower

Foshay Tower was the tallest building in Minnesota from 1929 (surpassing City Hall) to 1972 (dwarfed by the IDS Center).

Avis Downtown

If you ever need to rent a car locally, this Avis is a good choice. Way cheaper than picking up at the airport. Also, action shot self-portrait in the window.

Accenture Tower

Accenture Tower has a significant footprint in downtown Minneapolis. For an outsourcing company, they have some serious real estate.

Hennepin County Government Center

Hennepin County Government Center. Our county commissioners’ offices, county courts, and lots of municipal number crunchers.

Occupy Minnesota at Hennepin County Government Center

This was the scene at the Occupy Minnesota People’s Plaza.

Minneapolis City Hall

Minneapolis City Hall.

Federal Courthouse

The Federal Courthouse. A popular place for the NFL to tie up the public courts to solve their labor disputes.

Rick's Cabaret

Rick’s Cabaret. A publicly traded Houston, Texas based strip club chain. Buy local.

See the guy shoveling down the block? When we passed him, he said “See you in London!” The Olympic Trials haven’t been held yet, but I think that’s worth a spot of the team for Carly and me.

Lickety Split

I appreciate that Lickety Split keeps things seasonal in their window displays.

Milwaukee Road Depot

There is no longer a train yard between Washington Ave and the Mississippi, but the Milwaukee Road Depot lives on as a hotel, restaurant, and event center.

US Federal Office Building

I’m not sure what happens in the Federal Office Building these days.

Dunn Bros Depot

One of the cooler Dunn Bros coffee shop locations.

Mill Place Office Building

The Mill Place Office Building is home to Dunn Bros’ HQ among other businesses.

Downtown Post Office

The Downtown Post Office is an impressive building that’s had its back turned to the Mississippi River since 1933. Some day, this will be turned into something that emphasizes the waterfront.

We turned back on 2nd St.

100 Washington

Special Olympics Minnesota is among the tenants of 100 Washington.

The Crossings Condos

The Crossings Condos are some of the only skyway-connected downtown condos.


Qwest is now CenturyLink, but their location remains on 5th St between 2nd & 3rd Aves.

Capella Tower

Capella Tower (aka 225 South Sixth), on 6th St at 3rd Ave. According to the leasing website, 155,000 sq. ft are available.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ Minneapolis HQ is on 4th Ave at 6th St.

Vikings Parking $8

I hear people say that parking downtown is difficult during Vikings games. The ramp across 6th St from Thrivent was charging $8 today. That’s a 3 block walk on short downtown streets vs. $25 across from the Dome. 35W spits people into downtown onto the street that hits this ramp from the South, and the 6th St Exit of 394 does as well. Seems pretty easy to me.

Minneapolis Armory

The Minneapolis Armory was built in 1936, used by the National Guard, for boxing, NBA basketball, concerts, and now, as a parking lot. Hopefully, it will find a better use in the future.

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Crime Laboratory Unit

Hennepin County Crime Lab. Home of our local Dexters?


The Metrodome. Scalpers were still trying to unload tickets 30 minutes after kickoff.

Hubert's Cafe & Sports Bar

Huberts. The economic impact of a professional sports stadium summarized in one bar. Hubert’s followed the Twins across town by opening a second location near their stadium. Their site defaults to that location and has the Metrodome location a click away.

HCMC Laundry Facility

Economic impact of a sports stadium? Nope. That’s a laundry facility for Hennepin County Medical Center. It’s quite the operation. Employs a lot of people. A good use of stadium wasteland.

1010 Metrodome Square

Built in 1923, what’s now called the 1010 Building is the former home of the Strutwear Knitting Company was once the site of a labor strike that turned violent.

After the confrontation between the truckers and the company, there was more violence on the picket line. Police arrested some strikers and beat others. Several were injured. Facing escalating strike violence, Governor Floyd B. Olson called in the National Guard to prevent the company from opening the plant. The company then sued the governor, the mayor, and the union for obstructing trade and ignoring a court injunction. Still, the strike continued. In April of 1936, after eight months of holding out, Strutwear company agreed to most of the strikers’ demands. The strike was won.

A governor who shut down a company to protect workers. How times have changed.

$25 Metrodome Vikings Game Day Parking

For people too lazy to walk an additional 2 blocks, there are people willing to charge an additional $13 per car.

We turned back on 5th St before 6th took us onto I-94.

511 Building

The 511 Building between 5th & 6th Aves happens to be home to one heck of a lot of internet connected servers in the Minnesota Gateway Data Center.

Metrodome LRT Station

The Metrodome LRT station. A cheap and efficient way for people to get downtown from as far as the Mall of America. And, soon, from the University of Minnesota downtown St. Paul as well. (But not to/from Arden Hills, MN.)


The StarTribune headquarters on Portland at 5th. I stood in line there for a homer hanky back in the day.

Hubert H Humphrey at City Hall

There is Hubert H Humphrey Mall of America standing outside City Hall.

US Bank Plaza

US Bank Plaza (formerly Pillsbury Center) is now home to many law and accounting firms.

At 2nd St we turned south to head back to where we parked.

WCCO Radio 830

WCCO Radio has stayed on the air even after losing Denny Hecker’s constant radio commercials.

St Olaf Catholic Church

St. Olaf Catholic Church at 2nd Ave & 8th Street. I’m often confused by St. Olaf being affiliated with a Catholic rather than Lutheran church. (BTW, I have the same jacket as the guy crossing the street.)


We don’t hear much about Oracle in Minneapolis, but I’m sure they power the data side of many of our largest companies.

The Ivy

The Ivy. It’s a spa. It’s a hotel. It’s “residences”. And home to Porter + Frye restaurant.

Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis

The headquarters for Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis is at 12th St & 2nd Ave. Among their achievements over the past year:

  • Provided almost 73,000 nights of shelter at the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul
  • Distributed 900,000 pounds of food at our three food shelves

View from Minneapolis Convention Center

We passed in front of the Minneapolis Convention Center. Here’s my beef with the view from here: It’s not abundantly clear that there are many walkable restaurants and bars from this location.

Minneapolis Fire Station #6

We passed Fire Station #6 behind the convention center.

Eastbound I-94 from 3rd Ave facing West

We crossed over I-94 on our way back into Ventura Village. I’ve heard of plans to cover this gulch separating downtown from the rest of the city and putting in a park on top. That sounds very ambitious, and pretty darn awesome.

Boiler Room Coffee

Boiler Room Coffee is along Avenue of the Arts (3rd Ave near the MIA) at 19th near Stevens Square. They have fancy waffles.

Hennepin History Museum

The Hennepin History Museum, on 3rd across from Stevens Square, has a collection of property photos from 1900-1945 from Confer Realty Company and a collection of photos from the Gateway District downtown from before it was razed.

Washburn Fair Oaks Park

Washburn Fair Oaks Park. I can remember playing Jarts in this area of the park after going to St. Stephens Church as a kid. Back before Jarts were banned.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts and The Children's Theatre Company

Minneapolis Institute of Arts and The Children’s Theatre Company are in the 2400 block of 3rd Ave. Looking down the sidewalk, you can see some irresponsible parents taking their kids to the final showing of A Wrinkle in Time at the Children’s Theatre.

Hold in 35W Sound Wall

We wrapped up back at the 35W sound wall, where we found a small peep hole next to Clinton Field. Here’s the view:

Peaking onto 35W

Overall, a good run. From poverty to wealth. From professional sports to art.

Run Minneapolis: Stevens Square, Downtown, Metrodome

Run Minneapolis: Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake Rd at Drew Ave S

Carly and Carly’s coworker, Natasha, joined me for a Run Minneapolis around Cedar Lake on November 27th. We started out on the west side of the lake and picked off some residential streets before hitting the lake.

Cedar Lake: Point Beach

Point Beach is at the west side of the lake.

New Home Near Cedar Lake

A new home is going in near Cedar Lake. This neighborhood has some of the coolest residential architecture in the city.

Cedar Lake Beach. South Shore.

Heading south along the western shore of the lake, we reached the beach on the south shore.

Cedar Lake Wooden Trail on East Side of Lake

We hit the trail along the eastern shore to circumvent the lake.

Stone near Hidden Beach

Near Hidden Beach, we saw this stone. Anyone know the story here?

Structure near Hidden Beach

And this structure. Is that a changing room for nudists?

Minneapolis Skyline from Cedar Lake Trail

At the north end of the lake, we popped out onto the Cedar Lake Trail. Nice view of downtown from there.

Cedar Lake Trail

We passed along the northern shore of the lake.

Cedar Lake Facing South from Cedar Lake Trail

Here is a view across Cedar Lake from the north.

Minneapolis Cedar Lake Loop