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Back in July, I was up in Canada to run the Sinister 7, which is a 100 mile ultra race that we did as a relay. We had two teams of 5 runners with each of us getting about 20 miles a piece. I really enjoyed the scenery, the terrain and running with a lot of my former IBM running buddies as well as some of my current Google running buddies.  My team ended up placing 7th overall, which was awesome and unexpected.

I had 20.5 miles with 3800 feet of elevation gain during a thunder storm with around 25 creek crossings. I felt great through about 15 miles when all sorts of various muscles decided to start randomly cramping. This was my longest run ever time wise and I was really happy when I saw that transition area come into view 2 miles before I expected it (it was supposed to be at 22.5 miles). 

The Frank Slide was impressive. Hard to imagine a whole mountain giving way, wiping out part of a town, and leaving boulders 30 feet deep 2.5 miles away and up a hill on the other side of the valley.
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I used to race these events all the time back when I was younger and later when I was coaching. Cool to see quite a few names that I recognize on the records, including my old coach at BCC Stella Orechia others that I coached against (Mike Sayenko and Ryan Brown), or watched in awe (Ja'Warren Hooker). This summer I may head back as an old timer to run a 5k; the last time I ran that distance at this event, I brought an up and coming 8th grader (+Sam Ahlbeck) who kicked my butt and ran 17:30+ in his street shoes and would later win the WA cross country state championships.
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This might be the year to go under 16... though in this race I ran behind a pack most of the way and did basically no work until the last 4 laps or so; can't expect to be so lucky most of the time.
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Green Lake in Seattle at dusk. Loving the late sunsets: it was still twilight at 9:40pm.
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The lengths that Seattleites will go for a tan. 
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+Vitor Rodrigues​ sounds like your Napa marathon day was ideal for your best performance.
 
When you are in the taper in the 10 days prior to your marathon, many of us obsess over the weather. This led us to wonder about if there was an ideal race temperature.

Turns out there is...for each individual depending on your pace. You can find yours here! We would LOVE if you could share the graphic we made for this post if you enjoy it!

What has been your favorite temperature to race in?

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#bostonmarathon #londonmarathon #SLOMarathon #tapertime
The weather and temperature on race day for the marathon can affect your performance, but do you have an ideal racing temperature? We tell you what yours is
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My race's temperature was way closer to "international caliber elites" than "back of the pack" temperature :-)
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On yesterday's run in Discovery Park in Seattle, we noticed this chimney/smoke stack off in the brush. Exploring it revealed an old building buried beneath it and inside of that building were rows of metal doors where they had definitely burned something. My first thought was that it looked like the incinerator from the concentration camps. Anyone know more about this building? It was maybe a quarter mile from the Fort Lawton cemetary so maybe it was a crematorium?
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The location on the post should show its exact position, which is just off Texas way near where the parade grounds used to be.
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18.5 mile trail run[1] with 3500' of climbing kicked my butt (with my quads, calves, and toes all cramping), so took a nice soak in the tub afterward with some Epsom salt and then wondered does this actually do anything? Entertaining read.

[1]: http://app.strava.com/activities/330897283
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What a great article! I had to laugh as the first thing I did after my inaugural trail 50 miler on Saturday was take an Epsom salt bath. 
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At $519 (preorder price), this looks almost as functional as the AirDog following drone at less than half the price with some nifty features of its own. 
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First two legs of the Golden Gate relay done: 6:04/mi for 4.1mi and 6:05/mi for 6.5mi. Stanford team has a good lead on us at this point.

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Does your voting machine use Windows? Does it use Microsoft Access to store data? Does it use wifi of any kind? These shouldn't even be close to being taken seriously as a possible option for elections. This data should be treated with far more security...
 
To prove their claim the machine was vulnerable to real-world hacks, the auditors were able to use the remote desktop protocol to gain remote access to the voting machines. They also used readily available hacking and diagnostic software to map, access, and transfer data from default shared network locations including C$, D$, ADMIN$, and IPC$. After downloading the database that stores the results of each vote, the auditors required just 10 seconds to figure out its password was "shoup" (named after the company name that preceded Advanced Voting Solutions). The auditors were then able to copy the database, modify its contents to tamper with recorded votes, and copy it back to the voting machine.
 
It's hard to find plain words that convey just how bad the security of this machine is. It's even harder to fathom so many critical defects resided in a line of machines that has played a crucial role in the US' democratic system for so many years. Jeremy Epstein, a security expert specializing in e-voting, summarized the threat brilliantly in a post published Wednesday morning to the Freedom to Tinker blog. He wrote:
 
As one of my colleagues taught me, BLUF—Bottom Line Up Front. If an election was held using the AVS WinVote, and it wasn’t hacked, it was only because no one tried. The vulnerabilities were so severe, and so trivial to exploit, that anyone with even a modicum of training could have succeeded. They didn’t need to be in the polling place—within a few hundred feet (e.g., in the parking lot) is easy, and within a half mile with a rudimentary antenna built using a Pringles can. Further, there are no logs or other records that would indicate if such a thing ever happened, so if an election was hacked any time in the past, we will never know. ❞
Virginia decertifies device that used weak passwords and wasn't updated in 10 years.
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Bridge going under a bridge: one of the sections of the new floating bridge going through the Fremont ship canal.
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New solutions doc from my team for scaling your apps on +Google Cloud Platform. 
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