I am a 30-something programmer/analyst living and working in the southeastern South Dakota area. I have a young family. I also enjoy being a father. Occasionally I might write about that, but this blog is really about running and model railroading.
Why am I doing this?
Because I like to write about stuff and I like model railroading and running.
Long distance running and model railroading have to be about the most dissimilar leisure time activities one can think of. There are some similarities, however. Both take a lot of patience and perseverance. You have to put a lot of time into these pastimes to get good at them. I’ve been at both of them for a long time and I’m still waiting to say I’m any good at either one.
I’m currently a two-time marathon finisher. My PR is 4:04, set at Brookings Marathon in 2012. I’ve run in too many 5Ks to count, but none of them fast enough to be worth mentioning.
I’m also an NMRA member working in A.P. I have my Golden Spike and Model Railroad Author Certificate and NMRA Volunteer Certificate. My goal is to get two more before the end of 2013, but time is getting short already.
I find the two activities quite complimentary, actually. I run in the mornings usually and do model railroad activities on occasion in the evenings or on weekend afternoons. Model railroading helps me relax and unwind. Running helps me keep my energy levels up. It also keeps off the pounds otherwise gained from eating too many Qdoba burritos. I’ve actually lost 20 lbs since I started running regularly again back in 2006.
If you are reading this blog and you are only a runner or only a model railroader, I encourage you to try a path not taken.