Half way through the 2015 fall race season

The fall race season started on November 1 with a warm weekend in Raleigh after ending Daylight Savings. Which meant most people got an extra hour of sleep, but that meant I had an extra hour of anxiety before race time.

City of Oaks and a new course

jhibbets_city_oaks_2015The first race of the season was the City of Oaks half marathon. This is a hilly course with multiple races happening at once. This year, there was a 10k, half marathon, half marathon relay, full marathon, and full marathon relay. The weather was a little on the mild-to-warm side, but humid. Rain was on the way and it was hard to breathe. Continue reading

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Adventures in Oakland with the SF Giants vs A’s

20150927_162518After a rainy few days in Raleigh, I escaped to the west coast. Oakland, California to be exact. I’m here for the Code for America Summit which starts on Wednesday (and includes a pre-summit for Brigade Captains on Tuesday). Since I came out a day early, I decided to have some fun and take in a ball game. Lucky for me, it was a cross-town rivalry game between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s. Continue reading

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SPARKconX – art, music, comedy, geek, and more

20150919_162629More SPARKcon happening on Saturday, September 19. Check out our SPARKcon adventures from Friday night. As Merri Beth and I were getting into Downtown Raleigh, we totally forgot about the Nog Run Octoberfest 8k. When we turned onto Wilmington Street it was gridlock. Total chaos due to multiple street closures. We eventually navigated to the City Center parking deck via side streets and got on our way—but it took us much longer than expected. Continue reading

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SPARKconX – 10 years of awesome creativeness

20150918_193024One of my favorite weekends of the year, SPARKcon weekend! It’s four days of amazing creativity and performances coming to life in downtown Raleigh. After a long week at work, I was really looking forward to relaxing on Friday night with my SPARKcon friends. Continue reading

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Exploring the Neuse River Greenway at Falls Lake Dam

20150823_112127If you follow my activity on Map My Ride, then you know I’ve been doing some long rides this summer exploring Raleigh’s Greenway system. If not, then you might like to see that on Sunday, August 23, I decided to check out the Falls Lake Dam along with some new greenway segments. Continue reading

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Tapping into the Denver Summer Scene with Kenny Chesney

20150808_074906Wow the weekend goes by quick when you’re having fun. Merri Beth and I were ready for another full day in Colorado. The highlight of the trip—and entire reason for coming—was to go to the Jason Aldean & Kenny Chesney concert on Saturday night. But first, more exploring the fantastic brew scene. Continue reading

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Tapping into the Denver Summer: Loveland Breweries

20150807_070314Merri Beth and I had a great first day in Denver, visiting with a few friends and exploring the beer at Denver Beer Company. But today was a fresh start with a full day of activities planned. I started the day with a run along the Platte River. The morning was a bit cooler and I got about 5.5 miles in. Continue reading

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Tapping into the Denver Summer Scene – Day One

20150806_163112The kids were gone, the house was clean, the garden was tended, and a fresh batch of salsa was just processed last night. Our suitcase was packed and Merri Beth and I were ready to head to Denver for an extended weekend. Fun, not work. Continue reading

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Life at Red Hat: Red Hat Summit, DevNation in full swing

20150624_060322DevNation and Red Hat Summit are in full swing on June 24, 2015. If you’re a runner like me, the day started off early. Like 6:00 am early. The sun has already been up for quite some time in Boston, which is why the blackout curtains in the hotel are welcome for any hangover-like symptoms you might endure during a conference or a visit to the area in the spring and summer. Continue reading

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Life at Red Hat: DevNation Day 2, Red Hat Summit Kickoff

devnation2015_day2_IMG_5418It was a packed day as we headed into day two of DevNation and the kickoff of Red Hat Summit in the evening. I had a full day of sessions, including three amazing keynotes, a book signing for The Foundation for an Open Source City, and a dinner with the winners of Red Hat’s Women in Technology Award.

I was up early again with a lap around the Charles River, a shorter running route than yesterday, but I had a busy day ahead of me. After some breakfast, I headed over to the Hynes Convention center to get the day started with DevNation. Continue reading

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