Couch to Half Marathon: Closing My First Year of Running

On February 11th, 2022, I took my first jog on my new treadmill, a single mile at 5mph. I’d been taking three mile walks for a couple weeks before, but that jog just under a year ago was my first workout over 4mph. Yesterday, I ran the 3M Half Marathon in Austin, crossing the finishContinue reading “Couch to Half Marathon: Closing My First Year of Running”

2022 EOY Fitness Summary

I spent dramatically more time on physical fitness in 2022 than I have at any other point in my life, in preparation for my planned adventure this June. My 2022 statistics from iFit on my incline trainer/treadmill show that I walked/jogged/ran almost 700 miles after it was set up on January 24th: Perhaps surprisingly (givenContinue reading “2022 EOY Fitness Summary”

Microsoft Employee’s Guide to Maximizing Donations

Perhaps the most impactful perk for employees of Microsoft is that the company will match charitable donations up to a pretty high annual limit ($15K/year), and will also match volunteering time with a donation at a solid hourly rate up to that same cap. Years ago, I volunteered at a food bank in Seattle, butContinue reading “Microsoft Employee’s Guide to Maximizing Donations”

Cruising Alaska (Alaskan Brews Cruise)

I lived in the Seattle area for nearly 12 years, and one of my regrets is that I never took advantage of any of the Alaskan cruises that conveniently leave from Pier 91 a few miles out of downtown. Getting to Alaska from Austin is more of a hassle, but I figured I’d pair itContinue reading “Cruising Alaska (Alaskan Brews Cruise)”