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#CaptnKarls 2014: Muleshoe Bend

Yesterday I had the opportunity to run the second race in the Capt’n Karls trail series. It was beautiful a night:

There were two 15km loops and I had some trouble logging the first half of the race, however, I finished in around 1:28 for the first time and had a pretty hard fall that scratched up my phone. For the second loop, Strava started to behave and I was able to record my progress:


Suffice to say the second loop was a lot more painful for me. I finished a bit over three hours which is OK but I was really shooting for a negative split to get me under 3 hours for the race.

#CaptnKarls 2014: Pedernales Falls State Park

Last Saturday evening, I had fun running the Captain Karls Pedernales Falls trail race, the first in the series for 2014. It was fairly hot and hillier than I expected:

However, it was absolutely beautiful chasing the sunset into the late evening:

I decided to do the 30k and finished the race in 2:56:

It was a crazy finish because I managed to chase down someone about a kilometer from the finish line and then he tried to catch me at the end so it was a full sprint the last 400 meters or so to the finish line. Not the way I wanted to end the race but I recall being 7th overall in the group so that’s not too bad!

Mesos at Texas Linux Fest 2014 (#TXLF)

At Twitter I have the fun job of running our open source office and I recently had the opportunity to present about one of our infrastructure projects (Mesos):

txlfmesos2014Thank you to the organizers at the Texas Linux Fest for hosting a great event and I look forward to it growing more next year.




Trail Race: XTERRA 16k Muleshoe Bend 2014

Yesterday I had the opportunity to take part in the XTERRA 16k in beautiful Muleshoe Bend. Besides waking up at 6am during the weekend, it was a great race and I didn’t have any issues running the course or slipping on a cactus.

I could have definitely ran the course a bit faster given that I placed 4th in my age group, but I wanted to enjoy the scenery:

I ended up running the 16k in 1:23:16 which is about an 8:22 mile.

Next up? Capt’n Karl’s night time trail series :)

Texas Independence Relay (#TIR2014)

Last weekend, I had an amazing time running the Texas Independence Relay 2014 edition with a bunch of old and new friends.

This was an amazing race to do before I start tapering for the Boston Marathon which is going to happen in a few weeks. On top of that, the weather was nearly perfect, during the day bluebonnets were in full bloom like I haven’t seen in many years.

During the evening, we witnessed a beautiful Texas sunset:

So how did I end up doing? I ended up running 4.5 legs (we had an injury so I ran half of an extra leg):

Overall, I had a blast and was impressed I was able to keep my average pace under 7:00/mi for the whole race, this puts me in great shape for the Boston Marathon. We actually ended up finishing 2 hours ahead of schedule roughly which put us finishing 8th at the San Jacinto Monument.

As a reminder, I’m still fundraising for the The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society so if you have the means, please consider a donation for this great cause. I promise to live tweet everyone thanks during the marathon as a token of appreciation.

Eclipse Luna+1 Name: Mars

After some legal issues with the initial name, the name of the Luna+1 release will be called Mars.


Mars is a fine name and also great planet. Thank you to everyone who voted and participated in the process. We at the Eclipse Planning Council appreciate your patience.

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#RunAustin Half Marathon 2014

I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve been neglecting my blogging about running. Last week, I had the opportunity to run the Austin Half Marathon during an extra humid morning.

My splits were:

  • 5K: 24:00
  • 5m: 38:42
  • 10M: 1:15:43
  • 21K: 1:39:32

Overall, I felt pretty good minus the humidity causing me to be soaked.

I’m confident that I’ll be able to finish the Boston Marathon in a couple of months, just not sure how fast I want to do it yet given my level of training currently.

For those who aren’t aware, I’m fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society so if you have the means, please consider donating. I promise to live tweet the full marathon!

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10 Years of the @EclipseFdn and the Board Election

There’s been a couple of interesting milestones recently at the Eclipse Foundation. A few weeks ago, the Eclipse Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary and even refreshed its logo. The most interesting part of the anniversary is that Eclipse is more than just a community around an extensible IDE, it’s a place to foster open industry collaboration to develop new open platforms. There are now Working Groups that span industries from automative, to location area technologies to the internet of things.

Eclipse Working Groups

It’s also great to see Benjamin Cabé join the Eclipse Foundation to grow interest around the technology stack. At the board, I wanted to see the Eclipse Foundation hire another evangelist for many years now, it’s nice to see that finally happen!

Also, related to that, it’s Eclipse Board election time! I have the honor to run again along with a set of great candidates.


You can read my position statement and reach out to me over email or via @cra at anytime if you have questions. I’m proud of what we have accomplished over the last few years and would be honored to continue to represent committers.

If you haven’t received an email with the subject “Eclipse Board Elections 2014″ and you’re a committer, reach out to to ensure you have voting privileges. We could always use a greater turn out of committers voting, it takes no more than a few minutes to do and you have a chance to influence the direction of the Eclipse Foundation.

Happy voting!

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For those who know me, know that I absolutely love running. It helps me clear my mind, keeps me in shape and something we as humans have a genetic predisposition to be decent at if we try.

This year, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to run in the 118th Boston Marathon. Last year and especially for those in the running community, we all watched in horror when two foolish people decided to execute an attack of terror.

One of the first things on my mind was, damn, I could have easily been there. Second, the Boston Marathon needs to move to the top of my bucket list as no one should fear participating in an event like that. This year, I’m lucky to be joining a group of 14 people who are raising at least $250,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Please consider taking the time to support our cause if you can.

For those who donate, I can promise that I will give you a front seat to the event by live tweeting each of my miles with lovely commentary and photos.

Edinburgh and LinuxCon Keynote 2013

I had a great time visiting Edinburgh, Scotland this week.

I’m thankful to have the opportunity to keynote at LinuxCon Europe 2013.

I took the time to talk about the evolution of the Twitter Stack over the years and how we moved to the JVM. I also discussed the importance of open source in that transition and how we give back since participating in open source isn’t a zero sum game.

LinuxCon 2013

It was definitely fun!