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In my personal time, I'm happiest running, biking, surfing, and being on top of mountains. In the winter, I add on skiing, in the summer, camping. I travel quite a bit for work and pleasure, but don't enjoy airports much. Cooking has become a small hobby of mine, and at some point soon, I'll finish reading Ulysses.
I sporadically post updates to my blog about my personal and professional life.
I grew up in White Lake, Michigan, a small suburb of Detroit, and near more well-known towns like West Bloomfield and Novi. I've since moved away to the city life of San Francisco, California, but get away from time to time to the Tahoe area. Far too many of those I used to know from Michigan have become strangers (probably my fault, since I was the one who moved away). If you're one of them, please drop me a note and say hello.
I graduated from Stanford University with degrees in Computer Science and Political Science. My honors work in Political Science focused on explaining cross-national variations in economic voting. I also spent a bit of time working with Dr. Dean Wilkening at the Center for International Security And Cooperation (CISAC) and with Stanford Assistant Professor of Political Science Anne Wren, who I'm very grateful to for serving as my thesis advisor. Thanks Anne!
Until I stopped training several years ago, I had been running competitively for more than a decade, racing everything from the 400m to the 10000m. In 2003, I began skiing and snowboarding again, after an eight year hiatus. I also took up biking, as part of my grand plan to learn a new sport every year. In the subsequent years I've also learned to surf and scuba dive, but haven't quite kept up with the goal. Perhaps I'll have a big summer and learn more than one.
I spent my last few years at Google training again, racing with the Google team in relay races such as Hood to Coast, Reach the Beach, the Del Sol Relay, as well as corporate events such as the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge. We had some fantastic finishes, winning the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge San Francisco race a few times, and placing second in the world championship race in New York City. Our teams paced fantastic races in Hood to Coast, finishing in 19 hours 51 minutes, around 16th overall with stiff competition. In previous years, we also finished quite well in the corporate division, placing third in 2005. We finished second at Reach the Beach, and won the Del Sol and Calistoga relays in spring 2007. One of my races was documented here: Liveblogging Hood to Coast 2007
Other sports aside, running has had the most impact on my life, and I'm very glad I was able to train with the teammates I had at Stanford and in high school. Running with the numerous Olympians I've been able to train with was an incredible experience. My thanks to all who made it possible, particularly Mike Reilly, Vin Lananna, and the many donors who support the Stanford track and cross-country programs.
I've started documenting some of my favorite medium-difficulty and advanced-difficulty runs in the bay area. These advanced runs are for fairly extreme (even masochistic) runners.
Last updated: March 2009 by nstoll
Somewhere in the world, someone is training when you are not.
When you race him, he will win.
If the fire is hot enough, it will burn anything.
A lot of people race to see who's the fastest.
I run to see who has the most guts.
Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever.
--Shane Falco in "The Replacements"
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy.
But underneath it all, I'm trying to kick your ass.