Running Man

If you can call what I did “running.”

Today’s Personal Project
Figure out how to centralize all of my exercise data. I think MapMyRide (or its parent MapMyFitness) will win out, so I just need to figure out how to export my Garmin data in a format which can be imported by MapMyWhatever.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Stand, inhale deeply, and raise your arms up to the sky; exhale, lower them, and repeat two times.

Stretching your arms above your head while breathing deeply is often part of a warm up in aerobics classes because it starts preparing the body for activity by increasing blood flow and heart rate. It also serves as a cool down to slow your heart rate back down before you stop moving. And since this move increases the amount of oxygen in your body, it’s a perfect perk-up activity you can do anytime!

Trying to stretch more. Honestly, I am.

Run Paulie, Run!
For the first time since July 2011 I can say that I have moved on foot faster than at a walking pace. Yesterday I met up with a couple of coworkers and we walked, and then ran, and the walked again. I managed to run 1.3 miles sandwiched between two walks totaling 3.2 miles. Not bad for a starter.

The new running shoes performed well, my knees, not as well. The initial plan is to run(/walk) every other day for awhile, slowly incrementing my distance as time marches on. The ultimate goal is to lose weight and improve my health, with the side effects of feeling more confident and being able to run that Hot Chocolate 15k in January 2013.

ITP Flickr Pic
Another shot from Saturday.
Trying To Catch The Leader
Unfortunately it appears that most of my “best” shots came from one race. I guess that I need more practice.

A Decent Night Of Music
After wolfing down a bbq brisket burrito at the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club I wandered down to Variety Playhouse for the Brian Jonestown Massacre show. The crowd was decent, and a little older than ones at the shows I’ve been attending of late. I’d not seen Brian Jonestown Massacre before and enjoyed what I heard, but was not so much in love with their sound that I decided to stay until the end. At about 10:30pm I decided to cash in my chips and head back to the ITP Estate.

Why Must Decisions Be So Hard?
For the third time in as many days I changed my plans for the weekend of September 22/23. Initially I was going to go on the gonzo double century ride. Then, as of yesterday morning I decided that I was going to make my return to hashing by attending the Lake Hartwell hash. And now, work willing, I will be camping that weekend with ITP-Readers Lisa, Randy, Bob, and Laura (and their sons).

Weather permitting I’ll tote my bicycle and will be bringing some running clothes so I can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – anxious, in a bad way
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – Tonight I’ll be attending the monthly meetup of iOS developers. Starting next month I will also start attending [CocoaHeads:@”Atlanta”] meetups. Go ahead, say it with me — NERD!
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~1.8 miles; jogging, ~1.3 miles; walking, ~1.4 miles; totaling ~4.5 miles
Morning Weigh-In – will check again tomorrow

Foot Mileage – ~42.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 30
Carnivorous Meals – 20
Pancakes Eaten – 2

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

August Goals
– Eat no fewer than forty-five vegetarian meals
– Take at least one load of stuff from my house to Goodwill
– Take unused electronics to recycling center
– Post at least ten new photos during the month (let’s try this again)
– Lose at least two pounds (net weight loss)
– Finish two books (audio or otherwise, comic books do not qualify)
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Exercise for thirty minutes no fewer than twenty days
– Ride no fewer than 150 miles (might be hard given the amount of travel scheduled this month)
– Walk (or run) no fewer than 75 miles
– Do no fewer than 750 sit-ups
– Do no fewer than 300 push-ups

2012 Goals [will be a little less fluid than last year]
– Get my weight under 200 pounds, or at least whittle myself back down to where wearing a 36″ pant size is comfortable
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than one one 10K
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store
– Restore the ITP Estate to a condition where it can be put up for sale at any time
– Buy a new iPhone (iPhone 5?), a new iPad (iPad 3?), and MacBook Air [look, not all goals have to be altruistic]

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient and profitable programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions
– Start, and continue, to make my own bread using my bread machine as well as using the technique outlined in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
– Read and discard magazines during the month in which they arrive (even digitally)
– See more live concerts than I did in 2011
– Eat more pancakes
– Drive/Fly somewhere for a real vacation

Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2012

  1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me — Mindy Kahling
  2. Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science — Curtis Ebbesmeyer
  3. God, No! — Penn Jillette
  4. The Elephant to Hollywood — Michael Caine
  5. Here Comes Trouble — Michael Moore
  6. How We Decide — Jonah Lehrer
  7. Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson
  8. Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays) — Arthur Miller
  9. Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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15 Responses to Running Man

  1. Steve says:

    Good for you.

    I managed a little run last night, about a half hour, and covered 3 and change. The tendonitis in my right knee is bothersome, but if I remember to take something, it doesn’t bother me too bad. I’m still not running straight through, which bugs me.

    If you caught yesterdays coverage of the USA Pro Challenge, either they miscalculated the time of the stage, or the riders were much faster than the projected times. The race was over with 45 minutes left in the 2 hour network time slot, so they had to show all of the jersey presentations as well as replays and interviews. And what’s up with guys getting into the sag wagon 30k into the first stage? Sick? Altitude? I don’t get it.

    And there was a bike race in Spain.


  2. Martha says:

    When I was coming back from my shin splints my coach had me doing run/walk for a few weeks. For me, I found doing set time intervals (6 min run/4 min walk, etc) worked better than just running and walking when I felt like it. I’ve been helping a friend get into running, and for her we started with 6/4 (run/walk), every week or two we would up the run section (7/3) for the same distance, if we upped the distance we would step back down on the run. She’s really made some great progress.

    So why not just use Garmin Connect to tack you fitness? What does mapmy??? have that GC doens’t? Of course I have everything entered twice, once in GC for me and again in Training Peaks for my coach.

    Yesterday’s SUP was fantastic. I picked up the boards about 11 (they are bigger/heavier than I thought). While waiting for the boards to be loaded up, I chatted with another customer picking up a board. He told me about Morgan Falls? It was about 15 minutes north of the store. WOW, so glad we took his advice. It was remarkable and relatively close. Lots of little ‘islands’ with water birds, fish, turtles, we paddled for about 2 hours, only saw two other people, it was a perfect day.

  3. Barb says:

    wow, blowing off a way too long bike ride to go hang with little kids…..hmmmm…. gotta wonder about you these days. Just kidding, I’m sure camping will be fun, where are you guys going to camp?

    Steve – and where would there be coverage of the Tour of Colorado on TV? (I just can’t use that other name…..) I’m pretty sure we don’t have that channel. With all that extra time, did you see TJ lurking in the backround anywhere? Any BMC interviews?

  4. When I walk I usually take my phone and not my Garmin. When I “run” I take my Garmin and not my phone. When I ride I take both. I could use Garmin as the hub as well, but I’m not sure if I can import my MapMyRide data into their website. I’ll figure this all out today.

    When I meeting the others I want to do whatever the group decides. When I’m on my own, all possibilities are open.

    Ahhh, Morgan Falls…. Reminds me of when I first moved to Atlanta. Back then I used to run from my apartment down to the dam and back. I was thirty, in great shape, and had just moved to a city filled with beautiful women (who I wrongly thought would want to date me). The world was my proverbial oyster back then. Did you paddle above the dam, or below it?

    Barb the decision process went like this.
    1. Lisa actually mentioned camping when I was in Raleigh; only the weekend was in question.
    2. I probably can’t, or shouldn’t, do a double century in September.
    3. Been to Hartwell many times and actually really enjoyed it on occasions. However, I’m not sure I’ll be up for the hash and since I haven’t committed to help with the cooking…
    4. If work rears its ugly head (which it very well might) I can back out of camping easiest, and perhaps cheapest.

    I actually can’t remember where we’re camping. It’s somewhere in North Carolina.

  5. Barb says:

    Martha – where did you rent the boards from? and – how much did it cost? I want to try it someday…….
    We’ve been to that park a long time ago on a wheelhopper – I need to go back there, I heard it was very nice.

  6. Steve says:

    Debbie and I wondered about your snaity for attempting a double century. I don’t think I would attempt one at the moment.

    Barb, it’s live online, but on NBC Sports Network (live) on the telly. Phil and Paul on TV, and I think Frankie and some other guy on the online.

    For those of you interested, go read the 2 articles on yesterdays Lance Armstrong ruling:


    I have to agree with the judges perspective that UCI and USAC need to let USADA do the job that cycling has somehow missed. Too late now to say it’s their responsibility. And USADA needs to let the defense have a good look at the evidence before having to blindly defend themselves in arbitration.

  7. No one has accused me of possessing sanity, or snaity as you say. 🙂 My lack of solid reasoning has gotten me where I am today!

  8. bob says:

    Camping with kids, who would do such a thing? Little fuckers all belong in a sound proof box.

    Paulie, you bringing your fat tire or skinny tire bike? Dupont forest is right there or if you want a road challenge we could ride up to Caeser’s head park.

  9. Martha says:

    Barb, we rented them from High Country Outfitters on Roswell Road. It is $45/day (you can pick up the boards after 7pm the night before), this includes, board, paddle, life jacket and tie downs. They were very helpful, they asked about experiecne, my size (bigger folks will need a bigger board), etc. to help pick out the right board. You can get the race boards as well but they are a little more per day.

    The park was super nice, looks like it was brand new (clearly it isn’t a ‘new’ park but everything there seemed new).

    I’ve been training my ass off (not really, it’s still there) and I’m doubting my ability to complete just one Century. Hopefully, I’ll get off work at a decent time, we’re planning on some bike shoping today.

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    If the weather forecast doesn’t include rain I’ll bring the skinny tire bike.

    I think they added to that park “recently” but I very well may be wrong about that.

  11. Barb says:

    We are going up to Lake Keowee for Labor Day weekend, I was thinking about maybe renting 2, but Allan isn’t sure he cares that much about trying it) so who knows, probably won’t spend the money & just tool around in our friends kayak.

    It won’t be a fast ride to Alabama, it will be more a test for my butt than anything else I think. I’m not sure about it either, but what the hell, gotta push it sometime. (I can always call my MIL to come get me if I have to, I know she’d do it). I know there will be a fairly long lunch stop in Cedartown, and now that we have the funk trunk, we will have at least one other beer stop.

    Bob – sound proof box, that would be funny with Travis….. did Dean suggest that? Are you staying at the campground with the pool that is kid friendly just outside of Brevard on the way to Greenville?

  12. Steve says:

    Caesar’s Head? If it’s where I’m thinking, pack your skinny tires and ALL your granny gears.

  13. bob says:

    Yes, Travis cannot be contained. We have tried and it just doesn’t work. I may actually take Dean’s advice on the duct tape 🙂

    We are staying at Black Forest Campground in Brevard. The web site says it is a “family friendly” campground. Not sure what that means so should be interesting.

  14. bob says:

    Yeah, that is one steep climb. I think it is about as long as hogpen too. My mothers house is 20 miles from the campground, may be a nice half way point for a 40 mile ride (with 14 miles of climbing thrown in there)

  15. Barb says:

    yep- that is the place I was thinking of, we stopped in there once a few years back to check it out – seemed pretty nice. I’m pretty sure Patrick (Little Dinghy) has had a group stay there for a mtn biking weekend.

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