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Went for a cold run today

Went for a run today with the thermometer sitting at 18 F (-8 C). The lake I’ve been running around has ice at the shore and the wind was fairly strong as well. Run went well with no knee pain. Need to get out and run more now that the knee isn’t hurting and the physical therapy seems to be helping.

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MRI today

I have an MRI scheduled for today. Won’t know anything until another visit to the knee doctor later in the week.

The knee has shown improvement over the last couple of weeks. Not sure if it the knee brace, the rest, or the running strengthening the knee. I’ve wearing the knee brace for each run as well as walking the dog since the dog forces me start/stop and twist which was hurting the knee. I have been keeping the runs to 3-4 miles. I should be ready for the 5k in mid-October with my daughter for her university homecoming weeked, also coincides with her birthday. I’d like to get that time down to 25min but I’m not sure that will be possible. 

After running 2 days in a row, I got the bike out this morning and went for a 20 mile bike ride. I didn’t bring enough to drink but did remember to bring my money and made a quick stop a gas station. Next time I’ll have to bring the Camelback just to be safe or get a 2nd bottle holder for my bike.

More next week after the doctor visit.

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Two-a-day and new watch

Since it was back to near freezing temperatures, I wasn’t sure how the knee would feel and I still wanted to get a last long run before my half marathon, I decided to split the runs in early morning and evening run. The morning run went well enough at 10k with only a couple of twinges in the knee. Can’t say what the pace was since the watch somewhere after the halfway mark (at least I know the distance is correct this way). 

I’ve been using the Garmin Forerunner 205 for 2 1/2 years with no complaints. I thought the watch would be uncomfortable due to its size especially since I hate wearing watches in general. Even with the size it wasn’t uncomfortable and I loved the data. It has been displaying the battery low message after 45-60mins for about a year but would continue to work till the end of each run including my full marathon at almost 6 hours (cramps for the last 10 miles). I pulled the watch off the charger about 10 minutes before the run started and it was dead in less than 45 minutes. I’ve been planning on replacing the watch for awhile now since I knew it was a matter of time before this happened. I was doing research earlier this week and then after my shower I found this review and that sold me on this the FR210 model that I had been leaning towards. I like the smaller size and the price point is better than the FR610. I’m sure I don’t need the extra features but it is hard to resist new tech. More to come after I use the watch some more.

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I ran my evening run after a little too much food (it was mother’s day after all). I ended up going out for only 4 miles since the knee was a little sore and I felt very slow. The plan is to rest the knee (maybe some bike riding if the temperature warms up this week) for the majority of the time till the race on June 2.

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Office without Windows

I work in a building that used to be a factory that was converted to office space. I’m not sure when the building was built, but the majority of the building has no windows to the outside world. We are currently remodeling some of building but there are no plans to add windows. The people are frustrated that we still won’t have any natural light and will be stuck with just the miserable fluorescent lights most offices have. Somebody took their frustration out but using the CAD plotter to print some windows and hung them on an inside wall. This is as close to seeing the outside we will get in this area of the building. I can go a whole without even seeing if it gets light outside at all. In the winter, I come into the office before sunrise and often leave after sunset. Everyone I’ve talked to about this has found it funny and I’m curious how long they will stay before somebody takes them down and throws them away.

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Zombie Outbreak Stickers

Saw these stickers on a car today. Thought the hunting one was a real hunting permit until I read more carefully. Got a chuckle out of them.

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My daughter is a gymnast but not an Olympian

My daughter is a gymnast. The first question most people ask, “Is she going to the Olympics?” Why would people assume that she might even have a chance at the Olympics. Only 4 or 5 women make it to the Olympics every 4 years making it a more exclusive club than any professional sports team. When somebody has a child that plays football or baseball, I don’t hear everybody asking them if they child will be going to play professional because common sense says that the odds are against it. 

By normal human being standards, my daughter is extremely talented and can do things that not only look amazing but are impossible for nearly everybody outside of this world. By Olympic standards, my daughter not even in the ballpark and she knows it as well as I do. She is a Level 7 optional and we are very proud of her. This won’t even get her onto a college team even if she wanted to. She started at the gym at the age of 3 for just a few hours a week to now at 17 where shes spend up to 20 hours a week. She says she is retiring after at the end of this season in a couple of months. She will probably continue to go to the gym through their annual banquet in May. So after 14 years, she is down to 4 months. I’m sure it will be bitter-sweet for her and there will be tears at the banquet as well.

My daughter has a t-shirt that says: “After a day of football, a gymnast would be bruised. After a day of gymnastics, a football player would be dead.” I think it is appropriate after the things I’ve seem them do.

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College Scholarship weekend

My daughter was invited to apply for a full ride scholarship to her preferred university. She spent several hours writing an essay doing a group problem solving project and being interviewed. There will be over 1000 people competing for 20 spots. Seems an unlikely proposition but just showing up she should get about 1/2 off her first year’s tuition. Not too bad for a day’s work. While she was going through the program, the parents spent a few hours getting information about the university itself. It was pretty useful and we learned some things that we could pass along to our daughter. The most important detail we found out was that the Honors college within the university will only add a little extra work but should provide her some significant advantages from early registration and extra advisor. The only real extra work is a senior thesis.

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Out of Date

I haven’t been paying any attention to my blog(s) at all for the past 6 months or so. Most likely because I don’t put remember to write, don’t think I have enough to say, constantly rethink to the point of nothing getting out, not convinced I have enough to write a lengthy blog post and not willing to just write a short entry. I’ve tried to use both Tumblr and WordPress so far and I think I’m going to stick with Tumblr. I think the WordPress format is more flexible and can accommodate more complex content but Tumblr has the more social aspect and seems less formal. This less formal aspect is what keeps drawing me back. I’m not going to pretend to be a writer, I’ve never been much of one but I continue to get this nagging feeling to document at least some part of my life. Still not sure why but I’m going to make a concerted effort again.

Since my last update I completed my first Marathon in Detroit, Runkeeper Data. The data did not import correctly from my Garmin watch, not sure why. I was on my target pace of 10:00 min/mile for the first half of the race. Analyzing the data now, I see that I started to fade at about mile 12. The cramps in the calves started around mile 14 or 15. I have had cramping problems around the 15 mile mark in 2011 which made me decide not to run the marathon and then I tore the meniscus in my left knee just before the marathon would have run so I guess it was lucky I didn’t sign up. During the 2012 training, I was able to make runs of 17, 19, and 22 without cramps in warmer and more humid weather than the Detroit Free Press marathon. I went into the run with what I felt was a conservative pace given my training but the wheels still feel off.

Even with my disappointment in my race, I finished. I am in the small percentage of people that have finished a marathon. In addition to just finishing, I surprised myself with my mental toughness just to complete with the cramps. There were several point especially on Belle Isle where I just wanted to say the hell with it and go home. I didn’t and I survived. I’m not sure I’ll put myself through that level of training and the grueling race again. I’m planning to run several 5k, trying to get my pace back, and a half marathon, https://dxa2.com/index.php, which I have run before and it is a great and challenging run. I have to convince my self that every new race doesn’t have to be a PR. Not only does this race give me a goal to reach for but it is a great race. I love running through the small town of Dexter, MI and then through the rural are, the big hill in the middle of the run and then finish line hill that takes it out you while entering the City of Ann Arbor, MI. The food at the right after the finish line is another huge plus to the run.

Well that is enough blabbering for this post. 

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laughingsquid:

Crash Test Diver

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But Seriously…: How to Update Facebook From Google+ (Without Using an Extension)

justinbee:

Facebook provides each user with a unique email that they can use to update their Facebook with. This way you can email a status update, picture, etc. without needing to access the site or the app, plus it works with any email address.

We can use that email address to cross post from Google+,…

But Seriously…: How to Update Facebook From Google+ (Without Using an Extension)

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NASA – Real-Time Space Shuttle in Google Earth (Beta Version)

Cool Live Google Earth tracking of Space Shuttle.

NASA – Real-Time Space Shuttle in Google Earth (Beta Version)

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eileentv:

Speaking of draaainns..The Walking Dead season 2 promo 🙂

mrshawaii:

popculturebrain:

Early Teaser: The Walking Dead Season 2 | THR

Oh hell yeah.

I’m a huge fan. Can’t wait.

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Link: I Spent A Coin (And I Liked It) — How I Bought Lunch in Manhattan with Bitcoins

Link: I Spent A Coin (And I Liked It) — How I Bought Lunch in Manhattan with Bitcoins

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via LEGO Mordor cannot be reached with plastic eagles

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(via RV-sized asteroid will buzz the Earth on Monday | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine)

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Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga, #2)Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good book but didn’t enjoy it as much as Ender’s Game

View all my reviews

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(via Into the Dungeons | Guild Wars 2)

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(via Jonathan Sharp Talks Underwater Combat – ArenaNet Blog)

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Phineas and Ferb TV Movie to Debut in August, Promo Tour Announced! | GeekDad | Wired.com

Phineas and Ferb TV Movie to Debut in August, Promo Tour Announced! | GeekDad | Wired.com

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Don’t try this at home.

(via Mad Man Builds Mad Slingshot That Fires Mad Circular Sawblades – Gizmodo)

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Looking forward to the movie. Haven’t read the comics since I was a kid, but movie still looks good.

(via New Green Lantern trailer explains the history of the Corps, and the secrets of Parallax – io9)

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Good, Geeky explanation of Guitar effects. Brings me back to my college days.

(via HTG Explains: How Do Guitar Distortion and Overdrive Work? – How-To Geek)

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Another Great Looking Time Lapse

(via Time lapse: The skies over Poland | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine)

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Getting more press, but would really like to see a release date.

(via Guild Wars 2, Your Art is Simply Beautiful – io9)

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(via Engineer | Guild Wars 2)

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(via Video: City of Lion’s Arch – ArenaNet Blog)

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Will humans one day run a marathon in under two hours?

Considering I can run a half marathon in a little under 2 hours, the world record times are already incredible. I hope to one day finish a full marathon. 13.2 MPH for 26.2 miles is an almost unbelievable speed.

Will humans one day run a marathon in under two hours?

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Gorgeous Time Lapse

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You probably shouldn’t advertise The Walking Dead on the side of your funeral home

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Support the Campaign to Build a Life-Size, Operational AT-AT!

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