Category Archives: cooking

Running with the Pack 103: 8-Mile Run, Outdoor Legs, Stress, and More

Just one topic this week: the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, cardiologist buy which includes Stevie’s 5K and half-marathon as well as my Goofy Challenge, case which is the half-marathon and marathon. We talk about preparing for the races, hemophilia getting to the start line, the race start, the course, what happened along the way, our finishes, and what we did afterward. It’s a long podcast, but worth listening to, especially if you’re considering doing these races!
Just one topic this week: the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, cardiologist buy which includes Stevie’s 5K and half-marathon as well as my Goofy Challenge, case which is the half-marathon and marathon. We talk about preparing for the races, hemophilia getting to the start line, the race start, the course, what happened along the way, our finishes, and what we did afterward. It’s a long podcast, but worth listening to, especially if you’re considering doing these races!
I had an interesting afternoon. From time to time, disease I feel a little flutter in my chest. It’s not painful. I don’t feel weak or faint. It’s just a funny feeling that happens every now and then when I’m at rest. So is that anything to worry about? It could be nothing, more about it could be an irregular heartbeat, cheap some kind of blockage, or a defect. I talk a lot on Running with the Pack about diet, exercise, fitness, etc…, but I always say that I’m no doctor.

I’m not the kind of guy who ignores medical issues and hopes that they go away, so I met with my doctor last week and explained the issue. He had me wear a heart monitor for 24 hours to catch the flutters when they happen, so I did that last week. He also scheduled me for a “stress test plus echo”, which I had this afternoon.

What they had me do was change into running shoes and shorts and then they hooked up a collection of electrodes to my chest. The technician had me lay on my left side on an examination table and then he did an ultrasound of various parts of my heart and from various angles. While he was doing that, we talked about all sorts of things – what both of us do to keep in shape, the typical people he usually has in his lab, whether I was having a boy or girl (his response, “twins!”). He wouldn’t tell me any of the results though – that’s reserved for the doctor.

After the ultrasound, the technician left the room and returned in a few minutes with the doctor. They put me on the treadmill and started it off at a low incline and a comfortable walking pace. The doctor took my blood pressure and watched the electrical signals of my heart on the heart monitor. Every two minutes, they increased the speed and slope and took another blood pressure reading. I was on the treadmill for 12 minutes, by which time, I had hit my maximum heart rate (180) and was running on a 16% incline (I’m not sure of the speed). I felt fine and could have kept going, but he said that they wouldn’t learn anything from going longer.

They shut down the treadmill and moved me right back to the examination table so they could take more ultrasound pictures of my heart while it was pumping hard. Same as before – various parts of my heart from various angles. My heart rate came down to a normal level.

The rest of the session was the doctor showing me various segments of the ultrasound videos: This is your heart at rest, this is what it looks like at full blast, this is your valve function, this is a Doppler image showing the direction of the blood flow, this is the thickness of your heart walls, etc…

It was amazing and beautiful to see my heart in action. As someone who exercises a lot, I look at my heart rate to gauge how well I’m doing and my level of effort, but that is a gross indicator of what my heart is doing compared to seeing clear images of the way that it does what it does. The whole thing was a little piece of science fiction. When I commented about how clear the images were, the technician and doctor laughed and then the doctor said that there is a general rule in cardiology: the clearer the image, the better the prognosis. A lot of that has to do with it being easier to get a good ultrasound from people who have lower body weights since the sound waves have to pass through less tissue.

The short version of the doctor’s summary is that I’m as healthy as a horse. Great blood supply, no irregularities, normal adaptation from rest to active state and back again, good valve movement, etc… I asked specifically about any thickening of my heart walls since that’s a concern that Andrew has read about in some endurance athletes, but my heart walls were the normal thickness that they would expect in an active person. Ultimately, the flutter is completely within the normal range of a healthy heart, especially since he didn’t see any sign of it when I was stressed to maximum heart rate. It’s nothing that I need to worry about.

Overall, it was a fascinating experience and a huge relief to know that I’m okay. I’m glad I went and got the green light to keep doing the things that I love to do.

Anyway, I hope this is helpful for anyone who needs to have one of these tests done, so you know what they are looking for, what to expect, and what questions to ask.
This week, vitamin arthritis we talk about myRunning with the Pack 98: Ice Baths in Winter, buy viagra Elliptical 101, web Shortened Half-Marathon Training, and More split times for the Disney Marathon, doing an ice bath during winter, the right settings for an elliptical machine to simulate running, a bit about the stair stepper machines, what to do when you have an upcoming half-marathon and limited training time, our plans for Pittsburgh, and John’s voicemail about his recent marathon experience.
This week, vitamin arthritis we talk about myRunning with the Pack 98: Ice Baths in Winter, buy viagra Elliptical 101, web Shortened Half-Marathon Training, and More split times for the Disney Marathon, doing an ice bath during winter, the right settings for an elliptical machine to simulate running, a bit about the stair stepper machines, what to do when you have an upcoming half-marathon and limited training time, our plans for Pittsburgh, and John’s voicemail about his recent marathon experience.
On a very special episode of RWTP, diagnosis we have Jeff back on the show. We talk to Jeff about what he’s been doing, oncologist why we love running (if we do), cialis 40mg what makes us lace up our shoes on a crappy day, Kim’s 71-mile training run, Adidas running ads, and a race report from Jim.

Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
This week, vitamin arthritis we talk about myRunning with the Pack 98: Ice Baths in Winter, buy viagra Elliptical 101, web Shortened Half-Marathon Training, and More split times for the Disney Marathon, doing an ice bath during winter, the right settings for an elliptical machine to simulate running, a bit about the stair stepper machines, what to do when you have an upcoming half-marathon and limited training time, our plans for Pittsburgh, and John’s voicemail about his recent marathon experience.
On a very special episode of RWTP, diagnosis we have Jeff back on the show. We talk to Jeff about what he’s been doing, oncologist why we love running (if we do), cialis 40mg what makes us lace up our shoes on a crappy day, Kim’s 71-mile training run, Adidas running ads, and a race report from Jim.

Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
In honor of Valentine’s Day, unhealthy we start off talking about our hearts. Specifically, patient heart rate zones and the echocardiogram that I had to check my heart health. We also talk about the MyFitnessPal app that Stevie has been using, no rx getting back into the pool and on the bike, an idea for a coordinated weekend triathlon associated with the show, Lori’s run for Brett, and what kind of bike a newbie should buy.

We’re also thinking about doing something special for episode #100 – so if you have suggestions, let us know.
This week, vitamin arthritis we talk about myRunning with the Pack 98: Ice Baths in Winter, buy viagra Elliptical 101, web Shortened Half-Marathon Training, and More split times for the Disney Marathon, doing an ice bath during winter, the right settings for an elliptical machine to simulate running, a bit about the stair stepper machines, what to do when you have an upcoming half-marathon and limited training time, our plans for Pittsburgh, and John’s voicemail about his recent marathon experience.
On a very special episode of RWTP, diagnosis we have Jeff back on the show. We talk to Jeff about what he’s been doing, oncologist why we love running (if we do), cialis 40mg what makes us lace up our shoes on a crappy day, Kim’s 71-mile training run, Adidas running ads, and a race report from Jim.

Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
In honor of Valentine’s Day, unhealthy we start off talking about our hearts. Specifically, patient heart rate zones and the echocardiogram that I had to check my heart health. We also talk about the MyFitnessPal app that Stevie has been using, no rx getting back into the pool and on the bike, an idea for a coordinated weekend triathlon associated with the show, Lori’s run for Brett, and what kind of bike a newbie should buy.

We’re also thinking about doing something special for episode #100 – so if you have suggestions, let us know.
This week, search Stevie and I revisit the Honey Stinger line of products, which we both used before yesterday’s 8-mile run together. We also talk about me working on my “outdoor legs”, continuing running during a stressful time, getting my bike ready for the season, and the question, “will we ever stop podcasting?”

Posted in cooking, food, podcasting, running | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Running with the Pack 82: Vacation Plans, Body Image, Cross Training, and Much More

This week, viagra 40mg we cover a ton of topics including Stevie’s vacation plans, one health my bike update, body image, what to do when you’re injured (cross train and do a triathlon obviously), mud/adventure runs, margarita cliff blocks, gluten free life, Facebook mania, and more.

Posted in cooking, cycling, food, podcasting, running, swimming, triathlon | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Running with the Pack 81: Heart Rate, Teff Cookies, Personal Records, Facebook, and more

Stevie and I talk about the Happy Valley Sprint Triathlon that I did on Saturday and the Firecracker 4K race that we ran on Sunday plus some upcoming events. Stevie also updates us on her progress through the Insanity Workout.
Stevie and I talk about the Happy Valley Sprint Triathlon that I did on Saturday and the Firecracker 4K race that we ran on Sunday plus some upcoming events. Stevie also updates us on her progress through the Insanity Workout.
Stevie and I talk about my experiment with Teff cookies, physiotherapy Stevie’s elevated heart rate, seek some recent races and two personal records (kinda), sale the idea that personal records should expire as you change age groups, our new Facebook page, Jason’s new podcast, Simon’s race with his brother, Rebecca running nude (and fast), and a shout out to Iron Brandon for reaching the 100-episode mark!

Posted in cooking, food, health, podcasting, running | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

Mad Scientist Food: Gluten-Free Teff Snickerdoodles

Stevie and I talk about the Happy Valley Sprint Triathlon that I did on Saturday and the Firecracker 4K race that we ran on Sunday plus some upcoming events. Stevie also updates us on her progress through the Insanity Workout.
Stevie and I talk about the Happy Valley Sprint Triathlon that I did on Saturday and the Firecracker 4K race that we ran on Sunday plus some upcoming events. Stevie also updates us on her progress through the Insanity Workout.
Stevie and I talk about my experiment with Teff cookies, physiotherapy Stevie’s elevated heart rate, seek some recent races and two personal records (kinda), sale the idea that personal records should expire as you change age groups, our new Facebook page, Jason’s new podcast, Simon’s race with his brother, Rebecca running nude (and fast), and a shout out to Iron Brandon for reaching the 100-episode mark!
Stevie and I talk about the Happy Valley Sprint Triathlon that I did on Saturday and the Firecracker 4K race that we ran on Sunday plus some upcoming events. Stevie also updates us on her progress through the Insanity Workout.
Stevie and I talk about my experiment with Teff cookies, physiotherapy Stevie’s elevated heart rate, seek some recent races and two personal records (kinda), sale the idea that personal records should expire as you change age groups, our new Facebook page, Jason’s new podcast, Simon’s race with his brother, Rebecca running nude (and fast), and a shout out to Iron Brandon for reaching the 100-episode mark!
If you listen to the podcast, erectile you know that I’m a bit of a mad scientist. I especially like to experiment with food, check which has lead to both positive and negative results. [If you ever meet Andrew, ask him about the polenta story or maybe the time I tried to use olive oil in a brownie mix.]

Today, I decided to try making gluten-free snickerdoodles. I’ll give you the ending first: the result is a cookie with a soft and fluffy, but slightly gritty texture. The flavor is AWESOME (in my opinion). I’m very happy with it, and so is Andrew.

The main difference between this and a normal snickerdoodle recipe is that I used teff flour. Teff is a tiny grain from Africa that is gluten-free as well as high in fiber and minerals like iron and calcium. It’s a staple of the Ethiopian diet – and we all know how fast Ethiopian runners are. So will these cookies make you faster? I really don’t think so, but it’s a fun thought. This is not what I would consider a low-fat or low-calorie recipe.

So without further ado, here is the recipe that I used today. If you follow this recipe, let me know how it turns out.

Ingredients for dough:
1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup teff flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Ingredients for coating:
4 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Soften the butter by leaving it out long enough to rise to room temperature or sticking it in the microwave in a microwave-safe mixing bowl for about 20 seconds. Add the two egg whites and the vanilla to the butter and mix them together. Add the sugar, teff flour, and baking soda to the wet ingredients and mix until even. The dough should look like dark brown sand – more like the color of ginger snaps than traditional snickerdoodles.

Stick the dough in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to chill. As you do this, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Get a small bowl and make the coating mix – a 2 to 1 combination of sugar and cinnamon. Also, get out two cookie sheets and put down a layer of parchment paper on each one.

After the dough has been chilling for 10 minutes, get it out of the refrigerator. Scoop a heaping teaspoon of the dough and drop it into the coating mixture. Roll the dough ball in the cinnamon and sugar until it is coated. Then put the ball on the cookie sheet and flatten it a bit into a disk shape. Repeat this with the rest of the dough, putting them about an inch apart on the cookie sheet. They’ll expand as they cook and you don’t want them to fuse together when they bake. Depending on the size of your dough balls, you’ll get about 12-15 cookies.

Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. Take the parchment paper and slide it (cookies and all) onto a cool surface like another cookie sheet, cutting board, or the kitchen counter. The cookies will be extremely soft when they come out of the oven and should cool for about 15 minutes before firming up.

After the cookies are firm, grab one, take a bite, and then leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Posted in cooking, food | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

Running with the Pack 18: Talk with Hannah about Running, Swimming, Yoga, Smoking, and a Special Shout-Out

I swear this guy holds the key to world peace…

India is my favorite.

I swear this guy holds the key to world peace…

India is my favorite.

Hi All. I just wanted to write a post to send good thoughts to Miesha Marzell, stuff who we interviewed way back in episode #6. She is participating in the Olympic Trials now and her races are tomorrow. I don’t think it’s right to pray for someone to win, but I do hope that she runs a good race and doesn’t have any complications from illness or injury.
I swear this guy holds the key to world peace…

India is my favorite.

Hi All. I just wanted to write a post to send good thoughts to Miesha Marzell, stuff who we interviewed way back in episode #6. She is participating in the Olympic Trials now and her races are tomorrow. I don’t think it’s right to pray for someone to win, but I do hope that she runs a good race and doesn’t have any complications from illness or injury.
Jeff and I talk about our training in the heat, information pills inspirational stories from our listeners, discount and upcoming races. If you want to submit your own story, leave a comment at parkedthoughts.com or send it to allan@parkedthoughts.com or jeff@jsswain.com

Mentioned in this episode:

I swear this guy holds the key to world peace…

India is my favorite.

Hi All. I just wanted to write a post to send good thoughts to Miesha Marzell, stuff who we interviewed way back in episode #6. She is participating in the Olympic Trials now and her races are tomorrow. I don’t think it’s right to pray for someone to win, but I do hope that she runs a good race and doesn’t have any complications from illness or injury.
Jeff and I talk about our training in the heat, information pills inspirational stories from our listeners, discount and upcoming races. If you want to submit your own story, leave a comment at parkedthoughts.com or send it to allan@parkedthoughts.com or jeff@jsswain.com

Mentioned in this episode:

Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), diagnosis along with Stevie’s husband and son, and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
I swear this guy holds the key to world peace…

India is my favorite.

Hi All. I just wanted to write a post to send good thoughts to Miesha Marzell, stuff who we interviewed way back in episode #6. She is participating in the Olympic Trials now and her races are tomorrow. I don’t think it’s right to pray for someone to win, but I do hope that she runs a good race and doesn’t have any complications from illness or injury.
Jeff and I talk about our training in the heat, information pills inspirational stories from our listeners, discount and upcoming races. If you want to submit your own story, leave a comment at parkedthoughts.com or send it to allan@parkedthoughts.com or jeff@jsswain.com

Mentioned in this episode:

Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), diagnosis along with Stevie’s husband and son, and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, this but town where we live (State College, PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

[Notice the change in our shoe color.]

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
I swear this guy holds the key to world peace…

India is my favorite.

Hi All. I just wanted to write a post to send good thoughts to Miesha Marzell, stuff who we interviewed way back in episode #6. She is participating in the Olympic Trials now and her races are tomorrow. I don’t think it’s right to pray for someone to win, but I do hope that she runs a good race and doesn’t have any complications from illness or injury.
Jeff and I talk about our training in the heat, information pills inspirational stories from our listeners, discount and upcoming races. If you want to submit your own story, leave a comment at parkedthoughts.com or send it to allan@parkedthoughts.com or jeff@jsswain.com

Mentioned in this episode:

Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), diagnosis along with Stevie’s husband and son, and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, this but town where we live (State College, PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

[Notice the change in our shoe color.]

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, ailment but town where we live (State College, more info PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
I swear this guy holds the key to world peace…

India is my favorite.

Hi All. I just wanted to write a post to send good thoughts to Miesha Marzell, stuff who we interviewed way back in episode #6. She is participating in the Olympic Trials now and her races are tomorrow. I don’t think it’s right to pray for someone to win, but I do hope that she runs a good race and doesn’t have any complications from illness or injury.
Jeff and I talk about our training in the heat, information pills inspirational stories from our listeners, discount and upcoming races. If you want to submit your own story, leave a comment at parkedthoughts.com or send it to allan@parkedthoughts.com or jeff@jsswain.com

Mentioned in this episode:

Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), diagnosis along with Stevie’s husband and son, and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, this but town where we live (State College, PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

[Notice the change in our shoe color.]

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, ailment but town where we live (State College, more info PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
I swear this guy holds the key to world peace…

India is my favorite.

Hi All. I just wanted to write a post to send good thoughts to Miesha Marzell, stuff who we interviewed way back in episode #6. She is participating in the Olympic Trials now and her races are tomorrow. I don’t think it’s right to pray for someone to win, but I do hope that she runs a good race and doesn’t have any complications from illness or injury.
Jeff and I talk about our training in the heat, information pills inspirational stories from our listeners, discount and upcoming races. If you want to submit your own story, leave a comment at parkedthoughts.com or send it to allan@parkedthoughts.com or jeff@jsswain.com

Mentioned in this episode:

Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), diagnosis along with Stevie’s husband and son, and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, this but town where we live (State College, PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

[Notice the change in our shoe color.]

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, ailment but town where we live (State College, more info PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Jeff and I discuss the Flying Pig Marathon, drug
sick which we both completed today. We talk about our trip to Cincinnati, disorder
what we did in town yesterday, the race expo and Flying Pig swag, the start of the race, the people we met, crowd support, hydration, the problems that we both encountered, and other random thoughts. Leave a comment here at parkedthoughts.com or send Allan an e-mail at Allan@parkedthoughts.com
I swear this guy holds the key to world peace…

India is my favorite.

Hi All. I just wanted to write a post to send good thoughts to Miesha Marzell, stuff who we interviewed way back in episode #6. She is participating in the Olympic Trials now and her races are tomorrow. I don’t think it’s right to pray for someone to win, but I do hope that she runs a good race and doesn’t have any complications from illness or injury.
Jeff and I talk about our training in the heat, information pills inspirational stories from our listeners, discount and upcoming races. If you want to submit your own story, leave a comment at parkedthoughts.com or send it to allan@parkedthoughts.com or jeff@jsswain.com

Mentioned in this episode:

Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), diagnosis along with Stevie’s husband and son, and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, this but town where we live (State College, PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

[Notice the change in our shoe color.]

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, ailment but town where we live (State College, more info PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Jeff and I discuss the Flying Pig Marathon, drug
sick which we both completed today. We talk about our trip to Cincinnati, disorder
what we did in town yesterday, the race expo and Flying Pig swag, the start of the race, the people we met, crowd support, hydration, the problems that we both encountered, and other random thoughts. Leave a comment here at parkedthoughts.com or send Allan an e-mail at Allan@parkedthoughts.com
I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
I swear this guy holds the key to world peace…

India is my favorite.

Hi All. I just wanted to write a post to send good thoughts to Miesha Marzell, stuff who we interviewed way back in episode #6. She is participating in the Olympic Trials now and her races are tomorrow. I don’t think it’s right to pray for someone to win, but I do hope that she runs a good race and doesn’t have any complications from illness or injury.
Jeff and I talk about our training in the heat, information pills inspirational stories from our listeners, discount and upcoming races. If you want to submit your own story, leave a comment at parkedthoughts.com or send it to allan@parkedthoughts.com or jeff@jsswain.com

Mentioned in this episode:

Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), diagnosis along with Stevie’s husband and son, and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, this but town where we live (State College, PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

[Notice the change in our shoe color.]

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, ailment but town where we live (State College, more info PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Jeff and I discuss the Flying Pig Marathon, drug
sick which we both completed today. We talk about our trip to Cincinnati, disorder
what we did in town yesterday, the race expo and Flying Pig swag, the start of the race, the people we met, crowd support, hydration, the problems that we both encountered, and other random thoughts. Leave a comment here at parkedthoughts.com or send Allan an e-mail at Allan@parkedthoughts.com
I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I swear this guy holds the key to world peace…

India is my favorite.

Hi All. I just wanted to write a post to send good thoughts to Miesha Marzell, stuff who we interviewed way back in episode #6. She is participating in the Olympic Trials now and her races are tomorrow. I don’t think it’s right to pray for someone to win, but I do hope that she runs a good race and doesn’t have any complications from illness or injury.
Jeff and I talk about our training in the heat, information pills inspirational stories from our listeners, discount and upcoming races. If you want to submit your own story, leave a comment at parkedthoughts.com or send it to allan@parkedthoughts.com or jeff@jsswain.com

Mentioned in this episode:

Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), diagnosis along with Stevie’s husband and son, and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, this but town where we live (State College, PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

[Notice the change in our shoe color.]

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, ailment but town where we live (State College, more info PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Jeff and I discuss the Flying Pig Marathon, drug
sick which we both completed today. We talk about our trip to Cincinnati, disorder
what we did in town yesterday, the race expo and Flying Pig swag, the start of the race, the people we met, crowd support, hydration, the problems that we both encountered, and other random thoughts. Leave a comment here at parkedthoughts.com or send Allan an e-mail at Allan@parkedthoughts.com
I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, medicine I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I swear this guy holds the key to world peace…

India is my favorite.

Hi All. I just wanted to write a post to send good thoughts to Miesha Marzell, stuff who we interviewed way back in episode #6. She is participating in the Olympic Trials now and her races are tomorrow. I don’t think it’s right to pray for someone to win, but I do hope that she runs a good race and doesn’t have any complications from illness or injury.
Jeff and I talk about our training in the heat, information pills inspirational stories from our listeners, discount and upcoming races. If you want to submit your own story, leave a comment at parkedthoughts.com or send it to allan@parkedthoughts.com or jeff@jsswain.com

Mentioned in this episode:

Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), diagnosis along with Stevie’s husband and son, and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, this but town where we live (State College, PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

[Notice the change in our shoe color.]

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, ailment but town where we live (State College, more info PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Jeff and I discuss the Flying Pig Marathon, drug
sick which we both completed today. We talk about our trip to Cincinnati, disorder
what we did in town yesterday, the race expo and Flying Pig swag, the start of the race, the people we met, crowd support, hydration, the problems that we both encountered, and other random thoughts. Leave a comment here at parkedthoughts.com or send Allan an e-mail at Allan@parkedthoughts.com
I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, medicine I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, medicine I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, cialis 40mg
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I swear this guy holds the key to world peace…

India is my favorite.

Hi All. I just wanted to write a post to send good thoughts to Miesha Marzell, stuff who we interviewed way back in episode #6. She is participating in the Olympic Trials now and her races are tomorrow. I don’t think it’s right to pray for someone to win, but I do hope that she runs a good race and doesn’t have any complications from illness or injury.
Jeff and I talk about our training in the heat, information pills inspirational stories from our listeners, discount and upcoming races. If you want to submit your own story, leave a comment at parkedthoughts.com or send it to allan@parkedthoughts.com or jeff@jsswain.com

Mentioned in this episode:

Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), diagnosis along with Stevie’s husband and son, and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, this but town where we live (State College, PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

[Notice the change in our shoe color.]

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, ailment but town where we live (State College, more info PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Jeff and I discuss the Flying Pig Marathon, drug
sick which we both completed today. We talk about our trip to Cincinnati, disorder
what we did in town yesterday, the race expo and Flying Pig swag, the start of the race, the people we met, crowd support, hydration, the problems that we both encountered, and other random thoughts. Leave a comment here at parkedthoughts.com or send Allan an e-mail at Allan@parkedthoughts.com
I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, medicine I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, medicine I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, cialis 40mg
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, medicine I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, cialis 40mg
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, side effects
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, phthisiatrician
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I swear this guy holds the key to world peace…

India is my favorite.

Hi All. I just wanted to write a post to send good thoughts to Miesha Marzell, stuff who we interviewed way back in episode #6. She is participating in the Olympic Trials now and her races are tomorrow. I don’t think it’s right to pray for someone to win, but I do hope that she runs a good race and doesn’t have any complications from illness or injury.
Jeff and I talk about our training in the heat, information pills inspirational stories from our listeners, discount and upcoming races. If you want to submit your own story, leave a comment at parkedthoughts.com or send it to allan@parkedthoughts.com or jeff@jsswain.com

Mentioned in this episode:

Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), diagnosis along with Stevie’s husband and son, and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, this but town where we live (State College, PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

[Notice the change in our shoe color.]

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, ailment but town where we live (State College, more info PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Jeff and I discuss the Flying Pig Marathon, drug
sick which we both completed today. We talk about our trip to Cincinnati, disorder
what we did in town yesterday, the race expo and Flying Pig swag, the start of the race, the people we met, crowd support, hydration, the problems that we both encountered, and other random thoughts. Leave a comment here at parkedthoughts.com or send Allan an e-mail at Allan@parkedthoughts.com
I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, medicine I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, medicine I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, cialis 40mg
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, medicine I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, cialis 40mg
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, side effects
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, phthisiatrician
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, medicine I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, cialis 40mg
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, side effects
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, phthisiatrician
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, remedy
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, healthful
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, price
ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I swear this guy holds the key to world peace…

India is my favorite.

Hi All. I just wanted to write a post to send good thoughts to Miesha Marzell, stuff who we interviewed way back in episode #6. She is participating in the Olympic Trials now and her races are tomorrow. I don’t think it’s right to pray for someone to win, but I do hope that she runs a good race and doesn’t have any complications from illness or injury.
Jeff and I talk about our training in the heat, information pills inspirational stories from our listeners, discount and upcoming races. If you want to submit your own story, leave a comment at parkedthoughts.com or send it to allan@parkedthoughts.com or jeff@jsswain.com

Mentioned in this episode:

Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), diagnosis along with Stevie’s husband and son, and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, this but town where we live (State College, PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

[Notice the change in our shoe color.]

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Normally I don’t travel far for a 5K race. I enjoy doing them, ailment but town where we live (State College, more info PA) and the surrounding towns have at least one 5K race most weekends between March and November. Today was a little different. I went to Holidaysburg, PA (about an hour away) with a group of women from the Nittany Valley Running Club to run the Sloppy Socks 5K. One of them had mentioned it on the club’s e-mail list and it sounded like fun. This 5K was not your typical road race.

Sloppy Socks 5K (before)

As you can see in the picture, the day started off with the usual early morning fog. It quickly burned off by the time they gathered the 150 or so runners for the 8:30 race start. This was the first annual running of this race, so no one was completely sure where it was going to take us. Fortunately, the race volunteers had marked the course with cones and little orange flags (the kind that utility workers often use to identify the path of underground cables and pipes). We also had a little time to scout out part of the course before starting. The race director made a few announcements and then handed the mic over to an assistant so he could find his place at the starting line.

Once the whistle was blown, we started out across a field. It instantly brought back memories of my old high school cross country days. I was happily running and reminiscing — until the still-packed group of runners around me hit the mud pit. There was no way around it. We had to jump down a couple of feet into a slimy mud pit. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but that was long enough that you couldn’t jump it and deep enough that everyone’s shoes filled with goo. So I jumped in with both feet and then made my way to the other side to climb out again and slosh onward.

Sloppy Socks 5K (All for one and one for all)

We ran back onto the fields again for a while before heading back to a trail, over some fallen branches, and down into a creek bed. The course went down the creek bed across smooth (and slippery) stones, and then back up a steep embankment again. The course went back to the fields, into the woods again for a bit, and then back toward the starting. That was loop/mile one. We did the same course (including the same mud pit) two more times before taking the final path to the finish line. Speaking of the finish line, Cheryl, one of the club members, was the top woman finisher. I just met her today, but apparently she is no stranger to first place in normal road-running events.

I finished the course in about 25:34, which is a bad 5K time for me, but I really don’t care because 1) it was an obstacle course, 2) it seemed like it was longer than 3.1 miles, and 3) I had too much fun to let the clock bother me. Overall, I give this event a definite thumbs-up. I hope they have it again next year and I would be interested in doing similar events in the future.

Sloppy Socks 5K (after)
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Today I ran the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10K with a group of friends: Stevie and Nancy (from episode # 15), stomatology along with Stevie’s husband and son, abortion and Nancy’s neighbor. My friend Chris came as well to run the 5K race (his first race). So overall, it was a very nice sized “pack” to run with.

The weather forecast said that it would be in the 70’s with high humidity and a 40% chance of rain. It was definitely raining last night, but stopped by the time we got to the race registration area. I was really hoping for a light shower, but no such luck. Chris and I registered and then did some walking and stretching before the 10K race began — the 5K started 15 minutes later.

The race started at 8:30 with a downhill run for the first mile or so. As usual, I started off a little too quickly, but I was feeling strong and light, so it was hard to help myself. We ran across campus, across a building-bridge to the Penn State golf course, around half of the golf course and then hit a rather steep hill around mile 4. The hill and the heat slowed me down a bit at that point and I was passed by a few people. We went back across the bridge to campus, up another hill, and then a dash to the finish.

I think in the podcast, I had said something about expecting to run it in about 45:00, but that was an exaggeration. I haven’t done a 10K for a while and thought I would get something below 50 minutes. I finished in 49:46, which is an 8:02 pace.

But more than the race and my time, I think I most enjoyed cheering everyone else to the finish. I was very impressed by how everyone did, especially Chris, who finished the 5K in about 25 minutes. That’s very good for a first-time racer and it’s not too far off my pace, so I may be developing another running partner. After the race, we talked about what we thought of the course, how we handled the hills, and the people who were running around us. We grabbed some water and walked back to the registration area to get something to eat before finally deciding to go home. Again, that post-race interaction was the best part of the event today.

Racing is more social than running by yourself. Racing with friends is truly satisfying.
Jeff and I discuss the Flying Pig Marathon, drug
sick which we both completed today. We talk about our trip to Cincinnati, disorder
what we did in town yesterday, the race expo and Flying Pig swag, the start of the race, the people we met, crowd support, hydration, the problems that we both encountered, and other random thoughts. Leave a comment here at parkedthoughts.com or send Allan an e-mail at Allan@parkedthoughts.com
I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, medicine I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, medicine I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, cialis 40mg
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, medicine I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, cialis 40mg
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, side effects
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, phthisiatrician
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

I couldn’t sleep, viagra so I thought I’d write about the marathon to capture some sense of the day. This is in no particular order.

I’m very happy with how I did in the run. My first goal was to finish, which I did at 04:11:52 (clock time) or 04:07:30 (chip time as measured by the disposable RFID chip that was tied into my shoe). The difference between these is because it took a few minutes after starting the race to cross the starting line. Jeff and I were in line to use the port-a-johns until about 10 minutes before the start of the race. Then we moved to the start line and were able to get in with the 4:15 pace crowd (i.e. the people around us expected to take 4:15 to finish). So even after crossing the start line, we were barely moving above a walk and then had to pass a lot of other runners. Both of us jumped to the sidewalk several times to get around a wall of runners.

Speaking of the start, I got really emotional at the beginning, running through the streets of Philadelphia with 16,000 like-minded people and among a throng of well-wishers. They came out to cheer us on despite the cold temperatures and sprinkling rain. I felt the same way when I hit the 13.1 mile mark and they were cheering on the half-marathon participants and playing the Rocky theme song. Those times in particular gave me an overwhelming communal feeling, like being a small part of something big. Those crowds were at the end as well, but by mile 25-26, I was more focused pushing through to the end and seeing Andrew.

The whole day was pretty cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Andrew bought me a nice set of Undergear as an early birthday present, so I had nice socks, underwear, and a long sleeved t-shirt. I wore fleece gloves, a newish pair of running shorts, and a running jacket that I had picked up about a month ago. I also wore Sue Swain’s running shoes, which is a total tribute to my absent-mindedness. I had all of this technical gear and no shoes. Luckily, my feet are pretty small and Sue’s shoes were nearly big enough to be comfortable. But I’m not complaining. They got me through the distance and I don’t have a single blister.

In any case, the weather was in the 30’s and sprinkling on and off all day. But I had my gear that kept the wind and rain out and wicked the sweat out of the way. The jacket was nice because it had a couple of pockets where I put the gloves after mile 5 or so. After I was warmed up, I really didn’t need them. I also used the pockets to keep some of the PowerGel that they were handing out during the race if I didn’t want to eat it right away.

The race had a good number of water/gatoraid stations along the track, about every 2 miles or so. They were pretty crowded with runners darting in and out to get a mouthful of whatever they wanted. There were a lot of cups tossed to the ground (as expected), but that didn’t seem to be a hazzard. Actually, the water stations were the only times that I walked during the race. Toward the end, I would walk for a few steps as I drank Gatoraid, mostly so I wouldn’t choke on it. But as soon as it was down, I was off again. I drank at every water station to keep hydrated and had to stop once in some bushes to releave myself (as other men were doing). I felt bad for the women who had to wait in line for the occasional bank of port-a-johns, but some women were finding bushes as well. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

I have been having problems with my IT band for a few months, during the race, I wore a strap above my knee to keep the IT band in place. It worked very well and I only had a problem when I was at the water stops. Running over to the table and darting out of the way of runners who would suddenly stop or move put some torque on my knee and cause a sharp pain, but it went away in a couple of seconds.

During the run, I saw a lot of people walking or pulling off to the side of the course to stretch, several people with IT band straps that were identical to mine, a couple of people throwing up, a couple of people with bloody shirts (which can happen if a nipple or mole gets irritated by your shirt — I never had that problem), and some people who were clearly out of it. On the good side, there is a long stretch of the second half of the course where you can see the people coming the other way, so I got to see all of the top men and women running toward the finish line. I also got to see Jeff (my running partner) when I was around mile 18 and he was around 22. The highlight was really seeing Andrew after everything was done. I was happy, he was beaming. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

I’d like to do another marathon — maybe two a year. I wouldn’t do many things different, but here are a couple of ideas: 1) DON’T FORGET MY SHOES and 2) start further ahead at the starting line. That’s it really. I trained enough. I hydrated enough. I was mentally prepared. I was a good day and a good run.
This week, angina
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, rubella
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, medicine I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, cialis 40mg
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, side effects
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, phthisiatrician
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

This week, remedy
I did the podcast solo and talked about the Arts Festival 10K, healthful
the first annual Sloppy Socks 5K, price
ideas for turning a solo podcast into a group podcast, running fuel (including the ideas behind e-Gels), and Buckeye Outdoors (free online training log).

Related Sites:

With Jeff out of town, website like this I sat down with Hannah Inzko to talk to her about her new passion for running. We also talked about walking to work, swimming, yoga, smoking, upcoming races, e-Gels, and more.

Related Web Sites:

Posted in cooking, health, podcasting, running | 5 Comments

My first taste of Soilent Green

It’s easy to forget that it was only recently that the sodomy laws were abolished and who opposed that decision until you see a clip like this. It’s so well stated that I’ll let it speak for itself.


It’s easy to forget that it was only recently that the sodomy laws were abolished and who opposed that decision until you see a clip like this. It’s so well stated that I’ll let it speak for itself.


A few weeks ago, cheap I was watching a TV program about food production around the world and they had a segment on spirulina.  It’s a form of bacteria (blue-green algae) that is supposed to be an excellent source of protein, vitamins, and essential fatty acids as well as possibly having health benefits related to everything from HIV to hay fever.  They are growing it as a possible low-cost food for people in developing countries because it is very energy efficient, low on the food chain, and can be grown in brackish water. On the show, they mixed spirulina powder with some kind of lime drink.  The host of the show said that it wasn’t bad.  So of course I ordered some. 

It came in the mail today.  It smells like a cross between hamster pellets and fish flakes and it’s dark green to the point of looking black.  Even when diluted with some fruit juice, it’s still really really green.  “It’s super green because of all of the nutrients,” I reasoned with myself while preparing to drink a glass or something that looked like pond scum.  And it looks exactly like pond scum because that’s what it is.

Half way through my first gulp, I thought about the movie “Soilent Green”, and the food supplement that leads to the film’s climax.  Is this stuff made for people in developing countries or made from people in developing countries?  No, it’s just pond scum and that’s gross enough.

But really, it wasn’t bad.  With the fruit juice, it tastes a bit earthy, but not fishy or hamstery.  I plan to use the rest of the powder that I ordered and try it some recipes.  Spirulina omelets perhaps?  I’m not sure yet, but if I show up to the Halloween Party with green cookies, you might want to think twice before taking one.

Powered by ScribeFire.

Posted in cooking, food, health | Comments Off on My first taste of Soilent Green

Village Acres, Week 3 – Pie Abounds

The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

Powered by ScribeFire.

The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

Powered by ScribeFire.

On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

Powered by ScribeFire.

On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

Powered by ScribeFire.

On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

Powered by ScribeFire.

The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

Powered by ScribeFire.

On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

Powered by ScribeFire.

I’m having problems with something in my hip area…not sure what exactly, pill but I’m guessing that I pulled a muscle or strained a tendon in my right hip area. Anyway, viagra 100mg I’m going to give cross-training a try so I can keep in shape and rest the injury. I’m still planning to run a couple of times a week, but I’m going to go to the gym as well and do work on stair climbers and the orbital. I’m hoping to build up some leg strength and get in some low-impact cardio.

My problem is that Nike+ doesn’t track cross-training workouts. So while I’m still being “good” and working out, I don’t get the same kind of tracking and reward from the Nike+ training system. Plus I have a 250 mile challenge with an old friend in Seattle, which I could lose if I don’t do track-able activities. It’s not the end of the world and I’ll still track what I can and I would still recommend the system to anyone and everyone, but these little annoyances add up.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

Powered by ScribeFire.

On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

Powered by ScribeFire.

I’m having problems with something in my hip area…not sure what exactly, pill but I’m guessing that I pulled a muscle or strained a tendon in my right hip area. Anyway, viagra 100mg I’m going to give cross-training a try so I can keep in shape and rest the injury. I’m still planning to run a couple of times a week, but I’m going to go to the gym as well and do work on stair climbers and the orbital. I’m hoping to build up some leg strength and get in some low-impact cardio.

My problem is that Nike+ doesn’t track cross-training workouts. So while I’m still being “good” and working out, I don’t get the same kind of tracking and reward from the Nike+ training system. Plus I have a 250 mile challenge with an old friend in Seattle, which I could lose if I don’t do track-able activities. It’s not the end of the world and I’ll still track what I can and I would still recommend the system to anyone and everyone, but these little annoyances add up.
My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

Powered by ScribeFire.

The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

Powered by ScribeFire.

On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

Powered by ScribeFire.

I’m having problems with something in my hip area…not sure what exactly, pill but I’m guessing that I pulled a muscle or strained a tendon in my right hip area. Anyway, viagra 100mg I’m going to give cross-training a try so I can keep in shape and rest the injury. I’m still planning to run a couple of times a week, but I’m going to go to the gym as well and do work on stair climbers and the orbital. I’m hoping to build up some leg strength and get in some low-impact cardio.

My problem is that Nike+ doesn’t track cross-training workouts. So while I’m still being “good” and working out, I don’t get the same kind of tracking and reward from the Nike+ training system. Plus I have a 250 mile challenge with an old friend in Seattle, which I could lose if I don’t do track-able activities. It’s not the end of the world and I’ll still track what I can and I would still recommend the system to anyone and everyone, but these little annoyances add up.
My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

Powered by ScribeFire.

My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

Powered by ScribeFire.

Today was week three of our Village Acres farm share.  We got three pints of strawberries and a bunch of rhubarb in addition to some other veggies.  That has pie written all over it, viagra approved
so I used a allergy
1837,145170-250202,00.html”>fairly simple pie recipe that I found on cooks.com, replacing half of the sugar with Splenda.  We paired the pie with some vanilla ice cream and it was heavenly. 

Posted in cooking, food | 696 Comments

Village Acres (Community-Supported Agricuture): Week 1

The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

Powered by ScribeFire.

The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

Powered by ScribeFire.

On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

Powered by ScribeFire.

On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.

Posted in cooking, food, health | 2 Comments

Heart-Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.

Posted in cooking, food, health | 1 Comment