Feb 222009
  • Setting up my twitter account. #
  • Found someone I know to follow 🙂 #
  • @nullsession or maybe the flu has cooked your brain and you just think you feel better 🙂 in reply to nullsession #
  • Didn’t make it to the gym today. Supposed to be 50 on Saturday, so will do a run that day. Thinking of taking the day off tomorrow. #
  • @nullsession @JesseNewhart thanks for following. in reply to nullsession #
  • Slept rather well and woke up in time for work. #
  • I’ve been geeking out on my Mac. Thus…nothing actually done, but I sure am tired. #
  • To do for tomorrow…get my Flickr setup. Recover from 10 mile run I did today. #
  • Got dressed up for gym…but just don’t feel like going. Shopping for food sounds like a better plan. #
  • @nullsession Sounds like they are still “new” to the digital world. The ones I get from Richmond are much better after 4 years of HD OTA. in reply to nullsession #
  • @embarkcreative one of the local C-Ville agents loves twitter. @jimduncan in reply to embarkcreative #
Feb 222009

Right now it is still in the 40’s during the day but in a matter of weeks that will be the 60’s. My daffodils are starting to poke out of the ground and I saw a robin yesterday. That can only mean one thing, running season is just around the corner.

I run during much of the year but it is never very nice if it is too hot or too cold. And every year I’m a bit older so my joints aren’t quite as happy with the runs. I started running back in the early 90’s after my second brain surgery. At that point I had put on a few pounds and between running and aerobics I managed to get back in decent shape. In 1994 I ran 54 5k races. Today I don’t do as many races, but I still run all the local ones (but there aren’t that many in this town). I’ve started enjoying longer (but slower) runs as the years pass.

Two years ago I attempted my first marathon. It was a great experience. I did it in three hours and fifty-two minutes. I was happy.

Picture of me (on the left) after the Richmond Marathon

Picture of me (on the left) after the Richmond Marathon

My knee has been bothering me for a few years but it felt decent enough during the run. It didn’t feel so good after the run! I saw a physical therapist for a few weeks during the winter and need to do more stretching and strengthening of my hip flexor area (or something like that). I’ve been working on it. My knee certainly hurts a bit less but my right hip has been a bit troublesome. Stretch and strengthen. I’ll keep working on it.

Running rolls along. I am currently working on cranking up the mileage. My typical run has been seven miles over the past few weeks. This weekend I did my longest run of the year. Ten miles. Felt like a long run, but at least my feet have toughened up. The first few seven milers of the year were rough on my poor feet.

The first few runs of the year will be the Martha Jefferson 8k, the Charlottesville 10 Miler, and the Charlottesville Half Marathon. I believe there are also two or three 5k races this spring. Later in the year I’m really hoping to run the NYC Marathon. I’ll also enter the Richmond Marathon just in case I don’t get in to the big one in New York. I definitely hope to complete one marathon this year.

With my bum knee I’ve also started doing some swimming. The first few times were brutal. I felt like a fish with no fins. I was sucking for air and stopping after about ten minute. I rapidly worked my way up to a full hour of laps. I haven’t done much swimming during the winter, but will start up again when I don’t freeze walking around in my shorts. I’m really thinking of doing a triathlon this year. I want to find one that is in fresh water. I’m not a fan of that salty stuff.

I’ll let you know how goes.

Feb 182009

I was in Minneapolis just before Christmas this past year. While wandering around one evening I noticed that the Christmas parade had started. It was close to zero and my fingers didn’t really feel like snapping any photos, but one group went by wearing red lights. I managed to at least snap one shot.

People wearing red lights during Christmas parade in Minneapolis

People wearing red lights during Christmas parade in Minneapolis

I really enjoyed getting a chance to spend a few days up there with both cold and snow (about eight inches came down that week).

Since this is the first photo I’ve posted I noticed I have a bit more tweaking to do on the style sheet. But that is for another day.

Feb 152009

I’ve spent the past few hours digging through the endless themes that are currently out there. In the early days of WordPress there were about a dozen themes that were decent out of the hundred themes available. Now there are a few dozen decent themes out of the millions that seem available. My numbers may be a bit exaggerated, but you know what I mean.

Will the theme I choose end up influencing the content I throw up? It shouldn’t (in theory), but my mind is already wandering on that fact. By choosing a “news” theme will I end up doing more news-ish stuff? If I go with a traditional straight down blog will I just post occasional snippets? Or what about a photo-based blog?

Categories vs. tags is another issue I’m thinking of. In the old WP days you had categories and nothing more. Now the confusion has increased with tags. Some say categories are like the table of contents in a book and tags are the index. Do I have to come up with my table of contents right away? It isn’t easy trying to write an outline (or develop a table of contents) until you have lots of things written – at least in my experience. I’m not yet sure what I want to write.

I decided to go with a “fresh” look with a lot of orange floating around called Tropicala. I trimmed one of my photos to use as the main image at the top. We’ll see how I feel about it in the next few months.

Now…what category should this go under? What tags? Why do I even think about such things?