A Big Change In My Computing Habits

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Remember I said that I was going to write about more than just running here, well this is one of those posts.

Technology and I have been acquainted for many years, but there have been storm clouds on the horizon for a few years now.

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Over the past several years, well actually since Windows 1.0, I have been using Microsoft Windows products for my home computing needs and in many cases for work as well. For the most part Windows with a few notable exceptions has done well by me. I returned with hat in hand, after a forced trip into the world of Apple, when I was a teacher and had to use a Mac for a couple of years. Even then I had a Windows machine to bail me out of things when I needed one.

So I have been using the Windows OS for a while.

However, my expectations of what I want from my Operating System has changed over the years and it seems pretty evident that the Windows OS is going in a different direction than I am. Their ideas of privacy, usability and whose data is it (this is not just a Microsoft issue either) are different from mine.

Although if you connect your computer to the Internet, you do not have any real expectation of privacy, no matter what OS you use. Continue reading

A Crappy Couple of Days – RunLog 4-22-17

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After my 3.0 miles on the treadmill, when I shut down a planned 5.0 miler early yesterday, I just think everything caught up with me. I hadn’t felt great all week and not finishing that run just capped everything off.

Yes, something kind of damn bug is still making its rounds around at work and while I haven’t gotten whatever it is enough to stop me in my tracks or feel bad enough to call in sick, the constant lingering crap finally wore me down.

Even stubborn old farts get tired of feeling worse than usual.

Last night I got to talking with Mary and with all the rain/nastiness outside yesterday, the forecast of mid 30’s with a drizzle most of the day made me really think about how smart it would be for me to drive to Unity this morning. Simply to get my arse kicked because I am feeling like shite and probably do something stoopid like try to run faster than my conditioning or body is ready for. Thereby breaking/pulling or otherwise screwing up my body even more than it is.

You know the usual Harold the Destroyer mentality that I usually have about things. 😉

Believe it or not, even though I pre-registered, I pretty much decided last night that unless the sun was shining and it was 50*F (not likely) that I wasn’t running it. When I looked out the window this morning, I just rolled over and went back to sleep.

It was an easy decision for a change.

I did walk Bennie three times, but that has been the extent of my exercise today. I am feeling a bit better and didn’t do a whole lot that was productive today.

 

Hopefully, I will feel better tomorrow and get off my arse and do something productive. If I don’t then it will be two days in a row as a slug. 😉

A Surprising Day – RunLog 4-19-17

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This morning was a throw-back to colder temps and wearing winter gear again. No it wasn’t THAT cold, but 38*F, cloudy with a bit of a breeze made it feel pretty damn chilly. Enough that I was comfortable wearing gloves, headband, 3 layers on top and running tights.

Wimpy I am!

Especially, after running in shorts and t-shirts, it is just mentally demoralizing to have to gear-up for colder temps. Oh well, I will get over it and it is just normal Spring weather up heah. That wait a minute and Mother Nature will throw something else at cha thing.

Since down-back is fairly clear and not stoopidly muddy, I decided to go for a 5-6 miler without Bennie (Mary had offered to walk him). It is still slower going in many places down-back due to it being wet/muddy and slimey, but not horrible.

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For 5.0 miles, I maintained a very even pace and effort, keeping my splits in a small window. The left heel was noticeable, but never got beyond discomfort and didn’t get any worse, although the Achilles was a bit more tender than I expected, but not too bad. Continue reading

New Balance Vazee Rush V2 – 50+ Mile Review

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Okay, I got a bit behind and my New Balance Vazee Rush V2’s have over 70 miles on them. However, I did make a change to them at around 50 miles and wanted to see if the change made a difference in how the shoes felt/performed.

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First of all, they are last year’s model and I bought them on Amazon for a wicked good sale price. So they met one of the big requirements that I have they were reasonably priced. Continue reading

A Bit Muddy – RunLog 4-15-17

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Finally, we were able to run through down-back. The ice is off the road almost all the way through, just a couple of spots that are more in the shade and those should be gone this week. That combination of bright sunshine, a pretty nice breeze and warmer temps will get rid of the snow/ice pretty quickly, which will allow the road to dry up and be nice to run on again.

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Running Uphill in the Wind Tunnel – RunLog 4-14-17

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Yeah, I took Wednesday off, I just needed it.

I also know that if it is April, it will be windy and yes, I will whine about running uphill into the wind – it is a pain in the arse ;-).

Thursday was an easy 5.1 in the morning and then that afternoon, the left leg was feeling better, so I was dumb.

I wore the Adios Boost 3’s and I tend to be a little more aggressive than I should be and I had limited time for a quick 3.0 miles for lunch.

I started out at 7.6 mph through 2.0 miles, moved up to 7.7 for .5, then when I wasn’t feeling too bad, bumped it up to 8.1 mph for .25. At that point I figured why not and kicked it up to 8.6 mph (sub 7:00 pace) and then for the last .10 I got a little silly and bumped it up to 9.2 mph.

Probably not the smartest thing, but I like to run fast (for me) and I felt good running, since I haven’t for a while.

Today I paid for it and the left heel was a little tender.

Oh yeah, I did run – a little discomfort is nothing unusual. Continue reading

First Shorts & T-shirt This 2017 – RunLog 4-10-17

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It was bright sunshine and mid 40’s this morning – about perfect running weather.

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Despite the great weather, we still have a bunch of snow to get rid of

I didn’t feel like running up that big old hill, that I call the Bitch this morning, it does aggravate the PF I am battling lately – hills ain’t its friend and I have run up it 3 out of the last 4 days. So I didn’t feel too guilty about doing something else.

Unfortunately, heading out to someplace exotic to run with Bennie just couldn’t happen, that thing called having to go into to work for 11:00 AM. So we did the boring run, doing laps on top.

I purposely ran slower than I have been. I only picked up the effort when Bennie raced a few vehicles.

Not anything special, but it was 5.0 more miles in the book.

The Saucony Guide 9’s are definitely growing on me.

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Run #2

Gorgeous sunshine at 66*F with an 8 mph breeze out of the South. Yeah absolutely gorgeous and there was no way in hell I was running on a treadmill with that kind of weather outside.

First shorts and t-shirt run of the year and I didn’t push the pace, well the last little bit I might have picked it up a little, but nothing super fast. Otherwise it was a nice consistent pace and I even managed to work up a little sweat.

So two more runs and I felt pretty good about both of them for different reasons.

Too Much Going On – Week In Review 4-9-17

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Yeah, too damn much going on this week, Dad’s hospital visits, battling some Plantar Faciitis crap and still trying to get a few miles in.

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First and foremost.

Dad is doing okay, he went inpatient to the hospital twice this week, which got everyone a bit stressed out, got a couple of transfusions, stress tested, was told by one doctor that he was just getting old and could go home for the second time (same one who released him too soon the first time), who in turn got told to not to bother ever come back by my sister and after that change treatment improved a lot.

A little excitement, a few chuckles and more than a little worrying about him made for a very long week. However, while he is still weak, he seems to be stable, home and hopefully making progress. Time will tell on this one.

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