Dusty Ice Run/More Stress Relief – 1/11/12

Janathon Day 11 – Haven’t missed a day yet !!!!

Another stressful day, that really didn’t get to me as much as it would have in the past. I knew that I would  be getting a run sometime during the day, which helps keep me on an even keel.

Although we had a lot going on today: TheWife’s Doctor appointment, my blog’s theme crashed badly last night and then without the Internet I couldn’t finish fixing the old/new theme that I decided to use instead. I think that my site being messed up stressed me out more than anything and there wasn’t much I could do about it.

I don’t know about you, but I hate having to go someplace to use their Internet (you feel rushed and uncomfortable), the closest place for me is McDonalds in Waterville on KMD. Everything worked great, the coffee was decent/hot, but be warned there is no place to plugin. So if you need to go there make sure you are fully charged :-). I did get my site back up to the 80% level before the battery gave up and I had to leave.

That helped get my stress levels back closer to normal, however, we didn’t get Internet back until supper time (still it was a whole day earlier than TWC said it would be – it must have been a miracle that their equipment started to work suddenly – oh well, I am glad we got it back.

How was the run? It was a good run – I had built up a fair bit of stress and needed to get rid of it and did.  I had been carbo loading on spaghetti last night and at lunch today, so I felt pretty darn good or was it I was ready for the run? Maybe it was the combination of the two.

However, when I ran down to the brook it still had a lot of ice under the dust and if you stepped wrong, it was pretty comical trying to regain your balance. I met a huge SUV (Yukon) in one of the worst places and I had my hands out like I was flying – guy must have though I was an idiot, but I didn’t fall and let him run over me, so I didn’t care.

I also tried to pick up my cadence a little bit and feel that I did pretty well, still had some places where it slowed when I was not paying attention, but I really focused on running tall and maintaining my cadence up my “favorite” hill :-).

Quality of Run:  Overall it was a very good run and I needed it when I finally did run.
Time of Run: 2:30 P.M.
Temp 22F
Weather: Sunshine (the calm before tomorrow’s storm)
Clothes: Perfect

Epic Internet Fail at Home 1/11/12

A new day dawning 🙂

We are experiencing an Epic Fail of the Internet at my house.

So I am just a little frustrated!

We were having some pretty significant issues with the Internet most of last night, being slow, browsers crashing and it just acting wonky (good technical term).

That isn’t good for someone who is trying hard to increase his web presence and get a blog off the ground that is just over a month old.

Last night I tried to get involved with a podcast that was being made, then “talk” on #fitblog’s weekly Twitter chat – on a topic that relates directly to what I am attempting to do and even when checking my email it was not working well.I just happened to be in the middle of a major site crash and subsequent re-design, when the Internet stopped working completely. Which really, really sucked and got my stress levels way up. After messing around for about 1/2 hour trying to get the Internet back I gave up.  I just went to bed feeling pretty frustrated and hopeful that it would be back up in the morning.This morning the router had the ugly orange light indicating “whoa boss no Internet yet”, verses of the beautiful blue one which tells me everything is okay and I can get back to work. Usually my TWC Internet has been very reliable and these outages only last a few minutes and are more of an inconvenience than a problem.Today it is a problem.

We called it in and during the conversation discovered that they had several calls of dropped Internet connections in our area. So it doesn’t appear to be a problem on our end (which I never thought it was). What is the most frustrating is that the soonest that they can get a service call out is sometime between 3 and 7 tomorrow afternoon and we have fairly significant snow storm coming in 6-12 inches – so I will be surprised if we see anyone from the cable company tomorrow.

This means for a few days we will not have Internet at the house which is a pain in the butt!

Especially when I know that people are visiting my site and it was in shambles – that is not the kind of impression that you want to leave an initial visitor or have your regular readers wonder what you are doing. I haven’t been able to respond to email, Twitter, Google + or Facebook or other social media sites I regularly haunt. I was able to go down to my local McDonalds, buy a cup of coffee and get the site back up, but things are still not where I want them to be.

I apologize, if you visited “A Veteran Runnah” and it didn’t work or look right for you.
You don’t stop and realize how much we as a society have come to rely on the Internet to communicate, work and just find out what is going on in the world – Until you don’t have it.It is making me reconsider having “everything” in the cloud and start using a few more of the desktop tools for Mail, RSS and Calendar then syncing with the Cloud.I hope that the Internet service, will somehow magically start working sometime today, when they get their servers back up.At least I don’t need the Internet to go for my run today, so I will be able to do that even it doesn’t come back up right away and help lower my stress levels a lot.

Technology is great when it is working the way you expect it to, but sucks when it doesn’t.Keep smiling and good things will happen! 🙂