Hubski is the only general interest place I've found online that isn't full of spite. Thanks for that. I have learned a lot from you guys.

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Race Report

I ran the Ft. Worth Cowtown half marathon. My first race longer than 5K. Goal of 2:30? Nope. 2:40? Close enough at 2:41.

I joined a big group of my family that my aunt organized. Her own story is pretty inspiring but without the personal medical details it boils down to "and she kept running."

I haven't liked structured training plans when I've tried before so my training was to run 2 or 3 times a week for 3 or 4 miles at whatever pace let my mind wander, with an occasional longer run on a free Saturday. This worked great through December, and I even got a 9 mile run in. Then I took a break for Christmas and (never really got going again / aggressively tapered until the race). So on Sunday my legs were tight. Miles 1-5: every muscle in my right leg took turns being tight, and made my knee feel weird. Ran ~13 min miles and stayed with my sister who had trained even less than me. Miles 6-8: left sister, ran ~12 min miles, everything hurt. Miles 9-11: everything felt good, ran <12 min miles. Miles 11-end: leg got tight again and could't get enough air.

Conclusion: I will do it again next year with the family probably-it was fun to have everyone together for the race, but I don't have much drive to do races for myself. I won't stop training 2 months out from the race again because it just took too long to get loose, and I had to walk more than I wanted to. I will consider adding some speed workouts, but I can't daydream while running hard.

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Stuff

I managed to keep most of the plants on my balcony alive though the winter. We have one more freeze in the forecast but I can bring some of them inside. That's an anemone.

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Spam

This is my favorite spam comment:

That whole thread is a shitshow. The recipe is good though.

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More Stuff

I have been making homebrewed cider. None of it's great, but most of it's decent. There is a fun mad-scientist feel to fermenting stuff. That's corn pone in the background.

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Work

Mechanical engineering stuff, mostly fine, some intensely interesting stuff, and bits of soul crushingly boring stuff. Been trying to get rid of the boring parts with mixed results.

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Life

First date with my wife was 7 years ago this week! We ate sandwiches at a deli and I failed to keep a conversation going with only one and two word answers. Later we wandered around a used book store because it's less awkward to be quiet in there. I talk a bit more to her now. Life is good.


Merlin:

Happy Hub-day! I've been enjoying our games of Go! Would love to see a more detailed post on your cider. I've been gathering the equipment for a go at mead but love a good homemade cider.


posted by ThurberMingus: 25 days ago