Training

No Surprise – I’m a Slow Swimmer!

So I’ve been running now for, wow, 5 years now. I haven’t put on as many miles in those 5 years as I’d like but I’d guess I’ve done around 2,000 miles total in that time. Which isn’t horrible but my goal this year is between 1,000 and 1,500 miles so I have a pretty agressive running goal this year! And I think it bears mentioning how I even got back into running. I’ve told the story before but its always worth repeating. I was at a Lightning game with Carolyn and I was bemoaning my general lack of fitness. …

Performance Enhancements

So this whole site is based on WordPress (duh) and I’ve been on it now for a year and a half or so. I miss LiveJournal in some ways but overall, I’m quite happy to have my own blog on my own domain. The one thing that has been a real pain for me though since I moved here has been dealing with WordPress from a performance standpoint. Its a very heavy PHP application and it’s varied anywhere from slower than molasses in the winter to sluglike. If you’re not logged in, then the speed is better since I have …

Disney, Here I Come!

Its 10 days into the new year and I wanted to blog more.  It took me 10 whole days!  What a horrible start.  Actually, not too bad.  I spent much of the past week working on optimizing this blog.  I’ve been very unhappy with the performance of the site so first I had to fix it up.  Now that it actually loads quickly, it’ll be worth using as a blog! The other thing I wanted to do, which made the optimizing even harder, was migrating my photo gallery from Picasa to here.  Now I like Google but I wanted to …

I Don’t Make Resolutions…

But I will set some goals for 2013!  Are they the same thing?  I dunno, maybe.  I guess I’ve always felt like resolutions are “I’m going to change my whole life starting on Jan 1!” and then noone ever does.  Or most people don’t.  But anyway, here are a few goals I have for 2013: 1) Run 1500 miles.  I don’t know how, but I never seem to have a ton of mileage by the end of the year.  This year I have about 300 miles.  300!  That’s pathetic.  I have 129 miles just this month.  Last year was my …

Shamrock 5K

Well, after my last 5K a couple weeks ago I decided I wanted to another one quickly.  I’ve probably over trained the past couple weeks since then and this past week I took it much easier after grinding out around 30 miles of running in an 8 or 9 day span.  I had a great 6 mile run with a friend last Sunday but ever since my legs have been feeling it.  I did a 2 miler on Tuesday and my right shin really hurt.  Damn those shin splints.  So in the interest of not aggravating that I only did …