Running Update: No more injuries

I’ve been running off and on again for most of the past year struggling with injuries (pulled quad, shin splints). I think I’m close to being able to say that that stuff is finally past me. I’ve been running ~20 miles a week for the past few weeks and so far so good (a few twinges in my legs the past few days that I’m gonna keep an eye on).

New Shoes!Last night I was heading out for my run and got this crazy idea that I wanted to do a mile time trial.Yes, despite it being the first day on new shoes, being super wet out, and my legs acting up a little (I did say it was a crazy idea!). I’ll be running a 5k next weekend and wanted to see what of hard, but not all out, mile time I could get so I know how fast to go out in this race.

So I ran a mile and a half warm up to the track. Did I mention it’s probably been a little over 2 years since I’ve been on a track? I stretched a little then did my mile. It was pretty humid still despite it being midnight but forgot about that quickly as I started. My first lap felt easy – not too fast, not too slow – at about 1:30. The second lap went by in another 1:30 split, but I was really feeling it by the end of that lap. The third lap’s split was 1:32 and the final lap’s was 1:33 despite me feeling like I picked it up – I had forgotten how that works. So I ended with a 6:05 mile after not training hard for months. Something to improve on, but I’m content for now. It really surprised me how well I actually kept my splits – that was something I always struggled with before.

Next weekend I’m going to shoot for 6:30 pace in my 5k and see what happens (assuming the legs are fine this week). Hopefully I’m not being too ambitious. I’d really like to go sub 20 mins as a baseline for getting back into racing.

I’ll post something about my results next weekend after the race, and I plan on doing more running posts to try and keep myself accountable for my running. Sometimes the hardest part is convincing myself to get out the door :)

WebPastr revisited

Last October I wrote about my first experience with Google App Engine which took the form of a reallllly simple service that I called WebPastr.

It has been something that I built once and sort of forgot about. I’ve used it off and on since building it but no one else has – which is about what I expect. One thing that was unexpected, however, was the fact that shortly after writing that first blog post about it, it got posted to reddit’s /r/AppEngine. As it happens, I only found this out after the fact; and to make matters worse I have no idea exactly how my post was originally found because I had just gone through a web host change and had forgotten to set up analytics again. So to that poster, if you’re reading this – thanks! :)

As you can see, it was by no means a huge amount of traffic (huge in the sense of reddit or Digg front page huge), but it was a ton for my tiny site that only gets maybe a handful of views a month. It was the first time I really thought about the fact that I can produce things that people want to know about though.

So why this post now? Months later, nobody cares about this right? Yeah, well pretty much. Something I planned on doing a while back was releasing the source to this so others could learn from it. I’ve progressed so far since then, but even though it’s really basic, it was valuable to me in understanding the structure of a App Engine/Python web app. So that’s what I’m finally doing today. WebPastr is now up on github; Anyone can see just how simple this little idea of mine was to implement and hopefully it will help others in some small way – and who knows maybe I’ll actually end up doing more with it now that it’s public so that I can be less embarrassed about how simple it really is!