Announcing coursegrab: SHIPIT

In recent posts I’ve hinted at a new project and I’m ready to show off the first version:

coursegrab screenshotCoursegrab is a little project that I’ve been wanting to build for a while now. The idea is simple: My university doesn’t provide waitlists for all classes so that students can automatically be enrolled in a class when space opens up which means students are always checking the website for class status.

This service will send a text message when a class you want opens up. No more checking whether you can get into that class you want to take!

Project Lul

Freedom! I finally have some time where I don’t have to work on class projects for a little bit. This is fantastic because I’ve been pretty stressed under the project load lately – this means more time for running, work, and side projects!

Race Report: Ann Arbor Turkey Trot 2012

Blargh. This race didn’t turn out to be what I had hoped. I’m not pleased by this but the only thing to do is put this one behind me.

Quick rundown:

Mile 1: I went out with the chase pack, we hit just below 5:20 and I was pleased with that, right on target instead of blasting the first mile like I did last race. But the first mile is always easy.

My thoughts the rest of the race: “Why am I getting passed? … Just keep going … Ouch, why was that 2 mile so slow?”

Mile 2 came by  in right around 11:15 or 11:20. I ran a 6 flat 2nd mile and that right there was the race for me. The target of 11 or under wasn’t even close. Mile 3 was even worse. I finished in 18:23.

End of Season

Since today doesn’t qualify as a good race, I’m now searching for a way to fix that. I was planning on running the Lightfest 8k in Livonia real easy just for fun this coming Tuesday night, now maybe I’ll use it as a tempo run and PR my 8k – should be do able since the only 8k I’ve run was on a cross country course that was hilly.

I thought doing easy running to maintain fitness for the next few weeks was a good idea but now I’m leaning the other way. 2-3 more weeks of hard training while I get through the Detroit Turkey Trot and Holiday Hustle seems like a good plan.


Reminder: Backup Your Stuff!

My hosting company had to fully reset my web server this week due to a breach on their side. Thankfully, I had this blog fully backed up thanks to the wonderful PressBackup plugin, but it was annoying to have to set everything else back up again – and I may have lost some other minor stuff.

It just serves as a good reminder to backup your data regularly!