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Mediocre Marathon ‘Training’

I’ve been somewhat preparing for the Bayshore marathon through the winter and into the spring. Realistically, my workouts have been more suited for 5k to half-marathon training but since I was coming off of injury, I think any workouts were better than no workouts.

As a result, I’ve had to scale back my goal expectations. Various calculators like the Daniels VDot and McMillan estimate I should be able to run under 2:50 even off of some of my more average 5k and 10k times, and something like 2:55 based off of last year’s Bayshore half time. I know I haven’t done equivalent marathon training to last year’s 5k and half marathon training so I’m hoping that I can run sub-3:05 to qualify for Boston, and would like to run 2:59 or so. I tell myself that if I qualify for Boston, that will be my first marathon on a ‘real’ training cycle.

I’m still not sure sub-3 is realistic. My long runs haven’t been long enough or frequent enough and I haven’t done enough marathon pace work or tempo runs. My longest run was 16 miles this past weekend. Tomorrow, I’ll do my last tempo run of 5-6 miles, probably around half marathon pace or just under it. After that there is nothing left to do. We’ll just have to find out what happens.

I could take the easy route out and just run this thing for fun but I’ve already done that for too many races this year. My fitness and weekly mileage may not be where I think they should be but that isn’t an excuse to shy away from running what I’m capable of for where I’m at now.

I’m going to shoot for a sub 3 hour time anyway, it could be a hilariously bad experience or it could go really well. If I don’t try, I’ll never know.

Presenting: Draw With Me

Last week was pretty crazy. I’ve been working on an iPad app with Alex Haefner that we call Draw With Me and we spent most of last week preparing to unveil it to the world. It lets people draw together on an iPad simply and instantaneously. On Thursday, we finally got to unveil it to the community at U of M and some Apple employees at the first ever iOS App Showcase.

I think it went really well. We got lots of people excited by the possibilities of what we’ve made and got some good feedback. We’re going to spend the next few days doing a last few bug fixes, move to a more stable server, and then submit it to the App Store. Very soon everyone will know the joy of drawing with others using Draw With Me!

What’s Next?

As I’ve had this blog setup for a few months now and have just a few posts I’m setting some new goals for me to stick with. I don’t wish to commit too much time here as I have lots of exciting other things that are grabbing my attention – these you will hear about soon enough. There are also lots of other things that need my attention which are not as exciting – such as keeping up with my classwork.

“So”, you might ask, “what can I expect to see here?”

Starting tomorrow, I plan on taking one photo per day and posting it here. This photo will be taken with a camera and will not be a screenshot of any type. Furthermore, I will also be writing at least one post a week. It may be more but I am going to stick to at least the one. I am not committing to a day as of yet but if need be I will – and that would be announced here of course. These posts will be about the projects I am working on and any observations I make through out the days that I may want to record for the future. Lastly, as time permits, I will be working on a custom theme for this blog that will closely resemble that of I just have to populate that site with my own projects first.

Be on the look out for my photo of the day and first weekly post! If you were feeling really generous you could even subscribe to my feed…

Hello, World!

I’m starting this blog to record my thoughts on various topics.

As I am a Computer Science student and have been doing lots of web and mobile development as of late, many of my posts will focus on my experiences with web development, Android development, and the occasional news item as I see fit. However, I am not claiming this is a tech or development blog and as such I may also write about other topics.