Last week’s 16-mile run with the Steel City Road Runners was my longest run during the past two months of training for the Pittsburgh Marathon. I knew that it was about time to start tapering, but I felt that because of my relatively low mileage (mostly under 30 miles a week), I should put in one last hard week of training, and then have two weeks of tapering before the marathon.
Unfortunately, this week I overdid things and today’s 11-mile run was very revealing. I ended that run with a whole slew of real problems that I need to immediately fix, or else I will not be able to even make it to the start line of the marathon in two weeks!!
I heard about a free community concert by a local Pittsburgh music group called OvreArts and decided to check it out, since it promised to perform new works. Abby came along. The program was called “Art songs and interludes”.
Apr 15, 2013 · 5 minute read · Comments runningmarathoncalf sleevesBoston MarathonPittsburgh MarathonPittsburgh9/11terroristsnewsbarber
Since I am a runner (and happening to be in the last stages of training for my second Pittsburgh Marathon, which is coming in less than three weeks), I woke up this morning knowing that it was Boston Marathon day. Also, by sheer coincidence, a fellow Pittsburgher I have never met but follow on Twitter happened to tweet a photo of his running gear while ready to run in Boston, and happened to mention some sock sleeves that he wears that I had never seen before, and I tweeted him for the first time in my life, and I got a reply from him after he finished, and I went and ordered a pair of these sock sleeves online, since I have a tendency toward calf cramping in long distance races.
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Apr 15, 2013 · 3 minute read · Comments chessfather
I learned today that the American chess grandmaster and columnist Robert Byrne died last Friday, April 12, 2013.
Upon hearing this news, my mind was flooded immediately with childhood memories.
The scene I am eight years old, walking alone on a Sunday morning through the woods. I carry some pocket change given to me by my father. My task: go to a local convenience store in town to buy a copy of the New York Times to bring back home.
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The Pittsburgh Marathon is just three weeks away. According to some training schedules, today’s long run should be the last really long one, followed by two shorter taper runs in the next two weeks. However, because I had a late start in training, and my mileage is not all that high (I reached a lifetime peak weekly mileage of “only” 36 last week, before coming back down for this week), I have not yet decided whether to do another really long run next week.
Apr 12, 2013 · 5 minute read · Comments musictangojazzsingingflutesaxophonepiano
Henry and Franklin performing El Choclo I suddenly got email from Henry on a Friday afternoon while I was at work. He invited me to join him at some guy’s party in the evening to play some tangos, since the party was going to have an “Argentina” theme. My first thought was that Abby was not going to be able to go, and I myself had made plans to rest up before my very important training run Saturday morning for the Pittsburgh Marathon, but the opportunity to meet some new musicians and other people, and express my love for passionate tango music, made me decide, after consulting with Abby, to attend the party.
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Apr 11, 2013 · 2 minute read · Comments programmingJavaxUnitJUnitHaskellScalaScalaCheckQuickChecktestingTDDBDDRevv OaklandPittsburgh
Tonight was the third meeting of the Pittsburgh Scala Meetup. Our last meeting was in late February, and we didn’t have a meeting in March.
Attendance This time there were only six of us in attendance, but that had its advantages, as it resulted in everyone really participating fully in discussion.
Presentation I gave a presentation “Beyond xUnit example-based testing: property-based testing with ScalaCheck” as an introduction to property-based testing, with examples using ScalaCheck.
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Apr 9, 2013 · 3 minute read · Comments runningPittsburgh MarathonPittsburghCarnegie Mellon UniversitySchenley ParkFrick Parkinterval trainingheat trainingLuna Sandals
There’s less than one month less before the Pittsburgh Marathon, yet I have done no interval training for it until today. In ordinary circumstances, I would have been doing weekly interval training for some time now, but I had a late start with training in the winter, and so I simply have not felt ready for hard interval training until this week! Up till now, I have simply been scrambling to increase mileage and survive the long runs without injury and burnout, and this has been challenging enough: last week, I was fortunate to bounce back from clear overtraining.
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