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Run Geek Radio launched

Run Geek Radio
Run Geek Radio

Last week was the official launch of my own podcast named “Run Geek Radio”, which can be found at https://rungeekradio.com, so please go check it out.

The idea behind the podcast is to bring together two things I love to do…programming, and running. It only makes sense that I would want to share in both areas, and a podcast is a great way to do that. With the resurgence of podcasts lately I felt a little bit of peer pressure to attempt my own, and so far I have received wonderful reviews from PHP developers who also run, or runners who are also programmers.

Not only did I create a blog to host the podcast, but it is also available on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/run-geek-radio/id985617062?mt=2&ls=1 or you can simply go to the Subscribe page on the site and subscribe there using one of the methods provided.

I look forward to hearing your feedback. Thank you.

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Running seriously again

It’s been a very long time since I’ve been social in relation to my running.  No, I have not been blogging.  No, I have not been tweeting…much.  No, I have not been posting to my CrazyFloridian page on Facebook.  However, I never stopped running.  I simply didn’t have the time or desire to share as much as I have in the past.

All this being said, we are now into the year 2015.  It is a shiny new year, and I have made a shiny new commitment to run 2,015 miles in 2015.  This will end the past two years of maintenance running.  Here are the numbers from the past 6 years of running:

  • 2009 = 750 miles
  • 2010 = 1,701 miles
  • 2011 = 2,150 miles
  • 2012 = 1,208 miles
  • 2013 = 823 miles
  • 2014 = 859 miles

I know, right!  The past 2 years have not been very impressive.  In fact they sucked BIG time.  There are many reasons why the miles have dropped.  New job requiring a bunch (about half the year) of travel, busy building my reputation in professional communities, and more time demands by family.  Although I still ran more than most people, it was pretty terrible for an ultra-runner.  So 2015 is the year I will fix that.

I’m writing this post after being down one week due to sickness and a knee injury from skiing in Colorado while celebrating the new year, but am now forging ahead.  I’m actively back running, and will start ramping up my miles at a sane 10% per week.

Thank you for stopping by, and please feel free to chime in and we can do this together.

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Time flies too fast

It is hard to believe how time can get away from us when we are…living. Or course I’m not able to break down everything I’ve been doing, but I can summarize why this blog has gotten a bit dusty. I have been dedicated to growing my professional life this past year, and decided it was time wisely spent.

Over the past year I have focused great attention to organizing SoFloPHP (South Florida PHP User Group), and it has experienced tremendous growth. The group is now around 385 members and meets a few times each month.  It’s also great to see other members now starting to speak at the events, which means I have more time to do other things rather than preparing talks and managing it fully.

For the last 5 months I also organized the 1st SunshinePHP Developer Conference in Miami.  It was a great journey to prepare such a large event with speakers and attendees coming from around the world to speak about, and learn PHP.  I experienced a great deal, and will now be able to help out annually to ensure it continues to grow and thrive.

No, I have not stopped running, and as a matter of fact I’ve still been maintaining around 30 miles each week and staying in shape.  However, I have just not updated the Crazy Floridian social network as much as I used to.  I hope to do better about it moving forward, but will do it in moderation now that I have a new job as well.

On the running front, I do have some ideas of things to plan for the future.  I would really like to focus on some pretty BIG goals I’ve wanted to achieve for awhile. (Somewhat extreme.)

Stay tuned!

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Update on my activities

Hello, is there anyone still out there listening?  I know it has been an insanely long time since I have posted regularly, but I promise myself (and those still paying attention) that this will change somewhat.

You see, I started this blog when I started to run as a way to document my journey.  It acted as a great motivational tool at the time, but quickly absorbed far too much of my time.  I worked diligently to grow readership by following other blogs, and commenting regularly on them.  My reader list grew, and all was working according to the plans that most bloggers follow.  However, that takes ALOT of time and effort.  My personality is not the type to do things half way, so I went “OCD” and spent many hours to get more readers.

It was fun having followers as well as requests from PR companies to test free merchandise in return for blogging about it.  Some may also remember how I learned a few things by testing this merchandise, and it led to some additional purchases on my part.

I came to a cross roads…in order to maintain enough customers to make a living (working from home for myself) while maintaining the amount of running I love doing I had to make a choice.  It came down to blog (following the plan to build more readers) or run.  Again, because I cannot do anything half way I really had to make the choice.

Of course I chose to run.  So while I have not been blogging about running, it has not kept me from doing it.  Since February, when I managed to run 72 miles of a 100 mile race, I have still been running 20 to 30 miles a week to maintain the level of fitness I am comfortable at.  I also took a little break after the long race in February to rest up and let a pretty bad case of plantar fasciitis heal up.  Now that we are entering target “running plan start zone” for fall and winter races here in Florida I will start writing a little as my miles and plans become more clear. (While keeping my OCD in check and not going overboard with the blogging.)

Thanks for reading.  Leave a little note below and let me know your still around.Adam closing

 

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Pre-taper long week and humbly chicked

Many things happen while running the distances we do.  Some of them are physical while others are mental, and some are completely fictitious creations of our mind to keep us occupied.  I thought I would share an event that was real, but obviously just “bubble gum for the mind” as I was running a mid-week 20 miler of what will be a 103 mile week. I had just finished a couple of 93 miles weeks back to back, and this was my peak week prior to tapering.  I had taken a paved trail along a canal with lots of wildlife, and though there were other runners  and cyclists it was peaceful from the lack of traffic sounds.  It was another afternoon run to pick up heat training and be better prepared to handle it if the pending Iron Horse 100 turns out to be hot, like last year.

While moving along at a nice 8:45 per mile pace I was feeling pretty good for being 8 miles in.  I ran 16 miles the day before, and today the pace felt very good though not easy.  There was a slight breeze, puffy clouds in the sky, and I was thinking that after I finish my first 100 mile ultra I will use the gained fitness from the training to concentrate on my speed and finally get Boston Qualified.

As I was crossing a street I noticed a young woman running toward the trail.  At a glance she didn’t have the appearance of a regular runner, though she was in good shape.  In her cotton t-shirt and normal gym shorts her calves lacked the “look” of someone who ran much.  At my current pace I passed right by and didn’t give it a second thought as my mind switched gears and the young woman was forgotten.

I continued at the same pace and was thinking more about my strategy for the upcoming race.  Then it happened.  From the corner of my eye I saw someone passing me.  At first I thought it was probably a cyclist since they use this trail as well.  Then I noticed it was actually the young woman I saw earlier, and she was listening to an iPod and smiling slightly as she passed.  I remember thinking “Well, good for her.  I am glad to see her feeling good about her run.”

When she was about 10-15 yards ahead of me I decided to match her speed, because I was curious how fast she was actually travelling.  Garmin said we were running a 7:50 pace.  I had no intention of passing her because I was getting in a much longer run than she was probably doing, and I did not really want to run at my marathon pace right now.  However, she must have sensed me trailing because she increased speed to a 7:33 pace and maintained it for another 1/2 mile as I matched her.  Again, I had no intention of passing her.  She was going much faster than I intended to run, but I was feeling pretty good so I continued to match her speed while maintaining distance.

I was actually interested in her running form as we were running a pretty nice pace.  She seemed to be running pretty easy, and while her form was not graceful it was very “easy” looking and she gave no open signs of fatigue.  I was impressed and continued to tail her to the next street crossing the trail where she got off and stopped.

After safely crossing the busy street I continued the remaining 11 miles of my run at the planned pace now that my mental deviation from the run had passed.

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