July 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
Kickerstarter has popped up a couple of times in the last couple months in different podcasts I listen to. Mighty Mur Lafferty of I Should Be Writing Fame used it to raise money to get her Afterlive Series printed and Carl the Mailman from The 3 Non-Joggers Podcast used it to raise funds for his documentary film, One Fall.
Both mentioned it enough to piqué my interest in what else is going on there. I did some standard searches–Lego, Mego, Running, and Runner and saw some interesting stuff. But one project stuck out to me, the Simple Hydration Water Bottle.
The clever thing is it is designed to slip into your waistband so you don’t have to carry it but don’t need any special belts or straps or anything.
Kickstarter is designed for crowd-funding of projects. Individuals chip in $ so a project can be funded and completed. The thing is, the project is only funded if it raises 100% of the money requested. The water bottle has raised $10,610 of $20,000so far with 24 days left. I was informed that 95% of projects that get over the half-way point endd up getting fully funded.
One of the important things about kickstarter projects is designing a sensible reward system for contributors. While every contribution helps, contributing $20 gets one of the bottles. Additional pledges get you other swag like hats and shirts.
I intended to pledge and recommend you look the information over and consider it too.
April 9, 2011 § 1 Comment
I was listening to the Geeks in Running Shoes podcast and was fascinated by an interview they did with DC Rainmaker (Ray). Ray is a tri-athlete who does some super in-depth reviews of techie gadgets for athletes.
He gets the product and then uses it during his training and racing until he really knows it. Only after getting intimate with a device will he write a review. So the information is good and not just taken from press releases. Ray now receives items from the companies but he returns them after the review and purchases his own for his use to maintain his independence.
For example, his review on the Garmin Forerunner 405 was almost 3,700 words and included 31 pictures! He pointed out the same weakness I found–the bezel is gimmicky at best (downright awful in the rain) and the software is a disgrace, thank goodness for Sport Tracks.
If you’re in the market for some endurance-related gadgets, and you know you are, I can’t recommend enough that you check out DC Rainmaker.
March 13, 2011 § Leave a comment
After a pretty lame week, I finished off with a long, easy run of 12.25 today. I plotted out a loop through the country roads. Spent the first 7.5 cruising easy, a little under the 8:40 pace I was shooting for, and listening to Steve Runner’s Phedippidations.
Had a scare at 2.5 when my right ankle bent sideways they way it’s designed not to when I stepped on a frozen tractor track–had a sharp pain for the a bit and thought I may need to use the cell phone to call for a ride but after a hundred yards or so, it was feeling better and it felt fine after a half mile. I’ll see how it feels tomorrow.
I switched to the Beatle’s Please Please Me. After P-dip. I’m glad to run in the country where I don’t have to worry about anyone, other than an occasional cow, hearing me sing along. I’m an awful signer to begin with, but throw in my breathlessness and the fact I know only a tiny portion of the words and the results would be pretty awful.
My pace did start to slip during the later half–I was also interrupted by a “pack” of dogs from someone’s yard, one that looked pit-bullish and a couple of big, black slobbery dogs. They just barked but came onto the road, so I ended up walk-jogging through their territory.
I pushed the final mile to 7:48 pace, finished off with an easy quarter to get home. Overall 12.25 in 1:46ish.
Only have to do one more mile and I’ll be doing my race distance, that always helps the confidence. I have two more easy weeks before I start throwing in actual work-outs. Not sure how I’m going to approach that first week, I’m suppose to be doing rep work but have a 25k (15.5 mile) race scheduled–I’ll probably do one introductory rep workout early in the week and the run the race on Saturday. I’ll run the race hard but not truly be racing.
December 8, 2010 § Leave a comment
A couple weeks ago, on November 24, I wrote, “Steve Runner, perhaps this generation’s Dr. George Sheehan…”
And, after further review, I want to retract, or at least refine, what I wrote.
I’ll preface this by saying I love Dr. Sheehan‘s writings and thoroughly enjoy Steve Runner’s podcast. Dr. Sheehan is one of my running heroes. He is also one of my favorite authors of all time. I hold Dr. Sheehan in very high regard. I still have a folder of his articles that I saved from Runner’s World. I have not felt as connected to any writer the way I have with Dr. Sheehan.
Steve Runner‘s podcast, Phedippidations, is an excellent listen. Prior to participating in an hour-long commute, I occasionally would catch it an episode but it is now chronically on my mp3 player. I look forward to the shows–they almost make my commute enjoyable.
So, with a round of praise complete, let me say that in no way is anything else I write intended to demean or criticize either of these mens’ art and/or work.
I think it was unfair of me to compare Steve Runner to Dr. Sheehan and I apologize. If I making a Mount Rushmore of my running heroes, I would include Dr. Sheehan, Ron Daws, Arthur Lydiard, and Jim Fixx.
If comparing Steve Runner to Dr. Sheehan puts any expectations and/or pressure on Steve (doubtful he will ever know of it or care about it) to live up to that billing, I apologize. While I do see some commonalities between the two–most notably a passion for running–I think the two are different enough that we (I) should just appreciate each for their own style and contributions.
Dr. Sheehan’s death has left me without a Running Guru for a long time. Steve Runner is a guy down the block going for a run with 10 of his closest friends. Steve can not completely fill the loss of Dr. Sheehan but he is replacing part of that gap with something different, something enjoyable, and something that it uniquely Steve Runner. And that’s pretty damn good without trying to recast it as something else.
So thanks, Steve Runner, hope to have a Sam Adams with you sometime.
November 24, 2010 § 1 Comment
Steve Runner, perhaps this generation’s Dr. George Sheehan or Jim Fixx, talks about spreading the good news in his latest podcast entitled New Media and the Art of Running Evangelism. Steve has always said that runner should, maybe even have a obligation to tell others about the benefits of running. It is easy for non-runners to see running as purely as exercise.
Runners know that in addition to the great physical benefits, running provide mental, social, and perhaps even spiritual benefits. Nothing can turn around a bad work day like a quick nooner–even 2 or 3 miles can release the tension and rejuvenate my mind so I can make a fresh attack on problem.
Since moving to a new area, I’ve made a few casual friends but all the close friends that I do things with, I’ve met on runs and/or races. While I tend to be slow to make friends in most social situations, I have found that the commonality of running makes it easy for me to bond with someone while in motion.
This brings me back to Steve Runner‘s push to spread the word and how it relates to this blog. I tend to post about my performance which is natural. It is an important part of my running and is an easy, perhaps cheap, way to get some posts in. But really it is over-emphasized in my posts. Every run I see something new, have a new reaction or insight or, even if somehow the run is blandly routine, I take pleasure in the running ritual that’s been a common thread throughout my life for the last 26 years.
So with Steve’s thoughts in mind and hopefully my own increased effort to actually post, I will post more on the pure joys of running instead of the numerical analysis of my running.
September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
As someone, due to my new 60-minute daily commute, who has recently discovered the beauty of podcasts, I was happy to discover Marathon and Beyond’s Monday Podcast. I’ve downloaded them & look forward to listening. If the podcasts are as good as their print stories, they’ll be a welcome addition to my podcast rotation.