Outside/Inside – A Tale of Two Runs – RunLog 9-12-19

I got busy yesterday and didn’t get to writing this post until now. However, my runs yesterday were the kind that I really wanted to remember. Instead of blowing them off and just not doing my write-up, I decided in my infinite wisdom to write about them today.

The first run, I met up with Jon and it has been a while since we ran together. It was great to get caught up on what has been happening and the 4.0 miles just flew by. He always encourages me to run well and we were able to talk the entire run while still doing around an 8:30 pace.

Very nice run.

I had planned on 7.0 or so for the day, but wasn’t sure how I would feel after running a quicker than usual 4.0 with Jon. Even though the day was fantastic for running outside, I decided to do a few more miles on the Planet Fitness treadmill.

While I was in the locker room changing shoes, I got to thinking (I know dangerous territory) that it might be a good idea to do some .1 strides at some point during the run. So I put on my Zoom Fly SP for the treadmill.

Since I was already pretty well warmed up I started out a bit faster than usual.

.25 @ 7.2 mph

.25 @ 7.6 mph

1.0 @ 8.6 mph

.1 @ 6.4 mph

.1 @ 9.2 mph

.1 @ 6.5 mph

5 x .1 @ 9.3 mph with .1 rest intervals @ 6.5 mph

.3 @ 9.3 to finish things up

I finished with a 22:55 time for a 5K, which is faster than my latest race and felt very strong during the faster repeats.

Honestly, I had not planned on doing a short speed session on top of a 4.0 mile run with Jon, but it just kind of happened. I do like to run a faster mile at some point during a week, so that is the reasoning behind the mile. The .1 strides are just something that I enjoy and with me being me, I wanted to finish up the 5K strong, so I kept moving faster versus taking the last rest interval.

I gotta say that I did enjoy the faster running on the treadmill. It is easier for me to run faster on one and it does artificially help my confidence, so that when I see those kind of splits I don’t freak out too much, because I know that I have run that fast, even if it is on the treadmill.

Jon tried to talk me into running the Maine Half Marathon and I am thinking about it. I want to do a longer run this weekend in the Zoom Fly v1 to see if I can run that far comfortably in them or should I use the SPs, just gotta think a little more on that before I head out the door this weekend. Either way would be nice and if they do not work, I know that my Beacon v2 will get me to the finish line in decent shape.

After I got home I got to enjoy my afternoon nap and then a couple of hours behind the lawnmower for what I hope is the final roadside mowing this year. I am hopeful, but not certain.

Two very good runs and I am thinking that today will be a great day to relax, do some house chores I have been procrastinating about and NOT run, since while I was mowing my left calf tightened up a bit and is still a bit grumpy.

I foresee some foam rolling and TheStick time this morning and afternoon. 🙂

All I know is that I really enjoyed yesterday’s run with Jon and am thinking seriously about running the half, we will see.

Digital Downsizing 2019

For me at least, on each anniversary of September 11, I take time to reflect on the events of that day, think about how quickly and without warning life can change or end. While I will never forget what happened, I attempt to think about how to live a better life going forward, which is my small way of honoring those who do not have that choice.

This year I focused more on my digital footprint, something that impacts my life more and more each year. The more websites and companies that we “give” our data to, without even thinking about it most of the time, is growing at almost exponential rates and I do not see any slowing of their need for even more data on us.

I am not a Luddite and no I don’t plan to stop using technology, but at the same time I really do not need to give my data away willy-nilly to any website that requests it or even to websites that I used to regularly sign-in to and no longer use.

Well in my infinite wisdom and after thinking about things overnight, I decided to do some digital slashing and burning.

Facebook

The biggest thing I have done is started the clock on deleting my Facebook account. This is something I have started a couple times before, but always decided that I needed to keep it, especially when I was blogging for other reasons.

While Facebook has some great features and being able to connect with people, clubs and groups easily is something that I will definitely miss, the negatives from my perspective outweigh the benefits.

I will find out if I need it or not during this period and how great my fear of missing out is, but I have a feeling that this time…well it is time.

Symbaloo

Another big thing for me is that I got rid of my Symbaloo start page, something that I have used since 2008 and am very used to having. It was just another site that was collecting data and while I like the simpleness of the interface, it really was just time for me to move on. This change just means that I have to do things differently.

LinkedIn

The other biggie that I got rid of this morning was LinkedIn. I am retired and have no plans to go back to the workforce, so the utility and need for me to continue to have all that personal data just sitting out there for easy data mining, seemed like an easy choice.

Google

I haven’t done anything with this yet…however, it is on the radar and probably is my next big decision when it comes to reducing my digital footprint. Walking away from all my Google accounts. This would be a big deal to me, but honesty, I haven’t used my Google account all that much over the last six months and now that I don’t use Blogger, the real reason for staying with Google has gone away.

Microsoft

I don’t really use Microsoft products except for their online storage and would think seriously about getting rid of my subscription, except that TheWife uses their stuff daily, so I keep my Windows laptop around to play NeverWinter Nights and to backup my photo archives.

Apple

Now that I have a keyboard that actually works for me and my iPad Pro, I pretty much have moved back to the Apple silo. No, it is not perfect, but it works well enough for me and how I do things now. It does mean that I don’t have to have oodles of oddball apps and software configurations and attempt to get everything to work the way that I want it to…well that is the idea anyway.

Email

I have several legacy email accounts (some that I forgot about, until I started looking around the past couple of days) from various services and am going through and deleting them, so that I can get down to only a couple.

Web Services

As I get email notifications from different web services that I signed up for or used to use, I am going to decide whether to keep or delete the account.

Much like I did with the website Together We Serve after getting a promo email from them, I went in to delete my account. Although they do not make it easy to leave. I eventually had to email the admin and request to be removed and received a confirmation email later in the day acknowledging that they had deleted my account.

Running

Something that I have started before this reflection started, is cutting back on some of the technology and websites that I use daily for running. The GPS watches, websites, footpods and all the other parts of running that tech supposedly enhances and improves. The experiment is going well and while I miss the instant feedback on how far I ran, the less I use tech, the more I seem to be enjoying my running. I am not constantly pouring over different websites to get their interpretation of the data I have uploaded to them. Now to go find the legacy websites that I still have accounts on and delete them as well.

It is also saving me money, because I am not salivating over the latest and greatest GPS/smart watches or gait analysis devices like I had been earlier in the summer.

The reality is that

This shrinking of my digital footprint is something that I needed to do.

More is not always better and since 2007 when I started to really get involved with social media and the Internet, I signed up for this or that and forgot many of the websites that I did sign-up with over the years.

Who knows what kind of data some of those sites are continuing to harvest on me, through all those wonderful Terms of Services agreements that you have to sign in order to “use” their products.

The only reason that I stuck with Facebook as long as I did was keeping up with family members and old friends. However, the security breeches, attitudes towards the users and nastiness that will be prevalent on the platform over the next election cycle, when put altogether made my decision very easy. I just do not want to deal with it anymore.

Now I have to decide whether keeping my Google account is something I need or want to do. Actually this to me is an important decision, because I have done a lot with Google and they have entrenched their services into most of our lives without us realizing how much they are there. So I will have to see where I use Google for login purposes and what data I want to save, before I actually go ahead and delete it.

Just the few things I have done over the past couple of days will reduce my footprint a bit and for better or worse drives me pretty squarely into the Apple and Microsoft silos.

Now to see what other websites I can delete my accounts from going forward.