function: intransitive verb
inflected forms: arose; arisen; arising;
to come into being; originate

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
-John Bingham

New Shoes: New Balance MR1012

Filed Under (Products, Road Running) by Matt on 22-03-2010

It has been a year since purchasing my Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9 and my foot was starting to hurt New Balance MR1012while running, so I went to the New Balance store in Alpharetta/Norcross this Saturday and got refitted for shoes (similar to Big Peach Running Co “Fit Process”).

After trying on several shoes and going for quick jogs around the store and along the sidewalk outside, I ended up with the New Balance MR1012 Running Shoe.  It is a model on the higher end of motion control.  I am also going to try some Aetrex inserts to better help my lack of arches.

We’ll see how it goes tomorrow when I go for a run for them the first time.

iPhone RunKeeper Free: No more route editing?

Filed Under (Products) by Matt on 16-03-2010

It appears that RunKeeper Free users no longer get to edit their routes on the RunKeeper website when the app decides to flip out and not realize you’ve turned on an out-and-back section of your run.  There used to be (and it is still referenced in the FAQ) a “EDIT ROUTE” button on the map where you could adjust it.

Well, in Firefox I ran Firebug, found the button’s code which was set to “display:hidden”, changed it to “display:block” and clicked it.  The feature is still fully there, functional, and allowed me to save my edits.  I am wondering if this is just a mixup on their end as they are debugging something, or if they are truly taking this option away from users.

It was present this past Thursday, as I used it then.  It did not appear as an option on that run’s map now though, so they either were working on their site, or they have attempted to disable it for their Free users.

Hopefully this is just a glitch and it will return to normal by my next run.  Otherwise, I’ll look at other free apps or be forced to consider purchasing the Pro version.

2010 O’Highlands “5K” Race

Filed Under (Races, Road Running, Training Log) by Matt on 13-03-2010

Well, this morning I got up at 5:00 AM to make it down to Atlanta for this year’s O’Highlands Jig & Jog 5K in Virginia Highlands.  My 5K PR is from this course last year.

I was not hoping to set a new PR, just push myself again to run through it the entire time.  Well, they made it easy for us because the course was short.

I crossed the finish line in 24:57.  I hit the 2 mile marker slightly past 18:00, so there is no way I went from a 9 min mile age down to under 7.  I also recalled a painful hill last year.  Well, in talking with a friend who ran, a group of girls came up, having overheard us, and we discussed it being a short race.  The group consensus was .25-.5 miles too short.

When they announced the winners, the director said something about not being able to drive the motorcycle, implying that the lead bike misdirected the path of the runners.  A Google search found another blogger posting it as 2.67 based on his GPS.  I just pulled up, found the missing hill, and it comes in at 0.43 distance skipped, so that matches a 2.67 mile course.

So, although it was not a 5K, it was a race on a relatively hilly course.  I guess we’ll chalk the cost up to the t-shirt, since no one can honestly mark their times down as a new PR (although I am sure some might).

2.67 miles – 24:57

Thank you Team Challenge donors!

Filed Under (CCFA Team Challenge Boston) by Matt on 10-03-2010

I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank those who have donated to Team Challenge thus far, as well as the many more I have spoken with this week that have pledged donations in the coming days and weeks.  Your donations go to a great cause that 1.4 million Americans appreciate!

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