Couch to 5k – Week 3 (once again)

This evening I finally got back into the Couch to 5k program. I sorta fell out of the groove there for a couple of weeks. But I am back and am going to stick to it. I did find this week 3 run to be a bit more difficult than I anticipated. I didn’t make it through the first 3 minute run, but I was able to get through the second one and I added another 3 minute run onto the end to help me get back home a bit faster.

I also am changing my form while I run. I was having significant pain in my knees a couple of weeks ago. I believe it was because I was ‘heel running’ instead of ‘forefoot running’. To see what the difference is you can check out this site.

As I type this right now my knees don’t hurt at all from this evening’s run! Progress is being made!

Microsoft – You have a Reputation to Uphold

Microsoft – You have a Reputation to Uphold

Vista ThingyI have been reading a good number of horror stories involving Vista SP1 the past few days. And since I am a glutton for punishment, or I just happen to have a Vista installation with nothing important on it, I decided to take the SP1 plunge. I fully expected to experience the ‘Blue Screen of Death’ or random driver errors. So, when I had a text book installation of the SP1 upgrade, I would have to say I was a bit disappointed. The installation took about an hour, and it worked flawlessly. I can’t find anything to spend countless hours trying to fix. Microsoft, you have a reputation to uphold, I should be scouring the web on a separate PC looking for fixes to get my Vista machine back up and running right now, but instead I find myself sharing with the world that Vista SP1 might actually be worth installing. However, I must add that I am not sure what new features, gizmos, or gadgets I may find in SP1. I just haven’t had enough time to explore it. And, then I have to admit that I am not extremely familiar with what Vista’s exhaustive feature set was before SP1 so I might not notice any feature enhancements.

Now for some more exciting news: Coming soon….

(the beta is being tested by geeks around the world as I type this…)

Missing Motivation

This past week and a few days have not gone as planned. I haven’t been running or going to the gym. I still need to start my Week 3 second run. So I have fallen off track with the Couch 2 5k plan. I also haven’t been to the Gym at all. So my additional cardio and strength training isn’t happening. I am not sure what has happened but I seem to have lost my motivation, or maybe I just misplaced it…. My desire to do just about anything has plummeted to zero. I admit that I haven’t been feeling that amazing and my wife has been sick for the past few days, but I can honestly say that I can get off of my bum and be active with a sore throat and a cough. It is really just a convenient excuse for me.

So, I think I am writing this more as a confession of my laziness this past week and an attempt to re-discover my motivation that has gotten me to where I am today. I am now 25lbs lighter than I was 4 months ago and in the best physical shape I have been in for years and years. This is certainly not the time to stop, this is the time to keep pushing forward even when I don’t want to. This is the time to prove to myself that I can do this. I can get to my goal weight and I can run a 5K. I can do this, I just need to stop finding excuses to be lazy and get out there and hit the gym and the street with my running shoes. No more excuses. Tonight, I am running my second week 3 run and heading to the gym. My plan is simple, no more excuses.

Vista Redux

Vista Redux

VistaJust the other evening I purchased a new PC. This PC has Vista Home Premium installed on it, and I was hoping for a better experience with Vista than when I installed it onto my laptop. To my disappointment I saw the blue screen memory error within 15 minutes of plugging the computer in and booting up Vista. Vista didn’t like the D-Link WDA-1320 wireless card I installed in it. After battling that and finding drivers that would work for the card I thought everything would be alright. And then the PC froze. So I rebooted and worked a bit more and the PC froze again. At this point I divided the partition up and installed the 64 bit version of Ubuntu Linux. (I must note this only took about 45 minutes and all of my hardware, including the wireless card work flawlessly in Ubuntu.) I played around in Ubuntu for a couple of hours and did not experience any freezing. So, I ruled out the idea that the hardware was bad. Vista seems to be the culprit.

So this evening I began trying to track down fixes for my Vista freezing issues. I found a number of discussion forums flooded with people having the same problem. And I found two solutions that at this point appear to have resolved my PC freezing issues in Vista.

The Fix
1. Go to Control Panel –> Hardware and Sound –> Power Options –> Choose High Performance
2. Go to Computer –> Right click on all hard disk drives and choose properties –> uncheck index this drive for faster searching

Essentially this stops Vista from constantly scanning your hard drive and prevents Vista from going into any hibernation mode. So far after a few hours I have not experienced a freeze yet in Vista.

UbuntuBut, I think Ubuntu may become my main operating system on this PC. I installed the 64 bit version of Ubuntu and it is blazing fast on this PC, and I won’t need to worry about any Genuine Advantage mixups with Ubuntu. 🙂

Week 3 Run #1

This past weekend was a bit crazy so I didn’t get to my first Week 3 run until last night. The 3 minute runs were extremely challenging last night. I wasn’t able to complete the second 3 minute interval, I got maybe half way through it. Wednesday I will try again and hopefully have more progress. My shins didn’t hurt last night but just below my knees began to get sore during the first 3 minute run. I think in time my body is going to get used to this movement and the pain will will begin to go away. At least I hope it does or running a half-marathon will end up being an extremely painful experience!