Unfamiliar pain

SIDE STITCHES. That is sad. It's been 2 years since an "easy run" gave me side stitches.

Yesterday's run, 5 miles in 45:28 (9'06" pace) -- side stitches for last 1.5 miles.
This morning's run, 6 miles in 54:21 (9'04" pace) -- side stitches for over half of the run.

Legs felt fine, knees and ankles need a break at this point.

20 mile week. Maybe next week I will shift to 3 or 4 workouts with a long run on Saturday.

It's been a good couple of days

7 miles in 2 days.

3 miles in 27:22 yesterday (9'07" pace) at a 2% incline
4 miles in 36:27 today (9'07" pace) at a 2% incline

I'm feeling a little sore, but nothing too noticeable. I definitely wasn't slowed down by any pain today. The one thing that I *am* having trouble with? Running for such a *long time*.


The trouble with Twitter

The Trouble with Twitter

The trouble with social networking... (see The Social Brain Hypothesis, page 184, column 3)

British anthropologist Robin Dunbar [...] noted in 1992 that humans—like other primates—can handle only 150 relationships. If we try to add many more connections, our little brains get overloaded.

The conclusion from a ballpark example...

Thus Twitter has a real value of $12.26 per user. Compare that with Facebook, which has a perceived value of $300 a user—or at least it did last year, when Microsoft purchased its 1.6% stake for $240 million and the site had 50 million users.

Even with this example, there is the difficulty of inserting the ads... In messages? On the front end interface?

My thoughts on Yammer

I commented on @joewheeler's take on Yammer (Yammer.com):

I'm not entirely sure that there is as huge of a barrier to adoption from the corporate side. Office Communicator and Windows Messenger before that offered private network IM capability. Additionally, the Millenials and like-minded young adults are starting to filter into the workplace as interns and entry-level employees... Watching job websites, I often see articles about attracting the younger workforce. Microblogging is one way.

The true barrier is *not* the old school management thought (although it is a realistic barrier). The true barrier is old school employee thought. Microblogging escapes the mindset of even much of the 30-something crowd.

Another possible barrier to Yammer could be seen in a private network microblogging installation. Ultimately, this is Yammer's barrier to growth. However, much like AOL IM vs Office Communicator, grassroots adoption of microblogging will occur long before critical mass is achieved to provide a business justification for paying for or even just installing such software on a server and client machines.

The company e-mail validation on Yammer counteracts such software installs as well; however, a departing emploee would still have his or her access to internal company updates after departure, as long as the employee's e-mail has been validated. In Twitter, you can make updates private or block people from following you, but having to do this in Yammer would probably defeat the purpose it was created for.

Yammer, much like AIM, has the potential to put company information outside of the company’s hands. Of course, every user does need to sign up and verify through a corporate e-mail address. Moreover, those who have left the company can be requested for removal (one would have to wonder the validation steps here.) Nevertheless, there is no guarantee or auditing of the controls that would keep a company’s data private.

Starting to build a little momentum

I'm probably a couple of weeks away from being able to run any kind of long run outside--in part from recovery, but mostly from happily being blind-sided by the responsibilities of having a second child at home.

I'm glad I never thought about the implications of having a new baby in the house; the initial stress on the body is much like the first few miles I ran two years ago... except for the fact that the baby doesn't always stop crying within 30 minutes, and the fact that running does not involve much responsibility, etc...


2 miles in 18:19 @ 2% incline (9'10" pace)


11.27 miles in 30 minutes @ level 20 on StairMaster/Speed Intervals

A recommended book for me to read

CODE: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

ISBN: 0-7356-0505-X; Microsoft Press; September 29, 1999; 400 pages (hardcover).
ISBN: 0-7356-1131-9; Microsoft Press; October 11, 2000; 400 pages (softcover).

Recent Monthly and Weekly Distances

52 mile week at the end of July.

July was a 155 mile month.

Where can I go from here? Cardio isn't completely gone... I've been cross-training a decent amount...

Ok... that doesn't say much. 2-3x per week for 30-45 minutes each time for cross-training.

Flying Monkey is November 23rd.

Slowly building

SI joint seems to be more in-line now than before. Got some ITB and hip flexor stretches in.

Ran 3 miles in 27:41 (9'14"). A little hip flexor soreness. A few kinks otherwise.

30 minutes on the StairMaster bike afterwards, speed interval program, 20 resistance, 10.81 miles (21.6 mph).