My son is putting an unknown mileage on my shoes.

You have no idea how this is going to mess up my mileage tracking.

New pair of Sauconys

Saucony Progrid Ride 3
10.5 Wide

My first (two) pair of Progrid Ride 3s after retiring 5 pair of Progrid Ride 2s and 11 pair of Saucony Rides overall, at an average of 500 miles per pair.


On pre-marathon meals

Don’t necessarily do as I’ve done here–I’m just illustrating a point.

For my three fastest marathon times, I’ve eaten as the last meal before:
– 3:32 – cheap mediocre Mexican food.
– 3:39 – Mexican in Florence, KY on the way to Cincinnati and pub grub at Nicholson’s in Cincinnati.
– 3:49 – pub food in Memphis. (I figured it was a better option than BBQ)

There are multiple reasons why I do this:
1) After running the 3:39, I’ve sort of become superstitious about what I eat the day before.

2) I’ve never had any decent luck getting near an Italian place while out of town, the night before a marathon.

3) I run long runs on Saturday, which means that fish frys and team lunches at the Mexican place down the road are pretty common day before meals. They haven’t let me down.

Food before my worst marathon times:
1) 4:42 – don’t recall, but was on the road, so we probably tried to find pasta, especially since my daughter will mostly only eat that.
2) 4:34 – first marathon, spaghetti
3) 4:31 – pasta (it was a hilly marathon and I was coming off of injury)

DNF – ate pasta due to having an iffy stomach all week. For me, apparently, iffy stomachs need a little bit of grease, not carbs.

I’m not saying the night meal before doesn’t matter. However, what you eat the night before is more likely to harm your performance than help it if you haven’t gotten your body used to it before then.

You presumably spent 12-18 weeks preparing for this marathon. The body changes didn’t happen overnight. Why magically change your diet the night before?

Do this:
– Eat what you know works for your long runs, even if it violates conventional running wisdom.
– Don’t eat too much.
– Don’t eat too little.
– Eat your last meal the same amount of time before your race as you do before your long runs.
– Hydrate adequately.

Using Escape Codes and Setting Window Title on PS1 for ksh (Korn Shell)

I set up the following in my ~/.profile for my ksh login:

export HOST=$(hostname)

export PS1=$(perl -e 'printf "33]0;${USER}@${HOST}:${PWD}07$"')

Unfortunately, ksh doesn’t understand escape codes, so perl or awk is necessary to pull this off–or you can enter them literally via your editor. I like the perl route just for ease of maintenance.

This was inspired by: Setting window title via escape sequences. Of course, the bash version is *much* simpler:

export PS1="e]2;${USER}@${HOSTNAME}: ${PWD}a"

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