September 1, 2009
August 4, 2009
Here is my official San Francisco Half Marathon finishers certificate:
And here are some pics (credits marathonfoto.com):
$20 for a 8×10 photograph is expensive for me and I’m content with the smaller size pics
July 28, 2009
This blog introduces a new application that will provide basic tracking of your running distance and generate charts to monitor progress. There are numerous similar applications that are already available/hosted and this is a very basic application. What’s different about this ?
The first version of this application is built using JRuby, Ruby-on-Rails, GlassFish Gem, MySQL, and NetBeans IDE. This combination of technologies is a high quality Rails stack that is used in production deploymnet at various places. Still nothing different ?
A similar version of this application will be built using a variety of Web frameworks such as Java EE, Grails, Wicket, Spring and Struts2 (in no particular order). The goal is to provide a similar application, slightly bigger than “Hello World,” built using different frameworks and deploy on GlassFish. Each framework will then be evaluated based upon the criteria ranging from the basic principles of framework, ease-of-use in design/development/testing/debugging/production of this web app, database interaction, tools support, ability to add 3rd party libraries, browser compatibility and other points.
An important point to note is that this is not an exhaustive evaluation of different Web frameworks and the scope is limited only to this application.
A complete list of frameworks planned is available here. The criteria used to evaluate each framework is described here. Your feedback in terms of Web frameworks and evaluation criteria is highly appreciated. Please share your feedback on the users list.
Now the first version of application. The complete instructions to check out and run the Rails version of this application are available here.
Here are some charts generated using the application:
YUI is used for all the charting capabilities.
And here is a short video that explains how the application work:
If you are a runner, check out the application and use it for tracking your miles. A sample runlog is available in “test/fixtures/runlogs.yml” and races in “test/fixtures/races.yml”.
If you know Rails, please provide feedback if the application is DRY and using the right set of helpers.
If you’d like the existing list of web frameworks to be pruned or include another one to the list, let us know.
Share you feedback at email@example.com.
July 27, 2009
I ran San Francisco Half Marathon 2009 yesterday and here are the results:
I’m excited about the results because improved my timing by almost 3 minutes. And running on Golden Gate Bridge is always a great experience. As always, the race was very well organized starting from expo to bib/tee-shirt distribution, well marked course, water and medical stations, local community support, buses from half marathon finish line to start line and every thing else. A few possible improvements are listed below.
The overall results are as shown:
Click on the image above for complete results.
Couple of sugested improvements to the San Francisco Marathon organizing committee for the next year …
- Really, really, really qualify runners in Wave 1. Ask them for a qualifying time from a previous race or something. Walkers and 10-minute milers are NOT Wave 1.
- Separate the course going on/off the Golden Gate Bridge, not just with orange cones, but with an additional rope. Otherwise slower runners spill over on the other side and almost bumping into the faster runners.
- The expo hall had a wonderful set of exhibitors but it became really crowded as the day progressed. Either an alternate location or back to Market/Embaracdero next year is a better option.
BTW I already registered for the Half Marathon 2010 and got a nice bib#: 1111. The online registration for 2010 San Francisco Marathon is open until Aug 7th. See you there next year!
Here are my two personal goals for the next few months:
- Run a half-marathon with 7ish pace
- Qualify for Boston – probably next year
11 major marathon mistakes says that “marathon pace will be about … 16 seconds more lethargic per mile than half-marathon clocking“. If that is accurate and will hold true for me, then both of my above goals are well meshed with each other
And many thanks to my family for bearing with my weekday early morning runs and long runs over the weekend!
I’ve run 95 hours and 26 minutes, a total 758.93 miles and 166 out of 208 days so far in 2009. Here is a quick chart that shows my running mileage so far:
This chart is generated using an application that I’ve built over the past few days. Tomorrow, I’ll share that entire application on this blog, stay tuned!
Miles to go …
July 20, 2009
I’ve been running for many many years now and got into long distance running 4 years ago. Just love outdoor running and use treadmill for speed workouts and hills. Treadmill is a very predictable environment and allows you to focus on particular aspects of training. Most of my workouts are in the neighborhood and I generally try to run on business trips. As much as I enjoy running, I have my share of pet peeves experienced over these past years.
- Leashed dog who are wandering multiple feet away from the owners and certainly all the unleashed dogs chasing/barking people in public areas.
- Abreast walkers on the trail not willing to give up way for the runners coming behind. They just look behind and continue walking at 2 miles/hour.
- All the more weird, walkers abreast on the trail not willing to give up way for runners coming from front.
- Group runners who run abreast, love to chat and don’t yield to other runners.
- Hikers who move to right when you say “right” coming from behind … ouch!
- Drivers yapping on their phone, not paying any attention to oncoming traffic and especially to pedestrian/walkers/runners.
- Another similar one, drivers unwilling to yield on unprotected right turn for walkers/runners with right of way.
- In races, runners (more like fast walkers) who sign up for Wave 1 and 2 where as they should really be Wave 6 or 7. They just cause extra traffic for faster runners.
- In races again, right before or after the start the runners who take a deviation start peeing off anywhere they like … yuck! Have seen it all the times in early morning races, especially San Francisco Marathon. I think one of the San Francisco Marathon photographers should shoot each runner’s photo who is spoiling the bay with their dump and then publish them.
- Walkers/runners who just stop to fix a shoe lace or itch or something else without bothering to check if there is somebody coming fast behind them.
- Runners who expect a return “hello/hi” from you when you are totally focused on getting that last stretch completed.
I’ve experienced each one of them multiple times. I think the world will be a better place for runners, and in general, if we try to avoid these.
Anyway, feel free to add yours!
I’m expressing these peeves in the last days before 2009 San Francisco Marathon and will see if the world is slightly better in the race. I’ll be running the first half over the Golden Gate Bridge and will see ya there. And as evident from the last point above, I don’t like talking when running so we’ll talk before/after the race
July 1, 2009
Continued from Q1 2009 running streak, here is a summary of Q2 (Apr 1 – Jun 30) 2009 running:
|Total Mileage||378.5 miles (30% more than Q1)|
|Total Days of Runing||77 days (10% more than Q1)|
|Missed Days of Running||14 days|
And now the details (captured from tweets):
|Day 72||4 miles, 28:29 mins, switching between 0/5% grade every min. 286.5 miles in Q1, 2009: http://tinyurl.com/cffk3x #fb|
|Day 73||3.5 miles, 27:09 mins … a good outdoor run with 110 crunches … feels good & hungry! #fb|
|Day 74||3 miles, 19:21 mins, fastest 3 miler so far. Ran 10 mph for 1/4mile, that was fast & good! Ready to board for Portland. #fb|
|Day 75||45 mins walk + 7 miles, 54:54 mins = healthy start to this weekend, honey-do list rest of the day #fb|
|Day 76||6-7 miles flat + hills in Rancho with @igorminar. 1 hr, 6 mins … went uphill on my typical downhill trail #fb|
|Day 77||3 miles, 21:41 mins, switching between 0-5% grade every minute|
|Day 78||2 miles, 13:25 mins, a short fast paced run|
|Day 79||4 miles, 33:15 mins – an easy pace outdoor run this morning #fb|
|Day 80||4 miles, 31:09 mins … well paced outdoor run #fb|
|Day 81||4 miles, 27:23 mins … 0.5 miles at 6 minute pace … loving it!|
|Day 82||6 miles, 51:30 mins: nice hilly run in Thousand Oaks: http://www.gmap-pedometer.c… … Time to hit easter egg hunting|
|Day 83||6 miles, 50:59 mins … it was really hot to run at 9am in Simi Valley Hills|
|Day 84||6 miles in the hills, 49:49 mins … enjoyed running hills for past 3 days.|
|Day 85||3 miles at 3% grade in 21:08 mins. Past 4 runs have been hilly so will try some easy- and fast-paced runs in the next few days. #fb|
|Day 86||2 miles in 14:22 mins, 2/4/6/4/2 % ladder for 1 min/grade … am hooked to hills! #fb|
|Day 87||7 miles, 57:29 mins … it was pretty hot even at 9am in the morning. Wonder what it’s going to be tomorrow! #fb|
|Day 88||3 miles, 19:51 mins … plain flat run with no hills at all.|
|Day 89||2 miles, 13:51 mins with 0.5 miles on 10 mph … am planning to bump up 6 min pace to 1 mile now.|
|Day 90||2 miles, 13:51 mins. Ran 1 mile at 6 min pace … first time ever …. woot! Goal is to sustain 6 min pace for 5 miles. #fb|
|Day 91||3.5 miles, 26:25 mins … a good outdoor run this morning! #fb|
|Day 92||4.5 miles, 33:43 mins … need to squeeze 0.5 miles in 1:17 mins for a 7 min outdoor pace.|
|Day 93||10 miles, 1 hr, 19:43 mins … thoroughly enjoyed a decent paced outdoor run this morning! #fb|
|Day 94||5 miles, 39:43 mins, yet another outdoor run this morning … and weekend is over!|
|Day 95||3 miles, 21:03 mins with 1 mile at 4% grade|
miles in 18:29 mins, 2 miles and 0.5 mile at 10 mph pace … slowly building up! #fb
|Day 97||3 miles, 23:33 mins – lap running in the school ground today!|
|Day 98||3 miles, 21:29 mins, alternating between 0/5% grade every minute|
|Day 99||3 miles, 22:46 mins (from yesterday)|
|Day 100||5 miles, 44 mins at http://tinyurl.com/dl9dq5 Attending Stanford meet as press: http://tinyurl.com/cj898f in 45 mins|
|Day 101||8-9 miles, 1 hr 23:08 mins at rancho this morning|
|Day 102||6.4 miles, 57:04 mins (from yesterday): http://tinyurl.com/chyqov|
|Day 103||5.2 miles, 43:18 mins (from yday), more details at http://tinyurl.com/cdu6ke see you at Hilton lobby|
|Day 104||4.8 miles, 40:38 mins at #railsconf, join @railsConfRunner if interested in running together.|
|Day 105||7 miles, 54:32 mins … a good outdoor run this morning. Now helping wifey in her jewelry show at her work #fb|
|Day 106||3.5 miles, 21:46 mins with 2.5 miles at 6 min pace. Slowly getting to 5 miles in 30 minutes goal #fb|
|Day 107||13.3 miles, 1 hr, 46:18 mins #fb|
|Day 108||4 miles, 27:28 mins|
|Day 109||1 miles, 6:36 mins … got up late and so could squeeze only a very short run.|
|Day 110||2.6 miles, 19:39 mins and route is: http://www.gmap-pedometer.c… Gotta run more tomorrow!|
|Day 111||4 miles lap running in 31:05 mins|
|Day 112||4 miles in 24:30 mins, 3.5 miles at 10mph. Just 1.5 more miles at this pace for the first goal #fb|
|Day 113||3 miles, 19:15 mins at 2% grade|
|Day 114||3 miles in 18:52 mins (from yday) + 5k walk/run at http://bit.ly/HKYfl|
|Day 115||5 miles in 39:40 mins|
|Day 116||5 miles in 39:24 mins|
|Day 117||5 miles in 30:45 mins on TM, 4 miles at 10 mph pace|
|Day 118||1 mile in 6:17 mins (from yesterday)|
|Day 119||5 miles in 30:17 mins .. finally 6 min pace (after 20 sec TM warmup) for 5 miles … w00t! #fb|
|Day 120||2.6 miles, 19:10 mins|
|Day 121||7-8 miles, 1:14 mins (from 2 days back). No running for the past 2 days, will start tomorrow after recovery from weekend camping.|
|Day 122||2 miles in 19 mins (1 mile at 9.5 mph and 1 mile at 7%) – from yday.|
|Day 123||2 miles in 14:14 mins at 5% elevation. Need to try longer distance on that level now.|
|Day 124||3 miles in 20:14 mins with 2 and 4% elevation (from yday)|
|Day 125||7 miles in 52:55 mins – one of the fastest 7 miler on road #fb|
|Day 126||1 mile, 6:55 mins|
|Day 127||2 miles (3 days ago) in 13:13 mins|
|Day 128||3 miles in 17:54 mins (fastest 3 miler so far) #fb|
|Day 129||3 miles, 17:45 mins, heading to park with boys & dad while wife/mom are in the gem/beads show|
|Day 130||5 miles in 35:32 mins, tried the new wrist weights (6.33 lbs) and sure feel the tension.|
|Day 131||5 miles in 34:15 mins with 6.33 lbs wrist weights.|
|Day 132||3 miles in 21:25 mins (from yesterday) with 6.33 lbs ankle weights, definitely much harder than wrist weights|
|Day 133||3 miles in 21:25 mins with 5 lbs ankle weights|
|Day 134||13.2 miles in 1 hr, 46:45 mins (missed posting from 2 days ago, strange)|
|Day 135||10 miles in 1 hr, 18:23 mins|
|Day 136||3 miles in 17:57 mins on TM, 42 miles total from Sun-Sat, plan to bump up mileage for next week #fb|
|Day 137||10 miles in 1 hr 16:07 mins … fastest run ever for that distance, that’s a 7:31 pace. #fb|
|Day 138||10 miles in 1 hr 19:04 mins … 2nd consecutive 10 miler. #fb|
|Day 139||7 miles in 53:10 mins|
|Day 140||8.5 1 hr, 6:13 mins|
|Day 141||8-9 miles in 1 hr 18:14 mins … solid running week with 43 miles in 5 days!|
|Day 142||1 miles 6:15 mins (from 7 days ago)|
|Day 143||3.5 miles in approx 30 mins (3 days ago)|
|Day 144||7 miles in approx 1 hour (2 days ago)|
|Day 145||3.5 miles in approx 30 mins (yesterday)|
|Day 146||Solid 14.5 miles in approx 1 hr, 55 mins, now heading to POA, then Chicago and so ready to reach home #fb|
|Day 147||3 miles in 18:41 mins on TM (from yesterday)|
|Day 148||7 miles in 51:49 mins. Today is the last day of Jun 2009, quarterly report coming out tomorrow.|
On to Q3 … the target is to reach 400 miles
June 25, 2009
I ran 10 laps in Parque Moinhos de Vento and it felt good
After strength training for past 2 days at the hotel, felt nice to run outside.
Anybody interested in running together until Sunday ?
May 5, 2009
And don’t forget your Tequilas – it’s Cinco de Mayo!
May 4, 2009
6.4 miles, 57:04 minutes.
Interested in running together ?
Join us at 6:15am in the Hilton lobby tomorrow morning! Here is a picture of the running group from this morning:
Thanks to Jed (2nd from right) for organizing the run, and of course all the running buddies to make it a fun run
April 10, 2009
Did you know walking can help underprivileged children ? Read on …
Small Steps Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps under privileged children by raising funds in the US. They are organizing a 5K/10K walk on May 17th, 10am at Coyote Hills Regional Park.
I’m walking 10K along with my family and so are bunch of my family members and friends. There are multiple ways you can participate in this cause:
- Register now for a 5K/10K walk
- Donate, any amount, even $5 is good. Help us reach our goal of $500.
- Forward this to your friends who live in the neighborhood and interested in participating
When: May 17th, 10am
Where: Coyote Hills Regional Park
What: 5K/10K walk
Small Steps is a 501c3 non-profit organization so all your contributions are tax deductible. Read about their involvement with different organizations to fulfill this noble cause. It involves formal schooling to children from neighboring slum clusters, computers for about 300 children in a local village, and education to the children of migrant project workers.
If not us, then who ? If not now, then when ?
And remember your company may be giving matching $$$ so that doubles the effect!