This past weekend I finished my 9th (closing in on those double digits!) marathon and first one in 2 years. Lemme tell you, it felt like my first one in 2 years. It was grueling and I’m still so glad I was able to manage it after the wreckage that has been this pandemic. Ever week that got closer I was racked with self-doubt if I was still trained up enough to run it. My time was not was what it was before, and I will happily accept that as I gain a footing again. Ready for more punishment in New York (NYC BABYEEE) in a few weeks.
Minneapolis remains one of my absolute favorite races and cities. Hands down the prettiest race I’ve done to date.
Hey, welcome to April end of May. Only *checks watch* 5 months late on the start of this. It’s fine. It’s fine, let’s just pretend this is January. I’ll set the mood. It sucks. It’s cold out. Your body is never going to be warm again. It’s persistently grey-skied, and it’s seemingly always night. OK, now that you are sufficiently depressed, let’s get this train wreck a-rollin’.
In summary, 2018 was a good year for fitness for me. Thanks
for coming everybody!
Fine, let’s dig into the numbers a bit. This is what we are
known for here at Killer Tofu HQ, data dives and frequent, on-time posts. The
I personally approached 2018 as a makeup year for 2017. I
really felt like I slacked off in 2017. So, did that show in the numbers? Well,
let’s start with the baseline, the number from 2017.
Total Runs: 86
Total Distance (Mi.): 650.47
Average Pace: 10:42
Average Time: 1:12:14
Full Marathons: 1 (1 failed)
Total Weight Lifted (Lbs.): 129,741
Days at Gym: 80
Total Runs: 114
Total Distance (Mi.): 874.81
Average Pace: 10:55
Average Time: 1:25:13
Full Marathons: 2
Total Weight Lifted (Lbs.): 83,896
Days at Gym: 74
I definitely put more miles in. 224.34 more miles! I’m very
happy with that. And I will say, it shows in the race outcomes.
I PR’d in Chicago, and then turned around and beat it in
Indy. I am so stoked with those races. I also PR’d for a half during the Santa
Hustle. I never broke 2 hours for a half-marathon, and I just crushed it by 8
minutes. I am ecstatic how I finished out 2018. I wish the weather didn’t turn
because I felt like I was in such a good groove. I would very much like
permanent fall please. A breeze 65 degrees at all times would just be peachy.
The average pace went up, which is not great. It didn’t jump
a whole lot, but speed continues to be my weak point. I think that is going to
be my goal. I really want to speed my runs up. At the very least I’d like to
continue to beat my PRs.
At least for this year, I’ve changed up my Marathons. I’ve
done Chicago and Indianapolis for the past few years, trying for NYC. Well, I
didn’t get into NYC again, and also Chicago this time. I still want to do at
least two marathons, so this year I’m running Minneapolis, Minnesota and
Madison, Wisconsin. I’ve never ran Minneapolis, but Madison is one of my
favorite towns in the few times I’ve been there. Great running town.
Sidebar, last time I ran in Madison, I ran around one of the
lakes, about a half-marathon. I parked at some public garage, near a support.
Well, after I was done, and when I was pulling out, I wasn’t paying attention
and dented the passenger-side fender on that support. Normally, and
understandably I would be extremely upset at myself. This time however I was on
such an endorphin high that my reaction was basically, “Oh well, cars are made
to be broken.” That was until hours later when I calmed down and then realized the
damage I did and had the proper reaction, you absolute idiot (me to me).
Now for lifting. I definitely spent less time in the gym
this past year than I did the previous year. It was a 32.6% increase in the
number of runs and a 34.5% increase in number of miles. It was also a 8.1%
decrease in the number of times I made it to the gym and a 35.4% decrease in
the amount of weight I lifted.
These are rough measurements, but it seems like the more I run
the less I left and vice-versa. This should be apparent with just how time
allotment works, but now it’s in the data! It seems to correlate at roughly the
same rate. Glad we can confirm the obvious here at KT HQ.
With any hope 2019 will be better than 2018 with more improvements. OK, I’m going to stop writing or this post will never get out. BYE.
This month has flown by. One of the busiest in recent memory.
I was out of town every weekend in April doing something. Which was fun, and exhausting. In the spirit of that this post will be short and sweet and totally miss details. Always more to do.
The business didn’t stop me from keeping on those #hashtaggoals.
In terms of political stuff, I moderated my first debate/town hall/forum for two of the Democratic candidates for IN-4. It was a fun, new experience that I would not mind doing again. I’d wish I would have probed on some of the answers, but I was so focused on getting through the many questions in time for the audience questions that I got sidetracked.
Here is the video for the event!
Like all good people who are tragically online, I’ve started a podcast with my cousin, Jay Pavlina! It’s ostensibly about game development and programming, but we touch on some weird, wild stuff as well. Jay explains more here. Check out our first episode! We are recording episode two this weekend, so stay on the lookout for that.
That VG Goodness
Upgraded the setup once again to new degrees of greatness/completely unnecessariness.
Firstly, I got tired of Tim and Matt playstreaming in potato quality, so I went to Purdue Surplus and grabbed the best machine they had there for $50. It needed RAM and HDD, and I had that. It proved to be a choice decision as the machine can stream and record in 1080/30 (limitation of the capture device I have) to Twitch.
Second, after trying for a while I was able to snag a gscartsw_lite, which allows me to have all my old consoles connect via RGB without having to switch. This also provides dual outputs so I can hook it up to my upscaler as well as my CRT television. In essence, I can now stream to Twitch, play on the HD TV and play on the CRT all at the same time. It’s very cool! (Like, I think it’s cool) It works, the problem is the SCART cables I bought are of surprisingly low quality and introduce an abundance of noise to the signal. I have some much better (and sadly, more expensive) SCART cables coming from the UK as we speak.
Let’s see where we are this month:
April 2018: 75.1 Miles
April 2017: 30.9 Miles
Difference: +44.2 Miles
Year difference from 2017 (as of this post): +176.7 Miles