Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Beaver, Coaching App, and Photobombs

Busy as a...well...nevermind
It seems like it is the time of year where I can’t go to Walmart to restock my weekly poptart and fruitsnack supply (read: healthfood) without being inundated by hundreds of obese bellyshirt 14 year olds shoppers. The ironic thing is that the toy isle is relatively free and clear, but the hard liquor isle!?  Weee doggies, keep your fingers and toes in the cart at all times and do NOT make eye contact.  The hard liquor isle at WalMart is where hopes and dreams go to die.  These are my people.

It’s the same at work. Everyone is trying to get last minute things locked down before the holidays – when everyone presumably crack open the hard liquor and talks about the crazies at Walmart.  So, I’m doing my best to be a good little solider at work, make sure my son doesn’t hurt himself, and finish all of my Christmas shopping before all of the good flavors of PopTarts are gone.  Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like 800 calories of blueberry!

Race week!
I am finally at a place where I feel like I am no longer “sick”.  I really only cough when the stranger on the corner plays “doctor” and makes me at night, so I am planning on running the Shiner Half Marathon as hard as possible.  That likely means 6:30 pace or a 1:25ish half.  The McMillan running calculator says that I should be able to do it, so who am I to argue?  If I am being honest with myself, I haven’t ran enough “long” miles, but I’m hoping that I can limp through it with minimal bonking.

Trimming the fat
I seem to be having a hard time crafting my long, verbose, drunken monkey blog posts as of late.  I have 4 posts started, but none finished.  GAH!  As a result, I’m going to try to make them a bit shorter and punchier.   All the snark, half the blubber (which is going to be the name of my biography).  I imagine that my blog will eventually morph into a string of sentence fragment zingers making fun of poop, Mario Lopez, and running in equal quantities.

Virtual means it is better
Finally, the BIG announcement is that I have an iPhone app!!!  While I don’t talk about it a TON here, I am a running coach offering personal week by week training plans. At $50/month that isn’t an option for everyone so I wanted to be able to help even more people go from where they are now to the finish line of a half marathon or a marathon.  Welp, I hooked up with a developer friend Chad and put my knowledge to code and came up with this!

From the blurb on the website: The Virtual Run Coach is your personal run coach – in the palm of your hand!  Generate customized half or full marathon training plans from 12 weeks to 32 weeks long, helping you go from the couch to the finish line or from an established runner to a new Personal Best!

You can check it out a million places, specifically iTunes store, website, twitter, facebook.  I’ll do a full post on the development process, but if you are looking for some guidance on a race, have an iphone, and aren’t sure where to go – it is certainly worth $2 to check it out!  Plus, you'll be helping out my poptart fund.  Isn't that reason enough right there?

BONUS!!  I took my son to Bass Pro shop to see Santa (beats the shit out of the mall x 100000) and I'm PRETTY sure that the chick in the stripes photo bombed me!


Pam said...

Glad you're feeling better!

Kerrie T. said...

Nice! The app looks awesome. We took our kid to the Cabelas Santa one year. He was all in camo!

thekidlesskronicles said...

The app looks awesome. Any chance you will be adding 5k and 10k plans? I want to work on my shorter distances.

The Kidless Kronicles

Gracie said...

The app is a great idea!

Sue's Ramblings said...

Can I bet you'll come in sub-1:23? ;p I need to get thru today and tomorrow and then...wee...off for the Xmas and NY /annual hols. Looking forward to getting outta the office.

Jamoosh said...

Good news - you've been photobombed! Bad news - now I have to write a check. Totally worth it though!

Missy said...

Sometimes your blog leaves me speechless ;-)
Congrats on the App! I'll check it out.
I need to shed my Ironman shuffle and start running again.

Jeff Irvin said...

Dude -
the Shiner run is my dream race. Every freaking year my wife schedules something that makes it impossible for me to run this sucker. It is only about a 2.5hr drive too.

Oh, and Shiner is my FAVORITE beer. Pretty much the only thing I drink anymore!

Enjoy! The town is tiny!