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Prepping for the big move

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

So, I’m working on heading to San Antonio-permanently! I’m still locking down details about exactly when and how, but I’ve started my research on tech groups in the area. Unfortunately, I don’t see an Alt.Net specific group down in San Antonio like the fantastic DC Alt.Net group, but I’ve found Alamo Coders, which sounds like a pretty good and relevant group. I’m hoping I’m still in DC for Matt Podwysocki‘s F# talk… I should be, but we’ll see how it goes. Either way, one good thing about this move is it looks like the next big Alt.Net meeting is going to be in Austin in October. Clearly, a no-brainer to go, these conferences are free or inexpensive, said to be a great experience, and it’ll be happening right around the corner from me. I’m looking forward to it!

My first 5k

Monday, April 28th, 2008

OK, this post isn’t actually technical, but learning comes in a lot of forms, right?

This weekend, I ran my first 5k, and got a chip time of 34:35.  Yes, that is slow, but I did actually run the whole way, which was my main goal.  Particularly interesting was the discipline required to run at a slow sustainable pace when packs of people were sweeping by.   Of course those people have probably been running for longer than a month and a half, but that only goes so far in fighting the feeling that you’re supposed to be keeping up with these people.  Sure, maybe I would have been able to do one 10 minute mile, but I would have been half-dead by mile 2.  And yes, I know it’s not a marathon, but training for this has been the first time I was running neither because a class required it, nor because someone was chasing me, so it’s been educational in its own way.