Archive for March, 2007

5 Miles

Well, after a particularly bad start to the week, I had a really good run today. I went the farthest I’ve ever gone before, about 5 1/2 miles. I did the first 5 on the track, then ran the half mile home. Interestingly enough, the first three miles were still hard, but after that, more just felt good. Really, really good. I guess that’s the “runner’s high” I’ve heard about.

It appears I’m getting faster too. The whole run took about an hour, including the break every mile from mile 2 on. And I can (and do) still push myself to move up to a sprint the last half lap of every mile. I timed some of the miles: the first took only about 9 minutes, the last took about 12. I’ve gotta work on that some more.

I guess my goals from here on out include the 10K run, as well as improved times. I suppose I could have done 10K today, but my feet were getting sore. 🙂

Why Windows Sucks

Anyone that knows me knows that I use Linux for almost everything. However, I’ve been using Windows XP for a few hours here, trying to play a game I was having trouble emulating. So I decided to list the annoyances I found:

  1. On first playing the game, it’s sound got stuck in a loop, fixable by restarting the game. Setting the system for Windows 95 compatibility mode fixed it, but what normal user knows how to do that? So much for backwards compatibility…
  2. Windows wants to reboot for everything, and the stupid box keeps reminding you and interrupts what you’re working on.
  3. The network stack must suck. I’m lucky if I get 1MB/s in Windovs. Duplicating the transfer in Linux I get wire speed, 11MB/s.
  4. Windows doesn’t like to hibernate long-term. It messes up stuff, BAD.

That’s all for now. I’m sure there’s more, but those where what sticks out most.