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Twitter Encouragement

You may recall that the 2010 Get in Gear was held on a rainy (and stormy) morning.  I saw some of my friends on Twitter saying how they were having issues with the rain and running the race.  I wished Jennifer good luck and she asked if I was running.  You can see my response below, but it was in Joe’s response after the race that you can truly see the power of Twitter.  This happens all across the Twitter-sphere with people encouraging each other.  The crazy thing, I’ve never met Joe or Jennifer in real life!

They both completed the race! Jennifer ran a 33:13 and Joe finished in 49:51.

Do you have a story about when Twitter provided the extra bit of encouragement you needed to do something?  Follow me and I’ll try to offer encouragement! And you can offer me some!

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Wednesday Video

Another break for a video.  A while back on a run Kirk and I were realizing there could be some awesome pictures taken during a run.  At the same time a lot of my Twitter friends were creating and using a new video-based running community.  This community is called Runcast.TV and has a growing number of videos and members.

I broke down and found a decent digital video camera that I could take on a run and created my first running video.  I had some difficulty creating it on my slowly aging PC but finally got it to work.  So below is my first “runcast” or snowcast!

[tags] Running, Video, Snow [/tags]

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Marathon Recovery: Week 1

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After the marathon, my legs and body were pretty sore and beat up!

I really enjoyed this quote that @runtowin posted on Twitter.

“I felt like I played in a very rough football game with no hitting above the waist.” — former NFL DT Alan Page after a marathon

I actually saw Alan in the early miles of the marathon playing his tuba! But everything above the waist felt great, while it hurt to walk around!

I did find that the more I walked around the looser and better my legs felt.  But if I sat too long at my desk I’d get really stiff.  I got a massage on Monday which helped my walking since it loosened up the calf and hamstring muscles.  Tuesday was feeling better but still a little stiff.  By Wednesday morning I was feeling almost normal again and decided to bike to work.  I biked a total of 8 miles and felt pretty good.  I tried to take it nice and easy and not push too hard. On Thursday I rode to work again and had Christy meet me afterwards for a casual ride to enjoy some of the changing leaf colors and enjoy the nice weather.  We ended up riding almost 18 miles! Friday I left for a work retreat, we went just out side the metro-area to a beautiful YMCA camp and spent most of the day inside. But on Saturday we did a high ropes course 30 feet in the air! It is amazing how much energy can be expended on a ropes course.  I had brought running clothes but didn’t wake up in time to run before breakfast.  I finally got around to running on Sunday.  I had planned to go running at Pike Island, but on the way there decided to try a new place.

I had a vague idea of where I was supposed to be going to get to the start but it is a little confusing of an area.  I hadn’t brought my cell phone which has Google maps built in, so I was pretty much just guessing!  I wanted to go to Sibley house and run those trails, but instead ran along Crosby Farms.  When I got back and looked at a map, I realized my mistakes, but this was still a nice 5K run.  I actually ran on the river bank for a little while before running on a dirt/sand trail and then using a paved path to get back to my car! It was a nice, scenic, and refreshing first run back.  I was in no hurry and finished in 25:22. I was a little stiff at the beginning but it worked itself out by the end.  My legs are still a little tired!

Weekly Mileage:

Running – 3.1 miles

Biking – 25.8 miles

[tags] Marathon, Crosby Farms [/tags]

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Twitter Tagging

Last week I wrote about the great tool, Twitter. I mentioned it was great for building friendships and community with runners and other people.  One of the great ways to build discussion around a specific topic or event on the web is by using tags.  I use tags all the time on this blog to make sure others looking for something about running can find it easily.

With Twitter you are able to tag your tweets as part of a broader discussion using something called a hashtag. One of the popular uses of Twitter is during conferences or meetings to help broadcast what is going on or for possible meetups. To help facilitate this happening someone decided to start using hashtags to make searching for related tweets easier. A hastag is simply using the hashmark or pound symbol (#) before a series of letters. It was made really popular during the San Diego fire and was being used for the Iowa flooding. If you go to a Twitter search engine such as Summize (now Twitter Search) and searched for the hashtag #IowaFlood you’ll get hundreds of Tweets about the flooding.

Why is this important? Every major group, organization, conferences, etc has a hashtag. As of today I haven’t seen any for running. I think it would be nice to find other Twittering runners and see how their workout went. Most of the runners I follow on Twitter tweet a summary of their daily run or race report.

I was going to propose the already famous ORN be used for a hashtag, but a quick search pulled up some unsavory content – add a “p” to the beginning. So, let’s scratch that idea! Back to the drawing boards, I did some more research and found that some people had already started using #run, but that is a little simplistic and maybe boring! Then I came along a tweet from @runnershigh that #runlog is being used by Twemes to create Twitter Running Meme. Twemes also allows you to get an RSS feed of tweets posted with the hashtag.

Therefore, I propose that from here on out we all use #runlog to tag running posts.

Anyone else have thoughts on a better hashtag?

Used appropriately I think this would be a great addition to our running community.
Step One: For it to work properly you should follow @hashtags on your Twitter account. This will help facilitate the hashtags bot to find your tweet and index it in their service.
Step Two: Start using #runlog.
Step Three: Use the Twitter search engine of your choice to find out how other runners ran today. I recommend Summize (now Twitter Search) or Tweetscan. You can also use the RSS feed from Tweme.

Can you do it? I’ve been using it for awhile now and a few others have picked up on it. You can follow my Twitter Running Log here at Hashtags, or via Summize, or at Twemes.

Note: According to hashtags.org their service has been broken since July 10, due to a Twitter-side error.  You can continue using the #runlog though and it will make it easier to search for.  And the service should resume normal processing eventually!

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Feeling a Little Twitter-pated?

TwitterMany of us in the Running Blog Family have taken advantage of new fangled technology called Twitter. Many runners probably first learned about Twittering from the podcaster Steve Runner who, with the help of his son, twittered his way through this year’s Boston Marathon.

My “twitterverse” or my universe of Twitter has quickly grown with lots of running friends, most of whom I’ve never met except through blogging and e-mail. In the past month or so that I’ve been active in Twitter I’ve encouraged other runners and they have encouraged me. Especially after finding this blog post with a list of running tweeps.

So What is Twitter? Simply, Twitter is the most popular micro-blogging site on the web. The official definition is:

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

Twitter will help you fill in the gaps in-between blog posts about what is going on in your friend’s lives. Common Craft has a great video that might help you understand Twitter a little better.

Still not convinced you need Twitter? This article written by a CEO Twitterer is what convinced me to take the leap and now I’m hooked to this 140 character phenom. I say go on over and try it out today!

You can find my Tweets here.

I will say that initially I used Twitter every few hours, but now have gotten into a more realistic mode of posting every few hours and tend to post more highlights, while many people post lots of little details of their day.  I have also seen tons of encouraging tweets from runners to other runners who are struggling to get on the road or with other personal issues.  If you have 5 minutes a day and want to meet some other great runners and people – Twitter is the way to go.  It might be a little over-hyped but it is a great tool.

[tags] Twitter, Running Blog Family, Micro-Blogging [/tags]

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