Adam (@ the boring runner) asked a good question about tracking your training. Do you use an online site, software, or hardware like a watch. I started to use dailymile.com just because it had a widget, but I've found some cool stuff on other people's blogs that dailymile doesn't produce. But in the end you want to have access to the stuff that helps you run better and more enjoyably - and not necessarily be part of a social site.
I think what would help me is something like a combination of a place to input your running, and a place to help you diagnose the run to tell you where you need to improve. (Plus an eating and hydration calendar.)
Here's a specific example: I want to run a 5k in about 4 weeks - my first. I picked a target time that is cosily in the back of the pack for my age group. Then I started training and I didn't know how fast to run my tempo, endurance, and EZ runs. So really I sort of wasted 8 weeks from this point of view. However I saw the Macmillan Running Calculator and it told me some stuff about what I should be running. But I need to find some strategies like ... [making this up] try to run your first 3 splits 15 seconds faster, but maintain for the next 6 or something like that. I just read on Mark U's site about "negative splits" in the Kenyan Way. Something I will experiment with as well.
Another joke from Fr. Ron:
A woman decides she will stop eating sweets for lent. She is tempted however, because everyday she has to drive by this bakery, and the smell flowing into her car is unbearable. But she is strong and decides to change the way she goes to work. Unfortunately, she discovers her route is continuously changing because of detours and construction, and she ends up driving by the bakery. She thinks to herself, "Maybe God wants me to eat sweets - maybe I need to discern what He wants." She thinks a little more and says, "Ok, if when I pull up beside the bakery, there is an empty spot it means that God wants me to buy myself something." And wouldn't you know it a spot appeared on her eighth time circling around the parking lot!
I'm on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/andrew.opala) and have about 759 "friends". I actually have about 60 friends and the rest are people like me who think Facebook is a game and the biggest number wins. Anyway, I have been getting these very annoying marketing announcements and invitations for helping me "self-actualize". The only problem with these invitations is that the life shown in the photos of the lady that is sending them too me are terrible. It looks like she's always BBQing road kill on the side of her home at the trailer park. And she's got captions like "here's my other husband also named Darryl". Where does she think I am not self-actualizing?
Anyway Twitter isn't any better (http://twitter.com/AndrewOpala). I have about 35,500 followers and I can't bare to read the timeline - loads of emails on how to get 100 followers a week from people that have about 600 followers.
On both of these sites I find that running and learning about running is impossible. What do you think?