The power of asking

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Tim Ferriss recently had a podcast with Richard Betts. Betts is a wine and whisk(e)y whiz (use the e when the country of origin has an e, like Ireland or America, but not when there is no e, like Scotland or Japan), who got his start in food as a breakfast cook, and then, for his next job, he went to a chef and said something to the effect of, I can't decide whether to ask you for a job or go to culinary school.

The chef responded, "If you ask me for a job now, I'll hand you some potatoes and say, 'start peeling.' Or, you can spend time and money on culinary school and come back and I'll hand you some potatoes."

Betts went on to become the ninth person to pass the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Masters Exam on the first try, and he has developed his own wine, tequila and mezcal brands.

All because he started by asking.

He even says during the podcast that he wish he'd been less shy about asking for things.

Good lesson. Go listen.

First half marathon diary, Week 19

Happy Monday once again, friends!

On we march. I skipped a rest day this week, but I'll make up for that over the weekend. I made sure I kept my long run to the scheduled 12 miles, though. Best run of the week was four miles that felt like a light jog but came in under 38 minutes, which is about 75 seconds faster than race pace.

We're also in the process of moving, so my resistance training this week has been lifting boxes instead of weights. Things feel a little different, but we're doing all right, apparently.

With the prescribed 20-week training schedule, I would have a taper week this week and then it would be race day, but I started early enough that I'll get a couple of 13-mile runs in and get comfortable at race distance, and then a taper week.

Hope you enjoy your week!

Links

Me on Runkeeper
More running diary
Rock 'n' Roll Savannah
Training schedule

Stats

Miles logged last week: 26.18
Time logged last week: 4:30:31
Weeks until race: 4
Weight: 149

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Sweaty Josh picture of the week

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Pick your road, and allow others to pick theirs

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You might be pretty good at life. You may have taken a very short road to get there.

Others might be struggling, or taking a long road to get where they should be.

Remember that it is yours to help or not to help, but never to impose that help or withhold it. When I say yours, it is your place, your prerogative, your responsibility, your right. We're all on the planet together, but we all have our lone roads to travel.

Hopefully we pick up a few good companions along the way.


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Links of the week, Oct. 6, 2015

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Early concept drawings of Jiminy Cricket

» Do you like old things? How about things that have been around for thousands of years but may go extinct soon? Look here.
» It seems like every generation or so, pinup girls get reborn; in the current iteration, roller derby culture is the mainstream manifestation. But look back on some iconic WWII pinups.
» What does Terry Gilliam, of Monty Python fame, think are the the best animated films ever?
» And while we're on animation, check out these Disney drawings you probably haven't seen before!
» Matt Sweeney has played on tons of songs you've heard. And he fell into it. I especially like his story about working on Johnny Cash's posthumous albums. Hear him talk to Marc Maron.
» There's a cafe in London that only serves breakfast cereal. And it really makes some people angry.
» Wow! A paralyzed man is walking again thanks to a computer hooked into his brain.

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First half marathon diary, Week 18

Happy Monday once again, friends!

Well, this was an odd week...I wound up having to buy new sneakers, which is awful five weeks ahead of a race, but they're nearly the same as the ones that my toes finally poked through. It was really humid early in the week, and my 6-mile run really was terrible (I actually stopped after 2.5 miles and had a little heart-to-heart with myself and went out and ran another 3.5).

Then Saturday came. I got out early to try to beat the majority of the rain, and I planned what was supposed to be a 12-mile route really poorly. At 10.5 miles, I realized I either had to start running around the block, or just extend it, so I went ahead and extended my route, finishing at 13.2 miles — just a smidge past race distance, and I finished in 2:18:41, almost exactly at my predicted race pace, which was to be 2:20. So, we'll get a couple more in, but I'm comfortable at the distance (I still managed to do some laundry and work a full day afterward). Yay!

Links

Me on Runkeeper
More running diary
Rock 'n' Roll Savannah
Training schedule

Stats

Miles logged last week: 27.29
Time logged last week: 4:48:04
Weeks until race: 5
Weight: 151

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Sweaty Josh picture of the week

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Gak! Did I accidentally run 13.2 miles?!

Links of the week, Sept. 29, 2015

Some varied and interesting stuff this week, I think.

» Even the most adventurous eaters might look twice at the ancient Roman menu
» A look at the history of the mason jar, the latest hipster container of choice
» Oh, my the cute! Dachsund races down under
» Look inside the homes of some of Hollywood's elite
» Watch drones build a bridge
» Look around before you snap! Even with the glut of shark attacks off North Carolina this year, more people have died taking selfies
» Children haunt some of the places they used to play

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First half marathon diary, Week 17

Happy Monday once again, friends!

Well, last week I thought I'd jumped in speed, and while my shorter runs this week were slower than last week, my long run was 31 seconds a mile faster than last week. I'd been finding my long runs dropping by a few seconds a mile every week, but this was a big jump, and I actually wound up averaging about 5 seconds faster on the week than I did last week.

This was my final scheduled recovery run. My mileage will fall off by a couple of miles for the rest of the training, and my rest will increase. I will have a week that I'll be moving my training up a day, so I may get a short 1- to 2-mile run in so as not to rest three days, but if I do a lot of walking (likely), I might just skip it.

We're 6 weeks out from the race, and I'm getting excited for it, starting to plan the month leading up and the day. I'm thinking, as I write this, that I should change my long run routine a little bit, so that it mimics race day a bit. Right now, I get up, get dressed, pack a bag, drink some water and coffee and take a pre-workout, drive about a half hour and get out of the car running. Race day will be more like a 5- or 10-minute drive, but I need to be parked 90 minutes before race start.

Anyway, onward! Have a great week!

Links

Me on Runkeeper
More running diary
Rock 'n' Roll Savannah
Training schedule

Stats

Miles logged last week: 28.88
Time logged last week: 5:05:16
Weeks until race: 6
Weight: 153

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Sweaty Josh picture of the week

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The years is almost 3/4 over; how are you coming on your goals?


[by Steve Hillebrand]

We're heading into October. I don't know if you noticed, but the Earth keeps spinning, the sun keeps rising and setting, and time keeps on ticking.

Another week, and the year will be three-quarters over. Take that week, look back at your goals, and charge into Q4 with a renewed zeal for what you wanted to accomplish this year.

I've done pretty well. My goals were largely esoteric; here's a look at what they were. But I've started some new things, seen some stuff through to conclusion, and the final three months of 2015 will include a move from the suburbs into the city, my first half marathon, some visitors from different parts of our lives and settling into some new routines.

How about you?

Links of the Week, Sept. 22, 2015

» This is a great long read about how we (humans) spread out over the planet
» Futurism's cultural bias: Old workplace cartoons predicted the fax machine, but nothing so audacious as women in the office
» Want to live in a smart home? One former Apple exec's abode is on the market for a cool $35 million
» Did you know that whales have dialects, and, even more, culture?
» Are we 5 years away from self-driving cars becoming the norm?
» Outliers: How the longevity gene is more powerful than smoking
» As an affirmed life-long nail biter, I can possibly attest to some perfectionism

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First half marathon diary, Week 16

Happy Monday, friends!

Something got into my legs this week. I was on the road 24 minutes and change less than last week, while my distance was only down 0.14 miles. And that's while missing a day off.

I did eat a lot more carbs this week than normal. I've started having a peanut butter and banana sandwich (or two!), and I'm eating more rice. I wonder if that had something to do with speed and stamina.

This was the first week that when I finished my long run, I had some muscle cramping. It was the first time I crossed the 11-mile mark, and the first time I crossed the 2-hour mark, and maybe I have to remember to cool down and stretch a little more than I usually do. Normally I just have a Gatorade and get on my way.

Anyway, 11 miles, and I feel like if you told me I had a week, I'd be able to push out another couple of miles. Onward!

Links

Me on Runkeeper
More running diary
Rock 'n' Roll Savannah
Training schedule

Stats

Miles logged last week: 28.41
Time logged last week: 5:03:05
Weeks until race: 7
Weight: 155

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Sweaty Josh picture of the week

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