Linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for another Thinking Out Loud Thursday!
#1 Fastest 3K
I’ve been running with some students at lunch as part of our “Run Club” program. We like our running at my school – we usually have 100+ runners in Ottawa Race Weekend and we run a water station as a big group on marathon day. Whenever I run with students, I run much faster – remember Ottawa Race Weekend of 2013 when I ran that 4:41 first KM? That was with students. Yes – I do plan on running alongside them again this year to attempt to PB. Any ways, during our 3K run yesterday, I ran it in 15:30 – which is the fastest 3K I’ve run so far. Although technically I ran a touch faster in the first 3K of that 2013 ORW 5K. But, I didn’t feel like death AND I still ran on a bit of snow. Looking forward to that Around the Bay race now!
#2 NYC Marathon
Yesterday was draw day for the 2015 NYC marathon. I know of two people in my social networks who got in – everyone else was a no. I think people may have been confused when NYRR said that there were more spots available. Yes, there were, but the odds of getting in were still crappy since they only accepted about 18% or so lottery applicants. There are other ways of getting in: charity, being selected to be an ambassador, the 9+1 system….BUT – it is still crazy hard to get into that marathon, especially since the “try 3x and get in on the 4th” system is now finished. I did not put my name in the hat this year – but I’m thinking about the NYC Half in 2016.
I was running with 5 students at lunch on Monday and 3 of us almost got hit by a car. We were crossing an entrance to a shopping centre which is really close to the school . The entrance has a length of grass (well snow), about 2m before the side walk BUT the big red stop sign is right at the side walk. We saw this car not even stop (let alone slow down) at the sign nor the driver even look at the side walk while she sped to the edge of the road where I guess she felt was the “stopping point”. The driver had no consideration for the sidewalk at all. Luckily, we were good runners and looked both ways before crossing the driveway. I don’t think she ever actually saw us….
#4 Blog security
WP has been hit by lots of problems lately – especially with plug in vulnerabilities. I have been hacked once and that drove me to go with local hosting providers ever since. There are a number of things that one can do to secure their site: hiding the wp-admin page, making sure you don’t use “admin” as a user name, making sure your log in name isn’t the same as a Nickname, installing security plug-ins, KEEP YOUR PLUGINS UPDATED, and even shutting down the dashboard during off hours (you cannot get into mine at certain points in the day). Once you really start looking at what happens beyond the pretty WP dashboard, you might be a little shocked. WP is great and all – but some days I would like a little less complicated.
#5 Speaking of blog security…..
Using Wordfence, I can see live traffic to my site (or at least recent visitors). My blog is rather small, so I find it funny when I can totally pinpoint who is visiting my blog. Maybe that is also kind of creepy? But, there are some interesting things to view on Wordfence – it also sometimes alerts me to some issues. For my own information – sometimes my cell phone registers on WF as a Quebec cell phone (as I’m typing this, I am less than 1KM from Quebec). I was all “omg, who is trying to log in as me in Montreal?!?!” Then realized, it was me.
#6 Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!
Congrats to Tammy D. who is the winner of the Manitoba Harvest giveaway! I shall be emailing you today!
Next giveaway might be for a jar of Cookie Butter – as long as they don’t restrict how many I can buy! Stay tuned….
Alrighty – time to go teach stuff! Have a great Thursday!