Archive for March, 2009

Podrunner Intervals Week 8

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Today was my third attempt at Podrunner Intervals Level 1 Week 8, and my second time to complete it. First time was outside and it went ok. Second time was outside and I had to walk a time or two because my legs were tired / sore from weight lifting. Today was on the treadmill and it made for my first time running 3 miles on the treadmill. My legs were tired afterward, but I barely got the three miles in. I’ll have to add another tenth or so to get the 5k in, but I’m already pleased with the progress I’ve made!

Some Elliptical work today

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Today I did my Podrunner Intervals Week 7 mix, but I did it on the elliptical instead of the treadmill. The elliptical has a display showing my strides per minute, which really helps me match up to the beats per minute of the Podrunner Intervals mix. Made it pretty easy to keep the speed I wanted. It was only about 32 minutes total, which is less than I would have liked to exercise, but the experiment was successful.

I’m still hesitant to start running again with my knee pain. They’ve been feeling about 80 – 90% better, but I want them to be feeling perfect before I set out again. The weather is turning nice, so hopefully that happens quickly!

Samsung LN-T4065F Slow Changing Channels

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

I’ve had my Samsung LN-T4065F for about 14 months now. For the first 13 months, it was mostly trouble free. Couple hiccups with 1080p sources here and there, but nothing I couldn’t live with.

But, for the past month or so, I’ve been having this problem with the TV being VERY, VERY slow to change channels. Not just two or three seconds, but closer to 10 seconds. Sometimes I am able to power cycle the TV and it’ll go back to normal for a while, sometimes not. I’ve done an auto-program several times to no avail. I’ve gone in to the service menu and done a full reset on the tv. It was better for a few hours, but then went right back to being slow.

Note that I’m connected straight to the wall with my cable — no cable box. Samsung just says to have Comcast “reset my signal,” whatever that means. Not sure the rep even knew, it was just something to get me to go away because the Samsung TV is now 1 month out of warranty. Pretty much the brush off. Their reps don’t sign their names and there’s no ticket number or anything. Pretty poor experience with them, really.

I have another TV, well, TV tuner in my computer, and it has zero problems changing channels. I really, really doubt it’s a Comcast problem. But, since Samsung doesn’t care, I guess that’s my only recourse. Until I get tired of it and buy a Panasonic or Sony.

Here’s a video showing how slow it is. It starts on the HD channel, then I hit down to go to the SD channel, then right back up to HD.

Knees are bugging me

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

I haven’t run since last Wednesday, so five days now, and missing now two days that I had intended to run. Not because I haven’t wanted to, but because my knees have been hurting me, even just walking around during the day. They felt ok on Sunday, and I’d intended to run today, but there was some twinges today while walking around at work, so I decided to skip the run again.

Instead of running, I’ve been using the recumbent bike and elliptical machines. About 20 minutes on each during a workout. I’d like to get up to 250 minutes of exercise per week if I can.