Still Running

The other morning at a ridiculously early hour of the morning I tweeted

30 min into my run and I feel great. Running thru neighborhood I lived in as a teen when I wouldn’t dream of running more than a mile

That was about 2 miles in to my 7.5 mile run that morning. This Sunday I set a new personal distance record running 9.71 miles in 2:45.

It amazes me to be writing that.

I’m in training to run the Houston Marathon in January, two days after my 45th birthday.

I’m still using Maffetone’s heart rate zone for my running, but I’m getting a little frustrated with my performance. I’m SLOOOOOW. The longer I go the slower I get. I was well over 15 minute miles for that long run.

Now it is possible I’m much faster at distances shorter than that, but I don’t know for sure. If I’m faster for distances I’ve already run, then I’m still in trouble for the marathon. You have to finish in under 6 hours because they close the course then. To do that you have to average 13:45. And the training program I’m using never runs the actual marathon distance, so that race would be my longest distance.

Speaking of training systems, I’m using the program. I joined and went to a few of the group runs and absolutely hated them. I was the slowest of the group that actually runs. By the time I finished all the provided snacks were gone, and the lecture was over. Plus it is discouraging to watch everyone else run away from you. So I do their runs, just on Sunday morning by myself rather than Saturday morning in the group.

Still it is three months away, so things may change. If they don’t I’ll just run the half marathon which gives you 4 hours to finish, 18 minute miles.

5 Reasons I Won’t Follow You

I get dozens of follows everyday and generally don’t follow back. Why? Because I only follow people who I’m interested in what they have to say. That isn’t always easy to tell when you first look at their profile.

Here are five things that will get the email notification sent straight to the trash.

As an aside, if I know you personally none of this applied

1. You have no avatar picture

Welcome to social media, now get a picture. Every kind of social media, from forums to Facebook to Twitter, allows a picture. Get with the program.

I’m still undecided about weather the picture needs to be of you. That is my preference, but I can understand how a photographer might use a image they shot, or a fan might use a fan related image. But realize it’s a point of evaluation as well. I also find it a little strange when people use images of their kids, or their boyfriend.

Another thing, I’ve unfollowed people because I found their avatar disturbing or gross or obnoxious.

2. You have less than 10 tweets

This is a sign of a spammer. I realize someone may be brand new to twitter, but my lack of ego wonders why you would pick me to follow first. The only exceptions I’ve made for this have been people I actually know.

3. You are obviously a marketer and I don’t know you

If you have the wizbang background and bio that says you help people make millions on the internet, I figure you are following me via the use of some automated tool. One of the big reasons I think this is I get a flood of follows if I use the term “Internet Marketing” in a tweet.

I’m not opposed to following marketers, but I want to know them. I follow my own IM mentors, @jasonvo and @jeremyfrandsen. I follow my favorite big names, like @masscontrolkern, @jeffwalker, @perrybelcher. And I follow fellow members of Internet Business Mastery Academy.

4. All your tweets are links to something for sale.

If every tweet you make is an affilate link, or a link to some product of yours, or – the worst – links over and over to one product, forget it. You are a spammer.

5. All your tweets have a bad attitude (In a bad way)

I remember meeting a MUA at a store once and we talked about working together. She gave me the link to her myspace so I could see images of her work since she didn’t have a website. I went there and it seemed every piece of text on the page was cutting someone down or bitching and complaining about something. Guess what? I wasn’t going to work with such a negative person no matter how good she was.

I’ve see the same kind of thing in twitter streams, where every tweet is bitching or moaning about something. I’m not going to follow you to listen to that.

In conclusion I want to repeat why I follow people, Because I’m interested in what they have to say. So don’t be a wall flower and say nothing. Don’t be obnoxious. Don’t be boring. Be fun and interesting.

P.S. And for me Photographers & Models get special treatment because they are my interests.

Netflix Knows Customer Service

This is how you handle a problem.

We’re sorry you may have had trouble watching instantly via your Xbox

Dear Ron,

Last night, you may have had trouble instantly watching movies or TV episodes via your Xbox due to technical issues.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused. If you were unable to instantly watch a movie or TV episode last night via your Xbox, click on this account specific link in the next 7 days to apply your 2% credit on your next billing statement. Credit can only be applied once.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding. If you need further assistance, please call us at 1-866-923-0898.

-The Netflix Team

It actually wasn’t my XBox, but my LG BD 370 Network Blu-ray Disc Player. A message popped up on screen when I tried to watch something instantly that it couldn’t authorize that device and to call LG support. Which I did, but couldn’t get through. Then a few minutes later it just started working again.

But Netflix didn’t even wait for me to call and ask what was up. They proactively sent this email and gave me a credit. I would have been happy with just a reason, but I’m impressed with this.