Alleged Rest Day

My half marathon training plan calls for Saturdays to be a rest day; however we all know that isn’t really possible with Janathon.  With this in mind I wanted to ensure I still did something on my feet and I didn’t want to do a token 1 mile run for ten minutes.  10 minutes of exercise?  It’s just not enough. I set off this morning for 1 hour of walking and did just short of 5.5km which I’m very happy with.  Over three more miles to add to the overall Janathon total.

I think that is what I’ll do every Saturday, I’ll walk for an hour and my other rest day (Monday) will be the 1 mile token run. It’s a plan.  We’ll see how it pans out.

Anyone who has had a blog for a while, especially one powered by WordPress on their own domain will know that there is a lot of comment Spam.  Some of it is just a bunch of links and others are supposedly written to look like they are real comments on your blog post and the link is in their name etc.  These supposedly “real” looking blog posts are usually quite ridiculous and almost always badly written as though the originator’s first language isn’t english.

Well today I was reading Blogs and I came across a new one that I don’t normally read.  The blog was okay but what interested me most of all was the comments.  The blog owner had loads of comments on his posts and I was reading them only to discover that the majority of them were spam with links to ridiculous things.  What made it even more entertaining was reading his responses to them.  He as answering them as though they were real people commenting on his blog.  I had more fun reading the comments then I did anything else.

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These fake/spam comments are usually as generic as possible in content and they obviously make no direct reference to anything in the actual blog post.  Personally, I use Akismet and it has protected my blog from 8,737 spam comments since my blog started.  The ones it doesn’t catch it leaves for me to moderate and they are usually easy to spot.

  • Distance Covered Today:  5.46km
  • Total for the Month:  49.51km

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One Response to “Alleged Rest Day”

  1. Steve 08/01/2011 at 21:54 #

    You’ve made me want to read more blog comments just to see what kind of strange stuff people are linking to! Hopefully I can avoid the pee movies though.

    Anyway well done on the 5k walk – I’ve read many times that it’s the distance more than the time/pace you do it at so this is definitely better than a 10 minute mile… or even a 10 minute 3 miles, though that would be pretty impressive!