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My December running was dominated by STREAKING! Ok, no, not THAT kind of streaking.  I decided to participate in the Runners World magazine Run Streak.  You can read about it here.  A run streak just means running at least one mile every day, day after day. No rest days, days off, cross training days, etc.  Simple, right? I had been lacking some motivation, having finished my training cycle for the City of Trees half-marathon, and did not have another serious race in sight until the Race for Robie Creek in April. Completing a streak from Thanksgiving to New Years gave some purpose to my running and made it a bit easier (mentally) to run regularly during the holidays. I basically replaced true rest days with very slow 1 mile days. (more…)

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I want to get a quick post out this morning, and I have a pair of lengthier posts that I hope to knock out later in the week.

A good friend, mountain biking buddy, and colleague of mine with whom I attended college and forestry summer camp, has embarked on an awesome adventure- bicycling across the entire country, from San Diego, CA to Raleigh, NC.  Dwight and his friend Adam are riding between 40 and 100+ miles a day, seeing some of the most beautiful scenery in the country up close and personal, and meeting some interesting characters. If you’d like to follow their journey, as documented in photographs and narrative, have a visit over to their blog at http://adamanddwight.blogspot.com/ .

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Rapid-fire is a neat capability on digital SLR cameras- hold the shutter release button down and you can get 3 or more shots per second!.  That gives you some great possibilities for capturing athletes in motion, air shows, etc.  After reading some advice from Ken Rockwell (www.kenrockwell.com), I discovered that it also helps you get less blurry shots at slow shutter speeds.

Here’s how: I can generally hand-hold down to 1/60s with my Nikkor 18-55mm non-VR kit lens.  There’s usually enough motion introduced in olding the camera, pressing the shutter release, and in releasing it that I get blur in anything slower.  If you go with rapid-fire to get a burst of 4 or 5 photos, usually at least one of them will come out clean, down to 1/20 or 1/15, effectively gaining you 3 stops or so.

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