So, it turns out that deployment of WordPress in Azure Websites is as easy as one could hope.
Exporting all posts from my previous hosting was simple via the wp_admin page’s Tools/Export plugin (once I deleted all pending comments). Then, I upped the maximum upload file size by adding a .user.ini file to the root of the application via WebMatrix, with the following:
upload_max_filesize = 10M
After that, it was a matter of uploading the rest of the site via FTPS. I’m now interested in moving all media to blob storage, but that can come later.
Playing with Photosynth at Flathead Lake, in Lakeside, MT.
Here is our 2011 Christmas card:
I love the photo and the card (I used my tripod on the beach for the first time!). And, previously this contained a link to the service where we got the cards printed, but since that looked tacky I just posted the photo itself. Much better.
I last ran Grandfather Mountain Marathon in 2007 as a training run, and figured it would again be good for hill training. This time DJ joined PM and me, and a great time was had by all.
In 2007 I went out conservatively for the first ten miles, then ran a hard effort to finish up with 3:32. This time I stuck with a more even effort over the entire course, finishing in 3:13 and 13th overall. (However, still only 7th in the 30-39 age group).
Lots of recap and photos behind the link
Tino, Hochberg, Janie and I drove down to SC last Friday for the first annual Miles For Marines 15K trail run. Intended as a fundraiser for injured U.S. Marines, the run is not formally a race, with no race numbers or formal timing. The course was through Westminster Park, private land owned by a Presbyterian Church, much of it on well-groomed trails and even a few miles of freshly mowed field grass.
I wasn’t exactly feeling up for a quick trail race, so I stayed well behind a lead pack of about 5 (which included Hochberg), and kept them in sight for about two miles. I found the paths reasonably marked, but apparently the lead pack did not, and took a wrong turn sometime around mile 4. Turns out I unknowingly led the race until about mile 7. (I thought it was strange that I was knocking down so many cobwebs!) One guy paced along with me for most of the race, and then left when another guy overtook us with a lot more enthusiasm than I had. So, I think I was third, and was happy with my pace, considering the workout my ankles and other underutilized trail muscles got. Hochberg ended up running too many extra miles to be happy, and Tino and Janie seemed uncomfortable with the terrain. I liken the terrain to Anne Springs Close Greenway, though the mowed sections were often slanted and tricky on tired ankles.
I give the volunteers a big thumbs-up; the event was very well-done to not be a formal race. Plus, it was for a very good cause. Next year I would encourage them to organize with a timing company (this course has the makings of a great XC race), but I will likely return regardless. Friendly people, great cause, good fun.