Booksmack #1: What's It All About

So I've talked in previous posts about feeling creative and wanting to find ways of expressing that.  This, I think will be my first venture into it.  I call it (though I'm sure it's already named and others have done this), BookSmack.

As we know, I'm an avid reader.  I love reading and read lots. However, I've been careful about how many books I accumulate.  I limit myself as to which books make it into my library on the basis of the following 3 criteria:
  1. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  It left an impact on me in some profound way.
  2. I foresee needing this book in some research capacity.
  3. I will use it for teaching.  It's a text I've used or plan to use in the future.
But given that I read 200+ books a year and many of them I am purposely choosing for reasons #2 or #3, that means I have accumulated a lot of books (and some awesome bookshelves).  Besides regularly revisiting these books, I thought about how else can I use them.  How can I share their ideas, thoughts, challenges, and provocations?  Standing at my bookshelf, I angled my neck and proceeded to read the spines.  In moving over two in a row, I was amused by the juxtaposition of titles and so came forth, Booksmack.

What Is BookSmack?

Booksmack is the intentional alignment of book titles to create a statement.  When I first posted a few on Facebook, someone called it "Book Poetry," which it certainly can be.  I'm not setting up rules for others here; after all, I probably didn't invent this of my own accord.  But in my adventures with Booksmack, I plan to put these books together to render some purposeful meaning.  I don't just want to say, "Hey, that's funny."  But I want to link together the books themselves.  Part book review, part-footpath of where I've been intellectually, and part exploration of interconnections that I can make sense of, I think this can be a fun and enjoyable way to "smack" books together.


Booksmack:  Lies My Teacher Told Me; Big Girls Don't Cry, I'm Not Scared, "They Take Our Jobs"

Booksmack #1

Lies My Teacher Told Me (by James Loewen):  Big Girls Don't Cry (by Rebecca Traister), I'm Not Scared (by Niccolo Ammaniti), and "They Take Our Jobs" (By Avi Chomsky).  This collection works well together and was one of my initial concoctions that I found to be inspirational.  Loewen's approach to considering history and the whitewashing that it has taken over the years is a great opening to the ensuing dialogue of the next three books.  Loewen's argument is based upon examining 12 history textbooks and analyzing their lack of historical inquiry over information.  I first read this book in the late 1990s when I was a history student at college and have come back to it time and again.  It speaks to a lot of issues with history being taught as facts and dates as opposed to discussion and argumentation about the importance/relevance/significance of people, events, and places.  Loewen's opening gambit of lies perpetrated by teachers (or rather school systems, ultimately) plays upon the idea of the other books in which there is a betrayal of sorts of narrative over truth.  Big Girls Don't Cry is a fascinating exploration of the role of gender in the 2008 presidential campaign and one that fundamentally changed my thoughts about Sarah Palin (and to a lesser degree, Hilary Clinton).  Like Lies My Teacher Told Me, Traister's book helped me peel back the cultural narrative around gender in politics in ways that is otherwise lacking in our culture.  By contrast, I'm Not Scared is a fictional book about a young boy and the conspiracy of adults trying to deal with poverty through less acceptable means (kidnapping a famous person's son for ransom).   The narrative focuses around a village boy and his friendship with the kidnapped boy while the world around them conspires to do harm.  There is a film, which I happened to see first and absolutely love it.  Finally, "They Take Our Jobs" is a fantastic book by my mentor in college, Dr. Avi Chomsky.  Like the other Loewen and Traister, she deconstructs the narrative we have around immigration.  Point by point, she uses both reasoning and research to destroy the various myths associated with immigration, placing it in its socio-economical historical context and tracing out the ways in which and why we have prejudiced opinions despite not actually knowing the facts.  Together, the four books speaks to the ways in which society miscommunicates to its citizenry and though often they believe they are doing it for our benefit (as both Lies My Teacher Told Me and I'm Not Scared tend to posit), they still account for gross cultural hostilities and prejudice (as both Big Girls Don't Cry and "They Take Our Jobs" shows).

So there it is.  Four books, one statement, neatly tied together. 



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Recent Post on LETS Blog: Information Redirection: RSS Feeds

“Where did you find out about that?”  I get asked this question a lot about the various links, information, and ideas that I share with colleagues and friends.  My usual and most likely answer (when it’s not Facebook or Twitter) is my newsfeed.    The understatement of the century is that there is a lot of information on the Internet and more and more gigabytes being added every minute.  Finding information is hard and sometimes, it feels like the proverbial needle in the haystack.  I’ve talked before about ways in which you can channel information to you, using Google Alerts, and today’s discussion of RSS feeds is another invaluable tool for someone who needs to stay abreast of information or wants to use the latest information to help inform and shape their students’ experience.  

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Look What I Made: Tea

This post has been brought to you by Skillshare, Homestead Survival, and Frugal Sustainable.  And by that, I mean these sites regular updates and encouragement to make and to share got me to start trying it out.  And it's kinda fun!

So what am I'm making and sharing today?  Tea.  Really good tea too that doesn't really need anything added to it.  Tea is the major drink of choice throughout the world and has a long history with many different cultures throughout the world.  I was never really much of a tea drinker, unless you could the inundated sugary drinks that come in glass or plastic bottles.  

A year or two back, I was intrigued by the idea of an edible landscape discussed in the book, Made by Hand by Mark Frauenfelder.  I was equally intrigued by Dickson Despommier's The Vertical Farm.  Both of these had me thinking about the ways in which I could make the landscape that I live in, be both useful and aesthetically intriguing.  It would mean not just pouring in time and money to landscape the yard, but doing so in a way that produced rewards beyond aesthetics.  So I started tinkering with creating an edible landscape.  

I've got a way to go, but one project I've been working on is encouraging the growing of mint in some places, instead of grass or other things.   This has been nice and led me to go further and create a good size herb garden that I plan to develop further.  But all of it has led me to have a whole lot of mint available.  After talking with a few friends, the idea of making a tea out of it was hit upon, since I have the dehydrator.  Thus, I ventured into making tea and finding that I actually really like it.  What I've created is refreshing and tasty and pretty easy to make large amounts of.  

My ingredients include using sweet mint, peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, and stevia.  The mints are hardy perennials that once you plant, you can expect to come up year after year.  I recommend always picking the big leaves and doing this at least once a week.  It often delays the blossoming process (though I don't know if that has an effect on the quality of the leaves).
Sweet mint plant.
Sweet Mint

Chocolate mint plant.
Chocolate Mint (Plant
purchased at Home Depot) 


Stevia plant.
Stevia
Peppermint plant
Peppermint


Washing mint leaves.
Step 1:
Pick leaves and wash.
STEP 1:  So the first thing is to pick them.  This is the 2nd most tedious step in the process.  The higher the leaf is on the stem, the more careful you want to be and use 2 hands.  1 hand to stabilize the top of the stem, and the second to tear the leaf at the base.  Don't pull from the end of the leaf; you're likely to tear the leaf OR take the top of the plant off.  

Laying out mint leaves in the dehydrator.
Step 2:
Lay them out on the
Dehydrator
 STEP 2:  Lay them out on the dehydrator plates.  This is the most tedious part of the venture and I'd lie if I didn't say I sometimes don't lay them out so neatly.  More than picking, if you're careful about the layout, it is likely to be the most time-consuming process.  

Laying out mint leaves in the dehydrator.
Step 3:
Fill up each rack 
Step 3:  Even if you're going to not be as deliberate in the lay out, make sure you have spaced them out to some degree so that they dehydrate evenly.
   
Removing dried mint leaves from the dehydrator
Step 4:
Dehydrate until they are crisp
Step 4:  Dehydrate.  This can take from 3-6 hours depending on how high you put the setting, but you don't have to be present for this.  Just turn it on and go.   I check in usually around the 4 hour mark and see if they are crispy and crunchy to the touch.  If so, I take them out; otherwise, I let it keep going.


Removing dried mint leaves from the dehydrator
Step 5:
Remove the dried leaves



Step 5:  Once done, turn off the dehydrator and start collecting the leaves.  



Storing dehydrated mint leaves.
Step 6:
Place in airtight container
Step 6:  Empty all the leaves into a container that you can seal.  You can choose to crunch them up now or later, but it's best if you do crush them as some point.

Making mint tea with dehydrated leaves.
Step 7:
Add crushed leaves
and water into an
pitcher & shake.
Place in Fridge for
24+ hours.
Step 7:  When it's time to make the tea, figure out a formula (which takes time and testing.  I usually do about 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of leaves per 2 liters.  But I'm still in the experimental stage.  Toss in the leaves, toss in the water.  Shake it up good and put in the fridge for at least 24 hours (I often go longer because I forget or am finishing the last batch).

Sifting tea leaves out of homemade tea.
Step 8:
Pour mix into other container
using strainer to catch leaves
Step 8:  When done, use a strainer and pour out the tea into another contained.  I would recommend straining at least 2 more times to try to get all the leaves, but that's a personal preference.

Storing homemade tea.
Step 9:
Strain at least 2X
Put drink in Fridge.
Step 9:  When done, pour yourself a cup and put the rest in the fridge.  I don't know about staying times, but my tea has been in the fridge for over a week and still tastes great.

Storing homemade tea.
Some leaves will remain.
It won't destroy the drink.
Note:  There will be residual tea leaves--too small for a strainer.  That's perfectly fine.  It's not harmful in any capacity.

Homemade tea.
Enjoy!



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Tales from 9 Runs: Run 5: Omigod, I Won!

Lance Eaton before a race.
Before the Race!
 I totally did.  I managed to be any other runner out there...who happened to be male...in his 30s...weighing about 230-240...and wearing Vibrams.  No one else in this category beat me.  I'm not making this stuff up.  Ok, so there wasn't anyone else in this category of the race.  But that's no my fault.  Clearly, they were all afraid that I brought my A game.  

I apologize for the title of this post and the paragraph above.  I found it amusing and figured I would waste the idea of me winning in this post which someone might perceive as realistic or possible (though it's not), rather than on the big race in September.


Lance Eaton's time on a 7 mile race.
Timing was about 15-20
seconds off
Additionally, the gag at the top speaks to a needed mentality that took me a while to attain and I know many other neophyte runners have.  It's called a race and it's a race where I'm likely to come in at less than the 50% mark.  For many, this is overwhelming and if you have the kind of running history that I do--coming in last or near to last is humiliating and disheartening.  But I've found myself more and more comfortable with running in these events and not worrying about the rest.  There's no reason to compare myself with others because very few people actually compare to me.  As I said above, there is no one to measure myself well against as a heavy-set male in his 30s wearing barefoot-type shoes.  I checked; there was none.  So I'm racing with myself...and doing pretty damn well.  Now, if I can only beat my shadow.

Today's Race

Lance Eaton after a 7 mile race.
And done!
Today's race was the Seacoast Seven in Gloucester.  A 7 Mile run through slightly hilly terrain of Gloucester.  It was a good run.  A solid run for me.  My goal for the race was a high water mark of 60 minutes.  My low water mark was 65 minutes.  I came in at 1:05 and a few seconds (My watch reads differently for distance, largely because I started it about 15 seconds late).  A personal best for this distance (particularly with hills), I was content with the timing.  I paced with a person of similar speed and we jockeyed back and for for much of the race.  That was certainly helpful and motivating.

I found the hills to not be as fearsome as I usually contend.  With the Vibrams, uphill is actually pretty good.  I would stray from saying "easy", but my step is lighter because the weight is positioned on the back foot.  This often means I pick up pace going up hill where it drags for others.  But downhill is problematic. Now  there's more weight coming down with each step and if I'm not careful and deliberate with my stepping, I can seriously jostle my joints and feet.  I have no actual information, but I would imagine a fair share of barefoot or Vibram runners  injure themselves here.  However, these were rolling hills, not steep hills.  Only rarely did I feel the decline was troubling to my running.


Lance Eaton's shirt and number for a race.
My token race shirt
What I could have done better?  Fuel.  I ate when I got up at 6:00AM but didn't really give myself sufficient fuel with the run at 9:00AM.  A banana, a peach, and a handful of peanuts.  I had planned to make toast with my sourdough walnut bread (it's purple, yummy, and from A & J Bakery), but forgot when I woke up this morning.  There probably should have been a bit more in my body for a race 3 hours later.  I also didn't bring any gels with me, so I had no pick-up during the run.  Since it was sunny and hilly, I think these would have helped a bit.

In moving forward, I'm pretty well on track, methinks.  This week I will do a 10-11 mile run and continue to maintain regular runs throughout the week.  I have to say, it's still surreal for me to think, "Yeah, I gotta do some short 5-mile runs this week."  That's just a crazy statement for me to utter.  Anywho, I think the other major component is to add more hills.  My current route only has one substantial hill and I think I'm going to need more as I've been informed that the 25K Around the Cape has a lot of hills.  But otherwise, I think I'm going to be able to do this. That's pretty awesome.
Lance Eaton's race numbers thus far.
My growing numbers

Ok, one grip about today's race.  The post-food grub:  Dunkin Donuts and clam chowder.  Nevermind that I'm a vegetarian so the chowder is useless, but really?  No energizing or replenishing food?  I don't mean to be indignant, but I would think there would be something more than those two options.  Ok, I'm done.





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This I Believe For Now...

Here begins a new series of posts that I call, "This I Believe For Now..."  In this series, I attempt to express and explain my understanding and approach to certainb topics.  It's not so much justifying my stance as it is trying to explain how I got to where I have taken on that particular world view.  I've purposely included the phrasing "for now" in recognition of several things (which is also indicative of other viewpoints that will be forthcoming).  

I recognize that learning is an act of changing and as I recognize myself as a being continually immersed in learning, then these beliefs may not be entirely sound or the same which I believe at a later point.  I'm not saying I will throw out all my beliefs at every turn, but I want to be open enough to hear, consider, and integrate different ideas.  This is what dialogue, debate, and dissent "should" do, when for too many, it just further entrenches them in their own views.   I fully accept that I may be wrong and open to the possibility of learning other ways of understanding the world.  I also recognize that I am not the end-all, be all authority of my or other people's reality.  My words ring true for me but mayhaps not for the reader; should the reader chose to share his or her thoughts, then I'm likely to engage in dialogue that will influence how I think about the subject later on.

That being said, in pursuing my thoughts and my arguments, I will most likely refer to various resources that have shaped my understanding.  I welcome other people to engage in this dialogue, but bring your resources to the discussion as well.  I've tried to base my understanding of the world through a mixture of personal experience and what I've learned from research in the form of books, articles, classes, and other relevant material.  I can't or maybe it's that I choose not to change my opinion simply because someone else says to.  I need to weigh the merit and integrity of arguments and know upon what evidence and argument he/she based his/her worldview.  I've spent a good amount of time and energy trying to make sense of the world that I live in and don't come to my answers easily.  I am not likely to give up on those beliefs without substantive evidence.

In writing about these subjects, I do not offer myself as an authority on the subject.  While anything I write about I will likely have some stake in and knowledge about, I don't claim to be an authority, expert, or even correct.  I write from a place of experience and knowledge, but don't presume that place to be a privileged place.  As I start this project, I acknowledge that at age 32, I'm inclined to believe that I am above average in intelligence, given I've had a good deal of intellectual achievement in my life.  I've acquired four degrees (Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor's Degree in History, Master's Degree in American Studies, and Master's Degree in Public Administration) and currently working on a fifth degree (Masters in Education).  I've to date over 750 publications of written work in printed publications.  The vast majority of these are trade industry audiobook reviews in Publishers Weekly, Audiofile Magazine, and Library Journal, but there is a reasonable publication record of academic articles, encyclopedia entries, and academic book reviews.  Coupled with this is over 12+ years writing on the internet in various capacities on my own previous sites (canexdomain.com, projectconsumer.org, hitchhikingadjunct.blogspot.com, and of course, byanyothernerd.blogspot.com), other websites (audiobookcafe.com, booxreview.com, curledup.com, bookloons.com).  Coupled with this is my experience in presenting at conferences across the country (and even in the UK), and teaching nearly 100 college classes.  This is all to acknowledge that I have intellectual depth and I don't go about this project without serious contemplation.  However, I do not assume a place of authority.

What do I look for in this endeavour?  Like much of what I post on this blog, I'm continually looking for dialogue, debate, and interaction.  Just like I do so often in Facebook, I like to engage with people and learn about how they make sense of the world.  This doesn't happen easily and many people are often put off by dialogue and debate, but I welcome it, even when I am frustrated by the directions it takes.  Dialogue for me (and I would think for others) takes me out of my mind and into a world beyond my own  viewpoint or reality.  It makes me have to recognize that there are other ways that people concieve of the world and I should give some time and energy to making sense of those ways if I am to have a meaningful life.  I also look for self-knowledge in this quest.  I want to better understand what exactly it is that I believe and why I believe it; how do I get there from here?

So be on the lookout for these posts and I hope that you choose to engage in the discussion.  So topics that I will look to engage with in future posts:
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Politics
  • Popular Culture
  • Religion
  • Sexuality
  • Technology



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Sure, I'll Do That: Where Volunteering Has Led Me

Volunteering has been a strong part of my life since I was young.  In high school, I volunteered for a summer as a junior counselor at a YMCA camp.  Granted at age 14 and in hindsight, it sounds more like free labor and a summer babysitter for my parents, but it was also giving back to the camp that I had gotten so much out of while growing up (and of course, caused so much trouble at too—which still leaves me to wonder why they thought it was a good idea for me to be a counselor).   In my senior year of high school, my favorite teacher (Mr. Metropolis!) required us to volunteer 20+ hours in his AP US History course.  In volunteering, he required us to keep a log to account for our volunteering and experiences.  Sure enough, while volunteering at one event (which brought me back to my elementary school), I chanced upon a conversation with a woman from a local under-funded pre-school.  My conversation with her led me to volunteer at the school for much the rest of the school year, doing more than the minimum required time and continuing to volunteer there for several years after.  With all of these volunteering experiences, they laid a foundation for me to get a job as after school daycare counselor at a different YMCA in college.  The lessons and experienced gained in these volunteering gigs lead to a range of opportunities throughout my life from working in residential programs to running a youth leadership program to running a bookclub for kids.  

Audiobooks and Volunteering

In hindsight, I see the pattern happen again and again.  I volunteer to do something and it opens up a range of new opportunities.   Audiobooks are a great example.  For those that don’t know, I’m a bit of an audiobook evangelist.  I will at some point in our interactions, try to sell you on audiobooks.  I’ve listened to thousands of them in my life and thoroughly enjoy a good narrated story.  So back after graduating college, I was just as much an audiobook nut and just saw it as an unexplored field for many.  I wanted to get involved.  So I looked about and found a site dedicated to audiobooks:  Audiobook CafĂ©.  The site is no longer up (and no, I promise it wasn’t me).  In a desire to get involved, I emailed the site’s executive and said, “Hey, I’ll do whatever—can I volunteer for you.”  They took me on as traffic coordinator; basically, I had to try to get traffic directed to the site (and apparently, I didn’t do it enough, so maybe it is my fault).  Eventually, they let me write about audiobooks and reviewing them for the site (and for that, they did pay me).  Though as the site’s finances began to fall through, they helped me secure reviewer gigs at two magazines (and that eventually expanded to three).  Just over a decade from when I started that venture, I have professionally written over 800 audiobook reviews, conducted over a dozen interviews with people in the industry, and written several articles on the subject matter.  My interest went even further and I eventually presented at the National Popular Culture Association’s annual conference (2009) on the subject of audiobooks (and Stephen King).  

Comics and Volunteering

Comics took a similar venture.  As I got involved in reviewing audiobooks, I became curious about reviewing graphic novels and so contacted several sites to write graphic novel reviews for including CurledUp.com and BookLoons.com.  The general editors of these sites were kind and welcoming, took me in and helped me get started, providing support when needed and good editorial feedback where needed.  At the same time, I was in grad school and a peer of mine made me aware of the fact that I could in fact study comics to some degree (Thanks Tad!).  As I finished grad school and continued to review graphic novels, I also started teaching at the college level.  So with the background I had developed through education and volunteering, I offered up the idea of teaching a course on comics.  This was successful enough that I have taught it 4 colleges and universities in the Greater Boston area and regularly teach it at North Shore Community College.

So why all this talk about volunteering?  Well, two weeks ago, I did it again.  Rather about 2 months ago, I did it.  I’ll back up.  As I stepped into my new position at North Shore Community College, I wanted to make contacts and learn more about the different elements of instructional design.  In particular, I’ve been interested in games and education.  This led me eventually to learn about Media Grid:  Immersive Education.  I quickly joined the site and then also saw that a conference in Boston in early June.  Knowing that I couldn’t get the funds for access to the conference, I contacted the organization to ask if I could volunteer and work at the conference in exchange for access.  They agreed and the doors were opened.  The experience opened up a great range of ideas and learning, as well as opened up contacts with a variety of interesting and great people.  As the conference came to a close, the organizers asked if I would like to stay on for future conferences and help out.  It was really kind and pretty cool as they made clear that they appreciated the effort and enthusiasm that I showed.   So all this has me thinking, where will this lead me?

It’s true that I’m not volunteering out of a true sense of charity.  I’m volunteering because I’m interested and want more out of wherever it is that I’m volunteering.  But I’m also not advancing my volunteering as a sign of sainthood (though the audiobook gods may be grateful for my singlehanded efforts to convert at least 20 people I know to regularly use audiobooks).  Rather, I’m reflecting on the ways that volunteering has given me ample opportunity to further explore and profit (initially in an intellectual sense but later in a monetary and reputational sense) from the subject of my attention.

Where has your volunteering lead you?




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Tales of 9 Runs: One Miss--One Hit

So this week I was supposed to run a 5 miler on the 4th of July.  I woke up Wednesday morning and it was raining.  Not hard, but I really didn't feel the need to spend my 4th of July getting soggy.  So I skipped out and did a workout in my apartment (which was substantially more than what the run would have been, so I feel vindicated.  Interestingly though, this will still be Tales of 9 Runs because I'm doing a follow up half-marathon in October--which by the way, I'm doing this with a team and we're looking for additional runners, if you're interested--let me know!  Truth be told, I'll probably do a few more runs along the way.  It's great fun (and still crazy-weird to feel that way).

Beyond the skipped run, I do have good news to report.  Despite my concern about hitting a wall, I had another personal record.  On Friday, I set out and ran 9.4 miles.  I don't want to say it was an easy run--none of this has been easy.  But I felt capable and confident with completing it.  I got some good advice and reminders from my friend Winston that made a substantial difference.  I also brought a few bucks with me and bought a drink at a point along the way that I knew I would need to start hydrating.  I also took my own advice and got out early before it got too hot.  It was warming up well by the end of my run, but the first half was cool and shady.

Winston reminded me what I had somehow forgot:  to go slow.  I've gotten excited about running and some of that generated into me wanting to take off from the gate, but I needed (and continued to need) to be deliberate, particularly in the first half of the run.  So today, I made sure I was running 10 minute miles, had my energy bites, and found my way to hydration.  It all came together quite well and I was able to get to 9.4 miles with little hassle.  With just about 2 months, I'm at the 2/3's mark (9.4 out of 15.4 miles), so I think that puts me in good shape so long as I stay consistent and steady with the running, slow down, hydrate, and plan well.



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Recent Post on LETS Blog: Death by 1000 Clicks with Your Online Content

Click, click, click  goes the mouse.  It’s very simple and small action.  A mere light pressing of a button with a finger.  It brings to mind Staples’ “That Was Easy” giant red button.  Unequivocally, clicking a mouse button for many people is a relatively easy task.  But we should be wary of the fact that clicking the mouse is merely a representative action.  It’s a real-world action that mainfests as input and action within the bits and bytes of a computer.  In older days, clicking the mouse meant to select something.  Later on, the double-click allowed for something to be executed (“opened”) or highlighted.  Over the years the graphic user interface (GUI) known as the mouse has become expansively more useful.

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Tales of 9 Runs: Plateaus...or Calling for Some Running Advice

So I had what I'm starting to think is a plateau in running.  I'm really hoping it's not and that I just need to plan better both with hydration and time of day (avoiding the heat of the day), but I'll throw this one out there to see if I can solicit any advice from the universe at large.

I was trekking along today and making actually good time (9 minute miles) but hit the wall at mile 3.  It was rather hot out already at 9am and continuing on, just seemed a bad idea.  I started to walk back home.  About a mile back, I decided to run at least one more mile.  I pushed myself on this mile and managed to come in under 8 minutes which was probably the saving grace of the whole running today.  But overall, I'm feeling like the 8.4 mile mark has become a wall or plateau that I can't seem to surpass.  I know this has to do with several things that I need to work better with:

Hydration  

 I'm good with the pre-hydration.  But during is hard.  I hate carrying a water bottle, it's just distracting.  I have a camel-pack and think I'm going to have to pull it out.  I just hate the idea of having to carry more junk.  What about planting drinks along the route?  Anyone ever do that?  Drive the route ahead of time and put bottle water at particular (hidden) points?  The other option I'm considering is to just bring some bucks with me and buy a drink along the way.  Other ideas?

Diet and Weight

I haven't hit the weightloss that I usually do when I've gotten into a regular routine as of yet.  I know this means I have to more normalize my food routine, plan out my meals better, and get back to logging my foods.  I'm hope that a 10 pound different will start to have palpable changes in the overall progress.

Footwear

I love my Vibrams, but are there any other large guys (225+ pounds) out there who have plateaued or find they can't run past a certain distance.  I doubt it is the shoes, but I'm putting it out there just in case I'm missing something.

Pacing

When trying to build out miles, how does one adjust their pacing or add one miles, once beyond the 5+ miles rate?

What do others do to overcome plateaus?



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