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Life updates... [Nov. 15th, 2011|12:48 pm]
Today, I went out for more interval training - 6 one minute intervals, but this time I was trying to run faster. I think I could have done 7, but I'd rather do 6 and figure out that 7 is okay, than to do 7 and find out 5 would have been better.

Last week, I also found that I can run 4 2 minute intervals with one and a half minutes of rest each time, and then continue 1 and a half running slowly, and one and half walking, to complete out a bit more than 20 minutes.

Mixing faster and slower workouts is probably good, both for aerobic fitness and morale. I want to be able to run faster - but faster is also more likely to tire me out for the rest of the day. And, since I'm now working swing shift (2-11pm) I need to be careful about that - I work out in the morning so I don't get too far out of sync with the real world.

I'm also knocking on the door of completing my first T-SQL project. It's really simple - it just restores full and differential backups as part of a SQL Agent job, and it's restartable... but it's a useful tool for people who have a department too big for "hey, no one log me out of X_SQL_Server, I'm running a restore!" This is a Big Deal for me - I don't want to be a T-SQL developer, but a DBA is not just a sysadmin; light scripting is (typically) part of the job.

The hardest part of this project was making myself do something. I spent far too much time pre-planning and trying to figure out how the code would go before I started coding. Maybe professional programmers do this, but I'm not at that stage yet. I'm still learning how to get T-SQL to do a simple WHILE loop. I think the pre-planning has to happen after you know how things work well enough.

(For those of you who know me - yes, I did programming in the past; I know how a simple WHILE loop works in other programming languages. But all of my projects were complete unto themselves - this is adding something on to a pre-built interface.)

Wishing you all well - and special thanks to those who've responded to my past few posts. I keep swearing I'll respond - and not getting to it. Sigh.