... or, how to run a half marathon with almost no run training. For a bit under a year, I've been going to a local CrossFit gym: Mad Dawg Fitness. If you haven't heard, CrossFit involves doing a little bit of everything, with a goal of getting decent at everything. This involves power lifting, Olympic lifting, pull ups, push ups, hand stands, jump ropes, box jumps, dips, short runs, rope climbs, farmer walks, lunges, etc.
I've been coming across various articles about napping which made me curious to try it. The one thing I couldn't figure out though, was whether it's worth it to get less sleep at night in exchange for taking a nap during the day. Having tried that for a few weeks now, I can tell you that it is. I've been getting up 35 minutes earlier than I used to, so that in the afternoon I can walk home, take a 20 minute nap, and get back to work.
I build Alton Brown's flower pot smoker a while ago, and have used it quite a bit. The first few times trying to control temperature with a meat thermometer and by adjusting the hot plate inside. This sucked. Then I used it with an oven thermostat, but I found it pretty imprecise. I've finally built a simple circuit controlled by an Arduino that should make all this better.