I simplified my workout goals to run 4 miles every day in June, 5 miles every day in July, and 6 miles every day in August/Sept/October and then play it by ear in November/December. Rest days will generally be Mondays with some ad hoc rest days depending how I feel.
Gear wise, the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% are pretty amazing shoes. I used to just run in Asics either Nimbulus or Cumulus but these Vaporflys feel way better. They have carbon soles and some nice cushioning so my body doesn't feel wrecked after my runs.
I'm usually pretty skeptical about heavily marketed gear/features but I do notice a difference. I can see how carbon fiber soles can both absorb the force of my running and spring me forward. Carbon fiber in road bikes and rims definitely absorb choppy roads so it makes sense it would do the same in shoes. The stiffness of a carbon bike makes it nice to be able to push off as well.
The other item that's helping me run and recover quicker is this Hypervolt Plus massage gun. I was skeptical about this too but Hypervolt was endorsed by Kobe Bryant and I did see Lebron use one of these massage guns on the court the other day. I remember seeing Allen Iversion use the stick on his calves and quads during a game so it's cool to see athletes use the same type of recovery tools that are generally accessible in the market. Recovery is a big deal if I want to actually run every day.
Considering it's just shoes and a massage gun and not like a bike, bike parts/maintenance, swimming membership (for pool access), gym membership, seems like I should be saving some money too.
My go to polo shirts are the Sebastian style from Orlebar Brown and Adrian/Roth styles from John Smedley. They're both pricey but the quality and the feel are pretty good (moreso for the Smedley polo since it's Sea Island cotton). Orlebar Brown does seem to fade quite a bit over time.
Happy to take other recommendations for polo shirts if you happen to stumble upon this post and have something good for me to try out.
Even if you didn't know these were the Obamas, by looking at the portraits you could tell these two were important — and both are giving off a look of needing you to do something (my interpretation anyway). Glossy vs matte is always a fun argument, both of these are really cool. About as good as it gets.
I love the non-touchbar version of the MacBook Pro. Looking down at a keyboard to find buttons doesn't make sense to me so went with the non-touchbar model. I could also complain about the price and battery life (which you can do every time) but the specs and design are solid. There seems to be quite a few lukewarm reviews out there but that's mostly because people are in need of ad/page views.
2k display, although I'm hooking up to a Dell P2415Q 4k external display
weighs 3 lbs. and effectively has a 4 hour battery life (this does need to be way better)
USB C and the headphone port are great as the only ports
The sad thing about the MacBook Pro is that it's pretty close to complete as a product (which is what you would expect after 25 years!). You can certainly improve on the internals but this thing can't really get any thinner, lighter, louder, or brighter and no more ports to remove.
Of course a laptop can always get faster but this thing is already pretty fast and the bottleneck is on the connectivity and the server side. The real innovation is happening w/ the iPad and iPhone, still quite a few things that can be done there.
So yet again, this particular MacBook Pro defines laptop because there's really very little left to do to make this an even better product. However, I'm curious to see how Chromebooks continue to evolve (especially versus tablet improvements) since a browser based OS or just a web based experience is what most folks use and need, and a significantly cheaper price point gets the Web out there to more people.
A couple of nice, pretty mid-life crisis things to possibly purchase at age 40 or 50 but mostly to look at and pine for considering it ain't ever gonna happen :-) These two things and that boat (ok, yacht) I posted last time.