March, 2009

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Recently my brother and sister-in-law talked to me about running the Seattle Rock’n Roll 1/2 marathon with them. At first I was not interested but some recent events have made me change my mind. So unofficially, I THINK I’m going to give it a shot. We’ll see if I can keep up the training and 13.1 miles is a long way. That’s 2 hours of running! To start I went online looking for a training program and right off found Hal Higdon’s site. I’ve used his programs before so I thought I’d follow it this time. In searching for others on google they all seem to be about the same, only most others are shorter and require you to start by being able to do 5 miles. Hal’s is the right length, 12 weeks, and starts with the 3 miles. The race is June 27th which is just over 13 weeks so this will give me a little time to ramp up to the 3 mile start. Today I actually did 2.5 miles and it was a little hard since I’ve been off for a couple of weeks. A few weeks back I was running about 2.75 a couple of times a week and running that course again today was a little more difficult then usually. I chock it up to my day of rest were I was up at 6am, on a plane at 9:00am, across the state by 10:00am, then a big breakfast, then a funeral, then lots of food and several beers, then back on a plane at 8:30pm, back across the state by 9:30pm and home by 10:15pm. I probably should have drank a bit more water this morning, but live and learn. According to Hal’s sched, tomorrow will be a 2 mile run. Hopefully it won’t be raining and i can do my run and finish up the fence project i’m working on and probably walk the dog in there somewere.

WordPress Permalinks on Mac Server

Today in moving one of my blogs I host and administer,, over from one mac server to another, I ran into another of those Apple server issues. It is that problem that I’ve solved over and over but do so rarely, that when it does come up it takes me a while to remember how to fix it. The issue for my new site was that my permalinks stopped working when I moved the site over. I like to use a custom setting of /%category%/%postname%/ for permalinks structure and all my pages were coming up as 404s. I checked my .htaccess file and it was there and set to the right permissions. Then I remembered the default for each new site in Mac server in the conf file for AllowOverride is none. There you have it, I needed to update the conf to allow overrides. Now the next issue. In Mac server, I use Tiger 10.4, the Apache conf files for each domain/site are in a special folder within the httpd folder called sites -> /etc/httpd/sites. So when it comes to editing configs for a site you have to remember this is were to do it and not in the general conf file for apache.¬†After opening up the gardenhelp config file, and changing AllowOverride to All, everything came back to life. Thus if you are using Mac OS X Server and permalinks aren’t working and you think everything is setup right, check your permissions for your .htaccess file and then make sure your conf file for your site is allowing override.