Rene van Belzen

Yesterday I jogged a half marathon in 2 hours 35 minutes, and today I’ll be leasurely racing the same distance in around 2 hours 14 minutes. Together that would be a marathon in slightly more than 4ΒΎ hours. Within 6 months that should become a marathon in less than 4 hours πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ


After a total break following my previous marathon (spent a week in bed due to over-exhaustion), I’m giving it another go, end of the year (November 27). This time around my training schedule will be the upper limit, not the bare minimum. I clearly need a PT to restrain me πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ


Passkey seems an improvement, but has a flaw, humans with secrets. Private keys can be stolen, as well as passwords. What we need is security without secrets, though I have no idea how to do that. Maybe secrets that can’t be copied?


It’s the first warm day of the year, 30℃ (86 F). Warm for running that is, because one can easily add 10℃ (12 F) for heating of the body while running. So I left early, when it was still cool. The photo clearly examplifies that burning globe in the sky.

sun shining over a city

I made a rough training schedule, mostly to get me safely to a next level of fitness. The two long runs in the weekends are very gentle (almost walking), but I realize I’ll need to balance it with more distance during the week. That will be a training objective in August πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

training schedule June 13 - July 31, 2022


Clawing my way back to marathon fitness with base training. I understand that low intensity running is how it should be done, including walking. Hopefully next time my fitness won’t take a nose dive after a marathon race πŸƒ


I’ve looked into the Maffetone method for base training (running), since my slow 20 km run two weeks ago felt so hard. It takes a really long time (like many months) to adjust your body, and slow running (8 min/km or 13 mpm in my case) means either low mileage or many hours πŸƒ


Look into canceling your microβˆ™blog subscription; you might get a discount.


Checked my podcast subscriptions in Overcast to check if any of them did tracking. One did, while it didn’t use to if I remember correctly; I removed it. Point being, keep checking for tracking, because you can’t opt out (nor opt in). It’s a data privacy protection nightmare.


Another reason for me to avoid challenges, or, at least, put a strict limit on the number of challenges. I can really break down mentally. Ah well, we do what we can, don’t we? I’m happy I caught it and acted appropriately. No more challenges for a couple of months for me.

pixel art animation mister T

Microβˆ™blog May challenge day 11, “maroon.” Marooned with a tricylce on a maroon colored brick wall πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

wall with maroon colored brick with a pixel art toddler on a tricycle

Tried Knotwords app. Alas, not my thing, crossword puzzles. So I permanently deleted it.


Pixel Dailies for 8 May 2022 was a quicky, because I was behind. The theme was “organic.” Playing organ with fruit in my mind πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

pixel art keyboard playing organic fruit

Microβˆ™blog May challenge, day 10, “pot.” As usual, words have different meanings, be it a jar or a herb πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

pot of mustard on dinner table with pixel art stoner

LTA 104: April 2022 – Let’s Talk Podcasts

Great comment by a pro video editor, to not rely for your workflow on any manufacturer, but instead be flexible in your approach. Apple’s first-party apps are notorious for features going away, and should be probably be avoided by pros.


I have battle scars to prove I’m not very hands-on, almost like I have two left hands πŸ”ͺ🩸🩹

B&W photo of bandaged finger

Day 9 of microβˆ™blog May challenge #mbm, “bloom.” I have added two kinds of “bloom.” The third is made of iron πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

flower bloom and Harold Bloom pixel art in a bush

Day 8 of the microβˆ™blog May challenge, “union.” πŸ‘―β€β™‚οΈπŸ±πŸ“·πŸŽ¨


Today’s prompt for Pixel Dailies was “clock.” I chose a water clock, the most ancient version of a timepiece, assumably, as an artifact over 6000 years old ⏱πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

pixel art water clock

Today’s Pixel Dailies task was to “pixel a set of units for a Tower Defense game.” I had to look that up, because I had no clue of what was meant, and now I do, nor what I was supposed to draw πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

pixel art of defense units

Today’s prompt for the microβˆ™blog May challenge #mbm was “park.” I recently visited the chapel dedicated to Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, and added some pixel art πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

city park with fantasy rocket drawn in pixel art

Pixel art. Today’s Pixel Dailies theme was “mario64.” I had this complicated fake 3D walk cycle in mind, when I remembered the slogan “think big, draw small.” This usually works when in time constraint πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

Pixel art Mario in a single running pose in a fake 3D circle

The prompt for today’s microβˆ™blog May challenge #mbm is “prompt.” My two cats were hungrily walking in and out my bedroom πŸ“·

Silhouetted cats

Pixel art 🚧 What have I set myself up to for the Pixel Dailies challenge? This may take more hours than there are in a single day πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

screenshot pixaki app on iPad with very rough W.I.P.

Today’s microβˆ™blog May challenge was “earth.” I tried to imagine how Shovel Knight would do a workout in his free time. He moves earth… with a shovel πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

photo with small hill and a pixel art bare muscleman with a shovel in front of it