Ask me anything

It’s again time for one of my favorite things to do. Once again, it’s time for me to invite you to ask me anything you would like!

Within reason, nothing is off limits. Ask about training, racing, my thoughts on any news in the sport. Ask about the site, the coaching service, Club HillRunner.com or anything else that’s going on.

If you want to ask publicly, you can do so in the comments, on Facebook, or you can tweet at HillRunner.com or my personal account. If you want to ask more privately, you can use the contact form or, if you’re friends with me on Facebook or know my email address, you can reach me through those options.

So what have you been thinking about and wanting to ask?

Remembering Coach Conway

I heard the news today that my first running coach and one of the two or three greatest influences in my life passed away yesterday.

Many of you who know me well know how important Coach Conway was in my life. He was a role model, inspiration, and mentor.

To those of us lucky enough to have been mentored by him, our lives have been transformed for the better because of his role in our lives.
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The HillRunner.com Forums are back!

It’s been a while since the HillRunner.com Forums has felt like a place to be. That’s about to change.

Given some of the changes at HillRunner.com, it felt like the time to bring the forums back. I received a small but enthusiastic response when I asked about bring the forums back earlier this month and it just felt right to me so I started looking into it.

So here it is. The return of the HillRunner.com Forums! I started a couple topics over there to kick things off, feel free to start more topics yourself or respond to mine. Hopefully, we can get that same close community feeling that we had when the forums were active before.

I still have some work to do so don’t be surprised if the dust doesn’t settle for a while. That said, one of the non-running lessons I’ve learned this year is don’t wait until things are perfect to put them out in the world. The forums are functional and generally good, though not perfect, so I figured why keep everyone waiting?

Ask me anything

Another six months have passed, which means it’s that time again. This is one of my favorite things to do. Ask me anything you would like!

Within reason, nothing is off limits. Ask about training, racing, my thoughts on any news in the sport. Ask about the site, including the major changes we’ve recently seen, the coaching service, Club HillRunner.com or anything else that’s going on.

If you want to ask publicly, you can do so in the comments, on Facebook or you can tweet at HillRunner.com (or tweet at my personal account). If you want to ask more privately, you can use the contact form or, if you’re friends with me on Facebook or you know my email address, you can reach me through those options.

So what have you been thinking about and wanting to ask?

What you can do at the new HillRunner.com

Now that we’re fully on the new HillRunner.com, I thought I’d take a moment to go through what you can do and where you can find those things. For the most part, if you were making use of something on the old HillRunner.com, you can find it here. The only things I took away are things that weren’t getting used.

Of course, I’m always looking for new things to add. In fact, let this be a callout. If you have any requests for what you would like to see added to HillRunner.com, comment here or ask via the contact form. I’m always open to any ideas. I’ll address this a bit more at the bottom of this post. Continue reading “What you can do at the new HillRunner.com”

Welcome to the new HillRunner.com!

I’m glad you found your way over!

Everything that I am planning to transfer to the new HillRunner.com is now here! Soon, I’ll post an update on what you can do in the new HillRunner.com.

Missing page/bad link? If you get an “Oops! That page can’t be found” error at any time, I am getting notified. I’ll work on setting up a redirect as soon as possible.

Calculators: The calculators are up and running.

Training Log: The training log is now in the new HillRunner.com! That’s the final piece of the puzzle.

I realize the training log is currently looking a little rough around the edges. To get things over as quickly as possible, I combined the old style formatting with the new style formatting. I’ll be updating the formatting as time passes to bring you a whole new look.

All functionality of the old training log should be working in the new training log (I tested all scenarios I could think of). However, if you do find something that isn’t working, please let me know and I’ll look at it as soon as possible.

Club/Coach pages: These pages are up and, in my opinion, better than ever.

Store/Pictures/other old pages: As of now, I don’t have a plan for these older pages that haven’t seen updates or really traffic for at least several years. Given their lack of traffic, I’m planning on phasing them out.

Accounts: All user accounts have been transferred.

If you received an email with your new password, great. You can log in at any time. If you haven’t, it’s possible your email got lost. You can reset your password.

Questions? Problems? Don’t hesitate to let me know. You can use the contact form  or comment here.

Major changes coming in September

This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

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I’m going to attempt to explain what will be going on without getting into too many technical details. Hopefully, this won’t sound intentionally vague. Sorry if it does.

HillRunner.com has been around for over 18 years. In that time, I’ve always built upon what has already existed, not wanting to rock the boat or even temporarily take away things that you have become used to having available unless absolutely necessary.

Unfortunately, that leads to a lot of old code that I wish I could clean up but, without major disruption, feel like I can’t. It also leads to problems in other behind the scenes ways, meaning I spend more time on maintenance and less on either writing for HillRunner.com or developing new features.

I’ve been looking for a few years at making some major coding changes. I’ve also wanted to beef up the security at HillRunner.com in response to security leaks other sites have faced. I don’t think I ask you for information that is all that sensitive but we can’t be too careful these days.

In recent months, certain developments on the Internet have forced my hand and I’m now left with no option other than cause significant disruption to HillRunner.com in one way or another. I have to make changes before October or HillRunner.com will be tagged “unsafe” by a major industry player and you’ll be warned that HillRunner.com is unsafe every time you do almost anything interactive at HillRunner.com.

As long as I have to make these disrupting changes, I’m also going to move forward and make the coding changes I’ve been hesitating to make. Essentially, HillRunner.com is going to be rebuilt from the ground up.

As a result, HillRunner.com will be undergoing a significant transition in September. I’m going to attempt to make this as seamless as possible but to make it completely seamless is impossible, which is why I’m devoting a weekly blog post to this.

Tentatively scheduled for Thursday and Friday, September 21st and 22nd, HillRunner.com will be moving to a new server. I will attempt to have as much of the site as possible, especially relatively static pages like the Treadmill Pace Conversions and the Calculators, up and running as soon as the change has been made. However, there may be some issues that need to be worked out. Specifically, I’m concerned about training logs and blog posts.

I’m concerned about training logs because you will need to create a new account to log on to HillRunner.com. I’m working on ideas on how to relink your account to your training log data. I’ll come up with something, even if it involves a lot of work for me. I’m going to make sure nobody who has entrusted their training logs to HillRunner.com loses their history.

I’m concerned about blog posts because we’re going to be on a new blogging software. I’m working on plans to import blog posts so we don’t lose the hundreds we already have but I’m not sure how this will work or if they will be up immediately.

I know this is a concerning transition. I’ve not done this for so long because I’ve constantly been searching for better solutions or hoping one might be built. However, my hand is being forced. Something needs to be done now, I can’t wait any longer for a better solution to be made. I apologize up front for any problems this will cause. Please know I’ll be working as hard as possible to minimize the problems.

As always, I appreciate your support and understanding. We’ll get through this and have a HillRunner.com that is better than ever in the end. Hopefully, we’ll also have one that is easier for me to maintain so I can commit more time to improving the site and adding more content to help you be the best runner you can be.