London Marathon 2010

My addiction continues!  I’m back in London for the Marathon, which is tomorrow, Sunday 25th April.  Again, I’ve been lucky to get a place that does not require sponsorship, through my excellent running club, Edinburgh Athletic Club.

This year, there are two charities I’m supporting:

I know that the proliferation of online giving means a lot of us get more requests for sponsorship each year, so I’m not doing a hard sell here, but they are both great causes and will make good use of your money.

On a lighter note, if you’d prefer to buy me a beer following the race, then send Hazel or me a text, and I’ll let you know where I am.  Co-ordinating is always fun!

This year, I’m simplifying, and may well run without GPS watch or even my phone.  You can track me by texting ‘run’ to 83040 [in the UK], and then you’ll get a link to the service.  My runner number is 26793.

Spotify on Squeezebox

It’s taken me far too long, but I’ve finally got Spotify running on my Squeezebox on my Ubuntu box.  All the information needed is here in this thread, and you’ll need dsbridge and the Lame encoder.

Finally, to get playlists opening from Firefox, follow the instructions here, but instead of editing about:config, go to edit -> preferences -> applications and set Spotify to use the script, instead of going directly to the Spotify application.  Rock on!

London Marathon Tracking

Over the years I’ve tried various tracking methods for the London Marathon, none of which have worked well.  This year, I’m going with some more resilient and proven technology.  I’ll probably sign up with the Adidas offering too, just to see if it works.

First, as I already have Google Latitude on my phone, I’ll be using that.  If you have Google Maps on your mobile, add and you’ll be able to see where I am on the route.  You can also track via the web in iGoogle.  All you need to do is sign up for a Google account and add me as a friend.

Secondly, as an avid user of Nokia Sports Tracker, I’m planning to live broadcast my route and running information (pace, time) as I go.  You’ll be able to see my route on my profile page on Sunday (26th April)  morning, after 9.30am BST.