Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Follow me on Tumblr!

New blog, new direction. This ride has been run but it's time for Phase II of Pinkleahtard which is creative content, side projects, guest bloggers, video blogging, and more.

www.pinkleahtard.tumblr.com

See you folks there!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ratio App

Today is a great day! Michael Ruhlman posted a demo video on how the Ratio app works on an iPhone, if any of you guys were curious. Will Turnage (mobile developer extraordinaire) and I are working on an Android version now, so hold tight and we'll have a version for you users soon!



Let us know if you have any questions or comments!

I'm in the process of revamping my portfolio (it will be leahmccombe.com), but in the meantime I'll post some stills of my work here. Please email me at the email address on the right if you are looking for a web/interactive designer.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Training for a 10K

Starting this week, I'm training for the Ukrops Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond, VA on March 27th. This will be my third time running this race, and I truly believe that anyone, regardless of age or fitness level, can run 6.2 miles if trained properly and slowly.

Last year, my sister (the triathlete) helped develop an accelerated training schedule for me which was incredibly helpful. I had been running on this schedule: first 5 days 1 mile, next week 2 miles, etc but I felt sluggish and defeated. She introduced me to the concept of rewarding your long runs with a day off, and it kept me feeling motivated for race day.

This year I didn't procrastinate and took her accelerated schedule to slow it down for the average person (training starting this week). I'm sure others would disagree with this schedule, but I find it works for me and thought I'd share it for others if they needed a place to start. I'm currently running one mile after a long running hiatus, but I started this for the non-runner at the very beginning (a very good place to start).

Week 1
Day One: .25 miles
Day Two: .5 miles
Day Three: walk a mile at accelerated pace
Day Four: Off
Day Five: .25 miles
Day Six: .5 - .75 miles (it's the first week...you can start slow)
Day Seven: Off (but walk to stretch out)

Week 2
Day One: .5 miles
Day Two: .75 miles
Day Three: walk a mile at accelerated pace
Day Four: Off
Day Five: .5 miles
Day Six: 1 mile
Day Seven: Off (but walk to stretch out)

Week 3
Day One: .75 miles
Day Two: 1 mile
Day Three: .5 miles
Day Four: Off
Day Five: .75 miles
Day Six: 1.25 miles
Day Seven: Off (but walk to stretch out)

Week 4
Day One: .75 mile
Day Two: 1.25 miles
Day Three: .5 mile
Day Four: Off
Day Five: 1 mile
Day Six: 1.75 miles
Day Seven: Off (but walk to stretch out)

Week 5
Day One: 1.25 miles
Day Two: 1.5 miles
Day Three: 1 mile
Day Four: Off
Day Five: 1.25 miles
Day Six: 2 miles
Day Seven: Off (but walk to stretch out)

Week 7
Day One: 1.5 mile
Day Two: 2 miles
Day Three: 1 mile
Day Four: Off
Day Five: 1 mile
Day Six: 2.5 miles
Day Seven: Off (but walk to stretch out)

Week 8
Day One: 2 miles
Day Two: 2.25 miles
Day Three: 1.5 miles
Day Four:Off
Day Five: 2 miles
Day Six: 3 miles
Day Seven: Off (but walk to stretch out)

Week 9
Day One: 2.5 miles
Day Two: 2 miles
Day Three: 1.5 miles
Day Four: Off
Day Five: 2 miles
Day Six: 3.5
Day Seven: Off (but walk to stretch out)

Week 10
Day One: 2.5 miles
Day Two: 3.25 miles
Day Three: 2 miles
Day Four: Off
Day Five: 2.5 miles
Day Six: 4 miles
Day Seven: Off (but walk to stretch out)

Week 11
Day One: 3 miles
Day Two: 3.5 miles
Day Three: 2.5 miles
Day Four: Off
Day Five: 4.75 miles or 5 miles (if you can handle 5)
Day Six: 2 miles
Day Seven: Off

Week 12
Day One: 3 miles
Day Two: 5 or 5.5 miles
Day Three: Off
Day Four: 1 mile
Day Five: Rest up!

You can easily run 6.2 miles on race day if you can run between 4-5 miles fairly easily before then.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ratio app now live for iPhone


About a year back, I approached Michael Ruhlman about creating an iPhone app for Ratio, the book he had just finished writing. I had designed the last version of Ruhlman.com (the one with the red masthead) as a quick fixer-upper and really wanted to get my feet wet in some mobile application design.

This book lends itself naturally to the creation of an iPhone app, and we've been getting some great publicity and feedback so far. I believe we're the first in the market with this sort of ratio cooking calculator, and as they say in Talladega Nights, "If you ain't first, you're last."

Our talented programmer (without whom we'd be flopping around like fish) is Will Turnage, a fellow foodie and perfectionist. It was a partnership made in heaven, and he did all of the heavy lifting in making this thing function.

If you're interested in purchasing the app or learning more about it, you can find it here:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ratio/id345119718?mt=8

I'm in the process of finishing up my new portfolio site (leahmccombe.com), but in the meantime please feel free to email me at leah.mccombe@gmail.com for samples of my work, or with any questions or concerns about the app (you can also leave it in the comments). You can also follow me on twitter at PinkLeahtard if you want to tag along on this amazing journey of creating our first iPhone app.

And last but certainly not least, we couldn't have done this without Michael Ruhlman's quest to provide the best resources for home cooks and professional chefs. Before I was his designer I was a fan, and I can't wait to see what's next.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

50's Inspired Outfit Today


Wearing this dress from Target today. It's grey and black plaid, with small bits of pink in there as well. I've topped it off with these shoes from Payless, and I've gotten 4 compliments on my outfit today, all for under $65.

Also, yes, I'm aware that I look like Peggy from Mad Men. Actually, the first reaction I got was from Mr. B. who mentioned that I looked like I'm wearing curtains. Hey, it worked for Maria.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I've Always Mistrusted Broccoli

Food/Art Direction geekery!

Hidden faces in Cascadian Farms Frozen Broccoli Packaging, via Bread & Honey.

See it?