Fitness Specter 31: One Small Step

Am I tired? Hell yes. Did I run? Hell yes. Would more sleep have been better? Well, one could say that the tiny bit of sleep I skimped on was the reason I woke up heavier than yesterday, but then again, one could also say the reason I woke up heavier than yesterday was because I didn’t eat as well as I could have… and that stops today. I’m here to get the healthy on.


So, I sit in my living room about two hours before work starts and I’m writing this column actively sweating. I didn’t know if I’d have extra time in the mornings to do this and I just learned that I’m up a little earlier than I need to be (as long as how long it takes me to get to work is as long as I think it is). Since I have the time, I thought I’d put up an update as to what I have just done.

I ran. Yeah, sorry for the big build up and then the two sentence update. I ran for 1.37 miles according to RunKeeper but I actually walked a small stretch of that due to the enormous hill on the route I wasn’t aware was present until just this morning. I would have tried running up it but it was way too big for that and my legs were already screaming from the sudden activity before the sun was even beginning to peak.

That’s something else I wanted to mention: the sun was at least on the rise when I did my last run… no sun to speak of this morning and I can’t see any sign of it yet as I write this, either. Windows would obscure the ability to see some of the faintest light, yes, but I’m attributing this morning to cloud cover… at least I think that is what I’m seeing outside.

Running before the sun comes up is nicer than I thought it would be because the lack of people and lack of traffic (mostly) is nice and calming. Getting up at 4:00 AM in North Dakota to go to Gold’s Gym was exhausting but worth the time, I just don’t need to get up that early here yet because the run is a set distance and I will be fine running that and stopping. The runs will get longer, too, but the two beginning routes I’ve mapped out are both right around 1.36 miles each. There are other things I can add to the routes to make them a little bit longer but I’ll stick with 1.3 miles for the time being. I have yet to finish a run without walking at all, after all.

I’ve done two separate routes. Both begin and end at where I live and of the two, I think I liked today better than the first one. The reason for that is that traffic is a little worse on the first path and the hills are a little worse, too. If I can run more than I did last time (which I did today), I’m thinking the “hillier” route should be for when I’m a little more advanced and can finish the run without stopping to walk for 300 yards.

As I’d mentioned before, I now have to go get ready and do an inspection today, which means I’ll be walking (at a decent speed) with someone taking me on a route. The routes are normally between 10 and 15 miles (give or take) and while I don’t have to walk with them step for step, I’m still getting a lot more exercise than I would normally get. That means I ran, exhausted myself, and I’m about to go and walk another 10 to 15 miles with someone and get even more exhausted. I’m a glutton for punishment, I guess… which is partially true because I’m really, really, really tired of being fat. I want to look down at my scale again and not have to shake my head.

I’ll go ahead and kill this one here. Get up and move, folks.

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