The Morning After

January 30, 2006 at 1:29pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

After a couple months of sloth, I finally engaged in a little exercise yesterday. Normally I exercise all year round because of my soccer reffing and baseball umping, but I decided to take this winter off. Indoor soccer just didn’t sound all that fun to me this year, and I have plenty of stuff to do around the house. The down side is that my metabolism isn’t what it used to be, and I haven’t really cut back on my food consumption. I don’t think I have to spell out for you the inevitable result.

So yesterday afternoon I went for a jog. I ran about 1.5 miles without stopping, and then I took a quick rest to fix my bunched-up sock. I turned around and did some light fartlek work on the way home.

The whole run felt reasonably good, despite the fact my body hasn’t been asked to work very hard since October. And I really don’t feel too bad today. My legs are tired, but not sore, and there’s a small irritated spot on one of my feet where my stupid sock rubbed (I knew I shouldn’t have worn those socks). It’s pretty sad to see how far I’ve slid, though. Ten years ago I could run two 800m races in under two minutes and two 400’s in 50-52 seconds, all within the span of a couple hours. Today? I’d be pleased as punch if I could hit 2:20 and :60 in the 800 and 400, respectively, even just once. Now that I think about it, that sounds like a fun goal. I may have just found something to work toward…

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beerorkid January 31, 2006 at 4:30am

I have been severely lacking for years, but now I bike everywhere.  I pulled 1,000 miles in 5 months.  I ride everyday to work.  rain, snow, etc.. (only 1.1 miles)

I am proud of you for getting out there.

fartlek is a funny word

Mr. Wilson January 31, 2006 at 1:36pm

I’m jealous. I would love to be able to ride my bike to work. I used to ride everywhere. Back in my undergrad and grad school days I rode to class rain, snow, or shine. (But not hail. Hail hurts.) Now it’s just too hard to get to work with clean and reasonably wrinkle-free clothes.

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