June 12, 2003

Man in Motion

Well, I've been slowly working up the motivation to try running on a regular basis. Kasia pointed me at some articles about running that are intended to help get a newbie like me started.

That last one sounds totally doable if you follow the plan and take it one step at a time (sorry for the pun).

What's my motivation for this? It has less to do with the fact that my 29th birthday has just passed and more to do with the fact that I feel like I need to do something.

Really. The whole "I'm getting old" thing just never bothers me. It occasionally surprises me, but it doesn't bother me like it does some people. I think getting older is kind of fun. Life's a journey, right?

Anyway, let's face it, this country is making us fat and I'm no exception. Sure, I bike when the weather is nice. And I really enjoy it. I've always enjoyed biking. It's even more fun now that I have a GPS on board.

I know that if I could get into it, running would be good for me and help me to drop some pounds. And it might make me seem less lazy. Kasia tells me that she's managed to hook several friends on it. She says the first few months are quite hard, but if you can hold out that long it gets to be very enjoyable.

That's a key piece for me. I know from experience that exercise for the sake of exercise doesn't work for me. It never has and never will. Period. I just get bored. I need to enjoy what I'm doing or else I won't keep doing it week after week, month after month.

Why running? I don't know, really. It's simple and I like simple things. Maybe because I've never really tried it before? Others seem to have had success with it. I know that Dan used to run a lot, and he's no fatass. Mark (who lives like 2 miles from Dan) seems to like it too. (Though I will have to look at the Hacker's Diet that he points out in Generation XL.)

And, in case you couldn't guess, blogging this is part of my attempt at self-motivation. Hey, the thought that someone might ask me how much I'm running a few months from now might just be enough to make it happen.

You never know. :-)

Anyway, I start tomorrow morning--Friday. Let's see how quickly I collapse.

Bonus points to anyone who can tell me where the title for this entry came from--without Google helping.

Posted by jzawodn at 10:28 PM