Saturday, February 8, 2014

Cranking Up the Engine

OK, time to get off my butt and get back in the shape I was in before I was rudely interrupted.

Over the holidays I went through a period of depression that was on the deep end of the spectrum for me (I'm usually a pretty happy guy). Part of it, I'm sure, was due to lack of exercise. I didn't play sports as a kid, but in my late 20s I got interested in sports like mountain biking and mountain climbing and I've been pretty active ever since. For the past 15 years my main sport has been road cycling. Since 2005 I've commuted to work by bike pretty much whenever the weather permitted.

Actually I misspoke. From 1999-2004 my main sport was mountain climbing and I used cycling as cross training for climbing. Once Progeny the Elder was born I wandered more toward cycling because it was safer and took a lot less time.

When I started thinking about exercising again I thought a lot about running. I've never run for exercise before. Or at least not since I was on the cross country team my freshman year in high school.

Yesterday I bought my first pair of running shoes and went for my first run. The novice running programs recommend that one start by alternating between running and walking - a minute of each at first. Being me, I felt good during that first run segment and went to two minutes, then settled into a 2 minute run, one minute walk pattern.

That probably wasn't a good idea. My legs hurt today. But that didn't stop me from going again today - and this time respecting the 1 minute interval pattern.

Who knows, maybe I'll fall in love with this new sport!

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