Calling all citizens! This is an All Points Bulletin alert for my missing fitness!
That’s fake news in reality. I know where to find my old friend fitness but like most worthwhile endeavors it will take a little work and consistency to re-own it.
I woke up about 10 days ago and hopped on the scale like usual and the damned thing said 200 pounds. That’s where I draw the line in life for a maximum body mass. That number might sound like a lot or a little but for me it rings alarm bells. You see, I’m a naturally skinny guy who stands only 5’10” on a good day. I only have gone up one waist size in pants since high school but this giant Milwaukee Goiter (gut) has really expanded over the past 6 months or so. Basically it was time to quit screwing around and get back to some base level of fitness in order to feel a little better and look a little less lardy. The issue is much less about vanity than feeling a little lethargic and not sleeping as well lately. If you’re new here you might review Lessons From 38 Years of Running – Guest Post on KateNesi.com. Yep, I’ve been a runner since around age 12 and it usually doesn’t take too long with some steady workouts to get back to a base level of fitness where I have the option of going out to really train or run a little 5K race for fun with friends.
I also read here that Mrs. 1500 is getting off the couch and training for a half marathon about 6 months from now. I’m not sure that I want to tackle 13.1 miles in the spring but it felt like a good time to get my own Temple back to the well oiled machine that mows down easy miles. The other factor is that I don’t really like to change my diet too much from the wine and mayonnaise fuel that I enjoy. There is a real risk of enjoying your life too little. That is real. So, without switching over to dining on tree bark, leafy greens, and water for a few months I have to work out a little harder to get the ol’ metabolism ratcheted back up.
Did I ever tell you we have a sweet little gym setup at the salt mine of my employment? It’s in the building about 50 yards outside of my research laboratory. What I’m saying is that I have very little excuse not to chug on over there and go for a run almost every day. I have time to do it and the weather around here is about to turn to snow and slush for much of the next 4-5 months. It already snowed here a couple of times and it’s only early November. The bad footing in the neighborhood makes it rough too and my dog Banjo! is a pretty lazy running companion so the work gym is a great alternative all winter long. Last Monday I got started with a relatively slow and easy run. I finally have given up on using my usual 8.3 miles per hour (7:13/mile) as a starting point after some time off. So last Monday I ran 2.5 miles in 20 minutes without stopping. It took a long time to beat it into my mushy brain that it’s better to run uninterrupted when building back a fitness base than work way too hard and barely be able to run the 1st mile. Age waits for no person, as it turns out. The rest of the week I ran 2.5, 2.75, 3.0, and 2.0 miles. I was pleased to get through the whole 3.0 in 23:30 on Thursday as this is basically the warm-up. When I get to 3 miles in 21:30 and it feels easy I will consider this a base level of fitness and this strategy has worked well in the past. I use another barometer of the proper speed level too and that is recovery time. If my recovery back below a certain heart rate (i use 140 but you probably shouldn’t) within 60 seconds of stopping i’ll at least partly increase pace the next day. If it takes longer than 60 seconds I stay the same pace of even slow it down by 0.1 or 0.2 MPH. That’s just another measuring stick. Eventually the whole workout ought to be under 150 beats per minute or so.
We also have one of those weight assist machines for pull-ups and dips so I busted off 8-10 of those after each run with plenty of assist. The motion and repetition is more important to me at this point. I can’t really do more miles at work with around a 30 minute limit on gym time, so anything more will have to come on my own time, outside on the weekends for now. The big thing is that I got 5 consecutive days and I slept like a champion all week too. I was also starving at night every day last week. We’ll see how it goes but Team Me is off to a positive beginning on this.
I have an FI minded trainee
We have a new hire whom I’m helping to train over the next few weeks. She’s a young chemistry graduate and mostly my partner has taken the early part of the training but I sat down and chatted with her at the end of last week. It turns out she is employing many of the principles needed for a life of freedom from debt and wage slavery. She seems to have a plan in place and is already debt-free and saving and calculating how much income can be made from invested savings and all that rubbish. I have high hopes for this one and at least we’ll have something to kill the boredom that can come from a J.O.B.
It’s eBay Season
Summer sucks for eBay, if I hadn’t mentioned that before. We had about 80-90 items listed all summer and only sold a couple of things per month. All of the sudden when the weather got cool and schools started back up we’re selling a bunch more
crap merchandise. We made a big score with some fashion thing a month ago and just last week some sucker valued customer bought an old tobacco tin that I found in our basement. It had a bunch of nuts and bolts in it from a previous owner and I cleaned it up and it sold for 50 American dollars! Sometimes it pays to have too big of a house in that these basement finds are not in the way of anything and I’m sure there are more treasures like that still lying around. The key for us has been to not screw around with low priced items under 10 bucks. They’re hardly worth the time to list for us and the other key is patience. If we have an item that is uncommon we just list it up for a high price and leave it alone. Set it and forget it. Eventually the crap sells. What a country we live in.
How about y’all? Is the fitness going well or have you let it slide? You ever buy or sell on the eBay machine?