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Monday, March 21, 2005

Nice day to... start again!

When it comes to exercise, the first quarter of 2005 has turned out to be my worst in two years. There has been one excuse after another -- an overload of professional projects, the annual Portland respiratory crud, a couple of business trips, an ill-fated job prospect, stress.

Tonight, a few days into spring break, I finally got back on the road. And it hurt.

There's that burning sensation in your throat when you're running in cool air after a long layoff. The situps highlight every little ache and pain in your upper body. The weights that you tossed around last summer are astonishingly heavy. You don't even want to look at the stopwatch when the run's over.

Nonetheless, there's a feeling of accomplishment at the finish. "At least I got out here and did it. I haven't put on any weight to speak of. By Fourth of July, I'll be as fit as I've ever been in my life, and by Labor Day, I'll be a true physical specimen."

For now, however, there's Advil, and the hope that I don't wake up with a cold in the morning.

Comments (3)

From someone who almost never worked out in their life until this January (and now does almost daily)... I feel your pain!

I too know that pain and let it win. this year шл

I hear you, my brother. I too have suffered the slings and arrows of athletic misfortune lo these past few months, but like you, I am determined to press on.

And to determine if you truly are "as fit as (you've) ever been in (your) life" by the Fourth of July, I formally invite you to come down to Eugene for the annual Butte to Butte 10K, and the first one to the finish line buys the first beer at the Steelhead Brewery.

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