A time to feed the body and soul

Nokia’s Sports Tracker is a fun, but slightly freaky thing. As you can see by the photo included, you get a pretty accurate map of the locale where you worked out.

I blurred out the names of the actual roads since I’m not that keen on letting stalkers estimate where I live. But the amount of information on the time worked out, the distance, my pace is rather awesome.

1.8km…not bad at all I suppose. My legs are slightly sore and I learned the hard way my body needs a lot of warming up before I can even consider doing even very slow jogging. Had to stop and stretch quite a bit during the first 10 minutes. Still, it was incredibly satisfying to be working out considering I hated track and field at school.

I love the feel of feet on bare grass and running just for the heck of it. But I never had the stamina for athletics in any form. And I learned, the hard way, that hefting 65kg along needs quite a bit of stamina.

Am following Grete Waitz‘s workout plan – a very gradual walking to running regimen. Three times a week of exercise, with very gradual working up to increased workout times. Waitz is a legend in Norway – she broke the world marathon record nine times during her career and has a yearly women’s race named after her. The first year of the race, she coaxed her 65-year old mother into running it with her and together, they finished it.

I fully recommend her book, On the Run: Exercise and Fitness for Busy People. It’s filled with practical, no-nonsense advice that is so much unlike other books I’ve read. She doesn’t advocate pushing too hard or straining yourself beyond your capabilities. And I got the book for RM8 at the PayLess Books sale.

My diet/exercise regimen started from the 22nd of June and will end on the 14th of July. It doesn’t mean I’m going to stop eating healthy and not exercise when it ends. But right here, right now, I’m committing to minimising my fat and sugar intake while exercising for 30 min a day, 3 times a week for those dates.

Then I’m taking a bit of a sabbatical to get in touch with my inner writer and wrap up loose ends in my personal life.

Professionally, I must admit my gift lies in prose. I write horrible academic papers, am not talented at writing news copy and though I love allusions, metaphors and similes, I might do well to find a way to apply my love to imagery outside of work.

So I just need to step away for awhile and decide on a proper direction. No, I’m not leaving The Mag anytime soon. It’s more a self-inventory check to make sure I haven’t veered too much off course from where I should be going. Here’s to seeking the path!

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