Sleep begins to overtake me, Eyelids growing weak. Few moments of far reflections Rush for one to see. Through the night’s temptations Of quiet slumber’s eve. I merely wish of two things for you. Stay beautiful. Stay free.
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This is a interesting notion:
Tomorrow is my last day in the Ozarks, packing up, moving, getting out of here and moving north. With that though comes a interesting complexity of thoughts:
Shut off electricity
Shut off internet
End gym membership?
I have a membership with the local YMCA [it’s a new building, so everything is super nice], and I’m moving to a town of 1000 people with the closest ‘Y’ being about thirty miles away. Factor in the idea of working from nearly 700am-600pm in a standard work week, and you have to ask, “Is there time to get to the gym? If so, would it be worth it?”
While living ‘down here’ I wanted a gym membership, I wanted control of exactly what I was doing in the cardio and physical sense. I always thought that control could be met in a gym.
However, I’ve come to another conclusion.
I hate being around people when I’m working out. I desperately like to be left alone with my own thoughts. Now, I’m moving to Small Town, USA, and it is surrounded by dirt roads and corn.
I think that I can do as much, if not more, than I do in the gym on my own, PLUS I’ll be outside. Though that does bring its own risks:
A. It gets stupidly hot during the summer [99 degrees, heat index 107…that’s today]
B. It gets stupidly cold during the winter [-10 degrees, wind chill -25…my truck wouldn’t start that day]
So competing against the weather could be a struggle, but I do plan to invest in winter running gear. Folks over at Runner’s World put together a nice article a while back about needed gear based on where you live.
Winter cold gets there usually around late October, more likely mid-November, so I have some time to prepare. The biggest threats at the moment is:
A. Heat: I ran a few nights ago around 7:30pm, nearly died, it was so insanely hot. I read that you have to realize that when it is that hot outside you are going to run slower, less, without as much effort. Not because you’re lazy, but because you cannot afford to stress your body in heat; it’s dangerous.
B. Time: My hours for my new job are long and nuts, getting out to run with sunlight may be a challenge. Still working on that.
C. Plateau: There are several roads running in and out of this town, but I have to be careful not to run the same route every day, or the same day each week. Variation must be thrown in, before it gets crazy cold outside, I’ll be using the high school track for interval training [once the mercury goes below 25, the sprinting ends until it warms up again for fear of injury].
Plenty to think about. My diet is going to have to be adjusted a bit as well, I’m looking at being in a car for nearly 6-7 hours a day. That much sitting would not go well with a high protein diet. Currently working on a new plan for that as well.
Per usual, the emotional base of health is slowly getting better, I’ve met some new friends, found a great new church, and have even met…well…someone else [more later].
Starting over can be very hard, but as I’ve started to notice, it can be very rewarding. Taking a physical break while dealing with emotion health isn’t a bad thing at all. If you’d like to see my emotion health page, check it out here.