pretty much solve. I say this because after working 22 combined hours over two days, having the energy and the strength to take my pups for a long walk and even write this blog is pretty tough.
And that is sort of the tough part about working these kind of jobs, for they not only kill your energy they most importantly kill your time. Today will really be the first day in regards to working out this week, for I did sneak in a run on Memorial Day, gutting out a little four mile run at a 10.03-minute-per mile pace in some pretty good heat, getting stronger as the run progressed. But of course, I stopped at the four mile mark because I was already sore from working over nine hours on my feet from before. Either way, I’m kind glad I was able to get back at it today, because if anything, complacency is the key to falling behind on your goals. In fact, complacency has been my problem this past week due to the uncertainty and anxiety in my life. But that is one of the great things about fitness, for it is a great tool in demolishing some of the bad thoughts that permeate the mind and bring a lot of despair to our lives. I didn’t like that feeling I was having the previous few days, coming home and just plopping myself on the couch. It felt like the old me, when I would come home and nap for about an hour, and then order the 25 dollars worth of pizza or the 14 or 15 dollars worth of some junk food joint to get me my post work fix. Fortunately I don’t follow such stringent dietary malfeasance anymore, for I would start to revert back where I started.
Anyway, back to the writer’s block, which is probably the fourth or fifth time I have had such an occurrence during the life of this blog. I did learn something new each and every time I had a problem coming up with a subject, for it ultimately led to me doing rant blogs from time to time and led to one of my favorite blog articles of all time about how eating alone may be a reason why so many people are gaining weight. http://blog.parsonstrainingtucson.com/2014/08/obesity-and-alone-time-match-made-in.html Also I learned a new syndrome once called Cotard’s Syndrome (or Cotard’s Delusion) where the person with the affliction believe they are dead literally or figuratively, which is something I have been dealing with a lot at work! Anyway, back to the idea of being braindead. Good thing for me I have been able to at least walk the last few days, which is about all I can do considering the beating my knees and legs have been taking. While some people claim working all day on your feet is like having leg day at the gym, I severely beg to differ! A good leg day at the gym consists of building muscle and transforming your legs into fine cuts of obsidian that will make the ladies swoon (at least I hope!). Over time I have turned my jello deposits into my best asset, which is due to the amount of work in have managed to put into my core and my legs. Working all day on your feet is nothing like leg day unless you are lifting stuff the entire time, which is not what I am doing. To put it gently, I could hear the thousands of “snaps” and “cracks” in my legs when I would sit down, which was then followed by burning numbness! I was quite happy this past Wednesday, finally taking my cooped up pups for a walk after being unable to the previous couple days. They were happy as clams, for they were not at all angry about not being able to enjoy the amenities of the Santa Cruz River Walk next to my house, which they absolutely love to walk and in the case of my boy Rusty, mark his kingdom.
It does make me happy to see my side of town getting some face lifts. The area I live in is pretty archaic in it’s street system, and the city is finally making some improvements to the freeway I live next to. Sure, they had to destroy a dozen houses in the process, with a couple of them being extremely gorgeous! But I look at the upside, for finally I may not come home one of these weeks and not have to reset all my clocks due to the fact a strange power surge came through the neighborhoods again. Seriously, I have come home on clear day and had to do this nonsense! But the better thing I have to look forward to is the fact they will finally be putting up a noise barrier, even if it is roughly 10 years too late in my opinion. For some bizarre reason, the stretch of I-19 near my house is quite the drag strip for “rice wagon” racers, for some of those guys race their motorcycles like they are in the middle of a MotoGP race or something. And let’s not forget all the speeders. I seriously think all of the highway patrol officers stake themselves out on that stretch just to get some free money.
One of my favorite spots the city has managed to fix up is near Kino Park, which is about five minutes away from my house. A new section of the path known as “The Loop” here in Tucson is finally getting some use, and it basically starts at the Kino Sports Complex that is home to our soccer club FC Tucson and to various tournaments throughout the year. It is quite the marvel, for not only can you run under Ajo Way, you can run under the I-10 Freeway! Now I will admit, there are a couple spots on the path that might be a little sketchy, mainly because you might run into homeless people or wild animals, but once you hit the open desert area, it is quite a marvel. While you know you are in the middle of civilization, there is just enough desert around you to make you think you are running in some remote part of the countryside. Seriously! The brush and the trees provided enough cover in some spots where you really couldn’t tell where you were, for it felt like you were on some random path in the middle of nowhere. And the illusion is magnified when you see a bobcat run across the path (I swear it was a bobcat! It was too big to be a jack rabbit! hehe).
It was kind of cool to see a recent survey come out in the Wall Street Journal to see my home state of Arizona doing something right rather than being a punchline for political news shows. Using a survey of workout apps, Arizona is currently No. 5 in regards to the most minutes logged per week in regards to working out or exercising. http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-states-where-fitness-is-king-1432578241 Coming in at 79 minutes per week, Arizona was the only red state that came close to battling the leftist fit nations of Oregon, Washington, Colorado and California. One thing that has helped my state is the large number of public amenities that has been invested on in the state’s two biggest cities of Phoenix and Tucson. White the survey only utilized walking, running, cycling and gym time (marked as other), it did bring up an interesting situation. While it is generally recommended that adults should average a good 150 minutes a week in regards to exercise, the national average was a paltry 73.2 minutes in accordance to these apps. Now one might think “Maybe they didn’t put gym time down” or maybe “someone probably got injured” or some other excuses, one fact we can all agree is even if this survey is true, we are all seriously lacking in the health department.
Not to boast, but I am seriously bringing up the average. I punched nearly six and half hours in total workouts last week, logging in over three and half hours in the gym and almost three hours running. Throw in the fact I probably walked 14 miles as well (which I never put down since this is technically dog walking time) and you can say I nearly put down 10 hours of fitness time last week. It wasn’t that I was bored or something, it was merely because I could and I had the time to actually do it, not necessarily because I felt obligated to. I felt I pushed myself pretty well last week, doing all of my runs in the heat of the late afternoon where 82 degrees was the coolest run tempurature I had, which also happened to be my best running speed as well. If anything, this will prepare me for my summer running, where 90-degree heat will be a norm. Anyway, it was quite interesting to see this little survey play out, and even though California was No. 1 in the rankings, the average was still well under the national recommendation at just over 87 minutes per week. Now I have my skepticism about this survey, for like it was insinuated in the article itself, not everyone puts their workouts down on an app. Since I am a compulsive workout freak, this is second nature for me since I love keeping track of my progress. and then you have to throw in my other concern…people might not put their gm time down because while I may work out constantly at a gym, some people don’t believe their time at a gym is utilized properly due to the waiting around for equipment and other extracurricular activities like getting water, perfecting the mirror selfie and flirting with the opposite sex. Thus, putting gym time down on a app seems silly, since most of them are just keeping track of the measurable items like total weight and rep counts.
But whatever the case is, I’m going to try my best to stay healthy during this time of strange adjustment. For one thing, I am not my job, and my job does not dominate my life. But I also have to keep in mind that my body is not like one of the machines I currently work with. If you screw something up, it is going to take a whitely fix it and then you have a huge back-up. Either way, I’m glad I was back in the gym today and I can’t wait to get back to running as well. I certainly need it!
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