Category: Exercise

Nov 07, 2022
By Michael Rupured

10K Steps a Day?

Regulars know about my long-standing penchant for running. When I worked, weather and other commitments often got in the way. Retiring made running 3- to 6- miles a day much easier to fit into my schedule. Missing a day is rare. Missing two days in a row almost never happens. My goal is an “active” lifestyle. After running even three miles, I’m good for the day. Or so I thought assumed. Turns out, a mile (5280 feet) is roughly 2000 steps. Doh! Anything less than 5 miles falls short. Shit! Very Active — more than 12,000 steps a day Active –10,000 to 11,999 steps a day Somewhat Active — 7,500 to 9,999 steps a day Low Active — 5,000 to …

Apr 19, 2022
By Michael Rupured
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Running Cold

Sticking to my running regimen has always been a challenge. Work, foot problems, and less-than-perfect weather too often keep me inside. Retiring solved the time issue. Skechers ArchFit shoes fixed the foot problems. Weather is beyond my control, but my preferences have changed to expand the window of opportunity. I can’t complain. The climate in Athens is just about perfect. Long, hot summers are too much for some, but a small price to pay for short, mild winters. Before this year, sunny skies and a temperature between 60 and 70 degrees were required for me to run. Foot problems have been a bigger issue. Plantar fasciitis stops any running for months at a time. A case in the fall of …

Jan 17, 2022
By Michael Rupured
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Hello 2022!

Hi, everyone! Long time, no see. I blame retirement for the extended absence. Contrary to expectations, blogging has not been a priority. My intentions were good. I bought WordPress for Dummies — a massive tome that combines multiple volumes on various topics into a comprehensive guide. Frankly, it’s more than a little overwhelming. Despite having used WordPress for years, I was lost. I’m waiting for WordPress for Dummies for Dummies to come out. Knowing more about the platform might not make much difference. Finding time to blog has been a challenge. Other activities keep me too busy to blog. Beyond routine errands and chores, running is my top priority. Running shirtless is my preference — so much so that cold …

Dec 01, 2021
By Michael Rupured
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Cool Running

Weather has long determined if I go for a run or not. Preferred conditions include sunny skies with a temperature from 65- to 7degrees and a light breeze. There’s a little wiggle room, but anything beyond that is a deal breaker. An aversion to sweat is the issue. I don’t mind sweating so much these days, but can’t stand a wet, clingy shirt. Running shirtless solves that problem. Work further restricted the window of opportunity for running. The return to Standard Time every fall made running a weekend activity. Retiring solved that problem. Once remodeling projects wrapped up earlier this year, establishing a running routine became my top priority. Bouts of Plantar fasciitis sometimes force me to stop too. Recovery …

Aug 16, 2021
By Michael Rupured
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Slow as Molasses

I haven’t set foot in the gym since before the pandemic. Plantar fasciitis forced me to stop running last November. After months of foot exercises and tons of ibuprofen, I decided to try running again in April. The initial goal was three miles, every other day. After several pain-free weeks, I started walking four miles on days I didn’t run. That morphed into a daily four-mile walk/run at a pace faster than 15 minutes per mile. MapMyRun keeps me on track with announcements at the end of each mile about my total time, average time per mile, and time for the last mile. I’m a Goldilocks runner. If it’s too hot (above 80ish) or too cold (below 55ish), I’m staying …

May 27, 2021
By Michael Rupured
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Running Man

I’m not one for regrets. For better or worse, my life is the product of the choices I’ve made. What if’ing different choices is a waste of time. What’s done is done. Celebrate the good, learn from the bad, and move on. That said, I wish my early experiences with running had been more positive. My aversion started in grade school. When I tried to run, severe side cramps forced me to stop. I vividly recall my shame for being unable to finish a mile run in Phys Ed class. Trying too hard was the problem. For some reason, I thought all-out was the only option. I got a wild hair in my early 20s during a downpour one summer …

Aug 04, 2020
By Michael Rupured
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Ten Pounds in Five Months

August 7th marks five months of staying at home. Beyond trips to the grocery, doctor appointments, and Zoom meetings, every day looks pretty much the same. Toodles has never been happier. The biggest change has been a dramatic decline in my activity level. I can’t go to the gym and haven’t been motivated to use my exercise app or the dumbbells I bought last year. On some level, it’s like, what’s the point? Nobody sees me anymore. 😉 On the other hand, I’m not ready to throw in the towel. Running has been my go-to activity for several years — a fact I never would have predicted even fifteen years ago. I hesitate to say I enjoy running, but I’m …

Mar 22, 2020
By Michael Rupured
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The Best of a Bad Situation

The global corona virus pandemic is the most frightening situation I’ve ever experienced. The virus could but isn’t likely to kill me, but with no one to care for me should I fall ill, avoiding possible contagion is my top priority. Consequently, I’m homebound for the foreseeable future. Were I to get sick, friends would take care of me. Tony and Jesse have looked after me for years and rescued me too many times to count. They’ve drug me along to lots of events since Andy died which has expanded my circle of local friends. I’m grateful, and owe it to them and others who’d help me to minimize my risk of exposure. Staying in the moment is my second …

Aug 08, 2019
By Michael Rupured
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My New Fitness Regimen

Sharing about backsliding on my diet and exercise program a few weeks ago prompted me to act. Changing up my exercise program was easier than dealing with my diet, so I started there. Baby steps, right? Some who read my Backsliding post suggested a personal trainer. Being accountable to someone helps, for sure. Direction about what to do on my own would be helpful too. Finding a good trainer, however, is a challenge. My experience with trainers available from the gym has been mixed. One of four I’ve worked with was great and worth the cost. Knowing the quality ahead of time is nearly impossible. As changing trainers requires an act of Congress, I’ll pass. It’s 2019. There’s an app …

Jul 16, 2019
By Michael Rupured
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Backsliding

Eleven years ago, I got a wake up call about my health. The message: change my habits or die. I joined Weight Watchers, started exercising, and vowed to change my lifestyle. I counted WW points, hired a personal trainer, and started running. In time, I managed to lose nearly fifty pounds — enough to drop from “obese” to “overweight” on the Body Mass Index scale. My doctor took me off several medications. I felt great and had never been in better shape. Proper nutrition was the first casualty. Snacks between meals and before I go to bed are the problem. My ice cream addiction is serious. Donuts continue to be a problem, and don’t get me started on baked goods …