Fitness Update: Fall 2017

A close-up of a race bib.

It took two years of practice, but I finally ran a 5K. Specifically, I ran the Race’n Bacon 5K at Easton, Pa.’s BaconFest on November 5, 2017, completing the race in under 30 minutes with an average pace of just over 9 minutes per mile. Completing it was immensely satisfying. I was far from the fastest runner, … Read more

Fitness Update: Summer 2017

A green field descends toward a large reservoir. A partly-cloudy sky appears overhead.

Last summer, after a year of exercise, I bought waist 36 shorts because my old size 38s were too big. Going into this summer, I thought my shorts were sagging because I was wearing the old 38s … but they were actually the new 36s. It was time to buy new shorts, only this time … Read more

Fitness Update, Spring 2017

A baseball field in early spring. The field is green, but little else is.

It’s hard to work out in the spring. I had a great routine going all winter long, and a fantastic stretch during February and March where I got to the gym every day, hit my activity goals every day, and more or less felt like a middle-aged juggernaut. That didn’t survive contact with April, when … Read more

Fitness Update, Winter 2017

A back country road, with a thin line of snow on the right shoulder.

As I work my way through my old posts as part of Nuketown’s migration project, I struck by how many times I tried and failed to maintain an exercise routine. I had a few good runs, but all of them ended prematurely. I’d settle into a routine, lose some weight, and then falter (usually because winter … Read more

Fitness Update, Fall 2016

A screenshot of my virtual bike ride through tropical ruins.

I’m now paying to get my ass kicked. After nine months of working out on my own, I reached the plateau that I knew I’d reach. I was walking a few miles a day, running 3-5 miles a couple days a week, and doing the occasional stretching exercises in the morning. I’ve been slowly improving … Read more

Fitness Update, Summer 2016

A breakwater comprised of large rocks stands on the left side of the screen; to the right is the bay.

The summer did not go as I imagined. Back in the spring, when I was coaching baseball, I had these visions of three mile walks every morning, running every other day, and starting to add on to my fitness regime. It didn’t work out that way. Oh, I exercised and I’ve been pretty active, but … Read more

Fitness Update, Spring 2016

Sunset at an early spring IronPigs baseball game. The big AAA lights are lit up and the sky is just beginning to fade to black.

I’m five months into my exercise regime and it’s going great. Yep, this is an exercise update in which I don’t lament my inability to maintain my exercise program. Instead, I’ll celebrate the fact that the program begun in the depths of winter has continued into the spring.

Fitness Update, Spring 2016

Leave-less spring trees stand backlit against a subdued morning sunrise of light oranges and yellows.

I’m five months into my exercise regime and it’s going great. Yep, this is an exercise update in which I don’t lament my inability to maintain my exercise program. Instead, I’ll celebrate the fact that the program begun in the depths of winter has continued into the spring. There have been some pauses — a … Read more

Exercise, Resumed

The snowy aftermath of January 2016's blizzard. It sidelined my exercise regime for a few days.

2015 was a great exercise year for me. Through a combination of running, walking, the occasional game of disc golf, and coaching baseball for a bunch of 8 and 9 year old boys, I lost 15 pounds and hit my summer goal of 210 pounds. I had a great routine — get up in the … Read more

Two Hundred Eighteen

A dark, early December morning photo of downtown Easton.

I went into the fall with the informal goal of losing some weight. Over the last two years or so my weight’s been bouncing around 223 lbs. I’ve had a few stop-and-start exercise regimes but this summer I got into a solid routine of walking/running with my dog Indiana in the mornings, and I got … Read more