Monday, March 2, 2020

Thinking, Running and Thinking - 3-2-2020

It seems like the Corona Virus is suddenly getting a LOT more attention as the number of people becoming infected increases and some are even dying in the United States.

Am I concerned?

Yes, a little, but I am not freaking out about what is going on either. I predicted more than a month ago that this was going to be an event that was going to become worse than I or others wanted.  Therefore, I have been preparing for a disruption in our routine daily life as a result of this virus of 2-4 weeks at some point in the next month or two. This doesn't mean that life is going to be all that bad, it just means that it will not be the same routine that we have become accustomed to over the past few years.

Also, in my opinion, it is not a question of - if I will be exposed to and have to deal with the coronavirus, but more it seems likely when. Which sucks, but there is not a whole lot you can really do about it, other than heading for the hills and not coming down for a few months. In reality, there is a pretty good chance that many of us have already been exposed, so all we can do is smile and do the best we can.

Like everyone else, we are going to have to ride out the storm that the Corona Virus is going to bring to us. Hopefully, it is not too bad and we get by with a pretty mild case of being sick because we will more than likely be sick. We can't control what is going to happen, so we can only do a little to get ready and do the best we can while life is probably going to be disrupted for a while.

Oh well, I just hope that our "for-profit" medical care system is able to handle this emerging event. Especially, since it too has been optimized medical services and has most of its medical staffing and supplies were at 110% capacity, before the Corona Virus even started. We will see, but hopefully, we do not get to the point where we need medical care, because I have a feeling that it ain't gonna be a good thing when the virus is at its peak and past peak when the medical professionals are exhausted and/or sick themselves.

Either way, I will control what I can, ignore what I can't, not get all caught up in the hoopla about what is going on by checking the news every 10 minutes - there is already enough stress in our daily lives in addition to what the coronavirus is also bringing. Checking the news twice a day is quite enough to get the information I need to know what is going on. If I need to know more I will figure it out.

Until whatever happens, happens I am going to continue enjoying life, getting outside, exercising and laughing a lot. I might even kill a few Orcs in a video game from time-to-time.

Getting back to more mundane thoughts.

I just woke up and when I looked out the window and watched a spectacular sunrise, sure wish that I had been outside to take a photo of it.

After I got up, I stepped on the scales for the first time since the start of February and the scale groaned just a little too much, I have gained 3 pounds during February. While gaining weight not the end of the world and those extra pounds will hopefully melt away pretty quickly, but at the same time, it is a trend that I don't want to continue.

So I need to get a handle on what goes into the pie hole. I know that I have been saying that for a while now, but now is the time to actually start doing something about it. Double snacks after supper are going to be a distant memory and less additions to the salads and cereals will be another good start. Cutting back on the refined carbs won't hurt at all either.

Plus now that I am able to run a few more miles that will definitely help me get back to where I want to be. I am 163 this morning and by the end of June I plan on being 149. Now to make it happen.

Working Out

.9 - Still cold at 12*F, but at least the wind calmed down.
1.5 We walked down to the lower gate then the ice got a little dicey, so we turned around. Hunter wasn't done, so we did the circle too.

Planned: 5-6 miles outside in Augusta
Running Warm-up - Crunched for time so didn't attempt anything else

PF 5K Outside | 3.1/27:24/8:50
I ran comfortably and didn't attempt to pick up the pace even though I was feeling pretty good. When I came back up Leighton, that urge came upon me. I got to thinking about things and for some reason it just felt a LOT colder than the thermometer claimed it to be. The more I thought about it the more I didn't really feel like running 6.0 miles outside in that today. So I turned at the fire station to get back to Planet Fitness, visit the locker room and then head back out to get on the treadmill. However, once I finished running, that little nosebleed thing happened and I decided to just head home.

ASICS GlideRide - did everything I wanted without any issues.

.1 walk back to PF, I blew out a snot rocket and got a bloody nose. In today's environment where people freak out about little bloody nose or stuff, I just put my mitten over my nose and then plugged it with TP once I got in the locker room. I did bother to change up or anything, I just left quietly. I didn't bother attempting to go back out for another run like I had planned. The nose bleeds tend to happen this time of year after a long winter, so it is not something that is unusual for me. Just makes a mess of the clothes I am wearing if I don't catch things in time.

.9 - Bennie and Hunter both walked to the top of the hill although Bennie wasn't all that willing with someone shooting up on Quaker Road. Whoever it was seemed like they had a 8-9 shot clip probably a 45 semi automatic pistol from the sounds of it. I have heard more than few of those go off.

1.0 Walk with Mary

Daily Stoic Writing Prompt

“Above all , it is necessary for a person to have a true self-estimate, for we commonly think we can do more than we really can.”—SENECA, ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND, 5.2

This really hits home today, especially around my weight gain. I know what needs to be done and now just need to do it.

Otherwise, I am doing better about being realistic about who and what I am and want to become. I know that I am not this great thinker, philosopher, writer or even a great runner. I am pretty much your average guy who is learning to stop, think about things from different perspectives and not attempting to take on the weight of the world by worrying about things that are outside of my control.

I attempt to take things pretty much a day at a time, roll with the punches that come my way and try to be prepared for whatever is coming next.

Now I have the opportunity to just be me. Could I do more with my life, probably? Do I want to do more, not right now.

What I really want from life is for it to slow a little bit, give me a chance to enjoy what I do have.

















This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

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