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If I Could Slip the Sickly Ties that Earthly Man has Made

Monday, June 04, 2012


People ask, at times, what the best bit of workout gear is. And, inevitably, somebody mentions some obscure bit of Danish technology that makes your hips go sideways while an awesome kick-bun song by some band I've never heard of plays, as your metabolic rate is measured in metric doodads and your heart rate is calculated to the nearest nanosecond.


I may be a geek, and even a fitness geek, but I am not that obsessive.

Wanna know my best bit o' workout gear? Aside from comfortable sneakers, decent clothing with pockets that I can close (so I don't lose my house keys), the iPod holder thingie that goes around my bicep and my pedometer - you're lookin' at it.

Yep, it's even zebra-striped, too.

Oh, it's so easy, you know, to look at a grey sky and sheets of rain coming down and think - I don't wanna go out there.

Yet we go when we need groceries.

We go when we need to go to work.

We go when someone needs to be picked up.

We go when there's a concert or a game or a worship service we want to attend.

We open up that umbrella and we go!

So why the hell can't we go when it's about our own health and well-being?

Calories don't care if it's pouring out.

Salt doesn't give a damn if you're getting rained on.

Carbs do not look at your plastered down hair and laugh at you.

So why do a few raindrops - or even a lot - make so many of us lose our resolve?

It's silly, you know. When you really think about it, I mean, c'mon!

You are not so sweet that you will melt.

Wet feet and wet hair do not make you sick. Germs and viruses do. But wet feet and hair do make you feel uncomfortable, so - here's a wild idea - change clothes and dry your hair when you get in from your walk.

And then maybe you can add dry socks to your favorite pieces of workout gear too, eh?

Quick change of subject -- !

I mentioned interviewing in my last entry.

The process continues.

Job #1 - I had an in-person on 5/23 and am waiting to hear. I am not pushing them as this is not my first choice job.

Job #2 - I had an in-person on 5/30 and am waiting to hear. I am also not pushing them as they are a close second to #3.

Job #3 - I sent in a writing sample on 5/24. They liked it. I now have an in-person on 6/7. Hence I am not pushing anyone else until at least 6/8 or beyond.

Anyway, that's the scoop on that stuff.

In the meantime, it's kinda damp and nasty here.

So I get to use one of my favorite pieces of workout gear. Yay!
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    Love your blog and so true - I am guilty of not going out in the bad weather. Need to change that POV!
    3094 days ago
    Were you there yesterday while the debate raged inside my head about whether I would go out in the rain? So funny. And I did not melt either. Yay
    3094 days ago
    What a great blog, thanks for bringing a smile to my face :-) And good luck with job...hope the best one works out for you!!!!
    3095 days ago
    Ahhh...now that was clever. And I love the Zebra stripes!

    Rootin' for #3!
    3095 days ago
    I ran a race yesterday and would have preferred outright rain over the drizzly mess we had. Once you accept the wetness it starts to be fun. Besides, when I was a kid, I begged to go out to play in the rain.
    3095 days ago
  • CODYG123
    I love the way you wrote about rain gear. I live in the pacific northwest and rain gear is required, even if worn over other workout gear. I'm not a big fan of umbrellas, as they slow my forward momentum, but I do love a good hoodie or two, and I always love getting warm and comfy after a few soggy kilometers.

    I hope you get the writing job because your writing rocks. emoticon
    3095 days ago
    Your work out gear is perfect. emoticon
    3095 days ago
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