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All you have is right now: If you’re able, make the most of it, because some folks aren’t

March 2, 2012

I was honestly going to skip today. I had already convinced myself.

It’s past midnight, I’m kind of tired, I’d rather just make a sandwich and read a chapter or two. After all, it’s just one day.

Well, that all sounded well and good until I logged onto Reddit before heading to the kitchen. The top post was a video from a guy named Robert.

If you’d like to help Robert, you can join in the discussion on Reddit or share the video on Twitter with the hashtag #HelpRobert.

What hit me as I watched Robert’s video was how lazy and unappreciative I was being. I’ve been just over three bills at my heaviest, but I couldn’t begin to imagine what it would be like at twice that weight. I’m fairly certain that going out for a short run isn’t something Robert’s able to do. And I’m “too tired” to inconvenience myself for a half hour. “Disappointed” is too light a term. I was disgusted with myself. Robert aside, I’ve got relatively in-shape friends my age and a little older who can’t go running because of their knees. So if for no other reason, I had to go running simply because I was physically able to.

I’m done and showered, and I feel great. I did grab a banana and a bottle of water, but I still haven’t made my sandwich yet. I’m also pretty alert at the moment, so all of my excuses were weaksauce. Thought you had me there didn’t you mr. voice in the back of my head who I voice in red type during these posts.

Even though this was the first time since September that I was venturing out into new C25k territory, two 10-minute sets wasn’t all that bad after both a single 20-minute session and facing my “you can’t run hills” demons. And it certainly felt like March this morning. With winter coming to an end, this was the first time since starting back that I really worked up a sweat, so I was more than grateful for the pre-storm winds.

I’m back to just putting one foot in front of the other and shifting into cruise, and that feels pretty good. I might not be able to run everyday for the rest of my life, but as long as I’m physically able, I plan to.

Musically I learned two things. Biggie Smalls should be in everyone’s playlist, period. And Pretty Lights should too. You can kill two birds with one download. Snag a copy of “Unreleased 2010 Remixes,” and slide a copy of track 4 on over to where ever you keep your workout music. The whole record is great for running, but the “NYE Chicago Bulls Intro Remix” is particularly nice to hear as you pour steam on for your last minute or two.

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