Exercise? What exercise?

Summer is pretty much here (well, in Brisbane summer actually never really wasn’t here), and the thought of being able to cruise on up to the beach with our new car (wooohooo!) has got me thinking about just how little exercise I get on a day to day basis.  I sometimes walk to work, but let’s face it – when you have a fairly regular train service, multiple buses, and now car at your disposal… you know where I’m going with this.

With that said, I went for my first run in ages on Wednesday evening.  It was not pleasant and my legs still hurt two days later.  This has made me think that I might actually need to do a bit more than one ungainly jog every 6 months.  It’s a thought I’ve had many a time before, but never followed through with.  Why?  Coz I’m a computer geek and I feel like I’ve got better things to do with my precious time than spend it punishing my poor body.  The reality, though, is that shutting myself inside is as much of a punishment as far as my body is concerned… it just hurts less at the time.

So, I have decided that from now on and for the next wee while (I’m not brave enough to say forever), I am going to do my very best to find time to go for a run every now and then.  And I’m going to track my progress on MapMyRun.  Actually, I’ve already started, you can see my Herculean effort on Wednesday here:

MapMyRun has been around for a while but it seems they just keep on adding more and more features. Chris uses it heaps and apparently since he started recording his exercise in it, he’s run over 300km. I can’t imagine ever having run that far in my entire life. Or walked, probably.

I think MapMyRun is a great idea and a very useful tool for many, but I’m just not sure about the design and layout. I’m no designer myself, but the layout and color schemes seem a bit ad-hoc and inconsistent. However, it does seem to be one of the only sites of its kind and I’m all for mixing technology and mapping into something useful (e.g. TravelStash *shameful plug*).

Anyway, I guess I figured that if I blogged about this whole exercise thing, I might be more inclined to actually stick to my plan and keep it up. We’ll see whether that works or not… lol.

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4 thoughts on “Exercise? What exercise?

  1. Hi Adam,

    No, I hadn’t seen WalkJogRun.net, it’s very nice though! You’re right, I think it’s all the ads that were annoying me about MapMyRun.com.

    I see you’re the creator of the site, nice work. Is it built using ColdFusion (I saw that you’re a ColdFusion developer)? I’ll give it a go on my next run, thanks for the heads up.

  2. Good on ya! I started running last year – 3 or 4 times a week – and I’m ashamed to say that I’ve let procrastination and excuses slowly get me back to doing one run every month or so. It’s pathetic really and I’m keen to get back into it again.

    How are you holding up – still running now? Or was it a one-off…?

    • Hmm… Ok I’ll be honest. I made it out about 3 or 4 times before I gave up. I blame it on my muscles atrophying as a result of spending so much time sitting in front of a computer. Oh, and it’s too hot to run here. There, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! :P

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