I certainly won’t claim to be the healthiest guy you’ve met. But, it could

also be worse. Neutral as it is, I’ve decided to do something about it. It’s

about to get cold in Minneapolis, which generally prompts a slack in most

people’s workout ethics ((Claim unsubstantiated)). But me, I like to take

something and do the opposite. So, while the bears and sun are hibernating,

I’m hitting the gym. I use “gym” loosely because it’s hard to claim a pair of

matching treadmills, one nicer one, two unmatched ellipticals, a stationary

bike and nasty old weight machine. OK, it’s not so bad, but for my rent, you’d

think it’d be updated every decade. Regardless, my lazy butt is going.

It’s day two, and despite doing nothing that any normally healthy person would

be proud of, I am considerably proud of myself. Realizing that you can’t run

without walking, I’m starting small with taking a mile walk and dropping the

time / upping the pace of it. I know that a mile isn’t anything to be proud of

(in fact, probably the opposite), but I’ve gotta start somewhere. And for now

it’s more an attempt at building back the endurance to actually go the

distance. The long (long, long, long, long…) term goal is to be a mildly

competent runner, but I’m focusing on the short term – get the heart rate up,

drop the speed and up the pace.

But it wouldn’t be something I’m doing without a gadget. Always in need of

some motivation, I picked up the surprisingly inexpensive Nike+iPod kit. Since

I think my parents read this blog and are perpetually worried about my

spending habits, I’ll point out that the kit did not¬†include an expensive

new pair of shoes. Rather, a small $9 pouch that slips over my laces with

velcro. Anyway, I put this little receiver on my shoe, tap a few things on the

ol’ iPod, and away we go. One mile later, I head back up to my room (or stop

off for some other forms of workout, like muscle things on the nasty-old-

machine), sync up, and all of my hard earned telemetry is sent to Nike for

pretty, Flash based charting. I get to look proudly at my pace over time, and

they track over-time stats for me. Win-win. Another big perk of Nike+ is the

neat little widget on the side of the page. Now everyone can see that I’m

doing it – and keep me honest in the process.

So there it is. My winter resolution is to get fit, and I do think this is the

right start. Sure, it’s not going to be an overnight change, and at some point

I need to up the ante a little and either go longer or farther (or both). But,

small steps. Every journey begins with a single step. Rome wasn’t built in a

day. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Space – the final frontier.