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Running Man II

Summer. It’s awesome! Leaving the office today, I stopped and took a few deep breaths to once again feel the excellent scent of summer. The hot season came suddenly this year, more or less skipping spring. It will probably just last for a short while, though, I’m guessing it will get a bit colder again before the real summer hits us. Still, good times, good times.

My exercise regime has worked out (pun intended) quite well so far this year, with an average of three visits to the gym a week, and with the added bike ride to and from work I feel all right shape. The last three weeks have been lazy, though, with only one work out each week. The main reasons are some added workload at the office, an urge to get home to Anniken and that I really don’t like to work out when I’m hungry. So, to be able to work out as much as I want to and juggle everything else, I’ve decided to start running jogging again.

The good thing about jogging is that it’s marvelously ad hoc, you really don’t need to plan it and you don’t need a gym to do it. And once again I can listen to my own music when working out. At the gym, I usually share the space with spinning classes, aerobics and the like, people who play the worst teen dance trance music you can imagine. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy some electronic rhythms every now and then myself, but not the same tracks every single week.

And if all that aren’t enough motivation to get me started, I’ve decided to pump it up a notch and get a brand new sports watch slash hearth monitor thingy. I already have an excellent Polar CS300, but it has one major shortcoming in these modern times: No GPS. Of course it’s no problem to work out properly without a GPS, but when I saw the Garmin Forerunner 305 on sale online, I just couldn’t resist the temptation. That a colleague of mine has the same watch and recommended it also helped.

The only setback is that there is currently a nation wide transporter strike happening, which means that only a handful of parcels are moved around every day. There is no end in sight for the strike, so there might be days, weeks or – in worst case – even months before I receive the watch.

In the meantime, I think I’ll focus on exercising the brain by playing some computer games.

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