Tuesday, April 21, 2009


The joy of being in shape.

Yesterday at around 6:30 PM, I was ready for bed. I was ready to change into my pajamas, lay down in my bed and call it a night. But I didn't. I've been going to the gym regularly for the past 4-5 weeks (I've lost track) and I want to keep that going, so I went.

While I don't think I exactly stressed myself, to the limit, I did get in a good workout (I think). It was a rather new experience for me: after I was done with my workout and I was unable to lift my arms, I wanted to go running. It wasn't just a "it'd be nice to go running" feeling, but rather an "I want to go running through this city as fast as I can--I want to jump off walls and leap fences and sprint through parks." It felt good. Really good. I had energy--I wanted to do something with it.

Sadly I can't recount details for you of flying through the city and amazing feats of physical prowess because I didn't do anything with it. I sprinted to my car across the parking lot coming out of the gym, and when I went to get the mail (got my David Sedaris books in the mail!) I sprinted to the mailbox and back. I suppose I could have worked myself to the bone and gone running, but I actually enjoyed the feeling of just having the energy. It's made me excited to take up martial arts again--I know, I've been saying I'll do that for over 9 months now--which I do plan to do next month since I can now afford it, being debt free. (My initial thought was to just sign up for it as a class, but it appears that BYU doesn't offer Aikido as a class and only a generic 'martial arts' class.)


I've also been thinking it'd be fun to take up parkour--that's what I really wanted to do last night. Ever since I was a kid I've loved bouncing off things and climbing and running and flying through the air. The reason I like to stay in shape is greatly because I get such a thrill from being able to do those things, and that's what parkour is all about. It's the lovechild of gymnastics and running, usually in an urban setting. There's a group in Salt Lake City, but I'm not sure what Provo has. I'll have to look around.

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