Making Bad Choices

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Today is a beautiful day–the middle of November and 61 degrees at 5:30am. I woke up, got out of bed, and put on my coffee and oatmeal. This is the routine that I follow on any day that I get up and run.

Except that today, I didn’t run. I sat on my exercise bike, barely pedaling, while I played World of Warcraft. I chose to run Heroic Auchindoun and fiddle with my Garrison instead of going outside on what just might be the last truly nice day of the season here in Alabama.

And I feel terrible for it.

I know I shouldn’t. I know that I was still exercising (albeit much more passively and not as intensely), and that I had fun on my game. But I feel like I made the wrong choice. I feel like I made a bad choice that I’ve been making a lot lately: not prioritizing my health and fitness.

There are a ton of reasons why I haven’t been running as much as I want to lately, but the reasons don’t matter. Not really.

What matters is that I change. I don’t plan on stopping watching TV or playing video games. (I enjoy both a great deal!) But I do think I need to stop making excuses and using them as a reason why I shouldn’t go run.

So tonight, I intend to hop on WoW, queue up for a Molten Core LFR, and then run on my treadmill until the queue pops. Will that be as awesome as running a 10K around my neighborhood in the beautiful fall air?

No, not at all. Not even close.

But will it be better than lying on my back watching Good Eats and scrolling through Facebook? Absolutely.

The thing about making bad choices is that you can’t erase them, but you sure can use them to make better choices in the future. And that’s what I intend to do tonight.

Why I Run: To Explore

Rio Grande Exploration
It should come as no surprise to anyone reading this that I love running. Love it. But the running itself is only part of what I love.

Almost as much as putting one foot in front of the other, I love being outside. I love the sun blinding me. I love the wind on my face, the smell of freshly cut lawns in my nose, and the incline of hills under my feet. But more than anything, I love looking around and just seeing what I can see.

Which is why some of the greatest memories I have of runs and races aren’t about personal records, splits, heart rate zones, or distance. Most of the great memories I have are kind of impossible to describe and qualify because they are sights I saw and moments that have meaning primarily because they happened–and could only have happened–while I was running.

Whether it’s in my own neighborhood, a local park, or a city halfway across the country, taking the time to experience the environment I’m running through is one of the top reasons why I run.  Continue reading

Ten Years of World of Warcraft. OMG!

I started playing World of Warcraft when it was still in beta 10 years ago. Until the end of Cataclysm, I maintained a pretty steady subscription to the game. It was only after I killed Deathwing that I decided the game was no longer as fun for me anymore.

But with the 10th anniversary right around the corner and Warlords of Draenor, the newest expansion coming out tonight at midnight PST, I’ve renewed my subscription so that I can take Lesserheal, my little Dwarf Priest, out for a long-overdue stroll through the Dark Portal once again.  Continue reading

I think I really, really like race medals…

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Until this year, I had never been given a medal for running a race. I got a trophy at my first 5K for placing in my age group, and it was cool, but it never really motivated me to run another race.

Then earlier this fall, I ran my school’s Glow Run 5K, and even placing third in my age group, I was given a bronze medal. I don’t know what it was about the medal that made me feel so much more special than the trophy did. But it did. I even celebrated with a duck lips selfie.

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When they hung that medal around my neck, I felt like the Walmart brand of Michael Phelps. I was hooked. I needed more medals. So I went out and got some.  Continue reading

Announcing Stratus: A Steampunk Novel (Part One)!

Stratus Part One Cover

First of all, this isn’t a fitness related post, but it’s about the other side of my geekery, so I thought you all may want to know about it just the same. Stratus, my newest novel, is coming out on November 14, 2015, and it’s available for pre-order on Amazon right now!

Austin and I are working at making the sequel to Nimbus even better and more awesome than the first one. We had some great luck with the serial format with Nimbus, and we didn’t want to fix what wasn’t broken. Except for one thing: Stratus will be a three-part serial novel instead of four.

So head on over to Amazon and snag your pre-order for Stratus: A Steampunk Novel (remember, it’s still steampunk for people who don’t know they like steampunk yet. Shh!).

And if you haven’t read Nimbus yet–and just why not?–you can give Part One of it a read for free and get ready for the awesomeness that Stratus!