Will We Ever Outrun The Calories?

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherI’m long overdue for a running post, Modern Philosophers.

I don’t want you to think that my lack of writing about running means that I’ve given up on the dreaded activity.

That’s never going to happen.  My memories of fat lazy me will not allow it!

Rest assured, I’m still at it five days a week.  In fact, April 1 was the two year anniversary of my running program.  Hurray for me!

Spring has been very slow to arrive in Maine.  The warmer weather means longer runs, but so far, it’s been cold, windy, and rainy, so I’m still hovering in the 3 – 4 mile area.

This morning showed some promise.  The sun was out, it was 50 degrees, but it was extremely windy.  I managed to push myself almost 4 miles, though.

Warmer weather also means that I switch up my route.  During the winter, I pretty much cover the same stretch of land because it’s safe and well plowed.  Today, however, I took off towards a road I haven’t visited since the fall.

Not much had changed.  I did see a dead racoon along the way, though, which was disturbing.  Sorry to mention it here, but I’m hoping that sending that little anecdote out into the internet will remove it from my memory.

Last week, I made the change from the FitBit Blaze to the FitBit Ionic.

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherI’m not a fan of change, but my Blaze really gave me choice.  One month shy of its second birthday, the device went bonkers.

Not that I was surprised.  After all, The Machines do plan to enslave us one day, and our dependence on fitness trackers is a major part of the plan.

My Blaze starting flashing the icon depicted above.  According to Google and the folks at FitBit Customer Service, that icon means that my device has been subjected to subzero temperatures for an extended period.

Now I know Maine is a frigid place most of the year, but this happened in April, and I was inside The House on the Hill every time it occured.

The best Customer Service could come up with was that my device was defective, and no longer under warranty.  I’m pretty sure I’ve heard the very same thing said about me more than once in my life, but that is entirely off topic.

Since it’s difficult to keep track of my thousands of daily steps in my head, I decided to upgrade to the Ionic.  I know, I know…I’m playing right into the master plan of The Machines, but I need to know if I’m getting more steps than Marcia in Accounting!

I’m definitely liking the Ionic so far.  The battery lasts longer than the Blaze, and the band is more comfortable.  The GPS seems to be more accurate, too, because I’m noticing my usual route doesn’t get me the quite same distance on my Ionic.

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherAs I was cooling off after this morning’s run, I checked my stats on the FitBit.  That was when this Deep Thought formed in my brain…

Do I ever run enough to burn off all the calories of my previous meal?

I’m pretty sure four miles wasn’t enough to burn off last night’s chicken tenders, but when I push myself closer to ten miles, I might actually have a shot.

That gives me a new goal for the summer.  Run until I burn off an entire meal!

It’s good to have goals.  What are you doing to stay healthy now that winter is finally behind us?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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8 Responses to Will We Ever Outrun The Calories?

  1. Jeff Cann says:

    But since you need the fuel to stay alive, you’ll just wind up eating more.

  2. ksbeth says:

    just enjoy it for the peace of mind and don’t worry about the numbers )

  3. markbialczak says:

    I am walking as much as the weather will allow me, Austin, in my attempt to reclaim some sort of spring fitness.

  4. AAristizabal says:

    Don’t worry about outburning calories; worry about enjoying your runs (you know, happy customers always come back). BTW, I keep the date I began exercising, too! Go Nerds!

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