I started running recently and am already down to a 6:30 mile

no excuses

I’ve been writing a lot of personal articles recently. It’s for a reason.

I want you to get to know me as a person. You’ll know what I’m good at. You’ll also know what I suck at, and what I want to improve.

I focus mainly on strengths. I hired a life coach last year and she has me playing to my strengths. She told me that too many people think about their weaknesses and spend too much time trying to improve what they’re weak at.

She has the reverse idea. Instead of spending countless hours obsessing with what you suck at, instead, focus on your strengths and play to them. Also of course start off every morning with an exercise in gratitude.

Running for cardio

Anyways, the running was my idea. Back when I boxed in 1994, I’d run six miles two or three times a week and I got down to 45 minutes. That’s pretty fast. I’m far from that and I don’t think I’ll ever be there again. I’m not getting any younger.

That said, for someone my age, a 6:30 mile is really fast, especially considering I’m far from a bean pole. I’m very muscular right now and by the end of the year, I’ll bench 200×5 while weighing only 150 pounds (actually closer to 145). My long-term goal is to bench 225, which is what the NFL measures at while weighing 155 or less. That would be elite level.

Now, that’s fine and dandy. However, at my age, we have to take cardio seriously. As I said, I’m not getting any younger and I have to keep my heart strong.

My ultimate goal of course is to compose 2 great symphonies, a violin concerto, at least one ballet, a serenade for strings, and at least five solid albums. I’m not going to do that from a hospital bed. I need to be in tip top shape.

That’s where running comes in. I’m only running once or twice a week because frankly, I don’t enjoy it. I love lifting weights. I hate running. But it’s something I have to do.

I’m telling you all this…

I’m telling you all this because there’s probably something in your life you hate doing, but you still have to do it. So, if I can do something I hate, so can you.

Think about it for a second. What do you hate doing, but you still have to do?

For me, it’s running. In high school, it was math.

Don’t use “I hate it” as an excuse, my friends. Rather, do it anyways. And kick ass at it!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go running. It’s 54 degrees outside and there’s a break in the rain.

Just got back

On the way back, I was thinking about hypoglycemia. I had a really bad case of it for the first 44 years of my life. I’d sometimes pass out if I didn’t get enough calories.

I would have to eat continuously, not ever missing a meal and often snacking two or three times a day or more. It made life very inconvenient as I had to carry around a Snickers bar.

Now, it’s 10:56AM. I have yet to eat anything other than a few pieces of 85% cacao chocolate. I’m enjoying my fifth cup of coffee, black (no sugar, no cream, no calories).

The chocolate is for two reasons. One – like Professor Lupin in the Harry Potter books says, chocolate makes you happy. It does. I love chocolate as it’s a mood enhancer. I’ve become a chocolate snob though and won’t eat cheap ass shit. Only the good stuff.

And two – real chocolate is high in antioxidants. We all know that antioxidants help reduce your chances of getting cancer. So real chocolate, not the cheap shit, but the real deal, is good for you.

Anyways, I’m running pretty fast on practically zero calories. I couldn’t do this five years ago. I’d have to eat first before running.

Here’s my article on how I beat hypoglycemia. If you have it, read the article and take it seriously. It works!


Roman is an artist, composer, writer, and travel junkie, and he can still throw a football

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