Morning run

metronomic slap slap slap
footfalls like rain falling
wet on the pavement
hard to believe it’s almost six

pair of headlights
slip out of an alleyway
slither through a puddle
depart

and me in XTC
senses working overtime

and crossing the bridge
mind out over the water
heart up over the moon

it is only one step and then another and
another like words falling
wet on the pavement

hard to believe
hard to believe
it’s ten past six and almost home

© Mark Milner, Vancouver, 2018

Gymnopedies

Today I want to look at the pros and cons of working out.

(Note: I am not debating whether or not to go to the gym. I did that already, about 10 hours ago. I’ll be doing it again tomorrow. And the day after. And so on. See yesterday’s post for a clue as to why.)

(Note 2 – or, too: when I say ‘go to the gym’, I do not mean, as a good friend of mine does, ‘nap with the cat.’ See the post about my cat for a clue as to why.)

Pros of working out:

  • I often surprise myself with what I’m able to do – occasionally in a good way.
  • I feel better physically on days that I work out.
  • I feel better psychologically on days that I work out.
  • If I do it enough, it makes my clothes fit better – at least until they get loose, which is even better.
  • The more I do, the more I can do next time. I’ll be back to running 10km before summer if I keep this up.
  • It’s a great way to zone out with my music. I love music. There are roughly 7,000 music files on my phone. But most of the time it’s rude to have headphones on. Not the case in the gym.
  • It’s good for me in at least a dozen ways.

Cons of working out:

  • It takes a lot of time, which I could be using for other things.
  • It’s tiring, physically. I don’t have a lot left later in the day.
  • I don’t like being in the gym with others. I never know where to look.
  • I am frequently frustrated with my level of fitness, which should spur me on, but usually makes me think of doing something else instead.
  • The more I do, the more I seem to need to do. Our bodies are incredibly efficient when it comes to storing energy in fat cells.
  • I dislike sweating. And I always sweat when I work out. A lot.
  • It’s one of the few things as anti-social as social media – a room full of people purposely ignoring each other.

I’m not going to bother trying to figure out which outweighs the other. I’ll be at the gym tomorrow in the hope of outweighing fewer things myself.