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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Revelations of a Middle Age Man

I don't think of myself as old.  Really, I don't.  It seems like just a few years ago I was a student tearing up Lulu's in D.C. on a Thursday night.  Of course, that was 17 years ago.  Lulu's doesn't exist anymore.  And the only thing I want to do now on Thursday night is get eight hours sleep...  While I still resist what I perceive as the monotony of adulthood, there are times like today when I realize my youth is most certainly over.  In no particular order:
 
(1) I discovered Quinoa (pronounced "keen-waa") today.  And I'm thrilled.  It's sort of like a grain; only it's not.  According to Wikipedia, "[a]s a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beetroots, spinach and tumbleweeds."  I can't independently vouch for that.  But what I do know is that it's high in protein and, despite its carbohydrate content, it doesn't have much impact on my blood sugar.  It's another healthy food I can eat.  What a great day . . .
 
(2)  I burned through 4 miles in 32 minutes and 38 seconds during my afternoon run in Rock Creek Park (yes, for me, that's "burning") and was thrilled . . .  When I was twenty, I didn't run unless I was being chased.  I had no reason to.  When I was thirty, I had to exercise, and I ran 10-minute miles and was happy.  Now, at forty, I'm nearly two-minutes per mile faster than a decade before.  A decade ago I was still focused on finishing the "power hour."  Now I'm focused on improving my cardio.
 
(3)  I've met with designers/contractors two times already this week to discuss renovation of my condo.  And I have to meet with a flooring guy tomorrow morning.  And I have to meet with the kitchen designer again Sunday.  And I have an 11:30 appointment Monday morning to meet with the kitchen contractor . . .  I use to miss time from work to play golf . . . or go on road trips to football games . . . or to the casino . . .  Now I'm missing work to deal with home renovations.  Frankly, I'd rather be working...
 
-PPP    
 

14 comments:

  1. WOW, when do u start going to the bingo hall and hitting the MCDs for that senior discount.

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  2. was LULU's bar or a college hangout?

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  3. Wouldn't it just be easier to get a new condo?

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    1. Probably. Only I feel like I'd have to renovate anyway just to get decent value out of a sale . . .

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  4. 8 minute miles at 40? BRAVO, sir.

    I just picked up running and have been trying to get in between 15 and 20 miles a week - I'll be happy when I can get to 10 minute miles!

    Congrats, P3 - you're right in taking pride in that.

    s.i.

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    1. Yeah. I usually start out slow(ish) first mile - around 9:15 or so, and then get faster each mile. I can get down to about 7:30 / mile . . . that seems to be about my limit.

      I've come to actually enjoy running. My only issue is that I typically end up getting hurt - knees, heals, etc. So I'm trying to keep my runs to 3-4 miles . . .

      15-20 a week is a lot of running. I've been tying to hit about 50 a month, which weights and elliptical mixed in between

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    2. Now I'm concerned. I've been doing 3-4 miles a day for 4-6 days a week.

      My knees hurt some days, but I do seem to have a great deal more energy than I had before starting.

      I'm going to have to google it now - I hope I'm not overdoing it. Trust me, those are slooooooooow miles....

      s.i.

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  5. I might be able to "run" a 12-14 minute mile if I had to try it.
    On the elliptical I can do 9 with consistency

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  6. Quinoa is the nuts. Great on a salad or as a side with a little cheese.

    I can't run that fast. Gg

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  7. Quinoa is the nuts. Great on a salad or as a side with a little cheese.

    I can't run that fast. Gg

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  8. r u going to put in a stripper pole?

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  9. dude, u should go total mancave. 72 inch tv on the wall.iron maiden and metallica posters on the wall idk mayb u r into the dead kennedys and the cure. stripper pole like i said earlier. pool table.KISS or BUCK ROGERS pinball machine. wet bar. keginator with PABST BLUE RIBBON.shag carpet.hot tub. california king waterbed too. and get rid of the G37 and get a 1970 chevy van airbrushed with cragar rims bfg tires and sidepipes. BOOM. u r lester from american beauty.

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