How do you properly portmanteau COVID and fitness? Regardless, I should probably emphasize the “co” since what motivated me today was my obnoxiously fit friend’s – Filipina Fox – Instagram post yesterday.
Not mad, jealous.
She took a page out of my home workout book from back when I was obnoxiously fit. When I was living in Seattle, my condo was in the top floor of a 13 floor building.
See also: How to not make money in Seattle real estate – buy on the 13th floor and laugh about it.
Anyway, my home routine included running stairs. Including the basement flight, my route from 13-LL was 1/10 of a mile and I used to knock out a mile or two a few times a week when the weather was shitty.
Usually before catching a car to a bar.
I’d been thinking about doing some what-I-call-running of the stairs in my building during quarantine, but have been expertly procrastinating. Not (only) because I’m lazy, but I started quarantine off with some reasonable exercise – starting with a couple of long walks in the early days followed by a HIIT home workout and a two mile hike later in the week.
After that HIIT/hike day, I found myself sore. Just a reasonable soreness on day two, prompting me to reason, “Give yourself another day to fully repair and then get back to it on day three.
Except: part deux…
I was more sore on the third day after my work out. Clearly, I needed another day to get my next level procrastination excuses up and running.
Filipina Fox posted her workout story yesterday on day four of my HIIT/hike workout.
This morning, I woke up to a shame double-whammy. First, the traitorous Facebook:
Yeah, five years ago I could eat a 5 lb tub of licorice. At least, that’s what I tell myself these days.
Then the Filipina Fox has to chip in helpfully with this pro-tip:
Already knowing I was doing this, I playfully demurred hoping she would not have any of my resistance. Riding to the call, she fully enabled:
But I still felt I could balance the reward with a little exercise. I’ve got a decade plus on Filipina Fox, so I thought that afforded me the option to adjust my workout down by a magnitude or two.
But it was also a HIIT/stair workout, so there were six upper body supersets mixed in between each six floor stair circuit.
Forget COVID-19, I’m making this quarantine about CoFit-20!
Also, about pizza, beer and now licorice!