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I think I'm going to start waking up early in the morning (or rather, getting out of bed early), and spending a half hour jogging to wake up. I think physical activity helps put me in a more awake mood, and therefore a better mood.

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Yeah, I'm aware: I typically try to jog to/from work if I'm not carrying bags, and I take my first $time_period after I get here to relax, where $time_period is typically about 2x the time it took me to get here.

Hey, can I join you? I want to get into jogging - hell, any physical activity - myself, and I think this would be a great start.

mrr...I need to do that too. I keep waiting "until the weather gets nicer." Which is probably going to take a while. I have a big, beautiful, free gym a block from my bedroom, though. I need to stop making excuses.

Excellent idea. I started running a couple of years ago, and while I'm still a slow fat slob, I definitely feel better when I'm doing it. My wife and I have actually signed up to do a half-marathon in June in Anchorage, as part of a fundraising effort for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (see annoying tagline below). We're back up to 10 km (did that last Saturday), and we keep increasing our Saturday distances to 21 km (the half-marathon distance) in May, then taper off for the actual race.

We're hoping to lose weight, but a skinny guy like you is more likely to put on muscle weight. My son started running a few months ago; he is 6'4" and was about 165 lb., but is now up to 175 or so.

I'm not a morning person at all, though. Wish I was; then I'd come to work early and either jog around False Creek or on the treadmills at the work gym. Jogging to work would be a nice luxury, but it's damn near a full marathon from home....

Make sure you buy good shoes. I don't know whether they have The Running Room in your area (it's a Canadian chain), but go to a store where they know running (not just "we sell running shoes") and spend $100-150 on proper running shoes that match your foot shape/running style/etc. This link will help you find a store in your area, and this link will help you figure out which shoes are right for you.

Oh, and given that you're a total geek, consider buying this with this rebate coupon, which'll set you back a total of $165. I'd be ordering one right this second if it weren't for the fact that my loving wife would then kill me.... Or, if you want to be on the leading edge, pre-order this for $300/$350 (with/without heart rate monitor). It's not necessary, but it's handy for tracking pace, distance, heart rate, etc.

I have a heart rate monitor, which for me is essential to help make sure that I'm not overdoing it. (I have a hole in my heart, which means I can hit my max heart rate really, really quickly. I'm assuming this is A Bad Thing. But the HRM beeps at me when I reach a preset level — which I've set to 90% of my max heart rate — so I know when to slow down and back off.) If you have any weird health issues, do check with your doctor first. Or, for that matter, if it's been a while since you've had a checkup, go have one and mention "Hey, I'm thinking about getting into jogging; anything I have to worry about?" As long as your BP/pulse/basic health is OK, there probably isn't anything to worry about, but it's never a bad idea to check.

Go for it!
Yes, I've created an annoying signature block to remind you all to visit my fundraising site for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Re running shoes - go spend the money on a pair of good running shoes at Marathon Sports up on Mass Ave between Porter and Harvard. You'll need the support.

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