I’m in Florida now. I fled San Francisco for the time being. Since I still work Pacific hours I now have a 3/4-hour block of time after I wake up and before I start work that I can do whatever I want in. Inevitably, I do a little work, as it’s the only time of day where there is quiet and no distraction. But I also take some time to exercise, make food, and clean.
For exercise lately I have gotten really into walking. With high temperatures and humidity here I can work up a great sweat on a brisk walk. Sometimes I run but it is obviously more taxing and less enjoyable.
To make my walks more effective, I’ve loaded a backpack with 25 pounds worth of canned carbonated beverages. I also wear a sweatshirt. I do a brisk 60 minute walk, typically covering between 3.5 and 4 miles. I come back soaked with sweat, energized, invigorated, and ready for the day. I love it.
I’ve been listening to audiobooks and podcasts while I walk. Current topics are about computer programming principles (“The Pragmatic Programmer”), New Yorker short fiction stories, and the Micromobility podcast.
This morning walk plus the interesting subjects is by far the best part of my day.