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May 10, 2014

ROWLAND: A Rowland trait if there ever was one

MILLEDGEVILLE — Well, it’s official. I have started the annual Mike Rowland physical fitness plan. I know, I know. I say this just about every year, and the truth be told, I actually do try to increase my commitment to physical activity.

You may not remember this, but about three years ago when I first retired Mama still had to work. So I awoke each morning at 5:30 a.m. to make sure Mama had her morning cup of coffee and any breakfast food her heart desired before I sent her out the door for work.

At daylight Otis and I would trek out on our morning walk slash jog. Otis is our 100-pound chocolate lab.

At first, we walked more than we jogged, but eventually we turned things around, and by the end of the first month, we were jogging three miles every morning.

I had to start leaving Otis at home because the summer heat just got too much for him. We would get back home, he’d dive into the lake, and spend the remainder of the day sleeping off the physical exertion of the morning.

I eventually stretched my run into four miles on mornings when I felt especially good, and I will have to admit that I was in the best shape of my life. I dropped about 30 pounds and had to go buy new clothes. That was pretty cool.

In fact, I got down to what I call “playing weight.”  By the end of the summer, I came within a pound or two of what I weighed in high school. Just so you know, none of my hair grew back, but I guess you can‘t have everything.

Of course summers are what legends are made of, and by early October I had just about gotten myself down to walking two or three days a week, if I was lucky, and I was well on my way to just about giving up on the entire physical fitness thing altogether.

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