One of the biggest issues with financial independence is that it has the potential to be sedentary. Sure it’s great to have all this time on your hands and to work on projects but a lot of these activities involve sitting down.
Sure most office jobs are similar but at work you are also unlikely to be surrounded by food! Having time on your hand now means there is no excuse not to go to the gym any more, however gym memberships are expensive so don’t really fit in with the frugal FIRE lifestyle.
One of the reasons we moved to Portland was because of the more outdoorsy lifestyle. Houston is too hot and humid for most of the year to really get outside. Portland’s culture is much more oriented to hiking, biking and running.
I started running in 2011 when we lived in Norway, again another culture very much geared to outdoor activities. I was 39 at the time and I really had not been big into exercise before. One of my big regrets is that I didn’t take up running when I was younger, but better late than never.
My aim this year as per the annual family objectives is to average 15 miles a week. Typically I run 3 times a week, each covering about 5 miles. The area where we live in Portland is quite undulating so I can adjust my runs to either include hills or not to give variability.
At present i’m training for a half marathon over Easter. I haven’t run one before competitively, although I have run that distance before in training. So this will be a challenge for me. Portland has 5k-10k-half type events all year long and it can be quite addicting to enter these races, but it can also be expensive. The hop half is $78 to enter, so you need to pick and choose.
The Portland Parks dept also runs a series of $5 5ks over the summer which is much more reasonable.
I have another 3 or 4 weeks to decide for sure if I want to do the half. The training is going fine at present, I have added an 8 mile run into my schedule and will probably up it to 9 and then 10 over the next couple of weeks.
I’ll let you know how I do!
The other good thing about running is the social aspect. I have joined a Tuesday running group out of my local running store. It’s been a good way to meet new people in a non competitive but challenging environment.
Once the weather improves we will also be getting out and hiking more, and getting the kids more active.