My name is Brandon. I'm a writer, cartoonist, husband, and father. This is the online space where I talk about life, family, art, videogames, and anything else that interests me. Disclaimer: a lot of things interest me.

How French Culinary Techniques Help Me to be More Effective at Fitness

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In my experience, a productive day starts with the French culinary term mise en place, which means “putting in place.” In short, make sure you have all the tools and stuff you need to go to work before the shift starts. I apply this philosophy to many aspects of my life including morning runs. When the alarm goes off at 4:55 I promptly stagger out of bed. Everything I need to go on a run is within arm’s reach, making it easier for me to struggle into my gear haphazardly and half asleep. By the time I’m dressed and putting on my shoes, I’m more or less awake enough to put one foot in front of the other without killing myself. Sure, I’m not able to form words or interact with other humans on any kind of level, but I don’t need to do these things to go on a run. I just need to be ready to go as soon as possible before Resistance seduces me back to bed. With all the upheaval going on, this is one of the many routines I’ve fallen out of. In an effort to find my center again, I decided last night to apply a little mise en place so I could go for a run this morning. It worked out even better than I hoped. I woke up at 4:45, wide awake and fully rested. I rose with more enthusiasm than a person should be allowed to have before the sun comes up, got dressed, and headed out the door. I got a 3 mile run in before breakfast and it really set the tone for the rest of my day. I was hyper focused at work, got some writing done in my spare time, and came home and made a killer fish taco dinner for Lauren. It’s nice to feel like I’m finding my rhythm again. Now, it’s off to bed, so I can do it all again tomorrow.

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