My name is Eric Mills and I’m currently an unemployed Illinois State University graduate with a double major in political science and journalism. While at school I spent time working at The Daily Vidette student newspaper in a variety of capacities. I worked as a reporter, assignment editor, columnist and online coordinator. I’m writing this blog for a variety of reasons, starting with a desire to get back into writing for an audience. In addition to that I would like to get more comfortable working with search engine analytics to bolster my skill set for possible job opportunities.
In this blog I intend on focusing on my daily experiences with running, health and fitness. That being said, I will try to incorporate as many different things as possible into my posts so that you aren’t simply reading a day to day workout schedule of mine. Some likely additives are cooking, Chicago sports, music, national/local news and movies. My additional hope is that maintaining this blog will not only serve as incentive to stay active myself, but also as an incentive to others to stay active. I encourage everyone to leave questions and comments and hope that I can offer some encouragement and incentive to those who read regularly.
I’d like to make it clear that I have no credentials whatsoever to give guidance on exercise or diet ideas. I will speak from a fairly extensive background of personal experiences but I am absolutely not working from a medical background and I don’t encourage anyone to try and follow my work out plan thinking that I have any sort of professional basis to offer advice.
Finally, a little bit of perspective on me as an individual. I am 24 years old and have spent essentially my entire life living in the suburbs of Chicago. I am a huge sports fan and will likely reference the struggles and successes of my teams on a frequent basis. I exercise on a (mostly) daily basis and am currently training to run the Chicago marathon in October. This isn’t an insignificant decision for me to make. I was diagnosed in the spring of 2010 with reactive arthritis and I am currently taking two types of medication to keep that in check. The exact cause of this is still unknown to myself and the doctors, but I can tell you that you do not want to have the HLA-B27 gene in your DNA. Working out has become a bigger part of my life because of the fact that using my joints results in them not being as sore. For several months prior to my diagnosis I was unable to walk very well and was a pretty worthless member of society. That being said, my mobility is back and I’m a happy (if still unproductive) member of society again. The marathon is, in some ways, proof to myself that I am just as capable of being normal as everyone else. I don’t mean for this to be a pity party or a sad song. Please leave your violins in the case. I just feel that in order to have a real idea about where I am coming from readers should understand a little bit about me as a person.
I hope everyone enjoys reading my insights and feels free to comment and join in the conversation.