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53 for 53

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I wrote about this briefly in one of my regular discussion threads but figured I should write a blog about my "plan".

I started running "seriously" about a year and a half ago and really enjoy it. I'm not out to run a marathon or even a half marathon. Maybe a 5K or 10K here and there but that's about it. I just enjoy running and it feels great. During the winter I run on our indoor track which is about 11 laps/mile. Last year around this time I was gradually increasing my distance and was up to around 48 laps. I was also approaching my birthday and thought running 52 laps would be great way to celebrate my 52nd birthday. A friend I played basketball with had a birthday tradition of jumping up and touching the rim to see if he can still do it. A nice tradition to keep challenging yourself every year. So I figured, why not make it an annual challenge to run 1 lap for every year and see how long I can keep it up. 60? 70? Lots of folks are running 10Ks at that age so why not. So now I've got a new fitness related birthday tradition and this year I ran 53 laps for my 53rd birthday (plus 2 extras for good measure and to get in 5 miles). I'm looking forward to 54 for 54 next year.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GOODGETNBETR 1/28/2013 1:15AM

    emoticon I really like this idea of pushing as we get older instead of fading into the background, wheeled away to watch more television. Good luck! emoticon

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ALDEBARANIAN 1/27/2013 4:32PM

    Great way to keep track.

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DDOORN 1/27/2013 11:32AM

    Love the idea! Two thumbs up to your self-challenge!


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BILL60 1/27/2013 10:02AM

    Great self-challenge. I try to do 100 miles in my bike each b'day.

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/26/2013 7:17PM

    And you'll do it! Great self-challenge.

I wonder how I can adapt it. hmmmm. When I'm running, I run 10k. Not quite 6.6 miles. 11k would be more than 6.6 I'll be 67 in October, I bet if I check the converter I'll find I need to run something over 11k to hit 6.7 miles. Very do-able. I'll make that a goal. Thanks for the idea, Dave!

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