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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.

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    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
    1876 days ago
    Great way to keep track.
    1876 days ago
    Love the idea! Two thumbs up to your self-challenge!

    1876 days ago
  • BILL60
    Great self-challenge. I try to do 100 miles in my bike each b'day.
    1876 days ago
    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!
    1877 days ago
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