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.