In 17 days, I will turn 50 years old. That’s a big number for me. I have been thinking about it for a while – especially over the last ten weeks or so, with respect to my efforts to exercise consistently.
Most recently, I have been doing well – having run or gone to the gym for the last six days in a row. And, I plan on going for a run later today (which will give me a streak of seven days).
I’m already starting to think about the other 16 days between tomorrow and my birthday – and there’s six days in there that are going to be tricky.
Tomorrow, I plan on going to the gym. And, on Monday, I will be working from home – so, there should be time to sneak in a run that day.
Enter the first tricky zone: November 13th through 15th (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).
I will be working in the office these three days. So, that, as it always does, will work against me finding the time and energy to get my workouts done. That should be a gym-run-gym period. And, most likely, I will have to get those done at night after dinner – when I am tired and it’s cold and dark outside.
I should be good the next three days after that – it’s a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I work from home on Fridays. So, I should be able to run that day and on Sunday. And, I can hit the gym on Saturday morning.
This leads into tricky zone number two: November 19th through 21st (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday).
There’s a chance that I may be working from home on Wednesday. That will help – because that should be a gym day and I can get there in the morning. But, I will be in the office on Monday and Tuesday. And, I will need to find a way to hit the gym on Monday and run on Tuesday.
Thursday, November 22nd, is Thanksgiving. And, there’s no reason why I cannot go for a long run that morning. And, I will be working from home on Friday, the 23rd. So, I should be able to sneak to the gym on Black Friday when everyone else is shopping.
If I can get that far, I’m in great shape. I have a monster 5K race on Sunday the 25th. So, I do not plan on working out or running on Saturday the 24th. It will be a rest day.
And, the day after the race, I turn fifty.
I would imagine that I will be taking that day off too – eating my cake and enjoying it (and hopefully celebrating how hard I worked out in the three weeks leading into it.