Thinking About My Workout Plan Leading Into My 50th Birthday

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.

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2 Responses to Thinking About My Workout Plan Leading Into My 50th Birthday

  1. tippismom says:

    Hi Steve. Yes, you inspire. Actually, so much so, that I signed up for a year at the gym this am. I haven’t exercised my entire life, so this will be an experience. It would be nice if I could look at the gym as you appear to look at your routine. Had you lost all your weight before you trained to run? BTW, wishing you a happy upcoming 50th!

  2. Steve says:

    Good for you tippismom! Take it easy at first. Remember, any exercise is better than no exercise.

    Yes, I lost the weight first before I started to run and to get back to the gym on a regular basis.

    I am a firm believer that there’s a difference between being thin and being fit.

    When I lost all the weight, through WW, I was very skinny. (So much so that family members were starting to get on my case.) But, I could not run for more than 60 seconds without being out of breath. Meanwhile, a friend of mine, who is at least 40 pounds overweight, went out and ran the NYC Marathon.

    See the difference between being thin and fit?

    So, I decided that it was time to get into better shape. And, that’s when I started.

    And, by the way, it’s much easier to exercise without carrying the 60-70 pounds that I used to have on me!

    Good luck again – and thanks for the birthday wishes.

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