The "F" words - 50 & Fitless
Is there such a word as fitless? If there is that perfectly describes the state of my being. Next October 2011 I shall be turning 50. I remember freaking out badly when I turned 30, I also remember not celebrating when I turned 40 because my husband was turning 38. But I'm getting close to 50 and I cannot wait. Maturity is a wonderful thing.
There are however a couple of things I need to do to ensure I get to 50 at all. One of them being I get fitter and lose the fitlessness I'm feeling. The other one being I create a major attitudinal shift which enables me to achieve number 1. When I turn 50, my son & only child will be turning 12. I want him to have a mother who can run alongside him, ride bikes with him but mostly I want him to remember having a mother who was able to do those things.
There is absolutely no reason I shouldn't be fit and strong. I am not overweight for a start so one would hope that's a bonus to beginning a fitness campaign. However ... just because a person is not overweight DOES NOT mean they have a natural level of fitness. I have friends who are overweight (according to all the charts) and they have far greater levels of fitness than me. Being thinner does not give you a free pass. Just want to make that quite clear. But it does or should give you an advantage of some sort I guess.
So ... here's the plan : it's February 2010 - I turn 50 in 2011. Thats 21 months to get in good enough shape to run a half marathon. How's that for a goal? Too ambitious? I don't think so. Barring injury I should be ok - and it's a half not a full marathon. Goals have to be achievable I reckon ... no sense in setting a target I don't have some chance of hitting. Not at my age !!!
Regardless of whether this gets read by anyone else I shall be logging my progress here ... for my own motivation. No-one around me knows I'm planning this but I figure they'll think somethings up 'cos I'm not exactly out there pounding the pavements regularly. A brisk walk to the letterbox tends to tire me out at the moment.
So ... It's Thursday as I write ... have a 5km training programme to start which I downloaded from a women's running website in the UK. Looks achievable, like something I could start. This weekend I shall start by going for a walk. Hopefully. Oh jeez, I'm already thinking of a reason not to do it. However I shall remain resolute and just do it.
Have ordered a running book for women over 40. That should help huh? Maybe I wait 'til that arrives.
Nup... there's another excuse. I shall go for a walk this weekend. A long one. One that makes me feel like I've been for a walk.
Wish me luck.
Thanks for taking the time