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.






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