On The Sixteenth Day, I Rested

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherAfter fifteen consecutive days of running, and collecting over 450,000 steps, I can finally relax and boast that I won the Wellness competition, Modern Philosophers!

I can also share that I slept in this morning, have yet to collect 12,000 steps (which was the minimum amount I wanted to leave The House on the Hill with during the contest), and that I plan to do nothing for the next four days while I enjoy a well deserved mini vacation.

While there is no trophy, medal, or prize money to reward me for my hard work, just knowing that I was able to beat out over two hundred people makes me feel pretty awesome.

The sense of accomplishment that goes along with this is better than any gold cup, that would only sit on a shelf and collect dust.

A boost to my pride is worth so much more.

My strategy for the contest was simple: Get the max score every day, and force everyone else to keep up with me.

I knew I could find a way to collect 30,000 steps, and I was willing to bet that no one else could match me for fifteen days.

With a game plan like that, the least I would do is end up in a tie for first.  Sure, it put a lot of pressure on me to deliver, but I love a challenge.

I’d much rather be in control of my destiny, knowing that a perfect score ensured victory, than chase after someone and hope my adversary falters.

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherYes, I am completely exhausted, but isn’t that the point?  When I run, I leave as much as I can out on my route.  If I get back to The House on the Hill and I’m still a bundle of energy, that tells me I didn’t put enough effort into my run.

I can say without hesitation that I left nothing in the tank.

This victory comes at a perfect time for me.  Self-confidence has been a bit low lately, and I need to be back on top of my game if this whole plan to turn my short story into a short film is going to become a reality.

And I want that very badly.

After winning this contest and proving to myself that I can achieve some form of perfection, I’m feeling much better about this movie plan.

In fact, I plan to use my four day vacation to work on the screenplay, even if my producer doesn’t get back to me with notes and the answers to my questions.

Because I feel confident that I will turn out a great screenplay, and he will have no choice but to put it all on film.  Just like with the Wellness contest, my plan is to give it my max effort and challenge the others to keep up with me.

For the moment, however, the plan is to rest.  My brain might be jumping with creative ideas, but the rest of my body is one giant cramp.

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherI’m out on the porch now, my legs up on the railing, and I really don’t want to move for the rest of the night.  But I will because my favorite ice cream is waiting for me in the freezer (who said there was no award for winning this contest???) and the Yankees are on ESPN tonight.

So this Wellness Warrior will soon be on the couch, with a huge bowl of ice cream, cheering on his favorite team.

I know this is a family friendly blog, but cover the kiddos’ eyes for a moment.

Because I just want to say that I really kicked ass over the last fifteen days, and I feel like a bad ass right now.

I’ll probably go for a run tomorrow, but right now, I am going to revel in my Wellness victory, and try to win a championship in relaxation.

For those of you who are still on the fence about starting an exercise program, let me remind you that fourteen months ago, I was fat, lazy, and incredibly out of shape.

Now I’m a Wellness Champion!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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14 Responses to On The Sixteenth Day, I Rested

  1. cat9984 says:


  2. Congrats! I like that you set goals and try to keep up. I get about 8,000 steps per day, but my goal is 10,000.

  3. markbialczak says:

    Way to be That Guy, Austin. And I’m so excited that the Short Story is moving onto becoming the Short Film.

  4. Lydia says:

    Congratulations. That’s pretty cool.

  5. Claire Wong says:

    A championship in relaxation? Now that would be a popular competition…

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