Know Your Limits, And Then Push Them

health, fitness, running, motivation, humor, Modern PhilosopherI’m participating in another Wellness Challenge on the Virgin Pulse app, Modern Philosophers.

If you recall, I won the Individual Title of the last Wellness Challenge by doing 30,000 steps a day for fifteen consecutive days.

I swore to myself that I’d never do something so insane again, regardless of how beneficial the experts might say it was for my health, wellness, and fitness.

My plan was to assemble an all-star team and focus on winning the Team Title this go around.  Of course, that plan quickly fell apart when one of my teammates took a job with another company, and we were suddenly shorthanded for the first four days.

Plus, I just didn’t want to relinquish my title without a fight.  I decided to push myself past my limits and see if I could become a repeat champion.

Remember, 30,000 steps a day is fifteen miles.

That’s a lot of miles to cover every day for over two weeks.  Especially when you have a life to live, a job to work, writing to do, and sleep to catch up on every night.

Mondays and Fridays are usually my days off from running, but there are no rest days when one is trying to amass 30,000 steps a day.

health, fitness, running, motivation, humor, Modern PhilosopherSo that meant waking up early on Monday and going for a run.

That meant waking up early on Friday and running for the seventh consecutive day.

Which means that I am in desperate need of a new set of legs.  Does anyone have a pair I can borrow for a couple of days while mine get some much needed rest?

This is day seven of the contest, and I’m holding serve on a perfect score.  It looks like there are only two other people in the contest who are still perfect.

Hopefully, they will crack soon, and I can finally ease up on the gas a little.

But until they give up, I will continue to pound out 30,000 daily steps.

Of course, not all the steps are amassed via running.  I usually run about 4 – 4.5 miles on work days, and get the rest by walking and jumping rope.

This weekend, I ran 6 miles yesterday and 5.75 today.

Since it was such a gorgeous day today, I decided to go for a walk along the waterfront.  I needed a break from writing monologue jokes and a little fresh air sounded perfect.

It was nice to just sit down by the rive and enjoy the view.  The first photo in this post is the view I had of Bangor from my side of the Penobscot River.

I spent some time reflecting on how ridiculous it was to try to push myself to 450,000 steps in fifteen days.

health, fitness, running, motivation, humor, Modern PhilosopherThen I remembered how much I love a good challenge, and that I need to test my limits in order to keep running exciting.  It’s also a great way to burn a ton of calories to ensure that I don’t gain weight this winter.

At the moment, I’m winning the Individual Competition and my team is in third place.

I’m hoping that I can keep up this torrid pace for eight more days.  I’ve already got the alarm set to wake up early tomorrow morning to get in a run before work.

There are no rest days when I’m pushing my limits…

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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6 Responses to Know Your Limits, And Then Push Them

  1. Whoa. Congrats. I’m not sure I could do 30,000 steps in a single day and not be totally exhausted! I’m working on increasing my weekly step count, but my good days are only up in the 13,000s. You’re amazing!

  2. markbialczak says:

    Oh, my. And be careful, Austin.

  3. lydiaschoch says:

    I’m rooting for you. Hope you win!

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