I’m The Gingerbread Man!

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherI am the Gingerbread Man, Modern Philosophers!

As in “You can’t catch me ’cause…”

I’m participating in a Wellness Competition on the Virgin Pulse app.  Today is Day 14 of 15, and thus far, I am in the lead with a perfect score.

The app allows you to max out at 30,000 steps a day, so I was at 390,000 steps last night, and have done just over 20,000 so far today.

As long as my legs don’t fall off before tomorrow night, I will win my second consecutive Individual Championship with a perfect score of 450,000 steps.

The others in the competition can’t catch me.

Because, as I established earlier, I am the Gingerbread Man!

I am very much looking forward to a day of rest on Tuesday.  Even though this is Day 14 of the competition, it is my 16th straight day of running.  I’m finding that I really miss my Monday and Friday rest days.

Can’t wait for those to come around again.

My legs are heavy, my knees are sore, and my feet hurt, but other than that, I am the picture of health and wellness.

Honestly, I love a good challenge, and this was exactly what I needed to reignite my passion for proving that I can be a kick ass runner.

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherThis weekend, I’ve cranked out runs of 6.5 and 5.65 miles.  I went a little easier today because Sunday is a day of rest, and I wouldn’t want to disappoint the Nuns.  But the miles were no problem.

You’d think I’d be exhausted at this point, but after a year and a half of running five days a week, my body is used to being pushed.

In fact, I don’t think I’ve been pushing myself enough lately, so this challenge came at just the right time.

I’d gotten out of the habit of going for a walk at night after dinner, and now that’s back on my schedule.  Hopefully, I will keep that up even after I’ve raised the trophy, signed the autographs, and accepted the last of the gifts from my adoring fans.

Winter is coming, and I need to prepare for the horrible weather ahead.  It’s been cold and windy all weekend, so being able to run long distances in those conditions gives me confidence that maintaining my running schedule once Maine becomes a Winter Wonderland again is quite doable.

One of the awesome benefits of being the Gingerbread Man is that I can nibble on my arm if I get hungry during a long run.  It just grows right back, and gingerbread isn’t at all high in fat or calories.

So, yeah, I’m sore and exhausted, but I’m cool with it.  The sense of accomplishment I’m feeling far outweighs the pain.

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherPlus, pushing myself like this reminds me that I can do anything once I set my mind to it.

That, Modern Philosophers, is a little message to my inner Writer Guy, who sometimes forgets that anything is possible.

I’m off to soak my body and then gather the last 10,000 steps I need for the day.

Hope you are all having a great Sunday…even if you are not totally kicking ass like the Gingerbread Man!

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 I’m The Gingerbread Man!

  1. lydiaschoch says:

    Have you ever written a post about running in the winter? If not, I’d be curious to know what precautions (if any?) you take during that season. Do you get a lot of snow and ice? Are the roads/sidewalks generally cleared for you?

    • Austin says:

      It snows non-stop in Maine during the winter, so the roads are always icy and snowy. There should be several running posts from this past winter in the archives…

  2. Adele Ankers says:

    Congratulations on your achievements! It always feels great to set a goal and follow through with it, you should be so proud of yourself. 🙂

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