Fit at Fifty
Fifty and being fit (and beyond) has been one of my goals for 2016 and running the Marcothon is my last blast! About 18 months ago I wrote about staring fifty in the face and concluded that while I wished fifty would fuck off and pick on someone it’s own size I had little choice but to embrace it.
Over the last year my photography business has grown and expanded in the most delightful ways (with a ton of hard work!), my children have flourished (even when I forget to water them enough) and just recently we added to the madness of our household when we adopted a rescue puppy from Cyprus.
For me the key to all of this has been to get up from my desk, get my arse off the sofa and make time to look after myself. I run (inelegantly and slowly) 2/3 times a week and when work schedules allow I attend fantastic early morning
metagit megatit Metafit classes. I can attest that there is nothing like the high of “I can’t believe I just did that and survived ” to carry me through the day that exercise brings.
Last night in a moment of madness (or extreme clarity) I decided to make December a healthy month, forswear alcohol (not all the time obviously) eat clean and commit to Marcothon. Marcothon means running EVERY day this month – there is a great facebook page and given it’s day 1 everyone is feeling pretty positive so far! Here is what it’s all about – pretty simple – it’s about getting out there and doing in – and I know that the benefits both physically and mentally will win on the darkest December days .
“Welcome to the 8th Marcothon. The rules are simply, you must run every day in DECEMBER. Minimum of three miles or 25 minutes – which ever comes first. The challenge starts on December 1 and finishes on December 31. And yes, that includes Christmas Day. It’s not a competition. Just a personal challenge or an incentive to burn off calories.
The history: This all started in 2009, when Marco challenged himself to run every day in November. I decided to follow suit and run every day in December. I posted the challenge – and dubbed it the Marcothon – and before I knew it there was a group of runners equally eager to embrace the winter conditions of December 2009. In 2010, the group was added to Facebook and attracted over 500 runners from across the globe. Last year, we had nearly 6000! Thousands of runners, across the world, all running together for absolutely no reason whatsoever. You’ll love it”.
Today was my first run for a couple of weeks and it was a bit tough – but I feel great that I did it. One of the things that always spurs me on is listening to music while I run ( I know some can’t stand it) and I thought I would share my current favourite playlist – it’s easy paced and upbeat!
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