So here's the recap of how my 50th went down. The tally list.
And here's why I do them . . .
1) I look forward to that single goal that falls on the same day every year.
2) It's creative. I take the age I'm turning as the base, think up physical and mental challenges and plan different things in decimals, halves, multiples, fractions - whatever makes it hard and fun.
3) I want to train.
4) It brings people in my life together and I get to see the best ones in-person.
5) It's hard and painful and it's good to model recovery from all things hard and painful.
Hardly recovered. I wasn't supposed to run my 5th half marathon 6 days after my 4th, but that's how it worked out. Ideally, doing 5 half marathons in 50 days put each one 10 days apart which was possible if it weren't for vacations and traveling, not to mention some lazing around which made for some recovery glitches. Thankfully each run was better than the one before and it's what I felt really well-trained to do so I was pretty psyched to end it on a high note. Plus, with my sister Geri and brother-in-law Dan flying in from San Diego to run it with me, I had a bigger stake in it because I wanted it to be fun. And it was!
After the run and while my dad was prepping traditional celebratory Chamorro food, we headed to Boulders Climbing Gym to climb 50 routes and 50 boulder probs, do 150 pull-ups, 150 push-ups, and five 5-minute planks. It went as expected which was
Semi-hard. That's right. The hardest things were the pull-ups and the 2nd and 4th planks. Climbing was hard but it wasn't because the grades were particularly difficult, it was because it was more of a volume rush. That played on my mind because it seemed to take forever. The push-ups were more a rest and probably the most enjoyable. By the end I was wondering if I did more of a workout and not so much a Birthday Challenge!
The week leading up to my Birthday Challenge, I remembered a post about Jack LaLanne that I read a few years ago when he died. It's such a great read, especially in the end where the author, Steve Edwards, included a list of all Jack LaLannes Birthday Challenges. Man if you want stoke and psych, go there to get it. That guy is a true-to-life warrior. In the end, I did feel super strong and motivated, and I loved having Brad, the kids, and my closest family members right there to witness me living my life so that this birthday was more memorable than the last which is why I started doing these Birthday Challenges in the first place!