From Kristen

And That’s How You Ring in a Birthday

For my birthday, I wish ... for lots and lots of sweat.

For my birthday, I wish…for lots and lots of sweat.

Grab your party hats, folks—today is my birthday!

I find birthdays to be a bit like New Year’s Eve. I look back on the past year and think about how I’m going to make the coming year even better. I’m all about celebrating. I mean, sure, I might be another year older, but that doesn’t mean I have to feel a year older. In fact, the older I get, the more determined I am to make sure that number doesn’t matter.

And that’s why I’m kicking off my next year with a big, healthy bang.

I’ve got big fit plans for today. I go to swim class every Thursday, and today, I plan to swim 3,300 yards (you know, for 33 years). It might take me a little more than the scheduled hour, but hey! That’s okay. It’s my birthday!

Thursday is also the night I do my weekly group happy hour run, so I’m kind of hoping for an unofficial 4-mile PR, and planning to enlist the help of a few of my faster running buddies to help me push for it. We’ll see how that goes—if my legs are feeling good, I think I can do it. If I’m worn out from swim, then, you know, I’ll still get in a fun run with my friends.

In case that’s not enough, I’ve also got a 15K on the books for Saturday. And it’ll be an automatic PR because I’ve never run a 15K before, so that’s going to be a definite win, regardless of how long it takes me to cross the finish line.

I’m sure that one day I won’t be able to celebrate my birthday with long swims and fast (well, “fast”) runs, but for now, it’s the perfect way to ring in another year.

Do you celebrate your birthday in a similar way? Tell me all about your fit festivities! —Kristen



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