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on Fitness Just This Side of Forty

Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 6.09.47 PMSo I am currently 3 weeks shy of my 40th birthday. I go through phases where I work out a lot and try to get into shape (P90X, hit my hand! hit my hand!… fuck you, Tony Horton!) and where I just get too stressed out to give a damn. I have shitty knees, with arthritis, and a bad ankle from a basketball injury like 16 years ago. I’ve been a smoker, on and off (currently on) for like 22 years. At least when I was still wrestling, I worked out pretty regularly, but right now, I’m maybe ten pounds heavier than I want to be (and twenty heavier than I am when I’m in six-pack abs, legendary/beast mode shape). I’ve gone jogging a few times this year with Steph, but nothing heavy.

But 40 is a cruel cruel bitch… and she knocked on the door this morning and I was like “fuck that, I’m going to be a 17 year old cross country runner again.” So I decided maybe I’d do some training today.

Now, to be fair, I didn’t go all out. It was hot and I knew I was out of shape, so I was trying to “take it a little easy.” That said, “Oh my fucking God, am I not 17…” Fifteen minute miles? I ran the Great Race like 2 years ago, that was 6.2 miles in an hour. Is 38 and 40 39.945205 really that different?

Also, it’s 2014, can I have my bionics now?


20 comments for “on Fitness Just This Side of Forty

  1. July 10, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Yup. I can relate to the sentiment.

  2. July 10, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Do the same thing you did today for two weeks and you will be 17 again in no time.

  3. July 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Or dead.

  4. July 10, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    As soon as you get word on those bionics sign me up.

  5. July 10, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I am having trouble getting back to being able to run a mile as fast as I could in high school. The training environment is not the same, plus I think the composition of our muscle fibers change…

  6. July 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Stretching is no longer a waste of time.

  7. July 10, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    And yes there is a pronounced difference between 38-40.

  8. July 10, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Says guy who will be 41 in a week.

  9. July 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Young’un. Do it to it.

  10. July 10, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Copying this post as motivation to take advantage of 37

  11. July 10, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I can’t do P90 because Tony gets on my nerves

  12. July 10, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    15 min mile is not that bad. Bet it’s better than ur ALMOST 40 brother (Marcus Holly)!!

  13. July 10, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Shelby: I think that’s part of the process.That’s why it works. You work out because you hate him.

    Amy: Well, to be fair, I did do 7 of them. But I’d still like to get them down to 10 min.

  14. July 10, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    i think i can walk a 15 minute mile…. 😛

    1. mav
      July 11, 2014 at 12:14 am

      Jenn: Ok, Challenge accepted!!!

  15. July 11, 2014 at 12:24 am

    (and that’s not one 15 min mile… it’s 7 of them)

  16. July 11, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Most of what you say still works @ 74…life is good if you take care of yourself…very good:-)

  17. July 11, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Ride a bike on those Pittsburgh hills – that’ll get ya.

  18. July 11, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Ride a bike on those Pittsburgh hills – that’ll get ya.

  19. July 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    It getter better. I’m 42…

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