You woke up this morning and said to yourself, “What am I going to do today?” Remembering your conversation at the party about the half marathon; "Darn it! Why not?" You head over to the gym and ask about the next scheduled race. You find that there are a lot of options for training and there are even several here in your own gym.
You decide on the three days a week at the gym and the other two at home with a personal trainer. You’ll take the weekend off - after all, you are retired! You catch your reflection in the mirror – “looking good!” The workouts turned out to be fun. There were machines and bikes and even some classes. You have always been the kind of guy who can take on a challenge but whoa! One of the trainers at the gym told you to slow down. Even though you have always made time to work out whenever you could, going too fast could cause you to strain something. You realize that the good news is now you have the time! You can go to the gym three days a week for an hour, and get a short run in at the end of each week day. You really want to do this. Your personal trainer at home is impressed. He thinks you should sign up for the 5K race. It’s next month. You know you can do this.
The race was today, and you did it! Look - it says “Steve Johnson, 30 minutes 12 seconds.” Good for you! (Even though you had to enter in the ‘over 65’ category, you feel pretty proud.) How smart you were to keep physically fit all these years.
If you have decided it’s time to go for that half-marathon goal you set for yourself – turn to page 6.
If you decided you have had enough with running and it’s time to do something else that helps others, turn to page 5.
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