You may have read my post yesterday about doing the Brooksie Way Half Marathon, in Rochester, MI. Note: If you didn’t catch it, please go back an check this site on the date just before this post.

I even put together a short video of the race and me in it, double chin and all.  Are you laughing?

I thought about, how few people when they get past a certain age don’t physically challenge yourself anymore. That certain age can be different for everyone. Now if you saw me in the video, I’m not some physical specimen without flaw nor am I trying to say I have it all down pat and worked out.

Since 2007, when I started doing a few road races, primarily the Crim 10 mile, I’ve had many people my age or older that have told me they would like to do something like that but they just can’t seem to get motivated. Don’t totally abandon that 12 year old boy or girl you used to be. You may have been adventurous and would have tried just about anything at least once back then. Embrace a little of that intrigue and curiosity and try something physical that is a bit out of your comfort zone. You don’t have to do something like a sanctioned race, with medals, and bands playing and all that fanfare. It might be something much smaller.

Maybe there is a park near your neighborhood that you have driven to and have always wanted to walk along the shore or ridden your bike to that park. Maybe a race on foot or a good bike ride would suit you. It’s all up to you. Use your imagination and set your mind to something new that you just might enjoy. If it is truly something you find interesting, I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Even if you feel a bit sore afterwards, that feeling will go away. The pain from soreness always reminds me of how alive I am. It reminds me of the immensely complex beings GOD made us out to be and how we heal so quickly after a new activity or small injury.

As I’ve said before, I am not the all knowing GURU on this topic. I’m telling you of my experience. In the last 4 years, I have had small injuries, (back, knees, etc.), that have left me with the feeling, “What are you doing to yourself, you’re too old.” But I always think back to people I’ve known that even at a fairly young age, perhaps in their late 30’s or 40’s, have thought that they were old. Not too old, just old. They’ve approached the remainder of their days with trepidation and fear. They’ve refused to try new things, thinking their older body couldn’t handle it. I’ve had to tell myself often, to not be afraid of pain. To be more afraid of lethargy and all that comes with it.

I’ve like the challenges and look forward to more in the future. What about you? Is there something you’ve always wanted to do. I’d like to hear what it is. I’d like to hear you express the core of your imagination out loud. What is it? I’m listening.

Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington

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4 Responses to Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself physically.

  • Amen, amen and amen!! Never ever never quit. In July of 2010 I joined Planet Fitness in West Ashley here in Charleston. I live five min from the Citadel Mall where this gym is located. I lost 45 lbs and 3 inches in my waist. I still have 100 lbs to lose and I have hit a wall with my weight loss. I will NOT give up. I will continue to go to the gym every other day no matter what. Your article has served to help me keep going on no matter what. Thanks 😀

  • Thanks so much for the great comments and congratulations on your weight loss. I know how you feel as I lost a significant amount of weight a few years ago and got to a spot and it just doesn’t budge anymore. I haven’t quit and continue to work on it. Keep up the good work and I’ll continue following your tweets. Talk to you soon my friend.


  • Tammy says:

    Congratulations on the half marathon! What an accomplishment!

    Having been a competitive ballroom dancer for five years, I’m used to testing myself physically. Unfortunately, I’ve been sidelined by a knee injury that just won’t heal. It’s been 10 months now, and I’m no closer to the dance floor than I was six months ago. It’s not something that surgery will help.

    I consider myself fortunate, though, in that the injury doesn’t prevent me from doing everyday things. I simply can’t step to the right. I have recently rediscovered my old love of hiking. When I started to dance I gave up the trails as it is so easy to twist an ankle. Now I am back with a hike each weekend. Dang, I am out of shape!!!! It’s hard knowing I can’t do what I used to be able to do without thinking about it. Yet each weekend I’m stronger and can go farther.

    Thanks for the reminder that we all need push ourselves outside our comfort zone.

    • Thanks so much for the wonderful comments and compliments. Sorry to hear about your knee injury. That must be frustrating not knowing how to fix it. Glad to hear that you are taking up an old love. It’s ironic you brought that up as I’ve only in the last couple of years began taking a few hikes. I’ve got a long way to go and tons to learn but I’m optimistic. Keep up the fight and never quit finding what you love that will challenge you.

      Jeffrey Washington

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