Aesop’s Fitness

I’m teaching drama at a Summer Arts Camp. The youngest of my students are presenting several of Aesop’s Fables. We started with the most popular: the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. When the scene ends, all of the students recite the moral together.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race.

This phrase has been ringing in my head lately. Partially because I hear it over and over. But it also has a lot of relevance to Project 40. When I think about the whole project, or even all of one challenge, I get overwhelmed. Nearly every time I run, I think to myself “I’ll never be able to run a half marathon.” Or a 10k. Or whatever I’ve decided to obsess over on that particular day. Of course I remind myself that I never thought I would be able to finish a 5k, either.

In the case of the Riverside Run, slow and steady finished the race.

And that’s probably a more helpful attitude in this case. Slow and steady finishes the race. Unless of course by winning we mean it in the you’re-a-winner-because-you-tried-here’s-your-trophy sense. Then sure. Slow and steady wins the race.

In order to remain slow and steady, I need to do 3 or 4 challenges a month. Otherwise I’m going to find myself like the tortoise: sleeping the whole race and sprinting too late towards the finish line. While our recent move put me in need of a little baby sprint, my steady pace has for the most part continued. In just under 3 months I have completed six challenges:

1. The Presidential Physical Fitness Test
2. Shrink Session
3. The Dr. Oz 3-day Cleanse
4. The Riverside Run
5. Cardio Boxing (blog about that one tomorrow!)
6. Breakfast

Yep. I am now a breakfast eater. I still have to make a bit of a conscious effort. But I know it makes a difference, so no more pushing through til lunch for me.

I have started a few other challenges and have plans for yet a few more in my immediate future. I should be on track to finish 15 or so by the 4-month mark.

But I did have a situation that put me a bit behind. For several weeks I tried to follow the 4-week summer work out challenge. And. It was too much. My life does not allow for four weeks of working out for an hour every day. I needed to follow another piece of advice from Aesop.

You’ve gotta know when to hold ‘Em, know when to fold ‘Em.

I think that was Aesop, right?

I learned a lot attempting the summer challenge. It got me back in the weight room. It had me trying things I wouldn’t have tried. But.

It was just. Too. Much.

I have a lot of trouble letting go of projects once I’m committed. But after my 4th week of trying to complete Week 4, I knew I needed to listen to the Gambler.

I mean Aesop.

So stay tuned as I slowly and steadily finish this race.

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