Running your age in miles a good way to celebrate your birthday


While we’re not sure exactly where the idea originated, the idea of running your age in miles for your birthday sounds like a good one. That may sound impossible if you’re getting on in years and you’re not a seasoned ultra-runner, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t have a bit of fun with a birthday run. 


You might think it’s a game for the young but take heart. The age of the average ultra-runner is over 40, and competitors can be found in their 70s and 80s. Imagine finishing the Badwater Ultra of 135 miles at age 70 like Bob Becker. If you’re looking for something less daunting, think of Ed Whitlock, the late great masters marathoner, who broke the sub 4-hour time barrier at age 85. 


There are alternative ways to achieve your birthday run, of course. After all, it’s your run. If running something like 30 – 40  miles in one day isn’t your cup of tea, try running 1 mile for 30 or 40 days instead. Another idea is, say you turn 40, try running 40 times in a year instead no matter the distance.

Another twist on the idea lets you still enjoy a social gathering on your big day. Gather up some friends and run a combined total of birthday miles together (then head out for cake afterward).  


And perhaps a small reprieve for those who want to hit the numbers without quite as much effort – you can always measure distance in kilometres instead of miles. Thirty kilometres is only 18 miles which could be a slightly more achievable birthday run. 


A couple of gentle suggestions to make the idea of a birthday run a little easier. Naturally starting young will give you less miles with more energy, but hopefully it will also give you a great habit for the rest of your life. If you’re looking at a birthday run but you’re not an experienced runner, find a reliable training plan online to help you build strength for your big day. However you choose to do your birthday run, we wish you many happy returns. 


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