The next 50 days start today

Of course they do.

The next 50 days always start from today. That’s why they’re the next 50 days. If I had said that the last 50 days had ended today that would also be true, but less relevant. You see, what’s important are the 50 days starting today.

“But why?” you ask, somewhat irritably (we’ll put that down to the hour of sleep that you lost last night; no hard feelings).

Today marks the start of British Summer Time (if not, in any way, shape or form, British summer). The clocks went forward overnight. You lost an hour of sleep. And all over the country, people are staring at the next 50 days with a mix of excitement, concern and, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn, a fair amount of “but it seemed like such a good idea yesterday!”

The 2013 5×50 Challenge starts today.

For the next 50 days, participants will run, walk, jog or cycle 5 kilometres every day. I completed the inaugural 5×50 Challenge last year and, despite some knee issues, I had a great time. It was hard work and it definitely fulfilled my criteria for being “a challenge” but that was all part of the fun in the end. And if your chosen sport isn’t covered by the four mentioned above then you can still take part. As long as you complete 5km or 30 minutes of activity each day, it all counts towards completing the challenge.

From here, starting day 1, it can seem like a long way to go. But don’t let that put you off. Take one day at a time, one kilometre at a time, and they will all soon add up. Personally, I’m not trying to convince myself that it will be easy; but at least the daylight hours will be getting longer, the weather will (should!) be getting better and spring will be well underway when we reach day 50.

And to top it all off, my brother is getting married on day 49. How I’m going to fit my 5 kilometres in around that I have no idea, but at least I’ve got 240 kilometre’s worth of thinking time between now and then to work on my speech!