PR’s Begin At 60 – How I’m Dealing With Running As I Get Older

Getting slower as you age is a part of it.  Yes, there are still speedy runners in their ’60s and ’70s and beyond – but, the truth is that the majority of us do slow down as we get older.  (And, what makes it even harder is that I’m still feel 35 and in my mind I am!)  In some of the Facebook groups that I’m in, so many are having a hard time with this.  I’ve learned to accept it and just keep running and forget about my time. However, it wasn’t easy to do this.  I went through a stage where I wouldn’t run any local races because everyone remembered me as the faster runner.  My ego wouldn’t let me handle that very well.  Truth is – there is maybe one or two people who are still running when I was in my prime – so the newer … {Continue Reading… }

It’s Perfectly Alright To Be Slower As You Get Older!

I’m writing this the afternoon after a morning 20-miler.  I’m thrilled to say that I got it done – and that I feel great! As you’ve heard me say, I’m in the process of training for a marathon in November.  Due to “life”, I haven’t done a marathon for about 7 years or so.  I did 19 last week – and added another mile in the evening – but, there’s just something about hitting that magical 20 for the first time in training. I’m feeling really good about my training – I’ve been adding a mile or two to my long run each week and then cutting back on the 4th week to about 1/2 of the long run.  It’s something that I read that Bill Rodgers did to help stay fresh and injury free – so, I figured I’d try it.  So far, so good. It also feels good … {Continue Reading… }

Running As You Get Older – It Can Be Hard (Mentally)

It can be tough being an over 50 runner.  Now, don’t get me wrong – I still love my running – and still overly passionate about it, etc.  If not, I wouldn’t be out there doing it every day.  However, there are some days when I wish the “younger me” runner was still around. Other runners that I’ve talked with about this all agree – it’s harder on us mentally to admit that we may not be the runners that we used to be.  But, we all agree that it’s so important to us to still be out there. As you keep running as you get older – there are some things that you need to keep in mind.  First of all, you can’t freak out because you’re not running the same times that you used to run.  This is one of the hardest things for me to come to … {Continue Reading… }

Running Tips – Just Keep Running!

I just saw something on Facebook that caught my attention – and it made me smile!  It said – “Running slow isn’t a character flaw – quitting is”. I love that!  It pretty sums up my running for the past few years. I know that my times are much slower than they were 10 years ago – but I’ve come to really not care.  I’m still out there running while others have just stopped. I ran a 14 mile training run yesterday.  It felt good – a few years ago – there would have been a couple of more miles done in the time that I was running. But, the important thing is – the run got completed. It’s really important to have that attitude.  I feel that sometimes there is so much pressure to run so fast, to beat others, etc.  As you get older, that may not (and … {Continue Reading… }