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Hope to Run for Years to Come

Monday, June 10, 2019

As I stated in my status today, one of the great things about running is that people of almost any age can be involved. I enjoy having contact and sharing interests with people of all ages. My friend Fritz, 82 years old, was the oldest male at our recent Watermelon 5K #1, and here he is sitting with the youngest competitor, 5 years old:

And here is my role model of grace, persistence, and caring, 83 year old Nanette. She was the oldest competitor at our recent Watermelon 5K. She is usually the oldest competitor in the races she runs.

I have slowed a lot, but I am still out there, still running; listening to doctor and my body, running shorter, running easier. I'm still far from the last one competing. I'm still enjoying the run and feel blessed to be able to do it!

I'm still trying to determine an acceptable weight for my 8th decade of life (age 70). I've relaxed my goal weight a bit, but not sure I'm going to be happy there. And I'm not sure maintenance is going to be a whole lot easer at that weight either. Oh, well, I'll figure it out. Here I am finishing the first Summer Sunrise Watermelon 5K of 2019. I started well back in the pack as you can tell from my gun time vs. chip time.

My current training plan does not include much speed work, but I do plan to run three times per week, including my Saturday group run. I had planned to run this morning but sorry to say I woke up with my left arm below shoulder really hurting and needing to ice it, just not feeling like running. That's okay. I can run this evening or Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday. Or I could rejoin a gym so I can treadmill no matter the heat and lightning. I'll make it work. I'm icing, taking anti-inflammatory meds, and going to the physical therapist this week, and back to the doc soon. I'm thinking part of the challenge of aging is slower healing, but it will happen. And if I'm going to have a health challenge, I am so glad it is not one that is keeping me from running!

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    I think as long as you're moving, you are going in the right direction! I'm a perfect example of injuries getting in the way of completing workouts. Still, I find a way to do something. You know that keeping still drives me out of my mind (like I have far to go! LOL). Still, we do what we can, rehab and continue to move forward as fast (or slow) as we can. Don't forget to tell your physical therapist about the pain and what is causing it (if you know what is causing it). Please take care of that shoulder!
    33 days ago
  • NANCY-
    I think you will do fine. You listen to your body and you keep moving forward.
    (Gee thanks for making me feel older...decades, you had to talk about decades?)
    34 days ago
    You are a wonderful role model for us of a similar age. Makes me want to get up and move even if I don't run. Walking at a fast clip is my go to exercise, with stops to enjoy the flowers!
    34 days ago
    emoticon You have this.
    34 days ago
    36 days ago
    Great running AND great mind set . . . you've got it all going on.
    36 days ago
  • GABY1948
    It matters not how fast we are as long as we still DO IT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    36 days ago
    So glad you are shifting your mindset, that will only make you happy and allow you to run for years to come without getting injured. Sorry, yes, healing is slower the older you are. But it is offset by being in shape and great nutrition!
    Love these photos and they are inspirational for even us non runners as you can see they are in such great shape, as indeed, you are too!
    Keep on being amazing!
    36 days ago
    You're doing great!

    Your experience stands in such stark contrast to the folks that have surrounded me in my life. Many long since dead before every reaching their 8th decade of life. So many never completed their 6th decade of life, let alone have an ability to run.

    I hope you continue to run for years to come too! emoticon
    36 days ago
    I run 3 times a week just because I think it is good for my bone health, keeping my bones from losing density, but must admit, I also like to be in the top half of my age group, and close to the top feels better on race day. But really, it is about health. You are doing great and so wonderful a role model of healthy living for your younger and impressionable family members - grandkids, nephews, nieces ...
    And for your Spark friends.
    36 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/10/2019 10:25:06 AM
    No matter how fast or how slow, you will always be first for inspiration and motivation. I hope your arm heals quickly and you continue to do all the things that bring you so much joy!

    You are forever a Spark Friend!
    36 days ago
    Wishing you a quick heal so you can get back to doing what you you enjoy (running). I hope one day to get back there. I have a new treadmill so no excuses. Back to basics, must walk before running.
    You are an inspiration working through your injuries and pain. emoticon emoticon
    36 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    36 days ago
    You're doing so well! Proud of you, Spark friend! emoticon
    36 days ago
    Awesome role models for sure.
    36 days ago
    You go, girl!
    36 days ago
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