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!