Getting better with age

Last Saturday, the rain started early and poured all day in Southeastern Pennsylvania. A nasty, cold rain. I bundled up and stayed inside most of the day. A good 60-miles away at the University of Pennsylvania’s 127th Penn Relays, 96-year-old Ed Cox, of Syracuse, New York, earned 5th place in the Master’s Men’s 100-meter in just over 24 seconds.

Twenty-four measly seconds. Less than half a minute.

My evening run to the refrigerator in between commercials takes longer. Forget about being 96 years young and running a 100-meter dash in 24 seconds. The story gets better. They guy who won the race, Bob Williamson, is 86 and ran it in 17.5 seconds.

Where was I? On my couch. A cup of tea in my hands, keeping warm.

Yes, there’s more.

In mid-April, Jeanne Rice, a few days after her 75th birthday, ran 3:33 at the Boston Marathon, averaging 8:08 per mile. A mere six weeks earlier, she ran the Tokyo Marathon, finishing in 3:31.

Um, hello, she’s 75 years-old pushing out 8 minute miles for 26.2 miles. My head is spinning at that one.

I’m trying to get back into running after some knee issues last fall. It’s slow going, my form is a mess, but I’ve missed it. I won’t be winning any races like Cox, Williamson, and Rice — in fact, my times will be nowhere near theirs — but when the training gets to be too much, when I want to stop, I’m going to be thinking of them and their courage.

No giving up. No quitting. Just one step in front of the other.

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  1. It’s always inspiring to see people continue with their health and fitness routines whether in their 40s, 60s or 90s. Good luck with picking up running again. It’s one of those great exercises where the benchmark to compete against is yourself.

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  2. I have to remind myself regularly that my daddy once told me to never compare myself to others because there will always be somebody better than you – and somebody else will be worse.
    So somewhere someone is sitting life out – and you’re not so onward, Brian.

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  3. I’m almost 79, hiked my “loop” (only 10 blocks, but includes quite a slope) just after 6 a.m. Hey, two years ago, I couldn’t do it at all! After a little break, I’m gonna do it again. And maybe a third time. (I used to hike 3 miles a day, B.F. (before fibromyalgia). #notquitting #aginggratefully

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  4. Pretty inspirational when I see folks even older than myself continuing what clearly is something they love and are dedicated to Brian. I hope I can just manage to continue my daily walks at 96- heck even 76 😉

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  5. My motto is “always keep moving” and you can take that in the physical sense but also emotional/intellectual. Do you love running? If so, go for it. Sometimes we have to pivot to another form of exercise. For me, I’m lucky my body continues to bend and twist and dance, although I no longer do the big leaps! Use it or lose it how ever you use it, Brian.

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  6. I love the comments and reminders your post has sparked about being creative and switching things up…finding ways to move, just move. Thanks much for sharing about the amazing talents of two who inspire…wow, wow, wow! 😊

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    1. Yup, the power of movement. I love working from home, but at times, I’ve become a hermit. I call it being a hermit, my neighbor teases me ask says a vampire, but either way, I haven’t gotten out much. Looking to change that some. I’ll get there . . . slowly and that’s okay!!! Thanks for the encouragement.

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  7. It’s so impressive to see people not only do the bare minimum to look after their health, but continue to push their limits. Just, wow!! A family friend took up running in her mid-30, was winning marathons within a few years, competing in the Olympic trials throughout her 40s, and is now running 60-mile ultra-marathons as she approaches 60. I’m continually in awe. Comparison may be the enemy of joy, but when we leverage it right, it may be just the inspiration we need to get up off the couch.

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    1. Yes, I’m getting there. I think you’re right, there’s a fine line between comparison and being a good example versus comparison that steals our joy. I’m starting at thee beginning again, trying not to think about where I was maybe four or five years ago. If nothing else, I’m looking forward to getting out and just moving.

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  8. Inspiring Brian. Its good when others’ achievements can inspire and encourage us. It’s good that you’re getting back out there and taking it a step at a time. Good luck

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  9. 75 years-old pushing out 8 minute miles for 26.2 miles is very impressive. I have been a runner since I was 16, so no getting faster with age! I love running but in my middle age caution, so I don’t incur in injuries that make me pause, is an attainable goal. I run every two days now and run-walk. I run five min and walk a few seconds in the intervals. Look up run-walk Jeff Galloway. Better for those of us who are aging. The benefits are the same with fewer risks.

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    1. Yes, lots of walking, especially as I slowly try to get back into it. But, yes, I’m familiar with Jeff Galloway, he’s great. I ran two marathons twenty years ago and both times ran/walk in the training and race. Again I wasn’t the fastest, but finished standing up!!!! Thanks for the reminder and great memories!!!

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  10. I’m with you!

    I put a lot of effort into trying to improve as a runner and am often equally inspired and demoralised by the feats of others.

    I hope you can back to it- I lost running for 4 years and it hugely impacted my sense of self and health!

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    1. I’m trying to take it one step at a time. Biggest thing I’m trying to do is to not
      Compare times now versus the past. If I look at it from that angle, it’s depressing. Trying to just enjoy it fit what it is! We’ll see


      1. 100%

        I mean, I read a book- can’t remember which- maybe B2R2?? But we’re capable of improving speed into our 60s. Running is one of the sports you can improve in when you’re past your traditional prime age. So do t sweat it. You got it!

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