My Topic for today is: Ways Getting Older is a Good Thing
Just recently I realized that today I can sign up for Medicare…
Yikes. That means that I am OLD!
As they say: The Alternative is Worse.
So I’m going to embrace the Old Age thing (and try to ignore the gray hair, wrinkles, sagging skin, memory lapses, etc.)
And here’s why:
My movie tickets are cheaper and so are my plane/train/bus tickets.
Even some races have senior discounts.
For example, NYRR has a senior membership that give you discounts to many of their races.
2. Age Group Awards
As I may be mentioned many times before, the pool gets smaller for the older age groups so your chances of winning are greater. I have even been the only one in my age group.
3. Qualifying For Big Races
Let’s face it, the qualifying times go down as we age because they assume that we get slower as we age. How fast our speed declines depends on a lot of variables but probably most importantly – how long we’ve been running and if we have any chronic injuries.
4. Role Models for Younger Runners
One of the most satisfying things about running is inspiring others. I did not have any role models in this area growing up. My parents did not participate in any physical fitness activities. If they did, maybe I would have turned to running earlier than in my 50s.
5. Fewer Expectations, Accomplishments are More Meaningful and Better Self Care
I know that’s three not one.
In other words, we are easier on ourselves. At my age, I really mean: Finishing = Winning. I don’t expect a PR. I run for FUN!!
And when I do do better than expected, I am more than thrilled. I don’t take good runs or races for granted.
I try to eat healthier, pay more attention to any aches and pains. I get my needed tests and preventive vaccines.
Here are some articles/posts about running and getting older:
- 5 Things no one tells you…
- Mastering Running as you age
- One Things that gets better with age …
- The Truth about running after fifty
- …Myths of Running over 50
- 7 Things runners should know as we age
- How getting older affects your running
Happy Running! How about you… how do you feel about getting older?