Running through the ages, a mature couple out for a jog.

Running Through the Ages

January 17, 2017

In your twenties:

  • To stay in shape – yeah, right. You’re already in the best shape of your life.
  • Why not? You have all the time in the world. New career, probably no kids, more disposable income than ever before. Ok, we know those student loan repayments are looming, but that’s for another day…
  • It’s incredible for your social life. Runners are fun people!
  • You love competition and there are races everywhere.

In your thirties:

  • You’re likely married, maybe with kids, you’re on your second or third job change and you probably run for stress relief.
  • You also run to stay in shape, but honestly, you’re still holding together pretty well.
  • It’s still great for your social life and you love seeing everyone else out running.
  • You’re realizing that you may not win the races, but you’re still holding your own and setting PR’s.

In your forties:

  • Maybe you’re remarried, the kids are growing up way too fast, and you’re settling nicely into your career path.
  • Now you truly are running to stay in shape and it’s getting harder to do between chauffeuring your kids everywhere and often “life” gets in the way.
  • You’ve probably run a few Half-marathons & maybe a full and you’re feeling pretty good about it.
  • But you really run so you can have that glass of wine or dessert.

After 50:

  • You run because, by God, you still can and no one’s going to tell you you’re too old to continue.
  • The annoying Pandora App ad that states “it might not be belly fat, it might be that you’re bloated” is strangely appealing. It kinda gives you hope that the ever-so-slight-spare-tire is not your fault.
  • You’re starting to win some races in your "age" category. Maybe it’s because there are fewer of you that can still run, but you’ll take it. You envision running into your 80’s (ok, your 60’s).

No matter the age, you run because you can. Because it makes you feel good. You run because no matter how old you are, it’s just what you do. Besides, 80 will be the new 40.  Count on it!

Remember, your Run’s not Done until you are.

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