Run Peter, Run

I managed to get out for a run after work today, a nice six-kilometre run along the city's river. I attempt to get out at least three days a week for a run, trying to maintain some semblance of fitness for this aging body of mine.

As a runner in my late fifties, I realise that I don't run as hard or as fast as I used to. I don't quite have the muscle strength, flexibility, and balance, so running is getting a little harder these days.

Through all of this, there are a few things that my running has taught me:

  1. I can't run as fast as I used to, so I should stop trying to keep up with the younger brigade.
  2. I should start my run slow and build up. I need not stress about the first two slow kilometres, but focus on the last two kilometres and bring my run home strongly.
  3. Not all runs are the same, and some will need to be easier than others. I shouldn't be hard on myself if I have an easy run.
  4. It is always more enjoyable when I run with someone else. I try and do that as often as I can.

I revel in the fact that I am still out there running. So, run Peter, run.
Good for you! I have never been a runner and will find other avenues for physical activity.
2021-01-20 18:09:17
Have you been able to build up your running habit since, Peter?
2021-04-05 17:09:43
Yes, I have Abe, doing about 6 km, three times a week.
2021-04-06 09:22:55