Misery of the middle aged runner
May 24, 2018
I was trying to find an excuse why I shouldn’t go out and run today when I came across this story of the 77 year old runner Greg Prom.
What’s so inspiring is that he started running in his mid forties and now, at 77 years of age, has run in over 400 races.
There’s a whole load of physical issues to deal with as middle age runners. There’s also some nasty psychological ones. Suffering new twinges and enduring the achingly long recoveries is a reminder that time is eating us away. When I’m passed by younger runners as I struggle up that mild incline, it feels like the burden of all those missed opportunities is slowing me down. A while ago I was almost happy to discover I wasn’t the only one experiencing moments of misery in middle age. It seems I might even get happier from now on! Finding that someone who started running in middle age is still going strong thirty years later made me even happier.
It is often said that regardless of the age you begin running, it will take five years to reach a lifetime best. So even starting to run in middle age offers the chance of improvement as motivation. The other reason to keep running is because it feels good or, as Greg Prom would say, for the “freedom”.