Too Old to Run?

A friend was surprised I still run.

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19/11/2012 at 13:55

We had some friends round for dinner at the weekend and my mates wife made us all laugh with some of her observations. We were talking about running and the subject of age came up. My wife and the other friends are all 43/44 but I'm 49 in April to which she was shocked. She is only 35, but then she made me feel really old by telling me that I was the oldest person she knew!!!

Then she asked what my plans were for my 50th and I told her I was going to run a marathon on the day to which she exclaimed 'No! You'll die!'.

She was, genuinely, surprised that I would consider doing this at such an advanced age.

Anyone else experienced such ageism?

cougie    pirate
19/11/2012 at 13:59

She's either a massive muppet or must be locked up in a cupboard all day. How can 49 be the oldest person she knows ? 

I dont think its ageism. More that she's a f***wit ?

Good luck with the Marathon - sounds like fun. 

19/11/2012 at 14:02
Get her to look up Ed Whitlock on Wikipedia and she'll soon see how good some of the old guys are.
19/11/2012 at 14:09

I could go into a rant about how youth seems to be regarded as some sort of achievement in itself these days but I don't think it applies in this case.  I'm with Cougie - she's a brainless twat - end of. 

Millsy's suggestion is good though - also Fauja Singh. 

19/11/2012 at 14:10

I hope the rest of the conversation was more intelligent.  I'm with Cougie on this one, she must be a f***wit

19/11/2012 at 14:20
Non runners can be ignorant but that's more than ignorant. That's a fuckwit!
19/11/2012 at 14:20
I bet her actual words were something along the lines of " Oh my god, like, I mean, like, you're like the oldest person I know, like, you know what I mean, like..."

I'm only 39 and I've had folk say to me "Aren't you getting a bit old for all this carry on?" referring to my running and triathlons and suchlike.

Have fun doing your marathon
19/11/2012 at 14:26

Hi all,

Thought that would provoke some interest

I think it was all said a bit tongue in cheek to bring a laugh from the assembled crowd at my expense but she was a bit shocked that I would attempt to run a marathon as a way of celebrating my landmark birthday.

I did point her in the direction of some fast runners on some of the forums on here. I forgot about Ed Whitlock! Hope I can think in terms of a sub 3 at 70!!!

Had the good fortune of meeting Fauja Singh at the Edinburgh marathon in 2005. What an inspirational man!

runs-with-dogs - I've heard that a few times. I feel a mixture of amusement and anger.

19/11/2012 at 14:36

it's one of the things i like best about running. it's one of the only sports going where it's not necessarily a young man's game.

19/11/2012 at 14:42

surely her parents must be older than that! silly woman.
I just did a cross country race at the weekend that had the majority of runners in the 40 and upwards age categories. some of them were in the 70 and 80 age categories!

a friend of mine just recently celebrated his 50th birthday by running 50 miles as part of his preparation for a 100 mile ultra next year.

tell her at 49 you're just getting warmed up. . . .

19/11/2012 at 14:43

dude - totally agree and it offers each and every one of us whatever we want from it. I have played team sport all of my life but always enjoyed running, either alone or with company. I can decide how hard I want to train, what my goals are etc. And when I achieve my goals the achievement is all mine. Sometimes it's just about the joy of running. Since I've been running regualrly again I've never felt better - years younger. I can't see that I'll ever stop now and that seems to be the way for many on these forums!


19/11/2012 at 14:45

Max's Mum - Some things get better with age! Like a good wine!

Still, at least she was surprised at my age - must be looking ok and, therefore, doing something right!

19/11/2012 at 15:11

Your older and wiser.  I don't know if its because footballers & olympic stars tend to retire in their early 30s that the genral public tend to think you can't take part in sporting activites beyond your mid-thirties.

Its not even non-runners, I remember chatting with another runner during a half-marathon and he'd decided to complete a half-marathon before he was "past it", which turned out to mean 30! 

19/11/2012 at 16:11

Ask her what her 10k time is. Bet that shuts her up.

19/11/2012 at 16:32

my parents both run and both are in their mid 50's, 

19/11/2012 at 16:34
Marc.S wrote (see)

my parents both run and both are in their mid 50's, 

I can still manage a few miles and I am in my late 50s, truly remarkable at our age

19/11/2012 at 16:40

I bought my first pair of running shoes on my 50th!!  I haven't looked back!!!

19/11/2012 at 16:51

Since I fitted a mirror to my bike's handlebars I haven't looked back. 

Was she blonde DS2

19/11/2012 at 16:52

JF50 - I started at 31, I'm 58 now, and just in the foothills of a comeback from injury sustained in February, but as Ron Hill says at the end of "The Long Hard Road" - "there is no end - I will never stop running and competing"

19/11/2012 at 16:56

Birch I am with you, well one year ahead actually.  I couldn't imagine a week without a long run and a few shorter ones to break the week up. 

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