Just been doing some reading back. I haven't actually dropped out more like worn away. I haven't run for ages and I'm not sure I could keep going now. Don't forget I never really was a runner although I resisted just jogging which I think is a different style of progress altogether. Balance is a problem that it never used to be. If I trip I'm down whereas I used to be able to recover from it on my feet and carry on. It got so that I would regularly come back home my knees streaming with blood and I'd sneak in and take a quick shower before Angela saw it. Now I'm happy to say that even the scars have largely disappeared.
I've not much to come here for now, the thread obviously has a new lease of life and though I used to think of myself as the artist that brightened the place up occasionally, now I see there's competition and I'm unlikely to be able to compete with an enthusiastic newbie, as an artist that is, albeit he's already an accomplished runner far better than I was ever likely to be. Go for it, Mick6, you're doing exceptionally well in such a short time.
At the moment we're in the throes of packing to move house and finding that in the 18 years we've been here we've collected an unbelievable amount of clutter. We could have let the removals people pack for us but they'd just take everything whereas we need to shed as much as we can since we're downsizing. We believe we're being faithful in making this move but of course we don't know what the future holds, and I can imagine dissenting voices saying, "What at your age?" Well we just don't believe in getting old. My Mum always said, "You're as young as you feel", and I've already clocked up a couple of years more than she did.
Tracey, I'm thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. I don't know how things stand but I'm asking for strength, comfort and peace for you all, and for the ability to help and uphold one another, where outsiders don't really know how to do so. God bless you all.
Hi Cassie 2 and welcome - "pleased to find people still running after 60"? Let me tell you I didn't even start until I was 68 and that was to do a marathon. I couldn't do even half a mile in one go but I worked at it and completed my first mara the following year. I've now done three. I wanted to do one this year (80th) and then stop but didn't make the ballot and I couldn't face the necessary fund raising (it drove my wife crazy the two times I did it, the other time I secured a ballot place). I thoroughly the running but was always slow and I've pretty well given up now. I know lots of folks go on after 80 and I wanted to, but I'm a bit unsteady now, the slightest trip and down I go. Many times I've come home with knees streaming blood and it ain't dignified, so now I'm a non-starter. In fact I don't think I'm really qualified to contribute here any more but they're an encouraging bunch and I don't want to give them up.
All the best, keep it up and God bless. You've at least another 20yrs in you by my reckoning.