My quote of the day – “I love being a beginner”
This blog post is pure self-indulgence.
So go ahead & indulge me, please 😛
A (non running) friend just sent me a link to a BBC article & I simply have to share it with you all.
Now I don’t know if this makes any sense at all, but as a less than 4 year old, yet older runner (I’m nearly 64) I feel simultaneously brand new & also very old.
I feel like a total running newbie inside, learning every day, and then when I look around me, everyone in my running group – bar one or two people – could be my child or my grandchild.
And then I feel as old as Methusaleh.
When I look at photos of me running, I wince.
Can that really be how I look, all wrinkles and saggy arms, when I feel about 20 inside my head, excited to be taking part in a race or a training session, excited to learn new techniques…
Then I read this article and whooped for joy!
There are still athletes out there in their 70s and 80s and 90s, representing their countries. And how.
Please do read it. It is inspirational, regardless of one’s age.
And just listen to the photographer, Alex Rotas, a sprightly 68 year old herself:
“I started when I was 60, which is when I realised there weren’t any images of older sporty people and being an older sporty person I knew they were out there. I did an internet search and once you put the word ‘old’ in you just get those pictures of older people slumped in chairs.”
“I was watching these people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s just achieve the most incredible athletic feats that I never imagined were possible.
I found it very moving and it made me recalibrate my own sense of what the ageing body can do.
It’s not only their athleticism that comes through, it’s their joy. These people are so full of life that it’s inspiration on every single level.”
AND, just in case you hadn’t noticed: did you see the time of the British runner, Angela Copson?
10km in 44’25” 🙂
Now that’s a pace I am going to have to work so, so, so hard to achieve. But talk about feeling inspired. And encouraged.