Still a Runner

A Blog by Mary Lou Harris

Are You Still Running?

“Are you still running?”  The question was first asked by an acquaintance sometime during my fiftieth year on this earth.  I was caught off-guard and answered with a simple “Yes, of course I’m still running.”  Was there some reason I wasn’t aware of that would prompt the question, one of those unwritten rules that I am sometimes oblivious to?

Apparently not.  Flash forward roughly 15 years.  The question is still asked frequently.  It’s not as though I am one of those wonderful athletes who continue to set records well into their masters years, although they do serve as one of my inspirations.  No, I am a mostly casual runner who enjoys camaraderie with running friends, and supports local running organizations and races through participation, race directing and other volunteer efforts.

So, why the recurring question?  I don’t recall anyone asking “Do you still garden?”  I do, although the outcome rarely matches my expectations and can be as physically demanding as a speed workout

I am not asked “Are you still traveling?” although I am and almost always find a way to combine travel with running. 

Cruising down Spearfish Canyon SD

It’s the running that seems to be a curiosity. I’m convinced it can’t be just me. Are most runners on the far side of the 45-49 age group asked the question? Is it asked more frequently of women runners?

It’s a great time to  be a senior runner. Information about conditioning, nutrition, and training is continually improving.  That information is also more widely available than in my early days as a runner and has helped me to a half marathon PR just months ago.

Running clubs and casual running groups abound.   Trail running has become more prevalent and races can be found locally and around the world.  Running experiences for me are forever new.

So yes, I am still running – still enthusiastically running.  What good fortune that this wonderful physical endeavor can help a pre-Title IX runner continue good health, great friendships, and an ever-changing view of the world never seen in detail through a car window.

Perhaps the answer is not as simple as “Yes, I’m still running.”  Maybe it speaks to the questions of how we  express ourselves, keep our health, follow our passion, and how curious we are to see what is around the next curve in the road or on the trails we run.

Thanks for reading my premier post.  I hope you come back. 

Oh, and by the way, are you still running?

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15 Comments»

  John wrote @

I get it all the time.

  John Hargreaves wrote @

Pre Title IX?
Who would have guessed?
jh

  Kathleen (@ReadinPA) wrote @

You are awesome!

  Megan wrote @

I am asked that too! Mary Lou, I loved your first post!

  Heather wrote @

Writing. It’s a family thing …the running, unfortunately, not so much. Great premiere, Aunt Mary!

  Patty wrote @

Great first blog. As you know, I too am asked the same question. I always enjoy running with you. You make us proud in the 60 and over runners.

  Marge Lebo wrote @

Mary Lou: I love this! As someone who is a couple age groups behind you and has “eaten your dust” many times, I am proud to be your friend! Good luck Saturday!! – Marge

  marylouharris wrote @

Thanks everyone for your comments. Keep reading and giving feedback. We’ll have fun with this and learn from one another.

  Sally DeSmet wrote @

Wonderful post — and inspiring!!!

  marylouharris wrote @

Thanks, Sally. I so appreciate your input.

  A Year of Running and Writing | Still a Runner wrote @

[…] of 2012, I touched the “publish” button and with that simple action my first blog post was […]

  Matthias wrote @

Howdy! This blog post couldnt be written much better!
Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
He constantly kept preaching about this. I’ll forward this article to him.
Fairly certain he’ll have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  Still a Runner wrote @

Thanks for stopping by.

  ninamishkin wrote @

Gosh! A non-couch potato following me! Thanks so much, Mary Lou, for stopping by and the follow. I shall have to keep an eye on your posts, too. Perhaps they will be an inspiration for me to get off my butt more often! 😀

  Still a Runner wrote @

We all have an inner voice that speaks when its time to get off our butts – no outside inspiration needed. But, yes, it is interesting how and which bloggers are drawn to other blogs. Specific interest or subject matter doesn’t always explain it.


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