Running is a constant reminder I am ageing

Last week with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice, Erika at MCM Mama runs and Patty at My no guilt life   I blogged about What I love about running.

The topic for today’s Tuesdays on the run is The Hardest part about Running.



Running is a constant reminder that I am getting older. And that is hard to accept psychologically. I do not consider myself old (mid forties). And I count my blessings every day that I am healthy and can engage in physical activity. But still.

  • I can not run as fast as I used to
  • My body needs time before it warms up
  • If I don’t warm up and stretch faithfully, my body lets me know
  • It takes me longer to recuperate from an intense workout / run
  • My times are not improving

Don’t get me wrong. I am very thankful I can run, that I consider myself injury free, and the fact that this body will complete its first marathon in less than 3 weeks. But….when I need to foam roll, stretch, wear compression socks and massage the heck of out of my muscles after a long run, I have to admit that this body needs a bit of TLC as the years pass.



Acceptance is part of getting older and I want to be able to be active until I am 90 years old. So I have learned to be kind to my body, accept my times are what they are, and just give thanks to the body I have and what it can do.

What is the hardest thing about running for you ?

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Comments: 22

  1. lacey@fairytalesandfitness March 15, 2016 at 4:46 am Reply

    My dog is all over me too when I try to foam roll. I hate foam rolling, because it hurts. I think that is one of the harder things. Taking the time to recover and stretch after runs to prevent injury. I need to work on that.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 16, 2016 at 2:55 am Reply

      It does hurt but I think it is so important for injury prevention. I should do it more often…

  2. Marcia March 15, 2016 at 12:03 pm Reply

    OMG your cat is so beautiful! I notice now more than ever how much younger the majority of runners are at races now. Sigh.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 16, 2016 at 2:53 am Reply

      I know ! I see so many runners and their paces on IG and I am blown away by the speed.
      I love my cat. British shorthair.

  3. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy March 15, 2016 at 12:37 pm Reply

    My cat is constantly trying to lay on me the minute I’m on the ground!

    My times actually have been improving, and I’m in my mid 50s, but when you start out as slow as me they can only go up, right? Still hardly setting the world on fire. And I’ve only been running about 7 years so there’s that, too.

    The main thing is to keep running!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 16, 2016 at 2:52 am Reply

      So happy for you that your times are improving. Mine might if I pushed things a bit more but I am so paranoid about injury…
      And yes, my cat is a major lap cat and needs constant attention.

  4. karen March 15, 2016 at 2:22 pm Reply

    I am right there with you. Mentally I don’t feel old, but my body keeps letting me know lol You have done so well this training cycle! It is wonderful to log all those miles ans stay healthy.

    Love the kitty 🙂

    • Karen - Fit in France March 16, 2016 at 2:51 am Reply

      Thanks ! My kitty is wonderful, and is such a lap cat. Makes it hard to stretch if I am sitting on the floor. LOL

  5. Sonia March 15, 2016 at 4:46 pm Reply

    So true that running was much simpler when I was younger. Ah well. Still, I think running is the fountain of youth for me. When I’m running I feel younger…afterward…not so much. 🙂
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  6. Darlene March 15, 2016 at 5:19 pm Reply

    I am old, I guess…at least compared to you but in my mind, I’m a lot younger. I didn’t start running until I was older and I am not slowing down yet. But I was never fast so maybe that’s it. At least we are still able to run. That’s the important thing.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 15, 2016 at 10:52 pm Reply

      Yes, we are still able to run. I am grateful… but this ageing thing… not always fun. 🙁

  7. Jessie @ The Acquired Sass March 15, 2016 at 5:39 pm Reply

    I’m not quite to that point yet, but I can only imagine how frustrating it must be. It sounds like you’re handling it well. By focusing on the fact that you are still running & completing new distances. Those are the ‘PRs’ to focus on!

    • Karen - Fit in France March 15, 2016 at 10:51 pm Reply

      Definitely. And my first marathon April 3rd will be a new PR for me !

  8. patty March 15, 2016 at 6:50 pm Reply

    Oh girl, I agree! All of this. Sigh.

  9. I feel the same way as you do about aging but I am happy to just be able to do most of the races I’d like to. I’ve accepted that PR’s are behind me and I think I am ok with that. Aging gracefully!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 15, 2016 at 10:50 pm Reply

      I agree, we need to be happy with what our bodies CAN do. Focus on the positive !

  10. tamieka March 15, 2016 at 9:05 pm Reply

    uuuuugh! Aging….yes… true right!

  11. Rachel March 15, 2016 at 9:59 pm Reply

    Sometimes I forget that I’m an adult onset runner. I still feel like I’m 16. But at the same time I know I need to be more careful because of the whole aging thing. Bah humbug!

    • Karen - Fit in France March 15, 2016 at 10:50 pm Reply

      In my mind I am 16 but my body doesn’t always think so.

  12. Michelle @ Running with Attitude March 15, 2016 at 11:04 pm Reply

    I came to running later in life and have been running not quite 6 years yet so I don’t have my younger runner self for comparison – probably a good thing 🙂 And, I am definitely so much younger in my mind then my body reminds me! I try to stay focused on being grateful for being able to do what I can do.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 16, 2016 at 2:49 am Reply

      Agree that it is important to remain focused on the positive.

  13. Runaway Bridal Planner March 16, 2016 at 8:41 pm Reply

    I honestly never thought about how it would feel to get old. When I got the work injury 3 years ago that mostly kept me from running as I would like it was then that I started noticing at times when I would get less out of shape how not good I felt, it’s been a preview of what it may feel like as I get older. Frankly I don’t like it, so I’ve decided to just tell myself I am not going to get old, LOL LOL
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