The Start of Old Man Running…

Hello. I’m Rick and I’m 59 years old. I’ve been an on again off again runner all of my life. Until two and a half years I had taken a break from running for nineteen years! Now during those years I wasn’t totally sedentary but mostly. Most of my exercise during that time was golf and for a few years I did manage to spend my weekends bicycling.

This year I have signed up for the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee. The run is scheduled for April 30th, 2016. That’s 97 days from now. This isn’t my first half marathon but the last one was in 1991 at the Indy 500 Mini Marathon in Indianapolis, Indiana. Twenty-five years is a long break for sure. This particular run will be even more special because my daughter and son-in-law are running with me. My goal is to finish. Nothing more–nothing less. I suppose that isn’t quite true but more on that later.

Why write this blog? Even with my long break from running I still have a lot of experience at running. I want to share my experiences and to show even if you have never ran or haven’t ran in decades it’s never too late to start. Granted, how to start will change. Your goals and perspective about what and how you accomplish your goals will be different when you are in your twenties, thirties or even forties. But if you set your mind to it and set realistic goals you can do it too.

I’ll post fairly frequently at first just so you can learn how I got to where I am today. Once I’ve got you all caught up the frequency of posts will probably dwindle down to weekly with an occasional special added post. I hope you learn from my experiences and I especially hope if you haven’t taken up running yet, you will soon. Running is great for the mind and body and I wish everyone could learn to enjoy it.

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