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Wednesday, February 07, 2007


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I am so inspired about your attitude to aging. I love getting older as the alternative is a bit grim!
My mother in law (83) says she is still 20 years old in the way she sees herself. She sees old age as a bit daunting.."not for the fainthearted" but an interesting journey as one's focus changes. I suppose it does throughout life. As for the running... good luck. I broke my ankle in November when a big scary dog attacked me one morning...so I'm getting back to it too. Its my ankle that is my 'achilles heel' so to speak.

A lot of food for thought there...I'm happy to follow you on the 'middle age' thing -- it's become a bit of a dirty word.

I find it really hard to guess a lot of people's ages past 35 -- there seems to be a huge amount of variation.

I was talking to a 56 yo on the weekend who mentioned what you did -- that he felt a lot more tired than he did after exercising these days (but this is someone who gets up to cycle at 5.30 am six days a week). He feels the need for a nap everyday at 1 pm.

But in your case, it might that you're returning to exercise and that you're not used to it. Your body might adjust as it gets fitter.

I really enjoy your posts about aging. I wish I could feel as well adjusted as you seem to be. The strange thing is that when I was younger (in my 20s, before I had kids) I was a professional, usually working with people much older than me, and I felt my youth put me at a disadvantage. I spent my 30s on pregnancy and intensive child-rearing, not even thinking about age. All of a sudden I was 40, suddenly feeling old and thinking my youth slipped through my fingers without my ever really appreciating it. Sigh. I want a do-over. If I could do it again I wouldn't waste my 20s on all that career crap.

Thanks so much for your thoughts about aging and for Joan Bakewell's article. Very inspiring. I'm about to turn 40 and have suddenly slowed down, fitness-wise, in alarming ways. I'm thinking about (another) baby, way too late. I shall get that running book pronto.


Thanks for the great post. I've just turned froty and not been finding it too hard.

I had some very long standing friends and their kids over on the weekend. In talking about my recent birthdya one of the girls (in her mid teens) said that I was over the hill. She then went on to say that as going downbhill was easier than gooing uphill this was a good thing.

I thought it was a great way to reclaim a hackeyed and increasingly meaningless expression.


I liked your comments also--I never view blogs, but the first one I found when looking was someone doing what I do--a 54 year old with a 14-year old only child... and I've decided to get back into shape by running. Grete Waitz' book is very inspiring. She's so commonsensical about her approach to running. She points out we are not competitive 25 year olds nor do we do this for a living, so we need to take a balanced approach.

I thought it was a great way to reclaim a hackeyed and increasingly meaningless expression.

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