Runnin’ Down a Dream
The short answer is because there are a lot of us. The second running boom in the 1990s saw an enormous increase in people our age discovering the joy of running.
The beauty of the sport is that there is room for all of us. Those with the talent and drive to run fast found excellent training from Hal Higdon and the Hanson’s method, among others. Those who measured success in ways other than speed found encouragement and training from John Bingham and Jeff Galloway.
Is This Love (that I’m feeling)?
It wasn’t until 2012 that I joined the second running boom. That tends to be how I roll, discovering trends 20 years later. (I’m loving this t.v. show about a group of friends who hang out in a coffee shop. One of the guys has a crush on one of the girls. Don’t know how that’s going to end up.)
Much to my surprise, I fell in love with running and wanted to read everything that I could find about it.
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Unfortunately for me, it seemed that most of the reading material I found was geared towards one of two extremes. Most magazine articles, blogs, books, and message boards involved runners in their 20s… 30s, if they were Elites.
Reading about the sub 2 hour marathon attempt was fascinating, but I can not relate and it has no impact on my daily life as a runner.
Papa Don’t Preach
At the other end of the spectrum is when I go looking for information on how aging impacts running and everything I find is geared towards Baby Boomers. That’s great because I think that Boomers are going to pave the way for many advances in medicine that will benefit future generations. I love that they are young at an age when their parents were elderly.
But we’re not there yet, you know? I’m not ready to read about hip replacements and the AARP. I still have a toddler (and a college grad)! Yes, my eyes are going and possibly my hearing. But I’m not even ready to consider menopause yet. (Lalala, I can’t hear you! Literally.)
That’s What Friends Are For
Obviously, there are other GenXers writing about running and doing it with far more wit and intelligence than I ever could. One of my favorites is Mark Remy, who writes columns for Runner’s World. The tribe at Another Mother Runner runs (ha) the age gamut, from 20-something moms to GenXers to retirees.
I’m not a professional columnist. I’m just a midlife runner who wants to encourage and learn from other midlife runners. I hope you’ll join me!