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Monday, November 2, 2015

Running After 40

Running After 40

I was hoping that the summer of 2015 would pattern after previous summers.

I’d get a slow start, recovering from winter inactivity, and then get back into my running groove by June.

This year was a different story. This year was my first summer running after the age of forty. It’s been a struggle to get my speed and endurance back to where I was last year. 

There’s been days that I’ve considered hanging up my running shoes but I don't think that will ever happen. 

I celebrated my fortieth birthday in January, 2015. Within a year’s time I’ve struggled with weight gain, fatigue and I already have a wealthy collection of reading glasses.

Running has been a part of my life since I was in elementary school. My friends and I raced in the streets. We’d have races during gym class. When I participated in my first major track meet at the age of 13, I knew that running is something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Today I still love the sport as much as I ever did, but my faith, family and career takes precedence.

Perhaps if I had more time to focus on running, I would still be chasing my 5K PR of 23 minutes. Did I mention I’ve never been an elite runner? (Smile)

I suppose what’s most important is that I keep running… that I keep giving my best to a sport that I’ve loved since a child.

As I learn to appreciate the strength I still have and the dawning of a new day, I’m finding that running after 40 is a wonderful thing.

When I consider retiring from my runs and my dreams of running a full marathon, something inside of me just can’t let go.

What I must let go of is the disappointment of 10 minute mile times and the need to have to stop and walk from time to time.

Running after 40 just means I have to focus more on strength training, stretching and eating a healthy diet every day.

How do I run after 40? I put one foot in front of the other and enjoy and ride.

~ Candra Evans
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Running Struggles | Half Marathon Hopes

I have completed three running workouts so far in 2015 and all of them have been less than desirable. My heart is set on completing the Flying Pig Half Marathon in May, but at this rate I feel unsure about body’s ability to go the distance.

My last run was a 2 miler at my local park. I felt like I was running a decent pace until I looked at my GPS watch and saw that my mile pace was almost at 11 minutes! My normal mile pace for a short run is anywhere between 8 and 9 minutes.

I sped up to bring the time down and thought I was going to pass out! Lol

In any case I fell back to a comfortable speed because it was very cold over the weekend and my number one injury concern is my knees. They tend to bother me more in cold temperatures.

Still I feel determined in my heart to keep training for the half marathon. This will be my first one since 2008! I’m older now…actually just turned 40 a few weeks ago. So I’m nervous but still excited to see how far I can push.

Oh, I purchased a Fitbit Flex for my birthday, which I am very excited about! After a few more months I plan on doing a review.

God bless and Happy Running!


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