From Walking To Jogging / A Different Perspective On Aging

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I decided to run this morning. It was so wonderfully cool and dry out there. I’ve been walking for over a year now and generally follow a route through our neighborhood for 6, 8 or even 10 miles. But I have a dream. I would like to compete in a half-marathon and do it in 12 minute miles.

For the past year I’ve generally walked 16 or 17 minute miles. If you walk around you can usually go three or four miles in an hour. So that’s what I did. I was trying to shed fat. And I did that. But, something else happened as well. About six or seven months ago I was down at the beach doing this on the boardwalk when I saw an older guy doing the same thing. Except that he was jogging. He was several years older than me. Probably he was 70 years old although you can be fooled easily when trying to estimate the ages of some of these oldsters.

He was dressed only in a pair of running shorts and his skin glistened with sweat. He was very thin. And I thought. . . he looks so cool. He looks like something a sixteenth century Renaissance painter would produce. He looks like a saint. And he was jogged a long, long ways.

This guy has been a bright image in my memory for many months now. And I want to do what he is (hopefully) doing. I want to jog a long ways down the road. I want to run a half-marathon in about two and a half hours. I did it in 3.4 hours last November after walking for just a few months. And it took several days to recover. This year should be better. And next year too. I’m not concerned about how long it takes. My major interest is to discover how one can blunt the aging process with daily exercise (walking).

So today I jogged on the flat surfaces or when I was going downhill. I walked pretty fast the rest of the time. And I didn’t push it. It’s all about having a relaxed mind and body. It’s all about allowing this process to happen naturally….in “good time” as the old expression goes. And I finished 8 miles six minutes under 2 hours. That’s almost 8 fourteen minute miles.

I felt great afterwards. It’s important to feel good when you are done for the longevity of the project. I’m not trying to suffer out there. I’m trying to understand my body and teach my mind how to work with it.

This is how I intend to deal with the aging process. This is how I intend to “grow old”.

It makes that process, somehow, a lot more interesting.

 

 

A year ago. . .

4 thoughts on “From Walking To Jogging / A Different Perspective On Aging

  1. This is sooooooooooooooooo REMARKABLE that I do not have words GRAND enough to congratulate you. I cannot tell you how proud of you I am. It just brings me SO much joy to see you coming to life in such tangible, visible ways. You are quite astounding. I’ve had a bit of a rough summer, and you give me so MUCH hope and inspiration. Thank you for this. In taking care of yourself you inspire others to do the same.

    And, dear David, I just LOVE LOVE LOVE these words of yours:
    “It’s all about having a relaxed mind and body. It’s all about allowing this process to happen naturally….”

    AND THIS TOO: “It’s important to feel good when you are done for the longevity of the project. I’m not trying to suffer out there. I’m trying to understand my body and teach my mind how to work with it.”

    Whoa!! THAT is so profound, so wise, so FREEING for me. I think I will print those parts out and put them on my wall. Thank you SO much for ALL you are doing for YOU, because in “doing for you”, you are doing for ME (and others).

    A millions blessings to you my courageous, compassionate, and wise friend.
    Hugs from “Blessedly rainy New Mexico”
    Robin

    1. Thank you Robin. Every day I run now. Not too long or far. But I’m building up the muscles you need to run. They are different, apparently, from the ones you use when you are walking. It’s exciting (I must be getting old to think of something like this as “exciting”).

  2. No you aren’t getting old, you are just reclaiming your youthful innocence!! It’s what happens when we heal. We once again become the vitality, curiosity, and wonder that we were born with. If children aren’t crushed, they LOVE most simple things: rain, snow, walking, running, skipping, mud, water, food, dogs, cats, and so on. EVERYTHING is a whole new adventure for them. Everything is NEW! I am soooo glad that you are enjoying running again. THAT is AMAAAAZING, my dear friend. GOOD FOR YOU!!! 🙂 🙂

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