I find running slowly painful and awkward. Of course, running fast these days doesn't take me very long before I have to stop, but at least it feels more or less normal while I am doing it.
thanks, Charlie, for agreeing with my sentiment. Running "fast" does feel good but as you say, doesn't last very long. I wonder how much longer will we be able to "run" or whatever we may call it?
I had an eye-opening moment at the public races of the European Champs in the Ticino this beg.May:
at the start, we were all lined up besides our boxes with the maps of our category in it, men on the right side, women on the left side (or vice versa). Then I happened to look behind me and noticed only three more boxes, for the W70, 75 and 80 and this long line of boxes ahead of me that I had passed through throughout my life!! Wow, how have I become that old?? And, realistically, there are not that many more boxes to go, who knows?
Luckily, I had to start and my philosophical thoughts were broken into adrenaline and concentration of the competing game.
But it was quite an insight moment that stuck in my mind.
Just keep showing up, and don't focus so much on your age, is what I tell myself. It's better than not showing up. :-)
I get philosophical sometimes (because in my mind I'm still in my 30s), but you know you cannot stop the clock ("inexorable"). Just keep doing what you're doing to slow it down.
And Beatrice is doing it far better than most of us!
@Janet: I'm so glad to hear that I'm not the only one thinking that I'm still in my 30s, well, maybe my 40s. Yes, I know I cannot stop the clock, but does my reasonable mind know that?? No worries, I keep busy, it's part of my personality. Thanks for the encouragement. It might be a good reason to go to WMOC in the future, there are still many more age map-boxes behind my age class for my philosophical motivational musing ;-).
@Charlie: thanks for your kind words. I only follow your model and also looking at the bionic Sharon! So much more joy for orienteering to go.....
:-) I look around at trail races that we go to, and know I'll finish near the end, but it's better than sitting on the couch. I like finishing well but don't get too bent out of shape when I don't, which I think is part of my personality. I understand people who feel differently, but you can't spend all your time living in the past either.