Sorry, Getting Older Doesn’t Suck

Yesterday I was at the annual picnic for the tech company I work at, conversing with some folks around my age. I don’t remember what sparked it, but someone made a remark about how getting old sucks. “I can’t think of a single good thing about getting older,” she said. And everyone else agreed. I …

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My Life as a Rat

PASS THE CHEESE, PLEASE. I've been feeling like a rat lately. Not a gym rat - a lab rat. Unlike my involuntarily conscripted rodent comrades, this is my own fault. Like many runners who enjoy the sport, I want to be able to run, and run well, for many more years. And being over 50, …

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Why Am I Doing This? Oh, Yeah, the Payoff

During a flatter part of last weekend's long run, I chatted with a guy who's big into triathlons. He's doing Ironman Boulder this summer, and part of his preparation is a trip to an Olympic facility for two weeks to work with top coaches. He's about my age and the two-a-day sessions are, to put …

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Perspective Regained: Hills are Hard, But . . .

"I want you to push yourself on the hills," my Saturday running assignment read. "Dig deep and crest the hill before you let off the gas." Saturday's route would be a 14-miler that included several of the more punishing hills in the Ann Arbor area. In particular, the climb up to the Barton Hills Country …

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