Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Welcome to 45!



Tomorrow I turn 45 years young. A semi-milestone year. I think I am officially middle aged. But lets see how old age has treated me.

I began this running thing 5 years ago (2002) when I was approaching my 40th birthday. My goal was to run my first 5K. I had never run anything more than a mile or two. A 5K seemed quite daunting. And I even read rumors of people who could run non-stop for an entire hour! Unbelieveable? Seemed so back then. I trained and ran that 5K about a week after my 40th birthday - 3.1 miles non-stop in about 37 minutes.

Fast forward to today. Today I completed two runs - a 4 mile run this morning and a 5.5 miler this evening. Since I was on a treadmill, these were run non-stop. My second run was over an hour long.

When I completed that first 5K, I was asked if a marathon was next. I thought, I don't know, that is really far. Maybe I should try a HALF marathon first (which I then did in Jan 2004 in 3hrs and 11 min). 2 more half marathons, 2 10K's and numerous 5K's later, I ran my first marathon in January this year in 5 hrs 47 min. And if that wasn't enough, I am training for two marathons....Marine Corps at the end of October and Disney in mid January.

So as a runner, I am way better at 45 than I was at 40. And of course, I was better at 40 than I was at 30 or even 20. You know what...at 45 I am better than at 40 in many other ways as well :-)

Watch out world....50 is coming! :-)

15 comments:

ShirleyPerly said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

I know exactly what you mean about being able to do more now than when you were younger. Bring on those birthdays :-)

Susan said...

HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY FRIEND!!!!

I agree; each year running is better than the last.

Kevin said...

Chris,
45 is the new 25!! And of course, I can tell you that 50 is the new 30!! Rock on Chris!!!

Marathon Maritza said...

Happy birthday!!!

Love the blog, love the podcasts!

lizzie lee said...

HAVE A SUPER HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

Remember that we, as wine, get better with age.

Also remember that "Age Gets Better with Wine"

Salud to CHRIS!!!!!!

MarathonChris said...

I like that...age gets better with wine!

Two glasses of pinot tonight :-)

Thanks for the happy wishes everyone!! :-)

PLANET3RRY said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Mike - The PCRobot said...

Happy Birthday!!!

That's so awesome that you have improved with age... I know I sure have!

Congrats on 45, and here's to another great year of running!

Maddy said...

w00t! w00t!

Happy Birthday! I hope it was a great one.

Some people dread adding another number. I love that you embrace it.

Cheers to you!

Cory said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Petraruns said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS - sorry to be so late about this - HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And what a great post as well - what a great attitude and you are so right - you're just getting better and better!

IrishBlue said...

50 isn't old, just look at Kevin and Charlie. They're still kicking butt!

Congrats! Hey, I started running at 40 too. You've given me hope. Thanks!

Rural Runner E said...

Happy Birthday young lady. Sounds like age is just in the mind, especially in your case. You sound more like a 25 year old, rather than a 45 year old. I sure hope I can run like you when I turn 45....which in reality is not that far off. Thanks for the inspiration.

shadwell said...

Happy Birthday!

Nicole said...

happy birthday! :)