Thursday, June 23, 2011

Youth vs Aging

Aging happens! To all of us. Despite our best attempts to keep ourselves youthful, Father Time keeps the clocks ticking and change is inevitable.

I've been thinking a lot about this lately just because of my last bout of the flu. I will say that everyone has had this flu and most people are finding it harder tho shake than normal. But when I was younger I would get sick and a few days later things would be back to normal. Now I'm off running for a week (ie - should be in bed but can't cause I'm the only one running the business and if I don't work I don't get paid) Then I feel pretty ordinary for another week, then I get some little complication - a nice bacterial infection or sinusitis - then I have to go to the doctor.

Or I might get a little injury. Used to be that I would have a couple of days rest and all would be good. Now I need x-rays, scans, physio and threatened amputation (just joking) for it to get better.

I know I'm not alone - lots of my more-elderly friends (I'm talking youthful 50-somethings) have said the same. Do I like it? Absolutely not! Is there anything I can do about it? Apart from exercising and eating well and having a good attitude - probably very little.

But having said that, I only missed one week of running and yesterday I ran all around Mt Coottha in the same time that I ran it before I got sick. Take that Father Time!

And on to other positive things - Josh has been really good this week. He and alcohol are just a really bad mix so I'm hoping he's learnt his lesson (I'm an optimist). Luke has almost finished his first semester of uni. One more exam to go today and it's 4 weeks holiday. And Sam has had some excellent results coaching strength and conditioning to his elite swimmer, Maegen. She swam at a meet in Santa Clara after some intensive altitude training in Mexico and ended up with one of the world's fastest times of 2011 and a PR. And that's without a taper. Sam's pretty chuffed.


  1. Welcome to my world. Theu keep telling me it's better than the alternative but some days I question that, HA..... Get well.

  2. I hate to admit it, but I've been thinking a lot about the whole aging thing and how its affecting me in the last couple of months too.
    Get better!

  3. Hi Char! Okay, I thought you only had 2 boys...forgive me...I'm seeing Sam, Luke and you have 3 boys? Sorry for the stupid question...I really do read your posts and enjoy them.
    Congrats on showing Father Time what's up yesterday...take that Mt. Coottha! And Good to hear the positive news. :)

  4. Imagine the havoc Father Time would be wreaking on you if you DIDN'T run and stay healthy!

  5. Funny how it just creeps up on ya! You don't feel like you're old, but your body says otherwise!

  6. Congrats on the swimmer's success - her trainer is rightfully proud!

    And as for aging - as my mother says, "getting old sucks". But what are we gonna do - lie down and give in? Hell, no!

    Have a great weekend!

  7. You mean those grey hairs don't mean I am getting younger? Darn...

  8. I often have your same thoughts. For me it is sad not to run 2 days in a row... but the age (and the injures of the past) rules.
    Get well soon.

  9. I'm not sure I agree 100%. I don't think I've ever felt younger. I'm 47 and really haven't felt like I'm getting older. Just haven't. I guess, and you did say your friends in the 50's said, it, that it's inevitable. Maybe, maybe not.

    Thank you so much about informing me I only have to carry the small American Flag, not the huge one!

  10. Ah yes, the youthful 50-something...that would be me :) You described it well. Cheers to the right attitude!!


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