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Agelesslass profile image

Been ill for 3 weeks with stomach problems, on the mend as feel I have turned a corner. So need my running back as getting very low in mood now. My friends from my running club are posting what great runs they have done over Christmas etc, whilst I am chuffed for them I am also a little envious. Before this illness, I was running 8,9, 10 miles and nearly every day too. Realise now this was far too much for my age(65), but I was as fit as a Flea. But my point is, running is such a mental health boost, I definitely need it in my life. I need to get back to it ASAP and hope I can.

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SANDI_runs profile image

Pleased to hear you are on the mend. You do really miss all the benefits of running when you can't do it for a while.

Take it easy as you return x

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AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to SANDI_runs

Yes, it’s a life changer for me. I do appreciate the support I get on here, it really boosts me, many thanks SANDI

Fabulous450 profile image

I’m with ya Agelesslass! 🤝 Here’s to getting back out there, even if for shorter spells and I’m sure you’ll be on your long runs again very soon! I’ve done my second run there and walk back this morning and that feels pretty good. Cheering you on lovely lady!! 🥰❤️

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AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to Fabulous450

Aw thanks so much for inspiring me to get out there. I needed it, bless you Fabulous450

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Agelesslass

As you do me!! We can do it!! Keep going! 🤩🤩❤️

cheekychipmunks profile image

Aww Ageless, so sorry you’ve had a rough time. It sounds like you’re ready to get started again. 😀 Brilliant. 👍

You know you have a whole lot of VRBs on here to spur you on so you can ace that 10 miler you mentioned in your other post. Kudos. I’m a few years younger, and no way could I contemplate that distance, so GO YOU! 🙌💪👍👏🏃‍♀️❤️

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AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thank you so much cheekychipmunks. I was really fit before all this, I will get out there and I will achieve my miles again, despite what my friends have said to me.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Agelesslass

Of course you will. I assume they’re non running friends? You prove them wrong. We’ve got your back! ❤️

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Agelesslass

Pffff....Forget the friends comments Agelesslass, though well meaning I’m sure, I truly believe that we determine our abilities and you don’t have to be the norm!! Be the exception that you are and be proud of that!! You certainly deserve to be!! 🥰🥰❤️

Beachcomber66 profile image

Frustrating when you get to a certain level and then have an enforced lay off. Happened to me in the Autumn. Got as far as 9k on the magic plan, and had to slide down the snake and start again following a lay off with a virus. I was cross to start with, but once I accepted that building up from week 1 of Ju-ju's plan again was the best thing to do and just enjoyed getting out there and running again, everything was fine. Once you fasten up your trainers and step outside, your world will change for the better straight away I am sure; we 65+s (and probably every other runner) really need our endorphin boost. 💪💪

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AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Aw that’s really nice of you to comment in this way Beachcomber66, I intend to go out later just for a little jog to see how I get on. I must accept that I need to start off slowly again.

misswobble profile image

Sorry to hear you’ve been feeling below par I hope you’re now feeling sommat like 😃

What do you mean it was to much for you at your age? If you felt as fit as a flea? Did the running cause your stomach problem?

Run those distances but maybe have a rest day between to do strength stuff. Or run short jogs on alernate days if you want to keep your legs spinning If you said you felt exhausted then that would be more of a lightbulb moment, but you say you were as fit as a flea, so that says to me it was suiting you ‘Ark at me, Dr Wobble 😁

I hope someone hasn’t been whispering in your ear 👂🤨. I was running the marathon recently with a 67 year old who had run one the day before! 💪 😃

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My friends have been saying I run too much at my age, some say I shouldn’t run at all. I must admit they have got to me. I do suffer from IBS and some say running makes it worse, but I’ve been ok since started running in April last year. Thanks Miss Wobble, I’m just a bit down at the moment.

orangeguy profile image

Sorry to hear about the stomach problems. I can totally relate to the low mood due to no running, I have felt just the same, as you have probably read here I have had a hip flexor strain since early November. Every time I thought it was fixed I would run and it would be back again, I actually ran 5k this morning and although I am quietly confident all is OK I dare not now post a thread here after so many false starts or returns :( 10 miles a day is an amazing achievement but as you say you maybe need to cut down a little, just by running at all us oldies (I am 61) are certainly in the minority as regards runners. Most of my friends and family think I am little crazy for running at 61 and tell me to take it easy, that just makes me more determined to keep running :) I hope you are able to be back running soon, just start with some very short distances, I am sure you will do it.

Flyingred profile image

Having been stopped in my tracks by a virus in November I can relate to your frustration. I started back doing run/walk intervals (90 seconds/30 seconds) at a steady pace until I felt capable of doing more. I have started proper interval training again recently. The only way to assess yourself is on how you feel and how your HR responds to the runs you do. As for your friends' view that you're running too much – what do they know? If it feels good, do it! :)

Hello Agelesslass, So sorry that you have been poorly. I do hope that you are fully better soon. Your joy at running always shone through your posts and I think that I remember reading that someone looking at you, was while you had been playing with a dog, said that you moved like a teenager. Forgive me if I have remembered incorrectly. Sounds great to me!

I look forward to reading that you have been able to run again. After our trip away and without running for three weeks I built up again very slowly. I think that I started at 15 minutes and added 3-5 minutes per run. I ran 3 times a week and did strength exercises twice a week. I do hope that you find a return to running plan the suits you and look forward to hearing all about it.

Get completely well soon. Here are some flowers for you in the mean time 🌸🌺🌼

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AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to over61andstilltrying

Aw that is a lovely reply and yes that was me in a previous post. I will get back into it slowly, just very down in my mood. The flowers are lovely, thank you so much.

JonathanP profile image

Hi Agelesslass, sorry to hear you've been under the weather. As a 63 year old myself I think although friends are usually well-meaning, if they're not runners themselves they may not understand the benefits of running regularly, both for physical and mental health.

I am sure you will soon feel able to get your running shoes back on. Take it easy 😀

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AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thank you so much Jonathan, my friends are not runners and you are right they don’t understand the benefits. I will be ok and the support on here is helping me a great deal.

FlickM3 profile image

I’m glad you’re on the mend, but puzzled by your statement about your prior level of running being too much at your age. Surely if you managed it and felt fine, it wasn’t too much. There’s a man of 107 who started running in his 80s to help him get over the loss of his wife and children, and he runs marathons.

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AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

It’s because my friends are all having a go at me for running, they mean well but I don’t want to hear their anti running remarks. I will get my mojo back and start tomorrow. Thanks so much FlickM3.

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FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Agelesslass

Did we have a similar conversation a while back? A very dear male friend was adamant that I shouldn’t be running, that I was too old, that it would damage my legs. I guess it will take a while for the general public to catch up with medical opinion on all this. Even some physios and medical personnel still have the old way of thinking. My sister used to be a physio and thought running would be a problem for me after a fractured femur (the same opinion that had me not run for over fifty years!). But she’s totally changed her ideas now she’s seen how it’s strengtgened me. I’m very lucky to have a supportive GP who is a runner and insisted running would do me and my leg nothing but good. You were doing utterly brilliantly for anyone of any age. Don’t let them put you off. Educate them 😊❤️

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AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

I will be triumphant FlickM3, they won’t pull me down

Tartancat profile image

Never too old! I feel sorry for your friends - they don't know what they're missing!

So pleased you're starting to feel better - you'll soon be back on form 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Agelesslass profile image

Thanks for the encouragement Tartancat, it’s a pity none of them are runners. Hope I get back into it soon as I truly miss it.

Glad your on the mend Ageless. Feeling unwell, as you know, can just drain you mentally & physically. Hopefully you’ll be back running very soon, as Oldfloss would say “ slow & steady”. Don’t put extra pressure on yourself to complete a particular run, just run & see how you go. Speedy recovery & enjoy what you love to do 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to Oldlady57

Many thanks to you for your thoughtful and encouraging post Oldlady61

mountaindreamer profile image

Sorry to hear you’ve been poorly Agelesslass, but it’s good to hear you’re starting to feel better now. Hope you’re running again soon. Look after yourself xx❤️❤️

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AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to mountaindreamer

Thanks so much mountaindreamer

Sandraj39 profile image

I know how you feel Agelesslass, as I haven't run since 3 December due to flu and associated infections!! I am desperate to run again - it really is my medication and makes me a much happier and calmer person! I am hoping to get out at the weekend (if not a bit before). Fingers crossed we will both be back out there soon and feeling the benefits again. 🙂

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AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

Yes indeed Sandraj39 we certainly need our running for our wellbeing both mentally and physically

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