Friday Five 2.0: Getting Older Rocks

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.

My Topic for today is:  Ways Getting Older is a Good Thing

Just recently I realized that today I can sign up for Medicare…

Yikes. That means that I am OLD!

As they say: The Alternative is Worse.

So I’m going to embrace the Old Age thing (and try to ignore the gray hair, wrinkles, sagging skin, memory lapses, etc.)

And here’s why:

1. Discounts

My movie tickets are cheaper and so are my plane/train/bus tickets.

Image result for senior discounts meme

Even some races have senior discounts.

For example, NYRR has a senior membership that give you discounts to many of their races.

2. Age Group Awards

As I may be mentioned many times before, the pool gets smaller for the older age groups so your chances of winning are greater. I have even been the only one in my age group.

still counts, right?

3. Qualifying For Big Races

Let’s face it, the qualifying times go down as we age because they assume that we get slower as we age.  How fast our speed declines depends on a lot of variables but probably most importantly – how long we’ve been running and if we have any chronic injuries.

for the NYC Half Marathon (what a difference!)

4. Role Models for Younger Runners

 One of the most satisfying things about running is inspiring others. I did not have any role models in this area growing up.  My parents did not participate in any physical fitness activities.  If they did, maybe I would have turned to running earlier than in my 50s.

We run together all the time. I met her mother at this race (who is older than me)..

5. Fewer Expectations, Accomplishments are More Meaningful and Better Self Care

I know that’s three not one.

In other words, we are easier on ourselves. At my age, I really mean: Finishing = Winning.  I don’t expect a PR.  I run for FUN!!

half marathon PR at age 64. Whoa!!!

And when I do do better than expected, I am more than thrilled.  I don’t take good runs or races for granted.

I try to eat healthier, pay more attention to any aches and pains. I get my needed tests and preventive vaccines.

just embracing life (as a senior citizen)

34 thoughts on “Friday Five 2.0: Getting Older Rocks

  1. This is awesome! I just turned 40 and getting “older” in this age group only means more competition, the women are crushing it. So I look forward to an eventual thinning lol

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  2. I hate to break it to you: you’re not old. You may be getting older, but you are not old — there’s a difference.

    Maybe it’s because I’m the baby of my family, but age (so far) has never bothered me. Do I notice differences? Of course. But it’s true what they say — it’s not what happens to you, it’s your reaction to what happens to you that matters.


    • That depends in your definition of old. But what I’m saying is that it’s not a bad thing.

      I heard another great quote on a podcast recently.

      It’s not what your body looks like but what it can do.

      So even if I’m gray wrinkled and saggy, I hope I can still run and play tennis.

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  3. Wow, that “senior citizen” caption caught me by surprise. You sure do redefine that word and set an example from the rest of us — including those who aren’t too far behind you in the AG rankings!

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  4. All good points! You definitely make it look great 🙂 Sadly getting older is scaring me with more medical stuff but you’re right, it’s definitely better than the alternative!


  5. OMG, I love that Ellen quote. Great post – I know I’m getting older but in my mind, I’m just me, so I keep doing whatever the heck I want. And age doesn’t bother me, but when my husband, who is six years older than me, turned 60, I thought WAIT I’M MARRIED TO A 60-YEAR-OLD?! LOL.


  6. I’m at the weird age between not being young and not being wise. It can be frustrating at times. I’m looking forward to when the field thins out and I can take home some awards! 🙂 (Oh and also for when I can run again!)

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  7. Love this! I am 40 and I am loving every second of it. With age comes experience, wisdom and a general sense of “I don’t give a darn”, which I embrace. Sure, there are cons to aging, but all in all, I am going forward with a plan to take full advantage of the adventure!


  8. I’ve always looked younger than I am. When I was 22, I worked as a bartender and would often get asked if I was old enough to serve alcohol (only had to be 18 to serve). I would respond that I was even old enough to drink it. 😀 I would get so mad because I wanted credit for the years I’d already lived. Seems so weird to write that now! LOL Now that I’m 40, I appreciate it more when people think I’m much younger, but I still like the credit for the years I’ve lived. I don’t think that will ever change. I hope I’ll always be proud of my age.

    PS I love the Ellen meme. Hilarious!

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