Is there a marathon clock do you think? You know, like the biological clock. A clock that’s ticking but we don’t know when it will stop and that will signal the end of marathon running?
I like to think there isn’t one. And if there is I don’t want to know.
Age is only a number I often say. You’re only as old as you feel I say that too and I don’t feel 52, I don’t think I act 52. I run more than I did 10 years ago but that’s not hard because I wasn’t a runner, wasn’t even thinking about being a runner 10 years ago. Positive aging, doing it right. Grow old disgracefully. I say those two phrases a bit as well. In fact at 52 I wear shorter shorts than I did in my 20s – I’m getting the disgracefully bit about right me thinks.
But maybe there is a marathon clock. Maybe there will come a day when marathon running isn’t possible for these aging bones and muscles I call me. Maybe? Possibly?
With this in mind I printed out a blank 2018 calendar and then had a brainstorming session with myself. Me and myself are quite good at brainstorming, we come up with the most fabulous ideas.
I don’t much like the idea of a bucket list but I do love Wish Lists. On the Wish List for marathons is a marathon in every Australian state and territory and one on the south and one on the north islands of New Zealand.
Given that Pauly will turn the ripe old and dignified age of 60 this year I’ve been listening closely for the sound of ticking coming from his direction. Can you hear any? No me neither, but is that because I’m getting a little hard of hearing in my 50s? Let’s go with the concept that there isn’t any ticking but let’s also be on the safe side and plan those marathons!
Here are the marathons as done or tentatively planned:
- Tasmania: Cadbury Marathon 2016
- Victoria: Great Ocean Road Marathon 2016
- New South Wales: Sydney 2017
- Queensland: Gold Coast Marathon 2016
- Northern Territory: Uluru Marathon 2018
- South Australia: Adelaide Marathon 2017
- Western Australia: City to Surf Marathon 2018
- Australian Capital Territory: Canberra Marathon 2018
- North Island: Auckland Marathon 2017
- South Island: Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon 2018
Already Pauly has chugged out eight marathons and two ultras. By the end of this he’ll have done 14 marathons and three ultras but knowing him they’ll be more thrown in for good measure.
If there is a clock then it can tick all it likes because whatever happens we’ll be doing our best to get our wish list done; but if we don’t we’ll have fun trying. AND we’re not the only crazy duck with this Wish List, the Lovely Louie is right there with us. There are going to be some fabulous trips away together and you never know we might convince Janette to come too.
Aging really is only a number and I do believe that part of being old is acting old and thinking old. Pauly and I certainly aren’t into acting or thinking old. As I look around the small corner of the blogosphere I’m part of I see shining examples of people in their 50s and more who set the best examples of how to grow old youthfully…crazily…and just a tad disgracefully too. We might get more of those wrinkles but that’s from getting up early and running in all weathers, bush walking, zip lining, bungie jumping or whatever it is that we want to do. Age is only a number and it’s a number that says GO! I can’t hear a single STOP about it!
Happy running 🙂
Here are some happy snaps from last week