Walking Away

For over thirty years, I’ve used running to survive my teenage years, graduate school, and my own teens, and yet I’ve often considered replacing it with another option, such as walking, but failed to do so.

Part of the problem involves accounts from other people. For example, one of my brothers, who is a recent nursing school graduate, told me that he doesn’t understand why anyone under fifty would walk as exercise and that walking wouldn’t achieve a high enough heart rate. My physician, when I reported my efforts and my brother’s response, said that she agreed with my brother and that I need something more substantial.

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Running Away

StL marathon
14th Annual Saint Louis Marathon (1985)

I’ve been quitting for years.

I started more than thirty years ago and have been going more or less since then. Not every day. But never more than a couple days away.

Although accurate overall accounts aren’t readily available, Running USA suggests that 10.7 million women and more than 8 million men finished running events in 2014, which is more or less consistent with a 300% increase from 1990 to 2013.  Continue reading “Running Away”