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Lacing Up at 60 Archives - Living Forward
  • Lacing Up at 60,  Midlife Women,  Women Running

    The Big Finish–The Marathon

    I am a marathoner finisher! At 67 years old, I ran and completed my first marathon on December 4, 2016. There was a range of emotions from elation to complete physical and emotional exhaustion. I asked myself what made this possible and probably more importantly, why at my age? As I reflect back, I think I needed the focus of a goal and structure in my day. I also realized I gained so much more! After retirement from a successful professional career and raising my sons, I’m still not quite into my next venture (Lesson: There’s always a next venture!). Most importantly, it restored my confidence from the inside-out. Throughout…

  • Beyond 40 Achievers,  Lacing Up at 60,  Midlife Women,  Motivation,  The Nine Facets,  Women Running

    What’s Different this Time Around?

    About this time last year, I quit my training for my first marathon, the CIM Sacramento Marathon in December. Several things derailed me from my long-held goal. We were stranded in last year’s historical flooding in South Carolina, so I was unable to run the long distances required for a couple of weeks while on vacation. I   knew I couldn’t catch up. So I quit. In January, I re-evaluated my goal, my plan and my motivation. Was it even possible for me to run her first marathon? Yes. Was it probable? That is under my control. So, I found a running club in early February of this year and…

  • Lacing Up at 60,  Midlife Women,  Motivation,  Self-Care,  Women Running

    3 Life Lessons of a Midlife Woman Runner

    I’m well into my training schedule to get to my December goal of completing a full marathon. I’m doing my plan and have a great supportive running group. My Saturday long runs certainly give me extended periods of time to think about why I’m doing better than ever before. I came up with several lessons I’ve learned which I can apply to life. I’m running farther and faster than I have in years, using an interval walk/run pattern. This is a program promoted by Jeff Galloway, a 71 yr. old running coach, author, and 1972 Olympian. I run faster in the running intervals, and surprisingly the brisk walks ensure I…